That it can also prevent – or even heal – cavities, increase intellectual capacity and improve their moods? Did you know that how we nourish our daughters in the early years of their lives even helps determine whether their hips are wide enough for an easy, complication-free labor?
It’s True. Food Is THAT Powerful.
I don’t know about you, but in a world where McDonald’s scrambled eggs contain 20+ ingredients – instead of just, you know, EGGS -I can’t say I put much trust in the industrial food complex help us do right by our kids. It’s not just the hassle of fake foods masquerading as real, it’s also the advice of well-meaning pediatricians and the not so well-meaning marketing tactics of “organic” sugar puffs that trip us up.
If ever a generation needed real, nourishing food, it is the one we are raising. But most parents don’t know where to look to find resources they can trust. My new ebook offers the insights you need to make the healthiest decisions for your precious baby.
You’ll Learn . . .
- How the ACTUAL BIRTH EXPERIENCE can affect a child’s cravings for life
- Why a 2001 study of North American women found that their breast milk did not meet the minimum requirements for many essential nutrients – and how to make sure your baby gets the absolute best at your breast
- How to decode your cravings while nursing
- Why you should skip rice cereal and go for digestion enhancing stews
- What the latest research says on introducing peanuts, eggs and other “allergenic” foods
- Why experts believe purees can lead to overeating
- When children’s “picky” eating habits can actually indicate a serious problem – and how to correct it
- Tips for raising an adventurous eater
Plus I’ve included over thirty baby-friendly recipes to start with! Notice how I didn’t say baby food recipes? That’s right, no pea puree here. This collection of recipes is specifically designed for the little tummy, but they are meant for the whole family to share and enjoy!
Who Am I?
My name is Heather Dessinger, aka the Mommypotamus. This is where you read a little about me, so here goes:
I’m a researcher. Questioning the status quo comes naturally to me, which is why I rely on evidence-based research to guide my decisions on food, vaccinations, birth, full-term breastfeeding and a bunch of other topics.
Why did I write this ebook? You may have noticed when I introduced myself that I’m not a doctor or certified nutritionist. There are no special letters behind my name. I’m just a mom that’s passionate about nourishing my family in every way possible.
I wasn’t always this way, though. Daddypotamus and I were junk food fiends when we got married. Part of every dinner came from a box or takeout, and we were fine with that. But years of eating MSG, genetically modified foods, and hormone “enhanced” meat took its toll. About two years after we said our vows – just when we were thinking about starting a family – I developed a debilitating autoimmune disorder.
Blood tests also revealed that years of lowfat dieting had lowered my cholesterol to nearly undetectable levels – lower than those long distance runners who don’t get periods. It’s embarrassing to admit now, but when I first heard the numbers I thought it was a good thing! Um, no. Cholesterol is necessary for producing the hormones that sustain a pregnancy, I was told. “Don’t get pregnant, you’re not strong enough to carry a baby to term” were her exact words. Fine, then. I went home and drank 8 oz of oil straight up. (Do not ever do this! You will puke for 10 hours!)
I wanted cholesterol. I wanted a baby. I wanted my horrible acne, acid reflux, anxiety and chronic exhaustion to just GO AWAY. I wanted all of those things and more, but what I NEEDED was real food.
So, with Nourishing Traditions in hand, I hacked away at my old food habits until every single one was gone. No one else I knew was eating this way and honestly I kind of felt like the unabomber while concocting ferments in my kitchen.
It was frustrating, but oh-so-worth-it. Through nutrition and laser therapy I recovered my health, got pregnant, carried my baby not only to term but to the very last day of the forty second week, nursed for two years, got pregnant AGAIN, continued to nurse through my pregnancy, had another baby at 41 weeks. I now have three year old and a one year old and have been continually nursing for 46 months straight. That’s a far cry from not being able to carry a baby to term!
Of course, that was just the beginning of the journey! The best part has been figuring out how to nourish my vibrantly healthy, energetic children and teaching local classes on nutrition to new moms. After one particularly fun Q&A that lasted longer than my class, a sweet mom looked at me and told me to write a book. It seemed like good advice to me, so here we are!
What are others saying about this ebook?
You Can Get Excited Again About Nutrition!
“When I began reading Nourished Baby I knew that I would walk away positively challenged in how I feed my family and, happily, I was right. It feels like a constant struggle to keep healthy eating and good nutrition at the forefront of my busy life, especially in our culture of highly processed and fast food, but Heather passionately delivers solid information and research about why the food I serve my family should be top priority.
“Instead of the typical-for-me guilty and generic feeling of “I probably should not give my daughter this”, I feel like Nourished Baby shows me how what I feed my children truly effect them. I’m not sure that a parent could walk away from reading this without feeling excited and impassioned about learning hot to better feed their children whole, nutritious foods. Heather makes healthy eating accessible, normal and, above-all, important. I would recommend any parent in any eating-lifestyle to read this with an open mind and dare them to allow themselves to be challenged about what foods their family eats. It will only encourage them to better their family’s quality of life through nutrition.” – Morgan M.