This week I finally got my hands on Peggy Emch’s new book Primal Moms Look Good Naked. After reading it from cover to cover, I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed this book. It’s both well written and beautifully organized. It offers primaly-focused suggestions for many of the common complaints in pregnancy, such as constipation, sagging skin and heartburn. Peggy shows her readers how many of the physical complaints and ‘complications’ of pregnancy are easily prevented or minimized with good nutrition from a sound paleo/primal diet that includes lots of collagen containing and nutrient dense food sources. Primal Moms also offers its ‘readers some sound nutritional guidelines and a great section all about postpartum exercise, which includes photos (which most new mom’s will appreciate…there isn’t much time for reading once baby arrives!). I really love that Peggy encourages gentle movements with a focus on core stabilization exercises that help women regain strength after pregnancy and birth. Overall, I think this book is a fabulous read that has a place on my office shelf; however, I do have a few reflections I want to share after reading the book.
I sometimes feel like our society in general places too much emphasis on the ‘physical aspects of pregnancy’. Peggy believes, and I agree, that there is no reason that we can’t “look good naked” after giving birth. A balanced diet of nutrient dense foods can certainly help your body adapt to the physical changes during pregnancy, but I fear that the definition of looking good naked isn’t inclusive of all different shapes and sizes of women. For many women, even eating a squeaky clean paleo diet, hydrating like crazy, resting, exercising and take all the right supplements won't prevent stretch marks, cellulite, scars and sagging skin. Are women with these ‘marks of pregnancy’ not beautiful. Do they not still 'look good naked'? Remember this post?
75%- 90% of women get stretch marks during pregnancy. Your risk for getting them is 50-70% determined by genetics and ethnicity. Sometimes, you just can’t eat enough fermented cod liver oil to out-smart your genetics! How do we support women to feel good about having some stretch marks and a bit of extra junk in the trunk? Do these women not still look good naked? Can we not celebrate the miracle of motherhood and honour the metamorphosis we undergo, as we become parents? Just sayin’
Inspired Blueberry Pie
All that being said, I’ve come up with a most splendid recipe that you can incorporate into your diet to help support your body’s collagen production and skin elasticity during pregnancy and beyond. It incorporates the use of grass-fed gelatin, which I first learned about from reading Nourishing Traditions and literature from the Weston A Price Foundation.
Gelatin helps support our bodies in a number of ways:
- Supports joint health
- Great for skin elasticity, nail growth and hair
- Some say it helps with cellulite
- Aids in healing the digestive system
- Helps to regulate hormone function, specifically estrogen dominance, which may contribute to infertility.
- Is a source of amino acids Proline and Glycine, which are only found in fibrous tissues of animals and can be lacking in the standard American diet (SAD). These amino acids are natural anti-inflammatories, aid in skin elasticity and help support immune function (which is naturally compromised during pregnancy). One study even says it helps with sleep quality, which we all could use more of!
- I only use well sourced Great Lakes Gelatin and recommend it to all my clients.
This recipe also utilizes WILD BLUEBERRIES, which aside from being absolutely delicious are also a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants. In fact, some research suggests that the antioxidant content of wild blueberries picked from a northern climate may be up to 7 times higher then those of conventionally grown berries. A diet rich in antioxidants can help aid in placental development. So get picking!
Check out the link on my growing recipage for the fabulous recipe. It’s low in sugar and is appropriate if you’re following the Autoimmune Protcol. I recommend serving this pie with some grass-fed whipped cream or coconut cream whip. So delicious. Enjoy!