Aubrie Mindock

Professional skier, author of "When I Saw Heaven" and "Back Up On Skis," Olympic hopeful

Raw Vegan Pregnancy

I am now right around 8 weeks pregnant! Well, somewhere between 7 and 8 weeks. Today I want to talk about how I feel being a strict raw vegan and the changes I have noticed with my body. Being strict with my diet has been wonderful and it makes me feel great. 

Things I have noticed are:

1. No acne 

If you are a teen or adult, you know that acne is not exactly a fun thing to have. Pimples sometimes hurt and they are always unsightly. Pregnant women are known to break out with acne because of our changing hormones. Sometimes acne can be one of the first signs of pregnancy or an impending period. 

Eating a raw vegan diet has kept those annoying break outs away. So far I have not had one blemish. I have not always been a strict vegan. Before I got pregnant sometimes I would slip up and have chicken or eggs or some form of animal product. When I was eating animal products I noticed my skin was blotchy and broken out often. Now that I completely switched to raw vegan I have absolutely no issues with break outs! 

2. No weight problems

I have gained weight. I'm pregnant and pregnant women gain weight. It is natural to put the pounds on when you have a life inside of you. The thing is, I am not yet showing yet! My weight gain is not from fat. It is from fluids and muscle because I am hitting the gym for several hours a day. 

3. No bloating 

Now this is huge for pregnant women. When we get pregnant our bodies hold onto extra fluids. Pregnant women are known to bloat and not just in the stomach. We bloat everywhere. Our bodies just become one bloated mess!

I was always a little puffy, even before pregnancy. My arms and legs and stomach always seemed to have inflammation and I could never seem to get rid of it. It did not matter how much I exercised or how much water I drank, the bloat never seemed to go away.

Well, you would expect the bloat to get worse when you are pregnant. I mean there is a life growing inside of you. One of my first symptoms of pregnancy was a massive food aversion to any and all animal products. There was no way my body would allow me to eat anything that came from animals.

I was always planning on going vegan but I never thought that pregnancy would be the reason why I turned to raw vegan. Before pregnancy I was slowly making the switch from a meat eater to vegetarian to vegan to raw vegan. Once I got pregnant becoming a raw vegan happened immediately. 

Because of my diet there is no bloating. Something amazing happened when I switched to raw vegan and that is all of my bloat, I mean all of it, disappeared. You would expect a pregnant woman to be bloated but I am not. 

4. No inflammation

This is similar to no bloating but inflammation is a little different, as it can cause pain. My painful joints and injuries from skiing are healing. I do not have any back pain and I can actually see my muscles that I work so hard for in the gym starting to appear. All of that bloating and inflammation from my non vegan diet caused me to look puffy and now it is all clearing up.

5. Energy

Pregnancy is draining. I am exhausted but at the same time I do not have the exhaustion that I hear so many pregnant women have. I have known pregnant women to be in bed for days because they are so tired. My diet helps give me the energy my body needs to make a healthy baby. I am able to go to the gym for a few hours a day and walk my dogs. I have energy.

6. Clarity 

Pregnancy brain is real. I am experiencing it but so far it is not as bad as some women make it out to be. 

7. Healthier organs

I only drink water. Pregnant women are not allowed to drink anything except water. Many ignore that rule and drink whatever they want but not me. I am sticking to only water. 

I feel like my body is detoxing and cleaning itself out. My sugar cravings have disappeared and now when I look at soda or alcohol I am repulsed by it. My body feels like it is functioning properly, the way it is supposed to function. 

8. No morning sickness

Diets play a huge role in morning sickness. A diet high in fats and sugars will make anyone sick. Plus, they lack nutrients. I do get some nausea when I look at meats and cookies and candy. Even thinking about unhealthy foods makes my stomach churn. I know that it is my diet that is keeping me from throwing up and getting violently sick. I know it is helping with the thing women dread the most, morning sickness. 

9. No headaches 

Those pesky hormone changes can cause some massive headaches. I have not had one headache since finding out I was pregnant. I think it is all the nutrients that is helping keep my head from pounding. 

10. No cravings

I am not going to go as far to say that I do not get cravings. Pregnant or not we all get them. However, I do not crave anything unhealthy. I do not have cravings for sweet or salty foods. My cravings are for foods such as bell peppers, mangos, pineapple, guava, celery and broccoli. These are the cravings that humans should be having. 

It does not matter if you are male or female, pregnant or not pregnant, craving unhealthy foods such as soda, candy, cake, pies, cookies, sugary treats, ice cream, donuts, you get the hint, are not healthy. It is not normal for us to crave man made things. All of our bodies are designed to eat plants and it is plants that we should be craving. 

Ending

I know that many of you will disagree with me. There are a lot of people out there who say eating vegan is not healthy and it is dangerous for babies. I understand that people will think that I am putting my health and my unborn babies health at risk by not touching meat. 

All I can go off of is the way I feel. I am not going to sit here and tell you to go vegan or eat only raw foods. I understand that you have your beliefs and you have your favorite foods and that is fine. All I am saying is the benefits I have noticed by going vegan and those changes have been wonderful.