But Aren’t You Pregnant?

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In case you haven’t noticed, Danielle is pregnant. And she teaches classes. And she works out. This is apparently a bit strange to some of you since there are some interesting expressions on everyone’s faces whenever she’s lifting a barbell. Well fear not, I assure you that she is in no way endangering the baby or herself, and is in fact giving the baby and herself a better pregnancy by keeping active.

Consider the following facts (taken from CrossFit Mom)

Women who exercise during pregnancy:
Have reduced weight gain and fat deposition during pregnancy
Have fewer pregnancy discomforts
Report a more rapid physical and emotional recovery from delivery
Tend to have easier, shorter and less complicated labors
Have less need for pain relief during labor
Have more stamina during labor
Increase their aerobic capacity
Decrease their susceptibility to illness
Increase their energy level

Babies of exercising moms:

Have significantly lower heart rates than babies of non-exercising moms
Are better able to cope with the stress of birth
Have a greater ability to adapt to life outside the uterus
Are more healthy at birth
Are leaner at birth and tend to stay lean as they grow
Sleep through the night sooner
Are better able to self-calm
Score higher on tests of general intelligence and oral language skills
Have decreased risks of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases later in life

Yep, that’s a list of things I want my wife and baby to have! So don’t worry – no one is going to do anything stupid, we’re just taking care of our family the same way you’re taking care of yourself. And besides, I’m fairly certain the baby won’t come out doing burpees (although that would be pretty cool).

  • Erik Herik

    Review of TrueProtein.com

    While looking for cheap, bulk egg protein powder, I ran across TrueProtein.com. Unlike many other sport supplement companies, TrueProtein gives their customers the ability to create custom protein mixes using egg, whey, rice, etc. Their customization even offers supplements (creatine, BCCAs, vitamins), several carbs, a few essential fats and numerous flavors.

    100% Paleo-friendly, egg white-derived protein is $9.89/lbs. Use a ‘coupon code’ (search online) to save 5% or order 16lbs+ to save an additional 5% off your order (10% total).

    One person who drinks one protein shake/day (24g of protein) will consume approx 2lbs of the egg protein/month:
    — Cost of 2lbs + 5% discount + shipping = $19.55 (enough for 1 month)
    — Cost of 20lbs + 10% discount + shipping = $243.41 (enough for 12 months)

    Note: Their pure egg white protein has trace amounts of Soy Lecithin. I emailed their customer service to ask whether they can omit this ingredient and they responded with the following:

    “Good morning and thanks for the e-mail, but unfortunately it is not an option on our site. We only provide the Instantized Egg White protein materials which will contain soy lecithin in minute amounts.”

    When I asked about the specific amount of Soy Lecithin, they responded:

    “We do not have a physical count outside of it being at less than 1% total volume, the material is added as an instantizing agent in the same way that it is added to whey in order to allow the material to mix easier in liquid.”

    — You can decide if this poses too great of a risk to your diet! —

  • Erik Herik

    Oops… wrong weight calculation, right price.

    This line above that reads:
    – Cost of 20lbs + 10% discount + shipping = $243.41 (enough for 12 months)

    …should read:
    – Cost of 24lbs + 10% discount + shipping = $243.41 (enough for 12 months)

  • Courtney

    Way to go Danielle!!!

  • Sylvia

    Danielle, you are a true inspiration in so many ways!!
    You’ll be a real sassy momma!!!!

    😉

    Erik- Thanks for the protein power site tip, I’m gonna check them out!

  • Lorena Skelton

    Danielle I saw you working out and you were really inspiring. It was hard trying to do pull ups next to a pregnant woman while she was doing better than I was doing. I will keep that in mind for those moments when I think I cannot do it.

  • Emily Silver

    Can’t wait to try this… looks really good! (see picture on everydaypaleo.com)
    ~~~Sausage N’ Cabbage “Noodles”~~~
    1 lb mild Italian pork sausage or other ground meat of your choice
    1 red onion, thinly sliced
    ½ head or 5 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
    2 tablespoons coconut oil
    ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
    ½ teaspoon paprika
    Fresh ground black pepper

    In a large skillet brown the sausage. Once the sausage is fully cooked, remove it from the pan and set aside. Add the oil to the same pan with the sausage drippings and add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions start to brown a bit. Add the cabbage and cook for another 7-10 minutes or until the cabbage is soft and “noodle-y.” Add the sausage back to the pan, add the spices, mix well and serve! Serves 4.

  • Lorena Skelton

    Almost chocolate carob treat
    Ingredients:
    1 cup toasted unsweetened carob
    1 ½ cups pecan meal
    ½ cup or less coconut oil

    Method:
    In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Spread in a baking tin lined with parchment paper. Will make a slightly softer version of fudge, but the recipe’s creator swears this carob treat helped her kick what she calls a “significant” chocolate habit. Not that we have anything against chocolate!
    From: Ingredients:
    1 cup toasted unsweetened carob
    1 ½ cups pecan meal
    ½ cup or less coconut oil

    Method:
    In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Spread in a baking tin lined with parchment paper. Will make a slightly softer version of fudge, but the recipe’s creator swears this carob treat helped her kick what she calls a “significant” chocolate habit. Not that we have anything against chocolate!

    From: Ingredients:
    1 cup toasted unsweetened carob
    1 ½ cups pecan meal
    ½ cup or less coconut oil

    Method:
    In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Spread in a baking tin lined with parchment paper. Will make a slightly softer version of fudge, but the recipe’s creator swears this carob treat helped her kick what she calls a “significant” chocolate habit. Not that we have anything against chocolate!
    From: http://www.paleofood.com

  • Ladybug724

    You Rock, Danielle! That baby will be a little CrossFitter for sure!

    Easy Lemon Pepper Chicken

    2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    2 lemons
    sprinkle of garlic powder
    ground black pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 350. Place chicken in a baking dish. Squeeze juice of one lemon over chicken. Slice other lemon and place on top of the chicken. Sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper. Bake until chicken is not pink inside (about 20 minutes).

  • Jeff

    Ingredients:
    2 cups unsweetened apple juice (if possible, juice your own).
    1 cinnamon stick
    2 large apples

    Method:
    In a large pot, combine apple juice and cinnamon stick and bring to a low boil. Meanwhile, remove top and bottom of apple and slice crosswise to make 1/8 thick “chips.” With a slotted spatula, place apples into boiling juice and cook 4-5 minutes or until apples become near translucent. Use the spatula to remove apple slices from juice and place on a clean kitchen towel and pat dry. Arrange slices on a cake cooling rack placed on a cookie sheet (to catch drips!) and place racks on middle shelf in 250 degree oven. Bake 30-40 minutes until apple slices turn golden brown and are almost dry to the touch. Let cool and serve either as is, or with a light dusting of cinnamon.

  • michell g fishman

    We made tuna tartare last night.

    1 lb sushi grade tuna
    Sesame seeds
    Wasabi paste
    Seaweed salad

    Chop up the tuna, mix it in with the other ingredients, chill, and eat.

    Tasty dinner last night, and then this morning I tossed the leftovers in with some scrambled eggs. Good stuff!

  • Alison Mrohs

    as long as the baby doesn’t come out while Danielle is doing a burpee! Congrats to you both, and I LOVED the thank you card picture! Beautiful!

  • Catherine Huang

    Danielle You Rock!
    I kickboxed, cycled and strength trained up until the day I delivered and I always got weird looks. But I did it for me and my baby!

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