Beautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Baby's First Food

Beautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Baby's First Food


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Did you know that simple changes in your diet could increase your fertility by 60 percent? That what you eat when you're pregnant could affect whether your child will need to wear glasses or braces? That increasing your intake of certain nutrients before you become pregnant could radically decrease your chances of suffering from morning sickness?

In Beautiful Babies, nutrition educator Kristen Michaelis reveals the truth about diet and pregnancy. Based on her research of the nutrient-rich diets of healthy and fertile populations around the world, she lays out exactly what you should and shouldn't eat when trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and while breast-feeding. In the first half of the book she explains the ways industrialized foods can prevent pregnancy, how a low-fat diet can increase your likelihood of infertility by 85 percent, what to do if breast-feeding doesn't work for you, why babies can't digest cereal, and gives step-by-step instructions on how and when to introduce your baby's first foods. In the second half of the book she equips you with more than 50 recipes for incorporating traditional fertility-boosting foods into your diet. Beautiful Babies provides you with everything you need to know about having a healthy pregnancy and nourishing your growing baby.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936608652
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kristen Michaelis is a passionate advocate for Real Food—food that's not industrially processed or refined, genetically-modified or laden with synthetic chemicals. She educates others on the ancestral diets of healthy, successful, traditional cultures around the world. She runs the wildly popular website,

Table of Contents

With Heartfelt Thanks 5

Foreword Joel Salatin 6

Part 1 Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, & Baby's First Foods

1 Paradigm Shifts 12

2 Why Nutrition Matters 19

3 Just Say No 32

4 What to Eat Instead 65

5 Taking Care of the Gut 87

6 Eating For Fertility and Pregnancy 95

7 Nutritional Myth-Busting 115

8 Beyond Nutrition: Exploring Alternative Treatments for Fertility & Pregnancy 125

9 Breastfeeding and Homemade Formulas 143

10 Baby's First Foods 161

Part 2 Recipes for Sacred Foods

11 Snacks and Condiments 177

12 Odd Bits: Organs & Bones 187

13 Seafood 197

14 Eggs 203

15 Beverages 211

Appendix A Understanding Food Ingredient Labels 216

Appendix B Eating Real Food on a Budget 222

Endnotes 226

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