Already increasing my carbon footprint

I mean that in a very loving and motherly way, of course 🙂

The big changes won’t come for another six months or so, but for two to three weeks in November, my diet consisted almost entirely of the items pictured above.  Items with packaging.

Prior to November, we made it through several months without buying breakfast cereal (we made our own granola instead), and we very rarely buy packaged items like pretzels or anything other than basic crackers to have on hand.  And then the nausea hit, and I just wanted to feel better.

The most atrocious item is not pictured above — a plastic bag of individually plastic-wrapped hard ginger candies.  For better or worse, they weren’t all that helpful, so I won’t be buying more.

On the up side, I’ll be getting prenatal care at a place that’s less than two miles from us — a nice, easy bike ride.  All last week I was anxiously watching the roads, hoping the icy snow pack would melt in time for my first prenatal appointment on Saturday.  Melt it did, which is good, because I was very determined not to drive there!

Anyway, the first trimester nausea came with a general apathy toward many things, including blogging, which explains my scanty posting in November and December.  At this point, I’m pretty much back to posting regularly (if you disregard the last seven days), feeling semi-normal, and eating a healthy, non-packaged foods diet, though I still have a winter squash aversion, which is unfortunate, because we kind of have a lot of squash in the basement (see header photo).


  1. Stacey says:

    Congrats on the pregnancy!

    1. Laura says:

      I suspected this might be the reason for the lighter blogging. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read about your journey in parenting!

  2. Melissa says:


  3. Congrats! Glad you are feeling better.

  4. Kirsten says:


  5. Rebecca says:


    I read somewhere that morning sickness is actually caused by not eating enough… like you’re nauseated because you’re really hungry and you just haven’t adjusted to “eating for two” yet. I have no earthly idea whether there’s any truth to that or not, but I do get sick to my stomach when I’m really hungry.

    Be well!

    1. Melissa @ HerGreenLife says:

      Frequently eating small portions (of the plain foods pictured here) did help. Some sources recommend eating every 2 hours, but for me it was more like every 60-90 minutes.

      I’ve always dealt with motion sickness, and an empty stomach certainly exacerbates that.

  6. Nupur says:

    Congratulations! I want to wish you a very happy and healthy pregnancy!

  7. Melissa @ HerGreenLife says:

    Thanks, everyone!

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