Before we get started, firstly let me extend a massive congratulations to you! You’re going to have a baby. But, now that the realisation has kicked in and you’re over the initial shock, excitement and disbelief, are you wondering about the foods you’ll be eating over the next nine months and the best way to navigate your way through a plant based pregnancy?
I’m Vanessa, or Nessa to my friends
Becoming a mother forced me to massively assess my diet and lifestyle, and to ask myself what message I wanted to convey to my children when it came to the foods I was eating.
Read my full story here and discover the reason I decided to give up meat, and the benefits I discovered along the way.
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What is plant based ?
I’ll give you a clue… its in the name. Simply put, plant based means making food choices that are predominantly focused on foods that are derived from plant sources. Plant Based does not mean an exclusivity to a vegan or even vegetarian lifestyle. More and more people are now embracing this lifestyle of eating. Many people may still make the assumption that plant based is merely the latest trend. However the statistics speak for themselves and it certainly looks like the plant based lifestyle is here to stay.
Research published in 2020 has predicted an increase in veganism due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers predicted that the global plant-based meat market will grow from $3.6 billion in 2020 to $4.2 billion by 2021, a growth of 17%.
According to Mintel;
- 16% of the new product lines introduced in 2018 were vegan.
- Sales of vegan milks skyrocketed by 33% between 2015 and 2017.
- The meat-free market is expected to grow to from £559m in 2016 to £658m in 2021.
According to a recent OnePoll survey by Viva! of 2,000 UK adults:
- 9 in 10 Britons want the Government to introduce an immediate ban on intensive farming methods amid concerns over killer viruses.
- 31 percent of Britons are set to slash their meat consumption or go vegan in 2021 amid Covid-19 concerns.
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During pregnancy, it’s extremely common to feel tired during the first trimester and those pesky hormones can leave you feeling exhausted and emotional. Combine that with morning sickness and an aversion to anything that resembles a vegetable and it will wreak havoc on your energy levels
This Green Glowing Smoothie also has an abundance of Vitamin C which helps build up your resistance to infection, is important in the formation and support of healthy tissue and cells and is important in healing wounds and fractures of bones. It also helps in the absorption of iron.
Most of the time our midwives or doctors will tell us that morning sickness is just something we have to deal with during pregnancy… Yep thanks for that doc. But that didn’t stop me wondering back during my first pregnancy if there was a more natural way to deal with it.
The beauty of these mocktails is that even without the added booze – the sweet flavours come together perfectly to create the perfect blend of holiday fizz.
It normally takes around three days for your milk to come in and your breasts will start to feel full, and if you’re anything like I was post birth, you’ll cry and then cry some more, then you’ll stop crying, then you’ll start crying again and so on and so on for the next five years. Only kidding.
If there’s ever been a National Day in the history of National Days I can get on board with its National Piña Colada Day
This refreshing tasty drink is the perfect mocktail for when you’re with friends and family for the holidays and everyone but you is enjoying the bubbly.
Mixed berries have an abundance of fiber to help the digestive system and Greek Yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt as it’s made by straining the whey out which leaves this amazing delicious creamy consistency, I love Greek yogurt on everything plus its loaded with calcium. Blueberries are one of my fave berries to add…