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Do You Have The Courage To Stand Up To Your Doctor?

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Do You Have The Courage To Stand Up To Your Doctor?

I was having a conversation with someone recently and they brought up chemo. 

Their reply was "I'm not an oncologist" when I asked them if they knew what chemo was. 

So if you aren't a culinary trained chef, you can't cook nutritious meals for your family? If you aren't a professional cleaner you can't clean your home? If you aren't a CPA you can't do a budget? 

I hear this often. "I'm not a doctor! I'm just a real estate agent/mother/landscaper/etc." No! You aren't **just** a real estate agent/mother/landscaper!!! You are a human being made in the image and likeness of God! You have a brain!! Use it! Do not chose to give your power away that easily and quickly. 

I also hear many stories of doctors telling patients that because they aren't doctors, they must do whatever the doctor tells them to do and if they don't the doctor throws a hissy fit and says don't come back to this office! This is emotional abuse. This is not the way a professional should treat their client. Again, remember, doctors are not gods and they do not have the final say nor do they know it all. They went to medical school funded by pharmaceutical companies, keep this in mind! If doctors say you should trust them point blank (blindly) or take their "advice" without doing YOUR due diligence, please do not go back to that doctor again. 


Anyway, moving on.  
Here is what is wrong with the phrases "I'm not a doctor" or "you aren't a doctor". 


#1) These statements are ignorant. 

Doctors are not gods! In the western medical field, doctors are trained to cut, burn, poison and prescribe Rx drugs. Not to heal. Not to restore health of the mind+body+spirit. Not to remind you that the power that made the body heals the body. You must learn to think for yourself. Don't let others think for you! Especially not western doctors. 

#2) These statements give doctors power over you. 

This is (partly) why America is so sick! People (patients) have handed over their power when they say things like this. Doctors don't have the final say! YOU do! You must seek other opinions, options, possibilities. It is lazy to just take what the doctor or oncologist says. Chemo is not your only option. Rx meds aren't your only option. (By the way, 75% of doctors would refuse chemo according to a Stanford poll.) You never have to hand over your power to anyone! You hold the keys to your health. Please use them.  

#3) These statements are lazy. 

If you don't want to heal your body, then by all means go ahead and hand over your power to the doctors, but to do so, is lazy. YOU are capable of making **informed** choices and to just blindly state you aren't a doctor is to state you don't care about your health. Doctor says here take these meds // chemo and patient just blindly accepts the meds, chemo, radiation without ever doing their due diligence! No! They **chose** to give their power away! They were too lazy to do their homework on THIER own health! What a travesty. When you give your power away you will stay sick, stuck, sad and complacent. This is not living. This is stupid. Don't be like Bob.  

#4) This is gaslighting.

When a doctor says you aren’t a doctor, this is a form of gaslighting. What is gaslighting? Psychology Today says “gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality.” Gaslighting is abuse and if a doctor uses this tactic on you, please be aware of this and leave that practice as fast as you can. Health is not a dictatorship but a partnership. Wellbeing is a continuum. What you learn today is a building block for what you’ll learn in tomorrow, next year, in 5 years! Do not let a doctor gaslight you. Just because they spent $278,455 (average) on medical school does not mean you have to accept what they say 100%.

You don't have to be an oncologist or a doctor or a xyz to be proactive and protective of your health! Take time to educate yourself what's going on with your health and why so and so is saying you must take said Rx, chemo, radiation or have surgery. Seek the truth. Seek healing. Stand up to the doctor and don’t let them have power over you.

Be an informed citizen, patient, person. Your health is worth it. 

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How To Easily Detox Your Home Of 10 Dirty Household Items

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How To Easily Detox Your Home Of 10 Dirty Household Items

In many households you will probably find the following items, but you won’t find them in my home. Why? Well, if you know anything about my values you know that I take my health of body and earth seriously. For a longer answer, continue reading!
 

Aluminum Foil

First up is aluminum foil. This should be a no-brainer but yet so many still use this toxic product. It’s aluminum! A heavy metal! Yikes! Not only a health hazard, it’s also quite harmful to our earth. It takes a considerable amount of resources to make, emits 12 tons (!!!) of greenhouse gases and takes at least 400 years for aluminum foil to break down. Ready to not purchase this product again? Good!

What to use instead

It’s pretty easy not to use aluminum foil. Use dishes with lids. Baked potatoes don’t need anything, simply place on oven racks. If you really must use something to cover a baking sheet, choose If You Care Parchment Paper.

Plastic Wrap

Have you ever noticed the amount of plastic surrounding us? Plastic is everywhere! Anytime I can choose something else, I do my best to.

The materials used to make plastic wrap (i.e. Saran Wrap) for that matter is particularly alarming. The chemicals include low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and diethylhexyl adipate (DHEA) which are endocrine disruptors that cause a host of health problems.

What to use instead

I use Bee’s Wrap instead of plastic wrap. You can wrap or cover anything! Lunches, fruit, veggies, bowls, dishes, glasses- you name it, Bee’s Wrap is a wonderful addition to your kitchen and lifestyle. Not to mention the earth benefits as well!

Bee’s Wrap does use beeswax so if you’d prefer a vegan option, checkout Wrappa.


Plastic Bags

Like plastic wrap, plastic bags (i.e. Ziplocs) are no better. SC Johnson (maker of trademarked Ziploc) claims that their bags are BPA free. Even if that is true, the rest of the toxic chemicals and process used to make plastic bags aren’t safe for our health or mindful of the planet. (Plastic bags are made with oil.) Our world is drowning in plastic! It’s best to avoid plastic bags all together- including the plastic bags at the store (grocery, Target, etc).

What to use instead

For shopping bags, use canvas (washable!) or my personal favorite, ChicoBag. They scrunch up into a tiny self-containing pouch that you can keep in your purse, diaper bag, suitcase, vehicle, desk, backpack! I always travel with at least one of them. If you attend trade shows, many exhibitors handout promotional reusable large bags. I have a whole stash of them!

For small plastic bags, I use Colibri and ChicoBag although I typically only use them for when I’m out and about or traveling. I reuse glass jars for storing leftovers, pantry items, etc.

If you are wondering what to use for freezing, you can use glass jars!

Nonstick Cookware

One thing I’ve very adamant about is not using nonstick cookware and bakeware. Nonstick means Teflon (a very toxic chemical made by Dupont) that is linked to a variety of health issues including cancer. In fact, did you know that when nonstick cookware is heated to high temperatures, it can kill birds?! That chemical is in the air that humans breathe! Because Teflon does not biodegrade- meaning it builds up in the person's bloodstream over time- this causes severe health effects. And as you will learn below, indoor air is more toxic than outdoor air! (EPA)

What to use instead

Glass, stainless steel, cast iron, Le Creuset enameled cast iron and stoneware are the top choices for non-toxic cookware and bakeware.

Plastic Cooking Utensils

Another common household product I don’t use is plastic cooking utensils. (No plastic straws or plastic eating utensils either!) Using plastic when cooking (heat!) releases harmful toxins into the air and your food.

What to use instead

Choose wood, bamboo, stainless steel cooking utensils.

Build the healthy habit of bringing your own reusable straw if you purchases drinks (smoothies, coffee drinks, etc) that come with a straw. Did you know that 500 Million straws are used and thrown away each day in the USA?! Mother Earth is paying the price for our negligence. You can use Simply Straws, Strawesome or these stainless steel straws. Stick them in your bag, purse, backpack, car, lunchbox!

Instead of plastic cutlery, use To Go Ware! We each have a set in our family. Again, put a pair in your bag, purse, car, backpack or office drawer. You’ll find them come in handy over and over again!

Plastic Containers

Tupperware and plastic containers are quite popular for storing leftover food. However these leach into the stored food. And besides, glass is so much prettier! Note: never microwave food in plastic!

What to use instead

Glass jars! I upcycle glass jars from food that I buy (like sunflower butter, sauerkraut, etc) and I also have a healthy stash of mason jars in a variety of sizes.

Paper Towels

Paper towels are such a waste! They also contain chlorine which contains Dioxin and this man made chemical can’t be eliminated by the body which isn’t good for your health!

What to use instead

Towels! Throw them in the wash and reuse over and over again. I have a special stash for cleaning, dishes and hand towels. I like NatureZway for cleaning. I also keep a few in the car and in my bag for those times when you need to wipe your hands, especially with children!

Fabric softener // dryer sheets

This is a big one and something I’m pretty passionate about not using. Ever. (This also includes conventional laundry detergent such as Tide, .) Did you know that indoor air is more toxic than outdoor air? This is according to the EPA, mind you. One reason for this is because of all the toxic products used inside the home (two listed below). And let’s not forget offices too! Fabric softener and dryer sheets are so very harmful to our health. Not just in the air we breathe but our skin as well. Our skin absorbs what we put on it and when we put clothes on that have been touched by toxic laundry detergent, fabric softeners and dryer sheets, those chemicals will be absorbed into our bloodstream. This is especially concerning for babies and young children. This is a very heavy toxic load on their growing bodies. When you add in all the other synthetic chemicals and toxins that our children are subjected to, it is no wonder why they are so ill these days!

The chemicals in these conventional products are carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting which will lead to infertility (in both men and women), cancer, and a host of other health ailments.

What to use instead

  • First of all, get some indoor plants to clean up your indoor air!
  • Secondly, throw out all of your conventional laundry products and replace them with these recommendations.  
  • Molly’s Suds is a great brand to use for doing wash. She also makes dryer balls to replace your dryer sheets with.
  • Branch Basics is another option for your to consider. They also carry non-toxic cleaning supplies.

Air fresheners // toxic candles

As mentioned above, indoor air is more harmful than outdoor air for a variety of reasons. Air fresheners and toxic candles add to this harmful air quality. This would also include car air fresheners and bathroom sprays. 

What to use instead

  • Open the windows! Fresh air flowing through your home will do your body and spirit good!
  • Get some indoor house plants to help purify the air.
  • Learn to live without synthetic smells. You don’t need to have added smells in the house at all times. Burn a non-toxic candle every now and then.
  • I have a few non-toxic candles but rarely burn them. (Choose ones without soy, metal wick, or synthetic fragrance. Try Cellar Door Candles or Way Out Wax.)
  • Bake some organic sprouted grain bread. Or some organic chocolate chip cookies.
  • Put some dried lavender in a vase.
  • Simmer whole cloves and orange slices in a pan on the stove or use a crockpot. Great for the holiday time!

You can diffuse essential oils as well. I have a defuser in the bathroom for when guests come over. I am very cautious using essential oils around babies and children so that’s why I defuse in a specific room for a very short duration.

(Note: I know I many will ask what essential oil brands I prefer so I’ll share them here. I like Guru Nanda, Edens Garden, Mountain Rose, Plant Therapy.)
 

Conventional Antibacterial Products and Soaps

This includes Lysol, Purell, Dial, hand sanitizer gels and anything else that contains conventional antibacterial chemical ingredients. Why? Our microbiome actually needs germs! Killing all germs (which inofitself is technically a misnomer as germs indicates that germs are bad and they aren’t) destroys the gut and leaves the body defenseless. You wouldn’t go to a battle without armour, would you? Well, that’s what germs are- armour to keep you well!

What to use instead

I carry a small travel size bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in my bag for when we need to wash our hands in public places. If I don’t have it, I simply use water and wash hands vigorously and skip using the public soap dispenser. Dr. Bronner’s also makes an organic hand sanitizer.

For cleaning I simply use Tea Tree Essential Oil on a reusable cloth (a few drops) or apply to a bucket of water for cleaning floors. Other favorite essential oils for disinfecting and cleaning are lemon, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint. Boulder Clean is another pre-made option for you. 

For washing hands at home I use either Moon Valley Organics or Dr. Bronner’s.

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There you have it! What items on this list will remove from your home first? Make one small change frequently to protect and improve the health of your family! 
 

 

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On The Hunt For Chocolate

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On The Hunt For Chocolate

With Easter just around the corner, you are probably preparing to buy some candy! While we all know that candy isn’t the best nutritional choice for our health, I know that people will still buy and consume no matter what! However, we can make conscious choices when doing so.

A fun tidbit (or maybe appalling?!) is that $2.1 Billion is spent on Easter candy and 120 million pounds of Easter candy is bought annually! Yikes! Is it any wonder why we’re so sick? Perhaps this statistic will empower you to make different-or at least better educated- choices this Easter season.

Another concern of chocolate candy has to do with slave/child labor and human trafficking. This ethical issue should prompt all of us to examine our choices carefully. Not only are these children exposed to harsh working environments and violence but harmful synthetic pesticides as well. Do you really want to support this? I know I don’t!

The third issue is that of synthetic pesticides. Chocolate is one of the top crops that uses the most pesticides. This means that people are consuming glyphosate (a “probable carcinogen” as well as an endocrine disrupter to name two health problems) to go along with their bite of chocolate. Yummy (not!). This is why it is so important to purchase organic chocolate.

Remember, we vote with our dollars! Instead of supporting and consuming unethical companies this Easter season, choose from the following brands. Not only will your health benefit from quality chocolate but you will be making a difference for our earth and the lives of those who harvested the cacao for you.

Five Chocolate Brands To Support

If you are wondering what “well, chocolate can I buy?!”, never fear! I like (quality) chocolate, too! Over the years I’ve curated my own ‘Sarah Stanley Approved’ brand list that of course includes chocolate. (You can breathe a sigh of relief.) These particular brands care about the health of the earth, people and farmers. These brands are also small companies and anytime you can support a small business versus a giant corporation, do so! Buying products that align with your values is one step to taking action to the popular quote “making the world a better place”. Making conscious choices when buying anything- not just chocolate- is how you and I can practice conscious, connected living in an authentic, practical, sustainable way.

P.S. Be sure let me know your favorite chocolates from the carefully curated list below!

Heavenly Organics

If you like Peppermint Patties, then you will like this company! Their Mint Chocolate Honey Patties! Made with only three ingredients they are simple and delicious. They have five other flavors: Dark Chocolate, Almond, Peanut, Almond and Pomegranate. Organic, dairy-free, soy-free, Slave Free and Fair for Life, these chocolates are an excellent choice.  

Alter Eco

Another one of my favorite brands is Alter Eco! Their tagline is “nourishing Foodie, Farmer and Field”. Their chocolate truffles are so good, perhaps even better than the taste is that the wrappers are completely compostable! You can be a good steward of the earth and enjoy a rich, creamy, velvety chocolate at the same time! Win-win! They also make chocolate bars. While not all of their chocolates are dairy-free, they are organic, Fair Trade, Fair for Life, Slave Free and GMO free.

Equal Exchange

I really like this company and their chocolates! Most of their chocolate bars are dairy-free (read labels before buying) and of course all the requirements for purchasing an ethical chocolate: organic, Fair Trade and the company is based on the co-op model. Equal Exchange really values treating their farmers well and that’s something I’ll gladly support anyday.

Eating Evolved

If you haven’t heard of this company and you are on a Keto “diet”, then you will be pleasantly surprised! Eating Evolved has a product called Keto Cups. In addition to these they also make other chocolate cups (think Reese’s) that are gluten, dairy, soy and nut free. They are organic, slave free and worthy of your dollars!  

Honey Mama’s Bar

If you haven’t had one of these chocolates, you are really missing out! First of all, they are typically found in the refrigerated section of the store. So if you are looking for them in the shelf stable aisle, don’t be alarmed! You can trace the ingredients back to each farmer which is just fantastic! They source their organic cacao from a co-op in Peru that doesn’t use water, protecting this precious resource. The Lavender Red Rose is one of my personal favorites. You’ll have to let me know your personal favorite!  

Will you join me in having an ethical Easter this year and every year? When we make conscious choices we are making a statement of what we value in life. Health is more than “eating healthy”, it is being connected to all the many choices we make on a daily, weekly, monthly basis.

Sources:

https://www.statisticbrain.com/easter-statistics/

http://www.foodispower.org/slavery-chocolate/

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Prenatal Vitamins Part Three

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Prenatal Vitamins Part Three

Prenatal vitamins is always a hot topic in pregnancy land! And that’s why I’m writing an extensive series on this topic. If you’ve not read Part One or Part Two, go read them now.

We’ve talked about what prenatal nutrition needs to be, eating real foods for vitamins and minerals and today we’ll cover using herbs as prenatal vitamins!

Red Raspberry Leaf

First up is RRL = Red Raspberry Leaf! Typically taken as a tea, this herb is rich in nutrients such as iron, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins.

This herb is beneficial for women on many levels, not just pregnancy. Red Raspberry Leaf can aid in fertility. It also helps tone and strengthen the uterine wall.

RRL is also ideal for postpartum to help restore hormones and boost breastmilk. Even aid in the management of postpartum bleeding!

Note: because of the uterine toning benefits Red Raspberry Leaf provides, it can cause contraction-like sensations. If you have a history of miscarriage it is recommended to wait till 2nd or 3rd trimester to start drinking RRL and adjust the amount of leaves you use when brewing.

To use Red Raspberry Leaf, buy loose leaf. I use this one. Add a few tablespoons to a quart glass mason jar. (I just eyeball amount.) Bring pure water to a boil (do not use fluoridated water!) and then pour into the jar. Let steep overnight. In the morning strain with a nut milk bag and either reheat the tea or drink at room temperature. You can add a little raw honey if desired.

Note: I use my mason glass jar as a drinking glass and use this to drink from.

Nettle Leaf

This herb isn’t as widely known, but it really needs to be!

Nettle Leaf, also known as Stinging Nettle Leaf, is rich in minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, potassium, calcium. The vitamins that Nettle Leaf contains include A, C, K and B. In the phytonutrient profile, you’ll find chlorophyll, quercetin, beta-carotene and lutein.

The healing properties of Nettle Leaf include but not limited to pain management, decreasing inflammation, help fight off a variety of infections, stabilize blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.  It also helps milk production!

To use Nettle Leaf, make sure it’s high quality tea leaves. Again, I recommend this brand. Follow above brew directions for Red Raspberry Leaf. Consider mixing the two leaves together for a RRL+NL tea blend!

Peppermint

This herb is more widely known than the two above. Peppermint is not spearmint, same family but different plant.

The nutrient profile of peppermint contains manganese, copper and vitamin c.  

Peppermint is helpful for colds and coughs, nausea, can help soothe oral inflammation, ease digestive discomfort and even boost energy levels!

Peppermint is typically used as a tea but you can also explore other ways of using it. Add crushed leaves to a water glass (again, make sure water is pure!), as an essential oil and in food dishes (how about a Pineapple Mint Salsa?!).

Want a little variety in your herbal uses? I take and recommend Nourish Her from Earthley. This tincture contains red raspberry leaf, nettle, catnip, spearmint and alfalfa. So many nutrients packed into this tincture! This herbal tincture is great to use in place of a prenatal pill-form vitamin.

You can also explore additional herbal tea and tincurte options from Wish Garden Herbs and Mountain Meadow Herbs.

Some other great herbs to mix into your routine include Hibiscus (great for the immune system!), Rooibos (very nutrient-filled including iron, calcium, magnesium), Dandelion (a gentle laxative), Chamomile (relaxing before bed), Ginger (soothing for digestive system), Cranberry (keep urinary tract healthy), Rose Hips (calcium, iron, magnesium to name a few of the nutrients), Alfalfa (iron!) and Echinacea (beneficial for the immune system and/or if you are feeling sick).

The wonderful thing about herbs- typically used as teas- is that they are caffeine free. I’ve always loved herbal teas. A fun tidbit about myself is that I’ve not ever made drinking coffee a habit. If you are removing coffee from your life, pregnant or not, (and I highly recommend you do so) is that it’s nice to start the day with a warm mug of herbal tea. If you are used to a hot cup of coffee in the morning this can ease the transition for you.

With the above herbs you can create a wide variety of choices everyday!  

One note: if you are using tea bags for some of the herbal teas make sure you using reputable tea brands. I use and recommend Buddha Teas because they use unbleached tea bags which is really important!  

So, what herbs are you going to start using first?!  

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Prenatal Vitamins Part Two

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Prenatal Vitamins Part Two

Hopefully you’ve read part one of this series! If not, you can read it here.

To recap, prenatal health begins long before the woman is pregnant. It starts three generations back! Additionally, how the woman lived and the wellbeing (or disease) choices she made before she was pregnant matter a great deal and play a role in not only her health while pregnant but the baby in utero and earth-side as well. So, if you aren’t pregnant, this is for you just as much as it is for the expecting mama!

Real food+herbs as vitamins and minerals?

Yes! Our body would rather absorb the nutrients from real food+herbs instead of a heavily concentrated pill.

Many women experience constipation or upset stomach during pregnancy due to the concentrated minerals (iron being one) in their prenatal vitamin. This can generally be avoided when real food is used instead. (I’m about to give birth and have not experienced this common problem!)  

Here a few examples of what prenatal vitamins from real food look like. Remember, these foods+herbs should ideally be part of your daily/weekly nutrition lifestyle long before you conceive.

Hemp

One of my all-time favorite superfoods! I primarily use hemp hearts (seeds) but hemp protein powder is also rotated into my weekly hemp nutrition rotation. 3 Tablespoons of organic hemp hearts a day is a wonderful prenatal vitamin. Hemp is a complete protein, healthy proportions of omegas 3 & 6, contains folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, fiber, healthy fats. Hemp is also abundant in Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA) and this helps to reduce inflammation in the body, regulate body temperature, stabilize blood pressure and balances hormones. Hemp is also great for skin health. Perhaps this is why I always receive so many compliments on my skin, pregnant or not?!

You can eat the hemp seeds raw or add to a smoothie, shake, soup, salad or sprinkle on top of whatever you are eating.

(If you’re wondering, no, hemp seeds won’t get you high or test positive on a drug test.)

3 Tablespoons of hemp seeds a day is ideal.

Spirulina

This is another one of my favorite superfoods. It’s hard to pick just one! 

Spirulina is an algae but don’t let that scare you off. This nutrient-rich “vitamin” contains iron, vitamins B1, B2 and B3, vitamin K, is a complete protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, GLA, omegas 3, 6 and 9. Spirulina helps the body naturally remove heavy metals (so needed in this day and age!), boost the immune system, decrease inflammation and is a powerful antioxidant.

Spirulina also contains chlorophyll which builds blood and gives energy, both of which are needed throughout pregnancy and giving birth. 

I recommend using spirulina in powder or tablet form. I personally enjoy how it tastes but if you are newer to the flavor, make a smoothie and spirulina to start with.

To make sure you are getting a quality spirulina, buy this one. (This is the one I use.) 

6 tablets or 1 teaspoon of powder a day is recommended.

Blackstrap Molasses

This may be a new one for you. I actually grew up consuming blackstrap molasses. We made “molasses milkshakes”, we added a tablespoon of blackstrap to a glass of (plant-based) milk and mixed well. Me and my siblings thought they were delicious! Now years later, I’m still using blackstrap as part of my excellent nutrition lifestyle!

Blackstrap molasses is the what remains after the extraction of sugar from raw cane sugar. It’s not refined sugar but instead contains essential nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and selenium. Besides being a fantastic “prenatal vitamin”, it’s also great for athletes (which I can attest to)!

A few benefits of blackstrap molasses are healthy skin, aids in the stabilizing of blood sugars, helps with stress (because of the B vitamins), manages PMS symptoms, healthy bones and is anti-inflammatory.  

I take a tablespoon a day. You can also add to smoothies or to a bowl of warm steel cut oats.

Make sure to buy the right kind of Blackstrap Molasses, not all created equal.  

Seaweed

Seaweed is another real food vitamin that is often overlooked. Seaweed contains iodine (a trace mineral) which is needed for the brain development of the baby and a healthy thyroid in the mother. To make sure it doesn’t contain heavy metals, always buy organic seaweed, such as this one. Aim for 3-4 servings a week. 

Cacao

Who doesn’t love chocolate?! Cacao (the unprocessed version of cocoa) contains iron as well as calcium, protein, magnesium, EFAs, and thiamin, to name a few. Cacao is also a powerful antioxidant, more than 20 times of blueberries!

I make a hot cacao drink in the morning or add cacao nibs to a nut and seed mix. You may also enjoy this cacao bar

Remember, not all chocolate is created equal so you have to make sure it is cacao. Reese’s, Hershey’s, Lindt, etc are not healthy chocolate and quite frankly, should never be consumed.

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If you’ve noticed, all of these “prenatal vitamins” are real food. And that’s the point. We should always aim to get our essential nutrients from real food first and foremost. Yes, there are some vitamins and minerals that are good to supplement our lifestyle with, but in single form versus concentrated form.

The foods listed above aren’t an extensive list, there are literally hundreds of real foods we need to be eating for optimal nutrition! The ones listed above are a good place to start though and do provide our bodies with strong nutrient-dense building blocks.

In part three we’ll cover herbs as vitamins. You don’t want to miss reading this! Herbs are so amazing and not enough people incorporate them into their nutritional lifestyle.

Part four will cover what supplements are beneficial to take.

Part five...answering your questions?! I know you have them. :) Send me an email or leave a comment below with questions you have and I’ll write a Q&A.

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Prenatal Vitamins Part One

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Prenatal Vitamins Part One

As soon as the expecting woman sees two lines on the stick, she immediately rushes out to purchase a prenatal vitamin.  

However, is this the right thing to do?

Personally, I don’t believe so due to the following four reasons. Keep reading!

#1) Prenatal nutrition starts with your grandmother

What many women don’t realize is that nutrition begins with our grandmother. That’s three generations of establishing our health even before we are born! So suddenly taking a prenatal vitamin isn’t going to catch up the mother up on the nutrients she and baby needs. This also means that the mother is already establishing the health of her grandchildren since she the moment she was conceived and then of course into childhood and adulthood.  

#2) Majority of prenatal vitamins are synthetic

The second thing to know is that almost all prenatal vitamins (and vitamins in general for that matter) are synthetic. The body can’t metabolise synthetic ingredients. Which means it doesn’t make much sense to take something the body can’t process! 

Besides synthetic ingredients, prenatal vitamins also contain toxic additives and fillers. These additives and fillers are linked to many health ailments such as cancer, heart problems, mood problems, etc. 

#3) Almost all prenatal vitamins contain synthetic folic acid

Folic acid is synthetic and causes a wide variety of health complications for the baby. Folate from real food sources is what our bodies (and babies!) need.

Folic acid can actually increase the risk of cancers.

Dr. Stephanie Senff, PhD, a senior researcher at MIT has this to say about folic acid: 

 

Additionally, Dr. Senff has this to say about folic acid.

Dr. Fuhrman also has a great read on this topic.

Lastly, there has been some recent connection of the increasing number of babies born with lip/tongue ties and folic acid being the trigger for them. Lip and tongue ties cause a variety of health issues, the most notable one being proper latch for breastfeeding and growth.

*Note: it’s not just prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid, it’s multivitamins and other fortified products. Read labels very carefully.

#4) Prenatal vitamins aren’t a hail mary for poor lifestyle choices

Popping a prenatal vitamin under the impression that you are fulfilling your nutrition for the day is a setup for a health disappointments, most notably during pregnancy. It’s far better to eat nutrient-dense, whole foods that are organic and non-gmo. (I’ll give you a full list of what vitamins from real food+herbs looks like in part two.)

The takeaway is to stay away from prenatal vitamins in pill form and stick to nourishing whole foods! 

I personally do not take a specific prenatal vitamin in pill form. I do however, nourish my body for two! My primary source of vitamins and minerals are from real, organic, whole foods and herbs. There are a few specific supplements I do take and I’ll outline those in part four.

You can read Part Two and Part Three here. 

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Do You Use Protection?

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Do You Use Protection?

Now before you assume what I’m asking and answer “yes”, keep reading.

We live in a day and age where eyeballs and hands are glued to their plethora of devices: smart phone, iPad, laptop. Even our ears have a Bluetooth device! And how do we read books these days? A device! What do these have in common: electromagnetic radiation (EMR) or Electromagnetic Fields (EMF).

These gadgets are harming our health greatly. From cancer to sleep issues to a generally disconnected society. 

RF Safe provides a great overview of how this radiation works and it's relationship to our wellbeing. 

From SafeSleeve they write: “An increasing number of doctors and scientists are warning that prolonged exposure to EMR increases our risk of various diseases from Leukemia, to cancerous tumors, to Alzheimer's and ALS and more. This is why the EPA has labeled EMFs a "class 3 carcinogen" and the IARC considers them "possibly carcinogenic to humans," a description also given to substances like Chloroform, Lead and DDT".

The following graphic shows radiation absorption into the head when speaking on a smartphone (credit: Safe Sleeve).

GreenMedInfo write this and if you are a parent or caregiver, this is a must-read. 

It’s especially concerning when babies, toddlers, children are given devices! Using them on their laps right next to their reproductive organs) is not exactly healthy. Or pregnant women using their device right on top of their beautiful belly! Or how about the women sticking their smartphone in their bra?! 

Other devices to be aware of (I choose not to use):

  • Apple Watch
  • Any fitness tracker/wearables (Fitbit, Bellabeat, Garmin Vivoactive, etc)

  • Any device next to the bed that use EMR or EMF

  • Any earpiece (Bluetooth) using EMR, EMF, Wi-Fi

  • Kindles, Nooks, etc

  • Baby monitors with Wi-Fi or similar, including the Owlet

Lastly, note the dangers of Wi-Fi as written about in this article. (Have trouble sleeping? Read on!) 

Buy protection from RF Safe and/or Safe Sleeve. (I use both.)

Steps to protecting you and your family:

  • Limit or remove devices from children

  • Build and implement new habits like playing with wooden toys, do a puzzle, color, play in nature, build forts, paint, draw, read paperback books, teach them how to cook, bake a nourishing meal or dish

  • Parents: change your habits too!

  • Keep phone in another room and turn on airplane mode (do not sleep with your phone) at night

  • Buy an alarm clock that plugs into the wall so you don’t have to use your smartphone

  • Do not use Bluetooth or other wireless devices/earpieces

  • When speaking on the phone use plug-in headphones and protection on your phone (I use this one). 

  • Keep devices far away from your body

  • Use protection whenever possible

  • Read paperback or hardcover books vs on devices

  • Do not hold smartphone directly to ear

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