I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've had time to write a blog post. As many of you may know, I'm a solo practice Registered Midwife in a small mountain town in the Canadian Rockies. Being the only midwife in town can sometimes make personal time next to impossible...the babies come when the babies come and man, did they ever come during the holidays this year. I welcomed 6 babies into the world in less than 12 days. Most of these labours were on the longer side of normal, but, all babies were safely born into their mothers arms and everyone is healthy, happy and thriving. Although my personal life, sleep and holiday enjoyment suffered, I feel the satisfaction of a job well done.
After such a busy time, I wanted to share some easy tips I used to keep myself grounded, healthy and balanced during this time.
How to stay balanced (and eat paleo) when life has you on the run
- Have the fridge stocked with healthy paleo friendly food choices! Whether you work 100+ hrs a week, like me, or have a new little paleo baby on the way. When you're busy there is little time to shop and going to the grocery store when you're stressed can manifest itself into a cart full of bad decisions (chips and ice cream are my nemesis). I counteract this by subscribing to a weekly box of groceries from our local SPUD box program. Spud is a grocery delivery service that prides itself in local (when possible), organic and sustainably raised foods. From carrots to kale to grass fed steak, to skin care products and coconut butter. Having my fridge stocked made it easy for me to feed myself at 3am when I get home. SPUD has programs in Calgary/Canmore, Vancouver, Edmonton, Victoria, San Francisco/Bay Area and LA/Orange County. They are certified RAD.
- Have some meals in the freezer ready. I made a paleo bison stew the week before in preparation for a busy time. Re-heating this was key for me to enjoy warm meals while working away. I also made some meatloaf muffins, kale salad, roast purple potatoes and hard boiled eggs for quick grab and go's.
- In times of stress, load up on Vitamin A, B12 and vitamin C rich foods and stay AWAY from sugar, which may lower your immune system. I made a blueberry liver pate (which I will share on the Baby Making and beyond site aka BMB) which was rich in all three of these micronutrients. It only took 5 mins to make and provided me with an easy healthy snack as well as satisfying my craving for something a little sweet.
- Balance sleep with gentle movement and mindfulness. After being up all night, I would sleep and then rise to the sunlight, trying to get some exposure to the light every day. This could mean doing some gentle yoga in a sunny window or going for a quiet walk outside.
- Practice meditation or yoga to slow and calm your mind. I am NOT a yogi. I used to think yoga was for granola crunching vegan hippies that just didn't want to work that hard or break a sweat. What I've come to realize is that gentle restorative yoga is a critical tool for stress management and is sometimes a much better choice than a sweaty WOD. This is something our BMB course will cover in detail!
Baby Making and Beyond
So...you may have heard me drop a hint a few times and may be asking....what is this Baby Making and Beyond Site? Well, if you're a regular listener to the Balanced Bites Podcast you may have heard my friend and college Liz Wolfe drop a few hints, if not, here's the scoop.
Baby Making and Beyond is a new super fantastic website launching in 2015. I'm partnering with NTP extrodinare and Eat the Yolks (now available on audio book btw) author Liz Wolfe to bring you this comprehensive guide to fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding and the postpartum period. It will be Paleo/Real food focused site but will also talk about how to be a responsible vegan or vegetarian during your fertile years. I'll never judge someone for making an informed choice!
It will include audio, video and downloadable files so you can sit and read content or take it with you as you walk or drive. It will cover just what to eat (with meal plans and recipes galore), what supplements to take and how to move during your childbearing years. It's fun, comprehensive, interactive and I'm so excited to be brining something to women and their families that I feel good about. It will launch with a 28-day Baby Makin' Bootcamp program and if you'd like to be notified once it's available check out our site at www.babymakingandbeyond.com to get on the list!
You can also check us out on the Balanced Bites Podcast. In the upcoming weeks and months we will be featuring "Baby Makin' Tips" and answer your questions about fertility, pregnancy and beyond. Have a question you'd like answered on the podcast? Submit it to me here or to Balanced Bites.