To Vaccinate or Not: Your Decision

When I first became a mom, deciding whether or not to vaccinate my son was not in my realm of thinking. I didn’t realize that I had a choice in the matter. I thought that being vaccinated meant being safe against disease. I decided to raise the healthiest, happiest child, and follow the best advice about how to do that.
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Unassisted Birth/Free Birth: Violet Sky’s Story

It’s time to share more about our pregnancy and birth. As we prep for our Blissed Life Retreat, Violet and I took some time in front of the camera to share with you. There is so much more I want to share!

 

Preparing for Home Birth: How We Planned an Unassisted Lotus Birth

pic d and gFor years, I’ve dreamed of welcoming a child into this world surrounded only by LOVE, music, warmth, and the most supportive people in our life. Just imagining that security of HOME inspires me. I hoped for this with Dougie too. And, for all I knew at the time, I truly did my best to create the most natural space for my son’s grand entrance.  It is my deepest feeling that birthing a child this way can be the healthiest way to begin their life.  When done correctly, I feel we can reduce and eliminate common risks. In fact, in the planning alone, an expected mother can learn to prevent, adjust and overcome so many of those risks. Nine years ago, I had no idea that women were giving birth at home, let alone without the help of midwives, nurses, doctors, doulas and experts. In fact, I never even knew what a midwife or doula was until my son was already about 2, and I dove into the world of natural wellness. And, now there’s no going back from the wisdom I’ve gained. My intention is to make the birth of our next Love Muffin one of our most deliciously blissful experiences.

What “Unassisted” or “Free Birth” means to me

I’ve spent the last 5 ½ months brewing a baby beauty in my womb, and the 8 years prior prepping my body for the adventure without the intervention of the medical profession. I’ve had no tests. No prodding. No diagnoses. No medications. Nobody weighed me or told me what to eat.

But I’ve had loads of help. I’ve spoken with soul sisters, nurses, midwives, doctors, mothers, acupuncturists, hypnotists, energy healers, nutritionists and friends. And, I’ve consulted loads of books and spent uncountable hours researching to find information that makes sense and helps me feel comfortable in understanding the natural journey of pregnancy and birth. I may have been born with the physical power and intuition to do this without any help at all, but I sure didn’t remember that. I needed an awakening on the matter.

Because I’ve had so much help, I can confidently plan a birth experience that doesn’t include the assistance or intervention of medical professionals or their chemicals/drugs/medications and machinery.  My baby will birth herself (himself), and I will be the body, mind and spirit who fully allows this natural miracle.

I am teaching myself to trust myself in the deepest sense. I am re-learning the remarkable power we have as humans to create life.  I’m going through major shifts in my own spiritual growth – picking up pieces of myself from across time and space lines, and facing shadows and fears head-on. When I was pregnant with Dougie, I felt that my doctor was really there to direct how I should be feeling and acting and I was grateful for that. But, this time, it’s pretty freaken awesome to allow myself this deeper inner knowing that comes from the desire to fully understand and express my beautiful human power. And really give my child my ALL.

The multiple internal ultrasounds I was “required” to have with Dougie, irked me. Physically hurt me.  And, left me with fear and anxiety that I am just now healing. Doctor visits during my first pregnancy often left me crying. I chose a very well -known and rather progressive Chicago group of women gynies who definitely meant well. I was mostly bothered that they steered me away from my favorite foods, (salmon and avocado… too much calories and fat and mercury), put me on bed rest for quite a while, constantly put their hands inside of me for way too frequent visits (due to a false risk which was determined by a misdiagnosed miscarriage at 5 weeks), and really didn’t show me the compassion I craved.  In fact, I heard the word “NO” a lot from them. I was stoked to be having my first baby, and I really craved “help” from someone who was just as stoked. I felt emotionally lost, but logically guided into which steps to take. And, I reasoned that having a healthy baby was the most important thing, and that all of the exams were leading me to that. I took birthing classes and learned healthy breathing, but when I arrived at the hospital to give birth — the professionals there, over-encouraged drugs and forced me into bed to “measure my contractions.”  After 10 hours of being told, “don’t try to be a hero,” I said yes to the drugs. Then, the drugs backfired and only caused temporary paralysis in my legs and a full body rash but no pain relief. The measuring of my contractions backfired too and only caused extra weight on me. It was the most amazing experience of my life, clouded by so many uncomfortable interruptions.

Having a healthy baby is the most important thing. But, I went about creating that in the wrong way. I didn’t educate myself on how birthing really happens.

I’ve held that first birth experience in my muscles and skin. I’ve known there was something very very wrong about it.  And, now, thanks to the child-within, this forthcoming birth is a fully intentional one. One where I design the setting and make the choices for moving forward. To me, a free birth means that together my baby and I are in complete control. I get to to allow my body to bring our baby into this world.  I get to listen to her/him. She gets to move and shift and so do I. And I get to pay attention to that. Serious attention. I will shift my body around physically as I intuit because our bodies know how to sit, stand and how to position perfectly for the birthing of each little blessing. I will be free to ask for the kind of help I need if I need it, and trust that even if I am completely alone, I will have the tools. Perhaps, I will even need to ask to be left completely alone. It’s a Free Birth. Anything I say — goes.  The key to success for me is in the preparation of really learning everything I can about my own body and needs and abilities.  What a different place to be than the one I spent most of this life in.

Can I Really Do This? Overcoming Fears

With my son, none of the interventions worked the way the professionals planned. So having them there seemed like a distraction and a nuisance. I was made to tell them when I was going to “contract” and  “push.” I was asked many questions and was motivated to please them. But, when it came down to it — my baby came freely and relatively painlessly with only about 30 minutes of “pushing. “ I did that.  During early “labor,” I found huge relief by yoga-ing on a yoga ball. I did that until I said yes to meds. Intuitively, I asked if I could use the bathtub, which was in the hospital birthing room, and was told “no.” But, I did that. I knew as the time came for Dougie to arrive that the water would make it much more magical and comfortable.  I had “Simon and Grafunkel” playing from a speaker overhead, and I remained as focused as possible on the music. I did that and it helped. My husband was there the whole time in support of me. My son arrived in a surge of BLISS that I will always remember. I did that. We did that. He swallowed some fluid, and I was happy to have professional support in removing that fluid from him. But, I also believe he swallowed it due to my positioning and the drugs in my body. So, can I do it this time without the distraction of the medical industry? Hell Yes I can!

Hell Yes I Can: Self Hypnosis and Mind Set for Free Birth

I’m a Hell Yes Person!  I wouldn’t plan an unassisted birth until I find that HELL YES for it deep inside of me. That knowing that I truly can do it. For me, that means creating a mindset that blows through whatever fears I have/had about birthing so freely. Fear tightens. Fear stops the flow of blood. Clearly I cannot birth freely if I’m in fear. And, of course I had fears. Fears that something unexpected could happen that was beyond my scope of power to solve. And that list is quite long.

So, stepping into my Hell YES, I create mantras for myself. Mantras that speak directly to what I want from the experience. I will repeat affirmations like “My body is all knowing and wise. I have every tool needed for giving birth blissfully.” And, “My baby is healthy and happy and will enter the world smoothly and comfortably.”  And, “ I will know just what to do when the time to birth comes, and I will trust my intuition above all else.” And, “I am blessed with the complete knowing of how to bring my healthy baby into this world.” Throughout the day, as I do a million other things, I’ll pause and talk to the baby. And, saying really simple things like “you are perfect” really helps me too.

Hypno-birthing is a practice that empowers women to birth as perfectly as they dream.  It has worked wonders for a few of my friends who took classes and used self-hypnosis throughout pregnancy and birth. One of my super mama soul sisters affirmed herself of a speedy birth alone with her hubby, and her baby came so quickly and smoothly that there wasn’t even time for the midwife to arrive. Another woman told me that it completely helped her manifest a pain-free birth. An older friend who has brought five children into this world shared that there was never any pain. Certainly my life continues to show me proof that I can attract just what I set my mind on. And, nature gave me 40 weeks to practice. I’m so grateful that my friends have shared their hypo-birthing books and literature. It is a great source that I continue to read.

Resolving What Can Go Wrong

Sure our bodies were created for birthing beauties. But, how does a woman know HER body can do it… without help? We all think about this. But, it’s a perfect opportunity to educate ourselves, and help us make decisions on what kind of help we want to welcome into our space. I think it’s empowering to ask for help. It’s very different from simply giving our power to “professionals ”– which is what I did with Dougie. We can have an amazing birth experience amongst a team of western medical doctors and nurses if we allow ourselves to completely tune-in to our magical intuitive nature while giving birth.

If you take the time to learn about what happens inside of your body and with the baby as he/she makes his way here, you will understand how to create the safest, healthiest birthing experience.

Nutrition

Proper nutrition helps our bodies build strong babies! Simple as that. We can eliminate tons of risks like early birth, low weight, developmental delays and even problems with physically “pushing” and birthing naturally.  Think of all of the other “issues” completely eliminated by having your baby born on time, weighing in at a nice plump “normal” weight, born vaginally, and without added mama stress!

Laura Stanley, home birth educator, advocate and mama says that anthropologists observing healthy tribal women who eat well –even 100 years ago, claimed to never see a complication or death.  Of course it was also their complete knowing that they could birth freely.  It was simply the way. In our society we anticipate problems.  And, many of us may not be connected to why we anticipate problems.

I ask myself — what did tribal women eat? What was different about food 100 years ago? What was different about our bodies and stress levels? How can I solve this in a modern world? Holy Easy Sauce! Yes, soils are more and more deplete of nutrition, food is gmo’d up the wazoo and I’m working full time and definitely contending with some environmental toxins – but superfoods are rocking my world. I simply eat the most nutrient dense food in the best combinations that I can. I love spirulina and chlorella, fermented fish oils, maca, bee pollen, reishi, raspberry leaf, coconut kefir, sea veggies, avocados, green smoothies, hemp, chia, fermented vegetables, coconuts and salmon. Lots of amazingness to choose from. I use whole-food based raw, organic mineral, vitamin and protein supplements and definitely remain satisfied and listen to my instincts. If I’m craving meat I eat it. If I’m craving salad I eat it. If I’m craving cookies, I try to get the healthiest sweetness or alternatives available because every craving has a reason.  So much of my food is coming straight from a garden, fresh and abundant in enzymes! 100 years ago, hungry, tired pregnant women didn’t have the temptation of fast food that depletes nutrition. They didn’t perhaps have the option to even crave the wrong kind of milk. No worries about added hormones or antibiotics in their food. Now, we just have to be a little more conscious of what we put into our mouths and babies bodies. You can see a little more about what I’m eating here.

Breech Babies Wrapped Cords and C-sections

Beyond nutrition- related complication prevention, I like to think of all other “complications” as potentials for varied experiences.  Some babies are simply born breech. They have no “problems” living. They are simply more comfortable coming out this way. My brother was born breech, naturally. Daily yoga practice and “downward Dog” ing can help your baby get in the right (way easier) position. Hypno-birthing teaches a position called “the polar bear” which also helps babies’ heads and bottoms get into the easiest position for birth. That’s butt up, head down.  I spend time each day assuring my baby and myself that he/she is in this position. I visualize it too.

You can also manually check your baby’s position, and stay connected with just what you’re feeling as she tumbles around.

Belly Mapping

Check out this simple way to help determine your baby’s position

Many babies do get the cord wrapped around their necks. It’s very important to know this even if you are planning a hospital birth.  When planning an unassisted birth, dads and moms need to be prepared to calmly unwrap the umbilical cord. And, remember –as long as the cord and placenta are attached, your baby is receiving some oxygen into her blood stream.

At least 25% of women experience C-Sections.  And, many of them do so for reasons that can be prevented by practicing some techniques mentioned above. You can also prepare your body to birth by practicing yoga stretching and muscle toning. Squatting and hip opener exercises are great for this. Also, using coconut oil can help your skin and muscles stretch without tearing. I use coconut oil (as well as blends of organic oils) both internally and externally. I’ve had no stretch marks with Dougie and don’t foresee any this time.

When a baby can safely pass though the birth canal, she receives nature’s first inoculation from illness – though her mother’s vagina. She will get to be exposed to the proper bacteria to help set her immune system.

Necessary C-sections save lives. And, by educating yourself, you can more deeply understand if and why you will need one.

Checking Vitals

Heart Rate

We plan on having a fetal stethoscope on hand, and we’ve already been checking our wee one’s heartbeat. Changes in heart rate can indicate problems and you can be right on top of this. If your baby is in distress on her way out, there is a good chance you will know so by checking her heart rate.

I also think it’s smart to be prepared to help the baby if he or she swallows or gets fluid stuck in their mouth or throat. As they take their first breaths, this can happen. But, also a mom’s positioning can help her baby enter without swallowing. Doug and I know infant CPR.

Infections

There are many indications of infection that can make it difficult for your baby to birth without medical assistance. And, if we really tune in, we can work to know this ahead of time. I had a friend who noticed this as her water broke, and she decided to go to the hospital.  She had a sludgy, very smelly “water” that wasn’t baby poop. She had also been sick during pregnancy. So, it wasn’t a huge surprise to her.

Going to the Hospital

There are plenty of valid reasons for going to the hospital, and having a hospital “plan B” for sure. To me, western medicine is best used in trauma situations, and I am grateful we have hospitals and doctors for that. Many midwives can take care of a breech birth naturally. I met one who has delivered more than 200 breach babies.

We will have a midwife and hospital back-up plan in case we need it. If not being used to save a baby’s life, I believe these interventions are more risky than helpful.

Reading Birth Stories

There are countless stories about why birthing at home was the proper choice for many families, even in what seemed like “medical” situations. In-tune mothers have been able to push out their babies far quicker than a doctor could prep for emergency surgery, and in effect save their babies lives. When I read these stories I feel that so much of their success depends on how much they believe in themselves. If they were overcome by fear, and unable to focus, they may not have been able to do it. I don’t attach to birth stories, but to the essence behind them that inspires me to really focus on exactly what my baby needs. That seems to be the connecting thread of the stories. Women, bold enough to do what they know is right for their babies. Amazing Mamas.

Who knows exactly what is going to happen on the day our baby is born. You can’t plan nature. All I know is that whatever happens will be divine. And, that our experience up until this point has been divine.

Are You Planning a Blissful Unassisted Birth? If so, You must completely empower yourself to understand what’s going on with your body. Please contact us for any help in your planning phase including what to eat, affirmations for success and completely blissful experience.

Also, Check out our Free Bliss Kit which includes a few delicious recipes, affirmations and exercises to get you started. 

 

Pregnancy Diet Plan: Putting an End to Morning Sickness

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We don’t talk enough about proper food combining in my circles of savvy eaters. So many of my friends and clients are all about eating organic, local, raw, vegan, right for their body/blood type, grass-fed, biodynamic, or whatever. But, when I mention to them that if perhaps they switched up the combos of grub on their plates that maybe they’d drop that extra weight, feel less bloated, gain healing and de-stress – they are often surprised.

Did you know that your body needs to release different enzymes in order to break down different foods and food groups? And, that it can be taxing to your body to combine foods that require different enzymes? Each living food has its own enzymes and every enzyme has a specific function.

Proper food combining refers to eating foods together that can be digested together. Seems like a no-brainer since most of us are aware that good digestion is at the foundation of good health. But, many of the meals we traditionally eat, just don’t work in our bodies.

When we blend foods with varying enzymes, some may get digested quicker than others, leaving the slower digested foods to stick around in your beauteous bod for too long. This also puts a halt to digestion all together. Which means that nothing you eat actually gets fully absorbed. What can happen then, is that those foods can become toxic. Even healthy foods can become toxic if the digestion of those foods is halted. This can feed candida and parasites, wake up viral infections, make you constipated and more susceptible to holding on to the next food you eat. It creates a cycle of blockages. If you’re constipated you know headaches, fatigue irritability, weakness and even smelliness (body odor) prevail. And of course cycles un-wellness can often be traced back to undigested food.

I first learned this concept when I decided to use the Body Ecology Diet to help my boy and I heal from major candida (yeast) overgrowth (and undo his autism), and it worked! Then, when I ventured into my own raw vegan eating, I did discover I could pay less attention to eating things together that don’t necessarily mix well – probably because the food I was eating was so enzyme-rich. This can mean less work for our bodies. Of course, I’m a huge fermenter and good fermented food is predigested (already broken down), so your body doesn’t need to produce more enzymes.

Digestion definitely slows during pregnancy. Midwives and books tell me it’s the hormones. But I also suspect it’s the fact that candida yeast also naturally rises. It’s all connected.

At 11 weeks prego, I went way out of my usual eating comfort zone and had a little too much peanut butter, watermelon, chocolate – you name it. It was Mothers’ Day week, and my hubby made so many treats. I guess he didn’t expect me to eat the whole tray of peanut butter brownies or a whole watermelon. But I did. And, I totally felt the aftermath.

I spent that whole week in bed with morning, noon and night sickness. My fall from the grace of sacred pregnancy eating began on a Saturday Morning at the farmer’s market of all places –where I bought peanut butter, watermelon, eggs, and honey to name a few culprits.

Before that, I’d noticed a slight uneasyness in my stomach upon waking each morning that was completely quelled by my delicious superfood smoothies. They sustained me, energized me and kept me free of digestive discomfort for weeks. I was able to do yoga each day and seriously felt better than ever. Even better than pre-pregnancy.

So, where did I go wrong? Aside from eating too much sugar? and peanut butter? And rice flour? Oh geez! Well, first of all fruit digests very quickly.. SO, when I ate cookies, and batter and then ate some watermelon, I literally felt bloated in a split second.

Ever feel that after you eat? Like your gut just bloats out? The watermelon stopped the rest of my food from being digested, and I felt super heavy for days.

Also, knowing that I’m preggers and my digestion is slower, I ate far too many cooked brownies that contain NO enzymes for digestion. This means my body would have to produce the enzymes…. But, yet what kinds of enzymes should my body produce? Enzymes to digest the eggs? The rice flour? The oil? I’m sure the answer took hours to determine.

I came out of it combining most of my meals properly, and adding more digestive enzymes and fermented foods to each meal. My diet is naturally at least 70% raw with tons of superfoods and fermented foods like coconut kefir. I drink at least 16 oz. of coconut kefir each day, which helps quicken digestion. And, it makes us feel pretty amazing too because it boosts serotonin.

There have been times when I’ve intuitively known to combine or not combine certain foods. And certainly no rules for eating apply to every person. You have to know how to check in with your body to find your balance with food.

If you’re in question about whether or not you can get more nutrition out of your food, feel lighter and clearer-focused, and put an end to morning sickness – have a go at these tried and true tips.

Proper Food Combining

Water

Don’t drink it with your food because it actually dissolves enzymes. Have a glass at least 20 minutes before eating, so that your natural enzymes can replenish.

If you want to drink something with your food, try lemon water at room temperature. This can aid in digestion. Also a cup of warm tea can be okay.

Fruit

This is a big one. Fruit digests very quickly and doesn’t really combine with many other foods. If you eat fruits alone, on an empty stomach, you give plenty of energy space for your body to digest.

Since it digests quickly, you can have more to eat a half hour later.

If I eat fruit, I try to eat it early in the day because I have more time to burn that sugar energy and its less likely that something else is in my digestive tract waiting to move on to its next destination.

First Breakfast/Liquid Breakfast

Have liquids (green smoothie, soup, tea) in the morning before bowel movements, then solid foods are okay after you poop. This is simply because your body is waking up from digesting and detoxing during the night and needs to release, and eating food requires your energy to shift back into breaking down more food instead of releasing.

Check in with your pregnant self about this one. You may want to think about what light or blended breakfast you can have instead of a smoothie or soup because you may require something more grounding in the morning. This is one of those guidelines you may not be able to follow during pregnancy. And, that’s perfectly okay. I also find that those of us who tend toward candida, spleen dampness, or low digestive energy can’t often handle too many liquids. They can make us feel heavy.

At times I’ve switched over to bone broth and fish for breakfast which works amazingly for me. In fact, it’s my fave. With some spinach and beets. But, I’ve been known to eat my fish raw… I know… so taboo. It just feels amazing and completely light for me.

Then, I’ll have my smoothie a few hours later. Or when I feel hungry.

Another idea is mono eating. Simply having a one -food breakfast like an avocado, coconut, or squash, piece of meat or some presoaked, steamed quinoa or rice.

If you’re a constipated mama to be that’d be quite common. It happens. Trying this in the a.m. may mean you can have at least one b.m. during the day. I haven’t been plagued by any of these common issues. Except for during my one week of bed -ridden-ness.

Proteins and Carbs

Don’t mix them. (example: meat and potatoes, rice and beans). They require different enzymes for digestion.

(Some disagree, of course. I’ve heard and read that rice and beans make a complete protein. I’ve also heard that potatoes have a way of decreasing the toxicity in meat. It may work for you if you have much stronger digestion. However, it hasn’t been sustainable for me, other than times when I’ve known I needed something different. Cultured vegetables also convert meat toxins into useful amino acids.

This was one of my biggest lessons. I learned it way before becoming prego.

Animal Proteins

If you eat meat, eat it before 2 pm for ideal time to digest. Honestly, the rarer the better for digestion (sorry vegan loves).Cooking meat does kill off enzymes needed to digest it and also reduce the protein. I try to eat wild caught meats, and thankfully I’ve manifested a life where that is so available. I’m loving eating wild salmon and deer from my friend in Alaska. Yum! And, this I know is instinctive because I completely cannot stand chicken or beef right now and I rarely crave meat at all in my non-pregnant life. If I can, I like to marinate my meats in cultured veggie juice, apple cider vinegar or citrus and garlic to help break it down and minimize bad bugs. Still though, I’m not getting enough meat to fulfill all of my protein needs, so I do supplement with raw food-based supplements.

Grains

If you eat grains, these are great to have in the evening for dinner, as they help release sleep hormones. Make sure to soak and even sprout your grains to remove enzyme inhibitors and make them digestible.

Some women crave grains during pregnancy because they seem to quiet nausea. If this is you, definitely soak, sprout and try cooking on a really low temp to retain as much of the nutrition as possible. When you soak them, you’ll find that they require far less cooking time too.

Starchy Veg

Eat these with leafy greens and other non-starchy veggies.

These can be a total goddess-send for some of my prego loves. Although they don’t usually contain as much nutrition per bite, they are often great for grounding and easing nausea. I’m getting tons of beets which are so needed right now. And, I’m blessed enough to share space with so many organic growers, that I get fresh from-the-garden squashes all the time. YUM!

Fat

Eat lots of good fats while prego. Your baby’s brain and your mood will thank you. Try to combine them only with sour fruit like lime or with herbs and non-starchy veggies.

I like to keep my fats raw and only cook with coconut oil which can stand higher temps. I take fish oils and also eat hemp oil, olive oil, raw butter and ghee as I wish. And, I wish a lot!

I even occasionally throw a raw egg yolk on top of some cooked greens, allowing it to cook on the heat of the greens. Another taboo on the raw egg front, but so full of nutrition and good for my body.

I haven’t been too in love with nuts during this time, but they can offer good protein and fat, like egg or avocado—if you can handle them. Nuts, like grains are most often more digestible when soaked first.

I also find benefit sometimes in roasted almonds. They might help you feel grounded.

Your Plate

if 80% of your meal contains leafy or non-starchy veggies like spinach, kale, collards, broccoli, veggie soup, salad etc and 20% is either grain, meat or starchy veg, you’re setting the stage for a meal well digested. Keeping lots of it raw will help kickstart that too. Of course adding in coconut kefir cultured vegetables or enzymes helps even more. If you cannot really do raw foods, try adding in more raw cultured foods. I’ve found, in my various stages of needs changing, that this really creates balance for me.

Getting Full

Try only eating until you are 80% full. Again, this leaves room for digestive enzymes to do their thing.

Your Body Knows

Your intuition is divinely heightened during this time. So, really tune -in and learn the signals. If you are craving eggs or meat there is a reason. If you are uber turned off by them, there is a reason. If you get gassy, bloaty or smelly there is a reason. If you are way more tired after you eat, there is a reason — and I’m convinced that pregnancy can be a time of amazing wellbeing, if you tune-in.

See how you feel when you mingle healthy fats with fruits… some people feel great eating these together. Try not eating starches with your grains and see if that helps. Even one of these steps can help you make huge improvements.

Being ultra sensitive during this time is your opportunity to understand your body better and build the way of eating that works best for you. All food has the potential to be medicine for you if you eat it in the best way for you.

Check Yourself

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, your spleen has to transform food and drink into energy. When your spleen is deficient, you may have a pale face and tongue, fatigue after eating, fullness in the belly and loose stools.

If this worsens, it can progress into diahrreah, candida overgrowth, cold feet and hands, a desire for warm foods and discomfort from eating raw.

Chinese Medicine also teaches that one extreme can become another if not addressed. Diarrreah becomes constipation. Extreme cold can become extreme heat. And, by simply beginning with the way you eat, you can ease the burden on your spleen. If you are preggers and experiencing really uncomfortable issues, there may also be herbs you can try to help you. I love reishi mushroom. For me, this really does the trick.

Also, things like massage, dry skin brushing, yoga and acupuncture can activate your digestive system.

It’s All about YOU

While this post mostly refers to my way of eating, you can take any food that’s already on your menu and apply these concepts for digestive relief and to get more nutritional bang per bite. Most people do not get the full nutritional value of their food because it remains undigested. You can change this with food combining differently.

Try it and let me know how you feel, and remember that I am here for personal consults to help you find out what works best for you.

I’d love to help you create Bliss in your life through healthy eating! Contact me for your personalized session!

 

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Namaste and Happy Eating,

xoxooxGina

Healthy Pregnancy: Eating, Yoga and Meditation

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I feel more amazing than EVER. There’s this inner sense of BLISS that keeps me KNOWING and CONNECTED. Dougie tells us “HER” name is VIOLET, and we agree. Although this tiny being is but the size of a grape at 11 weeks in womb, we know that “she” is a soul mate. Someone we have long known and long awaited.

Violet who represents the highest frequency Healing Light. The Violet Flame of Transmutation. Vision. Connection. Protection. ENLIGHTENMENT. I asked Dougie what would happen if the baby is a boy, and he says ” She is not a boy, she is my baby sister, Violet.”

Violet has been coming to me in dreams since I met my husband. And, as time passed, she’s been showing herself to me outside of dreams too. Years ago, while swinging on a park-swing in Chicago, I saw and felt her by my side.  She told me her birthday is December 2013. And, so it is.

To top off our excitement, several of my best girlfriends are also expecting bundles if BLISS soon.  Sharing this Journey with them, even from afar, inspires me to make this the ROCKINGEST time of my LIFE.

I’d love to share with you some of the things we’re doing and choices we’re making to keep the Bliss flowing.

Mom’s Health and Food

You know I’m all about eating right for your needs and that food has been my medicine for ages — helping me recover from candida, fatigue, migraines etc, and helping my son Dougie pull out of autism. Now, my body is someone’s  home for her first 9 months of life. This is a seriously amazing opportunity.

So, here’s what I’m eating and why:

Every supplement is raw and organic.

Daily Smoothies (up to 1 qt throughout the day but it varies)

Varying Ingredients:

  • Spirulina Plus (Body Ecology brand): Great source of predigested, easy to absorb super protein with REAL LIVE probiotics. Helps keep my digestive bacteria in balance, as candida yeast  can rise during pregnancy. This super food is also full of vitamins and minerals that go directly to your developing baby. The probiotics living in this food help to create vitamins in our bodies. There is even evidence that these “bugs” are responsible for making B12.
  • Chlorella (Healthforce Nutritionals Brand: Nutrient Dense super food that has a load of chlorophyll, and has even thought to deflect toxins from harming our bodies.
  • Maca: An adaptogenic super-root that we have been introduced to through Peru. It has the ability to regulate hormones, and like any other adaptogen, give your body exactly what it needs for balance. It also oxygenates our blood, and helps neurotransmitter communication. Maca is also said to help produce mother’s milk for mamas. It tastes great, a little like malt, and offers a nice grounding energy to balance out the expansive green foods mentioned above.
  • Cod Liver Oil: (I’d do krill oil if I had it here in Costa Rica) High quality fats are needed for the baby’s brain development. I find when I don’t have this, I intuitively feel something is missing. It really gives me a sense of ease throughout my body.
  • Vitamineral Green (Healthforce Nutrionals Brand): Covers a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals all in food form.
  • Ancient Earth Minerals (Body Ecology Brand): Exactly what it sounds like. This supplement offers a top-notch source of humic and fulvic minerals. Things that are now missing from most of our soils and foods. It works to support thyroid and adrenals.
  • Chia Seeds: Fiber! But also these beautiful seeds have a way of soothing stomach and joints too.
  • Hemp Seeds: Another great source of protein.
  • Hemp Seed Butter: What a yummy source of fat of fat and protein.
  • Reishi extract (Dragon Herbs/22 Reishis): Perhaps my favorite Herb. As an adaptogen Reishi really supports every bodily system. Reishi works on our physical bodies, but also has a distinct role in increasing our spiritual connection and overall “spirit” for life. I’ve been told by Chinese doctors that they can tell when a mama consumes Reishi during pregnancy.
  • Reishi Tea: I feel a more yin support ( core support/kidneys) when I drink Reishi Tea. A little vanilla and stevia and it takes the place of coffee for me.  Sometimes, I use Reishi Tea in my smoothies. Sometimes drink it warm. Reishi also keeps our candida index down.
  • Coconut Kefir: Amazing source of probiotics and mineral. Gives me energy. Helps build the baby’s inner eco system and immune system.

These ingredients will be blended with coconut or avocado and frozen berries or frozen plantain from our trees in Costa Rica.

Other Delicious Raw Organic Power Foods

  • Cultured Veggies (Cabbage, Beet, minerals added): Helps digest everything else. Tastes Great and filled with probiotics too.
  • Earth (Vitamineral Green Brand) another delicious form of  high-quality minerals that tastes great on warm foods like eggs, sautéed veggies, soups.
  • Young Coconut water and Coconut Meat:
  • Coconut Oil: Healthy fat with amazing healing power for thyroid and more. This oil can be heated without becoming toxic, so its the only oil I use for cooking.
  • Every color of veggie!: I’m having huge salads and feeling very drawn to the taste vegetables! Yum!
  • Black berries and strawberries:
  • Local goat cheese: Ask Violet. This stuff tastes like Heaven to me right now. I’ve read not to eat raw cheese when preggers. This to me, doesn’t seem logical. In it’s raw state, cheese has the enzymes needed to digest.  If there were pathogenic bacteria on the cheese I chose to eat, In wouldn’t chose it. But, I am not suggesting that you follow my lead on this one. I can tell a difference between raw and pasteurized cheese. I cannot even digest pasteurized cheese. Again, this offers some fats and proteins.

Delicious Cooked Foods on the menu:

  • Egg Omelets (Made by Dougie): Served with veggies and cultured veggies. I’m normally not an egg fan, but I’m loving them a few times a week. We keep them a bit runny and raw.
  • Fish Cakes, Fish  salads: Local Costa Rican caught small white fishes (lowest mercury) blended with spices and herbs. I’m having fish a few times per week too. I’d have it every day if I could keep up with myself.
  • Rice noodles with home-made sauces and dressings

Treats and Sweets

I went gluten free again officially in January. It totally helped clear me of  back and joint pain and I literally felt like a veil lifted. I intended to have  a gluten-free pregnancy too. But, had a few slices of home-made organic pizza here in Costa Rica. I totally LOVED it! I think Violet did too. We’ll see how the rest of the time goes. Because we found a few places who make gluten-free treats that are sweetened with fruits.

  • Almond flour banana-nut Cupcake
  • Raw Banana Ice Cream
  • Raw Chocolate Bar

Foods I’m not Loving

Some of my normal favorites are not so awesome right now. I’m not able to digest them very well, and my body is just saying no.

  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Beans of any kind
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Watermelon

Yoga:

Violet’s got me going deeper and playing with yoga much more than usual. I find slower, longer poses and deep stretches are giving me energy, keeping me flexible and pain-free AND helping my digestion. I have  a notion that yoga during pregnancy will make for a more comfortable labor and birth. Not to mention increase oxygen flow to the baby and help with her development.

My last yoga class in California, before we headed out to Costa Rica, left me feeling strangely unbalanced. I couldn’t hold a pose. I couldn’t breathe fully down to my core. I kept tipping over during Tree Pose. The pregnancy definitely changed me.

Now, I’m yoga-ing for about 3 hours a day.  My body leads me into Cat/Cow, Down Dog/Up dog, forward bends and light back bends. I just listen to what I need and with each stretch my body feels even more BLISSED. I’m lightly focussing on hip openers, blood flow and strength and endurance. The slower pace feels like its allowing me to heal my body even further. Who would’ve thought? I used to think pregnancy was about giving your body to another person. I know. I know. But, now I see that she is giving me so much healing as well.

Meditation:

We’re feeling an un-assisted birth will be the best for us (and we did have one).  So it’s even more important to connect on a vibrational level with the soul we are welcoming. To make sure we are fulfilling her needs and wants. To make sure that the experience will flow in a healthy way. Positive affirmations have helped me a lot. So has Kirtan music like Krishna Das and Snatam Kaur. I take time throughout the day to pause and create and recognize the flow of LOVE between Violet and me. I’ve been internally talking to her about her positioning and her absorption of nutrients as she grows I send each bite of food down with a gratitude blessing and intention for each food or plant’s medicine to reach her.

I share Reiki with her too. I’m making space in my day to meditate for longer periods and really have a more complete sense of Violet’s needs. Intuition is up now, and it will be my strongest tool for preparing for this miracle.

Can’t wait to share lots more!

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xoxo