Katie E. Flores

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🍍Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
🌸I provide a natural approach to moms struggling with postpartum depression.
✉ info@katieeflores.com

http://bit.ly/thyroidlabschecklist

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This time of year can be tough for me. My family is leading up to 4 years since we miscarried our first child. My husband must have felt it because he surprised me with flowers. ...
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And it still affects me. It doesn't feel right just living like it's another day.
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I'd love to know, how do you hold space for your 👼 babies? Do you have any special rituals?
Serioulsy! What if?
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How often do you have to recharge your phone in a day? Do you recharge yourself throughout the day? I make sure I head to the local YMCA and give myself time to move my body and give myself alone time while Makena has time to socialize.
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Another thing I do is in the afternoon I will have a cup of tea and finish it while it's warm and Makena is totally okay with that as long as I'm sitting with her and watching her play.  We both win.
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What mini breaks do you give yourself in the middle of the day to honor yourself?
Today marks Week 7 of the healing protocol I'm on from @Izabellawentzpharmd 's book "Hashimoto's Protocol." It's an attempt to get my thyroid issues under control after my misdiagnosis with PPD. To be honest, I'm dreading it!  I just want you to know that even as a health coach, it can still be hard to take a leap and go on a rigid diet. ...
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Am I doing it to lose weight? Not necessarily, but it would be nice! No, I'm doing it to feel like myself again. And it's been so long, I'm not sure what it feels like. All I know is that I'm sick of dealing with anxiety, depression, fatigue, lack of motivation, sleep issues, dizziness, aches and pains, among other things.  As hard as the next 6 weeks will be, I know that focusing on how I want to feel is what's going to get me to the finish line. ...
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In weeks prior, I've given up gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine, alcohol, processed sugar, and grains.  I'm sleeping seamlessly through the night, my joint pain is gone, my dizziness when I stand up quickly isn't as intense, and I notice myself calming down more quickly after stressful situations. It's been a slow, gradual process to feel like crap, and I have to remind myself it'll be slow and gradual to heal. ...
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For those inquiring minds, I'm doing an autoimmune protocol eating plan for the next 6 weeks. Only meat, fruit, and vegetables. Why should you know this if you have postpartum depression? Well, obviously there are a variety of reasons a mom can have PPD, but ONE of them is your gut could be off. Leaky gut can have a huge effect on your brain chemistry.  The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet works to reduce inflammation in the intestines. AIP works to calm inflammation in the gut and also calm inflammation in the body.Do you have to be this extreme.  Not necessarily. But I encourage you to empower yourself and do some research on your own.  For some, a probiotic is all they need.
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Have you ever tried the AIP "diet." What were your favorite meals?
There's a romance about farmers markets for me. I try and go every weekend. For some reason it slows me down because the weekends can often seem busy. And OMG, I save so much more 💰. Not only that, but I'm on a strict eating plan for the time being, so I like knowing where my produce came from. ...
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What activities do you enjoy on the weekend?
You can find me here all summer. Ok, probably not, because I'll be chasing the toddler, but ☀️ is just what I need. ...
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I have such good memories of the outdoor pool growing up and hope she will too. ...
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What's on your summer bucket list?
If you've followed me for any period of time, you may come to know that I've gone gluten free and dairy free.  I've talked a lot about how food has such an impact on our health.  From fatigue, to , and depression.
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Not only does the food we eat affect us, but our mindset as well. But here's the thing... Even with all the stress management techniques, self-care, alone time, and proper diet, you may still need medication.
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The natural approach is great! I whole-heartedly believe it can be good for healing in many ways.  Some people can fight their disease on just food, and some people can fight their disease with natural techniques AND medication. There's not a right or wrong way.  You know yourself best.
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But in case you were feeling guilty... you have absolutely not failed if you are taking medication.  In fact, you are a warrior ;)
Do you follow the moon phases? We just had a full moon, full of light and power. So powerful it affects farming and the tides.
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I've been tracking Makena's behavior based on the moon phases as of recently. Because of the brightness of the moon, it gives us energy and some may have problems sleeping. And wouldn't you know, guess who slept horrible last night? I couldn't believe it! ..
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As a teacher, colleagues and I always joked about there being a full moon when students were acting up. Maybe children's behaviors are more predictable than you think. ..
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What do you think? Have you ever tracked this with your kids? Have you noticed a difference in behavior based on the moon? I'd love to know your thoughts!
This is so true! There are days where I feel so overwhelmed.  I may go onto Pinterest and think that I have to start decorating more of the house, or make more homemade meals and snacks, or whatever (you get the idea). Or I may go onto FB and see all the cool events going on for the week and think I need to go to all of them to be a good mom.
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Did the Dalai Lama have social media in mind when he said this? Probably not, but this is what it may look like to you in the modern world.
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I can tell you that after deleting FB groups, unfollowing IG accounts that didn't' speak to me, and seriously just creating boundaries and only letting in what feeds me, I've had such a calmer mind.  I don't listen to the things I NEED to be doing or SHOULD be doing, I'm looking inward and following my inner guidance and living my truth.  And because of that, I feel much stronger and confidence in my life.
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What are some social media pages that feed you? Let me know in the comments :)
Yep, the life of a chef's wife. Another long day holding down the fort alone. These days are always stressful for me, so a play date was just what we needed. I swear these are more for a mom's sanity than the kids. ...
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Tag the mom friends that rescue you.
So excited!  I'm finally getting around to working on my website. I used to be all about your relationship with food and positive body image.  Truth is, I did it because I was struggling.  My postpartum body was not losing weight.  Postpartum depression was kicking my ass.
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The real diagnosis? Thyroid dysfunction. That was the reason for my PPD and of course my lack of weight-loss.  So now website is starting to represent that! So excited.  Still working on it, but in the mean time you can check out my newest freebie "The Thyroid Labs Checklist" and be informed on the proper work up your doctor needs to test for for a proper diagnosis.  Check the link in my bio or go to bit.ly/thyroidlabschecklist
And just like that, the visit was over. My in-laws came in for the week and it was great visiting and exploring. I think the adults enjoyed the Georgia Aquarium more than Makena. Her favorite part was her Gigi buying a stuffed clown fish (who she originally named Nemo). Never mind the awesome dolphin show with amazing tricks and tons of splashes 😂. I just thought I should stress the importance of a tribe. A tribe doesn't judge. A tribe lends a helping hand. A tribe celebrates your victories. Unfortunately your family isn't always apart of that tribe. I have been so blessed to have my in-laws in my life. They are apart of my tribe. It was a busy week which tends to give me anxiety, but their help with cleaning and keeping Makena entertained helped me to recalibrate. We will definitely my them. 
Who's in your tribe? If you're unsure, think about the people you would call up to brag about something and lift you up more.
Yep, I know myself.  Yesterday, I was full of anxiety. I kind of knew it was going to happen. I spent all my energy making sure Makena had the best day ever.  We also have in-laws in town which I'm so grateful for, but it just gets things out of a routine. ..
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Will this last forever? No. This will all be over by the weekend and I'll be wishing it didn't go so fast.  But during this busy time, I know that I can get worked up more easily. I've been communicating to my husband more about what sets me off, and he so graciously took Makena today to do some grocery shopping while I sit at home and savor the peace and quiet.
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What have you asked for help on recently?