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How to Test if you are in Ketosis with the Keyto Breath Sensor for Ketosis & Weightloss

How to Test if you are in ketosis
How to Test if you are in ketosis

How do you know if you are in Ketosis??? Today I’m sharing a new keto tool I’m using to track to see if I’m staying in ketosis and how easy it is to use! Read How to Test if you are in Ketosis with the Keyto Breath Sensor for Ketosis & Weightloss.

To get the benefits of keto, you want to make sure you are getting into ketosis and staying there. But how can you know if you are getting into ketosis?

Now, you can easily test one breath at a time with the Keyto Ketosis Breath Sensor. read more

What Do You Eat on Keto? Part 2: Low Carb Vegetables

Keto Diet Basics Vegetables
Keto Diet Basics Vegetables

What do you eat on keto??? Today I’m sharing some basics about the keto diet and what a typical day may look like as you try fill up on low carb vegetables that help you eat enough fiber and vitamins.

After pregnancy, nursing, and now weaning… I’m ready to feel like “myself” again! So I’m starting my own weight loss challenge to help me drop the last few pounds of “baby weight” and also just feel my best again! And I’m bringing you along for the ride if you want to join the fun : ) read more

What Do You Eat on Keto? Part 1: Healthy Fats

What do you eat on keto??? Today I’m sharing some basics about the keto diet and what a typical day may look like as you try to add in healthy fats all day long to keep you full. 

After pregnancy, nursing, and now weaning… I’m ready to feel like “myself” again! So I’m starting my own weight loss challenge to help me drop the last few pounds of “baby weight” and also just feel my best again! And I’m bringing you along for the ride if you want to join the fun : ) read more

My Daily Routine for Weight Loss after Pregnancy and Weaning

Today I’m sharing what a typical day looks like for me (including modified intermittent fasting and low carb meal ideas the whole family will love!) I’m sharing my daily routine for weight loss after pregnancy and weaning.

After pregnancy, nursing, and now weaning… I’m ready to feel like “myself” again! So I’m starting my own weight loss challenge to help me drop the last few pounds of “baby weight” and also just feel my best again! 

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My Daily Routine for Weight Loss after Pregnancy and Weaning

So if you’ve been following my recent podcast episodes and blog posts you know that I just recently weaned my son. So I am trying to lose the last few pounds! The “baby weight” as some call it. Today I’m sharing my daily routine for weight loss after pregnancy and weaning. read more

3 Tips for Losing Weight While Nursing

If you are trying to lose weight while nursing, these tips can help! Read my best Tips for Losing Weight While Nursing without losing your milk supply.

ditch your sugar cravings
ditch your sugar cravings

#Flashback to when I was a new mama trying to figure this whole new world of mommy hood getting my confidence back, and feeling healthy again!

 

For many years before, I had tried to eat healthy… live a healthy life – but there were some “mainstream” tips that I had to un-learn.

 

One thing I had to learn a lot was how to eat the right nutrition for me and my baby! read more

10 Tips for Better Sleep

Sleep is something so crucial to our health. So many of us struggle to wake up rested and sometimes it can be a simple change that is all you need to get the sleep you desire.

Have you ever noticed that when you are running short on sleep you are more prone to getting sick?

It’s true that for your immune system to be its strongest, you need to rest. Lack of sleep can also effect your adrenals and how you deal with stress.

Here are 10 Quick Tips to Help you get Better Sleep

Make the Room Darker

As someone who has struggled with sleep for many years… one thing that bothers me is when the room is too bright. I just can’t fall asleep! I have been using a face mask for the past 15 years or so to block out all the light, but you could start with darker shades in your room. read more

Treating Mastitis Naturally

Treating Mastitis Naturally

Mastitis can be scary to a breastfeeding mama. 

The painful and inflamed breast. The chills. The fever.

I have had full blow mastitis 3 times now! I had it both after the first few days after childbirth and now today…

What causes mastitis?

Mastitis is usually caused by a clogged milk duct that isn’t draining properly. Mastitis can come when you are not resting enough or drinking enough water – Hello, Holidays!

This time it developed from a milk bleb – a clog right on the nipple. I noticed a slightly painful white dot on my nipple about 2 weeks ago, but I thought it honestly went away… Until last night.

Last night when I went to bed, I noticed my breast was tender. I tried to compress my breast to get any milk flowing, didn’t make much progress so I just went to sleep. I had trouble getting comfortable because it was tender.

I had a lot of trouble sleeping and finally got up at 3 am. I was feeling light-headed walking to the bathroom and almost passed out when I was trying to put in my contacts. I had to wake my husband so he could help me get some meds and vitamins, plus see what my temperature was.

We have a forehead scanning thermometer and it read 102.0 and 105.0… who knows.

I had a fever!

I couldn’t sit up in bed without getting light-headed. It was already serious.Sick Mom

I immediately took 2 Tylenol gel caps (which I NEVER do!), but I kept thinking… If I can’t take care of myself, who is going to take care of my babies?

I also took garlic tablets, vitamin C, and lecithin (a fat emulsifier to help break up any fat in the clog). The vitamins are immune boosters and should help fight off any infection.

Then I nursed, expressed milk, and nursed some more.

I stayed in bed until 9:30, then felt like I was at least well enough to come downstairs.

I fixed myself a large glass of echinacea tea, also full of antioxidants and immune boosting properties. I also took probiotics and cod liver oil.

I continued taking the vitamins and nursed more often to help keep the milk moving and clear any infection.

The Keys to Treating Mastitis:

1) Catch it early! 

Mastitis is an infection that can get out of control quickly. As soon as you notice a clog, be proactive about trying to get it cleared before it escalates into Mastitis.

2) Take your vitamins! 

Focus on vitamins to strengthen your immune system. I took garlic, echinacea, and vitamin C. These will help you fight off the infection – or prevent one from happening if you catch it early.

3) Use hot compresses. 

Hot compresses open up the ducts and pores on your breast and help you clear the clog and drain the breast more effectively. You can even take a hot shower and use the warm water to help while massaging the clog.

4) Nurse, Nurse, Nurse

Keep that milk flowing! Babies are the most effective at draining the breast. You can also use a pump to help get any extra milk out between feedings. Also, when you nurse, remember to change the baby’s position each time (or even during the feeding). I always found that nursing while hovering over the baby laying on a bed was the fastest way to clear a clog (looks funny though!).

5) Rest

Mastitis usually happens because you aren’t resting enough. You need to take a break and stay at home while you heal. Also drink plenty of water and recuperate.

I hope you never have to deal with mastitis. It is not fun to have to deal with. Thankfully with these tips, you should be able to clear it up quickly and be back to normal. 

If you don’t find relief in a few hours, you may need to call your doctor.  read more

Story of a Stay at Home Mom

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Story of a Stay at Home Mom

If a mom pours a cup of coffee,
Then the toddler will ask for eggs.
You make her eggs and cheese, but then she decides she would rather have oatmeal and pineapple.

You decide to not fight about it because eggs sound good to you… With your coffee – that is cold now. So you put it in the microwave.

Just as you sit down with your eggs and coffee, the baby wakes up and needs to be changed and fed.

You run upstairs, change baby, come back downstairs and sit to nurse. Feeling hungry and thirsty now because nursing does that…

You put the baby in Exersaucer, put on PBS for toddler.

Sigh. Your coffee is cold. Put it back in microwave along with eggs.

Sit down with hot coffee and eggs. Eat one bite.

Toddler wants her snack… You fix an almond butter sandwich… Licking your fingers for a taste of food.

Toddler wants to play a game. ‘Let’s play tea party.’ Where she will pour you a cup of imaginary… Coffee.