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My Stats and Symptoms with My First Pregnancy

My Stats and Symptoms with My First Pregnancy

Tracking My First Pregnancy

I am definitely a numbers girl. I love data, and so, when I found out that we were pregnant. I thought it would be fun to track everything from my symptoms, weight, emotions, etc.

It has been great to look back on for several reasons. I got to see what helped my different symptoms, and that has been especially helpful in my second pregnancy. I also thought it was interesting to learn more about my body through conceiving, birth and postpartum.

I loved keeping track of all the appointments and what we talked about. I thought keeping track of stats and questions were really helpful to look back on. Plus, it made me feel confident that I was doing a good job taking care of my baby, which was actually really reassuring. When I felt so out of control of your body in many ways, this helped me feel more in control.

I also liked to track my weight and digestion to make sure that I was eating balanced food. By keeping a chart, it was easy to see that I got bloated and constipated when I ate junk food or too many treats. I didn’t want to go into pregnancy with the common mindset of it being a free for all or eating for two. I wanted to gain enough healthy weight for my baby, and then, be able to lose it easily and in a healthy way. For me, I was able to learn that gaining between 20-25 lb allows me to have a healthy 8 lb 2 oz baby with a large placenta. I credit that to eating a lot of whole foods and exercising regularly.

Finally, I made notes from baby center and reminders for myself of when to start taking certain supplements or do certain exercises. I planned for a natural birth, and so, I had some additional things to keep track of. It was really helpful to know that at least weekly, I would look at this spreadsheet and get reminders to start certain regiments. It was really helpful!

 My Stats and Symptoms with My Son in 2015

Week Dates Ideal Weight Gain-Single Actual Weight Exercise How am I feeling? Cravings/Appetite
1 12/31/2014 130 130 run
  • eat 6 dates a day
  • increase Vitamin C
  • get appointments for Webster techniques/exercises
2 1/7/2014 130 130 run
  • moody
  • breast tenderness
  • not any major symptoms
  • tracking CM for ovulation
  • using Pre-seed during the expected fertility window
3 1/14/2015 130 129 run
  • getting tired and nauseous
  • I don’t really want to eat much
  • I need to put together workouts
  • January 8th (1 dpo)-feel very nauseous throughout the day, dizzy, headachey, and I do not have any more visible CM in my underwear. I am guessing I ovulated yesterday, and therefore, I am in my luteal phase. I think I am getting sick because of the rising progesterone. I need to eat more grains and greens this week so I don’t get sick., I don’t recall having sex this day
  • -Jan 9 (2 dpo)-had last glass of wine, i think we were still using pre-seed for a few days
  • -January 10th (3 dpo) – relaxing day, errands, went out on a date night to Longhorn Steakhouse, I remember around these days thinking that some CM came back and temps got weird for a second and wondered if I miscalculated O’ing (or just increased white CM in luteal phase)
  • -January 12 (5 dpo)-had a lot of cramping, pinching in abdomen and had a very strange hot flash in the morning, felt kind of snappy in the evening when Brendon ate candy without me and I had wanted to make s’mores but I don’t think I showed it, also increased libido, for once I didn’t think our bedroom was cold, Snap slept by my feet all night last night which hasn’t happened in awhile
  • -January 13 (6 dpo) -BFN, little nauseous on the way to work and feverish, Anne even said I was flushed and felt my head, some waves of cold, wanted treats badly and normally I am indifferent (had a brownie), I smell really strong to myself (sweet, bready), annoyed when dinner wasn’t ready when I got home, they say animals are very attracted to pregnant women or kids just know you are pregnant-Brynn was very attached to me that night (for comfort and love) and she mentioned having a sister, felt bloated and some cramping
  • **first positive pregnancy test was 5 days after this day-I have read it can take that long for a urine test to show a positive. The implantation occurred in the afternoon, and the urine test was in the morning.(so really 4 days??)
  • January 15 (8 dpo)- BFN, I cried on the way to work today, but who know if that was because of pregnancy or because i am in a bad mood because of how people treated me last night, some pain in breasts, woke up feeling hungover/headachy (but Brendon said he did too so maybe it’s just the cold weather drying us out), feeling warm, feeling headachy. by the afternoon I am in absolute rage mode (probably shouldn’t talk to anyone especially Brendon) and I am really dreading being around Brynn this weekend. I don’t want to spend my birthday with her and skiing seems like such an utter hassle, heightened anxiety (Bre texting to say Brynn has fever of 103), thought I was going to puke at Kroger, didn’t want graham cracker and icing when Brendon made it
  • -January 18 (11 dpo) – BFN, used dip strip and FRER and both Neg, boobs hurt this morning, could barely stomach food for lunch, nap in afternoon, nausea in evening, hot flash at night
  • -Jan 19 (12 dpo) – faintest positive line (BFP), used dipstrip, nausea has increased and I still feel hot, last week I tapered off one pill of maca and today I took away one pill of vitex, I still feel hot and thirsty, out of breath after walking up stairs, tightness in abdomen, got my blood work done this morning and asked that they add a blood pregnancy test into the test request, took a test when I got home and it was fainter than the morning (only could see it if you held the morning test next to it)-I drank a lot of water during the day so it makes sense it would dilute, fatigue
  • – Jan 20 (13 dpo) – faint BFP again using dip strip, hot face and thirsty, a little nausea with coffee but not very nauseous all day (took b6), blood work came back with a slight positive (17.0 hcg) so I have to go back tomorrow to test again
  • -January 21st would be my expected next period- BFP on dipstrip and FRER (both very visible), very emotional, 4 weeks pregnant today, went to get my bloodwork done again, I have read that HCG levels don’t consistently start to double until 6-7 weeks, call this week to schedule appt with OB-GYN, doctor called and said that my level is at 47.6 (multiplied by 2.8 since last test) but they want me to come back and test again in a week, when we took a shower at night I noticed darkening of my breast skin and size
4 (end month 1) 1/21/2015 130 130 run
  • positive pregnancy test
  • emotional
  • exhausted
  • cramps
  • hard to run
5 1/28/2015 131 130 run
  •  retest blood work: new HCG level is 936.7 (levels are multiplying by 2.7 every 48 hours)
  • cramping
  • gassy
6 2/4/2015 131 130 run
  •  restless leg
  • vivid dreams
  • boobs are sore
7 2/11/2015 131.5 130 minimal
  • fatigue, morning sickness
8 (end month 2) 2/18/2015 132 130 minimal
  • fatigue, nausea, had some anal bleeding on 2/17/15 and 2/18
9 2/25/2015 132.5 130 minimal
10 3/4/2015 133 130.6 minimal
  • noticing cravings for spicy food and Mexican food
11 3/11/2015 133.5 132 run, strength
  • getting energy back
12 3/18/2015 134 132.2 run, walk
  • swollen feet
  • ears plugged-due to water retention?
  • very itchy back and shoulders
13 (end 1st Trimester) 3/25/2014 134.5 134.2 run, walk
  • ** start drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea every day once second trimester starts
  • bump up calories
  • baby’s heartrate 163
  • 4.2 weight gain in first trimester
  • nuceal fold 0.102? or 1.02 can’t remember – very low risk
14 4/1/2015 135 135.4 run, strength
15 4/8/2015 135.5 135.8 run, strength
  • very bloated and sluggish from holiday weekend
16 4/15/2015 136 136 run, strength
  • vitamins made me throw up on 4/12/15, ligaments around uterus/groin tense
17 (end month 4) 4/22/2015 136.5 136.2 run, strength
  • to gain 0.5 lb per week -250 calories extra per day
  • start webster technique appts (Volz Family Chiropractic Cedar St. Holt, MI) – first appt on 4/18/15
  • stop biking per Dr. Tremp
  • baby’s heart rate 158
  • said if I am not feeling hungry then I am eating enough
18 4/29/2015 137 137.8 run
  • had a few more treats than usual this past week and started exercising more – so I think this extra weight gain is muscle or water weight
19 5/6/2015 138 138.6 run,swim,bike
  • genetic testing: 1/980 risk factor based on age, 1/100,000 risk based on test, negative test results for downs and trisomy
  • ate a ton for Brendon’s birthday=bloated, getting fuller faster/bloated (was 139.6 technically on Wednesday but that was a lot of bloating and not real weight gain so I officially used Thursday’s weight-planning to be better about how many treats I eat
20 (find out gender) 5/13/2015 139 138.8 run, bike
  • gender reveal = BOY
  • started to wear pregnancy girdle (Gabrialla) just when running
  • heart rate is 150
  • small cyst on brain (similar to blister)-rechecked at 28 weeks to make it goes away
  • baby currently breech (butt down)
  • anterior placenta but high so not a concern
21 (end month 5) 5/20/2015 140 140.2 run,bike
  • Hypnobabies and hospital paperwork
  • pick baby name and color of room
22 5/27/2015 141 141.8 run, bike
  • loving french dip sammies (beef and blue cheese)
  • felt like it was a growth spurt week with hunger and extra sleeping/napping
23 6/3/2015 142 143 run, bike
  • pretty bloated or growth spurt this week
  • went for sushi and snacked (was really 144.4 on Wed but knew it was from sushi)
24 (viability) 6/10/2015 143 143.8 run, bike
  • **schedule check in to hospital and placenta encapsulation (Red Cedar Birth)
  • start doing MRYTL routine
  • start having him listen to things (music, lectures, stories)
  • ran a 6 miler this week and started wearing compression socks while running
  • having some acid issues while running
  • heartbeat 144, my blood pressure was 100/80
25 6/17/2015 144 143.6 run
  • digestive system is a mess
  • running is harder
  • nesting in full effect
26 (end month 6) 6/24/2015 145 143.8 run, kayak
  • complete fitness journal
  • order belle bandit
  • on Saturday woke up and gained a pound overnight, went to bathroom but didn’t feel it was ‘enough’ considering how much fruit/veg I ate, and then on Tuesday took cranberry pill with lemon water, on Wed morning, system totally cleaned out and I lost the lb
27 (end 2nd Trimester) 7/1/2015 146 146.2 run, bike
  • start eating 400 extra calories per day to gain 1 lb per week-focus on protein and keep carbs/sugars moderate
28 7/8/2015 147 146.2 run, swim
  • 7/1/15 – ran 6 miles and had intense BH contractions for a few hours-at appt doctor said I should reduce running because premature labor is considered 5-6 contractions for 2 hours
  • appt (7/6/15)-while checking cyst-cyst gone
  • posterior/anterior baby?-posterior (need to start doing spinning babies exercises), head down?- head down; heartbeat = 132; BP = 104/70; TDAP shot; glucose test=passed; iron level=passed, by end of second trimester
  • I ran 300.4 miles in pregnancy
29 7/15/2015 148 146.8 run
  • It is typically recommended to be drinking 30oz of RRLT a day beginning at 30 weeks, staying regular by eating greens and flax seed, aiming for 15 miles a week (5 * 3 miles), forward lean inversion
  • Appt 7/21: measuring right on 29 weeks fundal height, glucose test-68 (they just want it to be under 140), iron-12 (most pregnant women get 10-11, which is barely passing), heart rate-134, Dr. Tremp said only sticking point for birthplan is they want you to have at least a heplock but prefer IV, said he is still in my pelvis
  • http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diagnostics/hic-blood-glucose-test results 50-70 for glucose are only seen in healthy people
30 (end month 7) 7/22/2015 149 147.8 run
  • start packing hospital bag and have nursery together, make big sibling basket, baby should go head down around this week, able to go #2 twice a day at this point (6am and 3:30pm)
  • comfort measures class
31 7/29/2015 150 146.4 run
  • 7/23-weight went down to 146.8, 7/24-weight went down to 146.2 (still going twice a day because of increased veggies)
32 8/5/2015 151 146.2 run
  • want to start taking the calcium/magnesium supplement (with dinner) I bought to support my mineral levels-it is supposed to help with labor contractions (Ca & Mg)
  • Get organized with diaper stockpile (approximately what we will need for 1st year):
  • Newborn: 13¢ – 16¢ (approx. 252 diapers)-currently have 128 (need 124)
  • Size 1: 11¢ – 14¢ (approx. 280 diapers)-currently have 288
  • Size 2: 14¢ – 16¢ (approx. 560 diapers)-currently have 620
  • Size 3: 16¢ – 19¢ (approx. 1368 diapers)-currently have 1044 (still need 324)
  • Second Year:
  • Size 4: 19¢ – 22¢
  • Size 5: 22¢ – 26¢
  • Size 6: 26¢ – 30¢
  • **in these last two months really focus on protein intake to support surfactant protein A (SP-A) production (baby’s lungs) that are the last to mature in utero and signal when he is ready to be born (hormone release)
  • hunger has increased since 7/30 and starting to get more tired
  • 8/4 appt with Dr. Mirate- blood pressure 118/78, she said Noah is staying on left side and head down (I might have a horn on that side of my uterus to explain why he has always been on that side), he is measuring right on even though I haven’t gained weight/lost weight, his heartrate- 137
  • emailed doula to set up birth plan meeting
33 8/12/2015 152 147.2 run
  • 4 lbs & 17 inches (based on Baby Center)
  • Dr. Herman says for sachral discomfort lean over a table/counter and sway & sit on birth ball
  • night of 8/11 – had an hours long episode of Braxton Hicks with nausea
  • 8/17 – Dr. Seiler said measuring right on for 33 weeks, heartbeat – 136 and very easy to find
  • birth center tour: TDaP for parentsCan leave 24 hours after delivery, if strep B negative, for vaginal birthCircumcision happens around 24 hoursBaby has to wait 2 hours after circumcision to be released
  • had some Klavon’s and just seemed to have some issues staying regular twice a day without taking Fiber and wasn’t able to go to bathroom first thing everyday
34 8/19/2015 153 147.8 run
  • 4.75 lb (based on Baby Center)
  • once I hit this week, if I went into labor, I would not have to be shipped to Sparrow for high risk birth – can stay at McLaren
  • noticed an increase in exhaustion and anxiety – cortisol must be surging quite a bit right now so I need to focus on supporting my adrenals and sleeping
  • not able to go #2 first thing in the morning anymore – need to take fiber/caffeine/water and still it takes until about 8:30
35 (end month 8) 8/26/2015 154 147 run
  • 8/21/15 – was told I look like I have dropped, feeling more pressure in vag/low belly (stretch marks came in)/increased constipation but not sure because I don’t have to pee that much more
  • 8/24/15 – having much more intense BH with twinges/pinches in cervix (effacement or dilation?), back pain, had two ribs out at chiropractor this week
  • 8/25/15 – thought I peed myself this morning then saw underwear, and I am pretty sure I lost at least a huge part of my mucus plug, back pain to the point of feeling nauseaous
  • 5.25 lb & 18 inches (based on Baby Center)
  • have nursery done and shopping done
  • Can hand express milk after 35 weeks; refrigerate for 48 hours(?), and then freeze. Can be used for 24 hours after thawing
  • last run (he dropped on a nerve on 8/28 – made it to about 450 miles run in pregnancy
36 9/2/2015 155 148.6 run, walk (done running because he dropped)
  • 6 lb & 18.5 inches (based on Baby Center)
  • sciatic nerve pain on left side for a week or two 8/28 – tried to run in morning and something happened where I cannot even walk properly without holding sciatic nerve, did forward leaning inversion and that seemed to move him and help him continue to drop (I have to get up and pee once a night now)
  • start doing perineal massage with oil, evening primerose oil, listen to birth day affirmations
  • 9/1/15 – Dr. Tremp appt: He was very active, did Group B Strep, he is fully engaged and in pelvis (She said with runners babies go low early, and once I start contracting the pressure on my cervix will make it dilate), measuring right on track
  • **Head to hospital when contractions are 45 sec long, can’t talk, 5 min apart for at least an hour
37 9/9/2015 156 148.2 swim, walk
  • 6.33 lb & 19 in (based on Baby Center)
  • start pumping colostrum, bake almond joy oatmeal cookies, relax/boost oxytocin (eat favorite foods and be affectionate) some people stop gaining weight at this stage because they are so large and everything is pushed out, clean the house
  • have 37 week appt with doulas, drink coconut water with pineapple juice; Food mentioned containing oxytocin besides chocolate include protein rich foods, such as eggs. chicken, beans, apples, bananas, beets, watermelon and wheat germ, if you’re not allergic to any of them.
  • boost melatonin with tart cherry juice at night, coconut water at night supports adrenals to relax
  • reduce cortisol/stress – sugar and inflammatory foods raise cortisol
  • nadi shodhana (stress reliever)
  • strong sense of calm for the last week to week and a half – for the past few weeks I have really focused on my fat intake (i.e. adding a spoonful of sunflower seed butter (contains zinc that helps use hormonal data), lox, coconut/almond butter, butter, etc. I have not gained more weight just hoping to support Noah’s development (brain, heart, lungs) and my hormones to prepare us both for birth
  • adding mango to fruit I eat in morning seems to be keeping me regular again
  • adding vinegar to water that you drink before any high carb intake lessens the blood sugar spike you would undergo by about 30%, going for walk right after food does the same thing as well-vinegar also good to do before Group B test
  • pelvis very mobile
  • 9/6/15 – we went to McLaren to check if water had broken: water had not broken, Noah was extremely active with heartbeat of 125, was less than a cm dilated, cervix long (not effaced?) and GBS test was negative, my blood pressure was perfect, contractions could be seen on monitor I just couldn’t feel them
  • appt 9/9/15 – contractions and cervical pressure yesterday means it’s close, heart rate 138 but he was moving a lot away from Dr. Tremp, measuring right at 37 weeks, breasts hurt, my blood pressure = 104/68
38 9/16/2014 157 149.4 walk, bounce on birth ball
  • average baby is 6.8 lb & 19.5 in long (according to Baby Center)
  • walk up stairs – every other step while taking wide steps (to get baby low)
  • laughing during labor-makes labor progress more swiftly, ensures lots of blood is still flowing to uterus/baby, reduces perineum damage. similar to hypnosis, endorphins are released, nature’s best pain killer.
  • feeling nauseous this week, fuller, but also harder to go to the bathroom
  • 9/14/15 appt with Dr. Seiler – heartbeat at 148, feeling nauseous, measuring on track, active
  • methods to induce: ran out of dates, pineapple, sex, bouncing on birth ball, Evening Primrose Oil, walking
39 (full term) 9/23/2015 158 152.8 bounce, walk, swim
  • average baby is 7 lb & 20 in long (according to Baby Center)
  • nausea, contractions, tightening in back (mid to upper), had lots of sex this week and EPO
  • made some unhealthy eating choices this week – Thursday – Monday (grilling night at life group, monte cristo/sweet potato fries/two sugar cookies at Kara’s shower, Buddies’ for lunch Sunday, Dairy Dan’s on Monday) so I think this led to bloating and the higher perceived weight gain this week
  • 9/18 – constipated, took fiber day before and today, lots of fruit and no urge
  • irritable/moody, fatigued – progesterone dropping and preparing for birth?
  • 9/22 – 3 hours of contractions 4 – 10 min apart and they got more intense. Went to bed and they stopped (even had sex to try and induce).
  • 9/23 – nausea, body clearing itself out in morning, contractions all day, went to chiropractor/bounced on ball/spinning babies inversion/sex/EPO
  • 9/24 – appt with Dr. Maser – blood pressure 106/72, heart rate – 130, cervical check – 3 cm dilated, 75% effaced, and his head is VERY low, predicted to have him by the weekend, measuring 37 for fundal height, also lost a large amount of mucus while in the waiting room of the office
40 (end month 9) 9/30/2015 159 151.2 bounce, walk, run/jog
  • 9/26-9/28 – nausea & diarrhea getting progressively worse each day, more tired, more mucus, lots of sensations of opening in cervix and he seems to be getting lower somehow
  • 9/29 – Dr. Tremp, about 3 cm, 80% effaced, -2 station (low), measuring 39 weeks, stripped membranes
  • average baby is 7.5 lb & 20 in long (according to Baby Center)
  • after giving birth assess weight and set up fitness plan, bio oil if I have stretch marks, take glucosamine postpartum for sore joints that still have relaxin, take blessed thistle with fenugreek to up milk supply
Birth 9/30/2015 151.2 Water broke at 7 pm in bathroom as we were trying to go to the Y, and he was born at 10: 24 pm. I told Brynn and Brendon to still go and I would get ready. I started gushing on floor and ran up to our shower. Then I grabbed a towel and put on running shorts to hold it. I went downstairs to finish stuff like Brynn’s lunch for the next day and stood on another towel. Left the house with contractions 2-3 min apart. Got to hospital check in at 8:33. In triage, I was checked at over 9 cm and +1 station. Before then I was very scared for what I was feeling so intensely because things were progressing so fast, but I didn’t know. I was telling Brendon “But, seriously I want drugs. Our nurse was also a doula, and she was just telling me to get through each one. Standing up during contractions and relaxing pelvic floor. Bleeding meant cervical change. The nurse was going to have Brendon fill out paperwork but changed her mind when she saw there was no time. We had to back date it and fill it out after the birth, First check in delivery room was a 10. I fell into Brendon during a contraction and said I have to poop. They told me to get on the table so I didn’t have the baby on the floor. Then they said, “You wanted a natural birth right? Well, good because you don’t have a choice. Started pushing on side but was not very effective. Pooping. Started pushing on back. 3- 10 sec pushes per contraction. I started out going very hard pushing at first part but that wore me out. They gave me some oxygen because it seemed I was tiring and Noah’s heartrate was going down (even though he has always had a low runner heartrate). Maser told me to ease into it, and it started going a lot faster. Started to feel “ring of fire”, but it wasn’t unbearable. Contractions slow down during pushing to let you rest, and they are not really painful, just pressure. I just knew it was getting closer. They were pouring oil or water on me to stretch. They told me he had a lot of hair, I asked what color, and they said black. I said “aww, like his daddy”, and that seemed to perk me up. As I was making progress, they asked me to keep pressure down there so that he would stay there, and they were amazed with the control I had, especially for not having an epidural. I got the head out, and Dr. Maser said for the rest to do small pushes. He came out with a nucal hand, which was really uncomfortable and his face got a bit of a bruise. I did not tear though. Brendon was very involved and got to watch everything, which made him so excited after. When they plopped him on my stomach, they asked Brendon to cut the cord and he said “Alright!” with a huge smile and proudly grabbed the scissors. I delivered the placenta, and it was huge meaning good nutrition and high oxygen due to running. They stamped Noah’s footprints on his arms, and he was proudly showing them off. He went over with Noah for the weight check, and Noah grabbed his finger very tightly. He was strong.
  • exposing him to fresh air in the afternoon may help him to sleep at night (go for walks/runs): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1477238/A-daily-dose-of-fresh-air-helps-babies-to-sleep-longer-at-night.html
  • exposing him to a second language and music early may make him smarter – play music during day time naps
10/2/2015 141.6
10/3/2015 140.2
10/4/2015 138
10/5/2015 135.4
10/6/2015 136 walking, play music/red to him/expose him to different languages to stimulate brain, tummy time
10/7/2015 135 cluster feeding day and night
10/8/2015 135 uterus definitely shrinking back to normal, start pumping even when he is not feeding
10/9/2015 134.8 kegels, exercises while breastfeeding
10/12/2015 135
  • itchy rash on butt and legs (cleanse liver because it is overwhelmed processing hormones -apple cider vinegar, probiotics)
  • need to increase milk supply- coconut water, power pumping, red raspberry leaf tea, flaxseed, coconut oil, lactation cookies, brewers yeast, oats (Noah has not gained weight since peds appt last week- even after cluster feeding and feedings every 2-3 hours)
    low estrogen
    trying to walk every day 2-4 miles, do squats, etc
10/14/2015
  • skin to skin to stimulate prolactin for more milk & pumping after feeding, ran walked-wear running pregnancy belt to support pelvic floor
10/18/2015 134.4
  • eating more veggies and body has started pooping more, itch is less
10/30/2015
  • my weight loss seems to be stalling, dealing with some constipation this week when Noah went through a growth spurt and was feeding all the time, bleeding stopped this week and I am running 15 miles a week
  • figuring out how many calories I burn breast feeding (each oz is 20 calories):
  • 3 weeks – 3 months: 24-32 oz/currently pumping at night – approximately 600 calories burned from breastfeeding
  • try to lose last 5 lb – follow SANE diet (water, fiber, protein, fats, low fructose fruits) double digit serving of veggies a day
11/18/2015
  • my weight is still at a plateau, did add double digit servings of veggies, cut coffee
  • plan to give up sugar for a time to lose last 5 lb and start doing pilates to tone stomach (no processed foods)
  • noticed on 11/17 that I had some white cervical mucus but it seemed the infertile type – plan to monitor if I have some fertile mucus to start to track ovulation
  • start to bring square of dark chocolate to lifegroup instead of having dessert
  • adrenal reset – fat/protein in morning and midday, but add carbs after 3 pm to reset cortisol
**for my height if I stay under 159 lb, I get to stay in the category of “healthy weight” even while pregnant
after delivery 12/19- weight 133.8…finally thinking my body is healing 2.5 months later – adrenals regulating and hormones balancing
sit on exercise ball to strengthen abs
1/17/16 – 131.8 weight
We’re Pregnant with Baby #2!

We’re Pregnant with Baby #2!

We are so excited to be pregnant with our next and probably final child!

We are so excited about welcoming another baby to our family in January 2018. We are considering it the “final leg” of our Speedy Thiede marathon relay team. Yes, we are runner geeks.

Conceiving this time was such a guessing game since I am still breastfeeding our son. It took until he was 16 months old for my cycle to return. I continued to pump at work until about 15 months, and when together, he nursed 4-5 times a day still. So, my body was not ready for another baby.

I kept trying to guess what my body was doing, but because I wasn’t cycling, I had no idea. I spent many months guessing what my body was doing and taking a bunch of negative pregnancy tests. It was really frustrating. Since I wasn’t having a cycle we planned to have sex every few days to try to catch the first ovulation before I would have a period.

Breastfeeding while Trying to Conceive

I was all for Noah nursing until he was ready to wean, and I love the idea of tandem nursing. However, this comes with its own set of complications, especially when trying to have another baby. Until I was able to nurse less or low enough amounts that my prolactin levels decreased to a level that allowed me to ovulate. That took about 7 months from when we were open to having another baby until I had my first post-partum period. Part of this delay occurred because I continued to pump at work for longer than I needed. Emotionally, I wasn’t ready to stop that because of all the nursing issues we had. I had a complex about providing every drop of milk that I could. Once I was able to make peace with the fact that he is incredibly healthy, I was able to let go of pumping, and I WAS SO MUCH HAPPIER to be able to let go!

MyFLO app

Finally, I heard that Alissa Vitti, author of Woman Code, was coming out with a MyFLO app. Typically, I am very frugal and would scoff at the cost of even a $1.99 app. However, I knew this one would be worth it.

In the app, you track your monthly cycle and symptoms. The app starts to recognize where you have issues, what areas of your cycle are long or short based on your symptoms, and the best part is it recommends lifestyle and food choices to help improve your symptoms.

Every month, I had less and less symptoms, and by the time we got pregnant, I had no symptoms. Plus, I have had a way easier first trimester this time, which I will discuss in another blog post.

Want to hear more about some Mama Bear Updates? Watch my video chit chat about life and the business!

Cassava Flour Pizza: Mommypotamus Recipe Review

Cassava Flour Pizza: Mommypotamus Recipe Review

Pizza is my weakness! What about you?

I love pizza! It really is my favorite food, and as a runner, I loved having it after long runs. However, after switching to a real food diet, getting take out pizza wasn’t happening anymore. I eat mostly gluten-free and try to keep my family that way. But, let’s be honest, sometimes gluten-free recipes aren’t good.

Then, I found this recipe. 

It tastes great, and it makes two pizzas, which is great for a family.

We topped it with bacon, broccoli, pesto, and tomato. Noah, Brendon, and I loved it! It tasted a lot to me like the pizza you make when you use one of those dough packets you can get at the grocery store.

Watch Noah and I make the recipe!

Recipe

Here is the recipe for the dough.

Review

I definitely recommend putting oil on your hands to shape the dough on your baking sheets. I started out not having oil on them, and it just wasn’t working well. 

I think it is great that the recipe makes two because for a family with various tastes you can make one that should please everyone. Plus, it doesn’t taste gluten-free! It tastes like a typical pizza that even the pickiest eater would love! I love that it bakes well and doesn’t seem like it would be very likely to be screwed up.

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Batch Cooking Sample Menu : 2 hours of Cooking for 5 Weeknight Dinners

Batch Cooking Sample Menu : 2 hours of Cooking for 5 Weeknight Dinners

2 Hours of Cooking for 5 Weeknight Meals

 

Are you a parent that doesn’t have time to cook? Or doesn’t want to cook?

I’ve talked with many parents, and they have several struggles  when it comes to feeding their family. Two main struggles are finding the time to cook healthy meals and cooking food their kids will actually eat.

Well, here is my solution, batch cooking and meal prepping for the week! You may have heard those terms before, but without having done it before, it may seem intimidating. However, here is a plan to get dinner on the table every night of the week that feeds your family nutritious food, save money, and saves you time that you can spend with your family

So, to prepare, find time on the weekend to buy your groceries and find a few hours to cook. I make sure all my proteins are organic and pastured, and I can find these cheaper at my local farmer’s market. I know weekends are busy, but this could even be a fun night time activity with you and your spouse and a glass of wine.

Let’s look at the weekly menu and then the shopping list. This will be enough for a family of 4. These meals are simple recipes that do not require fancy ingredients, lots of preparation, and these staples are options that kids love! I have tried so many Pinterest perfect recipes with my picky step-daughter, and I always go back to recipes like this because they remain her favorites. Every meal offers variety, and there is even one on the go option for those nights where you have to run to an event for your kids.

 

MENU:

 

Monday: BBQ pork chops, mashed sweet potato, carrots

 

Taco Tuesday: Ground Chicken Tacos with paleo wraps, cauliflower

 

Wednesday: Egg omelette with a banana chocolate smoothie

 

Thursday: Tuna salad, grain-free crackers, carrots, strawberries

 

Friday: Beef Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Broccoli

 

Shopping List:

  • 5 lb bag of sweet potatoes
  • 2 lb pasture-raised ground chicken
  • 2 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 2 bags of carrots
  • 1 bag of favorite paleo approved tortilla wraps
  • 4 5.5 oz cans of sustainable tuna in water
  • Avocado oil mayo
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Natural relish
  • Sugar free BBQ sauce
  • 1 dozen pasture-raised eggs
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • Cocoa powder
  • Almond butter
  • Coconut milk
  • Grain free crackers
  • Strawberries
  • Natural taco seasoning
  • cinnamon

 

Here are the steps to get everything prepped for the week. Then, during the week, you can reheat or put everything together. During the week, you will need to cook and blend your smoothies on your breakfast for dinner night, and you will need to put your meal on the go containers together if there won’t be room in your fridge for those at the beginning of the week.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Fill a pot with water, place on the stove, and heat on high until boiling.
  3. Peel and chop your sweet potatoes. Cut 4-5 sweet potatoes into cubes, and 4-5 into long sticks.
  4. Cover the sweet potato sticks with a little oil, and bake it for 30 minutes.
  5. Place the cubed sweet potato into the boiling water, and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Place pork chops on a baking sheet. Cover in BBQ sauce, and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Heat two more pans on the stove on medium heat, and add coconut oil or ghee to the pans.
  8. Form 4-6 burgers with the ground beef and sea salt. Cook in one pan on each side for 5-7 minutes.
  9. In the other pan, brown the ground chicken, and add taco seasoning.
  10. Pull the meat and sweet potatoes off the heat.
  11. Boil the broccoli, and drain.
  12. Boil the carrots, and drain.
  13. Boil the cauliflower, and drain.
  14. For the cubed sweet potato, dump it into a blender and mix with 1 cup coconut milk and 2 tsp cinnamon.
  15. For the tuna salad, mix 4 cans of tuna, 1 cup avocado mayo, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, and 2 TBSP natural relish in a bowl.
  16. Store your meats, vegetables, and starches in containers in the fridge. Then, pull each component out for the right night of the week.
  17. Peel the bananas, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and freeze. Once frozen, store in a plastic bag in the freezer.When you make the smoothies, here is the recipe:

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

1 frozen banana

1 tsp almond butter

1 cup coconut milk

1 TBSP cocoa powder

 

  1. Clean up the kitchen.

 

So, within a short amount of time, you were able to prepare healthy, delicious meals that will save you time of cooking and cleaning throughout the week. Enjoy!

 

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Thriving – Our Weston A Price Success Story

Thriving – Our Weston A Price Success Story

Our story was featured in the Weston A Price journal, Wise Traditions!

Below is what I wrote in to Sally Fallon, and therefore, what got featured in the quarterly journal. I would love it though if you would hear me share my heart about our story and why I started Mama Bear Naturals in my sit down chat video that I posted here.

THRIVING

I just wanted to share my story of how the Weston A. Price Foundation has changed my life. WAPF helped me nourish my son Noah back to optimal health through breastfeeding issues. He went from doctors classifying him as borderline failure to thrive (not on the chart for his age) to now being 30.5 inches long (73rd percentile), head is 48.3 cm (95th percentile), and weight is 21 pounds 10 ounces (56th percentile). Food was really medicine for him. I found the WAPF while he was having weight gain issues, and I was looking for the best way to not only help him gain weight but flood his body with nutrients once we started solid foods.

 He was born very quickly with a nuchal hand, which caused the plates in his head to shift and he could not transfer milk well. It took until four months to figure out, and he didn’t complete craniosacral therapy until about seven months. I started exclusively pumping for a while, but he still had quite a bit of weight to make up. So, when he started solids at six months, I wanted to give him the best. These nutrient dense foods or “sacred” foods that WAPF recommends allowed him to start gaining weight quickly, complete catch up growth, and have crazy hair growth so that he needed a haircut at nine months. I noticed his head grew the most (I just knew all that healthy fat was building his brain), and the cod liver oil made his face go from narrow to round with a wide jaw and optimal facial structure. I mix his cod liver oil with half an avocado and coconut oil to mask the flavor and also add Himalayan sea salt and kelp flakes for iodine, and he has no problem with it. I call it my “supercharged guacamole”.
 I started with avocados, egg yolks, veggies with grass-fed butter and grass-fed collagen, and salmon and sweet potato. I really focused on seafood (salmon, shrimp, tuna, salmon eggs) since those were the cultures with the most optimal face structures, but I also would cook grass-fed ground beef with liver and combine that with carrots, sweet potato, or squash and fat. I think this trains kids to be healthy eaters. I now have a one-year-old who devours salmon and veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, peppers)! His first birthday breakfast was salmon lox, a runny egg, avocado, and sautéed spinach.
At his one year appointment, the doctor was amazed! He now even has a love for drums and rhythm, which is a good sign of problem-solving skills. My husband even played his trumpet a little bit in front of Noah, and then he gave it to him, who put it to his mouth and pressed the buttons like he was going to play.
 Thank you again for all your work and research. I would love to spread the word of the WAPF in any way I can
Chelsea Thiede
Holt, MI

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Nutrients for Each Trimester of Pregnancy

Nutrients for Each Trimester of Pregnancy

How can you help your baby get exactly what it needs as it goes through pregnancy?

Most women sign up for a week by week pregnancy update system that explains your babies developments. However, these do not discuss the nutrients that are needed to support these developments and the support your body needs to perform these functions. You should always strive for a nutrient dense diet that contains all the nutrients below on a weekly basis, but boosting micro-nutrient levels of certain key nutrients each trimester can prevent the opportunity for you feeling depleted and power your baby for optimal growth.

For each trimester, I will list some of the main developments for that portion of pregnancy and detail the nutrients that will support you and your baby the most at that time. This is a general overview, but I will have posts that give more detail about specific weeks in other posts.

1st Trimester

  • Key Developments: heart, brain, nervous system

  • What are the key nutrients?

    • Vitamin A
      • It is the concert master of your developing baby. Sufficient Vitamin A is required so that all the messages are sent to develop each organ and system of your baby. It is important to be aware that though there are many plant sources that contain the precursor for Vitamin A (i.e. beta-carotene), that doesn’t mean that is Vitamin A or that you personally can make the conversion, especially if you are not eating these plant foods with fat to aid the process. So, when I discuss Vitamin A, I am referring to animal sources like liver, grass-fed butter, egg yolks, etc.
    • Iron
      • It is needed primarily in this time due to the increase in blood supply and the growing placenta. Keeping your iron stores up will prevent anemia and may help with energy. So, eat greens, broccoli, and red meat.
    • Healthy Fats
      • We all love a baby with some chunk, and there is good reason they have it! Add in some coconut oil, grass-fed butter, avocados, fatty fish, and egg yolks.
    • Vitamin C
      • Our energy takes a real hit in the first trimester as our body works on forming the placenta. Vitamin C supports our adrenals and energy, as well as progesterone production. A study in Fertility and Sterility showed that it improves hormone levels and pregnancy success. This could be due to the fact that cortisol is a precursor to progesterone, and if our cortisol is too high (as is probably the case in many Americans due to stress, coffee, dieting, overexercising), our progesterone production is inhibited.
    • Potassium
      • This is another great adrenal supporter, and as you create more blood and fluids, you need to maintain your electrolyte balance. Potassium specifically aids in the unwinding of the adrenals at night. Foods like coconut water, sweet potatoes, spinach, and avocados are great options. One of my favorite in pregnancy is dates. There is a study out of Jordan showing that eating 6 dates a day in the last month of pregnancy can allow women to have a faster, easier birth. So, I ate 6 dates a day my entire pregnancy!
    • Sodium
      • I added sodium for the same reasons as potassium. However, sodium helps to wake up the adrenals and digestion. So, it is best included in the diet in the morning. I love using Himalayan sea salt on my breakfast.
    • Vitamin B12
      • It is essential for nervous system development.
    • 3-indolcarbonal
      • This is a compound that aids in the breakdown of hormones and helps the body excrete them. So, as we produce and utilize estrogen and progesterone, they can be broken down to prevent some pregnancy symptoms due to excessive hormone levels. This can be found in sprouted and fermented foods.
    • Fiber
      • As progesterone production goes on hyper-drive, our digestion slows. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables may be enough, or you may want to research incorporating a fiber supplement or digestive enzymes.

2nd Trimester

  • Key Developments: movement, senses

  • What are the key nutrients?

    • Beta-carotene
      • It is great for eye health, and the eyes develop at this time. So, eat some carrots and colorful produce.
    • Calcium
      • Your baby’s cartilage turns to bone at this time. Strong bones need plenty of calcium. Grass-fed, full-fat dairy is a great source of calcium. You can also include greens, sardines, okra, and broccoli.
    • Magnesium
      • Magnesium works with calcium in the formation of the bones. You need a good structure for a building to work. Your baby needs the same. Eat avocados, greens, and pumpkin seeds.
    • Vitamin K2  –
      • This nutrient gets confused with Vitamin K1, but is essential for calcium to go to its proper place in the bones. We all want our children to be strong, grow tall, and have great teeth. K2 is the workhorse for all of that, and many humans are deficient due to low-fat diets and not consuming grass-fed dairy. Include grass-fed dairy or a K2 supplement.
    • Vitamin D
      • This nutrient works in tandem with Vitamin A. It is important to have a good balance of both. When there is a deficiency in one, a person may develop toxicity symptoms of the other, and they need each other to perform their functions. Vitamin D works in the bone development, hormones and endocrine function, immune system, brain activity, nervous system, and the heart development.
    • Zinc
      • Zinc is great for muscle growth, immunity, and nutrient absorption. Your baby really starts to gain muscle and move more. Eat lamb, grass-fed beef, and chickpeas.

3rd Trimester

  • Key Developments: brain, lungs

  • What are the key nutrients?

    • Vitamin K2
      • Your babies bones continue to harden, and it is important to make sure the calcium for this goes to the right places. This supports proper formation of the bones. As above, work to include grass-fed dairy like Kerry Gold Butter or raw cheddar cheese and/or a K2 supplement.
    • Calcium
      • It is not only important for bone formation, but it will also help with muscle contraction as you look ahead to labor.
    • Magnesium
      • Magnesium aids in the strengthening of the bones and will help relax your bowels, which may be desired as your organs get squished as the baby grows. If you are struggling with elimination, you may find a magnesium supplement helpful like Ancient Minerals spray or Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm.
    • Vitamin D –
      • The third trimester is the period of the most rapid growth. The baby utilizes Vitamin D for their skeletal growth.
    • Phosphorus –
      • This is also critical for rapid and proper skeletal growth.
    • Healthy Fats
      • This really promotes brain growth in this critical phase. Plus, your baby builds its fat stores at this time to prepare for growth once outside the womb.

Nutrient Density is KEY

Again, I want to emphasize the key for the entire pregnancy (and let’s just include fertility, postpartum, breastfeeding, and life in general) is NUTRIENT DENSITY every day. This is not a life sentence to never have something again (like your favorite chocolate cake), but the more you center your diet around real, nutritious food, the more you and your baby will thrive! You may even enjoy being pregnant from time to time 🙂

How to Survive Through Pregnancy While Nursing or Having Recently Had Another Baby

How to Survive Through Pregnancy While Nursing or Having Recently Had Another Baby

Congratulations on your positive pregnancy test and having another blessing on the way! Having children close together and the dream of tandem nursing is one I can definitely relate to. However, it is important to recognize that your body has given a great deal of its stores to growing, birthing, nursing, and caring for your baby (AKA sleep deprivation!). So, it is even more critical to take your nutrition seriously so that your next child can get the same amount of quality building blocks as your first.

In Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Dr. Price notes how subsequent children do not get the same level of nutritional stores, and therefore, they have more narrow faces and less optimal development than the first. You may want to consider getting some blood work done to educate yourself on any important nutritional deficiencies you may have. Some important nutrients to consider are A, D, K2, B12, iodine, and iron.

Here are some key nutrients to focus on in your preconception and pregnancy periods:

Iodine (seaweed snacks, seafood)

Iodine is great for hormonal and thyroid health. It boosts your metabolism. Many people are deficient to begin with and nursing a child can deplete you. Many women find themselves dealing with postpartum thyroid issues, and food based sources of iodine can help. It supports breast tissue and milk production, which you will need again with another baby. I noticed an increase in my supply when I would eat seaweed snacks. Finally, iodine supports a baby’s growing brain, and studies have shown that mothers with adequate stores of iodine have smarter children.

Healthy fats (avocado, salmon, coconut oil, grass-fed butter)

Healthy fats are critical to not only build a healthy baby but for your hormones. Hormones are made from healthy fats, especially saturated animal fats that contain Vitamin A. So, to even get pregnant you need them, and having adequate stores will make for a more pleasant pregnant, meaning less mood swings, more energy, less cravings, and less nausea. In my postpartum period, I realized around 6 months that I had a fatty acid deficiency. I could eat tablespoons of butter on my food, Bulletproof coffee with butter and coconut oil, and half a batch of Bulletproof “Get Some Ice cream” (the BP blog says that it could serve 6-8 people instead of 2). When I did this I lost weight for a time period and felt rushes of energy. During this time period, I almost felt like an animal with how I could ravenously eat fat and craved it. It felt so good in my body. I realized how draining pregnancy and nursing had been on my body and how I needed to correct these deficiencies.

For your baby, they need a lot of fat to grow. The brain is 12% fat, mostly saturated fat. My son ate a ton of grass-fed butter, coconut oil, fatty salmon, liver and salmon eggs, and his head measured in the 95% at his one year appointment.

 

Vitamin C (fruits, veggies, real fruit powder like Camu Camu)

This may seem like a strange one considering we only think of Vitamin C when we are sick, but this is definitely important. Vitamin C supports our adrenals, energy, and progesterone production. Nursing mothers or moms of young children often find that they are not getting enough sleep. This can wreck are hormones by raising cortisol, our stress hormone. Cortisol is a precursor of progesterone. So, if we are sleep deprived or have high perceived stress, our bodies will produce more cortisol instead of progesterone. This could play a huge factor in why many new moms have a luteal phase defect, or too short of a luteal phase. When a woman has a luteal phase defect, the body does not have adequate time to build the lining of the uterus to sustain a pregnancy.

When I started taking Camu Camu powder, I felt a rush of energy like I had when I started eating more fat. I also dealt with a B12 deficiency around 9 months postpartum and felt rushes of energy when I started eating liver. So, I knew I had landed on something else my body desperately needed. I proceeded to take 3 doses (for the Camu Camu a serving is 1 tsp). I mixed it into yogurt for ease of consumption. Because Vitamin C is water soluble, I figured the worst that would happen is that when my body had an adequate supply or I took too much, I would get diarrhea. That first night, I had no stomach issues and felt great. Over the next few weeks, I would take 1-2 doses until one day I had issues after a second dose (I was taking 1 in the morning and 1 at night at the time).  For months prior to this (without having a cycle), I could still track the cycle my body was attempting to have through cervical mucus and PMS symptoms that in some cases were very extreme. I experienced bloating, fatigue, sore breasts, cravings, and nausea like I never had. Then, after taking the vitamin C, I noticed a significant decrease in those symptoms.

High quality prenatal

This can help to correct any other nutrient deficiencies that you may not be aware of. I would recommend Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal or Mega Foods Baby & Me. However, check with your doctor.

How to Create a Pregnancy Diet: A Recipe for a Healthy Pregnancy

How to Create a Pregnancy Diet: A Recipe for a Healthy Pregnancy

noahnameIdeally, your pregnancy diet should ideally start 3-6 months before you start trying to conceive. However, it is never too late to eat nutrient dense foods. The ideal diet for each person may vary depending on food sensitivities, stress, hormones, genetics, and ultimately, what you like to eat. However, every diet should focus on real food and nutrient density. The more you demand of your body, the more nutrients and not just calories it needs. For me, this means lots of vegetables, moderate protein (mostly organic, grass-fed), whole food, healthy fats (4-6 servings per day), small amounts of whole food starches, some fruits (preferably low fructose like berries), and occasional real food sweeteners.  Finally, making occasional less than optimal choices is not an opportunity to beat yourself up. A nutrition plan should not be a life sentence to never have something again. When you have those moments where you indulge, enjoy it, and you will find that you crave those moments less. Your nutrition journey may be a slow process and develop over time. I continually change my definition of healthy eating with what makes me feel the best.

Your baby’s body and brain have certain compositions required for normal functioning. Your baby will pull these from the food you eat, those stored in your body, or not form properly.

The Human Body

  • Water – 51%
  • Fats – 29% (mostly saturated)
  • Proteins – 15%
  • Minerals – 3.7%
  • Carbohydrates – 1%

The Human Brain

  • Water – 77%
  • Fats – 12% (mostly saturated)
  • Proteins – 8%
  • Minerals – 2%
  • Carbohydrates – 1%

So, your diet could look like 50-60% fats, 15-20% protein, and 10-30% protein. Though our bodies are not comprised of carbohydrates, we need a certain amount of whole food carbohydrates to give our body energy for the processes it needs to complete. A plate should be composed of 1-2 servings of non-starchy vegetables, 1 serving of protein, 1 TBSP of healthy fats, and 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of carbohydrates.

I want to talk about good choices for some of those categories:

Healthy Fats

  • Grass-fed butter
  • Raw cheddar cheese
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Nuts and seeds
    • Seeds: Pumpkin or sunflower
    • Nuts: Brazil, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, macadamia, almonds, walnuts, pistachios

Healthy Protein

  • Good Sources
    • Eggs
    • Wild-caught fish (low mercury): salmon, tilapia, flounder, sardines, trout
    • Beef and lamb (grass-fed is ideal)
    • Chicken and turkey (pasture-raised is ideal)
  • Collagen = building block for cells and tissues
    • Prevents stretch marks
    • Easy to make smoothie meals if you feel sick or need something quick

Healthy Carbohydrates

  • sweet potatoes
  • taro
  • plantains
  • squash
  • fruit
  • pumpkin
  • white rice
  • quinoa

As always, the focus needs to be on nutrient density for you and your baby. This will create a healthy baby, an easier labor, and a better postpartum recovery.

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Healthy, Quick Dinner Idea: Paleo/Gluten-Free Salmon Burgers that the family will love!

Healthy, Quick Dinner Idea: Paleo/Gluten-Free Salmon Burgers that the family will love!

My family love salmon burgers! I love that this recipe is such an easy and quick family meal, especially on busy nights. For these, I typically make them the night before, while I am cleaning the kitchen. Then, we can just quickly reheat them in the oven, while we get the table ready and steam some vegetables.

You can find some great gluten-free buns, or these are even easy to serve without the bun. Toss on a salad with some sauce. I like sriracha, but your kids may want some simple mayo. I personally don’t have a sensitivity to gluten, but I do think that wheat is not a very nutrient dense source of carbohydrates, especially our standard refined bread, and when planning meals for myself and my family, my goal is nutrient density at each meal. So, I would rather have my calories coming from real food starches like squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots, or fruit. I personally would rather have a bunless burger and a side of baked sweet potato fries!

I try and fit some salmon into our diet on a regular basis. Salmon is a great source of Omega 3s, protein, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12. Plus, the cauliflower adds magnesium and fiber. I’ve found that serving salmon in a burger form makes it more acceptable to even picky eaters too.

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Salmon Burgers

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1 cup cauliflower (steamed)
  • 2 TBSP parsley
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 3 TBSP preservative-free mayo
  • 3 TSBP coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic power
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 TBSP oil for cooking

Directions

  1. Chop and steam cauliflower. Each piece of cauliflower should be 1/2 inch – 1 inch. To steam the cauliflower, boil about 2 cups of water in your steam, add your cauliflower, and steam for 7 minutes.
  2. Remove cauliflower from the steamer. salmonburgersalad
  3. Add cauliflower and ingredients except salmon to blender, and blend.
  4. Add the salmon in large chunks and pulse. You want to incorporate the salmon while still keeping some texture in the burger.
  5. Form 4 equal patties.
  6. Line a baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.
  7. Bake the patties for 20 minutes at 350 F.
  8. Serve on gluten-free bun or salad.

 

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Noah’s 1st Birthday Party “Rumble in the Jungle” – How to Throw a Gluten-Free/Refined Sugar-Free/Paleo 1st Birthday Party

Noah’s 1st Birthday Party “Rumble in the Jungle” – How to Throw a Gluten-Free/Refined Sugar-Free/Paleo 1st Birthday Party

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Happy Birthday Noah!

I can’t believe Noah is 1 year old! I am a food and crafting enthusiast, and I had many ideas for Noah’s IMG_0366party. He loves jungle animals, especially monkeys, and has an amazing ability for music for his age. So, I combined the two for a “Rumble in the Jungle” theme.

The Menu

I wanted to make the food healthy, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, and beautiful. I wanted to do this for two reasons:

  1. I didn’t want a ton of food there that I wouldn’t have been comfortable with him eating in case someone was to feed him something.
  2. I wanted to show our family that beautiful, delicious food can be healthy without leaving you feeling deprived. I even found many of the dessert recipes I used a lot easier because I just put everything in a blender!IMG_0367

For the food, I grilled meat for sandwiches or salads. I made two salads, one with bacon, avocado and veggies, and the other with fruit, cheese, and nuts. Then, I made guacamole, hummus, veggie tray, and a fruit tray.

For the desserts, there was “Monkeyin’ Around” banana coconut pudding, “Kangaroo” key lime pie macaroons, “Hungry Hippo Bites” nut butter truffles, “Tiger Cubcakes” pumpkin pie cheesecake truffles, and chocolate covered “Zebra” strawberries.

For his smash cake, I made a carrot cake that was gluten-free and refined sugar free. You can find the recipe here. I IMG_0364thought having the carrots in the cake helped make a great cake without gluten. Plus, the creamy icing I made with coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and cashew butter was so addicting! While he was “playing with the cake”, I would give him a bite and eat some myself!!! Also, the drink area  was labeled “Watering Hole”. I provided water, grapefruit sparkling water, and a little apple juice for the kids. All the sparkling water was gone by the end.

Decorations

For the decorations, I made the following:

  1. Monthly photos on a snake banner  IMG_0365    IMG_0383  IMG_0427 IMG_0434 IMG_0436 IMG_0458
  2. Happy Birthday sign made with jungle leaves
  3. Instruments with jungle print14484601_10207547909477011_706809667199486351_n
  4. Headbands with animal ears for the kids – the girls loved them!
  5. Bright colors!!!
  6. Streamers and leaves to make the park pavilion look like a jungle
  7. A sign at the parking area with animal print balloons to let people know where to go
  8. Chalk drawings on the ground of animal prints – the kids liked drawing with the chalk laterIMG_0409

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