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👩 Mom & PPD Warrior 🍓Holistic Healing for PPD
🎙Host of the Natural Postpartum Support Podcast 🍉Vegan 🏠Minimalist 💗Empath

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Ya'll know I normally do new moon intentions. 
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I still did them, just said it aloud to hubby and it was done. 
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I talked in my IG stories that I was going to work on talking to myself better. Even if positive affirmations seem corny, I'm gonna do it. 
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Then I pulled some cards today that validated this very intention! Love the synchronicity. 
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So here's an affirmation I'll be telling myself over and over again. Use it too if it feels good to you.
I'm just getting around to posting about this little one's birthday!  Makena is 4. How did that happen?⠀
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I had some trouble this weekend thinking "What if I don't post ON her birthday?" It's a rule isn't it? Rules, sschmules! It's my Instagram and I'll do what I want to (and do what's healthiest for me.)⠀
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It was important for me to connect with her and my loved ones this weekend.  That will always trump social media time!⠀
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Looking back, I remember spending so much time worrying about giving birth that I was clueless about what would come after. ⠀
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I may have had PPD after you came along, but I thank you for that. For without you, I'd have never known I had depression and anxiety in the first place.⠀
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Without you, I'd have just kept living as usual, with no true happiness.⠀
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You are a gift and have taught me my biggest life lessons.⠀
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Now I can live my life to my truest happiness and most authentic self.  It's all because of YOU! (cue cheesy 98° song)⠀
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Happy birthday to the sweetest, brightest, and most beautiful girl I know. I love you Makena 💗💗💗
Keeping silent... It's what we tend to do out of shame and the stigma involved, but it is doing us more harm than good.⠀
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@authorlindsaygibson came on the podcast this month to share how the trauma she experienced when she was 16 and the decision she made to keep quiet showed it's ugly head during the delivery of her stillborn son Joseph. It was such a tragic day, but she's taking the lessons she has learned and sharing it all on the Natural Postpartum Support Podcast. ⠀
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To listen, go to the link in my profile.
@Highfivegrant in inspiring entrepreneurs around Instagram to share their why. I am passionate about PUTTING MOMS FIRST!⠀
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We are the nurturers, the ones always putting others needs in front of our own, but who takes care of moms? The advice we're given when we're having a rough time "Suck it up," "Organize your time better," "What you're dealing with is the normal stresses of motherhood," and so on. We deserve better. 
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So my 'why' is to be the one to nurture YOU! I nurture moms back to health after they've suffered with postpartum depression.  I help you weed through the noise of the outside world and help you figure out YOUR best life, by listening to your body.  Your body is so wise but we've been taught not to listen. I help you get back into balance with food and get in alignment with your dreams.  After all, Happy mom = Happy family. ⠀
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So thank you @highfivegrant for this opportunity.  You are part of putting moms first too! It takes a village.
I wanna start off by saying my journey is no judgment on yours. We're all at different crossroads. Heck, 2 years ago, my one and only goal would've been to sleep as much as possible! ⠀
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But, I'm thankful and so appreciative that Makena sleeps through the night 🙏 What I meant to come on here and chat about was how I've been vegan for over 2 months. ⠀
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Okay, that's not entirely true. I've had meat a few times since then. When you've eaten meat for 33 (ahem, I mean 29) years of your life, that's a huge transition, so I don't feel guilty. I actually feel proud. ⠀
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I had tried veganism in the past and the longest I went was a week. And I just wasn't ready. When you're ready you'll know. This time, I was ready!⠀
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Wanna know the reason?  It all started with my postpartum depression. And that diagnosis led me to many sleepless nights of researching and studying. I wanted to know the "why" behind it. I read about thyroid issues, toxic overload, Epstein Barr virus and more. ⠀
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It confused me. All I wanted to know was I to heal it. Then I really started digging deep into detoxification. Because that was THE answer, regardless of what the root cause was. ⠀
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The first step for me was getting my body more alkaline. You can Google alkaline vs. acidic food, but a huge piece of it was going vegan. So here I am folks. And I'm telling you, after 10 years of depression, I'm on the cusp of finding true happiness. It's almost there! ⠀
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Help a girl out, share your fav vegan recipe in the comments!
This month's new moon's intention is to simplify.
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In this day and age with social media being everywhere, we've got experts telling us left and right what we should be doing. * The beauty blogger is telling us what make-up to buy.
* The organizing guru is telling us about all the cutest plastic baskets, shelving, and cleaning products we need to have for the perfect home.
* The foodie is telling us all the items we need in our kitchen.
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The list can go on and on, but I'm sure you catch my drift. When Makena was born, I did succumb to what everyone was saying. Here I am almost 4 years later and all these things I accumulated and routines I thought I should be doing, didn't really do anything for my mental health.
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So this month, I'm taking a careful look at each thing I do and examining if it serves me or not. Or is there something I can do to make it easier on myself. All it takes is a little space to figure out and some creative thinking. 
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Share in the comments below, what are some things you swear by, that make your life so much simpler.
Mother's Day... A day where we get to celebrate how awesome we really are.⠀
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Cheers to Mom's everywhere (adopted moms, moms who have loved and lost, foster moms, and anyone else playing the role of mom). You matter, you are enough, and I'm thinking of everyone of you today 💗
She's working hard on picking the perfect 🍓. Happy Saturday!
We have been conditioned to believe things that aren't true. We live our life trying to fit in this mold.  It's not your fault.⠀
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What I challenge moms to do on a regular basis is to create quiet space and really get to know themselves.  I know, I know, it sounds crazy. We should already know who we are right? I didn't.  Truth is, motherhood made me question so many things in my life, and through those questions, I learned more about me in the whole 20+ years of my lifebefore Makena.  So first of all, grateful for this gig called motherhood everyday for that revelation!⠀
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And when I started feeling safe to be myself unapologetically, I started attracting people just like it. I'm giving you permission today and everyday to be yourself! It may be hard and uncomfortable but the outcome is so worth it.
All the health professionals (including me) talk about the importance of reducing the toxins in our life.  What's the big deal?⠀
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Actually, it is a pretty big deal. Day in and day out we're bombarded with chemicals through our beauty products, household products, air, and food. It's definitely worth exploring if you're dealing with depression, anxiety, skin issues, digestive problems, because it could be the reason you're dealing with these unpleasant symptoms.⠀
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Yes, we're in contact with toxins everyday and no, there's no way to avoid it.  But what we're not really taught is how to balance ourselves out from all the harm. Hannah Parker, CHHC & AADP, came on the podcast to chat more in depth on this subject.  We chat about how to reduce the toxic load and how you can support your body to get rid of the junk easier. Click the link in my bio to take a listen!
Happy Cinco De Mayo mis amigos! I'm not one to celebrate this holiday... Okay, that's not true. I totally celebrated in college if you know what I mean. And boy am I paying for that now :-/⠀
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Even though I'm not going all out to celebrate, I can definitely appreciate the good food (& drinks) that comes with it! Can we all take a second to appreciate the goodness that is avocados?⠀
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It is easily digested (buh-bye tummy issues) and contains over 25 essential nutrients including iron, copper, magnesium, and essential fatty acids that help the body to function optimally.⠀
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The monounsaturated fats in avocados reverse insulin resistance which helps to steady blood sugar levels. And if you've ever had a blood sugar crash, you know how crazy it affects your mood. It ain't in a good way!⠀
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Avocados are high in folate so eat it up while you're preggo or postpartum.⠀
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Who's celebrating with avocados today?!
Ok, so if you have EVER seen my IG stories, you know I'm a creature of habit and I normally do some sort of smoothie or smoothie bowl everyday for breakfast. ⠀
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First of all, I do this because I hate wasting brain space on figuring out a meal plan for breakfast. So this is easy and I can always use whatever fruit is on hand or change out the flavors week to week. ⠀
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But the real reason I do this is because I think it's super kid friendly. You don't have to make a GREEN smoothie. Have fun with the colors. Makena has a love for everything pink, so we've had so much fun with this Pitaya Smoothie Bowl. ⠀
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Ingredients:⠀
* 2 frozen bananas⠀
* 1 cup frozen mango⠀
* 1 cup frozen pitaya⠀
* Liquid of choice until desire consistency (Coconut milk would be fab!)⠀
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I like using my food processor actually but if you have a really great high speed blender, that would work too. My ninja doesn't have a taper and I regret that decision everyday.⠀
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If you're doing a smoothie bowl on the weekend with the whole fam, try a smoothie bowl bar (try saying that 3 times fast!). Just set out all the toppings and let the kids choose their favorites. I love any fresh fruit, granola, coconut, bee pollen, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc. Seriously the sky is the limit here.  As long as it sounds good, throw it in!