BIGGEST CONTEST EVER! Colleen’s Story.

Colleen is now 26 weeks pregnant.  If you haven’t been following Colleen’s story, or if you would like to read it again, click on “Colleen’s Story” in the blog tag cloud to the right.  This will bring up all blog posts about Colleen.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Colleen may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Colleen is based on a specific, detailed health and lifestyle assessment. They will not apply to every pregnant woman. If you are interested in a personal assessment for yourself, please send an e-mail to karen@natureprenatal.com.

Colleen’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between me and Colleen is extensive and continual.

Colleen is not currently supplementing with fish oil or calcium/magnesium as I have recommended.  She did start taking calcium/magnesium, but recently read an article about a study which linked calcium supplements to an increase in cardiovascular disease.  Of course, I understand her caution and I have encouraged her to discuss this with her doctor.  The truth is, there is much conflicting information out there and sometimes it’s downright impossible to make an informed and confident decision when it comes to supplements.  I do feel that it’s most beneficial to acquire all of our nutrition from food sources.  I respect Colleen’s decision not to supplement and recommend she eat more calcium and magnesium rich foods such as leafy green vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.  To maintain a healthy pregnancy, she needs at least 1,000 mg of calcium and 360 mg of magnesium daily.  It’s important to mention that not all supplements are created equally.  I highly recommend that anyone who is supplementing do their research and buy their supplements from a trusted, qualified source.  Again, always discuss any supplements you are taking with your doctor.

Some of Colleen’s earlier pregnancy issues are no longer a concern!  She is rarely experiencing heartburn or headaches!  She has some back pain, and suspects that has to do with picking up and carrying her one year old son.  She has received one prenatal massage, which provided some temporary relief.  I recommend she book more massage appointments and also consult with a chiropractor.

Her diet is much better than it was in the first trimester.  She feels she is eating well, although her food intake is not high in vegetables.  On average she consumes about 1 ½ servings of vegetables per day.  I would like to see her double that, which she can do by eating one serving with each main meal.

She has been suffering from a cold for the past three weeks.  To boost her immune system I recommend she eat foods containing vitamin C (citrus fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and leafy green vegetables) raw honey and garlic.

I’m excited for Colleen as she nears the third and final trimester of her pregnancy!  I hope she continues to feel good, providing her baby with all of the nutrients and the love that he or she needs.

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Acorn Squash Stew

Happy Halloween!  Nothing says Halloween like squash or pumpkin, which is a member of the squash family.  This Halloween, before my little trick-or-treater fills up a bag full of candy (don’t worry, I won’t let her eat too much of that!) she’ll be filling up with a bowl full of nutrition.  Acorn squash, sweet potatoes and carrots are all excellent sources of vitamin C, and vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene.  These wonderful nutrients are a great way to boost the immune system, among many other things.  Not to mention, this stew is delicious!

Acorn Squash Stew

1 acorn squash

1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

5 medium carrots, peeled and sliced

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp coconut oil

4 cups vegetable broth

15 oz can of chickpeas (rinsed well) or 3/4 cup dried (pre-soaked and pre-cooked)

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp thyme

2 ½ tbsp peanut butter, organic

 

Cut squash in half and steam for about ten minutes or until it is soft enough to peel.  Peel, scoop out seeds and chop into pieces.

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Saute the onion and garlic in coconut oil for about five minutes on medium/low heat.  Add some broth if it becomes dry.  Add the remaining vegetables, broth, chickpeas, turmeric, cumin, sea salt and thyme.  Cover and let simmer on medium/low heat for 45 – 55 minutes.

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Add peanut butter and cover for another five minutes.   Stir and serve.

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Denise’s Story.

I have some sad news.  Denise has recently suffered a miscarriage.

Denise and I first met in August.  You can read her complete story here.

My heart breaks for Denise and her husband.  I know that they are not alone in their struggles.  Babies are a miracle and a blessing.  I wish and pray that they will receive that gift some day.  They have lost their first from an ectopic pregnancy, and now their second from a miscarriage.  They have decided to stop trying for now while they grieve.

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If you have any kind words of support for Denise, please leave a comment.

 

Moonlight Medium

I recently held a workshop at Moonlight Medium called “Meditation and Nutrition“.  It was such a great and positive experience that I will be joining the Moonlight Medium team on a regular basis!  Every Wednesday between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM you can find me at 928 rue Laporte St, Rockland Ontario.  I will be available for individual consultations and we are also discussing our next workshop which will focus on ways to naturally increase your libido!

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For a limited time, when you book a personal consultation with me, I will include three complimentary recipes chosen for you, based on your own specific needs.  You may contact me via e-mail, or call Moonlight Medium at 613-446-9624 to book an appointment.

If you want to be notified of upcoming workshops at Moonlight Medium, be sure to sign up for my e-mail list at the upper right hand corner of this page.

For more information on Moonlight Medium and all of the services they offer, please visit their website.

Clarence-Rockland EXPO

I will be at the Clarence-Rockland Expo this weekend, October 19th and 20th!

It is located at the Jean-Marc Lalonde Arena in Rockland, ON.

If you are in the area, please come by and check it out!  Support local business and see what we have to offer.

I will be with Moonlight Medium, alongside two wonderful holistic professionals, Mary and Darquise.  We will be providing mini sessions including holistic nutrition, bars and medium readings.  All sessions are $40 for 20 minutes.  If you would like a mini consultation with me, come between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM Saturday, or 1:00 to 3:00 PM Sunday.  Or you can contact me to book an appointment in advance.Pink and yellow flower website photo

You can find more information for the Expo at this link:  www.expoclarencerockland.com.

I hope to see you there!

 

Deal of the Month!

OCTOBER DEAL OF THE MONTH!

Register for my new online program “HOW TO MAKE A BABY IN 90 DAYS!” and receive a complimentary two week meal plan!

REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO START NOVEMBER, 2013!

Here is what you will receive:

  • A full nutrition and lifestyle assessment.  This may uncover imbalances that are currently hindering your chances of conception.
  • Weekly challenges that will increase fertility and overall health.
  • A holistic guide to nutrition and pregnancy from preconception to postpartum.
  • 13+ recipes featuring foods that will support hormonal health and fertility.
  • Unlimited online support for the length of the program (90 days).
Spaces are limited!  To register, please visit this page.

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