Today I highlight one important aspect of a healthy pregnancy through a nutritional therapy lens. One of the best things you can do to begin improving foundational health is to focus on consuming adequate healthy fats. Eliminate the processed, refined nut and seed oils like canola, sunflower, safflower, corn, or peanut and eliminate unnecessary inflammation. This is great advice for anyone looking to improve their health. Pregnant women may especially benefit because of the impact fats have on hormones.
This recipe features high quality wild-caught canned fish, a convenient and cost efficient pantry staple, which supports a healthy fatty acid status. Ample essential fatty acids help us stay satiated for longer and keeps skin healthy and glowing. They are critical for hormone production, an optimal inflammatory response, and absorption of vitamins A,D,E,& K.
Sardine Fritters / Salmon Cakes
- 2-4 cans [16oz] of wild-caught sardines or wild-caught salmon, strained [I like Wild Planet]
- 3/4 cup almond flour or meal
- 3 small eggs
- 3/4 – 1 cup fresh herbs [cilantro, green onion, parsley, dill, etc]
- Pinch of salt, healthy grind black pepper, garlic powder or cayenne to taste
- 4 tablespoons oil to cook [avocado oil, ghee, coconut oil]
Add the cans of fish and herbs into a food processor and combine well. Place this mixture into a bowl with all remaining ingredients. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a cast iron pan. Form the mixture into 4 palm sized patties and cook on medium-low heat about 3-5 minutes on each side. Look for a browned and slightly crispy texture. Serve with roasted sweet potato, steamed veggies, and enjoy!
Comprehensive Pregnancy & Postpartum Guidebook
“currently a 75-page resource for women to have all the information they need from the day they find out they are pregnant all the way through their fourth trimester. We have filled this with not only food-based nutrition resources, but also herbal and homeopathic remedies to support women in as many ways as possible. We know that every pregnancy is unique and we wanted to provide as much assistance as possible during their very important time in a woman’s life.”-Deidre at Always Growing Nutrition
The team at Always Growing Nutrition discusses topics ranging from general nutrition, supplementation and symptom management to labor, birth, and breastfeeding. Get $10 off when you purchase the guidebook using code CJWellness at checkout. Feel great about supporting small businesses and a mission to help others heal. More about this impressive guidebook here.
If you know anyone who may benefit from this valuable information, please share this post and contact me! It is my passion to help others along the healing journey, to encourage growth and learning for each individual. A woman trying to conceive, prenatal, pregnant, or postpartum is given the important opportunity to tune in to her foundational health. Why not feel completely prepared to take on the challenge of pregnancy?
Nutritional Therapy for Pregnancy
By seeking nutritional counsel before pregnancy, a woman may optimize her foundational health. A mother may therefore greatly improve her experience before, during, and after birth. Some questions to ask to determine if this work and functional testing may be a benefit include:
- Do you suspect food sensitivities or intolerances?
- Do you have a history of GI symptoms like bloating, constipation, heartburn, or acid reflux?
- Have you experienced endocrine dysfunction like thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, or menstrual issues?
- Do you suspect pathogens like parasites, candida/yeast, or bacterial imbalances?
- How confident are you in the status of your foundational health? This includes diet, digestion, blood sugar regulation, mineral balance, healthy fats, and hydration.
With this functional and holistic health perspective, we support the body’s innate wisdom, honor the processes, and encourage one’s unique journey in healing and rebalancing.
Be sure to check out my services page for details about how we can work together! If any questions arise, contact me or book a discovery call to learn more about how far nutritional therapy may take you on your health journey.