Posts tagged nutrition
Book Review: Expect the Best by Elizabeth M. Ward MS, RD

From cover to cover, Elizabeth shares great advice about what to eat before, during, and after pregnancy. The highlight of the book for me were The Words of Motherly Wisdom sprinkled throughout the book where real life mamas share insider tips to manage some pesky pregnancy problems or just offer an encouraging word.

You'll find information on food safety, meeting your nutrient needs, eating for twin pregnancies, preconception nutrition, and recipes.

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Pregnancy Nutrition Guide

My obsession with women's health nutrition began as an obsession with prenatal nutrition. So putting together this guide was a bit like being reunited with an old pal.

Food and nutrition during pregnancy are uber important. What you eat during this time affects how you feel, your health, and the health of your baby. Not only that, food can also be a powerful ally in your quest to remedy some of the not so pleasant pregnancy symptoms.

So whether you're experiencing constipation, morning sickness, heartburn, all the above or none of the above, food is your friend during this time. 

I hope this info helps you make food choices that support a healthier, happier pregnancy. Plus, simplifies the often overly prescriptive and complicated advice women are given about nutrition during pregnancy.

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New Seafood Recommendations for Pregnant Women

Recently, the FDA and EPA released new advice about how to safely eat seafood if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

Unfortunately, fish and shellfish have gotten get a bad rap when it comes to preconception and prenatal nutrition. While it's true that some kinds are high in mercury, it's equally true that fish and shellfish are bursting at the seams with health benefits.

Many women have chosen to or been advised to completely forgo seafood to avoid being exposed to too much mercury. Fortunately, you don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. You can avoid high levels of mercury and eat fish, too.

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Food, Fertility, and Folklore: Cabbage

If I wasn't a dietitian, I would absolutely be an anthropologist. I love learning about other cultures, especially a culture's food, reproductive rituals, dance, and spirituality. So, I thought I'd bring a bit of that to the blog through a new series: Food, Fertility, and Folklore.

I'll be sharing foods that are commonly eaten or given as a gift to improve or bless fertility in different cultures. Then we'll take a look at the science behind that food and its possible effect on fertility. 

First up, cabbage!

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5 Easy Steps to Create Fertility Boosting Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast bowls are my go-to breakfast option. They're simple and can be easily tailored to my ever-changing tastes and cravings. With the right ingredients they can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to promote healthy hormonal balance and fertility.

Minimally processed food with plenty of nutrients are an important part of any preconception plan. You are what you eat. Healthy food=healthier body=best chances of conceiving. The research is clear, diet affects fertility. Each meal and snack has the potential to help you reach your goal of getting pregnant and giving birth to a happy health baby.

Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day. And for good reason. After your overnight fast your body is begging for replenishment. Give it what it's asking for, lady.

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10 Tasty Foods To Meet Your Pregnancy Vitamin A Needs

Vitamin A kind of gets a bad rap during pregnancy. Rightfully so, folks are concerned about toxicity. This is one nutrient where too much of a good thing can be harmful. But, I think we've really thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Yes, too much vitamin A, especially from supplements, is dangerous. But you still need it, your baby still needs it, and there's a really good chance you're not getting enough.

26% of pregnant women don't get enough vitamin A from their daily diet. And non-pregnant women aren't doing any better. 48 % of non-pregnant women aren't meeting vitamin A needs. So maybe we should all chill out a bit.

Too much vitamin a is not good, but neither is too little. And if you know which forms to take in you don't have to worry nearly as much about the effects of getting much

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The Best Calcium Rich, Dairy-Free Foods to Eat During Your Pregnancy

Milk doesn't have a monopoly on calcium, folks. Thank God! I've had far too many pregnant ladies tell me they're gulping down milk to meet their calcium needs and end up with diarrhea, gas, and all sorts of unpleasantries.

If you can't or don't do milk, don't force it. Calcium can be found elsewhere. The important thing is that you take in enough, especially now, during your pregnancy.

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Can You Put an End to Endometriosis with Food?

Being sidelined by pelvic pain, periods that laugh at super-extra-long pads, and unmentionable tummy upset is no fun. Unfortunately, if you have endometriosis you know this all too well.

One of the things you have control over that affects endometriosis is (surprise, surprise) nutrition. What you eat can help reduce your risk of developing endometriosis, can manage the symptoms if you already have it, and may even reduce the chance symptoms will return after surgical treatment.

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