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10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

 

10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is such a wonderful time, but it can also bring a lot of unpleasant side effects and symptoms along with it. Here are 10 Tips for a great pregnancy using natural ingredients. It is important to use natural ingredients when you are pregnancy so you won’t expose your developing baby to toxins and anything that could harm them.

10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Magnesium

Magnesium is a vital mineral for your body (pregnant or not). It is important for blood sugar metabolism, handling stress, helping you sleep, preventing morning sickness, and controlling blood pressure. read more

13 Must Have Baby Products in 2019

If you are new around here… I just had my 3rd baby 6 months ago!

Read My Home Birth Story Here

There is a little bit of a gap between my middle child and my now baby (5.5 years!) so I sort of felt like a new mom again this go around.

It was really hard for me to remember what I actually needed for a baby… not what I was “supposed” to buy… but what I was ACTUALLY going to use.

So that’s why I’m coming here… 6 months into this baby mama thing… sharing what I’m actually using and what you really should have on your registry. read more

6 MUST Haves for New Moms [+ One Week Post Partum Update]

I can’t believe my little guy is a week old already!

I didn’t really think about the fact that having a baby over 5 years from my last would mean some different products and options would be out there. I wanted to share some of my FAVORITE things that I didn’t have during my last delivery that made so much difference this time!

Here’s My Top 6 Picks for New Mommies!

 

Here’s The Breakdown!

 

6 Must Have Items for New Mommies

 

 

After Ease Supplement: Helps naturally manage your afterbirth pains. I had a lot of afterbirth pain with my second baby, so I wanted to try something this time for it. This made SO MUCH difference! I had to use very little pain medication thanks to this. read more

Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips with Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

 

You find yourself REALLY wanting a sweet snack but knowing that you REALLY don’t need all the sugar?

 

That’s like my whole life right now! Managing my tendency toward gestational diabetes means that I really can’t deal with sugar or carbs so I’ve been experimenting!

 

Here’s my latest creation!

 

Low Carb Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

4 Low Carb Tortilla (I LOVE this one!)
1 Tablespoon of Butter melted
2-3 Tablespoons of stevia blend
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

 

Directions

Brush melted butter on each side of tortillas.

Mix stevia & Cinnamon together.

Cut tortillas into 6 triangles each and dip each side into stevia/Cinnamon blend.

Bake at 350 degrees on baking tray covered in parchment paper for 10 minutes.

 

Cinnamon Pecan Cream Cheese Dip

8 oz of cream cheese softened
1 tablespoon of stevia blend.
1/4 teaspoon on cinnamon.
1 Tablespoon of chopped pecans.

 

Directions

Beat together cream cheese, stevia, and cinnamon until smooth.

Fold in pecans.

 

Note: The stevia blend I use is a cup for cup substitute for sugar (this one is a good choice if you want to try it!). You can use any sweetener you like, just sweeten to taste.

 

 

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The number one thing destroying your health, your energy, and your waistline…

This is the number one thing destroying your health, your energy, and your waistline…

Plus  FIVE TIPS to get yourself on track before it is too late!

 

Watch to Learn the Number One Cause of Our Health Issues

 

 

Why is it so important to pay attention to how much sugar we eat?

Sugar has been identified as leading to cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes… and can even make you age quicker.

 

But one thing that most people don’t realize is how SNEAKY sugar really is!

 

Where is sugar hiding?

Sugar is found in almost ALL of our foods these days.

 

And it isn’t just sugar that we have to be aware of… it is everything that turns into sugar after we eat it… namely “Carbs.” read more

1 Minute Chocolate Muffin in a Mug

Chocolate makes everything a little better doesn’t it?

I’m always on the hunt for chocolate snacks that satisfy with my sweet tooth without overloading me on the sugar!

 

Note: If you didn’t know, I have struggled with Gestational Diabetes with each of my pregnancies, here’s some info on how I beat it naturally!

 

Given my history and just being honest with myself, if I don’t find sweet things (with chocolate hopefully!) that is satisfying I’m going to end up chowing down on cookies or ice cream.

 

Thankfully I have a new favorite (and SIMPLE) recipe!

 

Check out my recipe for a 1-Minute Chocolate Muffin in a Mug!

 

 

 

Here’s the Recipe Breakdown:

 

Ingredients

1 Egg
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1/2 tsp of baking powder (I prefer an Aluminum Free option if possible)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of almond butter (try to stick with unsweetened if possible!)
1 packer of stevia sweetener (my preferred no calorie sweetener)

Directions

  1. Grease a large mug (I usually recommend Coconut Oil)
  2. Mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute on high

And that’s it!

 

I’m simple, yummy, and has almost no sugar (and a little protein from the egg!)

 

What’s your go to healthy snack?

 

P.S. Don’t miss my other “In a Mug” snacks from around the blog!

 

Best Brownie in a Mug

King Cake in a Mug

Peanut Butter Crunch Mug Cake

Chocolate Chip Cooke for One (with Icing!)

Sneak Peek Early Gender Test Review

Updated with Results!

“So do you know what you are having yet?”

This is probably the most common question you get as an expectant mother, right up there with “are you still throwing up?” (which thankfully I have found a few ways to help manage it!)

Typically, you can’t find out your baby’s gender before about 16 weeks without resorting to very expensive genetic testing (typically used for high risk pregnancies and usually costing well over $1,000).

Plus, many doctors make you wait until the 20 week anatomy scan. read more

The Day I Failed My Gestational Diabetes Test

8 years ago… I was in my second trimester of my first pregnancy…

Everything was going well…

until I was 28 weeks and went for my gestational diabetes screening test.

 

I thought “I’m the healthiest person I know!” I got this!

 

But when my results came back that I had failed…

I was crushed.

I was shocked.

I felt all alone.

 

I needed a plan, but I honestly didn’t have any support system set up for myself.

All the recipes I had were “healthy” but used grains, beans, fruits, starchy vegetables.

 

Nothing I normally ate or cooked would work anymore.

 

I sat at the kitchen table every night for two weeks and cried.

 

Thankfully, now I have some (actually good!) low carb meals on the plan!

 

This week (I’m 16 weeks pregnant now with my third baby), as I was sitting down at the table… instead of crying, I was meal planning.

 

And it made me think… what is different here? 

 

I’m in the same situation (albeit 8 years later!) and I possibly have the same diagnosis as I did 8 years ago, but this time…

I feel empowered.

I feel prepared.

I feel healthy. 

 

On my piece of paper I wrote:

> Low Carb Tacos
> Guacamole & Bacon Open Faced Burgers
> Chicken Salad on Lettuce Wraps

 

The only difference was now I had my tool box.

I already have a pantry with products and staples to make healthy low carb recipes.

I already know what to eat.

 

Maybe you are thinking about changing your diet… but you feel lost – “What would I even eat?!?!” You may be asking…

 

What if you had everything you needed to set yourself up for success right from the start?

 

  • Recipes
  • Problem Solving Tips
  • Inspiration

 

Would that change how your experience went?

Probably you would get better results too! 

 

Listen to my story here and how everything changed for me:

 

 

I ended up writing an e-book about my experience and process of beating Gestational Diabetes using ONLY diet. I hope it can be of use to you if you or a loved one is struggling with this!

Check it out here!

 

If you are interested in starting your own journey with me, click here to be a product tester and start getting results you will LOVE!

Healthy Skin Must Haves!

In case you haven’t seen already, I just entered the

2nd trimester of my pregnancy! read more

12 Week Baby Parker Update!

 12 WEEK UPDATE 

 I just got back from my appointment with my midwife – and I got to hear the baby’s heart beat for the first time!

EXCITING 

 

So the baby likes to move… and kick… A Lot  so that’s going to be more interesting as they grow and get stronger.

So I really have been feeling them for the past week! Crazy 

As for me… my health is good  but I’m still getting sick and dealing with nausea and food aversions. Some days are better than others 

I have to fill out a food journal before my next appointment and I hope I can add more than the 5 foods I’m able to eat now  (I wish I wasn’t joking )

 

This chocolate smoothie is what I’m able to get down most mornings. Thankfully its got great vitamins and minerals in it!

 

I told Adam I was already over pants so I went to Walmart for my Mother’s Day gift and bought some skirts and dresses 

 

I would appreciate any prayers if you could! 

 

If you want to learn more about my previous birth experiences, my girls birth stories are here and here! 🙂

 

P.S.  Amazon is running some really SWEET deals today! I put them on my special influencer list of you want to check them out  The Himalayan Salt Lamp is 

>> Amazon.com/shop/Grassfedmama