One thing I will never regret doing with my second son is a food journal. I wish I had started it during pregnancy or even at birth but I didn't, I started it a little over a month after birth.
When people tell me babies are fussy, I have to shake my head. It is not my experience nor is it my reality. If my son is fussy, it's because I (ME) ate something that this little being doesn't like in my milk. I can show you the notations in my food journal. If he won't sleep or has lots of gas, it's because of me. The only nourishment that goes into him is from me. So in an attempt to understand what my body was (or was not) doing I keep a food journal and it is a blessing.
“We are only as healthy as our Mother’s womb” -Chris Kresser
Here's my plea, is anyone else out there pregnant, paleo and attempting to be low-FODMAP? I want to talk to you! What do you eat for carbs? I'm also nightshade free and I'm finding myself relying heavily on green plantains when I can find them. That being said, I have NO idea how to prepare them other then fried into chips, which I have to tell you is absolutely amazing for me. Crunchy, salty, carbohydrate hit.
Why am I doing this to myself during my late second trimester?
“Let the beauty we love, be what we do.” ~ Rumi
It's funny, as I sit here today with the rain coming down outside and our 2+ feet of snow melting quicker then I can boil down my sap, how contemplative I am. I am feeling compelled to write. If I didn't write, my day would be unfulfilled. I have a kitchen that needs to be scrubbed top to bottom, dishes from a day's kitchen adventures waiting and a new pressure cooker waiting to be filled with beef bones to make stock, but I choose to write instead. The living room is in now better state. My mind will not quite, it's all a buzz with the things of spring, the sheep hiding from the rain in their make shift hoop house and all the thoughts of babies, human or otherwise that need to be prepared for. That's only the last 15 minutes, before that it was nutrition, health and healing...a go to subject for my ever churning thoughts.
There is also the challenge of what to title this post...
Isn't validation always such a wonderful thing! I have been on a research binge for the past couple weeks as I have mentioned in a previous post and today I have come across some really wonderful stuff! It has all validated previous theories I have had (but had no real proof for). So if you are interested, I now officially believe that most people should not consume tomatoes as it likely causes an immune response in the body (proteins of other night shades would likely do it as well but perhaps to a lesser extent). This wasn't documented in research that I have officially found (I just haven't got to looking) but Sarah at The Paleo Mom did validate me there with her research and insight on the fact that saponins in tomatoes are used in vaccine manufacturing to promote an immune response. Specifically α-tomatine.
Well, I'm 20 weeks into my pregnancy and have maintained a paleo diet through most of it. I did introduce some dairy for a spell (and chocolate is never fully out) but the raw cheddar which based on the GAPS diet should be good by now was definitely not good, especially after adding holiday stress to the situation. I have also been on a crazy researching kick trying to figure out why I have some "odd" symptoms that I didn't have pre-pregnancy (while still paleo) and why I am able to eat food that used to bother me on occasion. As a result autoimmune (and the autoimmune protocol) hit my radar.
Paleo pregnancy isn't that difficult except for the fact that there is very little support. I have a program (or two) online that I would love to be able to purchase but they are a bit out of the budget right now.
Hi there, Wysteria here. I will be writing as regularly as possible on behalf of my family and regarding our adventures in farming, food, health and things of the like. My interest range widely and my brain wanders far. Namaste.