No nursing while the car is moving!

No nursing while the car is moving!

This is a very interesting article. I have been exclusively breastfeeding my son for 1 year now. I have nursed him while my husband was driving the car. During road trips I would sit in the back with him so we would all still be in our seatbelts and lean up and give him some Boobie. Well lesson learned…..

The Car Seat Lady

This picture shows a very DANGEROUS practice – i.e. nursing while the car is moving.

As a pediatrician in a NICU and the daughter of a lactation consultant, I’m very, very pro-breastfeeding… but nursing has a time and a place.  A moving vehicle is NOT the time or the place.  Nursing your child while the car is moving puts both you and your baby at significant risk of unnecessary injury.  Here’s why:

In a crash, everything will weigh its weight multiplied by the G’s of the crash – G’s being the force of gravity.  A 30mph crash, like they test the car seats at, has about 20-25 G’s.  If mom weighs 120 pounds, and is in a crash with 20 G’s, her entire body will weigh 120 pounds x 20G’s = 2400 pounds.  You can imagine that her chest will weigh at least 1,000 of these pounds – and if she is leaning…

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Three Months……No Meat!!

Yes! It has been three months and I feel great!  Deciding to change my eating lifestyle was the best thing for me and my family.  I can visibly see the difference so can some of the people around me.  I am so looking forward to continuing this journey.  Oh yeah……I can run now!!! I know that sounds like something that is not such a big deal but it is to me I am able to get on the treadmill and RUN!!  Well it is more like a jog, but I can do it without being winded and out of breath.  And it feels great.  My hubby and I both workout and run together.  To God be the Glory!  So just continue to pray my strength in the Lord……Thank you and God Bless!

Raw LifeStyle Baby Steps: Day 1 and 2

The first day of my baby steps to a raw life style went pretty well. I started off shaky. I did not think about the fact that Oatmeal is not raw. I mean Duh…it had to be cooked. But it was nasty anyway so I only had a couple bites of it. I prepared everything for the day ahead of time. For lunch I had a large salad with spinach, tomatoes, and egg. Which once again is not raw. The rest of the day I did good. For a snack I had carrots,celery, and broccoli Florets with ranch. I also had some strawberries and kiwi. The kiwi was delicious! There is still a lot that I have to learn about the Raw lifestyle and it is going to be hard. But I know I can do it. Today was a lot easier. For breakfast I had an apple and a bottle of water. I know I know…..this is not a very filling and proper breakfast but I knew I had to eat something. Breakfast is usually a meal that I tend to skip. Then I went to my spin and sweat more than I have sweat in a very long time. Lunch I had some Brown rice with broccoli and mushrooms. Which after research I thawed out the broccoli but putting it and the mushrooms on the bottom of the bowl and the hot rice on the top and covered with a plate. After that I did not have much of an appetite. I drank some water and then I had a kiwi and apple because I know I needed to eat something. Research is key to success. I have done a lot of research and reading on what I can and cannot eat while embarking this new life style. There are so many sites that I did not know were out there. So I have a lot of things that I am going to have to get because it would really help me to expand the food choices that I make. Those things are a Dehydrator, juicer, and a better blender. The blender that I have is a Family Dollar special and it acts like it. Oh and one of those Magic Bullets. I can think of a few things that I can make with that. My plan is to add more juices into my meal plans.

There are so many raw recipes that I cannot wait to try. Here are a couple that are on my list:

Raw Macaroni and Cheese

Raw Garlic Bread

Raw Lasagna

If anyone has any other recipes that are good for Raw beginners. Also any suggestions at all would be great!! Thank you and God Bless!

Baby steps to a Raw Food Lifestyle!

In the time span of about 5 years total I have went from 175 lbs to a Supersized 245 lbs. That is a total of 70 lbs that I have gained since I moved to Texas from St. Louis in 2008. This is by far the largest that I have ever weight. I am even past my pregnancy weight with both my children. In my disgust I had not put much effort into reversing the weight gain. In January I started working out but I have continued to eat as I please. Which is not helping my situation. The more weight I gain the more I can feel my body suffering. I am not even 30 yet and I am having knee problems, edema (Edema is a condition of abnormally large fluid volume in the circulatory system or in tissues between the body’s cells), and just overall discomfort and poor self-esteem. I have done a lot of research about what is the best way to change my eating habits and ultimately my life. I am a certified foodie and I have really evaluated all the things that I over indulge in. I consume a lot of meats, sweets, and COFFEE. Yes! I am a Starbucks coffee snob, a carnivore, and I keep a sweet tooth. These habits are murdering my waistline. SO, I have decided to embark on a lifestyle change. This first week I am going to start by eating at least 2 Raw meals a day, with my snacks of either fruits or vegetables. A great resource that I have found for this journey is a blog called “Raw Raw Life“. She has so much information about changing to a raw life style. I have also been watching her YouTube Channel RawRawLife. She is documenting her entire journey on YouTube and on her Website. Another site that provides some great information is the Raw Reform. This site provides you with so much information about what you can and cannot eat. As well as, some tips as to help easy the transition. So I am extremely excited about this journey and with your support I can stay on it and achieve success. Thanks for stopping by. God Bless!

Missed Opportunities…..

Have you ever felt so strongly that you should do something and then decided, as hard as it was, not to? I went to the store and I seen two young women in the parking lot trying to find their car. Then on the way out I seen them sitting on the bench looking sad and worried. I started to go and say something to them and ask if they were alright but I stopped. I stopped….Why? I got in my car and could not make it out the parking lot I had to turn around and make sure they were alright. When I walked back inside of the door of the store they were gone. It hit me like a ton of bricks….I had missed an opportunity to reach someone for God. It must have been a reason that I felt that I should have stopped and said something to them. Some kind of word of encouragement letting them know that God has not forgotten about them. I pray that I am afforded the opportunity again. Because for every Missed Opportunity is another life lost to the WORLD. I could have saved two lives and I hesitated. Lord forgive me for my disobedience. I pray that they are alright and I will continue to keep them in my prayers. If God allows me to see someone who needs a word or just someone to show that they are concerned about their well-being that I rise to the challenge. I do not want to Miss another opportunity to tell someone about the Lord Jesus Christ. Obedience is Key to Growth. Please pray my strength in the Lord.

Loc Envy: My Green Eyed Monsters

So it has been 3 or 4 months since I took my locs out and I am so regretting that decision. My plan was to get my Sisterlocks ™ installed in March.  But it was my plan and not God’s plan.  That is not happening for a while.  So I have been looking at pictures of beautiful Sisterlocks ™ and I really adore all of the things that you can do with them.  They are so versatile!  I am going to save up and hopefully by next year I will be able to get my Sisterlock™ on! Lol!!