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Recommended Reading For Raw Vegan Pregnancy

Dear Frederic, Is there any book can you recommend me that you have written or any other article that I should read about raw vegan pregancy? Please let me know. Thank you Tity

ANSWER: I have not written an article on the subject because I simply do not have any type of experience on this. I did not think of covering this before because I do not have children of my own. And I don’t like to talk about things I don’t have any experience with.

But here are a few pointers that will certainly put you in the right direction:

1) The main thing during pregnancy and breastfeeding is to get enough calories. Most raw-foodists are not consuming enough food. That’s okay for a while if you need to release some weight, but when you have a human being growing inside of you, you need to get enough nutrition. So I really recommend counting calories and making sure you are getting enough foods.

2) Just to be certain to get enough minerals from greens, I would also recommend either a few green smoothies a day, or a big blended salad, or about 16 ounces of vegetable juice (mostly greens like celery, spinach, kale, with a bit of carrot and lime for flavor). Salads are great but most people don’t chew well enough.

3) Protein and fat is not more an issue during pregnancy or breast feeding than any other time. Again, what’s important is to get enough calories from healthy sources.

4) Vegan doctors worldwide also recommend a vitamin B12 supplement.

5) Other factors of healthy living are just as important: sunshine, proper (safe) exercise, sleep (crucial).

As for raising kids there is more to say because nutritional requirements are a bit different for them just in terms of the ratio of fat to carbs. But we will talk about this in another issue.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.