Maintaining a healthy diet for pregnancy is very important, not just for you but for your baby. Unlike the popular myth, your baby doesn’t just take what it needs from you. The nutrients in your bloodstream are most available to your baby, not nutrients being used by your body. For example, calcium circulating in your blood from food you just ate is much more available than calcium in your bones.
When you are pregnant, it is especially important to avoid consuming toxins in your diet. For that reason, we recommend that you only eat organic food. You should also avoid all processed and packaged foods as they contain unhealthy chemicals, including MSG, a neurotoxin, often labeled as “natural flavors”.
For information about why you should eat the following every day read Healthy Pregnancy Diet . To read more about how good nutrition during pregnancy can protect the your baby from diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and memory loss later in life read Vitamins for Fetal Development .
Consume 80-100 grams of complete protein per day. You should plan to have at least ONE protein food at every meal. Good sources of protein include organic free-range chicken, organic grass fed beef , organic grass fed lamb, organic pork, wild caught salmon from Alaska, organic raw whole milk or organic whole pasteurized (but not homogenized milk). For information about raw milk . Your protein intake should include:
In addition to the fats you consume eating protein as recommended above, your healthy diet for pregnancy should include the following additional healthy fats.
It is important that the grains you consume are properly prepared so that the antinutrients and enzyme inhibitors have been neutralized. For more information about this read Be Kind to Your Grains…And Your Grains Will Be Kind To You .
Fresh Fruit is an important part of your healthy diet for pregnancy because it contains vitamin C. Be sure to choose organic as fruits are heavily sprayed.
Salt is an important part of a healthy diet for pregnancy. Salt your food to taste with natural sea salt throughout your pregnancy. Our favorite brand is Real Salt which we purchase at Whole Foods.
Our healthy diet for pregnancy would not be complete without a discussion about what not to consume.
Check out our healthy food list where you can see a huge list of healthy foods to eat with very little preparation. Most meats you can broil or barbeque in less than fifteen minutes. Combine that with a steamed veggie or a tossed green salad and you have a healthy meal in less than thirty minutes.
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Read more about exactly what comprises a Healthy Pregnancy Diet .
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