Based off of my own experiences, research, and medical condition these are my…
1. Start with food in their original, whole forms… whenever reasonably possible. And prepare in a healthy way. (soaking/sprouting grains, etc. is new to me, but I aim to learn!)
- start with wheat berries, instead of processed flours or store-bought breads (I recently bought Bob’s Red Mill Hard White Wheat Berries)
– this may, or may not, be something I ever master! My might just stick to whole wheat flours and the easy artisan style bread I’ve been making for years.
- use leftover turkey, chicken, etc. for sandwiches/lunches, instead of store-bought lunch meats
- make homemade breakfast sausage using fresh ground meat
- make soups/sauces/dressings from scratch
- eat fresh fruits & veggies
2. Eliminate chemicals in the form of household cleaners, shampoos, and soaps… if feasible.
- make homemade lotion, using simple ingredients such as Coconut Oil , Beeswax , and shea butter
- make homemade shampoo & face wash… starting with a base of Canned Coconut Milk, Castile Soap, and Castor Oil
- make homemade toothpaste
- use vinegar & baking soda for cleaning
3. Be more active, intentionally.
- focus on safe-for-post-pregnancy tummy exercises
- do quick, short spurts of activity in the form of squats, jumping jacks, push-ups, etc.
- get outside and play with kids
4. Practice a low glycemic diet… (remember, these are my goals, not yet my reality… lol)
- use Trim Healthy Mama as a guide
- maintain blood sugar levels to avoid highs and lows
- avoid sugar whenever possible to decrease inflammation in the body (to help asthma, sarcoidosis, and other health issues we deal with)
5. Drink more…
- filtered water (I live in the city with yucky city water)
- pure green tea , if I can learn to like it. I know it’s good for me!
- smoothies with an added protein source (my favorite is with greek yogurt)