preparing for pregnancy

Episode 78 | The Fertility Triad–Food, Environment & Stress

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Welcome back to another episode of the Colorful Eats podcast! If you are planning to start or grow your family in the near to distant future, this episode is for you my friend. Today’s episode is all about what we’re calling the “Fertility Triad” and how to boost your preconception prep efforts by making some simple improvements in your daily life. We are sharing how the food you eat, the products you use daily and the stress you allow into your life all play a vital role in creating a super fertile body, or vice versa.

We’re breaking down each area of the Fertility Triad and giving you our tried and true methods for getting healthy prior to conception in order to improve your chances of conceiving naturally. And since we are all about giving you actionable content for real life, we are sharing just what to do to make some real changes in your preconception journey within each focus area.

Our dream is to help create healthier parents so that the next generation can thrive. That’s what preconception prep is all about and we’re so glad you’re listening today!

Highlight Reel:

12:25 | The fertility diet: What to eat and what to avoid

21:52 | Cleaning up your environment: beauty, skincare and cleaning products

31:57 | Stress and how to navigate stress

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Episode 65 | 30-day Simple, Nourishing Detox Challenge

It’s no secret that detox is a wonderful part of a healthy life, but often times in our detox obsessed media, it can be be taken too far, done incorrectly and even cause more harm than good. Our take is a bit different and we’re all about supporting and optimizing your body’s natural detox abilities while improving your food and lifestyle so more junk isn’t coming in.

But how do you know if you need to detox? What are the causes of toxin overload? And what symptoms is your body showing that may indicate that you need some intentional detox support? Listen in and we’ll share the juicy deets.

Since we are all about taking action and really making this content a reality in your own life, we’ve create a 30-day detox program for you, simple enough for anyone to follow. We’ll walk you through the daily routine to support gentle detox and new steps to add in each week to amplify your detox routine.

And to help a sista out ever more, we’ve create a freebie for you to help you stay on track and nourish detox the right way.  Click here to download your 30-day Simple, Nourishing Detox Guide!

Our goal is to encourage you to nourish your body with real food and non-toxic living on the daily while creating routines that support your body’s natural ability to detoxify.

Follow along our detox journey over on IG– @caroline__potter and @alowellness and join in on the fun by adding #nourishingdetox

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

Highlight Reel:

06:58 | Why you need to eat real food to detox best

08:55 | Potential causes of toxicity

10:45 | Symptoms of toxin overload

15:35 | Daily steps for gentle detox

22:15 | Weekly detox steps

36:40 | Monthly detox action steps

Download Episode 65 in iTunes!

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Don't forget to download your freebie!  Click here to download your 30-day Simple, Nourishing Detox Guide!

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Episode 64 | Finding Radical Healing in Creating a Non-toxic Environment

Today’s episode is something special. I think we both agree the story of transformation that our guest shares is nothing short of miraculous, but not because of some random happenstance, but because of a desire to live beyond her circumstances and cultivate an environment for her and her family to thrive.

We invited Marilee Nelson, co-founder of Branch Basics, to join us on the podcast and share her incredible story of healing. Marilee shares her journey from a very ill young adult told there was no hope for her unknown condition and she’d never conceive, to overcoming the odds using food as medicine and finding the healing power of a non-toxic environment. With a child damaged by illegal pesticides, Marilee shares how she learned first hand how chemicals and pesticides in the home and daily environment impact the growth and behavior of a child and how making proactive changes to decrease exposure changed their lives forever.

It’s really hard to put into words just how impactful this episode will be on those who listen. Her story embodies courage, bravery and what can be done when you challenge the status quo and dig deeper to find answers and understanding to the health problems (both known and unknown) that are plaguing families today.

Whether you are a college student, pregnant woman, new mom, career woman, empty nester or anyone living in today’s world, this episode is for you. As we uncover in today’s episode, ignorance is far from bliss, especially when it comes to your and your family’s health. We hope that Marilee’s story and passion will serve to inspire you to make simple, yet life changing actions that will positively impact your health and those of generations to come.

Read Marilee’s full story here and check out Branch Basics for a one stop shop non-toxic cleaning option for your home (and what we both use in our own homes everyday)!

Thank you to the Nutritional Therapy Association for partnering with us to sponsor today’s episode.  Nutritional Therapy Association: real education for people who believe in real food.

 

Highlight Reel:

06:00 | Marilee’s story–from Standard American Diet to food as medicine

19:30 | The environment piece and how Marilee learned the importance of a non-toxic environment first hand

32:04 | Is ignorance really that blissful?

35:50 | How to put yourself in a “take charge” place and create a safe haven

43:15 | THe easy, first step to dramatically improve your air quality at home

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Marilee’s Full Story

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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!

Nourishing Our Baby Makers

“So, when do you want to start a family?” Straight from the lips of my wonderful husband last week. I have to be honest; his seriousness scared me. It’s not the first time we’ve discussed conception in our household, but it’s the first time it felt so real. For those of you who have been around the blog for a while may remember my post on getting baby ready about 2 years ago. Seems crazy, right? Not. At. All.

Nowadays, couples are taking conception very lightly. It is important to remember that bringing a child into the world is something that should be intentional with months, even years of preparation to ensure {to the best of our ability} that our offspring will have the best possible environment and nourishment to grow and mature into a strong, disease free human being.

fertility-and-conceptionWhen I say months, even years of “preparation” I am addressing both lifestyle and diet. The health of the mother AND father should be assessed and supported 6 months or more prior to attempting to conceive. It is a 50/50 split {believe it or not}, so optimizing the diet of both mother and father with nutrient dense, whole foods, eliminating environmental toxins and addressing stress management are imperative in preparing the body to create and nourish an embryo.

If you are thinking about taking the leap, I encourage you to take a look at these areas in you and your partner’s life. Here are some tips to consider and begin to implement into your routine…

Eat plenty of nutrient dense, whole foods. Grass-fed beef, liver, cod-liver oil, animal fats such as butter from grass-fed cows, tallow, duck fat, raw milk and cream, coconut oil, egg yolks, bone broth, lacto-fermented condiments and beverages and plenty of vegetables and fruits {preferably organic} are all-powerful, nutrient packed foods that support healthy sperm, womb and growth.  Taking a high quality, whole food prenatal vitamin/mineral supplement is beneficial and can be purchased in my office.

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Avoid processed junk foods, white flour, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated {trans} fats, sugar and corn syrups, soy, soda, alcohol, drug and cigarettes.  End of story.

Become aware of the toxins in your environment including cosmetics {lotions, shampoos and conditioners, toothpaste, shaving cream, deodorant and antiperspirants, perfume and cologne, etc.}, water, food, radiation, plastics, cans, bedding, etc. and begin to “detox” ASAP. It can be overwhelming at first, but it is important to realize we are being bombarded with toxins constantly and it’s our burden to bear {unfortunately, the industries aren’t protecting us}. Small changes add up in a big way so take an inventory of your possible toxic exposure and begin to make adjustments today. Most Americans {both children and adults} have 200-300 known toxins floating around in their bodies and your baby could be at risk of exposure.

Take charge of the stress in your life. Yoga, meditation, prayer, affirmations, exercise and even diet changes can significantly decrease your mental and physical stress and give you a means to help deal with it in a healthy way. What areas are causing you unwanted or unneeded stress? Can you eliminate these areas or figure out a way to work through them, to change your perspective? Make it a goal to “de-stress” in some way on a daily basis. Stress management is imperative to healthy conception.

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Conceiving a child is one of the most beautiful things in the whole wide world and I encourage you, if you are considering conception of your first or tenth child, to be mindful of your power in bringing a strong, beautiful and disease free child into this world.

If you are interested in learning more about how nutrition can optimize your ability to conceive and work one-on-one with me to help get those bods packed full of baby makin' power, please contact me via email or phone my office. I would love to help support you on your journey.

May your wombs {and baby makin’ parts} be blessed.

Justine Campbell + Alo Wellness

*I hope to not offend anyone with this information if you jumped into baby making like a bat-out-of-hell. I am only hoping to create awareness and encourage couples to be mindful of the power they have on their child’s future and health. It is going to take a paradigm shift, which will need some serious force, support and movement. Plus, it is never too late to make healthy changes at any point in a baby or child’s life. Begin to practice the above recommendations today or contact me so we can create a plan to rock out nutrition in your household!

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