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Hey guys! I guest posted on my Paleo diet success story over at my friend Tamara's blog today. I'd love if you'd go check it out.

Whole30 Wrap Up


Wow, I can't believe I'm through my Whole30 already! Once I got into a groove with it, it seemed to just zip by.

My main goals for this Whole 30 were to:
  • Feel as good as I could during this pregnancy. My energy levels were very low.
  • Maximize my nutrition for this pregnancy.
I feel like I accomplished both of these. My energy levels definitely went up after the first week of Whole30 and my nutrition was amazing. I'd already been eating Paleo, but I'd fallen into a terrible food rut this pregnancy. I was eating the same things over and over. Variety is huge in getting great nutrition whether eating Paleo, eating for a healthy pregnancy, or just healthy eating in general! I was not getting much variety. I used this Whole30 as a way to focus on getting variety back into my diet.

My kitchen overflowed with different kinds of berries, kale, red kale, swiss chard, red chard, collard greens, mustard greens, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, spinach, pumpkin, coconut, chiles, different lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, onions of every shape and size, spices galore, and the regular staples like cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, avocadoes, etc. It was awesome! And much needed. My nutrition is amazing now and I'm so glad I took this month to get back on track.

It's funny, the only thing I really missed during my Whole30 were Paleo versions of pancakes and waffles. 

If you need me I'll be devouring some of these...

or maybe these...

I highly recommend the Whole30 to anyone seeking to clean up their diet and feel better in general. It's a great program with an active/supportive community.

My Paleo Pregnancy Week 25

Long time no update! Wow, this pregnancy is flying by. You might want to grab a cup of coffee, I have a LOT to update on!

Well, let's see, since my last update at 16 weeks... 

I've been doing Whole30 and my nutrition is amazing on that. I have been tracking to ensure I'm getting all my nutrition right because I have stopped taking a prenatal. Every one I try gives me gas. TMI, I know. I think it's because many of the whole food ones contain brown rice, etc. Luckily with Whole30 all of my daily values are at or well above where they need to be. 

My workouts have gotten better. I'm being much more consistent and this week have even been able to up the intensity a bit. I've also added in yoga more. It just feels fabulous right now.

My energy levels are better and overall I feel pretty good.

At 21 weeks I had an ultrasound... but baby wouldn't cooperate. So, we still don't know the gender. I've been reluctant to do much shopping because it's so tough to buy gender neutral. The last week or so I've finally started shopping though. And boy have I shopped...

I ordered a Graco Snugride Classic Connect 30 car seat from Target. It was on sale for only $89.99! Plus, we have a Target Debit Card, so 5% off that AND free shipping. SCORE. We had a Graco with the last two and loved it.

I was super excited to find a local Cloth Diapering company: Kanga Care aka Rumparooz is based in Colorado. I love to support local businesses whenever I can! Plus, I've heard from other bloggers that they're some of the best all in one cloth diapers out there, bonus. I ordered an assortment of their diapers to see and registered on their site. I have to laugh at myself... I was most excited to buy cloth diapers. My husband has joked that the baby might be naked otherwise, but it'll have cloth diapers!

I visited for the first time. Whoa, that site has everything! I was mainly on the hunt for the Bambo Newborn diapers. They're the most eco-friendly disposable I've been able to find. I wanted one pack to have so that I can ease into cloth diapers the first few days. While on the site I also found these biodegradable wipes by Attitude and some natural, less junk baby wash from Little Twig and diaper cream from Butt Paste (am I the only one that giggles at that name?).

I picked up some Seventh Generation Baby laundry detergent while I was at Natural Grocers so that I can wash up baby clothes, blankets, etc before baby arrives. Plus, I found this other natural baby wash at Target and registered there too. Baby wash is another thing I'm super focused on for some reason. I want to try every natural brand out there!
I ordered this diaper bag by Kalencom from Amazon. I looooove it. I also ordered a glass bottle by Green Sprouts from Amazon. I plan to breastfeed, but may pump some.

It's so crazy to me that this is my 4th, but we're still starting from scratch! We'd long ago given away all things baby. Ah well, baby shopping is fun.

At about 23 weeks I lost sight of my feet. I'm sure they'll return this summer sometime...

Since passing the half-way mark I've been thinking about my home birth more. Pondering and preparing mostly. I've been reading up on the Bradley Method. Knowing myself well, I know the most important thing for me is to relax and let my body do it's job. That's my main focus.

All in all things are going fabulously well.

Don't forget to enter my Post Pregnancy Belly Wrap Giveaway

Small Changes to a Cleaner, Healthier Life With Seventh Generation #7DayJourney

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For the past year and a half (since going Paleo) I've been diligent about cleaning up the foods my family consumes. Out went the junk food and in came the healthy, clean, whole foods. Something has been nagging at me though: while I've managed to clean up the foods and drinks we consume I have not taken on the task of cleaning up what we put on the outside of our bodies! I've started to reconsider what's inside the products my family routinely applies to their skin.

When cleaning the junk out of our lives it was easy to forget the things we were applying directly to our skin. Lately I've been reading more about the junk they add to many common personal care products. Why would I want to keep applying these harsh chemicals to myself and my kids?! 

I've swapped the harsh chemical and additive laden products that normally populated our bathroom for Seventh Generation's BioBased products. It really is easy to make these small changes in our daily lives:
  • Swap out the body wash in the shower. 
  • Change the lotion we buy.
  • Reach for a better facial cloth.
  • Choose a new bar soap.
  • Pick up a different hand soap.
How can I not be picky about what's going on his skin?!
I feel much better about the products that now live in my bathroom. Seventh Generation's new USDA Certified BioBased products contain essential oils, botanical extracts, and plant-based ingredients. They do NOT contain parabens, phthaletes, or petroleum-derived ingredients. Plus, they all smell amazing

What one small change can you make today to live a cleaner, healthier life?

Seventh Generation wants to get you started on your journey to natural beauty.

Visit 7 Day Journey to natural beauty for tips and information on their new line of USDA approved biobased products ranging from facial wipes to body lotion!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Seventh Generation. The opinions and text are all mine.

Post Pregnancy Belly Wrapping

Post pregnancy belly wrapping is not a new concept. In fact, it's something that women from cultures all over the world have been doing for centuries. Modern versions of post pregnancy wraps are quite advanced, but the concept is the same: postnatal wrapping is intended to help new moms recover and heal.

What is post-pregnancy belly wrapping?
Postpartum Belly wrapping (also called postnatal binding) is the practice of using gentle compression to aid in recovery after giving birth.

Why wrap?
In the first six weeks following birth, whether a woman delivers vaginally or by cesarean, the body goes through a significant recovery and healing process. Belly wraps have been used for centuries by women all over world to aid in this healing process. Belly wrapping can help:
  • shrink and re-position their uterus after birth 
  • reduce bloating in the abdominal area caused by water retention
  • provide additional support to the abdominal area and core muscles to help improve posture and reduce strain in the lower back 
  • help heal any abdominal muscle separation
  • give additional support and comfort during exercise (6 weeks+ postpartum)
Jay Goldberg, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist in Beverly Hills, Calif., agrees. "We have been prescribing abdominal binders for a long time. They have been used for tummy tucks and back problems, but with obstetrics these wraps help women recovering from a vaginal delivery or a C-section with their posture, abdominal support, and self-confidence.”
The gentle compression on the abs may help the uterus return to its normal size quicker, so new moms may get rid of their still-pregnant-looking-belly quicker, Moore says. 
Another belly wrap bonus: “You may feel more comfortable and may feel like moving more and the more you move and exercise, the quicker you get your figure back,” Moore says.
To me the concept of compression as aid to recovery makes total sense. Just like I would use compression garments to aid my recovery after a really tough workout or a long run, a post pregnancy belly wrap is what I'll use to help my body recover post baby. I only wish I'd heard of this concept with my first three pregnancies!

When should I wrap?
For maximum benefit, we recommend that you begin using your Vespa & The Ladybird Belly Wrap within 24-48 hours after the birth of your baby and then continue to wear it for as many hours as you can throughout the day and night. As a first time mum you may still be coming to terms with the experience of labour and meeting your new baby that it may take you a few days longer to feel ready to start wearing your wrap - and that is totally okay. Be guided by how you are feeling as no two women's experiences are the same.

How long do I continue to wrap?
Most recommendations I've found say for the first six weeks postpartum. That seems a good rule of thumb. You may also wish to wear your wrap past the 6 week mark during workouts when you've been given the go-ahead by your doctor or midwife to restart your fitness routine.

I am most excited about the wrap for use during workouts. As someone who's lost quite a bit of weight in the past (and not to mention that post baby I just tend to have a little extra jiggle in my wiggle) I really believe wrapping for workouts will make them much more comfortable. Especially for things like plyo, sprints at the track, and the other high impact workouts I love.

For this purpose I've chosen to use the Vespa & The Ladybird Belly Wrap Plush. Their Classic and Plush ranges are both tagless and seamless (great for workouts). Their Plush range, however is also lined with super soft bamboo fabric. Bamboo is naturally moisture wicking and antibacterial (Not to mention a sustainable crop. Bonus.) which is perfect for workout use. 

**Edit: Since posting this the company I got my wrap from went out of business. You can find other wrapping options on Amazon here. The Belly Bandit looks most similar to the one I've tried.

The awesome folks over at Vespa & The Ladybird have offered to send one of their awesome Post Pregnancy Wraps to one of you! (giveaway now closed)

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. As always opinions offered are 100% honest and my own.

#Whole30 Week 2

Week 2 of my Whole30 went very well. I feel great! No more headaches, no real cravings to speak of... Well, I did crave sauerkraut one day, but I think that was more pregnancy related and not really Whole30 related.

My meals were very similar to my Week 1 meals:

Breakfast was generally a veggie omelet or scramble with some fruit.

Lunch was either a huge green salad (with protein, like chicken, on top of course), egg salad, leftovers, or tuna salad.

Dinner was some incarnation of meat and veggies. Paleo Spaghetti is one of my standbys and favorites.

I tried the Riced Cauliflower recipe from The Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook this week. It's. Amazing.

This week I was curious how my nutrition was on Whole30. Being pregnant, that was my number one reason for doing this Whole30. I tracked my food in an app a couple of days and was excited to see that my nutrition is AMAZING. It's what I'd expected, but still reassuring to see. 

My energy levels aren't quite what I'd hoped, but that has been an issue this entire pregnancy. I think they're about as good as they'll get, which at the beginning of the week I was disappointed with. Memories of my last 30 days of strict Paleo reminded me of just how much energy that rewarded me with. However, I can only do what I can do. I am pregnant, my body does strange things while pregnant, and that's OK. As long as I'm taking the best care of myself possible... The rest just is what it is.

On to week 3! I'm excited.

If you're interested in Whole30 please join us for this month's #PaleoChat on twitter! More info here.

It's That Time Again! #PaleoChat

I can't believe February is gone already! But, I'm glad that it's time again for my favorite twitter chat. March's #PaleoChat will be this Wednesday, March, 6th at 9 PM Eastern Time.

This month I'm so excited to have my first ever guest co-host: Dee from Primal Beauty Queen! Chat questions will be coming from Dee, so be sure you follow her on twitter: @ThePBQ.

Our topic this month will the The Whole30. Ever done a Whole30? Many? Doing one now? Wanting to do a Whole30? Join us! 

Two lucky chat participants will win their own copies of It Starts With Food! (Giveaways are open to US Residents only). A huge thank you to Victory Belt for supplying the books for this month's giveaways! I will be announcing giveaway winners during the chat, so be sure you follow me on twitter as well: @KerriOlkjer.

I hope to see you there!