Nutrient Dense Whole Foods for Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, and Beyond with Lily Nichols, RDN

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Lily Nichols, RDN is shifting the paradigm on what it means to eat for your health in your child-bearing years. Author of Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, Lily is leading a grassroots movement on getting back to eating nutrient dense foods and is at the cutting edge of the research on just how important they are for the health of mother, infant, and future generations. In this episode, we cover the journey from pre-conception through post-partum nutrition, highlighting just where the history of foods recommended for pregnancy begins to go awry. Lily’s book is incredibly comprehensive in breaking down vital nutrients and their whole food sources and with many podcast interviews under her belt – we dive into some different topics. Looking at the importance of nutrition not just through the lens of the developing baby but also the health and vitality and resiliency of the mother. We talk about the importance of whole food nutrients together in their food source and the synergy of those nutrients in things like liver, egg yolks, and collagen-rich cuts. We also dive into body wisdom and whether or not we should listen to cravings. This is an incredible episode for women and men both thinking about their long-term health and conception journeys – Lily’s dietary recommendations aren’t just for those trying to conceive or pregnant – they’re good recommendations for anyone seeking a more nutrient dense diet. 

We also talk about: 

  • Glycine and the importance of collagen 
  • Making regenerative meat more accessible
  • & so much more

Find Lily


Instagram: @lilynicholsrdn

Books: Real Food for Pregnancy, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes

Further Reading Mentioned: 

Protein Requirements in Pregnancy Article by Lily Nichols


Vitamin A deficiency linked to diaphragmatic hernia

The Dorito Effect

Wired to Eat

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