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Nourishment and Support for Growing Families

A Review & Give Away!

Angie Needels

The Nourishing Traditions Book for Baby and Child Care
Bringing Deep Nourishment to Our Next Generation

I'm very honored to support birth and health through advocating for more deep nourishment and community support! All individuals and all families deserve to feel vibrant in health while loving life and sharing it with others. 

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A brief caveat, the original Nourishing Traditions' full book title is "Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats". That's a mouthful but all for good reason. 

Expect the messages in Nourishing Traditions Book for Baby and Child Care to furl a few eyebrows in our present awareness of health care and Western style allopathic medicine as well. If you are new to the Weston A. Price Foundation and Nourishing Traditions as a way to heal and support your family's well-being, please come to these resources with an open mind and heart. And don't be surprised to find you live a more vibrant, happy and healthful life because of it.  

With that said... This book, Nourishing Traditions Book for Baby and Child Care, is a wealth of knowledge and is a user-friendly guide to aiding parents (and grandparents) in navigating a more natural and deeply nourishing approach to preconception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and childhood development. 

BOOK REVIEW...

Upon finding the Weston A. Price Foundation and Nourishing Traditions, my world was rocked!

I grew up a kid and teenager in the mid-west (eating lots of processed foods) wondering what it looked like to meet someone who seemed happy and healthy and... if they were out there, what were they eating and doing to achieve that?  In my attempt to find these things, I listened intently to the recommendations of our government, health agencies and television commercials, didn't they after all have my best interest in mind? Following the food pyramid and eating more grains and less meats and fats I found myself slowly dip into the vicious cycle of teenage eating disorders and the mental illness that ensues when starving your brain of nutrients. 

My body came so close to shutting down and it was way worse than what it was when I had started asking those questions in the first place. I managed to dig myself out of it, but was even more confused as to what I should do to live a happy and healthy life. 

Several years of dieting and confusion passed, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and found farmer's markets and Nourishing Traditions. I was given the same above caveat by the acupuncturist, Sean Micheal Hall, I was seeing at the time. "REMAIN OPEN to trying new things" -- as ludicrous as they might sound -- was my mantra, and at this point, seriously, what did I have to lose? I was destined to be overweight, depressed, and on my way to many more severe health issues at the rate I was going, and honestly just another statistic in the growing health epidemic. 

I dove in, took out processed foods, ate tons more healthy fats, did an elimination diet, healed my gut and fell in LOVE with food, eating, cooking, myself and my life all over again. 

So what does this have to do with The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care you ask? 

LOTS... Because I fell in love with food and eating and saw myself heal all of the mental and physical ailments I had, I had to stand on the proverbial mountain and sing praises of these methods, new to me, but ancient in their wisdom and human evolution. I created MamaKai.

MamaKai, instead of being rooted in healing those who were already sick, was a way to support healthy new life from the very beginning (granted, I always say, these principals are great for anyone at any stage of their lives, healing or not). What if we never had to get sick, but could live a happy and healthy life from the very get-go?

I learned a lot through my training as a Therapeutic Chef and Nutrition Educator. I devoured books, films, lectures, conferences, more books. I worked with tons of new families, providing healing meals for them in all stages of pregnancy and graciously learned from them what was most challenging along the way. I continued nourishing myself and feeling better and better each day.

And as much as I would always go back to my "bible", Nourishing Traditions (The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats), I found it lacked in so much when it came to serving my "preconception through child-having" clients, who'd beg for more resources and insight to all the things they were facing, including and not including "what to eat".

drumroll please........... 

Finally, and I'm sure it was requested for years of them and took lots of time to write and research, our dear friends Sally Fallon Morell and Dr. Thomas S. Cowan published their compendium, The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care in 2013. 

I was elated and ordered my copy on pre-sale 3 months before it's release. I wasn't sure what I'd expect, but I knew how much NT had changed my life so regardless I knew I'd resonate and support the continuation of their work.

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care is so many things, far beyond a cookbook, it's got some great tried and true recipes in it, but is truly a guide to helping any family understand and navigate every choice they are faced in pre-pregnancy through raising a child.  

There are a plethora of topics that are covered in great detail and are very well-researched. Brought to you with a vantage point of reaching optimal health, but done so in a non-judgmental way, simply educating you so you feel comfortable and confident in making decisions that are best for your family's needs. 

  • preparing the bodies of both parents (yupp, papa's diet is important too) well before conception
  • what does a healthy baby look like and what kinds of foods will provide the nutrients to achieve that
  • morning sickness or anemia in pregnancy
  • fetal screenings throughout pregnancy and birth
  • preparing for birth and successful breastfeeding
  • what if you can't breastfeed? navigating formula feeding
  • good bacteria, probiotics and supporting natural immunity
  • water birth
  • hormones in birth and postpartum
  • newborn interventions such as: bathing, anti-bacterial eye ointments, circumcision, vitamin K, vaccinations/herd immunity
  • diapering and rashes
  • attachment parenting and bond building
  • sleeping schedules
  • toilet training and elimination communication
  • and of course the list goes on and on...

Some are very much linked to mainstream pregnancy and birth approaches and some are incredibly controversial. And now that I'm pregnant and approaching my birth, I'm realizing ALL will come up in some way, shape or form to think about and decide upon. AND boy am I happy to have this book as a resource to reference!

For me and MamaKai, I hope that this book becomes a text discussed in schools around the world, reaching young people early as a method to help them understand how our bodies' work, how our reproductive systems work and making birth a more consciously done endeavor by all. 

I know we will see a reduction in every piece of today's health epidemic if we might start with this type of realistic education. Kids and young adults have a right to know how to take care of themselves and when to choose to become parents; when they are ready to take on the challenge with a healthy body, mind and lots of community support.

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ENTER TO WIN   

Send a friend to sign up for MamaKai's mailing list (click the envelope icon in the top right corner, have them mention you and the "NT Book Give Away" in the message and be entered to win. Each of you will receive your own copy of the book. Deadline is December 31st, 2014, MamaKai will send out personal notice to randomized winners and mail books just in time for some New Year's resolution reading.