Guest Blog: Craving Nutrition: Eating for Change During Pregnancy


I have been contacted by a sweet lady from Healthline. Healthline is a very informative and user friendly website where you can learn more about medical information and trusted health advice. Here is a very informative and fun article to read written by Leslie Vandever related to the topic of Pregnancy, specifically Cravinggssss 🙂 Enjoy


Craving Nutrition: Eating for Change During Pregnancy

By Leslie Vandever

If you’re pregnant and crave certain foods—the famous pickles and ice cream, for instance, or salty corn chips dipped in cottage cheese, or frequent chocolate fixes, or even tasty helpings of steak fat—don’t feel alone. Food cravings during pregnancy are well-known and go with that rapidly rounding belly like cookies go with milk.

Scientists can’t tell us why, exactly. But at least some cravings may originate in the body’s need for specific nutrients. Pica—a craving to eat things that aren’t food, like clay, or coal—seems to come from a need for more iron in the diet. Women who crave ice cream or cottage cheese may just need more calcium. Chocolate is high in magnesium, so a woman whose body is lacking enough of that mineral may make a beeline for the candy machine. Or maybe her blood sugar level is low, so sweets sound good to her.

Or maybe she just loves chocolate.

Because a pregnant woman’s hormone levels fluctuate hugely, there may be an emotional side to cravings, as well. That urgent need for peaches and corn flakes may really be a subconscious need for emotional support, like a warm hug or a listening, empathetic ear.

The thing to remember is that there’s nothing wrong with craving specific foods during pregnancy. It’s an entirely normal phenomenon. Cravings have been noted—and commented upon with everything from humor to earnest seriousness—for hundreds of years. They occur in all cultures all over the world (though the foods that are the subjects of the cravings may differ).

The best way to deal with cravings is to eat a healthy, balanced, varied, and nutritious diet. By paying close attention to what and how you eat, you’ll be able to supply your body with everything it needs to keep both you and your growing infant healthy and strong. You may not have cravings as often.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, “Pregnancy is the one time in your life when your eating habits directly affect another person.”

By eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, cereals, and pastas, low-fat dairy foods, beans, nuts, and legumes, and lean proteins like chicken and, in limited quantities, fish, you’ll give your new baby her best possible start in life. At the same time, you’ll be healthier than ever, gaining only as much weight as necessary.

Your body goes through ginormous change during pregnancy. You gain weight so your body can nurture and grow your baby; your breasts swell and fill with life-giving milk; your uterus stretches to accommodate an infant that will, by the time she’s born, weigh between six and 10 pounds (on average). Your blood volume will also have increased by as much as 60 percent.

For all this necessary and positive change to take place—and to keep you and the baby healthy in the process—you must get the right nutrients in the right quantities. During the second and third trimesters you need to eat an extra 300 healthy calories a day. In addition, some doctors and midwives prescribe or suggest extra vitamins and iron supplements, or recommend that you eat certain foods, like spinach, liver, and citrus fruits.

Keep your food cravings in context and under control. Feeding an occasional yen for butter brickle ice cream won’t hurt you or your baby, but eating a bowl of it every day will cause problems. If nothing else, you’ll gain more weight than you really should, which can be hard to lose after the baby is born.

And, you could try replacing that sugary, fattening ice cream with yogurt topped with fruit and granola, or something else along those lines that’s much more nutritious. Swap carrots for potato chips, or dried apricots for toaster pastries. You get the idea.

You can also curb cravings by getting plenty of sleep and exercise, and by drinking 8 measuring cups of water each day. Distract yourself with a phone conversation, a good TV show, or a good book instead of indulging the craving. Talk with your doctor. Be wise. Cravings are just that: cravings. You don’t have to satisfy them.

 

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Leslie Vandever is a professional journalist and freelance writer with more than 25 years of experience. She craved cottage cheese and corn chips when she was pregnant with her daughter 32 years ago, so she knows that of which she writes. Vandever lives in the foothills of Northern California.

 

 
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Having a Baby… Juice Juice Juice


It has been such a long time since I last posted on the blog.

I gave birth to a healthy handsome baby boy. Throughout my pregnancy I juiced every single day. Green juice, apple juice, carrot juice, and different combinations of juice all ran through my veins and replenished my system and that of my baby. He was born and could hold his head up and I still do believe that his strength is directly related to the juices I have been consuming. I focused on fetal development and requirements and juiced ingredients that would help boost my health and that of my growing baby in me.

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My Baby Boy

I want to share some juice recipes that would help those who are planning to get pregnant, and those who are already going through their journey at being pregnant.

To Those Who are Trying to Get Pregnant

First thing I want to share with you is a detox. It took me a while to get pregnant and I read somewhere that a cleanse can help reboot my system. I did a four day juice fast (read my blog post about it here). A month after the cleanse and healthy eating I got pregnant. All you got to do is try to eliminate sugars in your diet. Eat healthy food and if you have the will to go vegan for a few weeks then go ahead and do that. As for me all I did is I went on a juice fast for 4 days. I eliminated caffeine from my system and all sugars. I ate a lot of greens. I exercised daily and drank lots of water and fluid.

Here are a few juice recipes that help with fertility.

Natural Fertility

This juice has a ton of vitamins and minerals. It is high in iron, calcium and is alkalizing. Drink this blend to nourish the reproductive system and enrich your cells, boosting your fertility and chances of getting pregnant (Natural Fertility Info).

5 Fertility RecipesTo Those who are Pregnant

During the first trimester, the embryo becomes a fetus with all organs fully formed. Taking these dramatic changes and developments in your womb many things are also happening to your body to be able to accommodate the needs of the baby. One of the well known physical side effects is nausea. Here are a few juice recipes to help you through the first trimester.

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During the second trimester you are most energetic and happily pregnant. Now that all the major organs and systems have formed in the fetus, the following six months will be spent growing. This means that you require a lot of vitamins and nutrients to help the growing fetus in you. I drank a lot of grapefruit and green juice during that time. Here are a few recipes:

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In the third trimester heartburn kicks in. More growth happening to the fetus and lungs are developing and maturing. I started to feel heavy and easily tired during the last few weeks. To keep your energy up and to help you through what is to become of your life try these healthy recipes.

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To Those Who Gave Birth

Enjoy motherhood, stay healthy and juice on 🙂

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Rasha Nasser Khalil 

Also see my other juice recipe posts and related articles:

– Juice Recipes for Pregnancy

– Juice Recipes for Weight Loss 

– Juice Recipes to Lower High Blood Pressure

– Juice Recipes for Ailments

– Detox Juice Recipes

– Jay Kordich – Juice Recipes

– Green Juice Recipes

– Guest Blog: Craving Nutrition: Eating for Change During Pregnancy

 

Words Revisited


We often hear some words and before we know it, we start using them and they become an integral part of our vocabulary, simply because we never stopped for a moment to actually think about what we’re saying. Most probably this will offend some people but those that can read with their cognitive dimensions will somehow relate to what I have to say.

We have been so keen on being so politically correct in every word we use, but did we ever stop to consider who’s dictating what’s politically correct and what’s not? Aren’t they the same people that introduced the political incorrectness, the ones correcting what once was incorrect?

For instance, let me start with the word “African American” what are we trying to say here? You’re not 100% American? Or you’re American by citizenship only? What makes a white person “American” without being labeled as “European American” or “something American”. After all, less than 300 hundred years ago, there were no Americans. People were flocking from all over the world, and almost all of the current residents of the United States of America know exactly what country they originated from, yet they’re white and Americans, but for the sake of being politically correct, we use the word “African American” even for those that have never stepped a foot in Africa and most probably will never. So when we say African American, how many of us are aware that Africa is a continent and it has several Arabic speaking countries. So are we labeling them as Arabs, or it is Africa the non-Arab speaking part? This isn’t my fight… I am simply saying: stop trying to be politically correct especially when you’re doing no one a favor.

As for the second word, which I really have a hard time understanding, is “Anti-Semite.” Anti is the opposite of pro, and Semite surely we all know what its meaning, or do we? Unfortunately, I would have to say that the majority of people have no clue what Semite means, and it is being used randomly to the extent that in many cases it stopped making any sense. I won’t try to be politically correct on this subject as much as I will try to be “historically correct”. History plays an important role in shaping our behavior, with that being said, history can be distorted to achieve certain gains, nonetheless those that are seeking the truth can and will find it. The way I see it, you have two choices, the first is “monkey see, monkey do” which is not the most reliable source and the second one is “Monkey hears, monkey intrigued, monkey investigates, and monkey reaches answers” . I think I like the latter one best.

So what does history tell us? In a nutshell, Noah who is known for his ark and the flood, jump started human life, otherwise we wouldn’t exist today. Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem (A.K.A Sem or Sam), and Ham. The figure of interest is Sem because that’s where it all started. The Semites are practically the descendants of Sem. So who are those people? Are those people of only one specific faith? Or are they genealogically the descendants of that person of whom they happen to carry his name? Logically speaking, it should be the genealogy which means that his descendants could be of any faith or even faithless if that’s what they have chosen. One primary interesting fact is that Arabic and Hebrew are both considered to be two of the Semitic languages, and people from the Middle East are mainly of Semitic origin. So the next time the word anti-Semitic is being used against a middle eastern stop and think what is really being said here “you are anti-you.”

Why is “Fat” so offensive and “Skinny” not? Just like an overweight person finds it difficult to lose weight, a skinny person finds it difficult to put on weight. In some countries being overweight is a sign of wealth, where food is abundant, whereas being skinny is no more than being poor. How could you explain to a person that you envy him or her for having such a skinny figure in those places? Again, stop for a moment and think about what you’re saying. Now if you are living in your own cocoon and your politically correct and incorrect terms apply only to your surrounding then you are in for a big surprise. Borders tend to be static, but the world is dynamic far more than you can imagine.

— Raghid Khalil

The Versatile Blogger Award


We are very honored and appreciative for being nominated  for the Versatile Blogger award. We would like to thank everyone that has passed through our blog and enjoyed our articles, left comments, shared our page and followed us.

We would like to thank FitnessLovingMom for nominating us.

The rules for the award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that You enjoy.
  4. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated!

Here are 7 things about us:

  1. We are originally from Lebanon.
  2. I was born in Liberia, and my husband was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
  3. I love working out (cycling, boot camp, running)… My husband loves playing Call of Duty on his Xbox 360.
  4. We are Windows Phone 7 users 🙂
  5. We like to travel.
  6. We like to watch movies.
  7. We love sushi.

The 15 bloggers that we want to nominate for this award are as follow:

  1. FitnessLovingMom
  2. Bucket List Publications
  3. BermudaOnion
  4. inpursuitofmore
  5. ediliociclostile
  6. l’armoiredelana
  7. ginosblog
  8. chicquero
  9. underjuiced
  10. stay healthy with Samantha
  11. eat cake and loose weight
  12. alternate economy
  13. mary, mary
  14. creaturewiththeatombrain
  15. cut the crap movie review

Thank you again…

— Raghid & Rasha Khalil

The Gerson Therapy – The Body’s Healing Power


I love watching documentaries. They open your eyes to new ideas and concepts to explore.

One thing I have stumbled across is ‘The Gerson Therapy’. It was referenced in a few documentaries* I watched and I was mesmerized with the concept and remedy.

I am not going to go through a historical anecdote of the therapy and all that. I am going to discuss the therapy itself.

If you suffer from any kind of cancer, chronic degenerative diseases or illness, be it the common cold to the most deadly and untreatable of all diseases, ‘The Gerson Therapy’ seems to be able to fight it all and actually CURE and HEAL you and not the symptoms.

I enjoy visualizing ‘the Gerson therapy’ as a comic superhero like no other. She would be invincible and ready to save the day all the time 24/7. Why she? Because the therapy is so holistic and derived from Mother Nature that it is no doubt a she healer. “The She Healer” would be her name 🙂

Anyway to get back on track…. The Gerson Therapy believes that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. The body is normally organized in order to heal. If you cut or burn yourself in the kitchen while preparing food your wounds will eventually heal. If you break your leg, your body will eventually repair the damage and heal. It is our built in “Natural Healing Mechanism” (and you thought that cars only have built in features!). Thus the only thing you have to do when or if you ever get sick is to restore and rebuild the bodies healing mechanism which is being suppressed and damaged by all the waste, pesticides, preservatives, damaged and processed foods, and additives that are in the poisonous food we are consuming. So, all you have to do is the following (note: therapy is modified depending on the illness you suffer from. I am not an expert on the subject so if you are sick please do your own research, check out the institute, and follow their recommendations):

I-     Juicing: Fresh juices are so helpful and powerful for the body. Fresh organic nutrients are the only thing that the body needs to work on. The human body is not designed to work on pasta, fries and steak which have no vitamins, mineral and nutrition. Even vegetarians who are adding salad dressings and are eating damaged vegetables and fruits that are exposed to pesticides and fungicides are not nourishing their systems but are poisoning it. So the solution to nourish your body is fresh organic produce. In order to provide your cells with fresh living nutrients they can absorb and utilize quickly to keep our defenses going, juices are the key. Removing the fiber and only drinking the juice will allow us to get more nutrients and vitamins in our system. Here are the juices you are to have on daily basis:

  1. One fresh organic orange juice for breakfast (vitamin C)
  2. Green juice: green lettuce, chard, green pepper, red cabbage put together with an apple (which has pectin in it that makes it highly digestible)
  3. Apple and Carrot mix juice: biochemists and doctors found that the acid of the apple that are ground influence the carrots to release minerals. Thus, the combination gives the best release of minerals.
  4. Carrot only Juice: served with liver capsules which produces Vitamin A (good for cancer treatment)

(The therapy prohibits the drinking of water. The juices are served every hour, thus the system is highly hydrated.)

II-     Coffee Enemas: Drinking coffee is prohibited in the Gerson therapy. But coffee used in enema gives the body a totally difference effect. It cleanses the liver and helps it restore its function.

III-     Have full vegetarian meals with fiber in them. Meals consisting of fresh organic vegetables and fruits. Use of flax seed oil is allowed. No Salt to be used. Go crazy with recipes.

IV-     Meditation helps heal and restore balance to our systems.

What about protein?

The biggest strongest land animals are elephants, bulls and gorillas. They are vegetarian. Very often the vegetarian animals are bigger, stronger and healthier than the meat eaters.

This reminds me of a scene from the animated move “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs” where the tiger chasing a dear looses his breath after a few seconds but the dear keeps running and running.

The vegetarian diet is rich in proteins. The most complete protein is in carrots and carrot juice. If you feed a new born nothing but carrot juice they are perfectly normal and develop healthy. Carrots have almost the same amount of protein as mothers’ milk and it has all the other things that babies need: calcium, magnesium, manganese etc. You also get proteins in potatoes, oatmeal, and in all other vegetables.

The therapy is not an easy one to adopt especially with the lifestyles we have gotten accustomed to. From the daily takeouts to the social events that always include something to nibble on and drink. But at the end of the day health is the most important element of our life. When you are unhealthy you are unable to lead a normal life. You are always sick and tired and sad. We owe it to ourselves to start adopting some healthy choices. Maybe buy a juicer and start trying the juices that are mentioned above. If we see any improvement in our health, maybe we can cut back on animal products, additives and preservatives. Then maybe we can start doing the coffee enemas to help our liver rid itself from all the toxins we are consuming.

It is funny how our priorities are distorted. We spend so much money on our outer appearances (which is not a bad thing at all), but we tend to go cheap when it comes to buying healthy products for our system.

Consider showing off your healthy body and healthy system. Boast about your health and well being. Please read more about the subject. You never know when you may need the therapy or a slap in the face and a wake up call to adopt a healthier lifestyle just to stay alive. Don’t wait until you are in desperate need. Don’t wait until you get sick. Act now.

Take care of yourself. You have the potential to cure yourself.

— Rasha Nasser Khalil

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* The documentaries are:

The beautiful Truth directed by Steve Kroschel

The Gerson Miracle directed by Steve Kroschel

Dying to Have known directed by Steve Kroschel

Food Inc. directed by Robert Kenner

Forks Over Knives directed by Lee Fulkerson

Food Matters directed by James Colquhoun and Carlo Ledesma

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead directed by Joe Cross

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Recommended resources:

Charlotte Gerson on Cancer and Disease:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U7Ck9D45OT4#

The Gerson Institute: http://gerson.org/

https://www.facebook.com/GersonInstitute

Gerson Health Media: http://www.gersonmedia.com

Jay Kordich (the father of juicing): http://www.jaykordich.com/

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Quotes

Charlotte Gerson:

“When your defenses are in order cancer is impossible”

“Cancer is totally curable by restoring the body’s ability to reactivate this healing mechanism”

“Chemotherapy does not restore the body’s ability to heal. It poisons it further. It weakens the immune system”

“Nature has set it all up… it is alright”

“The only thing the public thinks of when it thinks of proteins is animal proteins. But the human body is not designed from animal proteins. It cannot handle it correctly. It cannot break it down to the end product and lodge it correctly.”

Jay Kordich:

“live food… live bodies. Dead food…things that are cooked, things that are processed… dead food…death does not beget life, only life begets life.”

It’s That Time of the Year!


I hear songs from the eighties, songs that millions of people have heard before. It might not be playing on the radio but it sure is playing only in the minds of those that want to hear it. “It’s the eye of the tiger”, that’s right “the eye of the tiger”.

Less than a week to go… Everyone is on the lookout for everyone else’s action. People slowly walk down the aisles of different electronic and clothing stores, smiling and nodding their heads to others while greeting them, as if they hail from an era not like the one we live in today. They register items and prices in their heads, yet walking out the stores empty handed, again … as if nothing was good enough for them.  That’s how civilized they are … all year-round.

Another day or two go by… Those same people start to lose some sleep. You can see the dark circles under their eyes, but they will deny any accusation of sleep deprivation. That’s a normal behavior. Another one would be their inquisitive nature that pops out of nowhere. They try to suck out every bit of detail you might have, about anything that you may have shown interest in over the past couple of weeks.

The song gets louder and louder, the nights get longer and longer. A cup of coffee is no longer helping. They start resorting to double espresso shots as the time starts closing in on them.

It is almost midnight. Those same people that hailed from the 1900’s era have begun their fast transformation yet backward evolution, an era that many of us were made familiar with, by simply watching movies like ”The Planet of the Apes”.

At midnight precisely, right outside the doors of several stores, you see people in masses running into the stores they were previously visiting in a very civilized manner. This time however the smiles have disappeared, the only eye contact is that established with an item on a shelf or could be in someone else’s cart. No need to get into details: “it’s the purchase of the fittest”.

Life will only return back to normal after checkout has been completed.

The bad news… it is almost the end of civilization. The good news… it is black Friday. Happy shopping!

Raghid Khalil