We live in a society where there are many toxins and environmental hazards, and it difficult to assess exactly what we’re getting from our foods. The soil is not as rich and fertile as it once was, so some of the minerals that would come to us through our foods we must now get in the form of supplements. However, taking supplements is no excuse for skipping a meal or for choosing ice cream over kale salad because we already took our mega-greens supplement for the day.
Think about it: An orange that grew on a tree is not the same as an orange-flavored vitamin C tablet. The orange grows until it’s ready. It contains the right amount of fiber, water-soluble nutrients, sugar, and phytonutrients. It grows in an environment where it’s exposed to sunlight, moonlight, rain, and wind, and it keeps growing until it’s ripe and ready to fall from the tree. A vitamin C tablet was developed in a lab and, at best, it provides fragmented and synthetic nutrition. Our proper diet should provide us with most of the nutrients we need during pregnancy and our supplements are there as a backup. If we eat well we give our body the best building blocks to work with. If there’s a time in our lives where we need to eat and treat ourselves well, pregnancy should be it.
Let’s review some general guidelines for healthy eating.
1. Eat food that is locally grown. The shorter the distance the food has traveled to get to your plate, the fresher and less contaminated it is, and the better it is for you. Less fossil fuel is used and fewer greenhouse gases are emitted when the food is not being shipped long distances. Plus, by eating locally grown food, you’re supporting farmers and, usually, farming practices that are more sustainable and in line with the local ecology. Where do you get locally grown food? Farmer’s markets. Learn more with ecomii’s Farmer’s Market Guide.
2. Support organic agriculture. Organic farmers use fewer or no synthetic chemicals to grow and process your food, which is not only good for the external environment, but …read more of Bun in the Oven: 6 Healthy Eating Tips for Expectant Moms here