Question from a student midwife:
Gloria, what’s the reason behind a mom needing to eat 1 potato or serving of brown rice per day? Fiber? What nutrients are they both high in? Thanks!
Make sure you tell the woman a baked potato or brown rice. These are slower burning carbs plus they have more minerals than the processed counterpart. It’s not just what the woman is eating that you’re interested in, it’s what she’s not eating. If you steer her towards healthier carbs, it eliminates the temptation to fill up on processed food. A little story about those 3 daily “musts”. . .
I had a new client who was a dietician for a big hotel. I gave her the diet grid to fill out everything she ate for a week and told her to eat daily:
-a baked potato or a bowl of brown rice
-large green salad
-1/2 grapefruit, orange, 2 kiwis or a red pepper
She got quite upset at me. She let me know that she ate very well and didn’t need any input from me. I asked her to just humor me and give it a try. She phoned in about 5 days and told me she couldn’t believe what an impact it had on her. By having a set list of “musts”, it helped her to prepare for the week and she didn’t snack on things in the hotel kitchen so much. She was feeling happier, stronger and more nourished by the food. Gloria