Benefits to a Vegan (or Vegetarian) Diet

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Although this blog is directed towards mothers and mothers to be, this article in itself is relevant to the entire family, and especially to our new additions.

“See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food” (Genesis 1:29, 30).

“Nowadays people understand the concept of what we put into our mouths is essentially going into the mouths of our children. And honestly, would you give your weeks-old baby diet soda? I highly doubt it… so why would you want to drink it when the baby is still inside your body?”

“Several studies show that vegan moms have much lower levels of pesticides and herbicides in their breast milk than meat eaters.”

“…a healthy vegan diet during pregnancy can help you avoid some of the nasty side effects of pregnancy, such as constipation during pregnancy, hemorrhoids, morning sickness, and more.” –The most healthy diet during pregnancy..

 

 

Calorie, protein (amino acids) , and all other nutrient needs can be easily met by a vegan diet..

  • Calcium—Some vegan sources are dark leafy greens collard greens, kale, spinach, turnip greens, kale, raw cacao. Other sources include rice, almonds, and hemp seeds.  Calcium absorption from these foods has been shown to be excellent because of the high content of magnesium which is need for the body to be able to absorb calcium.
  • Vitamin D—Vitamin D is produced within the body as a hormone chemical reaction after sunlight exposure to the skin. Ensure that your children get regular sun exposure and getting adequate varieties of fruits and vegetables.   
  • Protein—A diet drawn from varied plant sources easily satisfies “protein” requirements, providing all essential amino acids are present.  Good amino acid or “protein” sources include cooked beans, hemp, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
  • Calories—Concern has been expressed that the increased bulk provided by certain foods in the vegan diet will cause a child to feel full before he has consumed enough calories. Including some refined grained products and peeled, cooked vegetables can reduce the bulkiness of meals. Nuts and seed butters, avocados, dried fruits, and added fats (e.g., vegetable oils) can provide additional concentrated calories without bulk.
  • Iron—Diets consisting of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, and nuts provide adequate iron.
  • Zinc—Good sources include legumes and nuts.

 

Vitamin B12

A lot of people bring up the concern for Vitamin B12 and if being on a vegan/vegaterian diet can have create a B12 definiency. Here is an excerpt from the article The Vitamin B12 Issue

Many people say that the only foods which contain vitamin B12 are animal-derived foods.  This also is untrue.  No foods naturally contain vitamin B12 – neither animal or plant foods.  Vitamin B12 is a microbe – a bacteria – it is produced by microorganisms. Vitamin B12 is the only vitamin that contains a trace element – cobalt – which gives this vitamin its chemical name – cobalamin – which is at the centre of its molecular structure.  Humans and all vertebrates require cobalt, although it is assimilated only in the form of vitamin B12. Absorption of the natural B12 coenzymes can take place in  the mouth, throat, oesophagus, bronchial tubes and even in the upper small  intestines, as well as all along the intestinal tract.

A B12 deficiency can be caused by antibiotics (from the drugs themselves and contained in milk and meat), alcohol (alcohol damages the liver, so drinkers need more B12) and smoking (and all high temp cooked food is smoky) and stress also raises B12 needs). Many so-called studies ‘showing vegans deficient’ have to be carefully studied themselves – many of them do not prove vegans to be deficient at all!  In fact, contrary to meat and dairy industry propaganda, meat-eaters are known to be more likely to have a vitamin B12 deficiency – this has been known since 1959! Bear in mind that many vegetarians and vegans still take antibiotics or consume antibiotic-containing foods such as onions, garlic, strong radishes and other foods rich in mustard oil, which are lethal to intestinal flora.

If we ate 100 grams of green beans, beets, carrots, and  peas we  would have half of our so-called daily minimum requirement of  Vitamin B12 coenzymes providing our digestion and absorption are normal. Dr Vetrano argues that the real problem in so-called B12 deficiency  is a failure of digestion and absorption of foods, rather than a deficiency of  the vitamin itself.

By ingesting soil-born organisms you can maintain an enormous reservoir of uncoded antibodies ready to transform specific pathogens, the way nature intended – by eating a little dirt!

“Dirty kids are healthy kids.”

How meat can destroy your health and cause heart disease, cancer and infection.

List the reasons you shouldn’t eat meat, chicken or fish from article above:

1) drugs/hormones

2) fat and cholesterol

3) pesticides/chemicals from fertilizers/PCBs

4) parasites

5) viruses

New Clue to Milk and Diabetes Link?

Study Shows Protein in Cow’s Milk Infant Formula May Raise Risk of Later Diabetes

Confirmed Anew: Cow Milk May Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

Cheese really is like crack/ heroin: Study reveals the food triggers the same part of thebrain as drugs

Even when on a vegetarian or vegan diet there’s some plants and foods that generally we should stay away from because they themselves are not intended to be eaten on a daily bases and if they are they may likely be the cause to negative side effects.

Shopping Dairy free – Hidden dairy

Nightshades: Causes muscle and bone calcification, osteoporosis, contain poisonous alkaloids that “protects” the plant from consumption, irritation of gut, inflammation and pain of joints and muscles.

Soy Products :

“The soybean was a modest and unpopular crop until food manufacturers intent on creating cheap vegetable oils convinced the U.S. government to start subsidizing it. The soy was turned into oil, and the industry was left with an industrial waste product. Then somebody had a brilliant idea:

Let’s take this industrial waste product full of toxins and carcinogens — isolated soy protein — and turn it into food that people will eat!”

Dangers of Soy

10 Reason to avoid soy

Why avoid soy?

Cheat Sheet to finding Hidden Soy

Hidden Sources of Soy

Sprouting – “. Once you start the germinating process, that dormant seed starts to become a live plant. Anti-nutrients are cast away, it changes, inside and out, and when you eat that seed, no longer are you eating just a seed, instead you are eating a tiny little plant. The process of changing seeds into little plants is easy, but the changes that happen is huge.”

Why Sprout?

Hybrid Food and Commercially Alter Foods-

“Avoid hybrid fruits which have been altered by humans. A fruit is technically defined as a having a seed/s. Hybrids are usually easily identified as fruit that is seedless. (seedless watermelon, seedless grapes, etc.) Hybrid fruits contain more sugar which stresses our pancreas more than regular fruits and has less nutrition than seeded unaltered varieties.”

Avoid GMO and Hybrid foods

Processed foods and how it affects health

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Baby Lead Weaning

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It should be said that breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for the first six months of a baby’s life, but around that time, you may notice baby’s will begin to show interest in food by just watching the family at the dinner table. Baby is introduced to the flavors from mother’s diet in her breast milk. This early introduction to food tastes often increases baby’s acceptance of those foods later on. Breastfeeding is also baby’s first lesson in self regulation, which is one benefit of Baby Lead Weaning.

7 Signs Your Baby is Ready for Foods

“Listen, there’s no point in forcing a 6-month-old who is content with the breast to eat off a spoon. You’re just going to drive yourself crazy. One of the biggest signs of readiness is an interest in what Mom is eating.”

Babies may be ready if they watch you eating, reach for your food, and seem eager to be fed.

Just by watching the family your baby can learn how (with some help) to use utensils, cups, napkins and eat on their own. Letting them feed themselves (with super-vision) gives them confidence and the independence to learn other things on their own.

Once your baby can sit up and bring her hands or other objects to her mouth, you can give her finger foods to help her learn to feed herself. To prevent choking, make sure anything you give your baby is soft, easy to swallow, and cut into small pieces.

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First meals should be RAW Fruits and Veggies in the form of monomeals.

A monomeal is a meal comprised of one food, usually raw fruits or vegetables. Simple as that! For example, a bowl of fresh pineapple chunks or eight oranges or a smoothie of just bananas (and water) or half a watermelon.

You should follow the laws of food combining when baby is ready for more elaborate meals as they get more advance in eating.

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  • Improper food combining is one of the primary factors that cause gas, flatulence, heartburn, and upset stomach. What’s worse, the resulting poor digestion can also contribute to malnutrition, even if you think you’re eating a decent diet
  • Disease is just as much a matter of eliminating toxins as it is about eating proper foods. Elimination, however, is dependent on a healthy digestive system
  • Food combination takes into account the area and complexity of digestion of each food, to ensure it goes through your entire digestive system with ease
  • One of the most important factors when it comes to healthful eating is to make sure you’re eating foods, native to your local area, that are in season
  • The two foremost rules of food combining are: 1) No proteins and starches at the same meal, and 2) No fruits and vegetables at the same meal

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Purees and soft sliced fruits are good starting foods, slowly integrating veggies and sweet potatoes later on.

  • Continue to nurse just as often as baby wants. Solids are to compliment milk, and baby is trusted to know when to increase solid feedings and decrease milk (usually later in the first year).

Use baby safe products like silicon utensils and baby safe dishes.

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Once baby starts to have fully developed molars you can increase different textures and incorporate more foods that involve chewing.

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“When your baby starts eating solid foods, his stools will become more solid and variable in color. Because of the added sugars and fats, they will have a much stronger odor too.”

Make sure baby is getting enough breast milk or chemical/fluoride free water, to help past stools. Foods high in water, like fruits, replenish the body and will naturally be easier to pass. Please keep that in mind if you decide to feed your baby cooked foods, like rice, that actually absorb the body’s water.

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Forget about expectations and let it be a learning experience. It will be messy, many parents find a naked baby is easiest to clean up afterwards.

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Vaccines and what you should know. 

Please research vaccines, any medications or over the counter medicines that have potential side effects thoroughly before applying them to you or your children. 


Please read:

Tell Me the Truth About Vaccines or Stay Away From My Children  

Please read:

Holistic Detox of Vaccine for Children

Please read:

Aluminum in Vaccines Linked to Brain Inflammation 

Please read:

CDC Study Shows that Vaccines Cause Food Allergies 
Vaccines and the Peanut Allergy Epidemic 

Breastfeeding in the First Week: 4 Things You Will Be Glad You Knew

“Having a new baby is one of the biggest changes you will encounter in your lifetime. It is hard to imagine just how dramatically your life will change. You will be learning to breastfeed at the same time as you are recovering from birth and reorganizing your relationship with your partner.”

“While breastfeeding may be “natural” it does take some time to learn. Many women have never been around someone who is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding their own baby will be their very first experience. We want to tell you 4 important things that will make the first week of breastfeeding easier for you.”

Breastfeeding in the First Week: 4 Things You Will Be Glad You Knew

Natural Birth Options and Tips

This article by Wellness Mama explains what natural birth is and why you should consider it. This is a good article for mothers that are choosing to give birth in the hospitals and things you should be aware for to avoid complications during delivery. Wellness Mama has a wealth of knowledge in living a healthy and natural lifestyle and is highly recommended.

Natural Birth Options and Tips

“I have some friends who look at me like I’ve grown a second head when I mention that I prefer to labor naturally, and others who experience rather pain free births and can’t even understand why coping techniques are necessary. For me personally, labor is long, hard, and a true test of both will power and surrender. I decided to labor and birth naturally (medical issues aside) after researching all of the options and deciding that this was best for baby and me.” -Wellness Mama