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Prenatal vitamins might serve to hamper efforts made to get the best nutrition for pregnant women. There is a great level of confusion and misunderstanding circulating within the general populace as to what constitutes real nutrition. Diet and nutrition during pregnancy are not exempt from this lack of sound understanding.
If anything, the nutrition for pregnant women is even more misunderstood than normal nutritive needs. There are many reasons for this: changing FDA recommendations, conflicting medical studies and bandwagon diets.
Even the supplement industry gets in on the action. This is not to imply there is some vitamin plot to completely undermine nutrition for pregnant women. But there is a disconnect between the proper role of vitamin supplements and the best diet during pregnancy.
Prenatal Vitamins: The Enabler
Sometimes prenatal vitamins serve as an enabler allowing mom to change very few of her poor nutrition habits to achieve proper diet and nutrition during pregnancy.
The truth is prenatal vitamins aren’t a cure-all nutrition pill. They are not intended to be. The best diet during pregnancy is a well-balanced meal plan including all food groups. Prenatal vitamins should only be used as a stopgap, not the main bulwark.
How Could Prenatals Undermine the Pregnancy Diet?
Prenatal vitamins contain high concentrations of many essential nutrients. It seems crazy that any body could stand 1000% of any FDA recommended allotment, but prenatals offer just that. There is no way normal pregnancy and diet habits, even the very best ones can match this level of concentration.
Sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad. Prenatal vitamins are a common trigger for severe morning sickness. This is usually attributed to the high levels of iron they contain.
If mom is too queasy to eat, or can’t keep the nutritious meals she does eat down, what is the point? If this is the case, some doctors and midwives will suggest discontinuing the use of a prenatal altogether. This medical recommendation shows a clear preference for pregnancy and diet nutrition derived from food, rather than a pill. Read the rest of this entry »
How to Create a Healthy Nutrition Plan
What should you do when you feel like all hope is lost for your efforts at dieting?
Here is a short healthy nutrition plan that can be customized to fit your diet and own agenda. Although there are numerous ways to make good choices with nutrition, you have to find the way that works for you.
1. Research Nutrition
Before you go out trying to find a nutritious diet based on your gut feelings, you should research the topic and find information about many different foods. It is of utmost importance to start slowly and introduce a healthier diet in steps so that you do not feel like this diet is something that you can never accomplish. Begin by eating more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. They are very easy to purchase and can cause a complete change in the energy you have and how you feel from your diet. Another big step in a healthy nutrition plan involves listening to your body.
2. When to Eat
You might be wondering when you should eat in your nutrition plan. The main thing to remember is to listen to your body. If it tells you that you are hungry, then you should probably eat. This does not mean that you should continue to snack on junk food and other things detrimental to your health just because you are hungry. Maybe you will eat a low fat yogurt or a bag full of blueberries.
3. No “One Size Fits All” Healthy Nutrition Plan
One key thing that should always be on your mind is that there are many ways to achieve the nutrition that you seek. You do not have to do the exact same thing as any other person, and there are many avenues available to achieve your goal. I try to always find new ways to stay healthy and eat foods that will benefit me for years to come. Read the rest of this entry »