Less sugar - more babies

 In Sweden, one in four adults eats the LCHF principle. LCHF (low carb-high fats)
Most pregnant women does not end with this way of eating when they find out they were pregnant. The best thing a pregnant woman can do for yourself and your baby to eat natural and healthy food and to expel the industrial products. There are many examples that women were at "normal" diet during the first two pregnancies and the third went through the LCHF. In Sweden it is common to have three children, and as the popularity LCHF eating lately is growing so fast, of course, the more those who are following this diet, and stay on it during pregnancy.


Children are well developed, are born of normal weight mothers do not receive the mass excess weight during pregnancy, does not accumulate in the body of water, avoid gestational diabetes and those who had it earlier, keep sugar under control and do not need insulin injections.


  We are genetically predisposed to certain types of food. Let's call it how we want - if some people do not like the name LCHF if someone that sounds like another fad diet, we can use other names popular around the world as Paleo, Low Carb, Primal, Optimal - all these are the names of the same ways diet that is most similar to the diet of our ancestors. Or we can find a Croatian word, so this diet called the primordial human food ... Anyway, one of its foundation was a hunter / gatherers and ate the meat and fat of animals, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. There were no cereals, flour, sugar, biscuits, cakes, pastries, cereals, bread, pasta, sweets, coca cola, margarine, soy, GMO foods, glutamate, artificial colors and flavors and a variety of other chemicals in food and not continue to list the all the "modern" miracle food industry.  

Food Pyramid says we need 60% of their caloric needs met from carbohydrates (sugars and starches). Taking for example a minimum requirement of 2000 kcal per day, this means that we should take 1200 calories from carbohydrates, ie, 300 grams of carbohydrates a day. Carbohydrates are not essential substance, not construction material for the body, hormones, muscles, brain, such as proteins and fats - where did we get the building materials for our body if we take 1200 calories a day in the form of nutritionally empty carbohydrates?

There are no strict rules as a "bit" of carbohydrate is low carb. In any case much lower than this recommended intake, usually between 20-80 g. everything depends on the physical needs of each individual and sensitivity to the carbs. As I already said, many are very sensitive to carbohydrates, which means that secrete more insulin than some kind of average. That's why these people can easily gain weight because insulin prevents wear fat for energy and contributes to saving energy in the form of fat reserves on the body. These persons must be hard to lose weight and strict attention to the carb to get the results. Others who are not this sensitive could bring a greater amount of carbohydrates and will not gain weight so much as they are sensitive and will easily and lose weight.

Strict LCHF mean intake of about 20 - 30 g of carbs per day for persons who need to lose weight. These 20-30 grams entries mainly from vegetables and some nuts. For dairy products there is no much space, but the spoon of cream and a little grated cheese in food preparation, and the teaspoon of cream in coffee can pass. But even this 20-30 should not be understood literally, again it all depends from person to person, and its border with the carb you will lose weight you find yourself.


More relaxed LCHF is about 50 - 80 g carbs a day, for those who have achieved the desired weight, but who still can not relax until the end and eat carbs as they come to mind, because if they do pounds, to be repaid. This carb provides diverse selection of vegetables and less fruit, and more nuts and dairy products. But here is the need of control, and to find a "golden" middle carb with which you will not lose weight or to gain weight. Again it goes - listen to your body and watch how it reacts.

Besides these two, already discussed the concept, we have what we might call "casual" LCHF (I have a problem with definitions, give freely of their suggestions of better terms), that diets reduced carbohydrate to people who have normal body weight and you do not need to lose weight but just want a healthy diet. These people have no need to add up carbs and they can enter the liberated quantity - of course referring to the healthy carbs from fruits, vegetables, dairy products and nuts and seeds. Even the intake from 100 to 150 g carbs (according to Mark Sisson, author of book "Primal Blueprint") still is considered a reduced carb compared to what is recommended diet pyramid, where the staples are cereals, flour, pasta, sugar, potatoes, rice, etc., from which we should be consuming over 300 g of carbs per day.

How do I do the stories of pregnant women came to define LCHF diet. So I do not want to be misinterpreted that pregnant women should be on a "diet". I believe (my belief is not a substitute for medical advice) that pregnant women are free to be more relaxed and freer LCHF which means that in addition to meat, fish, eggs and natural fat free to eat a variety of vegetables and fruit in the desired quantities as well as nuts and dairy products (if they are filed - and can not tolerate all dairy). There is no reason to add or weighing food. These are natural, nutritious foods that contain plenty of nutrients required and the mother and baby. To be clear, it is known that many groups of people as for example, Eskimos have lived with 0 carbs because of snow and ice did not have where to find the plants they eat and yet they are born very healthy children. However there is no reason that we do it because we were all adapted to the climate from which, the climate and locally grown ingredients according to season. What nature provides us at certain times of the year in the area in which we live is the optimal food for us. So for example there is no need to eat watermelon and tomatoes all year round, we know when and where their season ... I do not have to eat 30 kinds of vegetables in order to get all the vitamins and minerals. Each season brings its fruits and those that are harvested mature have a much higher nutritional value than early harvested fruits and vegetables, which are transported across half the globe, or where a plastic tomatoes from the Netherlands who do not grow from the earth.

Eating a low-carb LCHF - Paleo - Primal - Low Carb - Optimal Healthy eating for all, including for pregnant women. Cereals, bread and pastry, nutritionally poor foods and do not lose anything when we drop them from your diet. On the contrary, when we eat fewer empty calories from grains, it brings a more nutritionally rich foods that are the building materials for our body, thus ensuring better health and stronger immunity. In addition to foods and their quality plays a very important role: healthier meat, milk and eggs from organic animal farming, breeding, or wildlife, but the meat of animals from large-scale farming where the animals feed concentrates and soy, and where they are treated with growth hormones and antibiotics. Healthier fish of the sea which floats freely and eat their natural food than fish from farms which are moreover grains and swim in their own feces. Cured meat products are not unhealthy and carcinogenic because they are made of meat, but because the industry is in them, she added carcinogenic preservatives and flavor enhancers to make them more able to dilute and extend their shelf life.

That diets with reduced carbohydrate does not pose any risk to the pregnancy, the fact that in many countries infertility is treated exactly low carb diet. Here I extract a part from an article about the Danish gynecologist Bjarne Stygsby - translation:

Many couples without children can fulfill their dream to have a child without the pain of hormonal therapy. The key is to change their diet, where sugar is banned ... New research shows that diet is a common cause of infertility. A gynecologist by Danish Bjarne Stygsby is no simple way to cure infertility ... Only in recent years scientists have noticed a correlation between insulin and fertility. But now attention is focused on lowering insulin using drugs. In the book "Spis dig gravid" (Eat to stay pregnant) Bjarne Stigsby with nutritionist Charlotte Hartvig writes that the chances of getting pregnant may increase by using the method that he calls the KISS ("Klinisk Insulin S├Žnkende bone" - Diet to lower insulin). The point is to eat fewer carbohydrates. Too many carbohydrates leads to the fact that high insulin levels can aggravate ovarian function and reduced fertility.

According to statistics provided by a gynecologist Bjarne Stigsby leads to his clinic from 56% of women who are pregnant, more than half of these are managed through changes in diet that lowers insulin levels - all without hormone therapy or assisted reproduction. Dr Stigsby reports that one in seven women who visit his clinic has such a high level of insulin that is the direct cause of their infertility. This is why women get instructions to dramatically reduce intake of sugar, flour, potatoes, and instead eat more protein and fat in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, vegetables and nuts. After changing the diet of these women often get a normal menstruation and ovulation, which allows natural conception, says Stigsby ... same method Dr Stigsby treat PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. (There is another LCHF diet, this time titled KISS).



The photograph above is the wife of the Swedish doctor Andreas Eenfeldt, author "Matrevolutionen" (Food Revolution), in the ninth month of pregnancy. Although Andreas Swedish LCHF guru  his wife Kristin really did not seriously understood (typical) and the pregnancy went to a "balanced" diet, which is based on carbohydrates. Like many pregnant women, and she was tormented by the accumulation of water in the body and severe swelling, especially in the lower legs. The turning point occurred when she met Dr.Michael D. Fox, fertility specialist who, as the Dane Stigsby, infertility and PCOS treated with diet changes - the low carb of course. Dr. Fox explained that Kristin will disappear when the swelling decreases carbohydrate intake and it is quite harmless. He believes that pregnant women are more sensitive to sugar and starch than non-pregnant women. When he threw all the sugar, bread, pasta, rice and potatoes from eating swelling is gone within two days. Continued until the end of pregnancy with LCHF and everything was fine. In early September, was born Klara, 3610 grams and 51 cm, a perfect baby who is growing and progressing nicely.



  Note: This post is not a substitute for medical advice to pregnant women.



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Ketogenic diet and Vitamin C




Many people who conduct or plan to ketogenic diet are concerned about whether this diet will lead to a lack of vitamin C. However, several scientific studies have confirmed that this unreasoning fear.

Namely carbohydrates and vitamin C compete on the same metabolic pathways in the body. That means if we take a lot of foods containing sugar and starch must be taken more foods containing vitamin C to vitamin C "wins" sugar. Hence the need for vitamin C is high only when we eat a "standard" diet with lots of carbohydrates and grains. Reducing intake of sugar and starch, it reduces our need for vitamin C. The animals, unlike humans, capable of providing vitamin C, and their meat contains small amounts of this vitamin. We drop the carbs from your diet, getting enough vitamin C in cooked meat and lightly grease.

Anthropologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson studied in the early 20th century, Eskimos in Alaska and has documented the fact that their diet consisted of 90% of meat and fish. During his stay with the Eskimos, and I accepted their diet, and with its entire crew ate only meat and fish for a period of 6-9 months each year. This was pure "zero carb" ketogenic diet (with no carbs) and thus Stefansson fed all nine years while he lived with the Eskimos. When he returned to city life and his experience, the doctors were all astounded by the fact that his health was not at all disturbed.


How do I Stefansson, and asked what the consequences of this diet might leave on his health, he agreed to make an experimental study. The plan was to spend an entire year in Bellevue Hospital in New York where they will not eat anything but meat and fat. Doctors involved in this study who came from Harvard, Cornell and other prestigious organizations, were convinced that Stefansson and another fellow volunteer, Dr. Karsten Anderson, develop serious health problems, or at least serious vitamin deficiencies.

Their food intake was followed by rigorous scientific scrutiny and cheating was not an option. All the food we are taking is analyzed at the end of the study have been reported average intake:

Daily calorie intake: 2000-3100
The daily protein intake: 100-140 grams (15-25% of calories)
Daily fat intake: 200-300 grams (75-85% of calories)
Daily intake of 7-12 grams of carbohydrate (1-2% of calories)



At the end of the experiment, Stefansson and Anderson had perfect health - there was no deficiency of vitamins or to other health problems. The results of this study were published in Journal of Biological Chemistry 1930.


During his stay among the Eskimos at the beginning of the 20th century, Stefansson had not seen a single case of obesity, diabetes or other diseases that we call "Western" or civilization "diseases. Unfortunately they and Eskimos have long abandoned their traditional diet and adopted a cheap western food full of sugar and starch. Stefansson, who died in 1962 would today recognize this people, among which is gripped by an epidemic of obesity and diabetes, and where the common cardiovascular diseases, cancer, dementia, gout and gall stones, just as in other "civilized" world. Another proof of what has brought us a "balanced" diet that is based on carbohydrates and grains.








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