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!

Need Help with pregnancy eating or planning an unassisted birth? Contact me for a consult or coaching package.

xoxo

Bone Broth Recipe For Reluctant Vegans

Spring and summer may be the best times of year for detoxification (from processed foods, sugar, dairy, gluten and standard American toxic eating) —  if your body has the strength to cleanse.  Chinese medicine tells us that the warm weather supports the natural release.  During the warmer seasons, we crave lighter, more cooling foods and liquids that help push out poisons and relieve our liver from all of its filtering work.  But, if we follow Chinese medicine correctly, we would also set a time for building our core strength to handle this season of release.

I find that even if we still have toxic build-up, many of our kids with autism as well as my clients with very sensitive systems need more energy to do that.  Often their organs for detoxification are a bit sluggish. This has definitely been the case for my family.

This bone broth is amazingly mineralized, and can help strengthen us at the core.

This makes a huge pot you can store leftovers in glass jars.

Ingredients:

Broth Base

  • 3 lbs bones ( I used chicken that was already roasted.. you could use raw)
  • Butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Handful cloves
  • Handful fennel seeds
  • 1 1lb bag baby carrots
  • 4 bulbs garlic, peeled
  • 4 onions, chopped or sliced
  • 1 bunch parsley, whole or chopped
  • 1 Bunch cilantro, whole or chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, whole or chopped
  • 1 cup dulse flakes
  • 1 knot kombu whole
  • 3 inch burdock root,whole or chopped
  • 8 inch ginger root, whole
  • 1/4 lb shiitake mushrooms (anti-candida), whole or chopped
  • 1 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups lemongrass dried or 3 large lemongrass sticks
  • Cumin, garlic powder, turmeric, sea salt

+ Raw Mineral Soup

  • Coconut meat and water (about 1 for every 2 people)
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Chili flakes

Process:

  • Begin by lightly sauteing onion, fennel, cloves and garlic with chicken bones in bottom of soup pot with butter and coconut oil. (or steam with water)
  • Add bones and 1/2 the raw apple cider vinegar throw in root veggies (carrots, ginger, burdock)
  • Fill pot with water and let simmer for a few mins
  • Add in celery, dulse, kombu, cilantro, parsley, lemongrass
  • Cook on low/med for 6 hours covered, adding water as you go
  •  Season with sea salt, cumin, turmeric, garlic powder, more apple cider vinegar
  •  Add your mushrooms cook for 6 more hours on low/med, adding water to keep it from evaporating
  • Simmer this soup for 24 hours
  • When done, let cool and then skim out any bone fragments
  • In your blender, blend up the rest of the bits and pieces of veggies and spices with broth, then strain so that you are left with a clear brown broth.
  • Taste the broth and season to your liking
  • You may add more garlic.. (that’s what I do)
  • You can jar this broth and you can even freeze it
  • It will be good for about a week in the fridge

For a delish raw and cooked soup

Blend 1 cup broth with water and meat from 2 coconuts and add cilantro and chilli flakes + other seasonings to taste to create an amazing mineralicious dinner.

Huge Yummy UPDATE: I just made this broth with elk bones from the Chicago Farmer’s Market in the crock pot. The onions and veggies melted into the soup. I simply skimmed the bits off the top. Then, added more fresh herbs (cilantro, garlic, ginger, onion, tarragon, cumin, curry, and lime juice) for flavor, salted, and drank that broth like there was no tomorrow. My body just loves this stuff. You can blend this with rice, raw or steamed veggies or my fave coconut option above.

Enjoy brothing!

Lot’s of love,

Gina


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2 Budget-Friendly Foods to Add to Your Grocery List

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Everyone’s on a budget these days. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t eat healthy. Check out these very inexpensive foods that go a long way to help keep you well.

(This article was originally published on skrewtips.com)

Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils to cook with, mix in salad dressings, add to smoothies or even take by the spoonful. On top of tasting great and offering us a healthy fat, it also has antiviral/antifungal properties.

From http://www.bodyecology.com:

…coconut oil is actually a life-saver. That’s because it’s a prime source of a key disease-fighting substance lauric acid the same one found in mother’s milk that helps protect newborns against a broad range of pathogens (and, in fact, is now regarded as an important immune-booster for AIDS patients). In addition, various studies have shown heart patients recovering after being fed coconut oil, as is noted by Mary G. Enig, Ph.D., an internationally renowned nutritionist/biochemist who is a staunch advocate of coconut oil’s benefits.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

This inexpensive health food is probably one of the most important things you should have in the fridge. It aids in digestion and helps rid the body of toxins. I recommend adding a few tablespoons of ACV to your favorite salad or making a sour cider with water, lime, stevia and a teaspoon of ACV to drink before bedtime.

// Bragg.com:

…”An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” apples are one of the oldest, most nutritious foods on earth. They are rich in potassium, a mineral many of us are deficient in, and a deficiency that causes old age to creep upon us sooner. Calcium maintains our hard tissues such as bones, and potassium is the equivalent to the body’s soft tissues, keeping the body’s flesh and arteries soft and resilient. Fresh, organic apples are used to make Apple Cider Vinegar, which contains necessary ingredients, such as enzymes, and life-stimulating minerals, mainly potassium, in a natural state. Besides being a natural stimulant for vitality, Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses and restores nutrients to the body so that the body can heal itself.

ACV:

* Helps Remove Body Toxins
* Helps Promote a Youthful Body
* Helps support a healthy immune system
* Helps Maintain Healthy Skin
* Helps Control Weight
* Improves Digestion and Assimilation
* Soothes Tight and Aching Joints and Sore Muscles from Exercise
* Soothes Irritated Skin

Resources:
Coconut Oil: A Dietary Hero Misidentified as a Culprit [Body Ecology]
What is Virgin Coconut Oil? [Tropical Traditions]
bragg.com[Bragg]