Most of us can tweek, or make a major overhaul to our diets. I often prefer to call it a ” way of eating.” Diet sounds like we should be counting calories, which mostly we should not.
The GAPS protocol is not for everyone, however, achieving good health and improving your enjoyment of life is possible. Much will depend on you and want you need to do.
I have worked with people with a range of life styles. It is more than possible to eat well and still be a travelling executive. To give you an idea of my philosophy and views on nutrition, please continue to read this page:
Being lazy, or should I say,” time-saving”, here is a link to lovely article on a healthy diet for pregnancy
I can’t stress strongly enough that a high fat low carbohydrate diet needs to be started long before conception if you want your body to be at its nutritional peak This way you can make and carry an optimally nourished, healthy baby. Your partner also needs to be eating the same way, to make perfect, healthy sperm.
By eating what are known as “high density nutritional” foods you will be filling yourself with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fats that your body needs, and can use because they are in a form our cells recognise. They are the foods we evolved eating, long before we stopped being hunter gatherers. So our genes are still conditioned to need these foods.
Processed foods are damaged and devoid of nutrients. Remember that what a scientist can extract from a food in the laboratory, we cannot. We do not have so many digestive acids in our stomach. Nor do we have the stomachs and bacteria to process and digest cellulose, like cows, sheep, rabbits and other ruminants do. Interestingly, these animals convert their foods into fatty acids in their guts, so they have a diet that is ultimately converted to over 60% fat. As humans we should be aiming to eat at least 60% of our diet as fat. If you are on a ketogenic diet, then you need a ratio of 8 fat to 1 protein and 1 carbohydrate. For the rest of us, idealy, 4 grams of fat to 1 of protein and carbohydrate, if indeed you want carbohydrate.
You can start by making bone broths, and drinking them daily. Add the broth to your soups, stews and casseroles.
Eat butter, never margarine (no matter how pretty the tub, it is all toxic).
Enjoy eggs from real free range hens; lots, daily. (Free range organic Hens at Rookery Farm, West Sussex)
Eat fatty cuts of meats and organ meats like liver, heart and kidneys from grass-fed animals. If you are NOT taking vitamin supplements, your body will be able to safely use the essential vitamin A and D found in liver.
Enjoy sea and freshwater caught fish.
Unpasteurised dairy in all it’s full fat forms. Do not use homogenised milk. If you are worried about “raw” milk, have a look at http://www.thrive-medical.co.uk/blog/nutrition/white-stuff/
Eat fermented Vegetables to help keep good bacteria in the gut, which Mum’s pass onto their baby as s/he is being born. Kefir is a great source of probiotics, which you can make at home.
Enjoy fresh nuts and seeds.
Use coconut oil and animal fats to cook in and to eat.
Use cold pressed extra virgin olive oil on salads and over your food. Do not cook with it.
Avoid all other vegetable oils.
Fruit, keep to a minimum, we don’t really need it. If you must eat some, try to stick to berries, because they are much lower in fructose than apples, pears, oranges, mangoes etc. If you are going to eat other fruits, eat them with double cream.
You need animal fats for energy ( they are the preferred fuel for our mitochondria) and also enabling your body to take up and use fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. They also play a vital role in cell membrane and nerve formation.
You need fat to be able to use minerals like calcium. Adequate fats from the foods you eat help to ensure that your hormonal system is in balance.
So remember, your developing baby needs you to be eating animal fats so that they can grow and develop. A baby will take the nutrients from its mothers body, and if she does not have a good enough supply, neither will her baby.
If you are already pregnant, then start eating this way now.
Foods to avoid:
All processed and tinned foods.
Grains, especially gluten contains grains, breads, pasta, rice / corn cakes.
Pulses and all forms of soya.
Commercial vegetable oils. They are high in omega 6 which causes inflammation and cells to be unable to function properly. The oils themselves are damaged from the way they are extracted
Fruit juices. These are high in sugar and fructose. Fructose goes straight to the liver to be metabolised, and causes high uric acid levels which leads to high blood pressure and fatty liver disease. Commercially mass produced fruit juices are dead, often contain molds and may be at least a year old. Ever wondered why every glass of your fruit juice tastes the same?
Sugar. depletes the immune system and takes essential minerals like magnesium out of the body.
Artificial sweeteners and flavourings like monosodium glutamate /E621 / MSG, saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, nutra sweet, aceulfame, sweet n low, splenda, neotame. They are all excitotoxins which damage, and ultimately, kill nerve cells. These will also affect your developing baby’s nerve cells. If you are still using a commercial toothpaste, move to either using a mix of sea salt and bicarbonate of soda or toothpaste free from sweeteners and fluoride.
Anything labeled “sugar-free” “Lite” “Low Fat” “Fat Free.” These will be commercially processed products anyway!
It can be very difficult to get hold of raw milk, so you wil be buying pasteurised full fat milk. Check the labels. If it has been homogenised, it is a damaged and unhealthy product which should not be bought. Gold top / Jersey milks have a higher fat content, but again, check the labels because some are homogenised, so should be avoided.
Keeping to a low carbohydrate high fat way of eating will also help you to prevent gestational diabetes, a massive baby, heart burn, energy dips and pre eclampsia. It should facilitate an easier labour and birth 🙂