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Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

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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

Part 2: Diet during pregnancy and breast feeding

During pregnancy you really are eating for two. It used to be thought that if an expectant mother were malnourished, her baby's needs would take precedence at the expense of its mother's body and, that in this way, her foetus would be protected from any deficiency. We now know that this is not true: a poor diet during pregnancy is a major cause of low birth-weight babies, who have a much increased risk of perinatal death, of other health problems throughout life and a reduced life-expectancy overall.
    The ideal diet during pregnancy is the one advocated here for weight loss: one that has a high nutrient density with foods such as meat, fish, milk, and dairy products, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Too much carbohydrate and your baby will be fat. Dietary carbohydrates raise insulin levels. Babies born to mothers who had high insulin levels while they were pregnant were markedly obese by the age of six, independent of their mother's weight. It is not thought that insulin itself crosses the placenta from mother to unborn child. However, insulin produces antibodies that do. Once in the foetus these increase glycogen and fat deposits resulting in an abnormally large baby.
    Mother's size during pregnancy doesn't seem to matter. What matters is what a mother has eaten during pregnancy. Significantly, there is no difference between energy intakes of babies born to fat or thin mothers. This indicates that development of fatness comes before any increase in energy intake.
    Foods to cut down on are those that are low in nutrients and high in starches and sugars: sugar, sweets, bread, pasta, cakes and biscuits, and alcohol.
    During pregnancy there is an inevitable weight gain. This should be about 2-1 kg (1-2 lbs) in the first ten weeks, 3-5 kg (6-10 lbs) by week 20 with about ½ kg (1 lb) a week after that to the end of pregnancy: a total weight gain of about 13 kg (28 lbs) over the nine months.
    If weight gain is substantially greater or less than this you should try to determine why. Excessive weight gain is usually caused by excessive intake of 'convenience food'.

The milky way

The Jesuits say that if they have a child for his first seven years, they have him for life. Similarly the way children are fed during these first formative years determines their eating patterns throughout life and it is this that will have a long-lasting effect on their later well-being and weight. Dietary habits learned during childhood are usually retained throughout life. Set them early, as trying to change them later is not easy.
    It is noticeable that obesity seems to run in families: "there's nothing I can do, my mother was fat, it's in my genes" is an excuse I often hear. But it is seldom true. One major reason is given above: a mother's high carbohydrate diet while pregnant. Another reason that obesity runs in families is because children are brought up the same way their parents (usually mother) ate or were brought up. So if mother has a bad diet, daughter will usually have a similar bad diet. It is in this way that health and obesity traits are perpetuated.
    The way to good nutrition for your infant should not be difficult. There is one product that alone will provide your baby with all the nutrients she requires for at least the first six months or more of her life. That product, consisting of all the proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and trace elements your growing infant needs, formulated in exactly the right proportions, available when required at exactly the right temperature and germ free, is mother's milk. Not only is it the right food for growth, it will protect your baby from allergies, and gastric and bowel disturbances. Given free access to the breast, your baby will not overeat, taking only as much as she needs. One bonus for you as a nursing mother is that you will be less stressed by a colicky child. Both you and your baby are emotionally bonded and gain pleasure from the experience. And, unlike most things today, this amazing product is free.
    Another bonus, in terms of weight, is that you will regain your figure more easily and quickly.

Big hips are there for a reason

Many women are dismayed that they have large hips and thighs. But there is a very sound reason for this fat. Nature put it there for energy storage for lactation and to safeguard the food supply of offspring.
    It is generally assumed that it's the pregnancy phase that's energy consuming but, in fact, the nursing phase uses much more. An infant consumes large amounts of energy in the first six or nine months of life, so nature guarantees this supply of energy in women's hips and thighs and has locked it up during the non-lactating phase. Fat is easily stored around the hips but it's not easy to get out again unless the woman breast-feeds her baby. At that point, the hip fat will come off easily. There is no doubt that a mother's best 'hip and thigh diet' is the one she feeds to her baby.
    The good news, then, is that if the mother breast-feeds, this condition doesn't last long and her thighs will return to a nicer, slimmer shape. And the bad news is that, if she doesn't breast-feed, a mother stands a good chance of keeping what are unkindly called 'jodhpur thighs' probably for life.
    Dr Carol Janney and colleagues at the University of Michigan confirm this. Studying women, their breast feeding habits and weight, they found that women who breast-fed their babies exclusively for at least six months regained their original weight much more easily and quickly than those who bottle fed or only partly breast-fed their babies. There were significantly slower rates of weight loss after breast feeding ceased in women who exclusively breast-fed for only a short period. Strangely, older women or unmarried women did not lose their weight as easily as younger, married women.
     While the bad news is that it is very difficult to eliminate hip and thigh fat (unless nursing), the good news is that this kind of fat, which is there for a good biological reason, is not hazardous to health. It is only abdominal fat that is dangerous.

Breast-feeding for your baby's health

Another study conducted by researchers at the Department of Child Health, at the Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, looked at the extent to which health in later life was determined by early feeding patterns. This demonstrated that exclusive breast-feeding was beneficial to the child's health too. They showed that respiratory illness, weight, height, blood pressure and amount of body fat were all related to how baby had been fed during the first few months of life. Babies who had been exclusively breast-fed for at least the first four months of life had only half the amount of wheezing of those who were wholly bottle-fed. Children who had been partly breast and partly bottle-fed were little better than those wholly bottle-fed. Blood pressure was also significantly higher in children who had been bottle-fed. The time of the introduction of solid food was the factor that had the most profound influence on both respiratory illness and body weight. If infants were introduced to solid food before fifteen weeks, they were more than twice as likely to have a wheezy chest and they were much fatter.
    Another study from Finland confirmed the health-giving benefits of longer-term breast-feeding. Drs. U M Saarinen, and M Kajosaari divided infants into three feeding regime groups: breast-feeding for more than six months; for between one and six months; and less than one month. Children in the last group suffered far more allergies than those in the first. Saarinen and Kajosaari conclude that breast-feeding is protective against eczema, food allergy and respiratory allergies throughout childhood and adolescence.
    A study published in 1990 showed that babies who were prematurely weaned to a high-carbohydrate diet were more likely to develop high blood cholesterol levels, but if babies were weaned to a high-fat diet, that prevented high blood cholesterol. And, getting back to obesity, breast-fed infants are always slimmer than formula-fed infants at one year. Ninety-five percent of obese people had not been breast-fed. Breast milk contains human Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), a potent inhibitor of obesity. EGF is not found in formula milks or in cow's milk.
    Lastly, dietary fat and cholesterol are needed to insulate nerve cells and prevent short circuits between nerves and subsequent brain damage. There is concern that infant formula milks do not provide the necessary long-chain fatty acids necessary for proper brain development. For proper growth and brain development children under the age of two need fat and cholesterol every day - even if they are chubby. Never forget that Nature has designed breast milk to be the perfect food for babies - and fifty percent of the energy in breast milk is in the form of fat.
    To sum up: exclusive breast-feeding for at least four months is better for both a mother's weight and the future health and weight of her children.
    It is a sad reflection on our time, therefore, that many mothers are deterred from breast-feeding their infants by ill informed and, sometimes, aggressive prudery. I remember, in my youth, it was not at all unusual to see a woman breast-feeding her baby whilst walking in the street or doing the shopping. It can be done quite discreetly. It is ironic, therefore, that now, when 'topless' sunbathing is the norm on beaches throughout the world, and complete nudity can be seen on the beach in full view of the public promenade at Brighton or on television, the wholly natural act of breast-feeding is somehow regarded as 'not nice'.
    I can only hope that the World Health Organisation's declaration in 1991 will have some effect on this ludicrous prudery. The declaration says that as a global goal for optimal maternal and child health and nutrition, all women should be enabled to practise exclusive breast-feeding and all infants should be fed exclusively on breast milk from birth until four to six months old. Thereafter, children should continue to be breast-fed while receiving appropriate and adequate complementary foods for up to two years of age and beyond.

Breast-feed immediately

Success with breast-feeding depends on how soon and how much a baby sucks. The breast produces milk only on demand: if your baby doesn't suck, you won't produce any milk.
    Your baby should be put to your breast immediately after birth. Under one hour old, a baby is responsive and alert, and will suck easily. When a baby is born, her blood-sugar level is usually low. In nature, the first food a baby gets from the breast is colostrum. It may look a thin watery fluid but it has a high protein content. It is also this colostrum that gives the newborn child immunity from diseases and allergies. This amazing food, for which there is no substitute, is the start that all babies should have.
    Bottle-feeding is inferior to breast-feeding both in the quality of the milk and for the mother-baby bonding process. Cow's milk is not suitable for a baby human. It is designed for a calf that must double its weight in a few days. Formula milks are nearer to human milk but looking round the pharmacy at baby milk formulas I note that, without exception, they are now all made with polyunsaturated vegetable oils. If baby is to grow healthily and live a healthy life, baby needs natural breast milk now more than ever before.

Disincentives to breast-feeding

Today, society conspires against breast-feeding. Many women who want to breast-feed are deterred by a combination of forces. It is common practice in some maternity hospitals for the newborn baby to be given a glucose drink to raise her blood-sugar level. This not only taxes her immature pancreas unnecessarily; it makes her less likely to suck as vigorously to start the milk flow. More than this, it is the start of the road to obesity, for the child will more rapidly develop a taste for sweet things. You should demand of the paediatrician or nurse that they ensure that no glucose or other sweet drinks are given under any circumstances.
    Baby should be fed on demand. If breast-fed, your baby will take only as much as she needs and she will not become overweight.
    Beware: baby-food manufacturers seem to have arrangements either with the hospital or the Registrar of Births, whereby they are told of all new babies. As a result, soon after your baby is born, you will receive, through the post, a deluge of promotional literature from them extolling the virtues of their products. If you read it, bear in mind the pecuniary interest of those who sent it to you or, better still, throw it away. Your baby will almost certainly be better off without it. These manufacturers do not want you to use your own milk. If you do, you won't buy theirs. So they work very hard to undermine breast-feeding - in a very subtle way, of course. Other elements of society add to the conspiracy: the general feeling that to breast-feed in public is 'not done', or the husbands who 'don't like it'!
     With ninety-nine percent of women having the ability to breast-feed, there are very few indeed who cannot. If you are one of the unfortunate ones who genuinely cannot breast-feed, it is essential that you make sure that your baby's formula has exactly the same composition of nutrients as human breast milk.

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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