I am totally obsessed with the idea of super nourishing my body before Matt and I even think about getting pregnant. Nutrition nerd, you say? Well, yes, BUT! This is good stuff for you too! Conception and pregnancy require a ton of nutrients and a lot of factors to go “right”. That is why it is so important to make sure the right foods are eaten and the wrong foods are avoided. Yah, yah, yah, our bodies can make something out of nothing even if we don’t have the proper nutrition, BUT that’s not optimal and can have grim effects down the line.
Back in the day, many cultures prepared their eligible bachelorettes (and often times bachelors as well) for pregnancy for many months, keeping them on a strict diet of sacred foods they had been using for generations. They even had young men eating special life giving foods, in some cases. Though they probably didn’t fully understand what was happening in the body to make the woman so amply ready for pregnancy, they did know that these foods were packed full of life giving powers. (Refer to “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS for a deeper understanding on this topic and so much more.) How else do you think women popped out 20 kids to make a village? jk
So, with that being said I want to post my journey to the healthiest me so that other young woman (or any woman planning for pregnancy) may be inspired to do the same for their own families. Proper nutrition before, during and after pregnancy can leave mommy feeling strong, baby healthy as can be and both parties out of the Doctor’s office (as much as I love all my physician friends, we’d all rather not visit you at work!).
Let’s start with the changes I’ve made to my general health (and the hubs) and we can go deeper on specifics later. FYI- by choosing to work on even one or two of these points in your own life, you can make a big difference in your health!
- I eat organic whenever possible. For those of you concerned about cost, at least chose to eat the organic form of the “Dirty Dozen”- 12 fruits and veggies with the highest amount of pesticides. Peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce, potatoes.
- I avoid soy altogether. Refer to my Soy post.
- I drink real milk, a.k.a. RAW! RealMilk.com
- I take Cod Liver Oil daily.
- I exercise 3-5 times per week, including cardio and weight barring exercises.
- I chose good, healthy and life giving fats such as butter, coconut/olive/flax oil, etc.
- I avoid hydrogenated oils and processed oils as well as processed sugars and flours. I am not perfect in this area, but as I learn more about these foods and their detrimental health effect, it is much easier to say, “No, thank you.”
I think this list is a good start, though it is not complete. My motives to eat whole, nourishing foods are my future and my families future. If you’re planning on having babies, or even if you already have babies, consider these points in your own life and get to it! There is nothing to lose, only gain. Now, eat up!
Shine Bright families!