Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy in a Vegetarian Mother

Here are some overall tips you can follow as a pregnant vegetarian to ensure that you are getting the required nutrients.

The extra calories you need are not necessary for the first 3 months. During these months you can continue to eat normally and only during the last months do you need to increase your caloric intake for the growth of fat tissue on your baby.

Variety in the foods you eat is the key to a healthy pregnancy diet. Use the vegetarian food pyramid found in this guide to help you make your decision. If you are a vegan ensure that you are consuming enough protein rich foods such as soy products, tofu, quinoa and a variety of legumes.

Remember that your fiber and starch content are important and so you should choose foods that are from the whole grain group. This includes rice, pasta and cereal among others.

Remember your calcium intake and consume foods such as dried peas and beans, green leafy vegetables and tofu to get your required daily amount of calcium for the growth of baby’s bones and teeth.

Remember that adequate amounts of calcium mean nothing if you are not getting enough vitamin D so ensure you spend a couple minutes outside each day and if you are pregnant during colder months when there isn’t much sun you can always look for Vitamin D fortified and enriched foods.

Consume a minimum of three servings of food that are high iron example sweet potatoes, dried peas and beans, prunes, broccoli, Brussels spouts and other green leafy vegetables.

Remember your vitamin C which is essential for the proper absorption of iron. Good sources include citrus fruits, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and mustard greens.

Ensure you eat at least one good source of folate each day; choose from black eyed peas, green leafy vegetables, and chick peas among other legumes.

Choose at least one food that is rich in Vitamin A such as apricots, pumpkins, carrots and other orange vegetables and fruits.

Choose a minimum of one source of Vitamin B 12 from animal products such as dairy and eggs. You can also rely on your supplement if you are a vegan.

Avoid alcohol.

Limit your intake of caffeine containing beverages and chocolate to no more than 2 5 oz cups per day. There is the same amount of caffeine in one bar of chocolate as there is in ΒΌ cup of coffee so don’t go on a chocolate spree.

If you are using artificial sweetener use one that does not contain saccharin, instead use sweeteners that contain aspartame or acesulfame-K. These pose no risk to the fetus.

Decrease your intake of salt and salty foods on a whole. This will reduce your risk of edema which is quite common in pregnancy.

Ensure that your fat consumption is less than 30 % of your daily caloric intake, while ensuring that no more than 300 mg of cholesterol is being ingested per day.

While you do not want to overeat during pregnancy you shouldn’t try to diet either. Just ensure that you are getting the right amount of nutrients in the correct combinations.

Forget MLM – Become Healthy, Wealthy and Wise With Body Balance

The simplicities of good nutrition are easy to understand, what you will find hard to understand is just how are you going to consume your 7 full course servings of fruits and vegetables that are nutritionally required to maintain good health, every day? The only realistic answer is body balancing dietary supplements. There are also additional requirements which also must be met in order to remove the acidity of the body’s fluids and maintain the happy equilibrium leading ultimately to a happier life.

This article will examine one of the aspects of good health that can be easily met with Body Balance and it’s sisters OsteOmegaCare and OsteoProCare by Life Force International.

The first requirement to be met by the dietary supplement plan is that the nutrients must be available for use by the body. You may have previously read somewhere that not all dietary supplements are created equal. Meaning the absorption rate of the vitamins and minerals should be high, verses the excretion of the nutrients. With that said, after many years of scientific research on the subject of balancing the body with good nutrition, the evidence has found that the best vitamin and mineral absorption from any supplement is in liquid form.

Here’s the thing, when we eat a lot of processed foods, we don’t ingest the live enzymes needed to break down food, which causes our digestive system to use a lot more energy to digest and assimilate the nutrients. Guess what, poor digestive, assimilation and elimination wares on our bodily systems which ultimately leads to countless illnesses.

We must gain an adequate mineral supply to maintain a balance between internal and external pressures of the body cells called “osmotic equilibrium.” This state must be maintained for normal cell function and continued youthful health. The body does not absorb Pill/rock minerals and only assimilates about 10% into your system, making it imperative to take ocean/sea based minerals for 99% absorption!

The vitamin and mineral rich Body Balance, by Life Force International, offers over 121 vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, ultra trace minerals, amino acids and live enzymes from a natural, whole food plant based (phytonutrient) source –sea veggies. Brown sea vegetables gently detoxes while the red and green fortify and renew our immune system, cells and blood. The greater absorption comes from combining essential minerals with Aloe Vera to gently cleanse the small intestine. This is very important for our general happy feeling, believe it or not. When we suffer from brain fog, poor concentration, anxiety, depression and low energy…all due to poor digestion, assimilation, elimination from processed food (build up) and inadequate amounts of important body balancing nutrients.

In the next article of this series, I’ll explain in more detail just how the Body Balance sisters OsteoProCare and OsteOmegaCare and the enhanced concentration of Calcium will lead to a fully protected body, ph balanced, and energized to seek out the wealth and wisdom that it can help you accrue.

How to Eat Your Way to Slim and Healthy in 2015

This is the time of year where New Year’s resolutions are on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Of course, it is no secret that the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Whether it is to drop 10 pounds, 20 pounds or 30 pounds, everyone seems to be upgrading their gym memberships, and ridding their kitchen of all their junk food. But, the truth is, no matter how much dieting and exercise you do, you still have to eat and stay healthy. So, how do you stick to your New Year’s goals when your stomach is rumbling? Let me share a few tips with you that will leave your stomach full and your waist slim.

  1. Detox – First things first, if you want to slim your middle, you need to cleanse and detox. Throughout 2014, and especially during the holidays, you probably accumulated a lot of toxins, heavy metals, and chemicals in your body that caused it to go out of whack. If you were feeling sluggish, tired, irritable or just not yourself, most likely your body was filled with toxins. So you want to cleanse your body and get rid of all those little culprits that cause you to have poor health and extra fat that you don’t need.
  1. Eat Healthier – I know this rule is simple. However, it can be hard to follow. If you are a busy gal on the go, it’s very easy to grab that bag of potato chips and soda instead of reaching for celery and hummus. If you didn’t raid your kitchen and rid it of all the junk food, now is the time to do so. You can replace your junk food with organic fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.
  1. Skip Deprivation – I know it may seem counterintuitive to tell you to eat a big chunk of chocolate cake, especially since it has a load of calories in sugar. But, the truth is, you can still enjoy all your favorite foods and treats without worry. The key word here is moderation. If you want a piece of chocolate cake, by all means have a bite or two without worry or guilt. However, you should worry if you eat the whole cake by yourself. Here’s a quick tip. If you really want the chocolate cake or any other sweet treat, invite a couple of your friends over and split the cake amongst you all.
  1. Chew your food slowly – It’s no secret that many people are fast eaters. And for good reason, food is so tasty! However, eating fast can wreak havoc on your digestive system as well as cause you to over eat. On average, it should take you at least 30 – 35 seconds to chew one bite of food. Your stomach needs time to send messages to your brain to let it know that you are full. However, when you chew your food quickly, you don’t have time to let your stomach digestive the food properly. Not to mention, you won’t enjoy every morsel that enters your mouth. If you take an extra 5 – 10 minutes at the dinner table to chew your food, you will feel fuller and eat less. This can ensure you stay slim and healthy in the New Year. Try using chopsticks.
  1. Eat Often – I know there are a lot of critics out there saying you should only eat once or twice a day if you are trying to lose weight. But, the truth is, if you are trying to lose weight, you need energy and food is energy. Think about a car, if a car doesn’t have fuel, it simply won’t go. If it’s low on gas, it won’t function properly. Your body acts the same way when you don’t give it the food and energy it needs to perform at optimal health. Now, when I say eat often, I don’t mean have a big feast every time you sit down to eat. You can eat about every 2 – 3 hours to boost your metabolism and give you energy. Throughout the day, you can feast on nutritious snacks like cashew nuts, greek yogurt, and fresh vegetables and fruit. Then have a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you take the pressure off of losing weight, and focus on being healthy and happy, your waist will slim down in no time. However, follow these fun and simple health tips to stay healthy and slim in 2015 and beyond.