Mother Nature provides an amazing variety of foods for us to choose from. I was so excited to discover that between our refrigerator, garden and freezer, our Sweet Peas could eat all the colors of the rainbow - all fresh foods without food coloring :)
The next goal is to find as many vegetables as we have fruits in our food selection - we tend to stick to carrots, broccoli and lettuce that we grow...time to grow their palette instead of try to do better the next time we do this theme!
Our class last night was about Nutrition in Pregnancy. The Bradley Method® teaches students to follow The Brewer Diet, a high-protein, whole food diet, developed by Dr. Brewer to reduce pre-eclampsia.
As part of the “diet”, Dr. Brewer taught that a mother should be drinking to thirst. Well, now we know that “drinking to thirst” is not quite accurate. Thirst is a late signal that the body is dehydrated. We need to be drinking enough so that we never feel thirsty. Here is a good rule of thumb – take your weight in pounds, divide by 2, and that is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking every single day.
Today we take a look at Dr. Bradley's advice to mamas about pregnancy nutrition. One of my favorite things about doing these at-a-glance tips is going back into his book (I need to do it anyway for re-certification at the end of the year) and reading his gems about pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.
In reading about nutrition in Chapter 8 (How To Live With A Pregnant Wife) of his book, "Husband-Coached Childbirth", I am reminded again why we teach these childbirth classes.
We love having our students come back for a second series when they are expecting subsequent children. It is always interesting to hear which challenges they are facing that are unique to this pregnancy.
We all feel the crunch of time, and when you add a toddler, even more so. One thing most mamas have in common is that they all need ideas to help them eat a more nutritious, whole food diet. So many of us are used to picking up prepared foods, or drive through, or a quick bar from the convenience store.
We talked about the importance of a healthy, whole food diet in our classes on Friday and Saturday. One thing that strikes a chord every time is that a simple, nutritious, well-balanced diet can literally affect your pregnancy, your child, and your future generations.
Are we surprised that there are so many families struggling with infertility when women were told to limit their weight gain and potentially starve themselves and their babies of important building blocks? How about the increase in more processed foods as people moved away from the farms and into the cities?
We had a great question come up in class on Friday, one that bears writing
about because at least one student every session plans to give birth at a
hospital where they are told to have a good meal before they come in, because
their food will be restricted or prohibited once they check into the labor and
To begin with, even having to ask that title question begs another question:
why are we asking permission? The female
body, left to it’s own devices, will naturally shut down appetite as the
serious work of labor progresses.
I am pleased to introduce you to Blue Russ today. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach,
trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied over 100
dietary theories and a wide range of coaching techniques. She is your calm,
gentle guide, supporting you to achieve your goals with confidence and grace.
No counting calories or grams of nutrients. No judgment. No food is off limits.
No deprivation. She believes that we have all the wisdom and healing power we
need. The best healers are the ones that enable us to reawaken it.
Last Friday we had the class that is dedicated to Nutrition
in Pregnancy. We decided to switch it up
a little bit. Instead of showing the
video of Dr. Brewer addressing one of Marjie and Jay Hathaway’s classes in
California (yes, they still teach and if you are in the Sherman Oaks area, they
can be your teachers!), we invited one of our students who has an avocation for
nutrition to share her knowledge with the class.
R. is fully committed to providing the best nutrition for her family, and
she is also married to a CPA.
Eggs are a nutritional
powerhouse. They get some bad press now
and then (and I know our acupuncturist doesn’t care for them), however, as a
tool for good nutrition in pregnancy, they can do a lot of good over the 40ish
weeks a mom is building a new human being.
The Brewer Diet
teaches that a mother should eat two eggs a day as part of a high protein,
whole food diet. *gasp* TWO EGGS A DAY!
Yes – because
pregnancy is a unique time in a woman’s life when the whole food she eats is
being put to use immediately and for the unique purpose of growing a new
The inspiration from this post came from one of *my* mamas who is looking for
some ideas for high-protein, high-fiber meals.
Her baby is going through a growth spurt and she is ravenous as she
tries to keep up with their milk production.
Thanks to social media, it became apparent that several of her
classmates are also experiencing the same challenge...and in that spirit, I
dedicate this post to our Spring 2012 Bradley Method® class.
For my inspiration today, I complied two lists, one for high protein foods, and
one for high fiber foods.