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by Amelia on September 3, 2009
category:0 - 1年(宝贝)Book ReviewsChildren’s Health喂食健康和健身Pregnancy

I should be drinking whole milk while I’m pregnant? And better than that is unpasteurized, raw milk?

I should stay away from a low-fat diet? Especially while I’m pregnant?

What is “carbage”?

It’s okay to feed my baby meat?

So, can I or can’t I eat fish while I’m pregnant?

Industrial fats like corn, sunflower, safflower, and soybean oil are making me fat and causing heart disease and diabetes? You mean butter, coconut oil, and lard are better choices?


You mean babies don’t NEED cereal when they first start eating? Are you crazy?

41wrrks-eal_sl500_aa240_I recently read Nina Planck’s bookReal Food: What to Eat and Whybased on the recommendation of a friend. Thanks Heather! She also recommended Planck’s next book,母亲和宝宝的真正食物. When she told me that the book explains why mothers need more than iron and folic acid when they are pregnant and even trying to conceive a baby my interest was piqued.

This book will turn many of your thoughts about food upside down. Nina is aon a mission to help people understand why it is important to eat “real food”. Real food is food that people have been eating for thousands of years. The kind of food that is minimally processed–meaning milk that comes straight from the cow, beef that is fed grass not soybeans and corn, grains that have been soaked, plain yogurt with your own added flavor, poultry that is allowed to roam and eat grass and bugs. You get the idea. Planck makes the argument that “industrial foods” are ruining our health. Soybean, corn, safflower, and sunflower oils are commonly added into our foods. They are also highly processed and increasing our bad cholesterol. The information in this book will make your head spin because it demystifies so much of our wrong thinking about food.

This book addresses all those questions I wrote above. The first chapter is basically a summary of her first book Real Food. I highly recommend reading her first book to get more of the science and information behind her food recommendations. It is eye opening. Chapters 2 and 3 deal with pregnancy and nutrition during pregnancy. Chapter 4 covers breastfeeding. This chapter may make your eyes get as big as saucers in some parts but it is interesting all the same. She covers why breastmilk is best for baby, what she would do if she had trouble nursing her baby, how formula is made, some of the basics of getting baby to breastfeed and even some anthropological implications for why we have to nurse so often. Chapter 5 covers first foods for your baby. This chapter has seriously made me rethink how I want to introduce foods to any additional children we may have.

This book, along with her first book, has caused me to reconsider the kind of foods I want our family to eat. One thing that I really appreciate about her approach is that she recognizes that eating a traditional, REAL FOOD diet can be pricey. Time magazine just had an article covering the benefits of grass fed beef for farms, farmers, and consumers. The article showed how it is cheaper to buy unhealthy, industrial food than healthy, traditional foods. Many of us are on strict budgets and have difficulty paying for free range chicken and grass fed beed for every meal. She encourages people to pick and choose wisely and get the best that you CAN afford. Can’t find raw milk? Then buy organic whole milk. Can’t afford organic? Then at least drink whole milk. She does recommend that we stay away from all foods that come with industrial indredients and not to fall prey to marketing schemes that tell us that processed foods are good for us.


Other books I’ve been reading on the topic of Real Food:

The Omnivore’s Dilemna

Nourishing Traditions

Real Food: What to Eat and Why

Have you read this book? What do you think? Does the idea of drinking whole (raw) milk freak you out? Eating whole, unprocessed, real, traditional foods has been getting a lot more press recently. What have you heard?

11 Responses to Real Food for Mother and Baby: A Book Review

  • Comment by Christy
    September 3, 2009 @5:28 am


  • Comment byAmanda
    September 3, 2009 @1:33 pm


    我从来没有听说过这些书。谢谢莎尔ing about them!

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    Comment byFoodRenegade
    September 3, 2009 @3:08 pm

    All of these books are perspective altering and well worth the read. Hopefully, they’re also empowering. I’ve been eating traditional foods for about 5 years now (maybe longer), and I’ve never felt better.


    至于喝原料牛奶 - 我喜欢生牛奶!它是如此多的奶油,味道,令人耳目一新。此外,它不会导致饮用巴氏牛奶时的任何消化困扰。

    All the best,

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    Comment bybfproblems.
    September 4, 2009 @早上6:35


  • Comment bySharon M
    September 5, 2009 @4:30 am

    So Amelia, does the book suggest COMPLETELY eliminating these “bad” foods? I’m thinking it would be hard to entirely give up white flour; I use 100% whole wheat flour for almost everything (pancakes, pizza dough, etc), but I’ve found it hard to switch to WWF with, say, desserts and cookies. I don’t make them a lot anyway, but it is nice to make cookies once and a while with white flour, especially if I have company coming over and they’re not as nutty as I am:-)由于我们已经在海外移动,我们一直在吃加工的食物。我认为远离一种吃得很多(或主要是预先包装的饭菜)的文化已经改变了我们的饮食。此外,人们在这里不吃味道酸味。类似于印度食物,普通酸奶被用作大多数中东菜肴的伴奏。

    @Amanda - 女孩,当然你一直饿了!;-)你有一个6个月大的宝宝,可能是靠近起始固体的,你每天都在运行。你吃了全麦面食吗?如果你喜欢它,只是好奇。

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    Comment by amelia
    September 5, 2009 @11:35 am

    hey sharon,

    good questions. she does recommend cutting out the bad foods–however taking the time to bake your own cookies with processed, white flour is acceptable. most people don’t bake their own desserts and cookies ALL the time–because it is timely. i think indulging in some regular tastey chocolate chip cookies is fine–but try not to use crisco in the recipe. Use butter and natural fats instead. there are so many good desserts in the world to pass up on ALL of them ALL the time. i think most people find that once they eliminate a lot of the “bad” stuff they don’t want it as much.

    我从自己的经验中知道,从糖中排毒,一旦我过去的前2周,我就没有渴望它,实际上一直很难。我需要回到那个潮流 - 当我们住在我们自己的房子而不是其他人的诱惑时,它是如此容易。

    i love the fage greek yogurt–it is so creamy and i just add a little honey or maple syrup in it. unfortunately i think parts of europe are following our poor dietary trends and including high fructose corn syrup and other “bad” foods into their grocery store products. i’ll find out for sure in a week.

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    Comment byJennifer Fleck
    September 7, 2009 @晚上8:34

    I’m interested to see the “newbie” and “breastfeeding” sections. I know it will be better for me, and being a former expat in Europe I miss the farmers markets. The States are slowing coming around, but I’d love to see more markets year round. I would also like to see recommendations for those of us who are squeezed for time. Is there “real food” for people on the go?

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    Comment byBriane.
    2009年9月9日@3:58 pm

    It is definitely a book I am going to look into. I know I would never be able to completely emliminate the ” bad foods” but I do try to buy a lot of organic foods, especially fruits and veggies! There are some sites that tell you what has the most chemicals and to at least buy that organic. I don’t know about the raw milk? We do organic here. But here is a question what about organic packaged foods? Like a favorite her: Annies Mac and Cheese? Is this a considered a bad food? Thoughts?

  • Comment byAmelia
    2009年9月9日@4:09 pm

    Sharon-that is cool about rendering your own fat. Planck talks about how to make your own in Real Food.

    Jennifer-I’d love to see more year round markets as well.

    Briane-Organicpackaged foods are still “processed” foods as in they are convenient and often have some things added to help promote their shelf life. Real cheddar cheese isn’t powder you add to a sandwich or what you use to make a quesadilla–I think there would probably be a strong argument to stay away from it. If one were to eliminate all of the industrial oils (safflower, sunflower, soybean, canola etc) then on would also end up eliminating most organic packaged foods. But, Annies Mac and Cheese is probably a better choice than your basic Kraft non-organic. I wish Annies used whole wheat pasta instead of regular pasta. I’d have to look at the list of ingredients to compare though.

    Anyway, I think the rule of thumb is to keep reading labels to see what is in your packaged food–just because it is labeled organic doesn’t mean that it is good for you. There are lots of companies that market to try to sell their food and it is really up to the consumer to read the labels and then decide if that is something you want to eat.

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    Comment byBrianne
    September 11, 2009 @2:55 pm