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Homemade Body Cream

  • Posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:00 am

Here is a YouTube video from one of my favorite herb purveyors. This makes a wonderful, creamy lotion for your body! I have been using it for my entire pregnancy and have yet to have an itchy belly (in the dead of winter, my friends!). The beauty of it is you can customize the recipe for whatever herbs and scents you delight in. So, enjoy making a wonderful body cream and lather it on.

You already know that “breast is best” for baby, but for Mom, too?

  • Posted on January 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers AND it accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, ranking it fifth in cancer deaths among women. Those are depressing statistics if I’ve ever heard them!

But, my natural mama friends, there is hope! According to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, breastfeeding can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by up to 91 percent!!

“The study found that women who breastfed for more than 13 months were 63 percent less likely to develop an ovarian tumor than women who breastfed for less than seven months. The benefits jumped the longer that women breastfed. The researchers found that mothers who had three children and who breastfed for over 31 months were up to 91 percent less likely to suffer from ovarian cancer than women who breastfed for under 10 months.” (source)

You’ve doubtless heard that breastfeeding helps reduce the risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer in women with a history of family breast cancer.

So, keep those babies at your breast for as long as possible and let’s beat cancer one nursing baby at a time!

Postpartum Recipe – Tumeric Ginger Chicken Saute

  • Posted on February 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

For a healthy postpartum diet, those who ascribe to Traditional Chinese Medicine believe in the healing properties of such ingredients as ginger, tumeric, Chinese herbs, and sesame oil, among others. The idea of using these ingredients is to accelerate the recovery of the uterus, help replenish blood from the loss at delivery, promote blood circulation, promoting lactation and regulating the bodies’ bowel functions and expelling gas. It is important to drink lots of water and tea and to eat a diet full of fiber and fresh fruits and vegetables. Be aware of how some vegetables may affect your milk and your babies’ tummy. Though, I ate onions, broccoli and all those taboo nursing veges with nary an issue. Every woman is different, so listen to your body and your baby!

Here is a recipe for Tumeric Ginger Chicken Saute. Tumeric is often used as an anti-inflammatory and ginger is wonderful to regulate digestion. This recipe would easily be adapted for vegetarians.

 

Ingredients

  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/4  cup  chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4  cup  chopped green bell pepper
  • 1  tablespoon  finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2  cup  thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 2  teaspoons  grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 2  pounds  skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into (1-inch) pieces
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
  • 2  teaspoons  ground turmeric
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  paprika
  • 1/2  (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry

Preparation

1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers to pan; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add onion; sauté 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium; stir in cabbage, ginger, and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken and next 4 ingredients (through paprika); cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in spinach, and reduce heat to low. Cook 10 minutes or until chicken is done.

Enjoy! If you have a GREAT postpartum recipe, please share!

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