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Alter Your Health Dr. Benjamin Alter

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 49 Ratings

Your source of information and inspiration to promote the holistic transformation of your health and the health of our planet! Dr. Benjamin chats with all sorts of experts in the fields of consciousness, holistic health, spirituality, and nutrition diving deep to access and share the nuggets of truth that support the growth and evolution of people and the planet.

    #388 - Lifecycle Nutrition Summary and Take Home Points

    #388 - Lifecycle Nutrition Summary and Take Home Points

    We are wrapping up the latest Lifecycle Nutrition Series on the podcast.

    In the past 7 episodes we've covered...
    - Nutrition for Preconception
    - Nutrition for Pregnancy
    - Nutrition for Postpartum/Breastfeeding
    - Infant Nutrition (0-6 months)
    - Baby Nutrition (6-12 months)
    - Toddler Nutrition (1~3 years)
    - Childhood, Adolescent, Teenage Nutrition (4~18 years)

    Dr. Susanna also shared her personal pregnancy and postpartum experience and tips to thrive in Episode #384.

    This week is a little wrap up and summary of the highlights from this series as well as the most important takeaways. 

    Episode Highlights:


    The different nutritional needs that kids have compared to adultsThe importance of healthy relationships with food and nourishment during growth and developmentWhat Dr. Susanna learned and insights gained through the last ~2months of this seriesWhere supplements fit in (or not) at different lifecycle phasesAn exciting opportunity to optimize your health and nutritional status, regardless of where you are in your lifecycle!Links to some more good stuff
    - ALL NEW EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS PROGRAM - www.alter.health/eat-more-weigh-less
    - 1-on-1 Nutritional Analysis Package - www.alter.health/nutritional-analysis
    - Get the Alter Health weekly WFPB Meal Guides: www.alter.health/meal-guides
    - Work with us in the Thrive on Plants program: www.alter.health/thrive-on-plants

    • 34 min
    #387 - Plant Based Kids, Adolescents, & Teens

    #387 - Plant Based Kids, Adolescents, & Teens

    Kids are humans, too! And they, too, can THRIVE on plants.

    That being said, there are for sure some considerations to kid-specific nutrition to ensure healthy growth and development.

    Long story short, keeping toxins out while loading up on high quality fuel and nutrients matters a lot when it comes to keeping youngsters growing strong and healthfully.

    Of course, there are individual considerations that change and evolve as we grow. These are some of the things covered in this science-packed episode!

    Episode Highlights: 
    What nutrients and foods to focus on when feeding kids aged 4 all the way to 18Does anything need to change for kiddos of different ages?Where do “healthy processed” foods fit in when balancing nutrition for kidsThe equation to a balanced meal for children of all agesHow  parenting styles can support kids in building healthy and nourishing relationships with foodLinks to some more good stuff
    - ALL NEW EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS PROGRAM - www.alter.health/eat-more-weigh-less
    - 1-on-1 Nutritional Analysis Package - www.alter.health/nutritional-analysis
    - Get the Alter Health weekly WFPB Meal Guides: www.alter.health/meal-guides
    - Work with us in the Thrive on Plants program: www.alter.health/thrive-on-plants

    • 38 min
    #386 - Healthy Plant-Based Toddlers

    #386 - Healthy Plant-Based Toddlers

    Next up in the plant-based lifecycle nutrition series is TODDLERS!

    We aren't there yet personally in our family with our little one, but it's helpful to know how to keep little ones thriving on plants.

    In this episode, Dr. Susanna get's into the plant-based nutritional science to support growing kiddos. This is important info considering the importance of nutrition for childhood development... and "just eating plants" certainly does not equate to health, especially amongst little ones.

    Episode Highlights
    Which plant milk is best for kiddos as a cow milk alternativeWhat plant based toddlers need to eat differently than their plant based parents"Baby led weaning" and when/how to stop breast milk or formulaImportance of omega-3 fatty acids for development and where to get themAre there any helpful or necessary supplements for plant-based toddlers?Links to some more good stuff
    - ALL NEW EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS PROGRAM - www.alter.health/eat-more-weigh-less
    - 1-on-1 Nutritional Analysis Package - www.alter.health/nutritional-analysis
    - Get the Alter Health weekly WFPB Meal Guides: www.alter.health/meal-guides
    - Work with us in the Thrive on Plants program: www.alter.health/thrive-on-plants

    • 27 min
    #385 - Plant-Based Babies! Nutrition for 6-12 months

    #385 - Plant-Based Babies! Nutrition for 6-12 months

    Babies Thrive on Plants, TOO!

    ... but they still need mother's milk/formula.

    It is generally advised that babies to start eating real, solid foods around 6 months. However through ~ 1 year of age, babies still get a dwindling majority of calories and nutrition from breastmilk.
    So, what foods should plant-based babies be eating???

    Most any real, whole food are wonderful for adults and babies alike. But of course since little ones generally lack teeth and fine motor skills of the tongue and mouth, choking is a real hazard.

    We won't talk too much about the logistics of introducing foods as it is a nuanced and individualized topic. In this episode Dr. Susanna share's the general nutritional goals and considerations for raising strong and healthy plant based babies and what foods/nutrients should be prioritized.

    Highlights from the episode:
    The important nutrients for development and how/where to get themSome examples of good and easy whole food staples to feed your babyWhat foods should NOT be given to babies (sugar, salt, honey, unpasteurized foods, chocolate/caffeine)How plant-based baby nutrition differs from plant based adult nutritionWhy little ones may benefit from eating MORE processed plant foodsLinks to some more good stuff
    - ALL NEW EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS PROGRAM - www.alter.health/eat-more-weigh-less
    - 1-on-1 Nutritional Analysis Package - www.alter.health/nutritional-analysis
    - Get the Alter Health weekly WFPB Meal Guides: www.alter.health/meal-guides
    - Work with us in the Thrive on Plants program: www.alter.health/thrive-on-plants

    • 31 min
    #384 - Healthy Nutrition for Mom & Baby (0-6 months)

    #384 - Healthy Nutrition for Mom & Baby (0-6 months)

    Nutrition is pretty simple when you're a baby... MILK.

    Human breastmilk is the optimal source of nutrition for early infancy (0-6 months). Commercial baby formula (of which there are MANY) are considered the only acceptable alternative to breastmilk.

    In this episode you'll learn the amazing properties of breastmilk and how it is indeed the perfect food... for babies!

    One amazing fact is that breastmilk is pretty much the same in terms of nutritional status between breastfeeding mothers, regardless of the mothers' personal nutritional status (with the exception of toxins that may be in the mother's body). Your body knows how to manufacture a perfect product for the baby! However, this can also occur at the expense of nutritional depletion from a mother's body. SO, just a reminder to prioritize nutrition for breastfeeding mammas!

    Highlights from the episode:
    The many benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and babyThe importance of sharing immune supporting antibodies with baby via breastmilkThe nutrients that babies may need to supplement with (vitamin D!)Why it's important for mom to optimize her nutrient intake while breastfeeding (refer to last week's episode, #383)When you may consider supplementing baby with other nutrients - like iron and vitamin KIf milk is a perfect food, when and why should solids be introduced?

    Links to some more good stuff
    - ALL NEW EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS PROGRAM - www.alter.health/eat-more-weigh-less
    - 1-on-1 Nutritional Analysis Package - www.alter.health/nutritional-analysis
    - Get the Alter Health weekly WFPB Meal Guides: www.alter.health/meal-guides
    - Work with us in the Thrive on Plants program: www.alter.health/thrive-on-plants

    • 24 min
    #383 - Dr. Susanna's Pregnancy and Postpartum Tips to Thrive

    #383 - Dr. Susanna's Pregnancy and Postpartum Tips to Thrive

    In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Susanna shares her recent trials and tribulations with nutrition and lifestyle through all phases of pregnancy and postpartum.

    With our little Grace being now 8 months, Dr. Susanna is 110% back to her normal and healthy self. She's got an extra 10% (at least!) from the innate superwoman powers that come through motherhood!

    While different individuals may struggle with following a "whole food plant based" lifestyle throughout this phase of life, Dr. Susanna shares her tips to prioritize nutrition as a way of thriving through the demands of this life stage.

    Highlights from the episode:
    Dr. Susanna’s biggest lessons learned from each trimester as well as after birthHow pregnancy nutrition differs from typical WFPB nutrition and how Dr. Susanna related to this through the last year+Favorite pregnancy foods that helped her get all the nutrition she needed while also satisfying crazy cravings/aversionsWhat to look for when choosing prenatal vitamins and supplements - and what not to takeA reminder that compassion is key for maintaining a peaceful, happy, and HEALTHY pregnancy - nobody is perfect!Links to some more good stuff
    - ALL NEW EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS PROGRAM - www.alter.health/eat-more-weigh-less
    - 1-on-1 Nutritional Analysis Package - www.alter.health/nutritional-analysis
    - Get the Alter Health weekly WFPB Meal Guides: www.alter.health/meal-guides
    - Work with us in the Thrive on Plants program: www.alter.health/thrive-on-plants

    • 37 min

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