What I eat for breakfast – my green goodness smoothie

Yesterday I went and saw my mid-wife she asked me how my diet was looking and seemed pretty impressed with my breakfast (and other meals for that matter). My juice is mainly bright green and full of vitamins, minerals and good fats. She definitely approved!

One juice I have most mornings is my turbo green juice.

It’s basically 1 x apple, a handful of kale, an inch of ginger, some cucumber, 3 stalks of celery and a lime or lemon.

I then blend it with some ice cues, a cup of water, a tablespoon of Lucy Bees’ coconut oil and a scoop of Bodyism’s Beauty Food.¬†

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I love adding coconut oil to my breakfast as it helps fill me up for longer and contains large amounts of lauric acid, a powerful anti-microbial fatty acid that protects the immune system of my growing baby. Coconut oil is also said to to increase the quality of the womb environment and breast milk – both things that are absolutely vital to me right at 19 weeks pregnant.

If I’m being extra indulgent and want to make my juice nice and creamy I will also add 1/2 an avocado or a dollop of CO YO, a dairy-free yogurt made with real coconut milk. It’s a real treat!

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It’s weird. These days I wouldn’t even think about having cereal or toast. I wake up in the morning craving the goodness of this juice. It sets me up nicely for the day and the benefits of it are evident. My irons levels are super high, I don’t suffer with lack of energy or constipation like many pregnant women at this stage in their pregnancy and I’m getting plenty of green, vitamin rich food even though i don’t fancy eating it as a meal. I’ve really gone of meat and veggies since finding out I’m pregnant and this is a great way of filling up on my greens without gagging ūüôā

 

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De-stress for fertility – it’s time to relax a little

One of the most annoying things people used to say to me when we was trying for a baby was RELAX! “If your stressed things won’t happen“, “Stress is no good for you.” “chill out, it will happen.

The thing is, it makes it worse. How can you relax when you have appointments with a specialist every few weeks or when you couldn’t go to the gym and smash your body into the ground to relax (my weird way of unwinding!) – having a baby was constantly on my mind. I like to take control and for once couldn’t. The one thing I could do though, and did was change my nutrition and lifestyle.

One thing that helped me dramatically was getting to bed before 10pm every night. Now I know this may seem a bit drastic for some but research suggests that the deepest and most regenerative sleep occurs between 10 p.m and 2 a.m.

To help me sleep and de-stress I feel in love with Magnesium Oil Original Spray. A few strays behind the knees before I hit that hay meant I had topped my Magnesium levels up Рwhich is an essential mineral often referred to as the relaxing mineral because of its role in relaxing muscles. Magnesium also supports heart health, and helps to regulate heart beat and rhythm, which pumps blood to the whole body and the reproductive organs, meaning its a  great mineral to aid with infertility.

If you would like more information on stress and infertility – you can also read my recent feature in Fertility Road¬†Magazine, which gives a whole three pages of tips to de-stress. Now don’t shout at me – but I’ve got to say it. If you are feeling stressed then please try and relax. It took me a while to realise how important this was and once I did, I did listen to what everyone was telling me and booked me and my hubby a few weekends away, booked my self in for weekly acupuncture¬†and enjoyed the odd bubble bath watching catch up TV. It obviously worked for us – so enjoy the moment and BREATHE………

 

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When You’re Too Fit To Get Fat

18 months ago, I was in the best shape of my life.

I was working out six times a week – sometimes twice a day, eating a VERY clean diet of green veg, protein and more green veg and taking so many supplements I was rattling.

My confidence levels were at an all time high, but my body was screaming for me to stop!

At 8% body fat and 55kg (I’m 5ft 2), I struggled with my energy levels but most importantly my body stopped working. It was using so much energy on my workouts and keeping my organs working that it stopped focusing on my reproductive system, which stopped my periods and ultimately left me infertile for over 14 months.

At first I thought – it’s fine. I’m lean, clean and healthy, it’s just because I came off the pill and my body is still trying to get itself back into balance. It wasn’t until I got married and me and the hubby started thinkingabout children, that I realised I had severely damaged my body and was infertile. How did this happen and how did I let it get this far?

Here is my journey to recovery. If I can do it, anyone can, you just need to know how…..

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