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Do I still believe in the Brewer Diet for Pregnancy?
I was just thinking about where my diet was at when I turned in Permission to Mother to the publisher. I knew I needed to do something. I was way too heavy and sedentary. Nutrition is perhaps the area I have become quite opinionated on since publication. I had already started eating organic produce, but that wasn't enough. The only nutrition plan I knew at the time for pregnancy was the Brewer diet.
If I got pregnant now, I would stick with a raw/green smoothie diet. I'd continue with 4 cups of green smoothies daily. I'd have plenty of green veggies daily especially spinach, broccoli, kale which all have plenty of protein.
I'd probably get a variety of grains such as spelt, quinoa, millet, barley, brown rice, including fresh sprouts and beans (dry not can) and nuts. I would continue sprouting as much as I can.
I have significantly reduced the amount of eggs (but I currently I have access to local eggs at a friends), dairy, chicken and fish in my diet since publication and I would not plan to consume more animal products than I do now if I was pregnant. I actually eat very little animal products currently. I am not eating the eggs raw.
I've never been a red meat or pork eater.
When I wrote that post, I had not run into GSG or raw food yet. I wholeheartedly believe the GS/raw diet super cedes the Brewer diet.
The reason the Brewer diet works is because it probably got people off of TV dinners and boxed food and fast food. In essence his patients were shifting towards a much better diet.
Brewer includes a Vegetarian and Vegan diet option. I don't know how many of his patients did actually follow the plant-based options.
As far a salt goes, I mostly use pristine sea salt and try the various sea salts depending on what I am making. I've rid my house of table salt. I do believe that table salt is bad for us and sea salt has a purpose in flavoring our food with the added minerals. When Obstetricians tell woman "no salt" I don't think they appreciate the difference between sea salt and table salt. I know I didn't until I started preparing foods from more wholesome recipes.
I would use a lot of hemp, chia, flax.
I would use chocolate bliss and other super foods from sunfire foods and healthforce.com.
That said, I know in pregnancy woman get lots of cravings. This would be my intentions. I can fully support a woman in pregnancy who chose to eat vegan or vegetarian. I can support a meat eater in pregnancy, too, with choices to keep away from processed foods.
Addendum: I also would recommend fermented food. I have to remind myself now to do that!
Denise Punger MD FAAFP IBCLC & her husband John Coquelet DO are in private practice in St. Lucie County, Florida. They have three unschooled, xbox loving sons, who are first degree black belts in karate. Her perspective as a board certified family physician with expertise in breastfeeding is truly unique. Permission to Mother is her first book. Much of it has been worked on at home with the three boys active in the background. The holistic side of her practice has taken off with emphasis on nutrition, lifestyle, and bio-identicals.
I didn't know the full impact of my eating choices. I let my husband be in charge of our food. All he ever brought home was "take-out." I am so glad I found the strength and the resources to be in control. This photo is about 6 years ago. Three years ago, Sept, 2007, is when I started sugar-free... now I am doing Raw and also Beauty Profiling. There is always something new to look forward to when it comes to self improvement.