I know it’s been a while…thank you for your patience while I’ve been away from the Fresh Fruit Cleanse blog over the past several weeks. I was moving so there’s been a lot going on. Also, figured I should spill the beans now…I’m expecting my first child in September. I’ve shared the news with family and friends, but, this is the first time I’ve written about the baby-to-be so it feels good to finally share the news with all of you.
Babies are a celebration, a force of good and healing and so much healing has happened in my life this year. Feels good to feel the collective force unifying itself within us and all around us… I suppose it’s not a coincidence the Olympics are happening this year as that global unity between countries and athletes serves as a powerful reflection of our potential for unity through our shared humanity. What a powerful time to be alive as we awaken to our oneness globally…
During the pregnancy, it’s been so important to continue to eat healthily. I am so grateful for being able to write the Fresh Fruit Cleanse book because so many of the recipes in the book, especially the optimally nutritious smoothie recipes like the Detox Blast Smoothie and the Green Protein Smoothie, have been so beneficial for my health and well-being during this time. It’s hard to imagine what pregnancy would have been like had I not had the knowledge about nutrition, that I was fortunate to discover, from writing the Fresh Fruit Cleanse book. Those smoothies and the super foods in the smoothies (spirulina, raw chocolate, maca, coconut oil, flax oil, chia seeds, etc), as well as, many of the other recipes in the book, are such powerful building blocks for optimal nutrition. As I’m writing this, I’m drinking the Detox Blast Smoothie with fresh ginger in it and it’s amazing how good it has me feel when I drink it. Thanks be to God for all the wisdom and guidance He has brought into my life to show me what’s best…I am grateful to all of the teachers and guides along the way who have helped to steer me in the direction that is healthiest for my life…body, mind and spirit.
It’s so important that we listen to that ever-present wisdom guiding us with each breath we breathe. Sometimes, it can seem hard to know what’s best. Whenever I find myself in a place of questioning, I am remembering, more and more these days to, as the scriptures say, be still and know God. In the stillness, His voice speaks through your being, your soul, your heart and you will know what’s best with each breath you breathe. He is ever-present guiding us with His grace, but, we must listen and to listen we must be still. Just think about how it is when a good friend is talking with you and sharing something important…if you are busy and distracted by countless things it’s very difficult to give them your attention…but…if you slow down, stop and listen you can look directly into their eyes and fully connect with everything they are saying to you, not only on a physical level, but, on an emotional, mental and spiritual level and the communication can fully be received from their heart to yours. The same is true with the wise, guiding grace of God. Slow down…listen…close your eyes…go into nature…you will hear His voice speaking through your heart.
This is what my mother shared with me today…love this:
Give God Your Worries
by Charles R. Swindoll
Who is among you that
fears the LORD, . . . let him trust in the
name of the LORD and rely on his God.
Let’s get six words clearly fixed in our minds. These six words form the foundation of God’s therapeutic process for all worrywarts.
WORRY ABOUT NOTHING,
PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING
What qualifies as a worry? Anything that drains your tank of joy—something you cannot change, something you are not responsible for, something you are unable to control, something (or someone) that frightens and torments you, agitates you, keeps you awake when you should be asleep.
All of that now needs to be switched from your worry list to your prayer list.
Give each worry—one by one—to God. . . .
Tell Him you will no longer keep your anxiety to yourself. . . .
The more you practice giving your mental burdens to the Lord, the more exciting it gets to see how God will handle the things that are impossible for you to do anything about.
Awesome, huh…so speaking about pregnancy, I would like to share an article that was contributed by the lovely Katie Moore. These are wonderful health tips for any expectant mother-to-be. Yes, one of the biggest misconceptions about pregnancy is you must eat A LOT. Not true. Thanks to Katie, I now know that it’s only 300 extra calories that are required per day to feed you and your baby healthily.
I will be back soon to share more on the Fresh Fruit Cleanse blog, but, also looking forward to having more wonderful contributors sharing their helpful and healthful knowledge and expertise with all of us, as well. So, if you have some wisdom to share with your fellow Fresh Fruit Cleansers, please contact me and let me know.
Remember, all is well…be still and be here now. Also, you can stay in touch with the True Yoga Blog, too. God’s blessings to all 🙂
Health Tips for Pregnant Moms
Like all expectant mothers, you’re probably anxiously awaiting the arrival of your new baby and want to do everything you can to keep the developing little one safe and healthy. The best way you can do this is by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and there are many things you can do which don’t involve a lot of effort, energy or money but reap major health benefits for you and your baby.
Consult a Doctor
Before making any changes to your current life style, make an appointment with your doctor. Meeting with your doctor will begin the process of monitoring your health and the baby’s development. As your term progresses, the doctor visits will become more frequent and will give you ample opportunity to ask questions and help your delivery day preparations. There are so many options available to mother and baby during and after delivery, pain medications, umbilical cord blood banking and circumcision are a few; speaking to your doctor about these processes is the best choice.
Maintaining an adequate intake of minerals in your diet is essential not only to your own body’s functions, but also to the development of your baby. Bones are particularly vulnerable to a lack of minerals. If you’re not getting enough inyour diet during pregnancy, your baby’s body will start taking minerals from your bones. This could make them weak and prone to breakage.
The easiest way to get more minerals is by eating leafy greens, root vegetables, bone broth and apples. All are widely available and inexpensive. Supplements are also helpful, but will work better if taken with foods containing similar nutrients.
Minimize Packaged Meals
Microwave and instant meals, while temptingly convenient, are some of the unhealthiest things to eat during pregnancy. They’re loaded with preservatives, sugar, soy, sodium, fake colors and a ton of calories. To make matters worse, they’re not even cheap. Serving for serving, it is actually cheaper to buy the fresh ingredients and make the meal from scratch. This way, you’ll save money and control what goes into your food.
Plenty of Fat
Despite all the bad things you’ve heard about fat over the years, they’re not all created equal. While vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats are indeed unhealthy, ones like coconut oil, red palm oil and grass-fed meat and dairy are highly beneficial to health. (and flax seed oil in your smoothies, too) Your body needs fat to create hormones, sustain energy and manufacture cells, so you must have them in your diet to maintain health. Due to these effects, it is particularly important that you eat plenty of
healthy fats during pregnancy.
Avoid Tap Water
Although that water from your faucet looks harmless, it’s full of chemicals that can endanger you and your baby. Municipal water supplies add chemicals like chlorine or chloramine to control pathogens, but they are known to cause heart disease, cancer, birth defects and organ damage. Fluoride is another water additive that is believed to be essential for healthy teeth. However, this mineral is toxic in the doses found in tap water and can result in fluorosis of the teeth and bones. Babies and young children are especially vulnerable. Instead of having a tall glass of water from your sink, you may want to start buying bottled spring or distilled water.
Watch Your Calories
Many pregnant women find that they have huge appetites during pregnancy, but it’s wise to reign in the impulse to overeat. Obesity is a growing problem among pregnant moms today. It is associated with an increased risk of diabetes for mom and birth defects for baby. This doesn’t mean you don’t need anything extra, though. Current medical guidelines state that a developing baby requires about 300 extra calories daily starting in your second trimester.
With all of the above tips, you will be able to help foster a safe environment for baby to develop in and will make your recovery period go by faster. Before you know it, baby will be arriving and your transition into motherhood will begin!
This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.