I enjoyed being interviewed earlier this month by Hilda Labrada Gore for the Weston A. Price Association’s podcast series. You may listen to the podcast, which she decided to call The Motherhood Diet, for free on the Weston A. Price Foundation’s website, Libsyn or iTunes.
Here are the show notes, as written by Hilda:
In today’s show, Sandrine touches on:
- how we can begin to prepare our bodies for our children, even before conception
- what motivated Sandrine to begin the Nourishing Our Children project
- why prenatal vitamins cannot make up for a nutrient-poor diet
- why a person cannot simply eat whatever they like during pregnancy
- how traditional people had foods that they would offer women in the childbearing years, and those who were expecting and nursing
- why food is preferred over prenatal vitamins
- Sandrine’s personal story – how her mother abandoned her traditional diet in favor of convenience foods and how this impacted Sandrine’s health
- Sally Fallon Morell’s story – how she had poor eyesight and crooked teeth but nourished herself well and reversed the trend and showed that such concerns are not genetic. None of her children needed orthodontics or glasses.
- the freshness of traditional foods (neither canned nor boxed, w/o additives or preservatives)
- the relevance of Dr. Price’s research today
- the Weston A. Price Foundation’s specific dietary guidelines for pregnant and nursing moms
- how that diet includes liver, fish eggs, eggs, beef and lamb, sardines, butter, and lard and more
- resources for how to find these foods, prepare such foods, and include them in your diet
- why the diet is very heavy with animal foods
- the list of foods to avoid (which includes trans fats and processed oils)
- why the simplest foods are the best (i.e. “one-ingredient foods”)
- which traditional oils and fats are best (including butter, suet, lard, cold-pressed olive oil, marine oil)
- the oxymoron of the phrase ‘junk food’
- how critical it is to avoid commercial fried foods, sugar, white flour, caffeine, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, soy imitation foods, etc.
- how diet impacts the quantity and quality of breastmilk
- the importance to nutrition for top quality breastmilk
- the links to studies that show the wide range of fat content in breastmilk and how it depends on the mother’s diet (2% milk v. 9 % milk)
- what the “motherhood diet” has to offer
Resources referenced in the podcast
- Nourished Children – private, closed Facebook group with peer-to-peer support that you are invited to join!
- Nourished Families series: The Tale of two brothers – post on the blog comparing two children in the same family
- The Optimal Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers – which includes what foods to eat and what to avoid
- Beautiful Babies by Kristen Michaelis
- Article explaining why prenatal vitamins are not recommended
- Article that address how to alleviate nausea when pregnant