Are you married? If you are, and you wed your beloved in a church, chances are that you went through premarital counseling. But did you know that in days past, you would have been required to go through a time of premarital nutrition as well? What on earth is premarital nutrition?
Well, it's something that was discovered by Dr. Weston Price, a Harvard trained dentist, in all the cultures he discovered around the globe still living "primitive" lifestyles- lifestyles so primitive they were untouched by the dental problems, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, autoimmune diseases & diabetes that we modern, progressive types enjoy. Lifestyles that followed the guidelines given to us by God, all the way back in the time of Moses.
Anyway, Dr. Price, now considered to be the "Albert Einstein of nutrition" found that all of these people groups required a time of premarital nutrition, a practice where both future husband and wife were required to eat special foods, in preparation for parenthood. These foods were also given to pregnant and lactating women. So what was so special about these foods? Here's how Jordan Rubin explains it in the Maker's Diet, (p.45)
"According to Dr. Price's findings, they were very rich in fat-soluble vitamins A and D- nutrients found only in animal fats...The healthy bodies, homogenous reproduction, emotional stability, and freedom from degenerative ills enjoyed by such prmitive societies contrast sharply from modern individuals existing on the impoverished foods of civilization-sugar, white flour, pasteurized milk, and convenience foods filled with chemical preservatives and additives."
We have to remember that these people enjoyed lives that were very different from ours: miscarriages and birth defects were uncommon, their children did not suffer from asthma, dental problems, and frequent ear infections, colds, and sicknesses like ours do, and they didn't die of degenerative diseases such as arthritis, Alzheimer's, cancer, or suffer from heart disease and autoimmune disorders.
Doesn't their way of life sound so much better? Turns out it's actually God's way.
I can attest to the wisdom of God's ways from personal experience. When our second son Micah was born, we noticed something different about his vision. Our first son, Nathaniel, had been very alert, even from birth, but Micah wasn't just alert, his eyes tracked moving objects and focused intently from the very beginning. I wondered why this was the case until I read an article from the Weston A. Price foundation (this organization was made in honor of him and his discoveries) detailing the vitamins necessary for a baby's development.
In the article, they discussed one nutrient in particular, choline, which is incredibly necessary and vital in pregnancy. It has been found to produce incredibly resilient nervous systems (the nervous system controls the brain and eyes) , increases memory for life, and produces great focus in the eyes, even on multiple objects at once. Once I read that, I realized why Micah's eyes were so well developed. Eggs are one of the greatest food sources of choline. Free-range, pastured & organic eggs, that is. During my pregnancy with Micah I ate 5-6 eggs per day, something that I did not do even with Nathaniel. I ate so many eggs because early in my pregnancy, I felt very faint and shaky all the time, and my midwife told me that I needed more protein. I also had pain in my feet when I stood up after sitting for any period of time. She said both these symptoms were caused by deficient protein levels, and that I needed to eat protein at least every 2 hrs. That's hard to do while chasing a two year old around, so I needed fast protein. I started eating an egg sandwich every day, and hard boiled eggs made an easy snack in the late afternoon. I felt sooooo much better once I started doing this, which made eating so many eggs worth it! And now it turns out there was an incredible benefit to our son that I didn't even know about.
Speaking of what a pregnant woman should eat, here is a great diet for pregnant and nursing mothers that the Weston A. Price Foundation has designed, modeled after the diets of the incredibly healthy people groups that he studied. (I have to admit, I do not eat liver, and I don't eat very much fish/seafood, just cod liver oil. Also, I have to add that all of these items should be organic, for continued optimal development of the baby. Chemicals don't help any living thing grow! Plus they add to your baby's body burden)
Diet for Pregnant & Nursing Mothers
Cod Liver Oil to supply 20,000 IU vitamin A and 2000 IU vitamin D per day
1 quart (or 32 ounces) whole milk daily, preferably raw and from pasture-fed cows (learn more about raw milk on our website, A Campaign for Real Milk, www.realmilk.com)
4 tablespoons butter daily, preferably from pasture-fed cows
2 or more eggs daily, preferably from pastured chickens
Additional egg yolks daily, added to smoothies, salad dressings, scrambled eggs, etc.
3-4 ounces fresh liver, once or twice per week (If you have been told to avoid liver for fear of getting "too much Vitamin A," be sure to read Vitamin A Saga)
Fresh seafood, 2-4 times per week, particularly wild salmon, shellfish and fish eggs
Fresh beef or lamb daily, always consumed with the fat
2 tablespoons coconut oil daily, used in cooking or smoothies, etc.
Lacto-fermented condiments and beverages
Bone broths used in soups, stews and sauces
Fresh vegetables and fruits
- Trans fatty acids (e.g., hydrogenated oils)
- Junk foods
- Commercial fried foods
- White flour
- Soft drinks
- Drugs (even prescription drugs)
Don't you think you owe it to your children's future to nourish them with the foods that God intended, starting in the womb? Let's set our kids up for success in their health, instead of doing what everyone else around us does: setting their kids up for lifelong health problems and eventual disease. God has given us His plan for success. Don't you think with so much at stake, it's time to start following it?