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Naturally Knocked Up Paperback – June 5, 2012
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About the Author
In addition to being the author of the popular website "Naturally Knocked Up," Donielle Baker is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after struggling with infertility. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.
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However, it's handy because it's not online. It's a book, it has sections, and it's not like trying to wade through several blogs and random search results if you want to know a variety of things.
I bought this book because 1) I didn't want to go through her whole website (lazy lazy) and 2) she looked at health and nutrition from a Christian point of view. I knew this going into it, and I almost want to apologize for the people that didn't realize what it was--but, that's not my responsibility, and there are plenty of books out there that take real food and nutrition from a secular or atheistic point of view. Personally, because I don't hold to an atheistic worldview, but a Christian one like Donielle does, I appreciated that. Because from a Christian worldview, you interpret information differently. It's a worldview that God did make the world, and that we were created a certain way, and that our bodies will work on the food he gave us--not the food that man manufactures in this fallen world.
This is worldview. And the logic that vegetables, milk, honey, etc, are good for us are because of this worldview. And it can make logical sense according to it. It doesn't make any sense to a worldview that holds that humans evolve from primordial soup--but anyway, as I've said, there are plenty of books out there that approach real food, nutrition, and fertility from that standpoint.
This book is for people like me. It approaches the topics from a worldview that more closely mirrors my own. And deviating from all that philosophical balderdash, this book is the book to give to Christians with this worldview struggling with infertility (or in my case, just trying to heal my body, fertility aside).
I do think that the description should mention that it comes from a Christian point of view, however. As Christians, we should have more honor than to hide behind vague wording. I don't know a single person that respects this kind of bait and switch.
Edit: One last thing, as far as a Christian worldview goes and something some Christians might have an issue with--Baker advocated yoga as a way to help with health. While this may be, some sensitive Christians may not agree with her on this topic, being that yoga, of course, originated from a different culture and religion. And Baker never seeks to explain why she is okay with yoga or what her thoughts are on doing it as a Christian. This may or may not be an issue depending on the personal beliefs and convictions of the reader.
Also, on a general note, there are several typos. I don't understand why these weren't cleared up, because they are fairly obvious. On my browse-though, I noted maybe around 10, and some were grouped in one chapter more than the other.
I am an avid reader and have never highlighted on my kindle so much as I have in this one book. I will be going grocery shopping with this book. Many resources and helpful websites are talked about as well. Almost after every chapter I have to tell my husband what I learned!
It is worth your money. Just buy it already.