Nourishing Traditions Preparing for Your Baby Class Ch. 1, Part 3 and 4

Devotion time- This week we listened to a tape of Elisabeth Elliot, http://www.elisabethelliot.org interviewing Donna Otto on the biblical mandate for the older women to teach the younger women in Titus 2:3-5: “The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers,not given to much wine, teachers of good things-that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” 

Www.fbcathens.org -Pastor Edwin’s sermon this past Sunday in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Same Sex Marriages

Pastor Jack Graham’s Letter on Protecting the Family in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Same Sex Marriages http://prestonwoodnetwork.org/how-should-the-church-respond/

Nourishing Traditions, Preparing for Your Baby, Ch. 1 Part  3 and 4

Nourishing Traditions, Baby and Child Care, Ch1. Part 3

Whole Grains

Whole grains, legumes and nuts provide excellent nutrition-in particular magnesium to balance the calcium in dairy products-but only if prepared carefully. These foods are rich in nutrients but they contain anti-nutrients that can block absorption of minerals, interfere with digestion and irritate the intestinal tract…none of which should occur while you are pregnant or preparing for pregnancy.

To prepare them properly soaking whole grains or freshly ground flour in a warm, slightly acidic medium, such as water with a small amount of lemon juice, vinegar, buttermilk, yogurt or kefir. The combination breaks down anti-nutrients, increases vitamin content, liberates minerals and makes the grains more digestible. Legumes also need to be well soaked and well cooked.

Nuts are our best source of magnesium but are high in phytic acid, which can block mineral assimilation, they are high in enzyme inhibitors, which can cause irritation and indigestion, and in oxalic acid, which can block calcium assimilation and lead to kidney stones. Nuts should be soaked in salt water for 6-8 hours then drained and dehydrated in a warm over or dehydrator -recipe in books.

Fresh Vegetables and Fruits

Sally Fallon says these are not nearly as nutrient dense as animal foods-the emphasis for a healthy pregnancy and optimal baby developments should be on meat and organ meats, dairy foods, eggs, seafood, and then fruits and veggies.

She says that fruits and veggies contain only a fraction of the nutrients per gram found in meats, dairy foods and organ meats. They are good sources of vitamin C, folate and minerals like magnesium. Most important, fruits and veggies make great vehicles for good fats, like butter and cream, and the nutrients in fruits and veggies are more easily assimilated when they are served with these healthy fats.

Leafy Green Vegetables- good source of FOLATE, critical nutrient for growing the baby. But they can also contain oxalate acid, which can block calcium uptake and form painful deposits in the joints, kidneys and other organs. Foods like spinach, chard, mustard greens and kale should be well cooked and serve with liberal amounts of butter, lard, or fat back.

Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts contain goitrogens that can block thyroid function and use up valuable iodine; they are fine if cooked, fermented and eaten in moderation.

You will get a lot more out of most fibrous vegetable is they are cooked. The human digestive tract is not designed to deal with a lot of raw fiber??? :). I know there are differing opinions about this. The nutritionist at the Environmental Health Clinic, Dr. Ron Overberg, recommended steaming veggies before eating them to help with digestion. They saw the sickest folks in the world out there with messed us guts, and he taught me that the sick gut cannot handle raw veggies.

High pectin fruits like apples, pears, and peaches may be more digestible if cooked, but many fruits can be eaten raw.

Do your best to purchase organic veggies, most pesticides can adversely affect the development of your baby (not to mention GMO’s today). http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/epa-american-people-let-them-eat-monsantos-roundup-ready-cake Pesticides also tend to be high in cadmium, a toxic metal. There will be a lot more nutrition in vegetables and fruits that are raised without pesticides, produced locally, vine ripened and consumed in season…make sure the soil is healthy, just because “organic,” doesn’t mean it is necessarily more nutrient dense.

Salt

Our body needs salt-without salt we can’t digest carbs or protein. Cellular metabolism depends on the sodium from salt, and salt supports adrenal function. It plays a critical role in baby’s neurological development…sodium activates an enzyme needed for the production of glial cells in the brain-the cells that support logical and creative thinking.

Babies who consumed formula without salt suffered permanent neurological damage. Mothers need to maintain good sodium status throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Best salt is unrefined salt, that provides sodium chloride, magnesium and many trace minerals. Regular salt doesn’t have these nutrients and it contains an aluminum compound to keep it from clumping.

Dr. Henry, Dr. Blaylock recommend Celtic Sea Salt.

Mention the “Making the Transition” page on p.28….

It is also important to avoid all processed foods, fast foods and junk foods containing:

  • Trans fatty acids (partially hydrogenated oils)
  • Liquid commercial vegetable oils
  • Refined sweeteners such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, yacon syrup, agave “nectar.”
  • Artificial sweeteners such as Equal, Nutrasweet and Splenda
  • White flour, boxed breakfast cereals and improperly prepared grains
  • Modern soy products
  • Caffeine and caffeine like substances (coffee, tea and chocolate)
  • Microwaved and irradiated food-borne

In addition, avoid:

  • Tap water containing fluoride, chlorine and other chemicals, but don’t buy water out of plastic and think you are doing better. Get a good water filter, Culligan is a good company, and if you can get a whole house filter to filter out the chlorine from your bath water and shower water where more chlorine is absorbed by the skin than drinking it. Mountain Valley Water is a company you can buy water in glass if you want to buy it…you can get it through Crystal Mountain Water company in our area and they deliver it to your house.
  • Exposure to pesticides, herbicides and industrial chemicals. If you must have your yard treated, use www.turfdoctorinc.org. They seek to make your soil healthy with natural amendments to the soil. They use as little weed killer as possible. They won’t use any if you don’t want it.
  • Cigarettes
  • Alcohol
  • Vaccinations
  • Synthetic vitamins
  • Drugs, including prescription drugs

Last week we talked a bit about transfats but I wanted to go back and touch on this all important subject because it is so critical in our health and our developing baby.

Trans fats, margarines, shortenings and vegetable oils, are hidden in processed food like cookies, crackers, bread, pastries, chips, and other snack foods. Commercial fried food are another source of trans fats.

Trans Fats:

  • Interfere with growth and neurological development
  • Is associated with low birth weight, which is associated with many problems in the infant, including chronic illness like heart disease later in life.
  • Impair growth and interfere with learning ability
  • Even a small amount in the diet of the pregnant and nursing mom can reduce vision accuracy
  • they inhibit the receptors and enzymes in our cell membranes from receiving nutrients and getting rid of waste
  • Trans fats are the chief cause of type 2 diabetes, a condition in which the cell membrane receptors for insulin do not work.
  • Interfere with hormone production
  • disrupt sexual development and causing the infant to be less resistant to stress

Use raw butter and cream instead, make your own salad dressing using extra virgin olive oil, and use coconut oil for your cooking needs.

Avoid refined sweeteners in refined processed foods. Metabolizing sugar uses up large amounts of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and creates a roller-coaster of high and then low blood sugar levels.

Sugar consumption causes:

  • diabetes
  • hypoglycemia
  • more frequent infectious illness
  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • digestive problems
  • endocrine problems
  • infertility
  • skin problems
  • obesity
  • increased desire for alcohol, coffee and tobacco
  • Candida overgrowth
  • bone loss
  • dental decay
  • hyperactivity
  • violent tendencies and depression

High fructose corn syrup and its cousins agave “nectar” and yacon “syrup” are even worse than sugar, especially for the period of growth.

High fructose sweetener in soft drinks and many foods aimed at children causes:

  • serious abnormalities in test animals, particularly growing animals

Fructose has an effect on the liver and along with copper deficiency (widespread in the U.S.) interferes with the production of collagen. If you want a child who is sturdy and strong, who doesn’t injure easily, and whose liver is capable of dealing with environmental toxins, do your best to avoid high fructose corn syrup. Agave “nectar” or “syrup” and yacon “syrup” contain even more free fructose than high fructose corn syrup.

Artificial sweeteners such as Equal, Nutrasweet, and Splenda are not good alternatives.

Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal, AminoSweet) can cause:

  • severe neurological reactions including headaches, seizures and a dangerous drop in blood pressure
  • Linked to brain cancer and damage to the retina of the eye
  • Aspartame stimulates the release of insulin and plays havoc with neurotransmitters
  • Many people show increased food consumption on a diet containing aspartame

Splenda (or sucralose) in test animals developed:

  • a shrunken thymus gland (hence reduced immunity)
  • enlarged liver and kidneys
  • a decrease in red blood cells
  • and a tendency in diarrhea
  • most serious for those wishing a normal pregnancy and healthy children, sucralose caused prolonged or aborted pregnancy, low birth weight in offspring and reduced growth rate.

Many good natural sweeteners that parents can use in moderation without posing a threat to their baby:

  • raw honey
  • maple syrup
  • Rapadura (dehydrated cane sugar juice)
  • maple sugar

Soy products should be strictly avoided:

  • they are loaded with phytoestrogens that can cause hormonal imbalances and thyroid problems
  • oxalates and enzyme inhibitors that can cause extreme digestive distress
  • high levels of phytic acid that can block the uptake of important nutrients like zinc, calcium, iron and magnesium

Phytoestrogens are strong anti-fertility agents that may prevent you from becoming pregnant. If you consume soy foods while pregnant, these endocrine disruptors can cross the placenta and have an adverse effect on the infant. In rodents, even at very low levels, the main phytoestrogen in soy caused behavior changes, increased signs of stress, decreased social contact and altered sexual expression.

Food additives is another great concern…Americans consume nine pounds of additives per year, including preservatives, dyes, bleaches, emulsifiers, antioxidants, artificial and “natural” flavors, conditioners, extenders, anti-caking agents and thickeners.

The most dangerous food additive is the neurotoxic free glutamic acid, known as monosodium glutamate (MSG) often disguised as:

  • hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • yeast extract
  • natural flavors”

Anything hydrolyzed, autolyzed or extracted is likely to contain free glutamic acid. Citric acid and sodium and calcium caseinates contain MSG as well as powdered milk added to reduced fat diary products, along with modern soy products added during processing.

Adrenal function:

She talks about the importance of leaving off caffeine-coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks and chocolate (Dr. Hyman recommends dark chocolate as a good antioxidant). She said the “lift” you get from it, stimulates the secretion of adrenaline and the body has to work hard to bring the corticoid hormones back to homeostasis. Over time the result is nutrient depletion and adrenal exhaustion.

This is important to me because I have struggled with my adrenal function, as well as my Mom and I wonder if this theory is true:

An interesting theory holds that a woman with depleted adrenal function can “steal” adrenal hormones from her developing baby, condemning the baby to compromised adrenal function. The corticoid hormones produced by the adrenal glands regulate almost every aspect of our metabolism, including blood sugar levels, blood pressure, mineral metabolism, healing and stress responses and they are involved in the production of sex hormones.”

One of the most important gifts you can give to your child is a strong, well functioning adrenal glands, and that means to kick the caffeine habit well before you conceive.

Microwaves-ditch the microwave and stick to old fashioned cooking methods. Microwaves and irradiated foods destroys nutrients and renders the delicate fatty acids rancid. A good substitute for the microwave is a counter top convection toaster oven. This cooks food rapidly and evenly using old fashioned heat.

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