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You’re pregnant. Now what do you eat? If you’re like many women I know, as soon as you find out you are pregnant, you start second-guessing your diet. And then you start Googling pregnancy nutrition, and pretty soon you’re confused and have a long list of things you either “must” eat or “never” eat. Take a deep breath. Instead of trying to hold onto everything, focus on these top 7 things to know about pregnancy nutrition.
Let me start by saying that I believe in food freedom. I believe that all foods can fit into a healthy dietary pattern. I’m not here to tell you “always” or “never”.
But I believe in presenting people with the information they need to make the best decision for themselves and their families. And here’s the truth:
Based on the research we have, coconut oil is not a healthful choice. Hard stop.
It seems to me that we need to switch our mindset. Instead of a holiday being a reason to throw caution to the wind, I wonder if we need to treat holidays more like Tuesdays. And honestly, I’m less interested in living most of life under crazy restrictions that make me feel like I need to treat myself to something, and more interested in living out enjoyable health each day.
After all, understanding these special occasions is actually just figuring out how to do life NOT on a diet. Living a real life, with real friends and family, with real opportunities to celebrate and enjoy good food and good people.
High-protein diets have been very fashionable lately. Whether it’s a specific diet like Atkins, Paleo/Whole30 and Dukan, or just a push for high protein items, protein is EVERYWHERE. But could high levels of protein be harmful to your health? Even worse for you than smoking??
How do you even know if you’re on a fad diet? Today’s fad diets are usually taking on a different shape. With changes like this every few years, it can be hard to stay on top of it all. Is the latest way of eating you heard about a fad diet, a “regular” diet, or something that is actually good for you? It’s really tempting to rush to a diet that promises fast results without a lot of effort. Who doesn’t want to hit the easy button on life? I have been there. To help you steer clear of the fad diets, I have 8 signs that you’re following a fad and you might want to rethink your health priorities and goals.
If you are a woman of child-bearing age, this post is for you. Not just for those who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. A common misconception is that you don’t need to worry about folate until you are actually pregnant. Not true! Even if you are only at the point of knowing that you want to one day have children, this is something you should be thinking about.
If you look on the shelves of your grocery store, you probably notice one of two things written on the package – “gluten-free” or how much protein is in the food. Protein is definitely the nutrient du jour, and people are OBSESSED with getting enough. Is that warranted? How much is enough? How much is too much?