Pregnancy causes a wide change in a woman’s total condition, especially the first 3 months. It is important to keep a well balanced diet to help manage the emotional roller coaster you ride the entire pregnancy (not to mention post-natal).
You are beginning the first stage of feeding your baby and determining its constitution, so make the best decisions you can. By choosing certain foods you help growth, development, calm certain cravings, increase energy, and even possibly eliminate or control certain symptoms of pregnancy like morning sickness, migraines, swelling, and others. Here are some quick tips from one of my favorite books, “Macrobiotic Pregnancy and Care of the Newborn” by Michio and Aveline Kushi.
1. Do not follow a specific diet the ENTIRE pregnancy. You need to learn to adapt your diet to suit the constant changing conditions of the body, and learn how to satisfy cravings. ( I will dedicate 1 blog to CRAVINGS ONLY, but here are a few for now)
2. Chew your food well. (until it becomes a liquid in your mouth) This is where digestion begins!
3. Eat with good appetite.
4. SIT to EAT, and eat with a peaceful manner with gratitude for your food about 3 times a day.
5. Avoid eating for about 3 hours before sleeping. This will help relieve stagnation which creates indigestion.
6. It is advisable to use a gas or wood stove for cooking if available rather than electric or microwave cooking devices.
8. Eat until you are satisfied not full
9. Eat your minerals! SEA VEGGIES! but don’t bathe too long because you can deplete those minerals.
If we are not drinking water then we turn to special teas that are good for almost all ages. There is a difference between the teas I am about to list compared to already bottled tea, herbal teas, and that southern sweet tea.
Certain tea is important to include in your diet because it can help with digestion, detoxing, immune system boost, improve respiratory system, and general health. Here is a list of our stapel teas in our home. You can get most the ingredients from whole foods, but I like to order from Natural Import.
Kukicha or Bancha: Helps with digestion, contains no chemical dyes. Consists of the stems of leaves from mature Japanese tea bushes. Comes in tea bag or twigs.
Sencha: Helps with metabolism. Consists of toasted brown rice and Japanese Green tea leaves. Comes in tea bags
Ume-Shoyu Kuzu: Aids in digestion, and creating a alkaline base when too acidic. Good for sickness, detox, hangover. Disolve kuzu in room temp water. Simmer water or kukicha, and then add the disolved kuzu water and ume plum (Japanese pickeled plum found at Whole Foods or Natural Import). Add a splash of shoyu sauce (a naturally fermented soy sauce).
Start with those for now… More to come!
Today was a very productive day. I put together 4 of our regular flavors with a little twist for a boost of nutrients! All food is made with filtered water and a pinch of Kombu.
Butternut Squash, Parsnip, Rutabaga, and Daikon
Butternut Squash, Parsnip, Collard Greens, and Burdock
Green Machine: (Broccoli Mix)
Broccoli, Collard Greens, Rutabaga, Butternut squash
24 Carrot Plus:
Make your own infant formula because there are not any really good products out there. Here are a few to try out!
for Breast Milk
Compiled by Dr. Thomas Stearns Lee, NMD
The best nutrition for newborns and infants is breast milk. However, there are situations that require formula feeding, and many babies respond poorly to cow’s milk. The following infant formula recipes have been created to meet babies’ nutritional requirements up to six months of age.
In these formulations, soy milk is mentioned as a substitute for cow’s milk. There are now many processing methods for soy that produce very different nutritional results. Because there is little scientific information about the nutritional value of genetically modified (GMO) soy and because of the prevalence of soy allergies, we suggest you consider rice, almond, or oat milk if you encounter any problems with soy.
These formulas have proven useful and complete. For all these recipes, warm the milk or milk substitute up to skin temperature, stir in the liquid supplements, and add the dry powders last. Fill the bottles or create individual servings in covered containers. (Remember, glass is always more pure than plastic containers.)
Warm each feeding up to the baby’s temperature before use. Remember that any formula containing virgin coconut oil must be warmed to over 75 degrees F. to liquefy this oil.
With practice, you will discover the best mix for your infant. If you would like to share your findings with us, other families will appreciate the benefit of your experiences.
Kokkoh (Macrobiotic Rice Milk)
• 1 cup brown rice
• 10 cups water
• 1/4 tsp. salt
Wash the rice and toast it in a dry pan, stirring it constantly until it is golden and begins to pop. Add the water and salt and simmer for 2 hours or more on a low flame, stirring occasionally. Squeeze out the cream with a cheesecloth. This milk can serve as the basis for infant formula if it is supplemented with other nutrients, as in the recipes below.
• 1 qt. oat, rice, almond, or soy milk (ranked here by ease of digestion), heated to boiling, then cooled
• 1 cup organic carrot juice
• 1/2 cup of strained liquid from a mixture of cooked bean sprouts (mung bean, lentil, and alfalfa)
• 1 tbsp. maple syrup
• 1 tsp. virgin coconut oil
• 300 IU calcium/magnesium liquid
• 250 mg. Vitamin C powder
• 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
• 1/2 tsp. chlorophyll liquid
• 100 mcg. folic acid
Various milks have very different protein contents. Work with a naturopathic doctor to tune these amounts if using this formula longer than a few weeks. In addition, borage oil, flax oil, or evening primrose oil can be added as a source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Human milk has significant amounts of GLA and it is required for the synthesis of necessary hormones.
Loffler-Wright Infant Formula
(From Medical Nutrition from Marz)
• 1 quart whole oat, rice, almond, or soy milk
• 1 cup carrot juice
• 200 mg DHA in fish oil
• 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
• 1 tablespoon barley green or Spirulina
• 1 teaspoon molasses
• 100 IU Vitamin D
• 0.1 mg folate
• 500 mg Carnitine
This formula should be made up daily. Since it oxidizes rapidly, it is best to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or pre-bottled in the unit-dose baby bottles. Vitamins and syrups can be pre-mixed and ready for more convenient preparation.
• 1 qt. soy milk
• 1 cup carrot juice
• 1/4 tsp. barley green
• 200 IUs Vitamin D
• 1/4 tsp. nutritional yeast
• 100 mg. Vitamin C
• 1 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
• 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Other modifications can be made to this formula if the infant is premature or has poor muscle development. In particular, L-Carnitine is critical for the oxidation of fatty acids, so you may want to add that (500 mg/qt) for older babies. Newborns have a very limited ability to synthesize carnitine, especially premature ones.
Another modification that can be made in the formula is the addition of DHA (Docosahexaeinoic acid), which is critical for visual acuity and brain development. Infants fed formulas that were devoid of these essential fatty acids showed significantly slower brain development and less visual acuity as babies and toddlers. Many countries in Europe and Asia require that DHA be added to infant formulas. Currently, supplemental amounts are controversial. The FDA is currently considering this ingredient to be required in infant formulas in the U.S., but there is strong opposition by infant formula manufacturers.
NaturoDoc Note: Our guesstimate is that 200 mg of DHA per quart is a conservative supplemental level.
Excerpted and adapted from The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two, by William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, Little, Brown and Company, New York, 1993.
Naturally Healthy Infant Formula
This formula is a soy-based formula. Rice- or oatmeal-based formulas are also nutritious and well-tolerated.
To make one quart, blend the following ingredients:
• One-half teaspoon of powdered Bifidus-type acidophilus bacteria, such as Natren, Lactopriv, Eugalan, Topfer, or other powders.
• 200 mg. of calcium ascorbate crystals.
• 100 mcg. folic acid
• 1 tablespoon of whey protein powder.
• One teaspoon lecithin granules. Mix with the dry ingredients for addition to the warmed milk.
• Two teaspoons total of oil: one teaspoon virgin coconut oil, and one teaspoon flax or olive oil. Organic oils are best.
• One teaspoon of organic honey or crystallized sugar cane juice.
• One quart of plain unsweetened organic rice or almond milk.
Notes: A liquid pediatric multiple vitamin may be used with this formula; two suggestions are Floridix or NF. At 5 months, molasses may be added for extra iron, and dulse or kelp flakes can be introduced into the diet for iodine.
Dr. Lee’s Formula
• 1 qt. goat’s milk, or oat, rice, almond, or soy milk, or preferred combinations
• 200 mcg. folic acid
• 1-2 mg. B complex (dissolve a 50 mg. tablet in a 1 oz. dropper bottle of water, and use 2 droppers of this mixture in a day’s worth of formula)
• 1 tsp. virgin coconut oil
• 1 drop wheat germ oil
• 1,000 IU’s Beta-carotene (1/2 of a small capsule stirred into milk)
• 1 pinch of powdered ginger
• 1 pinch of sea salt
Serve at room temperature, or slightly warm at 85-95 degrees F.
The Farm (Tennessee) Recipe for Soy Milk
This preparation is affordable and convenient for many families to add to other infant formula recipes. Soy products, especially commercial products, have proven difficult to digest for some infants and they can even cause allergies, so either be sure your children can handle it or use other milk substitutes.
• Rinse 2-1/2 cups whole soybeans and soak in 5 cups cool water for 8-10 hours.
• Blend 1 cup soybeans with 2-1/2 cups hot water at high speed for about 1 minute, or until beans are finely ground.
• Repeat until all beans are blended.
• Put in a large pot over medium-high flame. When soy starts to boil, turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
• Pour soy through cheesecloth, twisting pulp in cloth to squeeze out milk.
• Repeat process, pouring 2 cups boiling water in with remaining pulp and straining again. Supplement with food or breast milk.
Here is a Great Coffee Cake Recipe from Dr. Josh Axe. I SUBSTITUTE 2 tbsp of Flax meal and 2 tbsp of water for 1 egg to make it more macro friendly.
* Egg substitute = soak 2 tbsp of flax meal in 2 tbsp of water for about 3 minutes.