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Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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Save Some $$$ – Make Your Own Pouches for Your Baby/Toddler!


The food pouches you buy at the store can be  so expensive especially when you have a very hungry toddler like we do! These pouches can be anywhere from 1 to 3 dollars each! So, it really helps to be able to make our own! We often buy organic fruits or veggies that are frozen to help cut down on costs as well. We also have reusable (BPA Etc. free) pouches that you can put in the dishwasher to clean! 

For the pouches above I used two medium sized sweet potatoes, one large pear and one large apple. Steamed them, blended, then used the Infantino Squeeze Station to make the pouches! Easy!

And of course our little guy loved them!

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Adventures of Motherhood: Part 4



More fun stuff I’ve learned, realized etc. in motherhood. 😃

38.  Starting solid foods does not mean that your baby will sleep better at night.

39. Being female, and having a boy as your first, there are many things that raise questions. Such as, him exploring his parts!

40.  Even when their babies start sleeping through the night or sleeping longer stretches, you still will wake up! Is he breathing? Is the room too hot? Is the room too cold? You will still wake up. 

41. Nap training is FAR worse than bedtime sleep training. Especially if you have a baby that doesn’t want to miss out on anything! And has major FOMO!

42.  Transitioning to something new is absolutely awful. I’m sure it is relative but in my experience it is not so fun. It is always a difficult task abandoning something that works and guarantees you success…for something totally new and not seeing any results for days if not weeks! It’s rough. 

43.  You may be tempted to have a glass of wine or a beer at 11am some days. 

44.  Babies are smart. They understand more than you think. 

45.  Watching your baby learn how to mimic, talk, roll over is the most awesome thing ever. 

46.  Seeing your baby’s soft spot pulse is really creepy. 

47.  Once you start solids, the poop 💩 becomes quite colorful and fragrant. 

48.  Remind yourself to drink water and eat.  Better yet, set a timer on your phone. 

49. It’s kind of amazing how much gas babies have. 

50.  People will keep telling you “It’s going to get better/easier!”   But really, it just gets difficult in different ways than before. Not necessarily easier. You have different battles to fight at every stage. 

51.  You will make the weirdest noises and faces to get your baby to laugh. 

52.  Going out to eat with a baby that doesn’t like to sit still (stroller, high chair, carrier) is not fun. It’s kind of like a Chinese fire drill. One person eats while the other is walking around with the baby. Then switch. Not worth it. Lesson learned. 

53.  You’re going to constantly guess what’s going on with your baby… it’s difficult to tell what’s bothering them a lot of the time! Until he or she learns to talk. 

54. Borrow baby items before buying – swings, etc. it’s quite possible your baby will hate it and so will you after spending $100+ on it!!

55.  Baby snuggles are the best thing ever. They never get old. Snuggle as much as you can while you can!

56.  Everyone is losing their shit. You’re not alone. 

57.  A baby that’s teething while nursing can chomp down on you and it’s bloody awful. 

58.  Sleep train when you’re ready and when baby is ready. You’ll just know when to do it. We waited until he was 6mos and had his reflux under control and his stomach issues more settled. If we were to do it when he had those issues unresolved, we all would have been miserable. 

59.  Teething isn’t fun for anyone.  We all knew this. I just had to reiterate. 

60.  I have to say this again… things change CONSTANTLY! And everyone always says once you get something down, babies will switch it up on you! This is true… or just throw you constant curve balls. 

61. Looking back at Gavin’s photos… it’s INSANE how much they change in only ONE month. Their looks, personality, sounds, poops…. haha. 
I think I’ll leave it at that for now… until next time, thank you for reading! 😉


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A Diabetic’s Dilemma – Weight Loss vs. Insulin


Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight in their life can tell you that it’s not easy.  Anyone who’s diabetic can also tell you that weight loss is a constant struggle.

Taking insulin is a major component of what prevents us diabetics from losing weight.  For type 1 diabetics such as myself, we are provided with a sliding scale that best suits us.  However, little does anyone tell you, that your sliding scale varies not only day by day, but hour by hour.  What does this mean?  For example, if you’re a person who exercises once a day for an hour each day, five days a week, and eats the same foods each meal, then sure – your sliding scale may be the same.  But who does that?  No one that I know.  So what exactly are the variables that create such differences in our sliding scale?

  1. Foods Consumed – The obvious one.  Fattier foods such as beef, butter, donuts, cheeses etc. will create a major increase in our blood glucose (BG) levels over a long period of time.  This can range anywhere from 8 hours to 24 hours later depending on how fast it is digested.  This is also where the glycemic index of foods come in handy.  Of course, the amount is also a factor here.  Not eating enough could lead to low levels/hypoglycemia.

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2.  Exercise – the amount of time you exercise as well as the type of exercise.  Cardiovascular exercise will decrease your blood sugar more rapidly than strength training.  Strength training will immediately increase your blood glucose due to your muscles needing energy for the work they are doing, but then decrease over a longer period of time.  Normally if I do any strength training, I will follow this up with 15-20 minutes of cardio to help bring the blood glucose down.

3.  Stress – Yes, we all know stress always seems to work against us mentally and physically!  When stressed, my blood sugar is 10-15 points higher overall!  This makes a huge difference!

4.  Hydration – Drinking enough water is so important!  If I’m dehydrated, my blood sugar spikes more often, and for longer periods of time.  I literally have to set my phone to remind me to drink water sometimes, but it is a must!

5.  That ‘Female’ Thing – But of course this wouldn’t help a diabetic’s blood glucose!  Hormones never seem to work in our favor.  Not only is my body temperature higher, but my blood glucose is at least 10 points higher during this time.

6.  Sickness – When sick, my blood sugar can stay high for longer periods of time, especially when I have a fever.  It is actually very, very scary when you do everything you can to keep your levels down but don’t see any results.

So as you can see, all of these vary on a daily basis.  This would mean that a person could have many different sliding scales in a given day.  Often times, if we keep the same sliding scale over a large period of time, and with life factors that are constantly changing, we could very well be taking more or less insulin than needed.  By taking more, your body stores this as fat.  And fat is not my friend.

It is true, that I may never have a perfect sliding scale to accommodate my lifestyle.  However, I have heard of studies about a fake pancreas which would be amazing.  Other than that, us diabetics are kind of screwed.  There is never such thing as perfect sliding scale, and therefore, we are constantly battling weight loss in some way, shape or form!


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Happy Chinese New Year!


Gung Hay Faht Choy!

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Here begins the year of the goat.

The years of the goat are 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015.

Personality
People born in the year of the goat have personality traits that are calm, gentle, creative, thoughtful, amicable, persevering, frank and honest.

They have very delicate thought, strong creativity, and perseverance, and acquire the professional skills as well. although they look gentle on the surface, they are tough on the inside, always insisting on their own opinions in their minds. They have strong inner resilience an excellent defense instincts.

Though they preferred to be in groups, they do not want to be the center of attention. They are reserved and quiet, most likely because they like spending much time in their thoughts. Goats like to spend money on fashionable things that give them a first class of periods. Although they enjoy spending money on their finer things in life, they are not snobbish.

Health

Because people born in the year of the goat are very calm, they tend to have your health problems. If you go people are in mental and emotional good spirits this will have a positive effect on their health eating fresh and organic produce, limit eating red meat from their diet, is effective way to keep healthy. Being outdoors also helps to keep goat people healthy.

Careers

Goat people prefer to work in a team. Their best partners are people born in the Year of the Horse. They also aren’t very crazy about status and power. Good career choices for goats are pediatrician, actor, daycare teacher, interior designer, florist, hairstylist, musician, editor, illustrator, and art history teacher.

Relationships with Goat People

Overall, go people are private. It may take more time and effort to get to know these people. They do not often share their private lives. They keep to themselves. Goat people also have a few intimate friends, however, once they become friends their relationship is fulfilling.

What Goat People Should Avoid

Goat People should avoid using and wearing the colors green, blue, and black.

Their unlucky numbers are six and eight.

The unlucky direction for them is Southwest.

Avoid this third, sixth and 10th lunar months.

Reference: http://www.chinahighlights.com

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A Few Chinese New Year Traditional Foods

These are only some of the items my mom always told me that we should eat on this special day!

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Noodles for longevity.

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Buddha’s Delight – many vegetables! The Chinese believe that the first five days of the year should be with a vegetarian diet.

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Fish – preferably a whole fish. Eating fish promoted wealth, abundance and luck!

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Chinese candy box – Symbolizes togetherness!

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Mandarin Oranges – symbols of good fortunes. The orange resembles mounds of gold ushering in good fortune. if the oranges have their stems and leaves on, it’s even better because it represents longevity.

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Long leafy greens such as Chinese broccoli. Serves to wish a long life for parents.

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Dumplings to represent currency.

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Though there are many other foods that we are supposed to eat, I know that it is often not possible. The Chinese always believe to clean your house and to get rid of all old or unused items. A type of spring cleaning. This creates an environment where you start the new year with a clean home, and a fresh start.

Happy New Year! May you have a healthy, prosperous, and abundant year!


A Garden in AT&T Park – SF

Yes, this is true.  But who is surprised?  AT&T Park, home of the Giants, has a 4,320sq foot vegetable garden!  Salads packed in mason jars, fresh herbs, and fruits all growing at the ballgame!  

Even though we all love those Garlic Fries, Cha Cha bowls, and Ice cream… it’s such a great addition to the Giants’ games foods! 

 

Click on the link above for the article! 

 


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Blue Apron – trial


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A couple friends of ours have been using a service called Blue Apron lately. This service provides the all ingredients needed for you to cook one meal for two people. The spices and sauces are already measured out according to the recipe’s needs. Each meal comes with a recipe card and step by step instructions. This is such a fantastic idea for those that are very busy during the week with a limited amount of time. Our friends are heading out of town and we were fortunate enough to try it out ourselves!

Our review is as follows:

Easy. Simple. Decent explanations for instructions. Not always good for the diabetic (this recipe used maple syrup). Preparation for this meal between both of us took approximately 10 minutes. Cook time was approximately 15 minutes. Portions were small for Tom’s liking. Great for the people who are indecisive regarding what to make for dinner. We thought of some great ideas on how to modify this recipe. Loved the watercress salad – simple ingredients, fresh and tasty. Maple glazed salmon – sweet for our liking, would have substituted the maple syrup for coconut sugar, used 1/2 the amount of soy sauce, more scallions in the glaze, and brushed sauce onto salmon instead of putting back in the pan (takes away the crispness of the salmon). Tasted much like an orange chicken type of sauce which was yummy. Might have to try this with chicken! Overall, great experience. Fun to do with your honey boo-boo or friends. Good bases for other recipe ideas. And well, who doesn’t love cooking!! We would definitely try this service in the future!