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I need help! I have lost another 5 lbs and I'm now back down to 11 lbs. under my pre-pregnancy weight.<br><br>
Can anyone think of any healthy high-calorie foods I can eat? I'm not supposed to eat peanut butter because I have food allergies, so I've been told no peanuts while pregnant and breastfeeding.<br><br>
Mostly I've been eating fruits, veggies, beans, rice, cereals, whole wheats, eggs, whole milk (switched from low-fat for more fat and protein), cheese, and ice cream from time to time. I eat my raw veggies with full-fat veggie dip for a little extra fat and calcium. I drink about one caffeine-free soda a day, but I seldom finish them because the overpowering sweetness is gross to me right now. I also haven't been able to eat meat because I still have a strong aversion to it.<br><br>
Without loading my diet with simple sugars (which make me feel good for about 30 minutes then leave me dizzy and shaking later) what can I eat to pack on some healthy poundage?<br><br>
BTW, both babies are measuring ahead, so as far as I can tell, they are fine, but the doctors are concerned about my continued weight loss even though I'm not still vomiting.
 

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I'm glad the babies are doing well; here are some thoughts for mommie:<br><br>
Can you have yogurt? Fage has the most delicious full fat yogurt/honey combo packs that I would definitely indulge in if I needed to gain<br>
Add flax seed oil/seeds to some of your foods.<br>
Do you like avocado?<br>
Do you have an ice cream maker? Chowhounds have been raving about the book, "The Perfect Scoop" by David Lebovitz, and making the stuff at home would allow you to use unrefined sugar.<br>
How about hummus and pita?
 

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I was going to say peanut butter <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">, but yeah, you don't want to increase the babies' chance of food allergies.<br><br>
Besides what you are already doing:<br><br>
Can you have other nuts in moderate quantities? Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc.<br>
Avocado<br>
Add healthy oils to everything (olive, flax) -- smoothies, yogurt, dips, recipes ...<br>
What about some whey powder added to smoothies, cereals, etc?<br>
Ensure drinks<br>
Meal replacement bars between meals (Zone/Go Lean/etc.)<br>
Dried fruits - trail mix (w/o peanuts) type things
 

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I have a patient with twins who lost 27lbs in her first trimester <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> Now she is drinking a lot of fruit juice (the real stuff, not the fake) and Ensure. Milkshakes are another good way.<br><br>
Seriously though, screw eating "healthy" as it is probably more important to get your calories in.
 

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i was going to say avocados, too...mix up a quick batch of guacamole, and go to town with some tortilla or pita chips.<br><br>
what about sunflower seeds?<br>
can you eat almonds? pistachios? or are you allergic to all nuts?<br>
olives?<br>
edamame?
 

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Aimee, there's a Venezuelan drink called chicha (several SA countries drink chicha, but each countries' drink is different) that is made from rice, sugar and a few other ingredients, plus ice. You could certainly use a natural, unrefined sweetener. It's very nourishing, refreshing and caloric. If you're interested in the recipe, let me know.
 

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If it's not all nuts, I'd make batches of trail mix with almonds, raisins, and M&Ms... I can snack on that all day.<br><br>
Good luck, lily, I hope you get it figured out!
 

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I think full fat yogurt would be an excellent option and the Fage is definitely the best IMO. What about cheeses? Like whole wheat noodle macaroni and cheese or veggies lasagna.<br>
If I needed to gain weight I would totally chow on some stuffed shells (the cheesy filled noodles) or mac and cheese. mmmmmmm, yummy!
 

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like the others have said... avocado. try it sliced on a sandwich with tomato, turkey bacon and some of your favourite spread. or with fajitas (which you can make super healthy, while getting lots of good calories and fats from guac).<br><br>
i like to use walnut oil in salad dressings.<br><br>
plain, full-fat organic yogurts with berries, etc. tossed in. along with some granola.<br><br>
can you have cashew or almond butters? those would be good on whole grain bread.<br><br>
i make a great honey-sweetened ice cream. you can adapt any recipe you want, just remember to taste test. while you can replace sugar cup for cup with honey, honey tastes sweeter. sometimes, i will use maple syrup.<br><br>
trail mix was another good suggestion.<br><br>
how about gyoza/siumai? you can fill those with lots of healthy ingredients - pork, diced chicken, beef, and veggies, and steam or fry them. they're super easy to eat/get down, and you can really play with recipe. i use a creamy wasabi dressing as dip, or use a mix of 1/2 rice wine vinegar, 1/2 soy sauce.<br><br>
you could make milkshakes with a scoop of protein powder for some extra calories/nutrition. or smoothies.<br><br>
i was going to suggest chinese/peanut noodles, but with no peanut butter, i can't think of an alternative for the sauce.<br><br>
colcannon.<br><br>
yorkshire pudding (i make mine with whole grain flour) w/whichever meat you prefer.<br><br>
macaroni and cheese. use whole grain/high protein noodles, and whatever type of cheese(s) you want. add some tomatoes and/or mushrooms if you'd like.
 

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so many good ideas in here!<br><br>
I'm pretty sure almonds are botanically not a nut -- I think they're a fruit. Does that mean they're allowed? Almond butters and almond milk are a wonderful, healthful way to add calories.
 

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Do you have any peanut allergies in your family? I ate pb during pregnancy and breastfeeding, no problem.<br><br>
Buy anyhoo, how about almond butter?
 

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hi guys, my computer crashed right after I posted this, so I haven't had a chance to come update.<br><br>
I bought a bunch of almonds at the grocery, and I've been eating those, and they really help me with the insane hunger also (OMG, I have never been so hungry in my life, including while training for marathons).<br><br>
Avocado is a really good idea, thank you! I tend to forget about them because I typically only buy them when I cook mexican, which I haven't been doing much of lately.<br><br>
I did buy almond butter at the store, but I'm afraid to try it cause it smells so different from peanut butter. Its sitting in the pantry, and I might get up the nerve to try it today!<br><br>
Jebba, we don't have any peanut allergies in my family, but I'm allergic to cherries, and my hubby has some allergies too, so the doctor said with that medical history, I should not consume peanuts, but other nuts are okay.<br><br>
The hardest thing has been the food aversions--I'll want something, I'll make it, and then when its in front of me, I'll feel like I'm going to die if I eat it, the repugnance is so strong. So, its really hard to "stock up" on foods, since I never know what is going to appeal to me!<br><br>
I've put on two lbs, so that's a start. My next appointment is on August 9th, and I'd really like to weigh in around 134-135 at that appointment, which is still down 5 lbs from pre-pregnancy, but up from my low point of 127.<br><br>
Gawd, when not pregnant, I consider 127 to be a perfect weight!!! It seems so weird to think of anything under 130 as a bad weight!
 

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lol!<br>
My DH LOVES cashew butter, he eats it up! You could try that!
 

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I just found that cashew and almond butter (the natural kind) were not salty, like natural PB. And I didn't care for them. Perhaps if they had added salt like the pb I get...<br><br>
Good luck, lily!
 

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I tried the almond butter this afternoon! It was definitely different from PB, but I put a spoonful or two in a bowl and used it as a dip for apple slices, and it was pretty good. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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