6 Foods To Avoid When Pregnant

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We already now know “The 6 Foods To Eat When Pregnant”. If you missed that one from last month (Click Here) .

Now, due to several requests, I have compiled a list of “The 6 Foods To Avoid When Pregnant”, below.





High Level- Mercury Fish – Is really toxic. It is not safe to consume at all, and is most commonly found in polluted seas.
In high amounts it can be toxic to your immune system, kidneys and nervous system.
Since it is found in polluted seas, large fish that live in these oceans can accumulate high amounts of mercury.
So I would advise pregnant women not to eat high level- Mercury fish at all.


High Level- Mercury Fish include:

Tuna ( Albacore tuna is a no no)


King mackerel


DID YOU KNOW? It is important to note that not every single fish is high in mercury, just certain types. Consuming low- mercury fish during pregnancy is very healthy, and these fish can be eaten up to 2 to 3 times a week. Fatty fish is real high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is important for your baby.





Raw Fish- You must not eat this at all cost! Most raw fish carry several infections such as Salmonella and Listeria.

For example Listeria can cause Miscarriage, Premature delivery, Stillbirth and other health issues .

Therefore I would advise Pregnant women to avoid eating raw fish and shellfish. So this includes many sushi dishes.

DID YOU KNOW? The other infections raw fish carry are Norovirus & Vibrio.. not very pleasant :(





Raw Eggs- I mean why would you do such a thing ? Raw eggs may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The symptoms of Salmonella infections are normally experienced by the mother only.

The symptoms include:




Stomach cramps


Though in some rare cases, the infection can cause cramps in the uterus, leading to premature birth or stillbirth.

DID YOU KNOW? Lightly scrambled eggs, Poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, Homemade mayo, Salad dressing, Homemade ice cream and icing on cake all commonly contain raw eggs in them.





Unwashed Fruit & Vegetables- Surfaces of unwashed or unpeeled fruits and vegetables could contaminate with several bacteria and parasites.

These include Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria, which you can get from the soil or through handling.

Contamination can actually happen during production, harvest, processing, storage and transportation.

While you’re pregnant, it’s very important to minimize the risk of infection by thoroughly rinsing, peeling or cooking fruits and vegetables.

DID YOU KNOW? A dangerous parasite called Toxoplasma is found in unwashed fruit and vegetables. This why it is always important to rinse, peel thoroughly or cook your fruits and vegetables, to minimize chances of infection to you and your child.



Offduty: Caffine Drinks


Caffeine- Such as Coffee, Tea, Soft drinks and Cocoa for pregnant women, I would generally advise to limit their Caffeine intake to less than 200 mg per day, or about 2 to 3 cups of coffee.

Caffeine is absorbed very quickly, and passes easily into the placenta.

I also discovered that because unborn babies and their placentas do not have the main enzyme needed to metabolize caffeine, high levels can build up.

High caffeine intake during pregnancy has been shown to restrict fetal growth and increase the risk of low birth weight at delivery.

DID YOU KNOW? Drinking high amounts of Caffeine can cause low birth weight which increases infant death and chronic diseases in adulthood such as Type2-Diabetes & heart disease.




Alcohol- I’m sure this goes without saying that pregnant women should not be drinking any alcohol – period.

It’s been long known about the increased risk of miscarriage and stillbirth by hitting the bottle.

Even a small amount can have negative impacts to your baby’s brain development since no level of alcohol has been proven to be safe during pregnancy.

If I asked you if you would like to poison your baby ? And you say “NO” then don’t drink because this is what you are doing to your innocent baby.

DID YOU KNOW? If you answered yes to that question I advise you to seek some professional help!




Proper sanitation of the food and handling of food is always your best bet, especially whilst pregnant.

Though, this not always easy to do, since some foods could already be contaminated when purchased.

Therefore, it is best to avoid the foods on the list completely. The health of you and your unborn baby should come first ( Includes consumption of drink too)

If you want to learn more about the foods you should be eating during pregnancy, then, again

(Click Here) 



I hope you’ve realized more than ever how important a healthy diet is,
Especially whilst pregnant.

I’ve loved doing this one, especially as it was requested by you guys!

What did you think of it ?

What did you learn from it ?

Any other questions ?

Then just leave a comment below and I will of course get back to you

Until next time ciao :)


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How To Choose A Healthy Breakfast Cereal


Of course it’s always better to eat unprocessed foods like Oatmeal with Nuts or raisins in it or eggs with vegetables… but that’s not why I decided to make this!

It’s very clear that the breakfast cereal companies will always choose to put up misleading information on the front of their boxes.

They will claim one thing and then it turns out to be another, who would have thought it would get so political (aka the lies)

I think the worse thing of all though is the young children who are marketed to, with these sugary boxes of nutritional nothingness.

They always seem to have cartoon characters & bright colours to lure them in, which leads to them nagging their parents to put it in the shopping cart.

Which is why I think it’s important to make better choices when looking to purchase breakfast cereals. What’s one more child who’s become obese or ends up with type two diabetes to them?

But if it is your child I am sure it will mean something to you, so without further ado here are those tips.




Limit Sugar Aim to choose a breakfast cereal that contains less than 5g of sugar per serving (Read the food label).

Which of course will tell you how much sugar it contains.





High fibre- Breakfast cereals that contain at least 3g of fibre are excellent choice.

What you’ll find though when you become more observant, is that there are loads of

“ High in fibre cereals” that have way more than just 3g, which is optimal.





Read The Ingredient List- Ignore the health claims on the front of the box, and you make sure to check the ingredient list yourself.

The first two or three ingredients are the most important, as the product contains the most of these.

However, food manufactures are very sneaky and often use tricks to hide the amount of sugar that’s really in them.

If the sugar is listed in lots of other names then it’s most likely very high in sugar.


DID YOU KNOW? There are 56 other names for sugar (Below) all credit to women’s health.




Making the healthy choice to eat better in the mornings does not have to be stressful.

I really hope this helps you the next time you’re out shopping for cereal!

Of course once again if you have any thoughts or questions then please leave a comment.
Until next time ciao :)

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6 Foods To Eat When Pregnant

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Sweet Potatoes- are enriched with beta-carotene, which is a plant compound that is converted into vitamin A in the body.

Vitamin A is important for growth, as well as for the cells and tissues. It is also important for the pre-natal development.

Pregnant women are generally advised to up their vitamin A by 10 to 40 %.

However, they are advised to avoid very high amounts of animal- based sources of vitamin A, which may cause toxicity when eaten in excess.

Therefore, beta-carotene is very important source of vitamin A for pregnant women.

Sweet potatoes are a great source for this. Around 100 to 150 grams of cooked sweet potatoes fulfills the entire RDI (Recommended-Daily- Intake).

DID YOU KNOW? Sweet potatoes contain fibre, which may increase fullness, reduce blood sugar spikes and improve digestive health and mobility.


Dairy Products- When pregnant you need to consume extra protein and calcium to meet the needs of your baby.

Dairy products contain two types high quality protein: Whey and Casein.

Dairy is best dietary source of calcium, and provides real high amounts of various B-vitamins, Magnesium and Zinc.

I wouldn’t consume yoghurt if I were pregnant, unless it was Greek yoghurt.

It contains more calcium than any other dairy product. Some varieties also contain probiotic bacteria, which support your digestive health.

DID YOU KNOW? People who are lactose intolerant may also be able to tolerate yoghurt, especially probiotic yoghurt.

Taking probiotics during pregnancy may reduce the risk of complications such as many types of diabetes and vaginal infections and allergies.




Salmon- is very rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids. It also made the “Are you eating these top 40 foods” (Click Here).

The majority of people, including pregnant women, are not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diets.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential during pregnancy.

Though I know this to be true, pregnant women are generally advised to limit their seafood intake to twice a week, because of the mercury and other contaminants found in fatty fish.

Now this has caused some women to avoid seafood altogether, which is just limiting the intake of the much needed omega-3 fatty acids.

DID YOU KNOW? Salmon is also one of the very few natural sources of vitamin D, which is often lacking in the diet. It is very important for many processes in the body, including bone health and immune function.




Eggs- to me is like the ultimate health food, as they contain little bit of almost every nutrient you need.

Large eggs contain about 77 calories, as well as high quality protein and fat. And also contain lots of Vitamins and minerals.

Eggs are a wonderful source of choline. Choline is essential for many processes in your body, including brain development and health.

A single whole egg contains roughly 111 or 113 mg of choline, which is about 25% of the RDI for pregnant women.

DID YOU KNOW? There are 10 reasons why eggs are good for you pregnant ladies (Click Here)




Avocados- I would say because of there high content of healthy fats and potassium, are a great choice for pregnant women.

The healthy fats help build the skin, brain and tissues of the baby.

Potassium may help relieve leg cramps, a side effect of pregnancy for some women.

DID YOU KNOW? Avocados actually contain more potassium than Bananas




Water- quite simply is important because of the increased blood volume during pregnancy.
Adequate hydration may also help prevent constipation and urinary tract infections.

DID YOU KNOW? Symptoms of mild dehydration are headaches, anxiety, tiredness and bad mood swings.



This list should be a good start towards a healthy and well-nourished pregnancy!

If you have any thoughts or questions then leave a comment below.

I cannot wait to share some more with you this year!
Until next time Ciao

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Does Christmas Turkey Make You Sleepy?


Christmas is nearly here so I thought I would address one of the most widely believed food myths, which is the idea that eating turkey can make you sleepy.

I find mostly, this is often used as an excuse to either not eat turkey, or a justification to take many naps during the day. While this myth is not true, there is some science to back up this belief.


Turkey contains Tryptophan-  Which is an essential amino acid which is used by the human body to build proteins and is needed for it to function properly and for good health.

Tryptophan I have found out that it is used in the process of making serotonin, which is a chemical, that is involved in the regulation of sleep patterns.

Tryptophan, in a purified form, will make you sleepy and has in the past been used in sleeping pills according to my research. However, it usually needs to be taken on an empty stomach, as different amino acids tend to compete for access to the brain.

If there are lots of different amino acids competing all at once, as they do after you eat meals, the amounts of Tryptophan reaching the right places wouldn’t be high enough to make you sleepy.

Just to take this further, many other foods contain Tryptophan, including most animal products like meats and cheese and even soy beans.

Beef contains more Tryptophan than turkey, but it is never blamed for sleepiness–probably because it is not associated with enormous holiday meals like turkey is.


Sleepiness Contributors
I find in general when a larger meal is eaten, it tends to make you sleepy regardless of what the meal contained. This is because digestive processes draw energy from other body functions, leaving you with an overall feeling of tiredness. Also, meals that are high in carbohydrates tend to increase an insulin surge, which can leave you feeling flat and tired after it passes.


Health Benefits of Turkey
Turkey is a very lean meat and the fats it does contain tend to be unsaturated, particularly if the skin is removed. It also provides a good amount of iron, B vitamins, zinc etc and of course more protein per ounce than chicken or beef. In fact, eating a small, high-protein meal, such as a salad with chopped turkey or a turkey sandwich is more likely to leave you alert and awake than a meal that is high in carbohydrates or sugars. Turkey is a “Super-Food” as it has superrrr healthy qualities.

While turkey does contain Tryptophan, it contains no more than other meats and less than some. Tryptophan, however, is not a factor that contributes to sleepiness after Christmas meal, Thanksgiving or any other time you eat it. Turkey is heart healthy and nutritionally dense, which makes it a good food to consider as a regular part of a healthy diet.


That’s it!
I hope you have found this myth debunk useful.
As always you’re more than welcome to leave a comment below, any questions same thing.
Until next time
Ciao :) 

3 Health Foods That Are Harmful If You Eat Too Much

In this day and age there are many super foods to choose  from,
though I would like to point out that more is not always better.
Some foods can be real good for you, but real bad in large doses.
Here are 3 healthy foods that can harm you if you eat too much of them.


Tuna KarimDavid.com

Tuna – is a fatty fish that is considered very healthy. It’s a good source of omega- 3 fatty acids and is great for protein too.
But Tuna, both fresh and canned, contain high levels of an environmental pollutant called “Methyl mercury”.
At a higher-level Methyl mercury is a neurological toxin that may cause many adverse health effects. These include development delays in children, problems with vision, lack of coordination and impaired hearing and speech.

Large tuna fish contains the most mercury, since it builds up in the tissues over time. These big tunas are very likely to be served to you as premium fish steaks or even used in sushi.
Smaller tunas contain lower amounts of mercury, and are more likely to be canned.
I would advise pregnant women and children to limit their intake of seafood containing mercury to no more than two times per week.

There are several other types of fish that are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, but less likely to be contaminated with mercury… Such as Salmon, Sardines Trout and Mackerel.

Keynote: In canned Tuna the whiter the tuna the more mercury it has, the darker Tuna has less mercury in it. That is because of a species of Tuna called “Albacore”. With the whiter fish the Albacore Tuna is used and with the dark fish it is not.


Omega 3 KarimDavid.com

Omega-3 and Fish Oils- fatty acids are essential for our health. They fight inflammation in the body, and play an important role in brain development and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Since most diets are quite low in Omega-3, supplements have been gaining popularity. The most common supplements include Omega-3 capsules produced from fish and fish liver.

The thing is though; too much omega-3 may be harmful. The usual dose would typically range from 1 to 6 grams per day, but taking lets say 13 to 14 grams per day may have blood thinning effects in a healthy individuals.

This is not good, and according to my research it can affect people who are prone to bleeding or taking blood thinning medication.
So, taking high amounts of fish oil may result in excessive vitamin A intake, which may cause vitamin A toxicity. It’s typically a concern for young children and pregnant women.

Coffee KarimDavid.com

Coffee- Is a  disgusting wonderful   beverage that is loaded with antioxidants and other active compounds.
It has been linked to numerous health benefits, including a reduced risk of liver diseases and type 2 Diabetes.

The active ingredient in regular coffee is caffeine, with each cup containing around an average of 80 to 120 mg. A daily intake of 400 mg is generally safe and no need for concern.

Though, consuming more than 500 to 600 mg per day can be excessive. This may overwhelm the nervous system, causing insomnia, nervousness, make your irritable and stomach cramps to name a few.
The amount of caffeine needed to experience these side effects differs widely from person to person.
Some can drink as much coffee as they want, while others experience symptoms with small amounts of caffeine.

That’s it!
The 3 health foods that are harmful if you eat too much.
I appreciate the continued support and of course
If you have any questions then leave me a comment below
Until next time Ciao :)

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Why Are Refined Carbs Bad For You?


I find that many people are following poor advice from their doctor, gym instructor or dare I say it nutritionist, as it seems their agenda is to push the “Carbohydrates are really bad for you” view. One thing that I tell people often is that not all carbs are the same. This is where the problem lies… not all carbohydrates are bad for you, but refined carbohydrates are bad for you.

Everyone needs a certain amount of carbohydrates in order to live a healthy life with a well functioning body. Many whole foods that are high in carbohydrates are very healthy indeed. Whereas refined carbohydrates have had most of the nutrients and fibre taken out.

Eating refined carbohydrates is linked to an increase risk of getting diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Every real nutritional expert will agree that refined carbohydrates should be limited/ eliminated. Unfortunately they are still the main source of dietary carbohydrates in many countries.

Below I will explain what refined carbs are, and why they are so bad for you health.


What Are Refined Carbs?

Refined carbs are known as simple carbs aka processed carbs. There are two main types below…

Refined grains: are grains that have had all the nutritious parts taken out. The biggest source is white flour made from refined wheat.

Sugars: Refined and processed sugars, such as sucrose (Table sugar) and high fructose corn syrup.
Note: Refined carbs include mostly sugars and processed grains. That means they are empty calories and lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.


So Why Are Refined Carbs Bad For Me?

Refined carbs when eaten; it’s as if it’s playing a trick on you. What I mean by that is you are given an instant burst of energy and that’s it. Not that long after eating, you will start to feel hungry again. In fact if it had any use at all it would would be for an instant burst of energy when doing physical activity.

Let’s say a pro athlete would most likely do this… but for everyone else, it makes more sense to consume complex carbohydrates that will actually keep you fuller for longer and get enough nutrients, fibre and energy that your body needs.

The reason for this is because complex carbs take longer to digest. Your fruits and vegetables and whole-wheat cereals are excellent choices of complex carbohydrates.

Other reasons why refined carbs are bad for you is that they have a direct link to obesity because they don’t keep you full for long periods. The result from this is that you tend to eat bigger meals or snack and snack and snack after your main meals. For me, this “refined carbohydrates consumption” is a big reason why people fall for such myths as Don’t eat after 6pm” or “Eating after dark causes weight gain” I mean LOL, REALLY!?

The truth is if you eat healthy and remove refined carbs from your diet, it will not cause you to gain weight in fact your more likely to lose. On the other hand refined carbs are bad for you because not only does it cause weight gain there is a bigger risk of you getting type 2 diabetes (which affects about 300 million people world wide) .


What Should I Be Eating Instead?

Your fruits and vegetables are very healthy sources of carbohydrates, for one. Any whole foods that contain carbs tend to be incredibly healthy.

This includes: Legumes and whole grains along with, as it says above, fruit and vegetables.
Note: If you like to discover more on what you should be eating, then click on all three of these below and implement ASAP!



To get optimal health and weight, you must absolutely get most if not all of your carbs from whole, single ingredient foods.
If the food you are buying comes with a long list of ingredients, it’s more than likely not a healthy carb source.


That’s a wrap!
I hope you guys have enjoyed my comeback blog post, as of late I’ve been doing a lot of videos.
I would love to hear from you guys, please do let me know what you think.. and if you have any questions as always I will get back to you.

Until next time ciao :) 

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