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Episode 85 | Celebrating Your Unique Body

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This week we’re sharing an exciting announcement that you may or may not have caught on social media, something we’ve been keeping top secret as we recorded episodes ahead of time for Caroline’s maternity leave.

Getting into the meat of today’s episode, we’re talking about body image again–a challenging topic that we feel needs the right type of love and support. It’s something that so many women, specifically, struggle with and we want to bring more light and encouragement to those who need it. So today we wanted to share our hearts, our own personal struggles and a few gentle pieces of advice on learning to love and appreciate your incredible body. We even have a little challenge to help you dig deeper and really make today’s episode work for you.

Whether you are a mama, a single lady or a woman with a few extra years of life experience, we hope this episode is one that brings you joy, helps you to see your body in a healthier light and ultimately, boosts your body confidence. Because you are incredible, my friend.

Highlight Reel:

02:20 | A big announcement

18:25 | Weight isn’t the only sign of good or bad health

21:25 | What does your body do for you and how are you uniquely made?

24:14 | Put your bathing suit on girl

29:40 | Our challenge to you

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Episode 82: The Unknown Facts About How Birth Control Affects You: Part 1

Episode 83: The Unknown Facts About How Birth Control Affects You: Part 2

Episode 70 | Second Trimester Tips: Staying Healthy & Avoiding Comparison

Welcome back to another episode of the Colorful Eats Podcast! Today we are talking pregnancy again, 2nd trimester specifically. Caroline just made it through her second trimester so we wanted to talk about some important aspects of nutrition and healthy living that can really make a huge difference in your and most importantly, your baby’s health.

In today’s episode we are talking about the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of mama in her second trimester. We believe that each one of these areas has importance on having a healthy pregnancy, labor and birth and creating a beautiful, healthy baby.

We share some very important nutrients to focus your attention on during this time (and where to find them), how physical and emotional stress can affect you and baby and why giving yourself grace can allow for more joy during this amazing time. We also touch on high risk pregnancies and those dealing with complications and hope to encourage those mamas dealing with the emotional and physical sides of this.

If you have a girlfriend, sister or family member who would benefit from listening to today’s episode, please share the love!

We’d also like to ask a little favor–if you haven’t already, head over to iTunes or your purple podcast app and leave a review for the Colorful Eats podcast. It’s quick, simple and we absolutely love hearing from you.

Highlight Reel:

12:30 | Important nutrients for second trimester and where to get them

32:14 | Exercise in your 2nd trimester

33:25 | Back to the important topic of stress–environmental, emotion and physical

43:30 | A few thoughts on high-risk pregnancy

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Episode 56 | Giving Yourself Grace in Navigating the First Trimester

Today’s episode is quite exciting because one of us is sharing some very exciting news! Along with this, we thought we’d dive into a topic we’ve yet to touch on in our 55 episodes of the Colorful Eats podcast–pregnancy nutrition! We’re sharing our thoughts and feelings on first trimester wellness, dealing with morning sickness that lasts all day and how giving yourself grace through it all can create a positive change in perspective and improve your first trimester experience and most importantly, your baby’s health. We each share tips for surviving this draining trimester and how to best nourish yourself and that little miracle with love and grace.

We hope this episode encourages you! If you know anyone who could benefit from this open conversation episode, please pass it along! We’d be ever so grateful!

If you’re pregnant or planning to conceive in the near future and would like extra nutrition and lifestyle support to optimize your experience and outcomes, head over to alowellness.com for more info on the preconception and prenatal services I offer and to connect with me directly. please contact me for more information and wellness plan options. We’d be so blessed to work with you!

Thank you Primally Pure for sponsoring this episode.  Be sure to listen along to get your free lip balm!

Highlight Reel:

06:45 | A very big family announcement

12:45 | The pressure of first trimester nutrition and giving yourself grace

16:30 | Why preconception prep comes in handy

20:20 | Why removing the guilt is essential

24:25 | Caroline’s first trimester survival recs

32:40 | Justine’s first trimester survival recs

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All things pre + post-baby health on the Nourishing Buzz Podcast

Ok, I have a new obsession. Thank the Lord because if I didn't like it, I'd be in big trouble. I'm obsessed with motherhood, nourishing my family and keeping them safe and healthy. Particularly my precious baby girl. To me, this is the ultimate job and an incredible responsibility to use the knowledge I have to better her future through good, solid nutrition and non-toxic living practices. That seems to be the best form of prevention, right?

We will be talking A LOT about this on the blog going forward. 

Because I'm obsessed. Remember?

And I know that once you get baby-makin' on the mind, these things become a high priority. 

So, with all that being said I had the wonderful opportunity to talk all things nutrition and healthy living for preconception through pregnancy and beyond with the beautiful Caroline Potter, NTP of Colorful Eats and Holly Marshall, NC on the Nourishing Buzz podcast. I love their podcast because they talk about how to make healthy living and eating practical and non-complicated and encourage individuals to live more fulfilling lives through these practices.

We all need more of that goodness in our lives.

They have lots of great podcast topics to check out so make sure to head over to iTunes to download the latest podcasts. 

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Thank you again Caroline and Holly for inviting me to be a part of the Nourishing Buzz podcast! I am so grateful to be able to encourage women to live healthier, more fulfilling lives!

Oh, and don't forget to check out these lovely ladies on Facebook and Instagram! They've got some drool worthy photos and recipes that you do not want to miss!

Caroline Potter | Colorful Eats | Facebook | Instagram

Holly Marshall, NC | Facebook | Instagram

Shine Bright my friends!

We're Expecting! [plus, Europe recap + Grain-free Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese

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Wow, it’s been a while and life has been busy, fun, tiring and exhilarating all at the same time. There is so much to talk about…where do I begin!?

Ok, let’s start with the most beautiful news of all. WE’RE HAVING A BABY! Our little one is growing rapidly and we are so excited to meet HER in December! We are so filled with excitement, gratitude and sheer joy! It’s been so hard to contain this news!

Prior to our first ultrasound around 9 weeks, our anxiousness had been unbearable at times. In October of last year [2014], we experienced the loss of a twin pregnancy which left us deeply saddened, but at the same time incredibly hopeful for the Lord’s perfect plan for our family. When we heard the heartbeat this time, it was like nothing we have experienced before.

“There is no sweeter sound than when at some point you have heard the deafening silence of a heartbeat’s absence.”

This quote, from a mama and blogger who experienced loss herself, hit me like a ton of bricks. How true. How insanely true. That sound was the most beautiful I have ever heard and I praise our Creator for making it possible. What a gift to be able to carry a child, with all the multiplying of cells, differentiating tissues, growing organs, defining facial features, etc. A miraculous feat.

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I’m sure you will be seeing a lot more about this and how life changes during this incredible experience we call pregnancy. So stay tuned!

Next up, back in late April/early May, we spent two weeks in Europe and enjoyed some amazing food, great friendship and beautiful sites. Though tainted by the less than fabulous feelings of first trimester bliss, Paris brought us delicious dishes and beautiful sites and Italy was filled with naps, mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Oh yes, and great friends, rolling Tuscan hills and more naps. Sad, but true!

My favorite was Chianti, a gorgeous region of Tuscany, just south of Florence. We ate some of our favorite dishes there, walked the hills of a 5th generation vineyard and while I enjoyed Italy’s finest mineral water, the hubs enjoyed the fruit of their labor.

Here are a few highlights of the trip...

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Mona Lisa in the flesh...well, kind of // Boarding a yacht for dinner on the river // beautiful hor d'oeuvre // photo booth fun on the yacht

 

Canal view near our Venetian apartment // #gelatoeveryday // a Venice "must" - gondola ride with great friends! // our departure from Venice

 

Wine tour on the property we stayed at in Chianti, Tuscany // homemade meatballs...enough said. // the view from our little apartment in Chianti, Tuscany // barrel room kisses! this room was 100+ years old and used to be for curing meats

Given our recent addition, this trip is probably the last of our international travels for a while. That’s fine with me. Maui, here I come! No passports and broken foreign language communication- bring it on!

Since I’ve started to feel better in the past few weeks [remember this was two months ago!] and my energy has been on the rise, I have finally been able to get this couch-shaped butt of mine back into the gym. I have been taking it easy to start, but also keeping in mind that I am training. I am training for labor. A marathon where one needs serious mental and physical preparation to help ensure the best outcome. No, I won’t be running an actual marathon and I know it can be done with no forethought whatsoever, but I want to be ready.

With all this newfound energy, I have started back in the kitchen as well, my happy place. Oh, it is good to be home. I have been playing with a little more grains than I usually do as I have had more of an affinity to them since I’ve been pregnant. I figure a properly prepared (soaked) oatmeal bake is far better than the Lucky Charms I was eyeing during a TV commercial. Am I right?

Nutrition during pregnancy is so incredibly important, I cannot stress that enough. I will be talking about different aspects of prenatal nutrition in the next few months [and beyond] as this is one of our best forms of prevention.

So, the other day I got a little crazy and played with a new idea: a grain-free version of the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, you heard me right.

I used to love grilled cheese sandwiches, on whatever kind of bread one could conjure up. Nowadays, I stick to an occasional properly prepared, traditional sourdough bread, but I was wanting something I could indulge in any day of the week in a grain-free version, keeping my blood sugar stable.

Guys, to my surprise, this turned out amazing and I have a new favorite cauliflower recipe to add to the bunch! It does take some effort to prepare the cauliflower bread (sauté cauli, form “bread” slices, bake, then grill…) BUT it is SO worth it! And you can always prep the cauliflower ahead of time and just form the “bread” when you’re ready to get your grilled cheese on!

 

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So, without further ado…I introduce to you the Grain-Free Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese! There are endless possibilities for this bad boy so please, let me know what you do to make this recipe your own!

Happy eating y’all!

 

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