Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gently cleansing while breastfeeding

This week Matthew and I are getting into our spring cleanse. We always cleanse during spring and fall. Growing up I had the worst environmental allergies but since doing the cleanse I haven't needed a decongestant! It's been 4 years since I last took an allergy pill and I don't plan on going back to it!

The problem is I am still breastfeeding and I can't do the full cleanse. If I did I might release my built up toxins into the breastmilk and it will certainly affect the babies. So I'm following the diet and eliminating sweeteners, processed foods, some meat, and most carbs (except for quinoa, brown rice, and lentils). We have supplements that we take during our cleanse too. I won't be taking the cleansing supplement but I am taking the green food and the fiber.

It's day three and so far so good. Roasted vegetables are a lifesaver when I get evening sugar cravings. Tonight I am going to bake a spaghetti squash and serve it with a ton of roasted veggies. I can't wait.

The babies are sleeping on me right now and I am so hungry for lunch! I've been making frozen berry smoothies for lunch but today I might need something a little more substantial. Hopefully these babies will wake up on their own soon so I can feed myself!

Funny Photo

These photos made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants. I found them on Facebook.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Orange chicken awesome

I have to get this recipe down before I forget. It tastes like guilt free Chinese take out!

 3 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
1 head of broccoli, washed and cut into bite sized pieces
Bunch of kale, washed and chopped
3 medium sized carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup of frozen peas
1 small shallot, minced
2 orange, juiced
2 Tbs Braggs amino acids
3 Tbs honey
2 tsp red pepper flakes
Sesame oil
Salt to taste

In a wok, heat sesame oil and minced shallot until soft. Add in chicken, orange juice, amino acids, honey, and red pepper flakes until chicken is almost fully cooked. Add the vegetables and finish cooking until chicken is done and veggies are soft. Serve over a bed of quinoa cooked with coconut oil

My husband liked this recipe so much he asked me to make it the next night as well!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Separation anxiety and finding spare time.

Xander and Ezekiel are almost 10 months old and are right on point with all notable milestones, including separation anxiety. I can't go to the bathroom or get a glass of water without Ezekiel wailing like it's the end of the world. Xander is still pretty chill but I can see it starting to set in. I have moments when I love it and am happy to be so needed, I have moments when I feel like I am drowning, and then all the feelings in between.

I am using some alone time on the computer for the first time in weeks. Usually I use my free hour each week going to a hooping class, which has been amazing, but it is currently on break. So I am in my bedroom while my husband watches the babies, they aren't crying. It is so very fabulous.

It is so important to keep remembering to just ask for time to myself. Just 20 minutes alone regenerates me into a reasonable loving person again. When I was pregnant I thought I would have no problem asking for some alone time. But after you get to know your babies and you realize you have all the tricks and rhythms down pat and you are just too exhausted to reiterate them to anyone else, it can be difficult to trust or believe anyone can do what you do all day for even an hour. Especially when you are unsure if you will attempt to have anymore and you are trying to enjoy every minute of them being little.

It is also important to make your "cleaning time" and your "alone time" separate. otherwise you will burn yourself out and be of no use to anybody.

With that said I am going to lay down and space out for 10 more minutes before getting the kids ready for bed.

Good Night :-)