Prenatals, Supplements, and all that Jazz - Page 2
this was my last pregnancy to a T! except the cod liver oil and butter oil weren't separate (the cinnamon blend). same brand prenatals- i LOVED them.
and this is how i eat too!!! exciting!!! gluten-free since 2001, but whole foods only since 2003. i do like some cow cheese..... but can't do anything but raw.
i'm skeptical about folic acid because of my counseling experience and this- http://www.supplementquality.com/efficacy/folic_acid_metabolism.html which is not uncommon.
i believe my midwife is more a fan of folate than folic acid.
we live in New England and had a sad short summer and my olive skin was sun-deprived.... so Vit D i take happily!
i've never had low iron or taken a supplement w/ iron- but do supplement w/ local organic grass-fed liver when pregnant and cook everything on cast iron.
just read you need the high levels of folate in the first 28 days....... now starting to panic!!!
I was eating an organic gluten free whole foods diet for years...the difference now is that I am eating a primal diet. I was vegan for 6 years (raw vegan for 4) and while it works for some it did not work for me in the long run. I ran into a lot of problems, especially after the birth of my son. Thank the gods I found primal/traditional foods. The diet change and intelligently supplementing has helped to heal me so much and I hope will help me carry this pregnancy to term.
I only ferment in Fido bale top jars because they are truly anaerobic and being in Los Angeles it is usually too hot, so I need to make sure no hot moist air is leftover in there. Sauerkraut is easy, just chop it up and bathe it in the right amount of salt, pound it into a Fido, close the lid and stick it in the cupboard for 28 days and voila! Delicious.
A good salt-to-cabbage ratio: 3 tablespoons of salt for every 5-pounds of sliced cabbage. But I use pink himalayan salt and it is heavier so I weigh mine. I think it's 22 grams per 5 lbs. of shredded cabbage.
fascinating!!! i was a raw foodist when living in NM (2003-2005) but couldn't ever do vegan. i had raw pastured egg yolks, minimal raw cheese, and some meats cooked rare (lamb and beef) and raw fish. most of my diet was veggies, but my body just wouldn't let me go vegan. this diet actually is what healed my infertility and started this crazy parenthood journey!!! i considered becoming a raw foods chef, but it just never panned out. i still love raw vegan desserts.
then we moved to New England and i decided i would freeze to death if i stayed raw foods. so i learned about/became more traditional foods, and started making bone stocks, roasts (i had never made a roast in my entire life), roasted chicken, roasted root veggies, fermented veggies (had pretty much stuck w/ kombucha in NM), raw milk (for kids, hubby and i don't do milk at all), and got into health counseling and healing w/ food.
i'd love to hear more about your problems and how you solved them. and your healing journey. i love to learn from people b/c each story has something true and important that i couldn't just find in a book. i've got a friend/mama dealing w/ just being diagnosed celiac a little over a year ago, vegan for a few years before that, and mostly vegan for the last year, her daughter (also celiac) is really sick, and trying to help them walk into a more primal/paleo/GAPS healing diet.
i love all the uber-crunchy fermenters here!!! just a few years back i was the oddball on this, and now everyone knows the truth!!! YAY!
any moms in NE have water kefir grains???
shorter fermentation/less grains?
i've never done it though. just my thoughts from other ferments.
all for fermented foods thread. but i'm drinking Bubbie's pickle water and eating those until i actually get energy enough to do something.
You know, when I went to make a new batch I noticed it seemed to have a lot of kefir grains. It stayed at 1/4 cup FOREVER.. perhaps it finally grew!
i'm following this- which makes me feel better about diet being my focal point. she has a free mini course on prenatal health. i need reminders! i've had 5 beautiful and healthy babies based mostly on this, but kinda get paranoid every single time.