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I've been trying to get rid of processed sugar but it's so damn hard when you still crave it! Here's a great recipe by @bodyunburdened that is the perfect summer treat.
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Melt 3/4 cup coconut butter in a double boiler and add 1 tsp organic peppermint extract. Put a silicone mold on a plate or baking sheet and then pour coconut mixture into molds, leaving a little room for the chocolate. Freeze for about 10 minutes until firm. 
Melt 1/4 cup coconut oil and mix with 1 tbsp raw cacao powder. Spoon chocolate mixture into the molds over the coconut portion. Place it back into the freezer for another 10 minutes. 
Pop them out of the silicone mold and enjoy!! Store in the fridge!
Rest is good, in fact rest is needed. Enjoying the day off for a Cubs game.
Let's talk about sleep! We hear the importance of it, and I'm sure I don't have to convince you because you've experienced crazy mood swings and crazy cravings without it. Am I right?
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I went with no sleep for so long with a baby that just wasn't good at it. When she finally started sleeping better, I would still wake up often because I was still on mom alert.

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But time went by, her sleeping habits got better and I was still waking up.  My excuse for being on mom alert was no longer valid.  This was unheard of for me since I was ALWAYS such a great sleeper.  And I was stressing out because I knew how important sleep was for my sanity and health.
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So one of the things I started doing was getting more magnesium in.  A epsom salt bath is a perfect way to wind down. Put 1-2 cups in a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. Super easy and super relaxing.
It pains me to hear mom's stressed over certain things and feeling like they can't get out of it.  Help is out there.
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I remember how isolating it was as a new mom, living in a new state, with my closest family members living 3 hours away.  My husband was working 12-14 hour days and I felt so alone. Those negative thoughts would spiral. I want you to know you are not alone. If you're needing someone to talk to, remember there's the Postpartum Support International's Support Warmline.  Take care of yourself mama <3
There is a rainbow after the storm.  And I can tell you from experience that when you're in the storm, it's seriously hard to believe.
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Let me and other PPD survivors be your proof! I had a rough couple a weeks at the end of June.  I was dealing with a memory of my miscarriage, I was dealing with some emotional stuff through childhood that I'm still trying to process, and on most days I feel like I have no one to talk to. I've been researching nonstop because it felt like no matter what I did, the postpartum depression was still there. How frustrating!
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I figured for some time I had thyroid dysfunction, I had adrenal fatigue, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, and PTSD. The thing with most conventional doctors, is they don't see that these can all be related.  And I have been so freaking confused trying to figure out the relationship.
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Then this last week, I had some huge light bulb moments.  So huge I had no other reaction than to cry tears of joy.  And my anxiety is even better just knowing.  You know your body more than anyone else.  Keep fighting, keep looking.  Your instincts are powerful and when you find what you're looking for, you just know. 
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Can't wait to dive deeper into this.  Looking to launch a podcast around this topic next year and help you find your rainbow.
I tried the Paleo diet for a little bit and although getting rid of some foods like processed sugar, gluten, and dairy has really helped in my healing process, I actually wasn't enjoying eating all. the. meat. Anyone else?
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I feel my best when I'm on a plant-based diet.  My friend and colleague @hannahparkerhealth_thyroid showed these tacos on her feed and I immediately put them on my meal plan rotation.
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Ingredients:
3-4 sweet potatoes
1 head caulflower
2 c. chickpeas (optional)
Natural BBQ sauce
Gluten-free tortillas
Coleslaw mix
1 lime
sea salt
Top with your favorites: avocado, cilantro, etc.

Directions: 
Bake sweet potatoes and cauliflower at 350 degress for 40 minutes. Mix BBQ sauce with veggies. Mix coleslaw mix with lime juice and sea salt. Layer tortillas and enjoy!
OMG! I'm hoping this is just a phase, but after over a year of biting her nails, I think it's a habit πŸ™ˆ
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Tips for breaking the habit gently?
I help clients figure out the root cause of their postpartum depression.  One of the reasons can be too much toxicity.  The way to get rid of the toxins in your body is through cleansing your liver.
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Lemon water is a great way to start the day.  I drink it when I wake up on an empty stomach. 
____ *It helps your body detox and flush out toxins.
*It provides vitamin C to boost immunity.
*Reduces skin inflammation for a fresh glow.
*Helps relieve indigestion.
*Boosts metabolism.
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Drink up!
And for those women who experience it, will most likely deal with it during puberty, pregnancy, or perimenopause.
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This is why I'm a huge advocate for women getting their thyroids checked before, during, and after pregnancy. Postpartum depression can be a symptom of thyroid disease and all it takes is a simple test.
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Unfortunately conventional doctors don't test the proper labs to get a big picture of what's going on and they use different numbers then functional medicine doctors so even if your numbers are within "normal range" you still may be feeling off. Get my Thyroid Labs Checklist that you can easily print out and give to your doctor to make sure you have the proper work up.  Click the link in my bio ---> @katieeflores or go to http://bit.ly/thyroidlabschecklist
I get it. I've heard how your worth comes from within and no one else can give it to you. 🍍
I agree, to an extent. Here's the thing. When you're depressed and alone, the dark side of your brain takes over, filling you with sad thoughts that continue to spiral. I was in the throws of this last week. Our routine was off with vacation and there was the painful memories of my miscarriage. And being left alone was the LAST thing I needed. 🍍
Then yesterday happened. Everything went back to normal. I started working on an amazing new project that lights me up. And I've started sharing my idea with my tribe. These are the people that you are comfortable bragging to. These are the people who won't judge, who do little things to show they care, and who lift you up. 🍍
My village may be small at the moment, but they're powerful. This card and giftwas just what I needed yesterday, along with a great conversations on the phone.  So unexpected, but divine timing.
It's Friday! I'm so excited because hubby has 4 days off. This is unheard of. He originally had the whole week off but somehow his job always find a way to need him. 🌸
Not gonna lie, it can be frustrating. This week was a hard one with celebrating the short life of my first child. He just so happened to have his vacation shortened the week I miscarried. I felt alone. And this week when he told me he couldn't have all his days off, it triggered powerful emotions. And then I learned I have PTSD. The funny thing is, I had it before I miscarried. But the miscarriage exacerbated it. Without it, I'd have never known! 🌸
I believe things happen for a reason. Although that's not a phrase you want to hear when you lose a child, that life was brought here for a reason. For me to figure out I have PTSD among many other things. So thank you my πŸ‘Ό baby. 🌸
What are some powerful teachings you've had from dark circumstances?
A million times yes! It's okay to honor yourself.  When you're able to do that, the real you comes out and you can do incredible things.
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Did you get to see the new Wonder Woman movie yet?