Cholesterol: a wax consistency, fat-like substance found in all cells in the body Where does it come from? some cholesterol is made in your body by your liver, other sources of cholesterol come from the food you eat. The cholesterol that comes from food is referred to as dietary cholesterol. Cholesterol cannot dissolve in the blood so … Continue reading What About Cholesterol
Ending breastfeeding is a very personal decision and only you and your child know whats best for you. Research has shown that baby has a biological and emotional need for breastfeeding for at least the first couple of years of his life and frequently longer. [Your own experience is almost certainly going to be different from what you planned, I know mine sure is! I never expected to still be nursing at 16 months but this is what works for Sully and I and that is what matters] • • Breastfeeding is more than a feeding method – it’s a relationship and relationships play out differently for everyone (I.E. respecting everyone no matter their choices on feeding/length of breastfeeding). • • Did you know? “If given the opportunity, most babies will breastfeed until they naturally outgrow the need. Some cultures, including much of North America, expect babies to wean around their first birthday or earlier. But our society’s expectation isn’t in step with our biology. Young children do best with the sucking, reassurance, nutrition, and boost in immunities that breastfeeding provides throughout their early years ⭐️. There is so much research showing this that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend breastfeeding for at least the first two years of life, and beyond for as long as mutually desired.” (The Womenly Art of Breastfeeding) Will I breastfeed for that long? Who knows, but I do know I will wait until we are BOTH ready 💕. • • Tell me your thoughts on extended breastfeeding below!
Its all fun and games until your 16 month old drinks the lake water and has an upset stomach for 48 hours, whoops. 🤦🏼♀️ Reminiscing on this weekend of boating and can't wait for a summer full of water activities. We are so excited for this summer because Sullivan is at such a fun age to do things with! ⭐️ • • Here are a list of our favorite boat snacks to bring along with us to keep us full and hydrated: 🚤🚤 • • ✔️Dried fruit - we choose the no salt or sugar added versions (some of my current favorites are dried figs, raisins, and mangos) • ✔️Pirates Booty Popcorn Puffs - our favorite low sodium crunchy snack that we can enjoy with Sullivan • ✔️Fresh fruit - of course this is a no brainer! grapes, apples, pears, and watermelon sliced up in Pyrex containers for some extra hydration! • ✔️Trail mix - full of healthy fats that give us sustained energy for a day out on the water. • ✔️PB&J's - because you literally can't go wrong with the most delicious sandwich combination ever • ✔️Pre-cut veggies with dip - carrots and red peppers give that satisfying crunch and we love to pair with hummus to add some protein into the mix. • ✔️Beverages: I am all about lacroix or flavor enhanced water to keep us hydrated. We bring a cup of water for Sullivan as well as breastmilk which is better than pedialyte for hydration, did you guys know that?! • • What are your go-to snacks to bring out for a day on the water?
Sullivan’s Memorial Day plate: swipe to see how much he really ate. I love for him to be able to explore different ways of eating food now that he is bigger, he has been loving corn on the cob for easing his teething pain (I got the idea from @aloha.nutrition ). Did your kiddos get to try anything new this weekend to eat? We love constantly adding new foods to Sullivan’s diet and making sure we switch up the variety frequently. ⭐️ this plate included lemon basil grilled chicken, black beans, grilled corn on the cob, and sweet potato fries. Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
All you babyledweaning moms drop a 🙌🏻 if you understand my pain 🤣 • • • Sullivan 6 months to Sullivan 16 months. (The arm on this kid is great for catapulting they food clear across the kitchen now 🤣)
This kid. He is testing me daily on how to love like Jesus and practice patience. He has never slept well and he requires all the attention in the world all day long. He is learning how to test his boundaries and for some reason loves to hit me in the face right now (please tell me this is just a phase). He is my biggest blessing and also my biggest challenge (PARENTING IS HARD). But he loves his momma and there is no doubt about that. To all the momma's who are just having "one of those days," I see you. ⭐️⭐️
Guess what? I ate pasta for two meals yesterday because despite what you may think, carbs don’t make you gain weight. • • • Not eating consistently throughout the day, not consuming balanced meals, not moving your body, not getting adequate sleep, consuming more calories than your body needs, and a thousand more reasons that could contribute to weight gain BUT having a properly portioned carb with each meal doesn’t equal weight gain. ✔️ • • • I made cauliflower turkey meatballs last night (yep, another way I sneak the veggies in⭐️) and they were super good. Let me know if you want the recipe and I’ll share the link [not my own recipe]. Paired the meatballs with some homemade tomato sauce, @eatbanza chickpea pasta (those complex carbohydrates are the real hero’s), and heaping portion of stir fry veggies [always making sure my plate is half vegetables]. • • Baby approved and momma approved meal! • • I want to hear from you, what’s your hardest challenge when trying to make balanced meals? 🤷♀️