One of the things you always hear about pregnant women is that they have cravings for odd foods. You get the typical ice cream and pickle stories, then there are the vegetarians who crave nothing but meat, etc. Every pregnant woman is different. With my sister it was eggs I believe. With me? Peanut Butter.
Before I got pregnant, I was never really much of a fan of peanut butter. Sure, I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every now and then, and I loved me some Reece’s peanut butter cups but it was just never a staple in my diet. I never, ever, just thought to myself, “hmmm….some peanut butter sure would taste good right now.”
That all changed at some point during my pregnancy. I’m not sure at exactly what point it started, but one day I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast. After that day that’s what I ate every morning through the rest of my pregnancy. I never got tired of it which is unusual for me. I always get tired of eating something if I eat that same thing every single day (well, except for pizza…I could live on that for the rest of my life).
After Zach was born, I stopped with the PB&J’s, mainly because I wanted to drop those baby pounds off quickly and also because I had a new baby and there was no way he was giving me enough time to actually go make a sandwich. Wanna know what the strange part of this is? I never really lost the peanut butter cravings.
Instead of my morning PB&J, I started buying peanut butter granola bars, ice cream with peanut butter in it, crackers with peanut butter in the middle of it, along with other assorted peanut buttery snacks. But most of the time, I would rather just go stick a spoon in the jar and lick every last little bit off of the spoon, especially when I am highly stressed. It helps for some reason.
For some reason, over the last couple of weeks this peanut butter craving of mine has come back with a vengeance. My new favorite snack is the Honey Maid Chocolate Graham Sticks dipped in peanut butter. Individually, they both totally rock my world. Together? That is absolute bliss. It does tend to be a little harsh on the diet though.
What do you crave? Care to share?
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I like to think that when I crave something, what’s actually going on is that my body is craving a specific ingredient in what I am craving. Seems to work for me. With Tomato juice I’m really just needing the vitamin C. With raw meat, it’s the B12.
The food I crave the most? Sushi. More specifically, the fish in the sushi. I think that at one point I’d figured out the actual nutrient that I crave, but at the moment, it escapes me.
Now, I’m just wanting sushi.
Not a good food for a poor guy to crave. Wish I craved peanut butter instead. That, I could afford. :\
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