8 Truthful Tips for Healthy Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

Losing weight while breastfeeding! It IS possible!   I’ve had a lot of mamas talk to me about wanting to lose weight and tone up but don’t think they can because they are breastfeeding:  “I can’t diet or I’ll lose my milk supply”  “If I exercise too much I’ll never make enough milk”  “There’s no TIME to workout when I have a baby on my boob around the clock!”   I get it.  There are a ton of excuses to make- but if your goal is to lose some, all, or an excess of those pregnancy pounds, you are going to have to change your habits!  There is a healthy, balanced way to do this that will BENEFIT your little nursling with awesome nutrition- not kill your milk supply.   Remember, everyone is SO different- your hormone balance, the needs of your baby, and your metabolism all effect how your body will change after childbirth and through breastfeeding.  Of course, this advice is from my personal experience.  Check with your doctor or midwife before making any dietary or exercise changes 😉   Here is what worked for me to keep the milk, lose the pounds and build the muscle!   1.  EXERCISE!  Exercise has never, EVER affected my milk supply!  Exercise it the perfect way to burn calories, build muscle, and turn on your metabolism.  It will give you more energy, boost your mood, extend your patience and get your body STRONG!  Find a routine that works for you- something that fits into your schedule, is fun, and that you don’t dread!  I started with yoga and walking a...

1 Year Later- Wesley Michael’s Birth!

Happy Birthday, Chubs!   In honor of a year with you, your birth story, my sweet boy.    ++Warning!  Graphic Vagina Birthing Details!!++     95% of what I remember from Wes’s birth is just sounds and voices.  I think I had my eyes closed for a day and a half.   The day after my due date, when my water broke in bed that night, as I woke him up howling “TOWELS!!”, I remember Shane, “Here we go, Mama.”   My midwife, Katherine, with her hippie hair and constant calm- always the strong, stable, trusting, powerful feminine energy that I needed, never left my side.  Into the 25th, 26th, 27th hours of labor, she napped on the wood floor in the nursery, me in the birthing tub, her half asleep- yet still present with me- as I moaned through every contraction, reassuring me over and over, “Yes, yes, yes!”   Katherine’s student, who coached me during those naps- “you’re so strong, Mama”   Shane “You need to eat, drink this, what do you need, I love you”   Katherine ‘Yes, yes, YES”   Towards the end.  I’m tired.  It’s been so long.  We’re close but it seems like it will never end. I said to Katherine, “Is HE ever coming out?”  Later she told me, then she knew he was a baby boy.    As I was pushing, pushing, pushing and making no progress.  So frustrated.  Getting tired but also knowing that this was ALMOST over.  In those early morning hours, as I dreaded the sun coming up without a baby in my arms, Katherine informed me, “In...

What does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is often associated with pain control, but in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications.  Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other medial treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders.The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including: Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea. Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections. Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis. Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems   Acupuncture is especially useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional...

4 Reasons to Start Your Day with Lemon Water

1.  The sour taste soothes your Liver.  In Chinese Medicine, the Liver controls the smooth flow of Qi, or  energy.  If Qi is stagnated or stuck, symptoms such as irritability, frustration, and pain can emerge.  Sour foods help the smooth the liver Qi and support calm, free-flowing energy. 2.  Lemons are alkalizing.  Research has shown that an acidic environment is a breeding group for disease, and our diets and environment are swamped with acid-producers such as sugar, coffee, and chemicals.  Lemon, though acidic outside of the body, has an alkalizing effect on the blood and tissues.  A daily dose can help buffer your body into a more idea pH balance. 3.  Warm water with lemon balances digestion.  Lemon water help relive common digestive ailments such as nausea, constipation, indigestion, and heartburn.  For an added benefit, add a few thin slices of fresh ginger root to warm and calm the stomach- especially in wintertime.  4.  Lemons are anti-inflammatory and support strong immune function.  Lemons contain vitamin C, which is highly anti-inflammatory and can also ward off common illnesses such as cold and flus I suggest using organic lemons and starting with a warm mug in the morning (before your coffee or tea!)...

Got Cramps? Acupuncture Can Help!

I love when I ask my female patients about their menstrual cycle.  When you come in for a treatment, I will always ask if you get cramps, migraines, or PMS, as the answer is a huge tip-off to what is going on inside your body.     Almost all of my patients report some kind of pain or discomfort for a few days a month.     Many will say they are “Not bad headaches”, “I do get really short with my partner- but don’t we all?” or “You know, normal cramping”     I tell them, “I used to think that was normal, too!”   Through learning Chinese Medicine, I now know that cramps, irritability, pain, bloating are NOT normal. And I can help!  My acupuncture needles do wonders on easing the discomforts of your cycle.  Here’s how:   In Chinese Medicine, symptoms of PMS and painful periods are related to the Liver.  The liver is the organ that controls the “smooth” flow of Qi.     When your Liver energy gets stuck, YOU feel stuck:  frustrated, irritable, constipated, headachey.  When that same Liver energy is too stressed (whether by too many cups of coffee, a stressful job, your diet, or just the way your body is built) your menstrual blood can’t flow freely.  Stuck blood = cramps.  Ouch.   Regular Acupuncture treatments can relieve or eliminate any symptoms surrounding your cycle.  I no longer suffer from PMS or painful periods, and you don’t have to either. ...