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Quick and Easy Green Smoothie

Sometimes you need a reminder that healthy habits can begin quite simply.

It doesn’t need to be about spending confusing hours in the kitchen, experimenting with ingredients you’ve never heard of.

To make it really work for you and start you on the journey to learning what works best for your body, you start with the healthy foods that you know you love.

Here’s one of my favorite ways to boost my energy mid-afternoon, when we tend to get tired and reach for those vending machine sugary snacks.

While the last smoothie recipe I shared with you is awesome in it’s own ways, you can see the difference between the green powder and the fresh greens, and believe me, you can taste it too!

Have you tried green smoothies before? If you have, tell me what you love about them. If you haven’t, are you ready to do something easy and nourishing for yourself today?

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Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Quick and Easy Way to Ditch the Toxins

For years I’d been thinking about it but it always seemed like it would be so complicated, so overwhelming.

As with most things, all it took was the push to finally take action to help me realize how simple it could be to reduce the toxins in my home even more.

You’re here, so let me share with you how 20 minutes saved me time, money and stress.

When I go to the store to buy deodorant or toothpaste, it can sometimes take a while.  I know exactly what I want to avoid in my products but it still takes me time to scan the labels for ingredients that are not as safe as I’d want them to be.  This is really important when you’re thinking about self-care products because you are applying them to your largest organ (your skin) every day, over and over again.

With the knowledge I’ve gained about toxins, those 99¢ bottles don’t have a place in my home anymore. The upfront savings is not worth the risk of future health concerns for me and my family. It’s true, many of the less toxic options come with higher prices tags but sometimes you have to be willing to make an investment in a healthy future.  Luckily, when you make your own products, you have the chance to simplify the ingredient list significantly and save money when compared to many of the products that are available.

Did you know that stress is a toxin?  It can affect your cortisol levels and play a major role is disease and illness, so you always want to come from a place of minimizing stress.  Knowing what’s in your products and feeling confident about what you are putting on your body can reduce your stress because you don’t have to worry every time a new report comes out about a particular company or ingredient.  That’s quick and easy peace of mind!

With all of this in mind, I want to share the recipes that my daughter and I used to create toothpaste and deodorant for our family that we could feel great about and that really work for us! The deodorant even passed the test of my husband’s long and labor intensive work days!

Xandra’s Quick and Easy Toothpaste and Deodorant Recipes!

ToothpasteandDeodorant

For the toothpaste, combine:

5 
tablespoons 
aluminum 
free 
baking
 soda

3 
tablespoons
 organic
 coconut 
oil 
(liquefied
 by 
running
 jar 
under 
hot 
water)

3‐5
 drops
 of
 essential 
oil 
(peppermint,
 cinnamon,
 or 
any
 other 
of 
your choosing)

Store in glass jar

Cost:
$1.00

For the deodorant, combine:

¼ cup aluminum free baking soda

¼ cup arrowroot starch

5 
tablespoons
 organic
 coconut 
oil 
(liquefied
 by 
running
 jar 
under 
hot 
water)

10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil (or any other of your choosing)

Store in a glass jar.

Cost: $2.50

Try it out and let me know what you think!

If you’d like to learn more about tackling toxins, join me at the Inspired Family Conference on March 22nd.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Top 3 Reasons You Should Be Thinking about Your Pre Pregnancy Diet

Once you get pregnant, you often start paying more attention to food, but what should you be doing while you are preparing for pregnancy?

I’m not a strong believer in getting caught up in all the little details of how many grams of this and that you need.  I did that for a while and it was a huge pain and took the fun out of eating for me. Eating needs to be fun!

Of course, if you have reason to believe that you have specific deficiencies or needs, you increase those nutrients and I can help you figure out how.

As a general rule, it is important to start shifting your foods to whole and fresh as much as possible.

Here are a few reasons why, and below I’ll share my #1 favorite way to make it happen!

Reason #1: Did you know that your baby pulls from your nutrient stores? This means that even if you get hit by morning sickness once you’re pregnant, your baby will get nutrients based on what you were eating prior to conception.

Bonus: Getting these habits in place now eases so much stress because you won’t have to think so hard about food once you’re pregnant.  That’s a good thing because you’ll have plenty on your mind already.

Reason #2: There are a lot of chemicals and additives in processed foods, and the best way to avoid them is by shifting towards fresh fruits and veggies, grains, hormone free dairy and meat and healthy fat (yes, I said healthy fat!). MSG, which hides in just about everything, and aspartame are two additives that have been linked to infertility, among many other things.  Let’s get those out and get you healthy!

Reason #3: Ditch the added sugar.  If you have a package of food sitting around (hey, if you’ve got a loaf of bread from the store, check that too!), take a look at the label – I’ll bet that sugar is one of the ingredients (high fructose corn syrup, cane juice, anything ending is -ose).  Sugar can wreck havoc on your hormones and as may be quite obvious, hormones play a pretty important role in getting pregnant and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

Okay, so maybe you’re thinking that you’d love to eat mostly whole, fresh foods but you’re stumped as to how.  There are only so many hours in a day.  I totally get it.  In fact, this feeling of overwhelm kept me from eating the way I wanted to be for years!

So what was one of my first steps? SMOOTHIES!

I love smoothies for a few reasons, but mainly because you can pack a lot of awesomeness into one meal and it just takes a few minutes.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more smoothie recipes for you because you’ve asked for them and because it’s the perfect season for them.

Here’s the one I made this morning. Clocking in at about 500 calories, it’s a full meal in and of itself and a perfect way to get a good chunk of calories for the mamas-to-be and nursing mamas.

You may be wondering why I used green powder instead of fresh greens, and I’ll tell you – simplicity. Sometimes it’s just easier to throw a scoop of powder into my blender and I know I want to be getting my greens!

preparing for pregnancy

What are your favorite ways to incorporate whole, fresh foods into your daily routine? Tweet this! Where do you feel most stuck?  Let me know in the comments below!

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Toxins and Getting Pregnant

Do you know what's in your products

Did you know that the average woman uses 12 different personal care products on a daily basis? Tweet this!

Did you know that there are over 80,000 chemicals in the products we use again and again and again but only about 100 of them have actually been tested for safety? Tweet this!

The chemicals that we are exposed to by putting them in, on, and around our bodies have the potential to impact our health in many ways and have been connected:

  • Infertility
  • ADHD
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Hormonal disruption
  • Resistant weight loss

I share this not to scare you but to empower you.

As you know, I believe in the importance of beginning with awareness.  This leads me to a really important reminder. If you have one takeaway from reading this today, have it be this – you cannot blame yourself or allow yourself to feel guilt for what you didn’t know. Tweet this!

You have to start somewhere, and beginning to understand what’s in the products that you use most often is the perfect place.

There was a recent story involving Johnson and Johnson having their license suspended that led to a lot of confusion.  For me, the where, the when, and the reach of the problem did not really matter.  Here’s why – regardless of the incident, Johnson and Johnson, and many other companies, continue to use harmful chemicals in our products.  Consumer pressure is changing this – there are many more safe products available than there were even a handful of years ago.  But in order for there to be consumer pressure, there has to be consumer awareness.

This is so important and I want to make it easy for you.  I opened up 10 spots in my schedule for FREE What’s Up with All These Toxins Discovery Sessions.  There are only 3 left, so if you want one, click here and grab your spot before they are all gone.

I don’t often offer free sessions so this is a special opportunity for you if you are ready to stop worrying and start taking action.

I look forward to connecting with you soon.

I’d love to know what your biggest questions or concerns are, so feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Motherhood Starts with a Vision

Creating Fertile GroundIn the first week of Creating Fertile Ground, we will be setting the foundation and vision for our time together.

You will set intentions and begin to create the vision of what you want for your future.

One way that you will do this, if you join us, will be by writing a letter to your future baby.  This is a powerful practice that can help you to release what is holding you back, become more realistic with your expectations, and help you to create a road map to a healthy and empowered experience that is perfect for you and not just what others are telling you the experience is supposed to be like.

You will receive a mediation and some prompts from me to help get you started, but as with all aspects of this program, the power comes from what you make of it.

Creating a vision is such an important place to start because if you don’t know where you’re aiming to go, it makes it quite difficult to get there, right??

If you get behind the wheel of your car and don’t even know where your destination is, you will end up driving aimlessly, wasting time and money and getting frustrated and overwhelmed. The same is true with the journey to motherhood.

There’s a better way.  Of course, there are times when it’s nice not to have a destination, but this time you know your destination, at least roughly.  It is to be growing a baby inside you and to birth him or her into this world.  What does this place look like to you? 

We will explore this and with this vision created, you will be able to step into the rest of Creating Fertile Ground ready to build your unique road map.  It won’t look like anyone else’s and that’s the beauty of this program.

I will be sharing information with you that is foundational no matter what your road map looks like, while at the same time helping you discover what your individual needs are.

In a week, we start with the vision, and I hope you’ll be there to join us.

Ready to explore and enroll?  Click here.

Got questions for me?  Ask them in the comments below or here.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Listen to Your Body…

Listen to your bodyThe other night, I was asleep by 8 o’clock.  I woke a few times, briefly, for the things that hadn’t gotten done before my body chose rest — I fed the cats, put on my pajamas, slipped under the covers.

At any of those moments I could have decided that it was too early, that there were other things I could do, that although I aim for 10, 8 just didn’t feel like bedtime.

That night, it did. I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t feel the need or desire to clean, to work, to write or to read.  My body wanted rest.

For a moment, I worried that I would wake around midnight, unable to find sleep again.

I decided to chance it, to listen to the innate wisdom of my body.

Amazingly, I woke at 7am the next morning. My body knew.  I was tired.

When you tune into your body, when you allow its truth to trump your expectations, your assumptions, and those of others, you give yourself the opportunity to heal and grow.

Learning to listen to your body now will help you for the rest of your life.

Some days will be easier than others – it is a practice that you must continue to cultivate.

Honoring and trusting your body is the beginning of growing a strong relationship with yourself — the one person you can always count on no matter what.

Are you ready to take that step?

Creating Fertile Ground begins on May 6th, and I would love for you to be part of this incredible gathering of women.  You can learn more and register here.  Got questions?  Feel free to ask by contacting me here.

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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It Goes Far Beyond Folic Acid…

It Goes Far Beyond Folic Acid…

 

If you are like I was, you may know long before you are ready to conceive that you want to be a mama.

 

With these feelings in your heart, perhaps you have started to ask some questions and to seek some answers.

 

If you brought it up to your health care provider, or if you searched the internet, there is one thing you were likely to find – take a folic acid supplement.

 

You may have also read that while you are preparing for pregnancy, it is a good idea to quit smoking, reduce alcohol intake and stop taking birth control.

 

When this information was shared with me about 6 years ago I remember thinking, “there has got to be more.”  And there was.

 

Folic acid (or folate if it comes in its naturally occurring form in food) is critical prior to conception because it can help reduce the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida.

 

Why is it important before conception?  Typically when you find out you are pregnant you have already been pregnant for at least a few weeks.  Those weeks are important for baby’s development and certain nutrient deficiencies can raise the risk of complications during this stage.

 

You have probably heard the phrase “you are what you eat.” You are also what you put in, on, and around your body, from food, to chemicals, to emotions, and they all play a role in fertility, and in creating the environment that will be your baby’s first home and first source of food.

 

There is so much you can now to start preparing for that time.  Are you ready to explore and learn more about this?

babies on the brain

On April 24th at 8 pm EST, I invite you to join me for a free call where you will learn all about why it is important and empowering to prepare yourself prior to conception. We will also start to explore what you can do to take the next steps on your journey.

 

This preconception time is not one that we often talk about because it is filled with excitement, fear, anxiety and frustration.  If you don’t know when you are going to start trying to conceive, you often don’t want to be talking about it even with close friends and family.

 

Know that there is space for you to talk about it on this call Wednesday night and within the community of women that is growing.

 

If you’re ready to join us, click here to register.  If you can’t make the call, rest assured that you won’t miss out because I’ll be sending out a recording.

 

If you are on the call, you will have the chance to win some great prizes, so I hope you can make it!

 

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Starting with the Why

we are the world cardWomen have always been having babies, and this will always continue.  This is the beauty of the community that grows around motherhood – we have an infinite well of wisdom to dip into and learn from. We are the bridge between generations and we have the power to support each other in a most unique way.

 

In conversations that I have had with women over the last two years and in a recent survey that I did of moms, the same theme keeps coming up – most of them believe that preconception is an incredibly important time, and they know that support during this time has the power to bring such ease to the journey.

 

Some of this knowledge comes from women who were in a place like I was – they knew they wanted to be mamas so they started learning what they could in order to enter into the experience from an empowered place.  But we all felt like something was missing – the element of support amidst an overwhelming sea of information.

 

Others came to this understanding through hindsight – “I wish I had someone who could have explained why this was important and what I could have done to make this experience better.”

 

Conception and pregnancy can be an incredible time, but without the right support it can feel overwhelming and filled with worry.  When you are able to understand the why without concerning yourself with the how just yet, your world opens to the possibility of all that can be and you can release what holds you back in the past.

 

On April 24th at 8PM EST I am going to teach you all about the why on a free call that I am offering – 3 Steps to Building the Best First Home for Your Baby: The Importance of Preparing for Your Future Baby Now!

 

By the end of the hour, you will understand the importance of beginning to prepare for your baby right now, you will know where you can be starting to take the next steps, and you will have discovered how.

 

The call is free and perfect for any woman who is dreaming about becoming a mama at some point in the future (whether it’s just around the corner or much farther down your path), and to women who are thinking about or preparing to expand their families.

 

Are you ready to spend an hour learning and growing?  Join us by clicking here.

 

Whatever you do, wherever you are on your journey, know that you are not alone – there is always a community of women ready to welcome you with open arms.

 

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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Are You Ready to Shake the Dust?

spring“So when the world knocks at your front door,

clutch the knob and open on up,

running forward into its widespread greeting arms with your hands before you,

fingertips trembling though they may be.”

– Anis Mojgani

 

A couple of weeks ago, the phrase ‘shake the dust’ appeared in my world twice in one day, and it really resonated with me.

 

One was on the bumper sticker of my reflexologist’s car, and was a reference to this amazing video.

 

The other came from The Organic Sister, and may have been referencing the same video, though I am not sure.

 

Either way, the phrase has stuck with me and has been finding it’s way into my life.

 

Shake the Dust showed up as a custom flower essence blend from a friend.

 

Shake the Dust has meant taking my health journey to a deeper level and starting to see incredible change from the inside.

 

Shake the Dust taught me to start bringing more acceptance and compassion to the way I deal with difficult situations.

 

Shake the Dust appeared in my life yesterday as I started out vacuuming and ended up rearranging furniture (do you do that too?).

 

Shake the Dust was a walk outside, moving my body to release stagnant energy (the photo above is from my walk).

 

Shake the Dust is changing my life.

 

As you may have read, I recently found my way back to my yoga mat.  For the last couple of practices, as I have re-entered the world after savasana, the word ‘light’ has come to mind.

 

I see ‘light’ as being very much connected to ‘shake the dust,’ for it is when we can release the old – the fear, the pain, the anger, the shame – that we can find the true light that we are and shine it into the world.

 

May you shine your light brightly into this world.

 

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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What I Wish I Had Known When I Was Preparing for Pregnancy

meditateHave you ever thought about doing something for a really long time, but you keep putting it off again and again, and you are not even sure why?

 

When you finally make the commitment and make it happen, do you think, WOW, why didn’t I do that for myself sooner?

 

This has happened to me many times (it happened again recently as I made my way back to yoga).

 

It is wonderful when you finally take the step you have been meaning to take, but it can also lead to regret, to feeling like you wasted time.

 

I do not want you to feel that way.

 

I want you to feel like you are doing all you can to live the life of your dreams.

 

I want you to feel empowered to start taking care of yourself and your future baby right now because you can.

 

I want you to discover what it feels like to overcome your fears and live from a place of joy.

 

I spent a year and a half of my life in that “I Want One” phase, and a lot of it was really painful for me.

 

In the beginning, I was excited and ready to dive in and prepare myself in any way I can.  After a bit, when I realized that we were not going to start trying for quite some time, I fell into a place of despair.

 

I blamed myself for not being able to go after my dreams because of the job I had at the time.

 

I even got to a point where seeing babies went from elating to heartbreaking.

 

What I realized when I eventually dove back into preparing myself for pregnancy (6 months before we started trying to conceive), was that I could have been doing this all along.

 

I needed the space to process where I was in my life, but I gave myself a much shorter window to make some major shifts in my life, and the pressure of that stressed me out even more.

 

If I could go back and do something differently, I would seek support instead of just wondering why there did not seem to be any.

 

I would have seen my body as I do now – as a magical vessel for life and joy.

 

I would have reached out my hand to anyone who might have been able to support me.

 

These changes, these shifts, all come in their own time.  I recognize that it was part of my journey to have the experiences that I did, at the times that I did.

 

As a mama who has been there, I encourage you to reach out your hand for support, find your community, and do all you can to get to the place of living from an empowered and joyful place as soon as you can.

 

Why?  Because it is beautiful here.

 

If you are ready to join us, you can do so here.

 

Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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