“Have you taken your placenta pills today?” was a common and frequent question asked of me by my husband in the early days after delivering my first baby. I was hormonal, emotional and exhausted as most new moms are. There wasn’t much else my husband could to do to help other than encourage some healthy pill popping.
We love to snack around here. Whether we’re on the go or at home, we like to have healthy snacks that are easy, accessible and satisfying.
As parents we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to set the stage for our kids’ futures. And that includes what they eat. I’m talking about creating smart habits and healthy preferences – and starting young – so that the stage we’re setting is one that nurtures their growing bodies and brains.
Understanding that the “great dairy debate” is a complicated and somewhat controversial topic, I wanted to simply share the experience I’ve had with moving my family away from cow’s milk to homemade nut milk – and the yummy cashew milk recipe that even my 2 ½ year old loves.
Some things are just common knowledge when it comes to nutrition and pregnancy, like the fact that you can’t eat sushi or drink alcohol while you’re expecting. And it’s safe to assume that most people know you should increase your calories by up to 300 per day – and that you should be eating as healthy and clean as possible.
One piece of vital information that I was never supplied with (by my doctors, maternity classes, online resources or books) is the importance of increasing my protein intake, especially in the second trimester.
Happy two year oil-iversary to me!
It’s crazy that it’s only been two years since essential oils were introduced to me and changed our lives. My friends know me as the crazy witch-doctor oil lady, Chris is obsessed and is constantly telling coworkers and strangers about them, and Ellie has never known life without her oils. They are truly a part of our every day life.
How and why to increase your collagen intake
I have to admit that when I think of the word collagen, I think only of the skin on my face. I know that I have less of it as I get older – mostly because I can see that I have less of it – but I thought I could only get more of it via skincare. I’m learning that that’s only part of the story…
Free Radicals and Antioxidants: A simple explanation
I think it’s safe to say that we all are familiar enough with the terms free radicals and antioxidants to know that free radicals are “bad” and antioxidants are “good.” But up until recently, if someone were to ask me why, I don’t think I could have explained it in my own words very well. I needed a simple explanation.
Below, I break it down in plain and simple English, thinking that if we understand the what and the why, we’ll be more likely to take the necessary actions to make ourselves healthier.
The benefits of drinking lemon water every morning – and why I prefer to use essential oil
I go to bed every night with a large glass of water on my nightstand. It’s like a security blanket, I would panic if I didn’t have it…but I rarely use it. I drink a few sips before going to bed (with my nightly magnesium pills) and in the morning I have almost a full glass of room temperature water to drop my lemon essential oil into. I’ve built it into my daily routine, and here are the reasons why:
Don’t get me started on the topic of everything that is wrong with our food supply nowadays – we’ll save that for another post. 😉
One super important mineral that our food is deficient in is Magnesium. According to WebMD,
“Magnesium is a mineral that’s crucial to the body’s function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady. Experts say that many people in the U.S. aren’t eating enough foods with magnesium.
It’s not all on us that we’re not getting enough of it. Our soil is deficient in it thanks to modern farming practices. Also, magnesium is highly lost in the processing of food. Stress is another magnesium depleter!