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Primal Moms Look Good Naked: A Mother's Guide to Achieving Beauty through Excellent Health Paperback – June 4, 2013
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About the Author
Peggy Emch is a Denver based health writer. After her own struggle with fertility and other health issues, she began researching nutrition and healing. With the help of traditional foods and an active lifestyle she successfully resolved her health problems, got pregnant, and is now raising two healthy Primal girls. She shares her research and experience with others at the popular nutrition and lifestyle blog, The Primal Parent. Her family enjoys bike riding, snowboarding, playing music together, and just about anything fun.
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My wife has gestational diabetes. Since getting into the book, she has been able to stabilize her fasting blood sugar and reduce the amount of insulin that she was injecting. This in itself is FANTASTIC!!!
Peggy has put a lot of research into the information found in these pages. I would also recommend her blog, The Primal Parent. Very up to date and informative.
Thank you Peggy for helping out the Primal community with this offering.
I have read countless books on health/nutrition and I have to say this was the easiest read to sum it all up. She has easy to understand explanations for why it all matters. I appreciate how it interests a reader new to the primal/paleo lifestyle without scaring them away with a list of rules and intricate recipes. It is basically an overview of a whole new way of living and how it can benefit you, especially when you are pregnant.
I ordered it anyway because I figured it's never too early to start educating yourself on something as important as being able to nourish yourself and your baby properly. After reading it, I have to say I feel a lot more equipped to deal with pregnancy whenever the time comes. This book is an invaluable resource when it comes to figuring out how to implement a healthy, nutrient dense and what you can do to deal with a host of physical issues that women commonly face. Who doesn't want to know how to reduce or possibly diminish cellulite or really prevent stretch marks or get moods that are all over the place under control? Or how to repair your gut when you're still sick after trying countless elimination diets and reaching a point where you can only eat a handful of foods?
And let's admit, physically we want things like beautiful skin, hair, nails, strong bodies.. These are not vain desires but a reflection of our health and how well we are (or aren't) taking care of ourselves. We want to believe the answer to physical issues is in a cream, in a contraption, in a supplement, etc. when we overlook the importance of eating a nutrient dense diet that works for us (it can vary from person to person due to things like intolerance, allergy, or even preference). I know I was definitely guilty of that in my youth. Sometimes, people keep failing to make the connection between eating a nutrient devoid diet and just how much they suffer for subjecting themselves to it. This book will no doubt help in undoing years of damage and neglect.. even if it's only the first step.
Peggy is encouraging, enlightening, and educates in a way that is personable. I have only mentioned a few topics that she writes about in this review, but aside from physical problems, she touches upon other issues like exercise, dealing with stress.. it's really a well rounded guide to overall optimal health.
I was particularly interested by the information on vitamin/nutrient intake, hormone balance, and bodily changes (I guess technically that's the whole book!) Some things I already knew, many I didn't, but I was particularly astounded by the change in recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy in our own country. Which also makes me feel a lot better about feeling weird about a 25-35lb recommendation. Like, where does it all go. Peggy's breakdown was incredibly informative and also brought light to much of the paranoia within the US while other countries have different standards and are thriving (and don't see the high occurrence of intolerance/allergies/developmental issues).
I feel better prepared to go forward with a pregnancy in the fall and have a guidebook for experiences that may arise and know what nutrients my body NEEDS (the folate/folic acid question)
If you know someone struggling with infertility, someone who hopes to become pregnant soon, or is already pregnant, then this book would make a great gift.