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I have been on WAPF diet for 8 years. I would never connect the dots without all of this. Again, could be flare, but I'm much better now! In contrast, rickets was extremely common in more modern parts of Scotland where oats were also consumed. Holistic Squid blog Note from Cheeseslave: Rice and iron absorption in man.
Important Data About Eating Whole Grains During Pregnancy
I cut my workout a little short, but in general, I felt pretty good all morning. I also feel like my appetite is increased. Lunch was on the small side and left me growling all afternoon. It feels good to eat chocolate! I took my prenatal vitamin last night and again woke up feeling ok — and with an appetite! Hot oatmeal just sounds too soupy and filling. These Cheerios with banana and milk tasted heavenly! I really could imagine myself actually throwing up.
My only solution was to try a Preggie Pop what a name… candy that Sarah had given to me the night before. But lo and behold, it worked. I felt fine in less than 5 minutes. But it still worked! And I was able to eat eggs, pancakes, fruit and bread at brunch. Orrrr it could just be 3 nights of eating too much creeping up on me ;. I felt fine after lunch and for the first 2 hours of the trip and then BAM — nausea rolled over me probably around the time I was re-living those lentils!
I popped another Preggie Pop, and as disgusting as it sounds, I make myself burp and feel a little better. Actually I have a confession: Pepper to try to calm my stomach. Soda is obviously not my first choice of real food to consume, but you know what — it worked and it tasted delicious. I woke up feeling just OK. Ate breakfast fine , although I have lost my taste for hot tea or coffee.
All I wanted was orange juice! But about an hour and half after breakfast, I got hit with another huge wave of nausea. This time I really felt like I was going to throw up. Until now, I had always assumed I would be one of those pregnant woman who gets queasy for a few weeks, but nothing more. But today, that may have all changed. I was dry heaving into the toilet and soaking the couch pillows with my nauseous tears.
Sickness today was a pendulum between extreme hunger and extreme nausea. During my moments of hunger, I managed to get down 4 sheets of graham crackers, half a grapefruit, an egg, some cheese and crackers and an Izze. In round 6 of nausea this afternoon, I fell asleep on the couch and woke up feeling better.
In an effort to prevent it from returning, I took a bite of leftover grapefruit and sat there for 10 minutes before getting up. Then I noticed it was snowing! I felt good enough to go for a walk and ended up strolling in silence for about 30 minutes. But then a wave of hunger hit and I heard we were having Italian and my appetite agreed. Luckily things turned around for the better at dinner.
And luckily our hosts already knew I was pregnant! They were kind and the small portions of food I ate tasted good — even a few bits of salad! But the best part was the ice cream for dessert. Man did that taste good. Must put some in my freezer! Maybe my body will get used to it.
Get used to it — ha! This morning I was much, much worse!!!! I spent the first few hours of the day alternating between dry heaving, sobbing on the couch and moaning. The thought of food made me gag and I could barely stand up.
I forced myself to make a smoothie — the least worst thing I could imagine — and ate one bite at a time for an hour. This did not help one bit. Mid-morning I called the doctor. I spoke with a nurse who said to go to a pharmacy and get myself some Vitamin B6 tablets 50 mg and Unisom, a sleep aid known to help with nausea.
These two medicines together had helped many women in the past. Somehow, I managed to brush my teeth and find my coat to walk half a mile to the drug store. I found both medicines and purchased them along with the following:. Meds, animal crackers, Tylenol, peppermints, lemon drops, graham crackers, mac and cheese and lotion with no smell.
I must have had a window of appetite for it. Just about the only thing that sounds appealing right now! In fact, my stomach suddenly increased in pain and I ran to the bathroom to dry heave again. Something about that heave changed something inside of me and I felt better. In these windows of feeling better, I tried to eat, knowing that will help, so I went upstairs and ate animal crackers.
Karen came by a little while later with a ginger ale and moral support. So she made herself a peanut butter sandwich, which turned into two sandwiches and suddenly I found myself eating bread again. Moments later the mail arrived and I unpacked a pair of sea sickness bands I had ordered from Amazon. By dinnertime, I felt like eating ravioli. Mind you it was plain ravioli with sauce and cheese.
No veggies in sight. It seems that even on my worse days, I do get a little better by dinnertime. Woke up and took my meds right away with some graham crackers in bed. After that, I actually felt well enough to make pancakes! A HUGE improvement from the beginning of the week. Nausea returned a bit mid-morning, but for the most part, I felt like the meds were working. Even managed some salad! I had to eat slowly though, because my stomach still feels very sensitive.
A good sign indeed. After lunch, though I felt great. This afternoon Matt and I had our first appointment with the nurse at our practice. She went through everything from morning sickness to the two ultrasounds I will get to food rules got it! I asked Matt what he thought of the appointment and he said it made him a bit more nervous about labor and delivery. Felt pretty good this afternoon and evening!
Not ideal, but definitely something I can live with for months. This is also our first baby and at 5 weeks through about 10 weeks I was constantly sick.
By week 7 I was actually throwing up which actually made me feel better, at least for a little bit until the nausea returned. Week 10 was the end. It was incredibly strange but preferred over the constant nausea. I much prefer the every 2 hour hunger though to the constant uneasiness. In the earliest weeks pf pregnancy, I really found myself craving bland, sort of nostalgic foods.
Luckily I was also craving lots of citrus as well. I love sweets but only salty food when I was prego! And how ironic is it that when I was craving them I actually found them in a tiny supermarket in Italy??!! Aww you poor thing! I was hoping this week was going to be better for you and sometimes we just need a good cry…preggers or not! I hope this nausea stuff hits the road sooner than later. My husband made beef stew for dinner earlier this week, and I almost threw up when I tried to eat it.
The nausea and the tiredness and the breast soreness have all gotten much worse this week. That would SUCK at work!! The honesty in this post is so comforting.
The constant all day nausea can really take its toll on you. The hardest part for me is not knowing when it will end. The length of the first trimester can be really daunting. I know in the end it is all worth is as I have a 15 month old daughter and am in my first trimester with baby 2 now. I was hoping it would be easier this time, but am finding it even harder.
The story of your conception and pregnancy is beautiful so far as I know if will continue. This would make an amazing book one day.
Best of luck for a continued healthy pregnancy! I am so nervous about that as I do NOT do well with nausea. Oats could have been fermented for anywhere from hours to as long as an entire week. It is not clear whether the bran was removed or the oats were consumed whole; likewise, it is not entirely clear how these oats were prepared. This diet was also very rich in minerals from consumption of shellfish which could replenish minerals lost or blocked by any phytic acid remaining in the oats.
The combination of soil tending, careful oat preparation, and a diet rich in minerals and fat-soluble vitamins allowed oats to be a healthy staple for the isolated Gaelic populations.
Even the organic whole oats you can buy in the store today are no match for the carefully harvested and stored oats of isolated cultures, and they certainly are not left in the fields to germinate and dry. The heat treating causes oats to lose their entire phytase enzyme content, so soaking or souring oatmeal prior to cooking will not destroy any phytic acid.
A surprising percentage of people I have spoken with who have cavities or who have children with cavities are heavy consumers of oats. This confirms what Mellanby found over years of human and animal trials. In the rickets experiments, oats that were first sprouted and then soured for two days lost their ability to produce rickets.
In order to prepare truly healthy oats to eat, you need to special order oats that are still alive in order to sprout them. It is not clear whether it is possible to make heat treated oats safe for the health of your teeth.
My suggestion is to sprout oats for two days, then dry them and remove the oat bran through grinding and sifting or flaking. Then, sour the oats at a warm temperature with a starter for 24 hours before consuming.
The consequences of eating oats which are not expertly prepared for our teeth are a documented cause for concern. In rice-eating countries across the globe, rice is rarely consumed in its brown form, with the whole bran. In a quest to find the most ancient and traditional preparation methods, I found several accounts of partially polished rice.
Rice is traditionally stored in its husk, and then fresh pounded before cooking. How much bran is removed in traditional brown rice preparation seems to be dependent on the type of rice, and the other foods available in the diet.
Ancient rice preparation included low tech milling, such as tumbling the rice with stones to remove a significant portion of bran and germ from the rice. However, some portion of the bran and germ remain. That exact amount of bran to be removed will depend on how long the rice is fermented and the specific type of rice used. Milled rice has usually a little bit of germ, while polished rice has no germ. Rancid rice has a bitter aftertaste. Several nutrient absorption studies have shown that brown rice consumption does not lead to more nutrient absorption than consuming rice with the bran removed.
One specific study compared brown rice with milled rice rice without most of the bran and germ, but not polished totally white. Even though the brown rice contained more nutrients, there was no difference in nutrient absorption between the two. This seeming contradiction could be explained by the phytic acid and other anti-nutrients present in the rice.
One study showed that the anti-iron phytate levels in the rice were disabled by the vitamin C in collard greens. In rice-eating cultures, rice is stored in the husk or stored as white rice because it goes rancid quickly or is eaten by insects and rodents otherwise.
It is very difficult to find brown rice in the majority of rice-eating populations across the world. Rice toxins are neutralized in rice-based diets by sour fruits high in vitamin C, land or sea organ meats rich in fat-soluble vitamins, and sometimes by the fermentation of rice or beans.
White rice, which is completely bran-free and germ-free, can cause a vitamin B-1 thiamine deficiency in a diet that exists mostly or entirely of white rice. This condition is known as beriberi.
Beriberi was a rare occurrence in people eating partially milled rice which retained a small portion of the bran. I know of people in rice-eating cultures with beautiful white, cavity-free teeth who grew up on white rice. Brem is a type of rice-cake bread from Indonesia. It undergoes an incredible fermentation process in which the rice is fermented for days, then dried in the sun for an additional days.
Millet and rice are also traditionally fermented with fish, pork or shrimp for several weeks to produce fermented condiments. Even more than rice, the healthy preparation of corn as a grain is largely dependent upon the variety of the corn being used. This leads to a wide variety of traditional corn preparation methods which range from simple roasting to fermenting for two weeks. Corn is universally nixtamalized when prepared for consumption as flour.
This process involves soaking corn in an alkaline solution to release niacin vitamin B-3 and then hulling. Modern corn tortillas, chips, and corn meals have either no corn bran or germ, or have very little corn bran or germ. They also are nixtamalized. Although typical corn products with the bran and germ removed are lower in phytic acid and toxic properties than whole grain corn, I cannot clearly advise on how much of these products is safe to eat in relation to dental health.
Their safety seems comparable to unfermented, unbleached wheat flour. If a food includes the entire corn kernel and has not undergone a thorough fermentation process, it probably includes high levels of anti-nutrients like phytic acid and lectins. I am certain that food products containing whole corn kernels, even sprouted corn, should be avoided.
Another issue of concern is genetically modified corn. Due to cross pollination, even corns which are not genetically modified may have some genetic alteration.
Animals typically refuse to eat genetically modified GM corn unless they are forced to do so. The animals that do eat it have had reproductive problems, among other issues. Ogi, a traditional fermented cereal from West Africa, illustrates the efforts needed to make corn, sorghum or millet safe for children to eat. To begin, the grains are dried in the sun after harvesting and stored in their hulls.
The corn is then soaked for days. The corn bran, corn hulls and corn germ are completely removed. Then the mixture is fermented for days, cooked, and dried for storage.
Pozol is a fermented corn dish from South America. The corn is cooked with calcium hydroxide to release niacin. The hull, or pericarp, of the corn is removed. Pozol is fermented for days. Injera is an Ethiopian bread traditionally made from teff, an Ethiopian lovegrass. The recipe I have for injera uses whole grain sorghum.
The sorghum is fermented with an enzyme-rich starter for 48 hours. Chapati is an unleavened Indian flat bread made with whole wheat.
In both of these cases, it appears that the cultures took a recipe that worked with one grain, such as teff in Ethiopia and rice in India, and adapted the recipes to incorporate more recently introduced grains. Over the past several hundred years new levels of trading, immigration and adoption of customs from other cultures have created whole grain recipes that appear superficially to be traditional, but are in fact adopted and do not effectively remove grain toxins.
Sometimes, finding truly ancient and holistic grain recipes requires digging deep. There are many examples of time-consuming and energy-intensive traditional grain processing methods.
If it had been possible for indigenous cultures to prepare healthy grains with less work, or to retain a higher yield by keeping the bran and the germ, I am certain they would have done so. The sensible conclusion, then, would be that these slow fermented and time-consuming ways of preparing grains, typically with the germ and bran removed, are the ways that will produce the greatest degree of health.
Yeasted breads made with unbleached white flour, however, do not contain much phytic acid. I have mentioned numerous examples of the problems with grain bran and germ, and I have explained that these problems are eradicated by the removal of the grain bran and germ.
Our health suffers when we do not remove most of the bran and germ from the grains in the grass family including wheat, rye, kamut, spelt and probably barley. Several cases have been reported of whole wheat sourdough with spelt causing severe tooth decay.
This is because fermentation, although it is good at removing phytic acid, does not neutralize all of the grain toxins like lectins in certain types of grains. This leads me to believe that it is best to avoid all commercially prepared breads, crackers, pastas, cereals, health food bars and anything else in the grocery store that contains whole grains — no exceptions. Because quinoa and buckwheat are pseudo cereals and not exactly grains, there is a chance that they can be consumed safely, provided you remove the phytic acid first.
However, without knowing the exact toxin in the grains causing severe tooth decay, and without specifically testing each particular store-bought food, it is not possible to say for sure whether any whole grain foods from the store will keep your teeth safe from decay. Avoid sprouted grain breads — Another deadly food for teeth is commercially made products made from sprouted whole grains. The whole grain plant toxins are not sufficiently neutralized by sprouting and these foods can cause severe tooth decay.
Avoid most gluten-free grain products — Many gluten-free products are made with brown rice. Brown rice will be very high in phytic acid and these products should be avoided. Gluten-free grain products made from white rice, on the other hand, will not have much phytic acid or grain toxins.
Avoid breakfast cereals — These now have bran or whole grains added to them for the advertised fiber and supposed health features of bran. Cereals with whole grains will be very high in phytic acid and likely high in other grain toxins. Avoid health food bars — Many contain whole grains that are not properly soured and are very high in grain toxins. They also contain lots of sugar. Limit popcorn — Popcorn has some phytic acid.
Definitely avoid it if you have tooth decay. Moderate amounts of popcorn are safe to eat for people who are otherwise healthy. Here are some easy-to-follow basic guidelines to help you reduce or eliminate the possibility that grains will harm your teeth. The grains that you eat should be as free from plant toxins as possible. These guidelines are for grains that are easy to obtain and safe for the health of your teeth.
Many of the readily available grain products in supermarkets are compromise foods. Therefore, I do not recommend them as part of an ideal diet but they may be adequate. For the reader who wants to see excellent improvement in dental health without spending hours in the kitchen fussing with grains, this section is for you.
Semolina is the part of the wheat left over after removing the bran and the germ. It is used to make pasta and couscous. Although it is unclear how healthy these unfermented processed grains are to eat, they will be low in phytic acid as long as they are not made from whole grains. Couscous and pasta are traditionally made from semolina or other bran-free grains which are soured or fermented.
Unfortunately, these traditional recipes do not seem to be available commercially. Any type of bread made with unbleached white flour will be low in phytic acid. Fermented sourdough bread is the best way to consume unbleached flour. Sourdough bread made with unbleached flour and with a sour taste is the best grain product available in the western world.
Not all sourdough breads are created equal, though. The bread should be soured for at least 16 hours and have a sour taste. Some artisan bakers even grind the whole wheat or rye themselves and remove the bran and germ to produce an outstanding soured loaf. White rice has low levels of phytic acid. White jasmine and white basmati rice found in health food stores seem to retain a tiny portion of the rice germ because of their brownish color.
White rice does not seem to have the same negative effects on health that white flour does. The ideal type of rice to consume is rice that is first aged for one year, freshly milled to remove at least half of the bran and germ, then soured.
Because most of us are unable to do this ourselves, the second best option is to choose between high-quality white rice or brown rice prepared with a phytase-rich starter. The brown rice recipe can be found in the recipe section. If you cannot soak your rice with a phytase-rich starter, then it is best to choose white rice.
Just like other grains, corn products should be fermented before consumption. There are plenty of corn tortillas and other corn products in stores that do not contain the corn bran and germ. These products should be low in phytic acid and should not promote tooth decay. However, if you eat any of these compromise foods, keep in mind that any consistently consumed unfermented grain has the potential to cause negative health effects in your long-term health.
Calcium — Just as in the Loetschental Valley, grains go well with cheese. Calcium blocks many negative effects from eating grains, nuts and beans. If you eat bread, have it with a large slice of cheese, a cup of raw milk, or both.
Lentils go great with some yogurt on the side. The rickets-producing effect of oatmeal was limited by calcium. When vitamin D is low in the diet, even phytic-acid-free grains can deplete levels of calcium.
This gives us an important clue to safe grain consumption: Vitamin C — Vitamin C significantly counteracts the negative effects of grain anti-nutrients. Have vitamin C-rich foods with meals that have grains, nuts, beans or seeds in them.
High quality unpasteurized dairy products have some vitamin C. Folic Acid may play an important role in working with vitamin C to neutralize the anti-nutritional effects of grains. High levels of folic acid are found in liver from a variety of animals as well as in beans, spices, seaweed, leafy greens and asparagus.
Vitamin D — The anti-calcifying effects of whole grains are greatly reduced by consuming vitamin D. The more grains you consume, the more vitamin D your body needs, especially if you consume oatmeal or whole grains. There is an upper limit to how many negative effects of whole grains can be blocked by vitamin D. So even with plenty of cod liver oil, people consuming a diet high in whole grains can have tooth decay problems. That is why it is important to consume grains that do not contain phytic acid or grain toxins.
The combination of low phytic acid grains with vitamin D produced optimal bone growth and protection against rickets in diets that contained grains. Protein — Traditional nut preparation combines roasted nuts with meat stews. Having protein with grains, nuts, seeds or beans may reduce some of their anti-nutritional characteristics.
If you consume grains, nuts, seeds, or beans regularly, you need to make sure to have adequate calcium, vitamin C and vitamin D in your diet. Introductory Guidelines — If you are going to buy flour from the supermarket, then stick with a partially refined variety such as unbleached white flour, which is low in phytic acid.
Avoid store-bought whole grain flour. Keep in mind that eating only unsoured, unbleached flour is not ideal for your long-term health. When you prepare rice at home, choose white basmati, white jasmine, or sushi rice. Advanced Guidelines — In indigenous populations all over the world, grains are freshly ground before use.
Many people have read Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon or other books which have many delicious recipes including whole grain recipes. These recipes use soaked and soured grains that are easier to digest.
After you fresh grind your whole grain, you should sift it to remove the bran and germ, then follow the recipe.
As a result, you will have delicious grain dishes that are easy to digest. Grains that always require bran and germ removal before they can be safely consumed are corn, rye, wheat, kamut and spelt, as well as any grains directly related to them. For rice you need to decide whether you want to use brown rice soaked with phytase starter, or white rice. Ideally, you should start with a vacuum sealed brown rice because brown rice goes rancid easily , remove about half of the bran, and then soak it with a phytase-rich starter.
It is not completely clear whether the grain bran or germ have to be removed from oats, sorghum, barley and the pseudo-cereals buckwheat and quinoa.
Eat the bran of these grains at your own risk of exposure to plant toxins. If you want to eat these grains regularly, do your own research into their safety. When adults come to me with a difficult tooth that is not healing, I recommend they avoid grains for weeks to let their body recover and find balance. Also avoid grains, nuts, beans and seeds temporarily if:. After you detoxify from grains, nuts, beans and seeds, you will be able to more clearly evaluate how grains are affecting your body and which grains feel good for you to eat.
Beans are high in phytic acid and lectins. Lathyrism is a disease attributed to poor people who in difficult environmental circumstances planted and consumed the extremely hardy bean lathyrus sativus a type of sweet pea. The toxic substance that caused lathyrism is likely the toxic amino acid beta-N-oxalylamino-L-alanine.
Its symptoms include walking difficulties, leg weakness and eventually complete paralysis. Other beans, such as soy beans, also contain quite a few plant toxins. In order to completely remove phytates from beans, the beans need to be soaked overnight in warm water, germinated for several days, and then soured. Most people will not go to these great lengths to remove all of the phytic acid from beans.
Soaking beans overnight and then cooking them eliminates most of the phytic acid in smaller beans such as lentils. Just soaking beans overnight will be good enough for most people. Simply boiling unsoaked beans will not remove a significant portion of their phytic acid. Just as with grains, different types of beans have different concentrations of plant toxins.
They therefore require different types of preparation methods. Although the exact details of methods used by indigenous cultures to prepare commonly used beans are unavailable to us today, we can look at a few examples. In Latin America, beans are often fermented after cooking to make a sour porridge called chugo. In India, lentils are typically split before being eaten. This means that the outer layer, the husk which is equivalent to the bran in grains , is removed.
For example, bacon with syrup and eggs contains a lot of sugar, fat and protein. First thing in the morning, this could make you feel queasy. Opt for light, wholesome foods for breakfast. This might help you reduce nausea and get proper nutrition to prepare you for the day.
For example, try whole-grain cereals, light yogurt, fresh fruit smoothies and low-fat protein sources such as hard-boiled eggs or wholewheat toast with peanut butter. If you're pregnant and feel nauseous at breakfast, you may have morning sickness. This affects up to 80 percent of all pregnant women to some degree, according to Health Services at Columbia.
The sickness most commonly starts early in the first trimester and lasts until the 16th week. It's likely a result of all the hormonal changes going on in your body. This slows digestion and makes it more difficult to break down rich foods. You may find that eating plain bread or cereal settles your nausea better than a heavy cooked breakfast. Some drugs or treatments cause side-effects such as nausea and vomiting, especially around food.