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Pregnancy is a trying time in any woman’s life as she has to take extra care of not only herself, but of a new life that is completely dependent on her for growth, development and support. What you eat during pregnancy has a huge impact on the health of your soon to be born baby, which is why you should know which foods you should incorporate into your diet, and which foods you should eliminate entirely when you are pregnant.
I am beginning a giveaway for this inspiring, healthy-life book, just in time for those New Year’s Eve fitness resolutions. The book is Fit Moms for Life by Dustin Maher and as you may remember, I have mentioned another of his wonderful products before that I loved. You can learn more at his website FitMomsForLife.com
This book can tell you “how to have endless energy to outplay your kids” as it guides you to make healthy choices with food and exercise. Also, it has plenty of inspiring stories from other moms who have made their lives better by following the advice from Dustin Maher. He teaches you how to set good goals and slowly change your bad eating habits, to live a better, healthier life.
If you seem a little skeptical about some guy giving advice on nutrition and exercise, there are hundreds of success stories that prove his advice works. Also, Dustin Maher has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) and supports everything with scientific research and studies. Right now, his goal is to help one million moms by 2015 and that includes you.
One lucky reader will get a copy of the book Fit Moms for Life, which I know you will love. If you don’t win though, you can buy it at FitMomsForLife.com. Along with the book, Dustin will also give these online bonuses:
- A secret report showing you 108 ways to make this your healthiest and fittest year ever.
- A video showing you my “secret” exercise to shrink your waist 2 inches in 2 weeks.
- A short workout video that targets your butt and thighs.
- A five part Flat Stomach audio coaching series featuring experts as well as my mom.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to revamp your life and give yourself some “me” time. I have been feeling much more productive and healthier since beginning Dustin Maher’s BabyTone fitness DVDs and I can’t wait to see the results of following his Fit Moms for Life guidebook.
Be sure to read the instructions well and give a good email address. (Hint: If you complete every entry, you will get bonus entries.) Have fun and get ready to shed those holiday pounds that we all will inevitably gain.
As my baby has begun eating more and nursing less, I have been more concerned and vigilant about the food that I buy. Along with this, my Mother-In-Law recently showed me an interesting article about the connection between food, allergies, and autism. Plus, just today (October 4, 2011) I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about the importance of healthy eating for you and baby in pregnancy and even before you become pregnant.
Importance of Healthy Eating Habits
The following are some highlights from what I have learned concerning nutrition and healthy eating habits for pregnant women, babies and toddlers. Because the foods we eat affect more than most people realize and affect our bodies for years afterwards, it is important to be sure we are instilling healthy eating habits in our babies. For instance, in the Wall Street Journal article “Healthy Diet May Cut Risk of Birth Defects,” a study by Stanford University School of Medicine has shown that a woman’s diet affects the health of her baby at least a year before she even becomes pregnant.
Healthy Eating in Pregnancy
The study found that women who followed either a Mediterranean type diet or the U.S. dietary guidelines were 36-51% less likely to have a baby with a brain defect and 24-34% less likely to have a baby with a cleft lip. Both diets are high in fruits, vegetables, fiber, and “good” fats, emphasizing the importance of healthy eating habits for everyone.
If a woman is planning to become pregnant, it is imperative to follow a healthy diet that is low in saturated fats and high in fiber. Also, although all pregnant women should take their prenatal vitamins, it is even more important to get those necessary nutrients directly from the source. That means legumes, fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats in moderation are very important for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.
Baby’s Healthy Eating Habits
Even after baby is born and no longer nursing, we need to stick to those healthy diets to set the proper example for our children. It is very important to give children the chance to establish healthy eating habits from the very beginning of their lives. Eating vegetables should not be a chore to dread, but something enjoyable to do. Also, what we feed our children may actually influence their behavior.
In the article “When Food Affects Function,” Dr. Diana Fatayerji has described a connection between foods and certain autistic behavior in children. Essentially, some children may have an allerigic reaction or an inability to break down certain types of grains and casein- the protein in milk. According to her, children with autism may not be able to properly digest these proteins and this can cause an increase in autistic behavior.
It is amazing how much our diets can affect our lives. For more information on becoming a dietitian check out these Online-Colleges.org. Let’s give our children a good start towards healthy eating habits. If you need some baby food meal ideas, check out my Baby Food Recipes post.