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10 Foods and Beverages to Avoid If You Are Pregnant

Finding out you are going to be a mom will be one of the most exciting moments of your life. To ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and baby, it is very important to eat a nutriti...

Finding out you are going to be a mom will be one of the most exciting moments of your life. To ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and baby, it is very important to eat a nutritious and well-balanced diet. Maintain a healthy diet throughout pregnancy by eating grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, and beans. Eat small frequent meals throughout the day and NEVER skip breakfast.

In addition to foods you should eat, there are a group of foods you should avoid while pregnant. Here are 10 food and beverages you should avoid during your pregnancy:

  1. Foods high in mercury such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tuna and tilefish. High levels of mercury can be toxic, and when consumed during pregnancy, it has been linked to developmental delays and brain damage. Canned tuna has less mercury levels than fresh tuna. Limit any canned tuna and salmon intake to once per week.
  2. Raw fish and shellfish such as sushi, oysters, clams and scallops. Under cooked or raw fish and shellfish can contain harmful viruses and bacteria like Norovirus, Vibrio, Salmonella, and Listeria. Some of these may only affect the mother and cause an upset stomach, diarrhea and dehydration, while others may affect the baby too and cause harmful, sometime fatal, consequences.
  3. Raw eggs. Raw eggs can contain Salmonella, so avoid anything that may contain them such as homemade Caesar dressings, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream or custards and hollandaise sauce.
  4. Raw meat and pate. Raw meat and pate can contain harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites such as coliform bacteria, Toxoplasmosis and Salmonella. These can all cause mom to become very sick and can cause even more harmful consequences to an unborn baby including severe neurological disorders, intellectual disabilities, blindness and epilepsy. Always use a meat thermometer to make sure you are cooking all your meat to the proper temperature. 
  5.  Packaged meat like deli meats or hot dogs. These types of meat have been known to carry Listeria, which can cause a miscarriage. If you are craving deli meat during your pregnancy, you should reheat your deli meat until it is steaming.
  6. Soft unpasteurized cheese such as brie, Gouda, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, feta and Mexican-style cheese like Queso Fresco. These types of imported, soft cheeses may contain Listeria which can be harmful to mom and life threatening to an unborn baby. Pregnant women should only eat pasteurized cheese.
  7. Unwashed produce. Produce can contain a host of bacteria and parasites such as Toxoplasma, E. Coli, Salmonella and Listeria all of which can harm your unborn baby. Make sure you thoroughly wash all your produce or peel the skin prior to consuming.
  8. Unpasteurized milk and juice. Like soft cheeses, unpasteurized milk and juice can lead to food borne illnesses because they can contain Listeria. Make sure all milk and juice products you are consuming are pasteurized.
  9. Excess caffeine. Caffeine intake should be limited to 200 milligrams per day. One 8-ounce cup of coffee contains about 95 milligrams of caffeine. Caffeine is absorbed quickly, and it can pass through the placenta. High levels of caffeine have been shown to restrict fetal growth and increase the risk of low birth weight. Try to drink no more than 2 cups of coffee a day.
  10. Alcohol. Women who are pregnant should completely avoid alcohol during their pregnancy due to risks of miscarriages or still births. Large consumptions of alcohol can also lead to developmental issues in your baby’s brain, and it can cause fetal alcohol syndrome which can cause facial deformities, heart defects and intellectual disabilities.

Having good diet during your pregnancy is essential. To ensure you are avoiding any unnecessary risks, avoid all foods listed. Continue to consult your Ochsner OB/GYN on your diet throughout your pregnancy. Keep them up to date with any changes in your eating habits.

 

Eat Fit King Cake: Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Celebrate Mardi Gras wherever you are, indulging in the season’s beloved traditional treat without wrecking your resolutions, thanks to the Eat Fit King Cake. On sale in select stores throughout Lo...

Celebrate Mardi Gras wherever you are, indulging in the season’s beloved traditional treat without wrecking your resolutions, thanks to the Eat Fit King Cake.

On sale in select stores throughout Louisiana and Texas and available for purchase online now, the Eat Fit King Cake is gluten free, grain free, low carb, sugar-free, dairy free and all natural, without sacrificing flavor.

Centered on an all-natural clean ingredient label, the Eat Fit King Cake is made with almond flour and coconut flour. It’s sweetened with locally-made Swerve, a natural, plant-based sweetener, with no artificial sweeteners or colors. Each serving has just two grams net carbs and zero sugar.

The Eat Fit King Cake was inspired by the King Cake recipe in Ochsner’s new Eat Fit Cookbook – the Eat Fit team immediately knew they needed to bring this to the retail market to make it easy for any and everyone to enjoy a clean-label king cake that also tastes incredible.

Eat Fit King Cake vs. Traditional King Cake

King Cake comparison stats side-by-side, ounce-for-ounce:

• No artificial food dyes, compared to the yellow 5, yellow 6, red 3, red 40, AND blue 1 in most traditional king cake

• 93% less carbs than traditional king cake

• 0 sugar [compared to 50 grams sugar in typical serving of traditional king cake]

• 4x more protein

• 2.5x more fiber

• No white, refined flour

• Plus: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Low Carb

Eat Fit King Cake Available Locally

Visit EatFitKingCake.com for full nutrition facts, as well as a list of retailers in your region. The Eat Fit King Cake is available online and offers two-day shipping nationwide. Local retailers selling the guilt-free delicacy include:

• Robert Fresh Market NOLA + Baton Rouge)

• Langenstein’s Market (NOLA)

• Whole Foods Market - all

• Earthsavers (NOLA + Northshore)

• PJ’s Coffee – select locations

• Lakeview Grocery (NOLA)

• Holy Cross College (NOLA West Bank)

• Ochsner Pharmacy & Wellness on Jefferson Hwy

• FUEL Café + Market at Ochsner Fitness Center

• Alexander’s Market (Baton Rouge)

• Good Eats Kitchen (Baton Rouge + Lafayette)

About Eat Fit

Ochsner’s Eat Fit initiative was founded in 2013 to make dining out healthfully at restaurants the easy choice. Find Eat Fit restaurants, recipes, brand-specific shopping guides and more on the free Eat Fit smartphone app. And now, Eat Fit is making the Eat Fit King Cake available nationwide!

Since its founding, Ochsner Eat Fit has expanded to restaurants across Louisiana, including in Baton Rouge, and recently released the Eat Fit Cookbook, allowing people to bring nutritious gourmet meals into their own kitchens.

The Eat Fit nutritional criteria is designed for people who want to simply eat clean, look better or feel better, as well as individuals with health issues including inflammatory conditions, diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity.

Today Ochsner Eat Fit partners with more than 300 restaurants across the state and can be found in some of Louisiana’s most iconic spots including the Mercedes Benz Superdome, Audubon Zoo and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Even local students benefit—Ochsner Eat Fit is available in schools through Pigeon Catering & Events in New Orleans.

 

Which Fitness Tracker Should I Buy?

Are you unsure of which fitness tracker fits your life style? I know it’s kind of hard when there are so many to choose from. Getting your health on track can be challenging, but these fitness trac...

Are you unsure of which fitness tracker fits your life style? I know it’s kind of hard when there are so many to choose from. Getting your health on track can be challenging, but these fitness trackers are here to assist you in so many ways. These watches were designed to help you achieve a cool style while crushing your fitness goals.Let’s find which on best suits you.

Popular trackers

The Fitbit Versa is in demand due to its amazing look, and it is Android- and iPhone- compatible. If you are going for a swim or taking a Zumba class, it will pick up your strides and calories burned in the pool and your steps and active workout time while dancing off the calories. 

You can store up to 200 songs and receive and respond to texts directly off your smart watch. Wear your watch while you sleep in order to view your sleep trends the next morning. Women can also use the cycle feature to monitor their next menstrual period.

Fitbit Charge 3 is similar in design when it comes to the Versa. The difference is the display is slimmer for those who prefer a smaller screen. It is also waterproof, and you will only need to take it off to charge. Your texts and calls will make this convenient when working out, so you never miss a beat. You are able to track your heart rate and calories.

Fitbit Alta HR has an even slimmer display compared to the others. This tracker still manages your steps, calories burned and sleep, and you still receive updates on texts and calls. It also tracks your heart rate. This tracker is not water-resistant.

Fitbit Charge 2 set goals, stay on track and celebrates milestones. Stay connected wirelessly. This tracker is not waterproof, but still has many of the features you are looking for. It understands your sleep, including light, deep and REM sleep changes. 

If you love your tracker but hate the band that came with it you can order more bands at www.fitbit.comor www.amazon.com for more options.

You can customize your watch's clock face, track steps, distance calories, floors climbed, active minutes and reminders to move. Maximize your workout capability to monitor your run, cycling weights and other modes. Stay connected by getting calendar alerts, call and text notifications and current time and date. Connect and compete with friends via the Fitbit app.

The Ochsner O Bar sells the latest devices, including wireless blood glucose monitors, blood pressure monitors and activity trackers.