Many Western people do not consider the fact that diet contributes to healthy or unhealthy babies. That a child’s appearance, intelligence and overall well-being actually stems from their parent’s nutrition. Many blame birth defects, poor pregnancies, abnormal behaviors on genetics – and therefore absolve all personal responsibility. But, science has shown us that nutrition truly does affect our genetic expressions and constitutions. God certainly is the one to give us life, but as parents, we play a giant role in providing the materials used to build up that baby. The future generation, the future warriors – their health relies on our diet choices.
There has been a lot of modern research to back this up, but simply taking a look at traditional cultures and the health of their offspring and what they ate is fascinating!
Some of my favorite observations were made by Dr Weston A. Price. What he found is worth a read! But let me just summarize it here for you.
Dr. Price studied primitive and isolated people groups with robust and healthy children. He found that many of these groups actually demanded a practice of special diets for men and women before conception. Many ate organ meats, fish heads and eggs, animal fats and quality butters and creams as well as many fermented products. Not really your modern highly processed diet, is it?
Over and over again her found different ethnics and cultures practicing the same eating habits and producing healthy offspring. Interestingly enough, when studying a group of Eskimos, Price found that the colonies closer to modern conveniences starting showing new signs of tooth decay, and birth defects.
While the diets of these 14 people groups differed in aspects, they all liberally dieted on seafood, organ meats and they highly valued animal fats. Each diet contained local raw foods, animal and vegetable, both. Where they were also similar was in their superb health and lack of chronic disease and mental illness. And they produced strong, attractive and intelligent children. For generations.
Unless introduced to outside modern diets. When comparing the “primitive” groups to the same race group within “civilization”, who were exposed to canned, refined, processed, and pasteurized foods… their inherent good health dissipated. He found rampant tooth decay, degenerative diseases and infertility. Children born to parents with industrialized diets were sickly, often deformed, with many medical problems.
Studying traditional food preparations can also give us insight to non-industrialized vibrant health. All over the world, cultures used to ferment their grains, dairy and even fruits and meats. Many attribute it to food preservation, but a closer look might prove they knew that fermentation actually promoted their good health. Our ancestors knew what they were doing. We’d be prudent to go back and adopt their ways.
As women, we will be homes to our pre-born children. We choose whether or not we will be a safe haven. Toxins in your body ladies will be present in your breast-milk. Children also take on their mother’s gut flora. We are certainly responsible for our children’s well-being.
Believe it or not, this isn’t just the responsibility of women. Scientists have been aware for years that men who smoke, drink or take drugs have poor quality sperm. More recent research indicates that men’s diet, the toxins they are exposed to, and the traumas they endure actually leave negative biological affects on their children, and even their grandchildren.
Ultimately you are being incredibly selfish when you choose to voluntarily eat bad foods. And using the “I’m not married yet” card doesn’t get you “off the hook” either. To ensure ideal nutrition for your baby, you must begin long before they are conceived. Sally Fallon of Nourishing Traditions actually advises two years of a nutrient-dense diet before conception, if you have eaten the common western diet. Your health affects yourself, those around you, and certainly your future children. Our society is not only spiritually deprived, but it has sacrificed the health of future generations on alters of convenience and financial gain. What ugliness! And we participate every time we indulge in bad food habits.
Of course this doesn’t mean we are to be deprived of tasty foods or even convenient foods. What is more convenient than picking a mouth-watering apple and biting into it? Who ever said butter and lemon salmon wasn’t indulging? There are ways. We just have to take the extra effort of providing ourselves with healthy choices.
This shouldn’t be scary, but an incentive and inspiration to do yourself a favor and to also give your children the health they deserve. It’s time to stop conforming to a politically correct diet and eat the way God planned. For your sake. And for your children.