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12/7/07 at 5:17am
|Vitamin K is fat soluble. It comes from plants & vegetable oils (Type K-1) and is also synthesized by bacteria in the gut (Type K-2), but K-2 is not a major sources in the 1st 4-6 months of life. Food sources of K are leafy greens (spinach, kale, turnip, etc), cabbage, cauliflower, peas, kelp, alfalfa, nettles, green tea, chlorophyll, dairy products, egg yolks, safflower & other polyunsaturated oils, and fish liver oils. Vit. K is destroyed by freezing & radiation.|
Bella Catalina and congrats!!
Leilalu - I too wonder why your doc is so concerned given the fact that you are out of your first trimester when folate/folic acid is most important. I haven't read anything about folate/folic acid when it comes to raw milk/grass fed or pastured animals. I would think it might have some impact since from what I understand folate is found most abundantly in whole, raw vegetables. If the veggies are grown by a farmer that is careful with their soil fertility I would think that would certainly help boost levels as well. If I have some time I'll see if I can find out more.
steph117 - Alfalfa infusions! I had forgotten about that one. Sheesh - I only read Susun's book a few months ago. Here's what I found yesterday from www.gentlebirth.org/archives/vitkpro.html:
I also located my Fall 2007 issue of Wise Traditions and there was a follow up by Masterjohn in there on his Spring 2007 Activator X article. I have no idea where my Spring 2007 issue went (after our move back here this summer nothing is organized anymore), but I'll have to see if I can dig that up.
Anyway, the suggestions for supplementation there are to eat foods richest in Vit K2 - natto, cheese or goose liver and then those that are relatively rich like grass-fed butter, animal fats, and fermented foods.
Part of my research yesterday also suggested that there are some things that interfere with Vit K like antibiotic use in both mom and baby - definitely makes me even more leery of using antibiotics for my GBS. :
Egg Nog - I had been pondering the whole egg nog recipe. I like the recipe that was posted, but had been wondering how one made traditional egg nog - you know, the one everyone had before the dairy processors started creating the one in the dairy case. Anyway, I found a recipe in my Joy of Cooking and tried it the other day. It was pretty good and definitely thick. The recipe was as follows:
1 egg yolk, 1T of maple syrup, a few grains of salt, 1/4 c of cream - whisk the egg yolk until the color lightens and then whisk in the other ingredients.
1 egg white - beat until stiff and then fold in the first mixture.
I'd actually probably add nutmeg to the first mixture as well to give it even better flavor. It wasn't all that bad, but was a bit foamy. I think I'm going to try the recipe again, but this time skip the egg white and whip the cream instead.
Another option if you're so inclined! :0)
I've been realizing that I have really slipped on sugary stuff since Halloween. Overall I've been eating okay, but then having way too many treats with it. I'm feeling kinda crappy from it, so I'm now on day 4 of no-sugar again. I had gone completely sugar free, very low-grain back in the spring and lost 20lbs and felt amazing. I'm gaining pregnancy weight a little faster than I would like and my energy levels are still really low. On the other hand I'm finding that if I eat too much protein, I get ketones in my urine and don't have room for much else. So I'm trying to find a balance between lots of produce and a little protein/fat/good carbs at each meal. I already feel better from the lack of sugar, but the afternoons have been rough as I keep craving chocolate.
|4 T. (1/4 Cup) Virgin Coconut Oil
1-1.5 T. Cocoa Powder
2 oz. nuts (optional)
1/4 t. low-carb sweetener, such as stevia or xylitol
Melt the coconut oil to a liquid, add in cocoa powder and sweetener. Stir to combine and blend well.
Blend nuts into chocolate mixture. (optional)
Have chilled a metal bakeware lasagna or cake pan or pans in freezer for ten minutes or so. Remove from freezer and line with waxed paper. Then pour mixture into chilled pan and spread to desired thickness.
Pop it in refrigerator or freezer on level shelf and let it sit 10 minutes or so. It will harden quickly and breaks with a snap.
We found out we're having another girl. I am thrilled. Boys are great but I love girls!!!
I also finally found a way to eat eggs that I actually enjoy!!! I'm putting them on toast with bacon and a little bit of strawberry jelly and making a sandwich. No more forcing down eggs just b/c I know I need them!!!
I've been eating a lot of sugar lately too. Dh and I already talked about going sugar free after Christmas. I need to start cutting back ASAP though. Glad to see I'm not the only one slipping up.
Read another thread by Junegoddess who is going in for an u/s today b/c she hadn't felt the baby move in a couple of days.
Just wanted to be sure y'all knew so we could support her. Junegoddess I hope babe is just hiding!