Friday, September 25, 2020

Why Shop and Eat Local?

On my journey to a healthier life for my family and I, I have found that local food not only tastes better but also makes me feel better. Growing up we didn't go to farmers' markets or even really shop from local food producers other than prepared food businesses, like the local bagel shop for example. I have truly grown to love all the benefits eating locally and seasonally offers. This may also have to do with my job outside of this blog being deeply rooted in local food systems. 


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Mom Bod, Confidence, and the Best Gift

Contrary to what I have heard/popular belief, and maybe I'll get backlash for this, I feel like my postpartum body has made me way more confident than I have ever been in my entire life. Yes, I have stretch marks and I have been blessed with weighing less than I did prior to getting pregnant (this was a battle though due to Gestational Diabetes during my pregnancy), but embracing this new body and what it gave me has changed the way I view and treat myself. I hear so many new moms being self conscious of their postpartum body, but ladies look what you got out of it! Remember the next time you look in the mirror and pick apart the red stretch marks, extra weight, or loose skin, that you made a person! A literal person came out of you! I honestly feel like completely different person than before, but I think this is a good thing.If your the same, just remember you have an opportunity to reinvent, become a better version of yourself, and create a new identity that includes being a mommy.

Monday, February 3, 2020

My Battle with Gestational Diabetes Following a Plant Based Diet

Around 32 weeks pregnant I found out that I had gestational diabetes and I was devastated. I wasn't crazy overweight to begin with (like 5-10 pounds over what was considered a healthy weight for my height) and had only gained 15 pounds during my pregnancy at that point. Reading about it and what I had learned in the past from school, I only associated negatives with the condition and heard and saw horror stories of 12 pound babies (F.Y.I. Michael, my son, was only 6.4 pounds at birth). I knew I had to make some changes and take this diagnosis very seriously because it could affect the future health of my then unborn son, and even though I worked my ass off to keep my numbers in check it did effect him slightly (I'll talk about this later in the post).
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