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Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

In dit boek lees je o.a.: * heel veel informatie ter bevordering van je gezondheid; * hoe je door de juiste vetten te eten en te drinken kan afvallen; * hoe de overheid en de voedingsindustrie ons, uit financieel belang, verkeerd voorlichten; * dat je van bewerkte vetten ziek kan worden.

Trick and Treat:
How 'healthy eating' is making us ill
Trick and Treat cover

"A great book that shatters so many of the nutritional fantasies and fads of the last twenty years. Read it and prolong your life."
Clarissa Dickson Wright

Natural Health & Weight Loss cover

"NH&WL may be the best non-technical book on diet ever written"
Joel Kauffman, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Begin at the Beginning: The Best Diet for Healthy Children

There is an increasing recognition that only by preventing the occurrence of disease can one hope to achieve a significant improvement in the Nation's health. Preventive health care in childhood will promote the development of children to their fullest potential . . . reducing disability and dependency from illness.
From Nutritional Disorders of Children, prepared by Dr. S. J. Foman M. D., Professor of pediatrics, University of Iowa. U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, No. (HSA) 77-5104.

Diet websites and books are usually concerned with helping those who have become overweight or unhealthy return to a normal weight and health; to undo the damage caused by previous faulty dietary practice. But it must be self-evident that it is far better not to become overweight or unhealthy in the first place. And this relies on correct nutrition from the start: that is from a child's conception, for our nutritional status at our beginning has a profound effect on our health throughout life.

During the time the unborn child is forming, it requires an adequate supply of the right nutrients. If these are not supplied in the right quantity and at the right time, a damaged baby is the inevitable result.

Part 1: Prepare for pregnancy

Today, most of us in the West have access to, and can afford, almost any food we choose. Yet most of us seem to choose a diet composed of highly refined and concentrated starches and sugars. We can see all too often the harm that the predilection for these concentrated, refined carbohydrate foods can do to us as adults. But, for our offspring, such dietary practice may spell disaster.
     In her book, Let's Have Healthy Children , the world-renowned nutritionist, Adele Davies, tells how, when pregnant and nursing mothers ate a proper diet, not only did they have more normal pregnancies and easier labours, their babies were born with no congenital abnormalities. Davies also found that children of well-nourished mothers, who were themselves well-nourished, suffered no colic, were more intelligent, more attentive, and less prone to hyperactivity, allergies, colds and other ailments. In other words, not only did good nutrition promote health in mother and child, it removed most if not all of the stresses of bringing up children: it made bringing up children a time of joy.
     This has been confirmed in studies many times. In a study from Denmark, for example, children who weighed less than 2.3 kg (5 lbs) at birth found social interactions difficult, had poor sight/hand co-ordination, had lower intelligence quotients (IQs), had impaired sight, were under height and weight for their age, were more likely to be handicapped and more likely to need remedial or special education. Other more serious conditions such as cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness and autism are also linked to poor diet and low birth-weight. And birth-weight has been shown to be a strong predictor of how long the child will live and how many illnesses it will suffer.
     Birth-weight is directly dependent on what and how much the expectant mother eats.
    A study of the relationship of diet towards the end of the first three months of pregnancy and subsequent birth-weights found that mothers of premature or low birth-weight babies were consuming a diet significantly lower in some essential nutrients than mothers of larger babies. The missing or deficient nutrients associated with in premature births were salt, magnesium, phosphorus and iron; those associated with low birth-weight were thiamine (vitamin B1), salt, iron and magnesium, niacin and riboflavin (Vitamin B2). Yet these are all abundant in meat and other high-protein foods. It is not surprising, therefore, that the worst cases were always found in children born to mothers who were either eating vegetarian diets or on slimming diets while they were pregnant.
    There has also been a growing body of research that demonstrates that high levels of insulin in a mother's bloodstream have a fattening effect in her unborn baby. This is caused by leakage of insulin-antibody pairs across the placenta. Obese persons almost always exhibit high insulin levels.
     This article does not pretend to be the definitive book on paediatric diet and nutrition but if its principles are followed from before conception, many of the trials and tribulations of infancy and of health in later life, as well as obesity, can be avoided.

Diet for pregnancy

It is as well to prepare in advance for children. It is too late to think about nutrition only after pregnancy has been diagnosed. A healthy child is dependent in the first place on being the product of a healthy egg and a healthy sperm.
    Difficulty in conceiving is often the result of poor nutrition. Overweight women and those on low-calorie diets who seem unable to conceive will find that the unrestricted-calorie diet advocated here, high in meat, fish and dairy produce, with fresh vegetables and fruit, and free from refined sugar and starch will frequently solve their problem.
    Note also that it is equally important that the father has good nutritional status prior to conception.
    Once pregnancy has been determined, the expectant mother will be subjected to all sorts of strong pressures: the forces of commercial interests; of folklore; and, on occasion, nutritional ignorance within the medical profession. These can have a seriously detrimental effect on her health and that of her child.
    What an expectant mother feels like eating is usually a good guide to what her body is telling her it needs. But if she has a sweet tooth, she must be very wary. Her unborn baby receives its nourishment from her. Eating a largely sugary, starchy diet will displace the proteins and other nutrients that her baby needs to make body tissue and the fats she needs for proper brain development.
     If you have already produced one apparently healthy child without paying particular attention to your diet, beware. You may have a number of subtle deficiencies, particularly of iron and calcium caused by that first pregnancy. If these losses are not remedied before conception of the second child, this child may not be so lucky.

Before conception

In animal breeding, improving the stock and making sure that young animals are born healthy always includes ensuring a high-quality diet. It is ironic that 'family planning' as practised in Western countries is concerned entirely with contraception. Little thought is given to improving the diet, of both partners, particularly before pregnancy. Yet the health of both prospective parents before conception is at least as important in humans as it is in other animals.
    Pregnancy, and a proper diet for it, should always be planned. You may not realise that you are pregnant until after you have missed a period. By the time you are sure, your foetus could have been developing for four to eight weeks. It is during these first weeks that all your baby's internal organs, limbs and face begin to develop. Damage at this sensitive time through unsuitable diet, smoking or drugs contributes to many malformations such as cleft palate, malformed limbs, and defects to eyes, hearing, heart or brain. Therefore, you should eat the right things, stop smoking and limit your intake of alcohol, some weeks before you become pregnant.
    Obesity makes delivery more difficult for the mother and increases the risks for her baby. Obese women have more high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, caesarean deliveries and caesarean wound infections.  Babies born to obese women are twice as likely to need intensive care. But, as rapid weight-loss dieting is very harmful during pregnancy, excess weight should be lost before conception.
    What you eat immediately before and during pregnancy will also affect the amount of fat your baby will carry through life.

Part 1: Prepare for pregnancy | Part 2: Pregnancy and breast feeding | Part 3: Weaning to teething | Part 4: Growing up | Part 5: Tips

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