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Pregnancy Cravings for Fish

Vegetarian Husband Says Control the Cravings, What To Do?

I was a voracious meat eater, but for the last 5 years I stopped eating meat, as I realized it involves a lot of brutality, killing and sin.

Now I am into pregnancy nausea and have a food craving for fish. My vegetarian husband discourages me, and says that I should control my food craving.

But all the time I fancy eating all kinds of fish delicacies. What do I do? - R. S.

Savvy Vegetarian Advice

Dear R. S.,

If you have a food craving for fish, maybe it's because you need more protein in your diet, or the fats, minerals and vitamins which are found in fish.

Having had three children, I agree with Ayurveda that a pregnant woman should have her desires fulfilled, because she naturally desires what is needed for the baby, and a contented Mom makes a contented baby.

Frustrated desire isn't good for you or your baby. So I would say eat some fish, enough to satisfy your desire, then move on. Be careful, as fish can be high in mercury. Check the FDA site for information on safe fish to eat.

See where you can make nutrition improvements to help keep your food craving in check. If you aren't already, take good quality prenatal vitamin supplements, eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes. Focus on fresh food, rather than processed.

Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian

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