In the spirit of nurturing your body and still pleasing your taste buds, here is one of our new favorite dinner recipes. It’s fairly quick, packed with veggies, and delicious. My husband asked for seconds and fought me for the leftovers the next day! Traditional Chinese “take-out” isn’t known for its health benefits. This Egg Roll re-make, however, is tasty and healthy. If you’re vegetarian, you can easily omit the pork and toss in some lentils or nuts for a bit more protein and nutrients. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m betting shrimp would also be great in this.
I know, things have been quiet on the blog front. There are a few different reasons for this, so I wanted to try to give a relatively quick update to explain my absence.
As I’ve discussed before, our daughter’s birth and life since then hasn’t been as smooth as we’d hoped. Our feeding difficulties only increased and we finally had to make the very difficult, but ultimately right decision, to have a feeding tube placed. A month into that, baby girl is thriving. We no longer fight her to feed her. She’s slowly but surely moving up on her growth curve. She no longer sobs when she knows we’re going to feed her. She isn’t currently taking any bottles or really much at all by mouth, but we’re working with a great feeding therapy team and all have high hopes of this all being a thing of the past before we know it. I’ll keep you updated on our progress, but for now, it’s just nice to not dread every feed, to know she’s getting the nutrition she needs, and to still be able to provide her with breastmilk, even if not through the means I would have liked.
On top of all that, Miss E has decided that teething and not sleeping would be a perfect new challenge now that we no longer have to battle her to eat. So…we’re tired. She’s tired. But she’s adorable and her giggles and smiles make it (mostly!) worth the stress.
I’m also working hard on trying to continue growing my business. I have new webinars in the works, my perinatal fitness certification, and a number of new “motherhood” packages I’m developing. It’s quite a process, but I’m really excited to make it happen. As with Miss E, I’ll try to keep you updated on my progress. I know it may take a while, especially because the packages involve some major new additions to my offerings, like lactation cookies and recipe “books”!
I hope you’ve all had a lovely, wonderful end to 2016 and a great, exciting start to 2017. Hoping I’ll be more present again very soon!
Sorry for going MIA. I may post more about it someday soon, but right now, I’ll just give you a quick recap. Baby girl is proving to be quite the challenge. She is struggling to figure out how to coordinate her suck/swallow and feeding her is a huge chore. It’s an hour long endeavor, 8 times a day. We’re very exhausted and between feeding her, pumping, and taking care of our active little man, too, I barely have time to feed myself, let alone put together coherent thoughts for a post!
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?