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The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy: The Surprising Unbiased Truth about Foods You Should be Eating During Pregnancy but Probably Aren't Paperback – December 1, 2009
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About the Author
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health. He’s the author of five acclaimed books, including The Great Cholesterol Myth and The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook, The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, The Healthiest Meals on Earth and The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth. A board-certified nutritionist with a masters degree in psychology who has earned six national certifications in exercise and personal training, his work has been featured in over 50 magazines and newspapers ranging from the New York Times to Men’s Health and he has appeared as a nutrition expert on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS. He lives in Woodland Hills, CA. http://www.jonnybowden.com
Allison Tannis is a nutritional scientist and educator of nutrition and food. She is the author of Vitality: Quest for a Healthy Diet and Probiotic Rescue: How You Can Use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More and host of the radio sensation Healthy Living in southern Ontario, Canada. Allison is dedicated to making the science of health easy to swallow. She writes for numerous national health magazines and can been seen as a guest on health-related television and radio shows across Canada. Allison is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a practice based in Newmarket, Ontario. Her specialty is helping people discover how to arm themselves with the tools they need to live healthier. http://www.allisontannis.com
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When I was pregnant with my daughter I bought and quickly returned many-a books. There was only 1 pregnancy book that I kept and if this below was released when I was pregnant, this would have been a book that I kept as well.
Jonny Bowden and Allison Tannis have put together a reference for moms-to-be to help you figure out what foods are best to eat during your pregnancy. Broken down into trimester, this book is very well organized and does not require you to read it cover-to-cover. Rather, you can read it on a need-to-know basis.
Not only do the authors fill you in on foods that you probably never thought of eating during your pregnancy that will make a difference in your baby's life, but they tell you why. They don't just say eat this and not that- they give you the medical reasons (in layman's terms) of why you should eat this or that and what good it will do for you and your baby.
The book includes "fast fact" boxes that will give you helpful and sometimes fun information such as:
* Vitamin B6 helps alleviate morning sickness.
* Anemia can show up during your second trimester if you're not getting enough iron.
* Iron supplementts commonly cause constipation. You may find them less of a problem if you take them on a full stomach and dink plenty of fluids.
Another helpful box you will find throughout the book is "Jonny's Tasty Tips." Here, the co-author highlights tasty ways for you to enjoy the foods that he is recommending. Some of these foods include:
* Chives, Leeks & Lamb during the first trimester.
* Figs, Chia Seeds & Watercress during the second trimester.
* Cranberries, Herring & Rhubarb during the third trimester.
The remaining chapters in the book cover pre- and post-natal days from fertility to breast feeding and everything in between. Giving you the knowledge about the best foods that you can eat
* to help with the aches, pains and complaints of pregnancy
* while breastfeeding your newest arrival
* during the post-partum period that may even help alleviate the symptoms of post-partum depression. According to the authors, there area foods that have "depression-fighting power"
* to help with your fertility and start you off with a healthy pregnancy before you even conceive.
A very important chapter, in my opinion, contains information on what the authors call "tricky foods and herbs." We have all heard of certain herbs, foods and/or activities that we should avoid while pregnant- especially during the first 12 weeks of a baby's development. Things like alcohol/caffeine consumption, artificial sweeteners, hot dogs (yum!), herbal supplements and more. The authors tackle these topics and give you the information that you need to make informed decisions regarding your lifestyle while pregnant.
To me, the book reads like an encyclopedia, not too overwhelming, easy to find the information you need and very well organized/broken down into sub-sections. I can open it up, find what I need and move on. Complete with color photos, nutritional information, fact boxes and more- I think this is a perfect addition to any pregnant woman's bookshelf- just to have as a reference. It would probably make a good gift for someone that you know is pregnant.
First let me say that there is some really good information in this book but the layout/editing leaves a lot to be desired.
If you read straight through the book it can be highly redundant. It seems that this book was meant to be used as a reference guide where you go to one page to read one section. As I read through the book it was very strange to read almost exact paragraphs from the previous super food in the next chapter's super food. Also, they have these inserts (Fast Facts) of additional information all throughout the book which although helpful are highly distracting. A helpful one liner floating at the top of a page is one thing, but seeing a whole new section of information in the middle of a sentence makes the book very hard to read. I'm not talking sentences here either, I'm talking about whole paragraphs of related information in the MIDDLE of another topic. You need an example? In the section on Anchovies this is exactly what happens:
Excerpt from the section on Choline:
"... These fats are involved in cell signaling (communication between
Then there is a paragraph on Folate
Then there is a paragraph on Jonny's Tasty Tips
Then there is a Fact Fact paragraph
THEN they finish the sentence from earlier -> cells.)"
Seriously, I would be surprised if I'm the only one that would find that hard to read.
Again I did find certain parts helpful; things like Jonny's Tasty Tips offered ideas on food pairings for maximum benefits and suggestions on meals (not recipes, just meals) offered some help with menu planning.