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Learning From A Pregnant Woman

I’ve been a bit MIA for a while…perhaps you noticed. The last time you heard from me, I was hating on the microwave.

Well, I haven’t forgotten about you. And I have missed you. But I’ve been quite busy…busy growing a baby!

As you can imagine, I have been researching up a storm. No surprise, I’m all about being pregnant and raising a child in the most organic, healthy way possible. As a result, I have come across some amazing info over the past several months – info I will be sharing with you now and in future posts!

But don’t stop reading if you’re not a pregnant woman, or if you’re not a dad-to-be, or if you’re not someone who knows someone who is pregnant.

This is all good info for everyone.

And I’m not just talking about the typical things, which I will mention just in case we need a refresher:
1. Get up and move. Don’t sit for too long in one place.
2. Drink lots of water.
3. Get plenty of rest.
4. Reduce stress.
5. Get plenty of fiber.
6. Eat your veggies.
7. Eat whole grains, not white stuff.
8. Exercise.
9. Embrace changes in your body.
10. Laugh daily.

Okay, that’s all old news – good stuff – but let’s get to some NEW information.

Here’s what I’m needing now…

1. THE BODY PILLOW
If you’re pregnant or just someone who needs more body support while sleeping (backaches? insomnia? other concerns?), this pillow has been a lifesaver…I mean a life raft…no, wait…both? Yes. It’s a lifesaver…but we call it the life raft. This thing is huge. But I will say, I couldn’t sleep without it right now. Best if you have a king bed, but doable in a queen. (That’s not me, btw.)

Body Pillow

2. COCONUT OIL
Organic, unrefined, virgin. This has been my go-to moisturizer. Pregnant skin gets very dry and itchy and I’ve been slathering coconut oil on my face, arms, and hands and it really makes a huge difference. So, if you’re the dry skin type, you don’t need any fancy, stinky, chemical-laden creams. You just need some high-quality coconut oil.

Coconut Oil

3. TREATS
Every pregnancy is different and mine has been, how shall we say…not so much in the food department? I have had no strange cravings. In fact, I have had serious food aversion for months now. No joke. There are just a few things that actually taste good to me, and one of them is chocolate.

While I try not to eat too much, as it does have caffeine and sugar, sometimes we all just need something a little sweet. These days, I’m really enjoying Theo, which is organic, fair trade, and soy-free and available at local specialty markets and grocers like Whole Foods.

Theo Chocolate

Another way I enjoy chocolate is with Chocolate Nuttzo, which is an organic nut and seed butter with chocolate…and it’s delicious (they also have other nut and seed butters without chocolate).

With only 2g of sugar per serving, it’s a good way to have dessert. And when I’m being especially naughty (yes, you can all breathe a big sigh of relief – Health Coach Jillian ain’t perfect!), I put it on Strauss Organic Vanilla Ice Cream and it’s like a sundae. 😉

If I’m going to indulge, I always try to make it healthier – with organic and wholesome ingredients…and by eating in moderation!

Nuttzo and Strauss

4. CALCIUM
Now that I’m responsible for someone else’s bones, I’ve had to try a little harder to beef up my calcium intake. Here are my favorite (and unexpected!) sources:

1) Chia Seeds – 1 tbsp will give you 8% of your daily calcium intake. 2 tbsps now find their way into my day.

2) Greens – Greens are the absolute best thing to eat, for calcium and other vitamins and minerals. We could all eat more of them.

A half bag of Trader Joe’s Power to the Greens or Spinach gives me another 8% of my daily intake. I make sure to get at least one serving of one of these each day.

Green juice gives me yet another 8% per serving. I drink two servings of Columbia Gorge Organic Just Greens every day.

Now, fresh juice is better, and whole veggies are best, but I like that this brand has several greens only (no fruit), almost no sugar, and is pasteurized, which is safest for pregnant women and anyone else with a compromised immune system. I don’t have time to juice every day…sometimes you just have to be practical. If you can juice organic greens regularly, or get organic green juice from a local, reliable source, do it.

Also, if you’re pregnant, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT substitute a meal with green juice. Now is not the time to be cleansing. Add green juice into your day along with everything else you are eating. And DO NOT drink unpasteurized juice unless it was made fresh at home or somewhere reliable (and drink immediately) – it could have harmful bacteria and that’s too risky.

Greens3) Garbanzo Beans – Add ’em t0 a salad, pasta or quinoa, or mush ’em up in guacamole, or make some hummus. Whatever. We all know what to do with these guys. But did we all know that a serving (1/2 cup) gives us 6% of our daily calcium needs (plus a good dose of fiber and protein)? Choose Eden Organics for BPA-free cans.

Garbanzos
4) Sparkling Water – Pellegrino and Perrier both have 4% of daily calcium per serving. Big bottles have about 3 servings…12% of your calcium! Extra bonus is it’s in glass, not plastic. Ditch the soda and drink one of these, with or without some fresh fruit added. I choose Perrier first, as it is sodium-free.

5) Sesame Seeds – These little powerhouses top people’s list of favorite seed. And they are tops in the calcium department. 1 tbsp delivers 8% of your daily calcium needs.

**Now, one thing of concern just recently came to light. Salmonella can be found in spices and seasonings. This includes sesame seeds. Best thing to do is cook them instead of adding them straight into your food. I now sauté my sesame seeds with a little coconut oil before adding them in – and I’d never know the difference. Read more about this HERE (and if you want to get interesting articles like this on a regular basis, follow me on Twitter 🙂 ).

5. FRUIT AND VEGGIE WASH
With our immunities down, us pregnant gals and other immunocompromised folks are more susceptible to infection. And an infection is the last thing I want. So I make sure to wash all of my produce really well. But the rest of you should do this, too. Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and other markets sell produce wash, which gets the dirt, waxes, and pesticide residue off your food.

Fruit and Veg Wash
Think I’m being extreme? Then think for just a moment about where your food has been. Have you ever driven down the highway and either seen it growing two feet away (love those freeway-adjacent farms), or on the back of a truck, open, traveling next to you, getting a fine coat of dirt and exhaust?

And have you ever seen the Porta Potties on those farms? Let’s face it, Porta Potties don’t really allow for a good hand-washing in between food handling.

Well, if you haven’t driven the I-5 up and down California for this agricultural view as many times as I have, then I ask you this – ever seen produce fall to the floor at the grocery store? Or ever seen someone feel a piece of fruit and put it back? That produce goes home with someone…

So, do yourself a favor and wash your food well. Bottom line is, you don’t know where it’s been and what it’s wearing.

And my final lesson learned in this remarkable journey of pregnancy is something I’ve said before but I feel needs repeating:

Listen to your body.

Tired? Rest. Hungry? Eat. Just listen to your body. Really listen. It will tell you what it really needs. Don’t eat just to eat or fuel yourself with caffeine and sugar because you’re tired. Get back to basics and treat your body right…whether you’ve got someone growing in there or not.

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Mission: Intuition

Sometimes you’re faced with a tricky situation, requiring you to make tricky choices. You know the outcome you want but you’re not quite sure how to get there. But then you just sort of blindly dive into it and do what you need to do, and it feels so right.

Using your intuition is important both in life and in eating.

When they say, “Trust your gut,” it’s because everything is connected when it comes to the body. Listen to what feels right both in your actions and in your food choices.

Your body tells you what it wants.

Craving protein? Have some protein!

Feeling full? Stop eating!

Thirsty? Drink some water!

Tired? Get more sleep!

We need to start listening to our bodies more, fueling it the way we need to fuel it at that particular moment, whether calorically, spiritually, or otherwise. This is living honestly, being authentic.

Check out this article on how living honestly means a healthier you. And check out this article about eating intuitively.

Keep in mind that your body works very hard to protect you from toxins in the food you eat, the air you breathe, the products you put on your skin, etc…and yet we allow ourselves to be in toxic situations that adversely affect our health. And when that happens, all the kale in the world can’t save us.

Eat right and do right. In the end, they’re one and the same.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Some dads are celebrating their first this weekend. Other dads, like my own, are celebrating their 30-something…we won’t get specific with numbers 😉 . And some dads aren’t here with us anymore but they are never forgotten. Never ever.

To all of you men, we honor you today because you deserve it and because we love you. So a big Happy Father’s Day to you!

I happen to have the world’s best dad (I know everyone says that but if you’ve met him, you’d agree he’s pretty great), and today he got some things he’s been asking for and some things I think are important for him to have.

See, part of how I show my love is by encouraging him to be healthier. I am Health Coach Jillian, after all. And he did encourage me to pursue the nutrition thing. Therefore, he has no choice but to be a good sport (love you, Dad!). So…in his Father’s Day bag-o-treats, I included:

1. Navitas Hemp Seeds

2. Chia Seeds

3. Rudi’s Whole Wheat Bread

Click here for a coupon for the bread!

Lucky guy, right?! Haha. Don’t worry. He got some fun stuff, too. 😀

But I encouraged him to put his chia and hemp seeds on his morning yogurt and fruit. He can also throw some chias into his blended coffee drinks. Chia and hemp can go in salads, too. Very versatile, very healthy, and they won’t alter the taste of what you’re eating.

So with that…have a great day, boys! Thanks for all you do!

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Week of Pictures – Day 5

Friday! It’s here!

Oh, we’ve all been there.

If you’re planning to get out and enjoy the nice weather this weekend, great idea! We all need more Vitamin D.

Did you know Vitamin D deficiency is a major health concern these days? It’s linked to a number of health issues. You can read more about it here. It doesn’t help that most of us are inside all day on our computers.

So getting out and getting some natural rays is great. But just make sure you don’t burn.

My favorite sunscreen?

Mychelle Sun Shield. No nasty chemicals. Just a safe sunscreen that doesn’t go on weird and leave your skin looking white and pasty.

Enjoy your weekend and be safe!

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Week of Pictures – Day 1, Part 2

I hope you all enjoyed today’s earlier post.

In case you were thinking that the chances of cows going terrorist are slim to none, here’s an additional reason for why we should avoid fast food.

No joke, this “food” was purchased on April 22, 2010, and the picture was taken on April 22, 2012.

Perhaps you’ve seen experiments like this before. Perhaps not.

Consider this a reminder that our bodies run on real food.

Show yourself some love and give it the fuel it needs.

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