5 Foods Not to Eat During Pregnancy

Every mother wants what is best for her child, which is why several women during their pregnancy are cautious regarding various things so that no harm comes to their unborn child. This is also another reason why you should maintain a pregnancy diary so that everything remains in check. However, you might find some of these things might be confusing for instance deciding which type of food to eat and not to during pregnancy. Having a well balanced diet during your pregnancy is very important so that necessary nutrients can reach the baby at all times. Nevertheless, how do you distinguish between foods that can cause potential harm to your baby from those that can provide nutrition to your baby? Here is a comprehensive list of five foods that should not be consumed during your pregnancy. Make sure to include this list of foods in your pregnancy diary.


foods to avoid during pregnancy

  1. Deli Meat

Did you know that deli meat is contaminated with listeria? This particular bacterium is the primary cause of miscarriage especially if you have been consuming a regular intake of deli meats during your pregnancy. It tends to cross the placenta and affects the baby resulting in infection or blood poisoning that can prove to be life threatening. If however, you have a strong craving for deli meats it is recommended to properly heat it until you see steam rising from it.

  1. Fish with Mercury

You should avoid eating fish that might contain high levels of mercury since it can cause developmental delays and brain damage during pregnancy. You might wonder what types of fish contain high levels of mercury. Here are some to name: tilefish, swordfish, king mackerel and shark. Pregnant women should also stay away from canned tuna which although has a lower amount of mercury can still be damaging therefore, it is important that you eat it in moderation. Fish used in sushi might also contain high levels of mercury and you should avoid having sushi during pregnancy due to its raw nature.

  1. Soft Cheese

You might be tempted to enjoy a platter of gourmet soft cheese along but be careful before you pop a slice of soft cheese in your mouth as it might contain listeria. Soft cheeses like brie, Roquefort, Mexican style cheeses, feta and Camembert should all be avoided unless if stated clearly that they are made from pasteurised milk.

  1. Caffeine

Intake of caffeine is a very debatable topic some researchers say that moderate intake of caffeine is permissible while others link it to cases of miscarriages. Therefore, it is best to avoid caffeine during your first trimester in order to minimise the risk of miscarriage. To be more specific you should limit caffeine to fewer than 200 mg per day during your pregnancy. Caffeine is diuretic this means that it reduces the amount of fluids in your body resulting in a loss of calcium and water. Instead of consuming caffeine, it is ideal to drink plenty of water, pasteurised milk and juices. Other researches show large amounts of caffeine intake results in premature birth, miscarriages, low birth weight and withdrawal symptoms in infants.

  1. Unwashed Vegetables

The soil in which vegetables are grown might contain toxoplasmosis, which causes miscarriages and brain damage to the unborn baby. Although it is rare to catch this parasite but it is highly recommended to wash all your vegetables and fruits before consuming them.

Alopecia refers to the rapid loss of hair and is an autoimmune disorder which is also known as spot baldness. It occurs when the immune system of your body forms antibodies to attack your hair follicles leading to hair loss.

Alopecia normally develops in children and teenagers. It is commonly found that around half of the people with the condition were affected before they reached 21.What Is Alopecia And What Are Its Causes

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Does Too Much Hair Fall Indicate Alopecia?

Losing a few strands of hair everyday as you brush is quite natural. It is considered that losing up to 100 hairs a day is normal. When you lose hair beyond the normal levels, it can be alopecia and hence is a major cause of concern. Alopecia can lead to baldness and hence it is important to look for effective ways to address the condition.

Once you realize that you are losing more hair than is normal, it is best to initiate preventive measures to address hair loss. Some of the best shampoos for hair loss can help and you need to double your efforts by having a balanced diet.

Symptoms of Alopecia

One or more of the symptoms given below can be seen in those with alopecia.

Hair Loss in Patches:  Bare patches of coin-size occur on your scalp and these are the signs of onset of alopecia.

Changes in Nails: Changes in your nails, both in fingers and toes, can be suggestive of alopecia. Pinpoint dents, white spots and lines and split nails are symptoms of alopecia. Nails lose their shine as well.

Types of Alopecia

Alopecia is classified as alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis. In alopecia areata, the loss of hair will be in patches. In alopecia totalis, the loss of hair will be complete. The condition in which there is loss of hair all over the body is called alopecia universalis.

What Causes Alopecia

Alopecia can target any one despite their gender and the exact causes have not been identified. Although it is often said, that genetics and a few other factors have a role to play in it. Hormones, chronic stress, virus attacks, illnesses and medications are possible factors that can cause autoimmune disorder leading to alopecia.

Those with alopecia are at a higher risk of developing other autoimmune conditions including thyroid disorders


If you are genetically predisposed, you stand a chance of being affected by alopecia. Genes play a major role in making you bald. The condition is termed androgenetic alopecia a.k.a male-pattern baldness, in which the affected person goes completely bald. Women are spared but not completely and can go partially bald.

Allergy was also believed to cause alopecia when a research team found extensive hair loss in those with allergies such as eczema. However, the result differed when a study was conducted on participants of a different origin. This highlights the possibility of the role of genetic composition of various races in alopecia.


Losing more hair than normal levels can also be owing to environmental reasons. Environment plays a major role in your hair loss. Here are some of the environmental factors that can make you lose more hair.


  • Pollution in air interferes with the protein producing processes in the body that stimulate hair growth.
  • Exposure to chemicals is associated with hair loss. The chlorine content in the swimming pool can also damage your hair. Using hair dyes and shampoos that contain chemicals such as ammonia can be very harmful to hair health.
  • Overexposure to sun may make the hair brittle leading to hair loss.

While genetics and environmental triggers are considered two most important causes of alopecia, a few other factors are also believed to cause alopecia. They are.


  • Severe illness
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Chronic stress that cause hormonal changes
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • To prevent hair loss and acquire healthy hair growth, it is essential that you identify the cause so that you can have it treated right. After all, hair locks are not all about looks, right?


I can not imagine a day of my life without a big bowl of salad. In fact if I miss a day of eating fresh vegetables or at least fruits I feel I have a lot less energy. Salad recipes are so easy and I believe you can make almost anything into a part of a salad. Regardless of what time of the day it is a nice bowl of fresh vegetables and fruits is always welcome. 


So when I was offered to create and a  Florette Salad recipe I was delighted. You can find it in most supermarkets and there are quite a few smaller shops that offer it as well. 



super bean salad


Here is the recipe, that I created. Its called Super Bean Salad 


1/2 bag of Florette Salad, I used the Classic Crispy one, that includes some of my favourite leafy greens.This bag includes Frisée, Lambs Lettuce and  Radicchio. They go perfectly on it’s own, but also make a nice base for your favourite salad combination.

I dress the leaves in a very simple dressing by using 2 part olive oil, one part apple cider vinegar and then adding some salt and freshly grounded black pepper to taste. Once you have made the dressing simply pour it over the salad leaves and mix well.

Then place it in your serving bowl.

In another dish choose your favourite beans. I use a combination of red kidney beans, borlotti beans,green beans and some sweetcorn. To dress them I added some fresh mint and and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Mix them and place them on the top of your leafy greens. Then to finish it you can add some mini red peppers which are a nice compliment to the beans.

The salad is complete and can be enjoyed just like that or you can also make it as a part of a meal.

florette salad recipe


I like to serve the salad with Ciabatta bread bruschetta. You can use any other kind, but this one goes nicely with it. To make the tomato bruschetta you need some fresh tomatoe, fresh basil, olive oil and a pinch of salt.Simply slice the tomatoes into thin slices, season them with place on the top of the slices of ciabatta.

Pour some olive oil on the bottom of a baking tray and then place the slices there.Put the oven on a medium heat of 150C and bake the bread for about 10-12 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked. Take out of the oven and sprinkle with fresh basil.


Eating fresh foods is vital for your overall health and well being and I highly recommend you trying as many salads as possible and exploring the endless possibilities of eating pants. 

You can see some more amazing  ideas and add Florette Salad recipes  to your weekly meals.Now it’s your turn.