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Why You Need Folate During Pregnancy, NOT Folic Acid

Most people use the terms folate and folic acid interchangeably, and doctors do this regularly. There is a simple, concise and important difference though: folate is that naturally occurring form that is found in food and easily absorbable. Folic acid is made in a lab, difficult for the body to utilize and has been linked to cancer. This is why you need folate during pregnancy, NOT folic acid. Hell, this is why you need folate all the time. Folate is crucial during pregnancy and I recommend taking it prior to even becoming pregnant. If you even suspect you may become pregnant, get yourself a good prental with folate, not folic acid. This is my favorite prenatal. It’s food based, easily absorbable and organic. Or if you prefer a once a day prenatal, Garden of Life makes this as well, another favorite: Folate is so important during pregnancy because it…

Fried Calamari (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Healthy)

Ya’ll. I love calamari. I especially love it when it’s breaded and fried. I do not, however, enjoy the deterioration of my stomach lining after eating calamari covered in wheat and fried in rancid vegetable oil. Which is why I can never order it at restaurants. But it’s super easy to make fried calamari that’s gluten-free, paleo, healthy and just as good (if not better) than any restaurant version. Also – it’s like, really cheap. I bought about a quarter pound for under four dollars at Whole Foods. I made a lunch out of it for Scott and I and it was SUPER filling. Have you ever even thought to make your own calamari? I hadn’t, until I saw it at the fish counter. How hard can it be? I thought. Not hard at all. Seriously. Stop buying calamari at restaurants. It’s way overpriced and seriously – the wheat +…

An Unbiased Review of Rodan + Fields

I title all of my review unbiased for one simple reason: I do not sell the products I’m reviewing. I do not gain anything whether or not you buy the products. I’m not bashing a company, I’m simply reviewing the ingredients within the products. This is not personal. This is education. People need to know what’s in the products they are slathering on their skin twice a day, everyday. And the ingredients in these products aren’t innocuous, they’ve been linked to serious diseases. This is why I’m doing an unbiased review of Rodan + Fields. Because people need to know that the ingredients in these products have been linked to cancer, liver damage, hormone disruption and birth defects. Before anyone accuses me of what I’ll inevitably be accused of, let me beat you to it.Yes, I have my own skincare line.  Yes, technically I would be considered a “competitor.”…

BAHAMAS VACA: Harbour Island

Scott and I decided to take the baby to the Bahamas, to Harbour Island – where we honeymooned three and a half years ago. I LOVE seeing pictures of other peoples’ vacations. Probably because I’m so nosy. But I thought I’d share some from our vacation as well. It was the most beautiful place we’d ever been (and Scott’s been alllll over the world). And also I really needed to escape winter – winter anxiety is a real thing! I need sun! I want to go outside! I have to connect with nature! We were so excited to fly south. The flights were pretty easy and Everett did well on both. Be sure to check out my traveling tips with a baby HERE. They make a world of difference. It was gorgeous when we arrived. Obviously: But it was windy! Even though it was in the 70s, it was so…

Asian Stir Fry Veggies (Paleo, Low-Carb)

You guys. Let’s talk about the importance of veggies. They really should be at every meal, taking up about half of your plate. I’ve found that people have this idea that paleo is a meat-heavy, super low-carb, super high-fat diet that is very meat-centric, and that’s just not the case. I obviously recommend eating ancestally, and that means eating a variety of plant and animal foods that our great, great, great grandmothers would recognize. Wild seafood, pastured eggs, organic/grass-fed meats right along with a plethora of organic, preferably local and in-season veggies. It’s not hard. We really do over-complicate food. But it’s incredibly simple to eat well. Just eat real, whole, foods that your ancestors would actually recognize as food. Not Lean Pockets or 100 calorie snack packs. I’m talking meat, veggies, eggs, nuts, fruit, etc. REAL FOOD. Real food is the best food. And it’s the food that…

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies For Babies

Everyone is freaking out about the flu this year. Don’t get me wrong – it’s bad. On a recent trip to Children’s when my son had a cold (he needed to be suctioned, not a big deal) they told us to cover him and leave as quickly as possible. There were so many kids and babies being admitted for the flu. Which is exactly why I’m going to share the natural cold and flu remedies for babies I always have on hand. When my son came home from the hospital last year, I bought a ton of natural remedies and medicine for him, just in case he needed them. I didn’t want to be up at 11pm with a sick baby, scrambling for cough syrup or something to boost his immune system. I’m a planner by nature. This year, I’ve upped my game. I am not playing. As always, consult…

Green Beans with Garlic and Tomatoes

Growing up, my grandmother always made green beans. Granted, they were from a can, but they were SO good. She added butter and sautéed onions and they were a cheap, delicious side dish. A common meal would have been ground beef and spices or roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and a side of green beans. For not having any idea about health or nutrition, this was a pretty healthy meal. We’ve complicated healthy eating so much over the years. Vegan, paleo, low-carb, vegetarian, pescetarian, etc. But our grandmothers (or great grandmothers at this point) knew something we didn’t: real, whole food is best. They didn’t worry about labeling the way they ate. They just ate. My grandmother grew up with a garden in her urban backyard Pennsylvania rowhouse. Her parents went to the local farmer for their meat. They ate what they grew and bought locally (and organically – before…

Meal Prep Monday

Every Sunday I meal prep my ass off. If and when I don’t do this – we ended up eating out about 17 times. I love to have food already made in my fridge. It’s so convenient. It makes my life SO much easier. If there’s one piece of advice I can give anyone trying to eat healthier (aside from eating good, whole, real, organic food), it’s that you should be meal prepping every Sunday. And if you need ideas, just come here and check out my Meal Prep Monday posts. We’re all busy. A lot of us are parents. Most of us work. At the end of the day, it’s so nice to have good, healthy food already made to just pull out of the fridge and heat up. This week I made: paleo lasagna roasted chicken and veggies paleo taco lasagna four smoothies sautéed mushrooms I used these…

10 Tips To Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

Bring your own dessert, appetizer or dish to a party – you’ll have healthier treats and the host will love you. Whenever I go to a holiday party, I always bring a lil’ something I know I’ll feel good about snacking on. This includes stuffed mushrooms, veggie tray with Tessemae’s ranch, a healthy lil’ charcuterie plate, gluten-free cookies, etc. This way I know I’ll definitely have a healthy option and won’t be stuck with food that is full of gluten, dairy or sugar. Plan ahead and schedule workouts 5x a week. This is CRUCIAL. I would never workout if I didn’t plan them. I’m a busy mom that works from home, if a workout isn’t in my planner, it isn’t going to happen. I use this Lilly Pulitzer planner. I usually do yoga and will sit down every Sunday night and pick five times that either my husband or mother…

Gluten-Free Frosted Sugar Cookies

When the holidays hit, I’m overcome with the compulsion to bake. And you guys – I’ll be honest, baking is NOT my strong suit. Although these cookies may change that. Because these suckers are REALLY good. As soon as that Friday after Thanksgiving hits, I’m obsessed with making frosted sugar cookies. They scream Christmas to me (although I used natural/non-toxic food coloring for these so they look a little more Easter-y). My husband said they actually kind of looked like the pies in the movie Hook, when Robin Williams and all the kids sit down to have a feast. You know, when he schools Rufio? Two years ago I really started experimented with gluten-free frosted sugar cookies. They were terrible. Again – I’m not a baker! I love to cook and I’m pretty good at it, but baking? Literally only during the holidays. Last year I tried some more recipes.…