Real Food for Mother and Baby

March 16, 2011

Finally, a pregnancy nutrition advice book worth the paper it’s printed on.

Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby’s First Foods was a delight to read.

So many books, websites and “experts” recommend a diet for pregnant (and wanting to be pregnant) women that is the total opposite of what people have traditionally believed for hundreds of years.

Our Great-and Grandmothers had the good sense to let a pregnant woman eat real food in the quantities she desired. She would never have dreamed of limiting her calories so the Doctor wouldn’t get mad about her 25 pound weight gain, or not salting her food to taste, or avoiding her favorite dishes during pregnancy and nursing, or any of the other nonsense women in the last 40 years have been taught.

Books like “Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding” should be burned for recommending low fat everything and the heavy consumption of vegetable oils. The low fat craze probably has a lot to do with increasing infertility rates, and most women would feel horrible eating according to its plan.

Women need real food in order to conceive and birth a healthy baby, and to avoid a malnourished state for themselves after baby is born. Being well fed also helps prevent difficult births and postpartum depression, and ensure a better breastfeeding and all around new mom experience.

I applaud Nina Planck, Real Food’s author, for bringing the teachings of Dr. Weston A. Price to the mainstream. In this book, you’ll find information on the importance of:

  • Healthy fats – including (gasp!) animal foods
  • REAL (Read: raw) milk
  • MEAT (Dr. Price found no traditional vegan cultures, very few vegetarian ones, and those are the least healthy and shortest lived of the world’s population)
  • What Dad’s diet has to do with it
  • Common sense, relaxed advice on starting solids

Instead of asking you to just take her word for it, Real Food for Mother and Baby provides references to studies and plenty of resources for more info and research. Yet it manages not to bore you to tears and reads more like a heart-to-heart with your BFF. Highly recommended!

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