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Great Information - Much Overlap with "Real Food",
This review is from: Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods (Paperback)
I really looked forward to reading this book and was a little disappointed after finishing it. To be sure, there was a solid amount of new information in this book related to pregnancy and fertility foods. I found the information on the fetus' development,and consequently what their nutritional needs were at each stage, fascinating. It makes complete sense to eat more healthy fat later in pregnancy when baby's brain is growing most rapidly and needs all that fat. Dietary recommendations for trying to get pregnant would likely be helpful and different information than many have read as well.
On the other hand, there was naturally quite a bit of overlap between this book and Planck's first book, "Real Food". I think if you were to pick this book up without having read "Real Food" it would make a lot of sense and flow just fine. For a reader such as myself who pored over "Real Food" previously, a lot of this book was redundant and less than earth shattering. Essentially, Planck's advice boils down to much the same in both books: eat traditional, real foods that have been around for centuries and feed them to your baby. Both books could probably be summed up right there, although of course there's great information in each to help the reader understand why foods we're currently afraid of in this country (butter, whole milk, fish) are really very good for you.
I found Planck's personal struggles with her son's first pediatrician interesting. I enjoyed reading the information she included related to attachment parenting though I didn't necessarily think a food book was the best place to extol on its virtues.
All in all, I think this book will be helpful to first-time moms and women wanting to get pregnant who have never before read "Real Food". Just don't expect too much if you are already immersed in a traditional, whole foods mindset.
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Initial post: Jun 25, 2014 7:00:57 AM PDT
Do you have any other books that you would recommend for people who already have the whole foods mindset? Thank you!
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