Six months…

This week marked Milne’s six month birthday…we bought a book to celebrate.  The past six months have been wonderful, getting to know and learning to care for our wee one has been the most amazing and rewarding experience.

During my pregnancy the reality of actually having a real, live baby just didn’t hit me and nothing could have prepared me for the most magical time.  

There have been; sleepless nights, hundreds of nappies, lots of shouting about new teeth and a million loads of washing but there has also been; a first smile, so many afternoons cuddled up together, books read and funny faces pulled, yoga mornings, a first roll over, learning to sit up unaided and playing with ALL the toys, meeting great-grandparents, uncles and aunts, coffee dates, first foods and visits from Grandma, Granny, Grandpa and Grandad, cuddling in bed with Auntie Lithy, Grandma changing nappies at the park, falling asleep listening to music with Grandpa and her first day in the office with Granny, Grandad and Uncle Jamie, Playing “wolfie” with Uncle Tomie, countless video calls with Auntie Olive Pin Pen and Uncle Tomie and sleeping through the busiest family breakfast in Kirsty’s arms, baths in the sink, baths with mum and baths with dad,  there has been long car journeys to IKEA singing the soundtrack to Grease, Skype calls with great-granny every Sunday, even getting out her of her first Escape Room with Jilly, Amy and David, the first Halloween, Christmas, New Year and Pancake day and so many more wonderful moments.  

Nothing could have prepared me for a heart so full for Milne.

Here is to the next six months with our little one.

Falda

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New year…same me.

A little bit late but happy New Year to everyone.  2017 was, without doubt, the most wonderful year for us.  We welcomed our beautiful little girl, Milne, in August and have had the best few months ever since.

While the New Year is a great opportunity to set yourself new goals and targets I am pleased that I live a sustainable and healthy life all year round and I have had no urge to cut anything out or give up any of my favourite things.

However, this year I am looking forward to upping my running mileage and hoping to take part in a marathon later in the year.  I am definitely re-looking at what we put into our bodies as a family.  Soon Milne is going to start eating solids and it is so important to us to introduce tasty fuel packed nutrition from the start.  We will be following Dr Greger’s “How Not To Die Cookbook” for inspiration.

 

The How Not To Die Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease

I am also going to use the new year as a starting point for setting some blogging goals, so let me know what you would like to hear about.

As always, you can follow the falda_eats fun over on Instagram and Youtube.

Falda

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Getting out of an exercise slump…

Getting back to a normal fitness routine after giving birth was a new challenge, my body has changed a lot and in the last four months I have watched those pregnancy pounds disappear – which is great.  However my routine was becoming really repetitive and I stopped looking forward to workouts and even tried to avoid them.

So over the past three weeks I changed up my workouts and turned them into quick 20 minute blasts which change daily.  Adding in star jumps to keep Milne entertained.  I have not only seen results physically but I am waking up excited to get a sweat on.

These short blasts are perfect when I’m at home with Milne,  she loves watching while I sweat.  I will be posting next week’s workouts over on instagram.

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Don’t shoot the messenger!

The results are in and there is no doubt now that type 2 diabetes can be reversed with diet – why not get the job done quicker by following a vegan diet for an extra boost of health and to help stop cruelty to animals and sabotaging the earth!

How I beat type 2 diabetes with a liquid diet

Falda

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Fitness after pregnancy…and my favourite new product!

Hello!

It’s the start of a new week and I am feeling happy and refreshed after a happy weekend with family.  We spent Saturday in St Andrews with a visit to the Botanical Gardens and Sunday was a lazy morning at Cairnie Fruit Farm and we even came home with two punnets of fresh strawberries!

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Yesterday marked seven weeks since I gave birth and it has been the fastest time of my life.  Spending time with my little one has been wonderful, most of my time has been spent soaking up every moment with her alongside lots of decaf coffees, long walks with my Ergo Baby carrier and lots and lots of feeds for my fast growing baby.

If you follow me on Instagram you will also know that I have been upping my fitness levels for the past five weeks; running 3-4 times a week and daily workouts.   My body feels completely different from its pre-pregnancy state but I am loving getting into great shape while getting strong.

Here’s my top tips for getting back to a regularly exercise routine after giving birth – always remember to get cleared by your doctor before hitting the gym or track!

Hydrate:  This is especially important if you are breastfeeding, you need to make sure you don’t get dehydrated.  I make sure I always have a glass of water by my side while nursing, this also keeps me feeling fresh!

Slow Down: Work slowly at getting back to your pre-pregnancy routine – there is no rush.  

Have Fun:  Running is pretty much the only time I spend away from my baby, so if I wasn’t enjoying it, it would not be worth it.  Make sure the exercise you are doing is fun and sweaty so you don’t get bored!

Embrace:  Embrace your changed body – you have just carried a baby for nine months and now you are using it to care for your baby – look after it and love it for the wonderful work it is doing.

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Following pregnancy and birth I have also realised the importance of taking some time out for me – 15 minutes to read a book in the bath, an evening run or just a hot cup of tea and a magazine. It is important to make some time just for you to relax so you are raring to go for another day or night with your little one.

This week has also seen the launch of Blushberry Botanicals, offering a new and beautifully designed range of lip balms that are available to buy online.  They are fab, they look and feel great and if you are like me and don’t go anywhere without a lip balm these are a perfect vegan alternative to vaseline and chapsticks!

Who is peddling the quackery?

Sometimes I just want to laugh out loud, I feel the laughter bubbling up and I think the sides of my belly will split and I laugh and laugh because I am immensely happy and joyful.   I am 40 weeks pregnant and finally getting some good sleep, Andrew and I have been so content preparing for our baby and I have maintained my health and well-being – I have even managed to run every one of my 40 weeks and … well it’s just blooming good on all fronts.

I started to bubble up in laughter reading an absurd article written by Dr Max Pemberton.  He is an “eating disorder specialist”.  However, I realised quickly that the absurdity which he is writing about is not at all funny because of his wilful confusion and conclusion that a “clean eating” diet which he seems to be suggesting is synonymous with a balanced plant based vegan diet is very bad indeed and he has come “to dread” the phrase “clean eating”.  

Dr Pemberton claims that a plant based diet leaves his patients lacking in nutrients and prone to a whole lot of horrible diseases and he cites the case of one of his patients as an example of this.  Writing about her emancipated body he says: “her face is so sunken that she looks more like a cadaver than a human being.”

How to unravel that lot: the bunch of mixed messages and deliberate attempt to… what…scare parents, undermine young people, mix up the facts behind the science of food?  For heaven’s sake if you or anyone you care about is concerned about your health whether you are underweight or overweight, are diabetic or have high cholesterol, have a heart condition or cancer I don’t think this is the man to listen to.

There are a whole bunch of resources that you can research yourself – start of with our resources page because that’s where you will read good science and get seriously good examples of folk bursting with health. And also take a look at some of the Netflix documentaries such as Cowspiracy, Forks over Knifes and What the Health.

We are off to Carnie to pick Rasps and Strawberries and have fab cup of soup!

Packing my hospital bag…

Collecting things for and packing my hospital bag has actually been one of the most fun tasks of pregnancy so far…all of a sudden becoming a Mum feels real and in just days we will be putting our bags in the car and getting ready to meet our wee one for the first time.

I have followed various guides on what to pack for the hospital and some of the lists I have found make it sound like I am moving away and not heading a couple of miles to the hospital.  However, I have found the NHS guide to be the most useful- check it out here.

Here’s a short list of the essential items I have packed.

For the baby:

  1. Cellular Blanket
  2. Cardigan
  3. Clothes for going home in (including a hat and scratch mittens)
  4. Muslins
  5. Nappies
  6. Baby wipes

For me:

  1. Pyjamas
  2. Pack of string vests (M&S)
  3. Spare Underwear
  4. Comfortable socks
  5. A warm cardigan
  6. An outfit for going home (Comfortable bottoms and loose fitting tops)
  7. Food – this is really important I was lucky enough to have a range of Clif Bars sent to me to help me get through labour and keep my energy levels up!
  8. Drinks- Lots of water and some energy drinks

Here’s a wee peek of some of the things I have packed and ready to go …

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Have you seen the latest KFC advert?

I have, and it is disturbing!  

This advert consists of footage of a chicken walking around in a somewhat heroic and movie-esque fashion – with movie effects including smoke and some empowering music.  Of course for KFC, a fast food chain which mainly serves up deep fried chicken, the scene which is depicted in this ad is not only only a complete fabrication of the life that KFC chickens lead but it also appears to glorify the conditions of their chickens.

The chickens in the advert appear to have a lovely spacious home, clearly something which would be completely foreign to the millions of KFC chickens across the globe, estimated to live with around 34,000 per shed.  

Look, KFC and other fast food and supermarket brand chickens are kept in appalling conditions where they are routinely abused, killed and suffer horrifically with disease – If you don’t believe me check this out.

Further,  the advert ‘The Whole Chicken’ appears to imply something about using the whole chicken, so no waste perhaps and of course, the star of the movie looks super healthy.  However, we all know that this is not the case for chickens are pumped with antibiotics all of which end up in KFC family buckets.  

Additionally, although this advert is not claiming to promote health in KFC’S meals, the healthy looking, fleshy chicken could be seen as a healthy and nutritious meal.  However, on looking at the nutritional information on the KFC website we can see that just an extra crispy chicken breast and portion of potato wedges is going to set you back around 800 calories – without the sides and drink- check it out here.

So far the feedback on this latest ad campaign has been widely negative.  With the release of the new Netflix documentary ‘What The Health’ we are becoming more aware of the health and environmental impact that all meats including chicken are having on our quality and length of life.    

So, I ask you to imagine watching the same footage but with a puppy in place of the chicken – perhaps with an entertaining Andrex type video but imagine your disgust when the advert ends and you realise it was was for KFD (Kentucky Fried Dog) where you can get a battered dog leg for 99p and only 1300 calories.

Maternity Leave…

I have now officially finished work and I am on maternity leave and I left work with good wishes and lovely gifts.  Now I am ready to put my feet up and relax for the last few weeks before the baby comes.

We had a wonderful weekend getting the apartment ready for the baby and we now have somewhere for him or her! to sleep and thanks to a Saturday trip to IKEA we have storage for all the baby things we have collected to live.

So, with the flat all organised, cleaned and ready we are looking forward to a week at home  exploring all the places around us that we have been meaning to visit but just haven’t had the time.  Andrew is off all week which has given us some time to spend together – to see what we get up to you can follow my Instagram stories.

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And stay tuned this week to see what I am packing in my hospital bag…

Hayfever, Heat and Happy Days

What an amazing weekend.  I don’t work on Fridays so kicked the weekend off with a day with Mum dress and baby shopping – what a fabulous day.  I hadn’t slept the night before (you can find out more about sleeping troubles in pregnancy here )  so it was an early night and maybe a few tears when I couldn’t find the vegetables I wanted on our weekly food shop!!

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Saturday was an amazing day, my best friends threw me a wonderful baby shower full of fun games and plenty of beautiful gifts and amazing vegan cakes made by Jilly and Lorraine  – we are very lucky!

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We spent Sunday mostly with my Mum and Lithy in the garden and managed to get a wee bit sun-burnt – which is not very clever I know.  Although we had a lovely morning and afternoon with a great picnic outside, I admit I really am struggling with this heat.  I never thought I would wish  for cooler weather but it has been unusually hot, and with bulging eyes from hay fever I was quite happy to have a relaxed evening in the flat with Andrew and Cloudi and another early night.

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This week on the blog I will be talking about getting my home ready for the baby and finishing work.  You can follow what I I get up to in a day over on my Instagram stories.

My changing body…

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have noticed my body changing through pregnancy.

At 25 weeks I am definitely feeling very pregnant which is lovely.  Over the past two weeks I have grown very quickly and all of a sudden my clothes don’t seem to fit, not even the oversized ones!  This big change however still leaves me bursting with health and happiness and that really does beat having a six pack and fitting into my size six skinnies any day.

Of course, I am looking forward to getting my fitness back up once the baby has arrived and of course I have been keeping up my exercises while pregnant through regular runs, walks, gentle workouts and pregnancy yoga classes.

Here are my top tips for embracing a changing baby body:

  1. STAY COMFORTABLE – style can wait, make sure that the clothes you are wearing make you feel relaxed and comfortable.  At the moment I am living in tapered trousers and these are giving me enough room and comfort to lounge around the flat, go for a long walk and spend a long day at work.  This week I also made a few ASOS maternity purchases and I have to say I have NEVER been so comfortable.
  2. STAY HYDRATED – I have been so thirsty over the past few weeks and have made it my mission not to let myself get too thirsty – hydration keeps me awake and energised, it also stops me overheating.
  3. KEEP ACTIVE – this is really important even if it is just a ten minute walk.   This is key for baby’s health, your health and managing weight gain.  For me it also keeps my head stress free and happy.  
  4. NOURISH YOUR BODY – My rule here is to make sure I get all my fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts in before I snack on other things.  Starting my day with a green smoothie has helped me do this easily.
  5. ENJOY – this week I am more consciously enjoying my time preparing for the baby, spending time with my husband and friends and relaxing, reading a book in the bath or listening to a new record with Andrew.  This is my first pregnancy and I want to enjoy every minute of it.


You can follow my pregnancy fitness over on instagram!