This first trimester has been a doozie – I’ve been ok some days, perfectly normal, and other days I want to pass out at my desk at 3pm, or have an insane craving for cheesy, pasta type dishes or grilled cheese. Luckily, I also seem to crave apples a lot (which I read could be a sign I need more vitamin C!). Sometimes I give in. The last 2 weeks I’ve given in a LOT. It’s so easy to just say to yourself, “I’m going to get fat anyway!” and just go for it. Not to mention, being tired and mopey does NOT help your will power. However, I’ve been EXTREMELY bloated the last few days because of my “oh I’ll just have this one grilled cheese/spaghetti/nutella toast/macaroni and cheese” moments. So much that I cannot even fit in to some of my jeans! I’ve never experienced it this bad. In fact, it’s not even like I’m pigging out all day – I’m still eating veggies (forcing myself – they just do not appeal to me right now) and good things during the day, but for dinner I desperately want something satisfying. Even so, I have become INCREDIBLY bloated. I don’t think it’s a bump yet, I’m just getting large!
So last night, instead of giving in, I meditated for about 10 minutes, while I baked some rutabagas. It helped get my mind off my cravings. While waiting on my veggies to bake, I ate 1/4 of a large watermelon. That may seem like a lot, but considering the fact that what I really wanted was some carby starchy mac n cheese or something of the sort, I was satisfied that I was only eating an extremely large portion of a watermelon. Once my rutabagas were done, I put some apple cider vinegar on them and went to town. They were pretty good and filled me up. This morning I woke up to a much less bloated belly! I’ve decided I just HAVE to restrain myself at least a few nights a week and stick with the healthy, or non-greasy, cheesy types.
If you like rutabagas as much as I do, here is a great way to cook them:
Rutabagas (I buy mine already chopped into bite size pieces)
Crushed garlic (again, I buy it already crushed and setting in olive oil)
Sea Salt and Pepper
Apple Cider Vinegar
Sesame oil, or another oil (not olive oil as it is not supposed to be heated to really high heats)
Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss rutabagas with oil, salt and pepper (to taste), some Mrs. Dash or any other seasonings you like (I just happened to have that on hand), and as much garlic as you want (I use a LOT if I’m not going anywhere after I eat these!)
Spread evenly in a baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes. You want them to be tender and not crunchy.
Remove them from the oven and sprinkle a little apple cidar vinegar over them. You can also add a little butter if you choose. Enjoy!