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Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Motherhood, Postpartum, Pregnancy | 0 comments

Learn To Make Postpartum Recovery Nepali Rice Pudding

Learn To Make Postpartum Recovery Nepali Rice Pudding

  I first met Julia when I was pregnant with my second daughter and about to deliver. She showed up at just the right time, offering me sage advice as a postnatal Ayurvedic doula to take care of myself and my baby after delivery. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine share similar roots, so I have always been intrigued by Ayurvedic medicine. As a mother and acupuncturist specializing in women’s health, I was interested and grateful on many levels to read Julia’s book and share her knowledge with my patients and clients all over the world. When she asked me to review her ebook Nourishing Newborn Mothers, it was a no-brainer! Without further ado… At first I was intimidated by the Ayurvedic ingredient list, but I was pleasantly surprised to find we already had almost everything we needed in the pantry, fridge, and garden to make the recipe I wanted to try: Nepali rice pudding. With useful tidbits throughout the book about how to treat common postnatal issues like constipation, depression, sciatic pain,...

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Inspiration, Motherhood, Postpartum | 0 comments

Taking Back Postpartum: My Weight Loss Journey

Taking Back Postpartum: My Weight Loss Journey

  The childbearing phase of a woman’s life brings with it a whole host of additional body image issues. As if the teenage years weren’t brutal enough. During my first pregnancy at age 32, I gained 26 lbs. and lost it all within six months of delivering. I followed my own nutrition advice and bam. Easy-peasy. During my second pregnancy at age 34, I gained 50 lbs. and losing it has been humbling. My second daughter just turned one, and people still ask me how my pregnancy is going, if I’m having a boy or a girl, and how excited I must be to have a third on the way. The first few times that happened, I was absolutely mortified. I’ve never been overweight, and for the first time in my life I felt embarrassed about my body for being too big instead of being too small. (Can’t win, right?) Somewhere along the way, my brain has learned that if I want to look beautiful, successful, and healthy, I am supposed to...

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Baby, Inspiration, Motherhood | 2 comments

How I Easily Chose My Second Cesarean Birth

How I Easily Chose My Second Cesarean Birth

  There are two births that come with every new baby–the birth of the baby, and the birth of the birth story. A mother’s telling of the birth of her child, I believe, has the potential to be profoundly healing, not only for her, but for any woman who hears her story. As I nursed my baby at three this morning, I read another mama’s birth story. I was riveted, and I kept reading even though my daughter had long since fallen asleep. As I crawled back in bed, I found myself thinking about this other woman’s birth story instead of my own. Up until that night, I would lay awake, my mind turning over the events of Vivi’s birth, over and over. Did I make the right decisions? Is there anything I would have done differently? Am I traumatized? Is she? But this time I thought of someone else, felt her suffering and pain, her joy and renewal. Just from reading her story, I realized, I felt more healed...

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Feminism, Fertility, Motherhood, Personal Development | 0 comments

In Defense Of Pink: How Embracing Your Femininity Can Prevent Disease

In Defense Of Pink: How Embracing Your Femininity Can Prevent Disease

  I know you’re not supposed to call little girls princesses anymore, or even tell them they’re pretty or beautiful (lest they think they’re not smart). I know it’s not cool to overdo it where the color pink is concerned. It’s hip to be gender neutral. I get it. Well, today’s post is a plea for femininity. This plea that has more far reaching consequences than you might think, especially where your health is concerned. Having a little girl, with a second one on the way, I’ve become acutely aware of prejudices that exist in the world around gender stereotypes–particularly, the feminine ones.   I am a feminist. I’m also about as feminine as you can get.   I love a good lipstick, the color pink, dressing up, and gabbing with girlfriends. And I feel just as strongly about my right to be feminine in a masculine world and the power and strength present in feminine energy. When I get into conversations with other parents about discouraging their daughters from...

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Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Business, Fertility, Inspiration, Motherhood | 2 comments

How Choosing Love Saved My Business And My Fertility

How Choosing Love Saved My Business And My Fertility

  Recently, I came across this poignant quote, “Ask yourself what is really important, and then have the wisdom and courage to build your life around the answer.” As an acupuncturist and clinic owner, writer, business mentor, and creator of several online nutrition programs, I struggle with prioritizing. And balance. I am so passionate about every aspect of my life, that it’s hard for me to focus on one and let the other aspects take second, third, fourth, and fifth place.   Until I had my daughter–she demanded first place. And I’m embarrassed to admit that it was not easy giving it to her. Maybe because I waited a little longer than most to have children and I was getting used to my life the way I designed it to be, or because I love working for myself, or maybe it’s because I’m an only child (I’m sure that factors in somewhere, right?) Last night my husband and I decided to try for a second baby. The best “cure”...

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Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Inspiration, Motherhood | 12 comments

Letting Go Of My Imperfect Birth Story

Letting Go Of My Imperfect Birth Story

  I am one of those people that believes in manifesting things, taking herbs instead of antibiotics, and getting A’s on tests. I have always believed in my ability to influence the outcome of events in my life. I’m spiritual. I’m a healer. I’m healthy. I’m an overachiever. My daughter’s birth turned all that on its head. All the pre-natal Pilates, yoga and acupuncture, optimal fetal positioning practices, birth classes, guided meditations, and Ina May books in the world couldn’t have prepared me for how this was going to go. Three days past her due date, I called my doula at one in the morning. Yes, I was sure, these were no fuddy duddy Braxton-Hicks contractions. These were the real deal. After a few hours of pacing around the house, resting on the birthing ball after each contraction, fueling up on snacks, and jotting down last minute Things To Do in my day planner, I decided it was time to make our move to the hospital. With all the...

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