Early Development and Food Imprinting for Longterm Health by Karen Ranzi, M.A.

pregnant Early Development and Food Imprinting for Longterm Health

by Karen Ranzi, M.A.

The food a pregnant woman consumes will lay down the health and genetic code for her child for the rest of his or her life. What the mother eats and how she feels about herself, her emotional life, affects every aspect of the childʼs development.
Breastfeeding follows Natureʼs plan for childrenʼs development. Human milk is perfect for the human babyʼs digestive system, just as cow milk is perfect for the calf, and goat milk is perfect for the kid goatʼs digestion. When animals suckle the milk of their own species, more energy is available for development of the offspringʼs body and brain.
From a 2007 study, the journal Pediatrics reports the importance of the mother eating plentiful amounts of fruits and veggies while breastfeeding, as “Then baby will probably like them.” This study was designed to test the influence of early sensory experiences on the development of healthy eating patterns.

Flavors from the motherʼs diet are transmitted through amniotic fluid and motherʼs milk. Therefore, a baby learns the tastes of specific foods when mother consumes those foods on a regular basis. If babies like the tastes of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, then we get them off to an early start of lifelong healthy eating habits.
Another article in Science Daily December 2010 reveals “a motherʼs own eating habits, and whether she views her child as a picky eater, has a huge impact on whether the child consumes enough fruits and vegetables. What and how mothers eat is the most direct influence on what toddlers eat.”

It is fundamental that the infant receive mainly motherʼs milk for most of the first year of life. The child should not be given solid food to chew until equipped with many teeth.
When starting solid foods the mother should introduce a food similar to the protein in motherʼs milk….fresh, ripe, organic fruit such as ripe banana. Children who begin eating before theyʼre ready often develop allergies.
Victoria Boutenko, in her article “The Imprinting of Eating Habits” writes: “Lifelong food preferences start to develop while a baby is still in the womb. The strongest pattern for future food preferences is formed during the ages of 9 to 18 months. At this time, everything connected with food intake leaves a strong imprint on the childʼs brain.”

Diets low in fruits and vegetables at young ages pose increased risks for chronic diseases later in life.
We know smoking, alcohol, and caffeine are harmful to the human body but are we aware that diets high in cooked food, animal flesh and products, especially dairy, wheat and other glutinous grains, and processed and refined foods can all cause problems for us?
A healthy diet, loaded in nutrient density from fresh plant foods, can replenish, hydrate and nourish the entire body and skin from the inside out. The raw food lifestyle truly does create beauty from within.

Women and their relationship to food and their body are very powerful, greatly impacting the unborn child and the children in their life.
Those who significantly increase the healthful organic fresh plant foods in their lifestyle will see positive changes in their energy, mental clarity, and overall immunity. Research has shown that 50% of the protein and 70 to 90% of the vitamins and minerals are destroyed when food is heated. When food is heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit, many of the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids begin to break down. You may be consuming many calories but they are essentially “empty” calories as you arenʼt getting the nutrients your body needs to function properly.
Some people feel hungry after a big meal because they didnʼt receive the necessary nutrients the body is craving.

In October 2011 in the journal Cell, it was reported that “green vegetables, from bok choy to broccoli, are the source of a chemical signal that is important to a fully functioning immune system. They do this by ensuring that immune cells in the gut and the skin known as intra-epithelial lymphocytes (IELs) function properly.”
And finally and most crucial, the human body requires high water content food as our body is 72% water from our blood and cellular tissues, and the water content needs to be continually replaced. Cooked and processed foods and animal products are depleted of water content. Only fresh uncooked fruits and vegetables provide the necessary water we need.
Are you ready to increase the fresh plant nutrients in your family diet for longevity and vibrant health?

Copyright 2012 Karen Ranzi
Karen Ranzi, author of Creating Healthy Children, motivational speaker, raw/living food
coach can be reached at karen@superhealthychildren.com or (201) 934-6778.
www.superhealthychildren.com

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