If you could keep one New Year’s resolution what would it be? For me the choice was simple. I resolved to drastically change what and how I eat.
Healthy Moms Blog
If there's one thing most moms can agree on, it's that there are times when coming up meal after meal for the family (assuming you're the main cook for the family) is not just exhausting, it's a huge challenge. It's easy to fall into a rut when you're coming up with ideas on the fly all the time, and if you've ever had a child roll their eyes at you and ask, "Do we have to eat that again?" then you've likely spent some time in that rut yourself.
“Diastasis…what?” you say.
You are not alone. Most women go into their pregnancies having never heard of Diastasis Recti, especially if it is their first. Word is spreading, but slowly, and mostly through mom groups and on social media, not from our health care practitioners as one might expect.
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis is the separation of the abdominal muscle in the front, the Rectus Abdominis aka the “six-pack” muscle. As women go through their pregnancy, these two strips of muscle separate and the connective tissue (the line between them down the middle, the Linea Alba), stretches to accommodate for the growth of the baby. For most women, some degree of separation remains postpartum, especially in subsequent pregnancies. This results in the dreaded mummy tummy, or a pooch in the front that just won’t go away, regardless of 100’s of crunches and intense dieting. In fact, you might be doing things, like crunches, that are making it worse.
As a second time new Mum who’s gotten a lot more particular about the products I use on my little ones, one of my biggest challenges is finding healthy and safe products to use on the sensitive skin of newborns. Let’s face it, we’ve got enough on our minds to deal with. When we’re toughing it out in the trenches of the fourth trimester, surviving on a few hours of sleep a day and recovering from pregnancy, the last thing we want to do is spend hours looking up ingredients on Google.
I was thrilled to learn about the line of natural newborn skin care products made by The Homemade Organics Company. They’re a Canadian-owned producer of certified organic skin care products for moms and babies, as well as cleaning products for the home. All of the ingredients they use are eco-conscious, vegan, chemical-free, pesticide-free and alcohol-free. They’re even certified through PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program. This is the real deal.
As I sit here writing, I am drinking a glass of wine and munching on caramel-filled milk chocolate wafers. I’m going to tell you right now, I am not the best example of finding balance, when it comes to holiday indulgences. I have been Paleo during the holidays, which was its own form of insanity, and I have had plenty of years like this one, when I baked cookies, drank more than my fair share of alcohol, and indulged at every opportunity.