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Pregnancy diet outline for a balance pregnancy diet

Achieving a Balanced Pregnancy Diet

Depending on your current phase of child bearing, the amount of food that should be you eating will change, as well as your size and body type. In indigenous cultures, the customs of vitality and health were passed from one each generation to the next. Unfortunately, this tradition has been lost in our modern culture. A great way to follow a healthy diet is by connecting with your ancestral roots and following those old eating traditions. You may be a person fortunate to have a grandparent or other relative who still follows the old way of eating, and they can be a wonderfu guide to help you continue in a lifestyle that is in a higher degree of harmony with Nature.

The eating guidlines in this article are not intended to be a strict protocol, but the one thing that you will want to do is to avoid all modern, processed foods. Keep in mind that these guidelines will not cure all of the health problems you are experience, or heal all of the disharmonies that are present (although they might). They do, however, help you to understand more about what a healthy diet should include. Often, the diet will need to be modified based on food availability, preferences, and personal health level. As an example, if you cannot find a place to buy raw milk then…buy a cow! I say this jokingly, but some people may getting raw milk for their family by raising livestock, although it can be quite a bit of work. Even people that have a hard time finding local raw milk, usually you can still locate high quality yellow butter instead, or raw pastured cheese instead. Also, remember that if you can’t find a local source of good raw cheese and butter, then it can be purchased online.

Pregnancy Diet Guidelines

Follow this outline to help you create your own pregnancy dietary program.

A. Fat-soluble vitamins & hormones (including vitamins A, D, E, K), should come from food-based sources twice a day. Out of these three categories, choose two each day:

  1. Land animal organs
  2. Heads or organs of shellfish or fish
  3. Raw dairy products from pastured, grass fed animals (milk, cream, butter, ]cheese)

B. Protein and fat containing ingredients, such as: meat (beef, chicken, fish, turkey, lamb, etc.), avocado, butter, eggs, cream, lard, coconut oil, suet and so forth. 

C. Vegetables, a variety of different plants in various colors. These vegetables can be consumed cooked in stews, soups, or side dishes with added  fat. Or, you can optionally make freshly pressed vegetable juices, but with the juices you need to avoid frequently drinking sweet juices using beets or carrots. Other juices that need to be limited are those from vegetables that are usually cooked such as cabbage, spinach, or kale. Even though potatoes are a starchy food, they can be a good source of nutrition when they are not consumed in excess, and be sure to include plenty of a healthy fat source with the potato.

D. Assimilation enhancers. Certain supplements may be supplement, such as probiotics. Or, alternatively you can consume fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, and yogurt. These foods are beneficial for your digestive system and should be eaten on a regular basis. Another beneficial food for digestive health is bone broths, because it can help you absorb fat and proteins when eaten together.

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