Drinking While Nursing – Death in the Afternoon

22 Dec

During the second trimester I lusted after a drink, one tiny, iddy biddy drink is all I wanted but the fear of screwing up my baby was enough to hold back. So now that I’m nursing, I wonder if the same damage can be done. I asked a lactation consultant and she said that one glass won’t harm the baby. Though she went on to say that it’s best to drink it right after a feeding to give it time to metabolize and reduce risk. Despite her confidence, there are very few studies on how much alcohol actually enters breast milk and a lot of conflicting opinions.

Despite it all, I had a glass of wine. It tasted so warm and smooth. Everything tastes better with all these sweet hormones floating around in my body. Unfortunately, the baby reacted badly to it and was fussy all night so no more. Instead of listening to the experts or veterans just follow the signs from your body and baby. There is a lot of paranoia out there that just breeds more anxiety. I gave up reading forums for this reason. Stay away from moms on forums and have a glass of wine if you want.

So when my boobies are no longer milk taps, this will be my celebratory drink: Death in the Afternoon invented by Ernest Hemingway. Get lucid with me one day.

Papa’s instructions

“Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.”

Beautiful Belly Routine

22 Dec

Tummy

Weight gain, swelling and skin problems can all be avoided during pregnancy with good food, meditation, skin love and movement. You don’t need to be a gym rat or become an expert cook, you simply need to treat your body like the temple you and your baby deserve. It’s common sense, don’t treat your body like garbage. Pregnancy is a stupid excuse to scarf down empty junk food, there has never been a better time to care more about what you eat and do, your babe is depending on you.

Every time you take a dance class, swim or hike just think of how it is benefiting the life inside of you. Your increased blood flow is bringing nutrient-filled oxygen to your baby. Just think of how happy they are in your womb. He will glow when you set eyes on him for the first time.

More than ever I’m a believer in healthy food, peacefulness, skin care and exercise for baby and mama’s health. I have seen what my lifestyle did to keep my body in shape during and after pregnancy. And of course, my sweet little baby is radiant and strong.

My routine was simple and easy to adopt. This all started about week 12 when I didn’t feel sick anymore.

Morning 

1. Drink warm lemon water and splash some on your face and neck before applying DeVita Solar Protective in SPF 30 with Hyaluronic Acid, Tata Harper eye cream and MyChelle Unscented Pumpkin Renew Cream. Sunblock is really important to prevent melesma, darkening of the skin, caused by the same hormones that give you that dark line down the belly.

2. I did Hypnobirthing meditations each morning for 10 minutes. (I will go into more detail about Hypnobirthing in a future post)

2. Drink a cup of Red Raspberry leaf tea or Yogi Tea Mother to Be, if you prefer iced tea make it the night before.

3. Green juice, pastured eggs and oatmeal for breakfast (Yummy recipe to come).

4. I walked around the hood or hiked a three-mile trail in the Almaden Foothills up until the day my baby was born.

5. At work, I kept snacks in my desk. Sprouted almonds, raw green crackers, raw chocolate, spirulina bars, a homemade trail mix, and fresh organic fruit and chia seeds with almond milk.

6. At lunch, I would often go to Whole Foods on Monday and buy all the fixings to makes salad that would last a week or bring left overs with me for lunch.

7. Drink a lot of water, at least 64 ounces. It helps prevent yeast and bladder infections, which are common during pregnancy. If you get a UTI the doctor will want you to take antibiotics to prevent it spreading and causing more serious problems. Also water reduces swelling and fluctuations to your skin caused by hormones. Anyway you shouldn’t drink fruit juice, coffee or soda so what else is left?

8. Switch out your desk chair for a big exercise ball, Reebok makes one large enough so you can reach your desk.

9. Take small breaks for fresh air and brisk walks throughout your workday. You will keep you sanity and flexibility.

Night

10. After a long ride in traffic, I would usually be too exhausted to eat but I would force myself. Lentils, quinoa and brown rice veggie bowls were my favorite.

11. Dry brush and take a mineral bath with Dead Sea salt for magnesium and Aztec Secret Healing bentonite clay. These ingredients balance the tap water so you don’t absorb the chemicals through your skin. Also make sure the bath water is not too hot for the health of the baby and your skin. I also scrubbed my body with an Ayate fiber body cloth.

12. I do a lazy girl version of oil cleansing. I pour some olive or coconut oil in my hands and massage my face while filtered water is boiling in the kettle. Sometimes I add lemon juice or baking soda to the oil for gentle exfoliation. Then I pour the water onto a face towel and steam twice then wipe off the excess. If I don’t use make up I sometimes don’t wash my face at all. Since I fuss with my skin less it’s clearer and calmer than it has ever been.

13. After I massaged tamanu oil and argan oil onto my face and my belly. I used coconut oil on the rest of my body. I didn’t get any stretch marks.

14. Gentle yoga stretches before bed and meditated myself to sleep.

Yoga, swimming and dance classes are a great way to keep gorgeous and comfortable all throughout your pregnancy even in the third trimester.

Milk Maid Fennel and Ginger Juice

22 Dec

fenneljuice

I have always loved juicing but now that I have an extra reason to drink my nutrients, I enjoy it so much more. I love going to the doctor just to see how fat baby is getting. Who the hell would have thought this about me a year ago? My 20-something self would have rolled my eyes. This juice works wonders for baby’s complexion, she has the prettiest skin I ever did see, no baby acne and it helped her shed cradle cap. Fennel and ginger are also known to increase milk supply. These milk-making foods are called Galactagogues, not that I know how to pronounce it.

Makes 16 ounces

1 big chunk of fennel

1 inch of ginger

10 celery stalks

1 cucumber

couple of pieces of pineapple for sweetness  (optional)

Juice in masticating juicer

Simple Sweet Almond Milk

22 Dec

almond milk

I love almond milk to make oatmeal but the store-bought almond milk is full of additives and supplements. Plus more and more evidence is coming out that milk isn’t good for us or our babies.

1 cup raw almonds soaked over night and rinsed

4 cups filtered water

1 tbsp raw honey

2 tbsp maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt

2 drops of vanilla extract

Blend soaked almonds and water in Vitamix for 2 minutes on high, pausing here and there to not heat up the milk. Finally, put a nut bag into a mason jar and pour the milk through, squeeze and strain. Rinse the blender and pour the milk in and add the remaining ingredients. Blend to combine.

I <3 Beets

22 Dec

beetszucchini I’ve never had patience to follow time hog recipes but now I don’t have the option anyhow. This is a perfect high-fiber snack or side full of nutrients important for women like folic acid, magnesium and vitamin C. Garlic helps ward off infection which is a bonus when trying to avoid antibiotics.

Makes enough for two hungry people.

1 Red Beet

1 small zucchini

3 garlic cloves

1 avocado

Olive oil

Sea Salt

1 cup brown sticky rice

Grate beet and zucchini and then mix with sticky rice and sea salt.

Lightly sauté garlic in coconut oil. Lightly fry the beet mixture until hot.

Slice avocado on top and add salt to taste

you and me and the devil makes three

26 Mar

Solely raw isn’t for me anymore. I got the baby begging for more and I give the baby what it wants. Being vegetarian will just have to do. So I’m changing this up. My sweet little baby is almost here and I have learned so much about staying healthy during pregnancy that I would be selfish not to share. Check back for more. Here are some pictures at 8 months.

Carla

 

No-Nut Cilantro Pesto with Kelp Noodles

4 Apr

ImageVegans often hear the argument from our cannibal and sugar fiend friends that “we only live once, enjoy it while you can.” Selfishly they get by on this live-and-let-live mantra. Personally, I don’t think it’s living at all. Every minute our bodies are on a deteriorating-downward spiral. Bad food just quickens the pace and fills us with puss and toxic pile ups. Disgusting. I figure since I only live once I don’t want to waste too much time at the gym or salon where most people who eat badly spend all their time. Trying to mask all the damage they have caused eating poorly. So pass me my tasty cleansing cilantro pesto and iodine-rich kelp noodles to keep me looking the best I can, since I only live once. 

I try to keep all recipes quick and adaptable. So get creative. 

Soak kelp noodles in filtered water.

In a food processor process:

  • one bunch cilantro 

  • 1 half avocado

  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 cup spinach 

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt 

  • some pepper

  • 1 tablespoon tahini (optional)

    Once blended well, add 1 cup olive oil and blend till smooth. Add whatever vegetable you like on top. I used red radishes but you can use tomato or red bellpepper.

    Makes about 2 cups of pesto. Store and it will last about a week. 

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