Love the skin you’re in!

If you’ve read my bio, you probably know that I used to have pretty embarrassing acne. When I discovered that the creams and pills were not only no longer working, but also very toxic to my body, I searched high and low for an alternative.
I found a women who was a natural healer and preformed allergy and sensitivity testing for foods and environmental irritants. There were quite a few that came back as aggravative to me. She filled out a paper that showed all of the sensitivities and on our way home my husband and I discussed our results since he also had a paper with some similar results. At the time I couldn’t imagine removing some of these out of my life especially dairy and gluten. Shortly after, when I had some down time at work I researched the correlation of acne and food and right there I saw testimonial after testimonial of how people’s acne and stomach issues resolved after removing dairy and gluten.
I was desperate, so I slowly removed them from my diet after playing around with new substitutions to previous recipes we enjoyed. It took a long time to finally remove all of them but once I did I couldn’t believe how amazing it worked!
So it didn’t surprise me when I bought some raw milk for my kids to try to fatten them up that neither of them could digest it. This led me to find a good alternative I could make from scratch for my kids because I don’t trust the additives in store bought milk alternatives. You can see what I mean by reading this article here. After comparing different types I decided on a combination of oat and coconut milk for the healthy fats and various vitamins and minerals. The best bonuses are that it’s cheaper than store bought, it’s easy to make and you can freeze it for future use since it only lasts 4 days in the fridge.
Have you ever been tested out food sensitivities? If so, what were they and didn’t you experiment with removing them from your diet? If no, what’s holding you back? I’d love to hear from you about your thoughts and experiences! Email ally4health@hotmail.com or post under this article on my Facebook page here.

Got a mama belly?

After having two kids, I’ve noticed that my mama pudge has gotten a little worse. Honestly, most of the time it doesn’t bug me, however, I wanted to see what may be causing this to stick around longer than it did after I had my first kiddo. I knew it probably had to do something with hormones, but what I discovered was really intriguing!

I knew that it was a pretty common thing to have a little potbelly after one gives birth to a little one, however, I didn’t realize the spiraling effect of the lingering mama pouch. Basically it comes down to hormones and stress, especially if the mother decides to breastfeed. In order to burn fat, estrogen levels need to be at optimal levels, however, while nursing estrogen decreases. If you’re one of the lucky mom’s that have no menstrual cycle for the duration of the breastfeeding relationship this also decreases progesterone causing weight gain. It also makes us more prone to put on more weight if eating a higher carb diet, which is really common since us mamas be tired! This brings me to my second point, loosing weight is very difficult with lack of sleep due to a rise cortisol, the stress hormone, which is the biggest reason we tend to keep on the mama pouch. Lack of sleep and our constant worrying about our babes tend to increase our desire to grab for sweets and carbs causing a ripple effect by spiking our insulin levels, which packs on more weight. Us poor mamas have it rough! But there is hope! Below I have outlined a few quick tips and of course, if you’d like further help from this mama, let me know! I’d love to hear from you!

Quick tips for decreasing the mama belly
1. Grab some healthy fats
-I know how enticing it is to eat sugary and/or lots of refined carbs, but this will only make matters worse. Instead, steam some veggies and smother with coconut oil or ghee. Feeling like something a little sweeter? Smother some berries (low sugar fruit) with some coconut cream or yogurt, add a dash of cinnamon, which is great for stabilizing blood sugars!

2. Don’t overdo the workouts!
– Working out may be the last thing on your mind if you are exhausted, however, take a nice stroll outside with baby in tow either in a stroller or better yet, in a carrier. Not only does moving make you burn calories, being outside decreases cortisol levels! Win-win! When you have a little down time, you can also do some short, easy circuits (doing an extreme workout can stress your already stressed state so be careful not to overdo it). I like to do some easy diastasis safe exercises when I’m waiting for my dog to finish up his business outside or when I’m cooking I dance around with the kids and intentionally engage my core to strengthen those abs that stretched out with my pregnancy.

3. Don’t try to lose weight
– I know this one doesn’t really make sense, however, if you’re still nursing your milk needs to be toxin free. This means you don’t want to lose more than 2 pounds a week or you may be dumping out waste through your breast milk.

4. What it boils down to…
– Take care of yourself! This time will be over before you know it, so just relax and take in the beautiful moments you have with your little one and be kind to yourself. Eat as many nourishing foods, drink lots of water (commonly we eat when really we just are needing water due to dehydration. if you’re feeling hungry drink some water and if you’re still hungry 15-20 minutes later grab some nourishing food), and rest your body and mind.

 

To check out the original article I got this information from, click here.

 

Why we are fat, sick and nearly dead…

One-third of American adults and one in six children are now obese, although an annual report released Thursday by two nonprofit groups found that rates could be stabilizing.*

With statistics like these, it’s scary what our country’s quality of life will be like if these stats aren’t really stabilizing. It’s no wonder why we are all fat and sick… I work in a hospital and it always baffles me how we treat celebrations. We should know better! Every time we honor a certain person or department we load up on high carbs and loads of sugar. To me, this makes zero sense. Why do we have to constantly serve these sickness causing foods to celebrate?! Why can’t we honor each other by lifting us up with foods that nourish and strengthen us, rather than weaken our immune systems and make us feel like garbage?

It doesn’t start there though, it really starts with when we were kids and how we were placated with sweets and junk foods for every occasion and to squash any feelings our caregivers wanted to soothe. The first way to combat this cycle is to recognize it, and then change it. I’m guilty of this as well. Birthdays for me equate to birthday treats and holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas have to have pumpkin and pecan pies… There are better options though. I’m not saying we have to completely nix these traditions, but we can find healthier options like raw treats or low sugar options with more whole food/less processed ingredients. All other occasions, like our seemingly monthly celebrations at school or work, grab the veggie and meat tray and a fruit salad and load up on those fueling foods. My daughter told me that at her preschool, other kids are given M&Ms as a reward for their behavior. As soon as I heard about that last spring, I told her teacher I didn’t want that for my daughter, so instead she gets stickers… I’ll choose my battles.

How do you feel about this topic? Do you feel like we treat every party with unhealthy treats? Do you think you could change this in your life? OR… have you already implemented some changes in this area? I’d love to hear from you about this! If you’d like help transitioning to a more nourishing diet so you’re feeling vibrant, I’m your gal!

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Here’s a cake that we got to honor a handful of people at my work for their milestone celebrations. This huge cake was paired with soda and that’s it… didn’t take long to devour the majority of it. This was taken 3 or 4 hours after it was cut into. (sorry it’s a bit blurry)

*Resource:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/obesity-rates-now-top-35-percent-in-7-states/