Banting while Pregnant: What are the benefits of the LCHF diet?

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This is the next edition of

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, Dr Ann Childers with us again. The question came in from someone who said that they have recently discovered they are pregnant, what is the best way to maintain the

lchf while pregnant


?

Aside from the nausea, she is having severe carb cravings which she is presuming is being brought on by the exhaustion.

Without the aid of crackers or bread and toast, she is really struggling to find food to eat. She finds herself cheating often and often struggling to stay on track. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

Do pregnant women benefit from eating a LCHF diet?

Dr Ann Childers: Women who are pregnant really benefit from a higher fat diet, and incorporating more pasture fed butter, more animal fats such as frying with lard or tallow that is well sourced from pasture fed animals is a very good approach. It will certainly help with the cravings.

The other thing is that if she is not carbohydrate sensitive – that is if she is not pre-diabetic or heading towards gestational diabetes in any way, there’s no reason that she could not have a serving of sweet potatoes doused in butter or some other kind of carbohydrate.

But I would very very much discourage her from using grains for her carbohydrate cravings. I think what they do – especially wheat – is they cause more cravings and later down a not so path for her and her infant. So yeah, I think women have cravings for a reason but I would not slate those cravings with grains or processed foods.

Certainly vegetables that grow above ground and some vegetables that grow below ground, if she is not carbohydrate sensitive, would be great substitutes for grains.

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Do pregnant women benefit from eating a LCHF diet?

Dr Ann Childers: Women who are pregnant really benefit from a higher fat diet, and incorporating more pasture fed butter, more animal fats such as frying with lard or tallow that is well sourced from pasture fed animals is a very good approach. It will certainly help with the cravings.

The other thing is that if she is not carbohydrate sensitive – that is if she is not pre-diabetic or heading towards gestational diabetes in any way, there’s no reason that she could not have a serving of sweet potatoes doused in butter or some other kind of carbohydrate.

But I would very very much discourage her from using grains for her carbohydrate cravings. I think what they do – especially wheat – is they cause more cravings and later down a not so path for her and her infant. So yeah, I think women have cravings for a reason but I would not slate those cravings with grains or processed foods.

Certainly vegetables that grow above ground and some vegetables that grow below ground, if she is not carbohydrate sensitive, would be great substitutes for grains.

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