Chapter One, Part 2 Preparing for Your Baby
We always start with a devotion and prayer. This week i read several quotes from Elisabeth Elliot and the Bible.
“How sad and tragic this is that there are not more CHRISTian men and women of the golden age who are serious about taking up the burdens of the younger ones. The world is desperate for examples, for models.” Elisabeth Elliot
“Older women likewise…admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children.” Titus 2:3,4
“It is not for the flock of sheep to know the pasture the Shepherd has in mind. It is for them simply to follow Him. If they knew that HIS plans included a valley of deep shadow, they would panic. Keeping close to the One they have learned to trust is all that is necessary.” Elisabeth Elliot
“Nothing calls for a deeper humility, a clearer recognition of our inadequacies and helplessness, or a stronger faith, than parenthood.” The Call to Motherhood, Elisabeth Elliot
“Set you hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe.” Deuteronomy 32:46
For a wealth of godly wisdom from Elisabeth Elliot check out her website…www.elisabethelliot.org
Chapter One, Part 2 Preparing for your Baby, Nourishing Traditions
Since studying how important Vit. A is last week, I found out my levels of Vit. A are low. I don’t know how long they have been that way, but I am practicing some of these things to help get it up. I sure do appreciate Catherine Smith letting me try some of her Green Pasture cod liver oil, http://www.greenpasture.org That is a fermented Cod Liver Oil and the brand that Sally Fallon Morrell recommends in her book. You can get raw butter at the Madison City Farmer’s Market on Saturday, and the Greene St. Market on Thursday evening. Raw butter is a rich source of vitamins A,D, K, and E.
Liver: was considered a sacred food in almost all traditional cultures, necessary for strength, stamina, and the production of beautiful, healthy babies. It is the most nutrient dense food.
Benefits of Liver (clean, grass fed) in preparing for pregnancy:
- Beef liver contains over 50,000 IU vitamin A per 100 grams, chicken, duck and goose liver about 30,000 IU, and about 110 mg vitamin B12…over 6o times the amount found in beef.
- Liver is an excellent source of phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, choline, biotin and folate.
- Liver contains more vitamin C per gram than apples or carrots
- Chicken. duck and goose liver best sources of vitamin K2 which is critical for the development of baby’s bone structure, teeth, blood and brain. Working with Vit. A and D, liberal amounts of K2 ensures, attractive facial development, with plenty of space for the teeth to come in straight. Vitamin K2 is also found in the fats of grass-fed animals, such as meat fats, butter and cheese, but poultry liver is the best source of vitamin K2 in western diets.
Some ways to eat liver: fried in bacon fat with bacon and onions is one way to enjoy liver, pate, liverwurst…recipes are in the book…or you can visit our restaurant for fried chicken livers:). Not as healthy as making them yourselves, but we do serve them! http://oldgreenbrier.com/ .
Cooking lamb or beef liver, rich in vitamin A, in lard or bacon fat, rich in vitamin D, provides a synergistic combination of these two vitamins.
You can get clean beef liver from Dixon Family Meats, www.dixonfamilymeats.com . They are a wonderful Christian family. They are at the Greene St. Market, but they also come to Madison once a month and deliver.
If you can’t tolerate eating liver, you can take desiccated liver capsules…
The important thing is to prepare for conception by eating liver in one form or another at least twice a week and continue the practice during pregancy. It will help ensure a healthy child, and give you strength, stamina and a healthy outlook throughout you pregnancy.
Dr. Soto, http://www.holisticalabama.com recommends getting Pacific Ocean seafood over the Atlantic, and he surely doesn’t recommend the bottom feeding seafood of the Gulf due to the oil spill. He worked as an environmental doctor down there helping the people to recover from the oil spill.
Sally Fallon acknowledges the dangers of getting mercury from seafood, as well as PCBs, and other toxins, but she says that those who eat two or more servings of fish per week have babies of higher intelligence. The benefits are credited to the omega 3 fatty acids in fish, but it is also a good source of iodine and other trace minerals that support neurological function. She quotes a study involving fourteen thousand women and children showing the benefits of eating most types of seafood during pregnancy far outweigh any risks. The most important finding: women who eat twelve ounces or less of seafood per week were almost 50 percent more likely to have children with low IQ scores compared with women who exceeded this amount. At age three, children whose mothers ate less seafood during pregnancy were more likely to have social and communication problems with their peers and by ages seven and eight, they tended to have more behavioral problems and trouble with fine motor skills.
Mercury is not limited to the fish we eat. It can be in the air, in processed foods (such as high fructose corn syrup) , in amalgam fillings, which outgasses mercury fumes directly into the mouth and brain. And the absorption rate of mercury from fish depends on a number of factors, including the health of our gut flora. Healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract will actually trap food-borne mercury and prevent its absorption. Adequate selenium and glutathione levels in the body also protect against mercury. The best source of glutathione is raw milk!
This book, in the context of a healthy diet, recommends fish consumption before and during pregnancy, although they do caution against overconsumption of large fish like swordfish and tuna, which tend to concentrate mercury, and commercial freshwater fish like catfish (which can be very high in pollutants like PCB’s).
She mentions the benefits of fish eggs:
- Rich in vitamins B12, vitamin K2, cholesterol, choline, selenium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, zinc, iodine, trace minerals and DHA-all necessary for healthy reproductive and the development of the endocrine system, the nervous system and the brain. Cavier is also extremely rich in vitamin D
Fresh meat can and should be included in the diet every day-lamb, beef, pork, goat, poultry and game. Whenever possible, this meat should come from naturally raised, grass-fed animals. Meatshould always be consumed with the fat, and in the case of poultry with the skin. The fat provides valuable nutrients and makes it easier for you to digest the meat.
Meat is a rich source of complete protein, iron and zinc, all needed for building baby’s body, blood and brain: meat fats provide important minerals, fatty acids and the anti-cancer substance CLA. And like butter, meat fats provide arachidonic acid (AA) so important for neurological development, gut integrity and beautiful rash-resistant skin.
Oily Fish or Lard
Don’t be afraid to cook in lard-pasture-fed lard is stable and healthy, and it provides a rich source of Vit D to balance the large amounts of Vit A in the liver. Oily fish like anchovies and sardines are another source of Vit. D and the bones are a good source of calcium.
This is a wonderful fat that will strengthen your immune system and protect you against infection, will give you plenty of energy without causing unwanted weight gain, will nourish healthy bacteria in the colon, and may even contribute to the optimal development of your baby’s brain and nervous system. Catherine and I like http://www.Tropical Traditions.com, brand. They are a Christian family with the highest quality of coconut oil.
Homemade broth made from the bones of (clean, antibiotic, hormone free, etc) chicken, duck, beef, lamb or fish is a gelatin rich food that will help you digest your food, contribute to strong bones, tendons and connective tissue in both yourself and your developing baby and protect the integrity of the digestive tract. If you have trouble digesting meat, adding a gelatin rich sauce solves the problem. Catherine told me about a bone broth gelatin supplement http://www.amazon.com/Great-Lakes-Unflavored-Gelatin-16-Ounce/dp/B001ELLBJS/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1371863796&sr=8-7&keywords=bone+broth you can purchase from Amazon that is recommended by www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com . She is tied in with the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Bone broth is rich in the amino acid, glycine. Glycine is needed for the building of the placenta and protection of both mother and baby from toxins and stress.
It is important for the expectant mother to liberally match her egg and muscle meat consumption with glycine rich skin and bones, and also with folate rich liver, legumes(beans) and greens to safely dispose of methionine. Otherwise it can disrupt cellular communication, leading to a variety of problems such as mental disorders or cancer.
Lacto-Fermented Condiments and Beverages-
Group at the Farmers Market in Madison now who is selling these good veggies and beverages! They are located on Newby Road in Limestone Co. not for from us.
Lacto-fermentation preserves foods, including veggies, fruits, milk, meat and fish. It involves bacteria working primarily on sugars and starches to produce lactic acid, a natural preservative. Lacto -fermented foods are rich in enzymes, lactic acid and good bacteria, which together help digestion.
Good bacteria in the gut are critical to good health. In addition to their role in digestion, they keep potentially harmful microorganisms like Candida in balance and parasites at bay, they strengthen the immune system, they produce important nutrients, and even produce feel-good chemicals. Most important, good bacteria coat the intestinal tract with a biofilm that serves as our first line of defense against environmental toxins. Good bacteria lining the gut will latch on to mercury and take it out of the body; ditto for toxins like dioxins. Scientists are beginning to realize that the good bacteria lining our intestinal tract provide an important component of our immune system.
Good bacteria in mom’s gut will also flourish in her birth canal and even in her milk ducts. The bacteria that baby encounters during birth are the bacteria that will populate his own intestinal tract. It is critical that pregnant women encourage the growth of beneficial bacterial in the gut AND SINCE THESE GOOD BACTERIA PRVENT THE ABSORPTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS THAT CAN HARM THE DEVELOPING BABY, MOTHERS NEED TO ENCOURAGE THE GROWTH OF GOOD GUT BACTERIAL WELL BEFORE BABY IS CONCEIVED.The vehicle for lining the intestinal tract with good bacterial and keeping them there is lacto fermented foods which include:
- Raw sauerkraut, cucumbers, carrots, beets, turnips, onions, herbs, fruits, apples, berries can be done this way-recipes are in the book.
- Buttermilk, yogurt and kefir are also lacto fermented foods and especially beneficial if they are made at home from raw milk rather than in a factor-recipes in book.
- Salami and gravlax (Scandinavian lacto-fermented salmon)
I bought some ginger ale at the Madison City Market that is lacto fermented.
If you are new to lacto-fermented foods you should introduce them slowly…not like me yesterday. I ate a big serving of the fermented cabbage and carrots yesterday and I felt really badly yesterday evening and this morning….really bad…start slow!
Remember, detoxification needs to happen well before conception and NOT during pregnancy.