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  • Tips to Staying Sane with a Newborn

    I have learned first hand that becoming a mother for the first time is no easy task. I knew having a baby wouldn't be easy from the beginning, but you can't quite grasp the feeling until you have fully experienced it. While I was on maternity leave, I felt like I was going to lose my mind. Only sleeping about 2 hours at a time, trying to calm a crying baby when you have no idea what's wrong, trying to get the hang of breastfeeding and going through all that pain, and even just trying to find time to eat myself was a challenge. The list goes on and on, and if you're a new mom, you know what I'm talking about!

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    I've listed some of my top favorite tips in order to keep your sanity with your newborn. I hope this can help other new moms out there that suffered with the same issues I did!

    • Don't be afraid to seek help: This tip was my savior. Even if you're a breastfeeding mom, that doesn't mean you have to do it all!  Have your spouse do the diaper changes, or clean the house and do the dishes/laundry. I'm lucky to have a guy who will happily do all of that for me, but even if it's one of your family members or even a friend. A little bit of help goes a long way and will certainly keep you from breaking down or going crazy!
    • Relax! As crazy as it seems, your baby will usually know how you're feeling (especially if you're breastfeeding). Stressing out can make your baby cry uncontrollably, and when you don't know why they're crying, this can make you even more stressed! So try and relax (when you relax, baby relaxes) and enjoy this time you have with your new baby.
    • Make time for yourself: I cannot stress this enough! Once you have a baby you feel like you'll never have a life again! I felt like I'd never leave the house. Even if it's just going outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air, or taking a relaxing bath. A little bit can definitely help to keep your sanity!
    • Make time for you and your spouse: Along with making time for yourself, your relationship is just as important. You'll find yourself so hung up on your adorable new baby that sometimes you'll find your relationship has been set aside. Have a family or friend watch the baby for a night so you two can have a romantic date night.
    • Accept that the first few weeks are the worst: There's no sugar coating this one folks. Usually the first 2-4 weeks are the worst, recovering from labor, trying to get the hang of breastfeeding, not ever sleeping, problems facing your baby, postpartum hormones, and even mixed emotions upon becoming a mother. Understand that EVERY new mom goes through this, and that there's light at the end of the tunnel! Know that no matter what, you have a bundle of joy that puts all their trust in you and loves you no matter what. :) Just enjoy your new beautiful life with your new baby!

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    -Abby :)

  • The New Craze: Oil Pulling

    Have you heard of this popular phenomenon called oil pulling? More and more people are discovering it and learning the amazing benefits having to do with oil pulling. Lets start with the basics if you have no idea what oil pulling is.

    What is Oil Pulling?

    Oil pulling is used with either coconut oil, sesame oil, or sunflower oil. It's really whatever one you prefer the best. It is a practice done 1 to 3 times a day, where you simply place a spoonful of oil into your mouth, and swish around for 20 minutes. Make sure NOT to swallow the oil when your 2o minutes is up, for there are toxins and bacteria that gets drawn from your mouth and could harm you. Just spit out all the oil and if you want you can gargle water just to make sure you got it all out. As simple as that! But why do this? There are many benefits to oil pulling!

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    What are the Benefits of Oil Pulling?

    • Teeth Whitening (free from bleach and abrasive chemicals that break down enamel and cause teeth to chip or break)
    • Reduces Insomnia
    • Eliminates Bad Breath
    • Relieves Headaches and Hangovers
    • Increases Energy
    • Clears Sinuses
    • Helps with Tooth Pain
    • Helps Bleeding Gums
    • Increases your Metabolism
    • Heals Arthritis Pain
    • Detoxifies the Body
    • Clears Acne

    How Does Oil Pulling Work?

    While you're swishing, move your chin up and down as if you're chewing. This helps draw out a lot of saliva and activates digestion. Through this action, poisons are drawn from the blood through the mucous membranes in the mouth. Toxins that pass through the salivary ducts into the saliva and oil mixture in your mouth will cause the oil to become thicker and white half way through your oil pulling session. Essentially, oil pulling draws out the disease and harmful elements from the body and eliminates them through the mouth.

    So give oil pulling a try! We suggest doing your oil pulling in the shower, that way it's a time saver for you and if you happen to spill (this has happened to me a few times) it won't matter! Watch our video on oil pulling too to learn more!

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  • Why Everyone Should Just Stop Drinking Soda

    All of us have probably enjoyed a soda at least once in our lifetime. It should be common sense that soda isn't that great for your health.  In fact, there's many negative effects that soda does to our bodies that a lot of us don't even know about.  Here's just some things you may not have thought about or known about on how soda can impact our health and should make you think the next time you're about to pick up that Dr. Pepper.

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    • Obesity- This is probably the most obvious one, but one we still need to think about. The relationship between soft drinks and body weight is so strong that researchers have calculated that each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times! That's a good enough reason right there to stop drinking these sugar filled beverages.
    • Reproductive issues- Some sodas are actually coated with BPA, which is a resin found in plastic bottles. It is linked to causing cancer and many reproductive problems such as premature puberty.
    • Asthma- Sodium benzoate, found in soda, is used as a preservative in foods. These preservatives add sodium to the diet and reduces the availability of potassium. Some reported reactions to sodium benzoate include recurring asthma and eczema.
    • Accelerated Aging- As if soda side effects couldn't get bad enough, here's one that'll really make you think! All sodas contain phosphates, or phosphoric acid, a weak acid that gives colas their tangy flavor and improves their shelf life. Researchers found that excessive levels of phosphoric acid caused lab rats to die in a full five weeks earlier than the rats whose diets had more normal phosphate levels. This is even more disturbing since soda companies have been increasing the levels of phosphoric acid in their products over the past few decades!
    • Tooth Decay- Sugar and acid in soft drinks easily dissolve tooth enamel and can also create many cavities!
    • Osteoporosis- Again with that familiar word, phosphoric acid, this chemical has also been associated with bone breakdown and an increased risk of osteoporosis, so if you have a choice between soda and milk, I'd stick with the milk for your bones sake!

     

    Think those are terrible? Well there are even more negative effects that soda can have on the body like diabetes, kidney issues, heart disease, and even breast and colon cancer! Even though you may be craving a soda at the time, just think about how much it really does effect your health, and how a satisfying taste is not worth all the risk!

     

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  • What's in your Salad?

    I was standing in line at the salad bar, when I see the lady in front of me putting iceberg lettuce in her container. She then proceeded with the toppings of a few vegetables, cheese, croutons, and ranch dressing. I then thought to myself, "You really can make a salad unhealthy."

    When starting a salad, the lettuce is the foundation of any salad, so picking the right one is important. The rule of thumb is the darker the green, the more nutritious it is. Although Iceberg lettuce has some nutritional value, it's very little, and stands no match to other greens such as romaine, spring mix, and spinach. If you're not crazy about some of those and love your iceberg lettuce, you can start by mixing in a little romaine with the iceberg, so you're at least getting some more vitamins and minerals.

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    As for the toppings, you wanna make sure you add as much color as you can, or in other words, paint a rainbow! Obviously any vegetable is a great option to put on your salad, but for the protein, people often make the mistake of breaded chicken, shredded cheese, and bacon. These are very high in fats and make your calorie count go sky high! Try to stick with lean proteins like grilled salmon or chicken.

    Another good rule of thumb is try to stay away from anything that's white, other than the exception of onions and cauliflower. Things such as potatoes, croutons, coleslaw, and dressings such as Caesar, ranch, buttermilk, and blue cheese. These really bring the nutritional value down and you should just go without!

    Making just small changes like this can really help your health out and may even help with weight loss. So make sure to go with healthy choices! :)

     

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  • Meatless Monday - Quinoa Burgers

    Since Quinoa is an amazing "super grain", it makes it a perfect ingredient for this meatless Monday recipe!

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    Quinoa Stack Attack

    Serves 4

    1 cup quinoa

    Kosher salt

    3 large eggs, lightly beaten

    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    4 slices cheddar cheese

    4 hamburger buns

    Lettuce, tomato, onion, mayonnaise, and ketchup

    Whisk the quinoa into a medium pot of boiling salted water, and cook until very tender and the grains have burst, about 15 minutes. Drain the quinoa in a sieve, and cool to warm.

    In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, coriander, cumin, cayenne, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir in the quinoa.

    In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium heat until hot. Place half the batter, in 4 (1/2 cup) measures, in the skillet, pressing each into a patty. Brown the patties, turning once, until golden, about 6 minutes each side. Repeat with the remaining batter and oil. Transfer the patties to paper towels to drain.

    Preheat the broiler.

    Drape 1 cheese slice over each patty, and place on a baking sheet. Broil patties until the cheese is melted, then build burgers with the buns, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayonnaise, and ketchup.

     

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