Jack had his first tastes of solids at 5 1/2 months. It was smashed avocado, and the excitement on my end was not as well received by Jack. We got him comfortable with his chair (the Stokke Tripp Trapp), put on his bib, (happy healthy parent bib) showed him the whole avocado, mashed it with a fork, and offered it to him with a spoon (the numnum gootensil has been our go-to). His reaction was as if he had tasted something very sour. It was, after all, the first that time Jack had tasted real food with texture and flavor. Since that point, feeding Jack has been filled with tons of laughs, some stress, and lots and lots of clean up.Read more
Despite being 6 months in, I still feel very much like a new mom. Nothing compares to the learning curve of motherhood. You quickly go from feeling overwhelmed by new tasks such as breastfeeding, changing a diaper, giving a bath, to having them be commonplace and completely ritualistic. I remember having a complete meltdown in the wee early days during bath time and feeling scared and overwhelmed by it all. Currently, Jack is still trying to decide whether he enjoys the bath or just tolerates it, but at least I know that I am a pro at bathing him. From what I've already learned and experienced, the moment that you think you've "got this," your baby changes and you have to regroup. Although I may never feel totally confident in knowing what I am doing, I am happy to share my insights, ranging from emotional and mental hurdles to how we currently navigate meals. Hopefully, I can offer up some ideas and connect with new moms dealing with similar emotional experiences.Read more
Before I was on the "other side" of things, I never realized how consuming breastfeeding is. I always knew that it was something that I hoped to be able to do for the nutritional, immunological, psychological, and environmental benefits. After experiencing the mammoth commitment that breastfeeding is, I understand why many mothers choose to stop before going back to work or decide not to do it at all. I am also fully aware of the many people who would like to be able to and because of certain factors do not have the option. The only way to adequately describe the first three months of breastfeeding is exhausting. At times I would feel completely tethered to Jack and that my days were just spent feeding him. In the "early days", i.e. the first three months, I used an app that allowed me to keep track of Jack's naps and feedings. After 48 hours of recording, I almost had a breakdown when I saw how many hours I had spent breastfeeding. Now at 4 months in, I wish that I had been kinder to myself and to have viewed those early months as a time to heal my body while providing Jack with all the nourishment and the emotional and physical closeness that he needed.Read more
I haven't talked much about my pregnancy or my new life with baby Jack, but I am excited to share now! I have felt extremely fortunate that I have had a delicate landing into the world of motherhood, but my journey had a rough start. I had three miscarriages which were attributed to pure bad luck - really, really, bad luck. During the rollercoaster of pregnancies, I experienced extreme lows and tentative highs and was very cautious about sharing my news and allowing myself to embrace my pregnancy. Therapy, family, friends, and my four legged fur baby all helped me get through it. Now that Jack is here and healthy, I am excited to start sharing my thoughts and preferences about my journey. Everyone's experience is unique, this is what worked for me. I also am aware that I work for myself and had the luxury of setting my own hours, cooking and meal prepping, and was able to workout often and focus to on self care.Read more
Properly setting yourself up for success is step one to optimizing a plant-based lifestyle. Your pantry is the backbone to cooking and eating in a health-focused yet flavorful manner. Creating a pantry that lends itself well to a plant-based diet is easy but may be costly at first, so go slow. A cost-effective tip would be to shop in the bulk bins of a health food store that has a high rotation. Or order in bulk from a reputable online distributor. The goal is to make meal and snack composition nourishing and easy. A plant-based pantry is geared toward dried, nonperishable items with the intention of combining the items with fresh whole produce.Read more
Working for myself has all the perks, but it also comes with the need for the essential skills of accountability and prioritization - both of which are challenging to maintain. Having a daily routine, rituals, and a balance of rigidity and flexibility has allowed me to become more and more productive and happy being my own boss. My morning routine is a huge component to starting my day off on a healthy and happy foot. Read ahead to hear how I begin my day.Read more
Did you start 2017 with lofty healthy eating goals, yet find yourself struggling to maintain a balanced and nutritious lifestyle? Healthy eating and cooking is easy as long as you take the time to set yourself up for success. Small, simple, sustainable modifications are the key to long term change.Read more
As a born and bred New Yorker, I can confidently say that I have a strong understanding of the dining scene in New York City. I have acquired a balanced palate that can appreciate both fine dining establishments as well as rustic and simple cafes and dives that pepper the boroughs. This is an evolving list that will continue to expand exponentially as I continue my ever-growing appreciation of the New York City restaurant scene. Not everything listed is super “crunchy” and healthy; as I do enjoy dining out, even if it does not have health and wellness in mind.
Having worked as a hostess, bartender, and server for over five years in my somewhat formative period, I have acquired an innate understanding of how well-oiled restaurants run. I appreciate the attention to detail from the moment you enter to the time that you leave, the synchronicity of staff, the knowledge of a server, and the coordination from kitchen to table.
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The time for gifting and giving is here! What better way to show someone you love them then with a thoughtful and personalized gift or donation! Here is the annual crunchy radish holiday gift guide.Read more
Holiday madness is just getting started! Whether you are hosting your family for a festive meal, traveling, or just trying to manage the tidal wave of hustle and bustle that seems to peak in November and December, this time of the year can be stressful. Despite all the good eats and holiday cheer, finding time to unwind and keep sane is essential. Here are five tips to help you keep calm during the holiday season.Read more