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Third Trimester Update

As I write this, I’m well into my third trimester at almost 36 weeks. My c-section is scheduled for next week so I thought it would be the perfect time for a third trimester update. Read why I have to have a c-section here. This pregnancy has been different from my first in so many ways. When I got pregnant with Everett, I had a miscarriage six months prior. I was terrified of miscarrying again. I ran to the bathroom constantly to make sure I wasn’t spotting, which is how my miscarriage started. I bled for two weeks before miscarrying. It was torture. When I started spotting with Everett, I was convinced I was having a miscarriage. I was devastated. I cried hysterically. I felt gutted and terrified, like I’d never be able to have a child. But the cause of the bleeding was never identified, and I continued to…

Gluten-Free Shrimp, Artichoke, Spinach & Tomato Pasta

This 20 minute gluten-free shrimp, artichoke, spinach & tomato pasta came about when I felt too lazy to make lunch. I’m pregnant, I work from home and I really just felt like walking up to Chipotle. This is the danger of living within walking distance of a Chipotle. Wanting it ALL the time. Eating ALL the Chipotle. But I persevered. I got my ass up and opened my fridge and stared in for a solid seven minutes. My toddler was running around in his winter boots (it’s August, by the way) and our amazing sitter was chasing him. I tend to look at random ingredients until some sort of plan forms in my brain. I had frozen shrimp and artichokes, spinach that was just beginning to wilt, I always keep brown rice and quinoa pasta in my pantry, Ya’ll know I always have butter. I can’t live without it. If…

The Impossible Burger: Unhealthy and Bad For the Environment?

After writing about Beyond Meat, I figured it was time to pull the plug on the Impossible Burger. Because when it comes down to it, the reality is that the ingredients in the Impossible Burger have been linked to serious health issues and environmental damage. When did food grown in a lab become everyone’s idea of health food? When did it become sustainable? We have become so detached from our food, how it was grown and who grew it. It truly represents how disconnected from nature our society is. While the intention behind the Impossible Burger may be good, and I’m sure it is, the reality is that this is not food. This is not environmentally friendly. This is not sustainable. This is not health or nutrition. And let me explain why. First, let’s take a look at the ingredient list. Full Ingredient List:  Water, Textured Wheat Protein, Coconut Oil,…

Paleo + Gluten-Free Postpartum Freezer Meals

I am a planner. I love to plan just about everything in my life. Vacations, date nights, work days. I don’t know why I find planning so enjoyable. But I actually had a ton of fun planning these paleo + gluten-free postpartum freezer meals. I think it gives me a sense of calm. Like if I’m prepared, the postpartum newborn haze will be a lot easier. And honestly, it will be. When I had my first son unexpectedly, I came home to a fridge full of rotten food (we were in the hospital for two weeks!) and no food prepared ahead of time. I was in so much pain from the fibroid removal, emergency c-section AND vaginal birth (read about that HERE) that I could barely move. I had to sit at my kitchen island and give my husband instructions on how to make a lasagna. He is good at…

How I’m Preparing For My Natural C-Section

To say that I’m not thrilled about having to have a c-section is a bit of an understatement. While everyone has told me that planned c-sections aren’t terrible, I’m still a little traumatized from my first birth. With Everett, I went into labor, was crowning, was rushed into an emergency c-section, put under anesthesia, quickly cut into to discover a large fibroid, got a myomectomy (fibroid removal), my uterus was cut vertically (which is much more difficult to recover from) and after all that – he came out vaginally anyway. This is why I’m doing everything I can to make this birth go as swimmingly as possible so I thought I’d share how I’m preparing for my natural c-section. A natural c-section might sound a bit backward – how could it be natural? It’s not really, but I’m making it as natural as possible. I talked to my OB about…

Second Trimester Update

The family and I just got back from Folly Beach and it was a much needed vacation. My first trimester was a bit challenging – I was incredibly nauseous and had serious food aversions. I ate way more junk food than usual. It was also a bit difficult just because we had such horrible weather. DC was freezing cold all winter and then rained all spring. This picture was actually taken in my 28th week which is the third trimester but I haven’t been taking regular bump pics! Did anyone slack on these with their second pregnancy? I feel so bad! I had so many more pictures when I was pregnant with Everett. More and more I feel like I’m connecting with this baby in my belly. It’s not that he wasn’t planned, but I got pregnant so easily that I was just surprised. I thought it would take longer.…

An Unbiased Review of Beautycounter

Whenever I do reviews, I’m inevitably accused of selling a competing product. This review is the only review I’ve done (thus far) in which I sell the actual product. Let me assure you, I’m brutally honest. Just in general, but I also intend to be brutally honest in this review. This will absolutely be an unbiased review of Beautycounter, both the ingredients and the products I’ve tried (spoiler alert: I hate some of them!). Let’s get this out of the way – Beautycounter’s products are not organic, they are not the cleanest or safest or most non-toxic on the market. This is a simple fact. But they are safer than majority of products on the market and they’re instituting a lot of change in the the cosmetics game. Beautycounter advocates (quite literally, they lobby for safer skincare) for safer cosmetic laws. Speaking of which, the last time congress passed a…

Paleo Jap Chae

I love Asian style noodles and while these isn’t a traditional jap chae recipe, this paleo jap chae is seriously delicious. And healthy. And filling. It’s such an easy dinner to throw together and is perfect to meal prep for lunches throughout the week. The noodles are made from sweet potato starch, which is a paleo approved safe starch and Whole30 approved too! I love this recipe because it’s loaded with veggies, it’s so flavorful and has a punch of protein from the steak. Just be sure to get grass-fed steak, preferably from your local farmers market. It’s cheaper to buy it there too. Beef gets a bad rap but grass-fed beef is actually amazing for the environment. This is something so wonderfully articulated in the book The Vegetarian Myth. And also Folks, This Ain’t Normal. I highly recommend reading both. Grass-fed beef regenerates and nourishes the land. What most…

Meal Prep Monday

This week I made: cauliflower rice jap chae (recipe will be up tomorrow!) split pea soup in my crockpot hard boiled eggs Here’s how I did it: First, I got the soup going. I love my crockpot. I chopped an onion and celery and tossed ’em in. Then I added a bag of almost empty carrots and broccoli. I added the rest of my split peas, a bunch of bone broth and a ham hock. I popped the top on, turned it on high and got it out three hours later. It really was as simple as that. I pulled all the meat off the ham hock, which was a lot. You really don’t need specific recipes to make simple meals like this. Second, I made a ton of jap chae. It basically involves sauteeing a bunch of vegetables and steak and tossing it all with coconut aminos and sweet…

Natural Remedies For An Ear Infection

Earlier this week I woke up with throbbing pain in my left ear. I thought that I slept on it wrong and went about my business. But a few hours later, my ear was pulsing with pain. It was constantly aching. And intermittently, it felt like someone was stabbing my ear from the inside. The entire left side of my face hurt. It hurt to swallow. I knew what this was: an ear infection. Thank God for my arsenal of natural remedies for an ear infection because by the next day, I was almost back to normal. Ages ago I purchased these natural remedies for an ear infections in case my son, Everett happened to get one. He’s a baby. It’s not uncommon for them. Last November, he spiked a fever and had labored breathing. I took him to urgent care, where they diagnosed an ear infection. They sent me…