Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

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Yesterday, I went to the grocery store and bought myself a jar of pickles. It was the only item in my cart. And I felt like the quintessential preggo-stereotype.

I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was a spotlight shining directly on the jar-in-question as I tried to fast-and-furious my way through the check-out line. It bothered me.

Probably because I don’t like to conform.

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Black Bean Lettuce Wraps

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Fact: I am still adjusting to the appetite of a preggo.

One minute my tummy is content and then the next, wham!, starrrvvvviiiinnnngg.

And I must admit that I am really trying to maintain a mostly-healthy lifestyle. Now that I’m out of my elastic-bottomed, men’s-sized, sweats (at least during daylight hours)¬†and off of the couch, I have rejoined the gym. woot! for small victories. I am also being mindful (most of the time) of my diet. And by diet, I don’t mean diet. I mean the foods that I’m fast and furiously shoveling down my gullet.

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Salmon Burgers with Lemon and Feta

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Without question, my top two, first trimester, food aversions were the smell of coffee and the very thought of salmon. Ugh.

*shudders*

It is certainly interesting how a kumquat-sized developing-baby can wreak such havoc on a gal’s routine. But really. My life did an instantaneous 180. All of the things that I had once held dear were either, all of a sudden, off limits or nausea-inducing (or both). For about three weeks, I sustained myself on 4-L bottles of water and toast slathered with butter and topped with aged cheddar cheese. Yup. Not my usual mandate.

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