I’ve written quite a bit about my journey with my daughter. While this blog today might seem out of the norm for my site, I feel it’s incredibly necessary. I believe in prevention and wellness through focusing on the basics of health – nutrition, activity, sleep, thoughts, and breath. Because I work primarily with mommas (to-be, hopefuls, postpartum, etc.), birth is obviously a huge part of the focus. So much attention is given to the “ideal” birth, which, by our current standards is a non-medicated, all natural birth, one where mom and baby are joined immediately and mom feels empowered and instantly able to nurse and bond. This ideal...it’s wonderful, truly, but I think it also sets a lot of women up for feeling like failures, myself included. So I want to discuss that a bit today because going into motherhood feeling like a failure isn’t good for anyone.
After 7 long weeks in the hospital, our precious baby girl was FINALLY able to come home and join her family. I’ll be writing more soon about life with 2 under 2 (wow, what a crazy change!), how I’m trying to strike a new balance in all the chaos, and giving you a peek into our nutrition (spoiler alert: even dietitians eat doughnuts and ignore vegetables!), but for today, I just wanted to let you know that she’s home, doing well, and we’re working on settling in.
The little bundle in your arms is more than enough proof that our bodies do amazing things, so it should come as no real surprise that your body is also capable of producing the most nutritionally compatible food for your baby, too. Despite your nutrition status or eating habits, your body does a remarkable job of producing high quality breastmilk. But, if you’re not eating the nutrients your body needs to do its job, it will quickly pull them from your own limited stores, stores that are already depleted from the previous 9 months of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and potentially even in short supply prior to conception. To optimize your recovery, establish the best foundation for nursing, and get you on a jump start to returning to pre-baby weight, and perhaps even better health, here are some basic nutrition guidelines to follow.
I hear it a lot, people hesitating to spend the money to talk to someone about their nutrition. People jumping on the newest diet bandwagon or shelling out tons of money for some powder or shake that “promises” results and health. So, why see the dietitian?
Between our toddler, pumping for baby girl, exercise, showering, and getting to the NICU in time to hold little lady most mornings, breakfast has become...difficult. I know my nutrition is so incredibly important right now, since I'm not only recovering from major surgery, but also needing to keep up my own nutrient supply and health to continue producing enough milk for my sweet girl. When I ran across this recipe for "cake batter chia seed pudding", I was intrigued and also incredibly skeptical.
It’s been a little while since I posted. I thought it might be time to explain my absence. In very unexpected and surprising course of events, it was discovered that I had severe preeclampsia, which rapidly progressed after it was discovered and was unable to be controlled via medication and intervention. After several hospital stays in the course of 2 weeks for observation and intervention, on Monday, June 27th, at about 10am, it was decided that our sweet baby girl was better off outside in this world than inside.
It’s the end of a long day, you just want to put your feet up, watch some mindless tv or catch up on your Facebook newsfeed, and maybe indulge in a little snack while you do so, right? Late night cravings and snacks are often the biggest nutrition and health downfall for even the most avid meal planner and healthy eater. After a long day of stress, work, great eating, it’s easy to get lured into the temptation of a little treat. And that treat then spirals into a second one…or the whole bag of chips…or the rest of the leftover Halloween candy. So, what to do? How do you prevent late-night cravings from derailing your progress and overall health?
Summer time. For many, this means road trips, weekend get-aways, flights to vacation spots. Travel can wreak havoc on your nutrition plans and wellness goals. Awkward schedules, limited resources, unpredictable meal times, slim offerings – all add up all to often to an impending junk food binge. Not only does poor eating on your travels set back your fitness and nutrition ambitions, but it often makes your travels a lot less pleasant, too, as you deal with the consequences of fueling your body poorly and battle headaches, crappy sleep, and tummy troubles.
Busy week. Between consulting and private clients, including a new FITNESS pregnancy client (!), I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Pair that with a toddler who decided to start getting his 2 year molars early, a trip out of town last week and some travel coming up again this weekend, well, the week just kind of flew by!
So, during my no added sugar challenge, I was working hard to find ways to still gently sweeten some of my smoothies (spinach + raw cocoa powder + avocado does not a yummy smoothie make), and to satisfy make desire/craving for baked goods, since nearly everything in the store, even simply bread and crackers, seemed to contain sugar. So…for smoothies, I tried dates. But, my blender isn’t really strong enough to handle the whole dates so well, leaving uneven sweetness and little chunks of chewy date. Not horrible, but not awesome, and certainly not versatile. Then, inspiration struck – DATE PASTE! Easy to make, naturally sweet from lovely dates, smooth, creamy, numerous applications.