Book Review – Tips for “colicky babies”

A friend recently recommended The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp MD. Harvey has a 5 step technique for soothing infants especially in the 4th Trimester. He believes babies come out early and the first 3 months of life, they need the calming reflex stimulated. I watched the DVD which I rented from the local library. It was a quick video with tips that can be used by new parents immediately. The visual helped drive the points home.

His steps are:

  1. Swaddle
  2. Side lying
  3. Shhh
  4. Swaying
  5. Sucking
I highly recommend pregnant parents and new parents to check out this book and DVD. If you’ve tried these techniques and your baby is still fussy, please contact your health care provider or book an appointment with myself for a well-baby check and we will look at their digestion and overall health.  http://www.happiestbaby.com/

First Trimester – Nausea Tips

Ok, the first trimester of pregnancy went pretty well for me. I did have a couple bouts of vomiting and felt nauseated pretty often. However, what I did to combat the nausea was eat very often.

Normally I can get through my day ok with breakfast, then lunch, then a snack then dinner. However, my first trimester of pregnancy, I ate pretty much every couple hours. My lunch bag looked like I was going for days instead of just a few hours to the office.

My saviours?

  • lara bars – quick and pretty nutritious
  • fruit cups – packed in juice or water (however, I spilled a few on my outfits while opening them at work)
  • applesauce with ground flax seed – to combat the impending constipation
  • rice crackers – everyone said get Saltine crackers but I try to stay gluten-free because I have a sensitivity
  • baby belle cheese – I also try to stay dairy-free, however, the first trimester my diet wasn’t exactly picture perfect
I slipped up here and there and because I was so hungry and tired for those few months, I did eat more of what I shouldn’t. None of us are perfect, right?

Taking Charge of Your Fertility – Book Review

Ok, I’m not getting chubby, I’m pregnant. The rumours are true….the doctor is expecting.

Yes, we are happy to share our news that Steve and I are expecting a baby in February. We couldn’t be happier.

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I like to use myself as a guinea pig for my treatments so then I can really describe to my patients what something feels like, tastes like, is like from a first-hand experience. In this case, I used the book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I studied my cycle for over half a year at the signs and signals my body makes. This step-by-step book is easy to read and understand and give you lots of tips and tricks based on your situation. It’s the first book I recommend to women who want to avoid using chemical birth control as well as any woman planning on having children in the next couple years. It has sections for both women avoiding pregnancy and those who want to achieve pregnancy. I would recommend this book to any woman aged 20 to menopause to learn more about what your body is telling you.

Recipe – Sweet potato & shrimp coconut curry

I made this last night by altering a couple recipes. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and elimination diet approved!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced gingerroot
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into cubes
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onions and cook, stirring until softened. Add garlic and gingerroot and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add vegetable stock, sweet potatoes, chicken breast cubes. Boil then cover and reduce heat. Cook until chicken cooked through and sweet potatoes soft.
2. Add shrimp, coconut milk and curry powder. Let simmer until warmed through.
3. Serve over cooked brown rice with a salad on the side.

Beer Belly Blues – Book Review

I recently read this book when I was asked to by my patient. He is a 60 year old man with a beer belly. This book by Brad King is very easy to read and explains how a man’s body works as his hormones change. There was a lot you could take away from this book and here are some tips you can consider for yourself or the man in your life.

– Have lab blood tests done and analyzed

– Drink more water

– Lift weights – 3 sets of each exercise maximizes the effects

– Consume a Whey protein – get a hormone-free version. We sell some at the clinic.

– Work with a health professional to create a personalized plan for you.

Christina’s Vegetable Bean Salad

My friend Christina Morris and I had a great lunch the other day to catch up and we love talking about nutrition and food. Here is one of her favourite recipes she wanted to share with us. Her website is www.cctakesjuiceplus.com

  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 can black olives
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 broccoli head – washed – chopped into small bite size pieces
  • 1 cauliflower head – washed – chopped into small bite sized pieces
  • 1 can of favourite beans (chick peas)
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic
  • Balsamic vinegar

All all ingredients into a salad bowl and then add the fesh cloves of garlic and balsamic vinegar and stir. Let set in refrigerator.

Optional – this salad is great over quinoa and add crrumbled goat feta (plain or cranberry).