Layered Quick Salad

I threw this together for lunch with the stuff I found in my fridge.

  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 tomato, chopped
  • handful of organic baby spinach
  • 1/2 corn on the cob, leftover, kernals sliced off cobb
  • 1/4 cup black beans, black-eyed peas (I soaked them overnight then boiled for 1.5 hours)
  • sprinkle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • put in container with a lid and shake to mix

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.

Tex Mex Corn Salad

My aunt and cousin gave me this great recipe that is perfect for barbeques. It has a little bit of heat and lots of flavour.

  • 4 cups – corn kernels (from cans, rinsed well)
  • 1 – red onion finely chopped (I used half because my onion was big)
  • 1 – jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped finely)
  • 2 tbsp – fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp – cumin
  • 1/4 tsp – ground coriander
  • 6 tbsp – olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup – coarsely chopped coriander/cilantro leaves
Combine corn, onion and pepper in a bowl
Wisk lime juice, cumin, coriander, olive oil and season to taste, then pour over corn and toss to coat. Chill.
Add cilantro leaves before serving.

Elimination Diet – Breakfast Day 1

Here is what I made for breakfast this morning. I thought I would share with you and build up our recipe database for everyone who wants to eat clean and do the elimination diet.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cooked brown rice (I make a big batch and refrigerate up to 4 days)

2 tbsp ground flaxseed (stored in the freezer)

1/2 cup frozen berries: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries

1 tbsp vanilla flavoured rice protein powder (sold at The Healing Oasis)

1/4 cup of water

Simmer on the stove until warmed through

mmm!