What if you could do something concrete to help ensure that your children and grandchildren enter this world with the best possible chance for a happy and healthy life? Would you do it? No hesitation, of course you would! I have something on my mind this week that I believe will be a great help to everyone with small children or planning to have children sometime on the horizon.
I’d like to recommend a new book to you from Food Renegade called Beautiful Babies. I’ve spent the weekend with my copy and am loving it :-). Food Renegade’s writing always gets me riled up a bit and this book is no exception. The chapter on “What to Eat Instead” is a must read for everyone, not just those raising kids. Kristen, I hope I can write like you when I grow up ;-).
This book is a comprehensive look at what it takes to conceive and raise a healthy baby. I can’t express how much I wish I’d had a guide like this when I was a young mom. All I had was the ubiquitous “What to expect when you’re expecting” … not much help.
I Could have Skipped the Morning Sickness if I’d Known This …
I would have given anything to have just this one suggestion from the book on morning sickness. I suffered from long-term morning sickness in both my pregnancies. Because I didn’t lose any weight no one felt it was serious. Well, it was serious to me. In the first pregnancy it lasted about 3 months but with my 2nd it lasted pretty much the whole pregnancy all day long. I had to quit my job since I generally spent my days looking for the next place to throw up. Based on what I’ve learned about nutrition and my personal nutrient issues I strongly believe Kristen’s suggestion would have worked for me.
Good Plain Common Sense on the Feeding of Babies
Most of the advice I remember on the subject of feeding babies was just plain crazy-making! Do this, never do that! Everyone was so sure and they always seemed to contradict one another. As a young mom I didn’t know what to do about feeding problems so I turned to my Mother and thank God I did. She was the only source of reasonable information I had, even if that advice wasn’t perfect. Beautiful Babies can be that source of reasonable advice for all the new moms out there … like advice from your big sister :-).
Grandma, Send Beautiful Babies to your Daughters and Granddaughters
People often ask Sally Fallon of the Weston Price Foundation what they can do to help their children and grandchildren to eat a healthier diet. She suggests being the one to pickup the raw milk and deliver it to the family. I think that’s a great suggestion! I’d like to add to that just simply providing information when it’s needed. Sure, we all have the internet and can look things up, but sometimes it’s really helpful to have a complete view of someone you respect’s thoughts on diet. Beautiful Babies is like that, a complete overview of what it takes to conceive and raise beautiful babies. Young couples often don’t have that little extra cash to outlay for books so just send them a copy. Maybe they’ll read it, maybe they won’t but it’ll be there handy when questions arise and you aren’t around.