This title will quickly find an honored spot on the bookshelves of new mothers, mothers to be, and all those with an interest in raising a healthier generation of children. Author Nina Planck confronts the myths and misunderstandings surrounding pregnancy, breast feeding, and baby food and addresses questions of vital concern to new mothers and mothers to be, such as what are the risks and benefits of fish, alcohol, different types of fat, supplements, and formula. Other questions discussed include:
- Which foods increase your chances of getting pregnant?
- Which foods support the different stages of your baby’s growth?
- How does eating fish help produce healthy breast milk?
- What benefits of natural fats and real foods cannot be supplied by supplements?
- Why should your baby learn to eat egg yolks and meat before cereals?
Written from Planck’s perspective both as an expert on local and traditional food and as a brand new mother herself, Real Food for Mother and Baby is a valued resource for anyone eating for two.
From Amazon Customer Reviews:
“Nina’s candor in this book is honest, down to earth, and realistic. Her information is well researched. A lot of what she recommends goes against the grain of modern medical recommendations, but then again, so do most holistic recommendations. With a mixture of common sense and scientific fact, she puts forth an eating style that relies on foods that are as natural as possible. She also has a great breakdown of what your growing baby needs at each stage of development, why these nutrients are necessary and what foods provide it. But, she does this with simple recommendations, unlike the long lists and complicated charts that other books provide, which I really appreciated. She recognized that most mothers live a busy life in a busy home, but still really care about what they feed their children. Most helpful book I’ve read on eating during pregnancy!”
—Josh and Alicia Schulz
“Great perspective on nutrition that seems almost intuitive, yet you don’t hear very often. Great read for any woman trying to conceive, pregnant, or with a small child. Great read for anyone, actually.”
—Heather E. Jones
“Planck does an excellent job once again in providing accurate information on nutrition for fertility, during pregnancy and for babies. I would recommend this book for any woman, mother, husband or father!”
“I love this book. Nina’s narrative is not only funny, heartwarming, and easy to relate to—it is extremely informative, full of fascinating and useful nutritional information backed up by well documented research. Most pregnancy books focus on one of a million things that could theoretically go wrong with your pregnancy rather than emphasizing the one thing that you CAN control—your nutrition. That’s right—plain old food. Nina explains why your pre-conception, pregnancy, and lactation eating habits can determine if your child has straight or crooked teeth, needs to wear glasses, is prone to asthma and allergies or even his mental abilities. The author teaches without being preachy and relates her own pregnancy story revealing her fears and failings making the story easy and fun to read. Real food, Folks…like your great grandparents ate (back when asthma, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and autism were scarce) and good nutritional advice based on what Nina calls her three guiding priciples, ‘science, tradition, and a pinch of common sense.'”
“Easy to read, clear and concise, practical application without being ‘pushy.’ And a lifestyle that has changed our family’s health since we applied it 2 years ago. Take a breath and take some baby steps towards following Nina’s advice—you really will wonder why you didn’t know this helpful info sooner. We’ll see how it works for pregnancy #3!”