Natural Postpartum Support

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☀️ Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach
🍋 Holistic Healing for PPD
👊 Overcoming PPD, Anxiety, and PTSD
Uncover The True Cause Of Your PPD
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We are getting ready to record another episode of the Natural Postpartum Support Podcast! The week we launch (February 5th) we will have 6 episodes right off the bat ready for you.  All super important topics that most medical practitioners don't fully understand.  It's vital you have the right diagnosis and we're here to empower you and give you all the information.⠀
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This weekend we'll be diving deep into the topics of postpartum OCD, postpartum psychosis, and panic disorders.⠀
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If you need clarity on any of these topics, or just have a burning question to ask, let me know in the comments or send me a DM so you can remain anonymous.⠀
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Can't wait to share this newest "baby" of mine!
One of my favorite activities growing up was apple picking and I'm so happy that I get to share it with my 3 year old, Makena. 
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She absolutely loves picking the apple and taking a bite right off the tree. She insists on carrying the bag of apples, and gets so disappointed when it gets too heavy. But she carries on and we love going to the little market at the orchard and seeing all the goodies. Of course, in true toddler fashion, she wanted to carry her own bag, so we HAD to get 2 bags. A little one for her and a big one for us. 
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So when we got home, we had a massive amount of apples. Even after making applesauce with pounds of apples, we had so much leftover. I really had to rack my brain and figure out what other tasty treats I could use with apples. 
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Then I remembered how much my mom loved caramel apples and it was always a tradition to have them in the fall. One problem, the caramel is full of bad sugar and even dairy. So I went on a search to find the perfect caramel recipe to satisfy my craving as well as keeping the toxic foods away. 
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At first, I had the idea of trying caramel with coconut milk. I'm not gonna lie to you guys, I think doing a caramel with coconut milk is much closer to the real thing. And when I started researching, it seemed crazy for me to sit by the stove and check the temperature of the caramel for 20 minutes. I don't have that kinda time. 
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So instead, I went for an easier recipe (cause that's what I'm about) and I got a few ingredients and whipped it up in the food processor. It was ready in 5 minutes. Maybe more if your soaking the dates. 
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Check out the recipe on the blog: www.katieeflores.com/caramel-apple-dip
This season has got me unmotivated. I just want to hang out all day in my pajamas drinking hot chocolate and eating holiday cookies. Please tell me I'm not alone! 
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Finally got a friend's holiday cookbook and I had everything on hand for these GINGERBREAD COOKIES. That means it was fate, right? The universe was basically telling me to make these 😂
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Best of all they're grain free and vegan so you can actually eat these without the guilt of ruining your health recovery. 
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You can snag her cookbook for 50% off! Click the link in her profile ➡️@holistic_and_hopeful
Here's the thing, I've been struggling with postpartum depression for years.  All the self-care, positive mama friends, and emotional release couldn't heal it.  And I'm actually pretty glad I experienced it because the biggest aha-moment was I had depression long before my daughter came around.
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A lot of women experience this unexplained depression. And we're given medication for it.  No judgment for those taking medication, I'm so glad that you feel better from it, but I just want you to ask yourself if  is it really healing you? I challenge you to find the root cause of your PPD and try some healing foods to go along with the therapy and medication. 
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Spirulina is a great first step. All you need is a teaspoon a day.  I like to throw it in my smoothie and my daughter loves the deep green color. I got this bottle from Amazon for $30.99 and it'll last me months! 
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This will help clear the toxins out of your liver. These toxins may very well be the root cause of your depression.  On top of that, by cleaning your liver, viral infections will have nothing to feed on.  Viral infection is another root cause of PPD.
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This is only one benefit of many from spirulina.  Try it out and see for yourself!
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And if you're curious about learning what the root cause of your depression is, click the link in my bio for the Postpartum Depression Root Cause Assessment.
Never stop dreaming - Rapunzel⠀
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Happy Halloween from Makena!  I'd love to know, what are your kids dressed as?⠀
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Also, I'm currently debating on what to do with all the candy.  I'm thinking of having the Switch Witch come and bring toys in place of her candy.
When your child willingly eats spirulina and kale 👐
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This is a miracle for my picky toddler. But she's been obsessed with watching recipe videos. I recently showed her a video of smoothie bowls being made in the most beautiful colors. This was supposed to be blue (mom fail) but I think it's still pretty. She even went crazy with toppings. 
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The reason this is a big deal is because spirulina doesn't taste that great but it's hugely detoxifying. Our toxins are passed down to our little ones generation after generation. And toxins are a big reason why so many of us are sick, including me and my postpartum depression. 
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Just fake it and tell them it's ice cream. There's tons of fruit in here that disguises the taste. Seriously perfect anytime of day. 
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Recipe is in my Insta stories.
Smoothies! What can I say? They're every mom's dream breakfast. Minimal dishes, quick prep, easy to take on the go, and above all... My picky toddler loves them! 
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Ingredients: ✔1.5 c water or coconut water
✔2 bananas
✔1 c frozen strawberries
✔1 c frozen raspberries

Blend and enjoy.
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What's your favorite go to healthy breakfast?
Don't mind me. I'll just be stuffing my face with these vegan, gluten free pumpkin muffins. 😂
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Thank you @delightfuladventures for this awesome recipe! 
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Ingredients: ✔2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
✔6 Tbsp water
✔1 3/4 c gluten free flour
✔1 tsp baking powder
✔1 tsp baking soda
✔1/2 tsp salt
✔1 tsp cinnamon
✔1/2 tsp nutmeg
✔1/2 tsp ginger
✔1/2 c melted coconut oil
✔1 tsp vanilla
✔3/4 c coconut sugar
✔1 c pumpkin puree ✔3/4 c dairy free chocolate chips or raisins or nuts 
Method: 
Preheat oven to 375°F.

Prepare your flax eggs by whisking together ground flax seeds and water. Set aside to thicken.

Line a muffin tin with liners or generously grease the inside of each cup with coconut oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

In a large bowl, mix the coconut oil, vanilla, and flax eggs together. Stir in coconut sugar and pumpkin pureeuntil blended.

Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips or raisins.

Using a spoon or a large scoop, divide batter into the 12 muffin cups.

Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the largest muffin comes out clean.
A majority of us go along, living life, most likely with a health issue, not knowing what exactly is causing it.  I’m here to give you the tough love and tell you that it’s most likely what you’re eating. (Well, there's many factors, but this one is a big one!) And before you start hating on me, I’m not by any means saying it’s your fault.  The way we eat is highly influenced by our society, it’s what’s available and convenient, it’s what’s cheap.  Which is infuriating in itself but I’ll save that for another post ;)⠀
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Today, I wanted to share the list of foods that I stay away from (as much as possible) and that I recommend to all my clients.  Of course, we’re all at different parts of our journey, so my best advice is to take this in baby steps.  After all, you want to make this your lifestyle, not another diet that lasts for a week (if you’re lucky) and turns into bingeing. ⠀
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The foods I list below are my foods to avoid list. All the recipes on my blog and what I share on here are free of these ingredients. As a person working through anxiety, I totally get how this list can be overwhelming. If this is you, pick one from the list that is easy for you to get rid of. And simply try it for a few days.  See how you feel. You know your body more than anyone else! Once you've perfected it, try another, and so on. 
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✔Corn⠀
✔Processed Beet Sugar⠀
✔Soy⠀
✔Canola Oil⠀
✔Eggs⠀
✔Pork⠀
✔Farmed Fish⠀
✔Dairy⠀
✔Gluten⠀
✔MSG⠀
✔Natural Flavors⠀
✔Artificial Flavors⠀
✔Artificial Sweeteners⠀
✔Citric Acid⠀
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Always check the ingredients. More companies are coming out with better food options which makes it easier for us health nuts, but always check. ⠀
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Let me know in the comments.  What is one thing that looks intimidating you give up? I'd love to give you simple swaps.
It's that time of year.  I'm so giddy that it's finally cooling off here in Georgia and so it was the perfect excuse for my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. 
This recipe is dairy free and gluten free which I highly recommend for those trying to manage their PPD. The coconut milk, pumpkin, and honey have incredible health benefits that you can read up on more on my blog post. 
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal:
Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup mashed pumpkin or 1 can of pumpkin puree
1 cup coconut milk (or 1 can) + 2 cups water
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
Directions:

Mix all ingredients into a saucepan. Cook oatmeal as usual.

For the full post, go to katieeflores.com/category/blog
Expecting moms, I know that you have enough on your mind with a baby on the way and putting all your focus on the birth.  But I want to put a little bug in your ear that is super important. In our recording of the Natural Postpartum Support Podcast with @diydoula, we discussed how another major way to prevent postpartum depression is managing your anxiety.  Here’s some techniques you can use:⠀
*Deep breathing ⠀
*Meditation⠀
*Doing lots of self-care⠀
*Yoga⠀
*Medication management⠀
*Nutritional management⠀
*Thyroid healing⠀
*Have extra support (childcare, house cleaning)⠀
*Make friends with anxiety.⠀
*Therapy⠀
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When anxiety hits, what’s your favorite technique? I try and practice self care every day. Baths are my fave!
Alright, so we discussed postpartum depression last week.  It’s often used as an umbrella term for all the maternal mental health disorders which can be confusing.  On top of that, one of the symptoms of depression is anxiety.  Many women go a long time without knowing the true answer.  Let’s clear it up!⠀
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Anxiety has symptoms dealing with the brain and your thoughts as well as physical symptoms.  Some things you may be experiencing are: ⠀
Agitation⠀
Racing thoughts⠀
Constant worry⠀
Disturbance in sleep⠀
Inability to sit still⠀
Constant feeling like something bad is going to happen⠀
Tension⠀
Butterflies in your stomach⠀
Panic attacks⠀
Can’t keep food down⠀
Tightness in chest⠀
Dry mouth⠀
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There are many types of anxiety. It can show as social anxiety, panic attacks, or even perfectionism.  It can get tricky, but I fully believe that you know yourself better than anyone. It’s important to figure out what’s really going on so that you can heal.  The diagnosis one of the biggest factors in healing because once that’s determined you can come up with a healing plan. ⠀
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If you know you have anxiety, and are looking for that healing plan, DM me, I’d love to help you.