Why on earth did I pick this week, of all weeks to start a sugar detox? I hadn’t really thought that through but after suffering through three days of no fructose, I wasn’t about to throw in the towel, just because it was my birthday.
A friend shared a vegan brownie recipe with me a few weeks ago and as my youngest son is now dairy free, I thought I’d give it a go. Only thing was, I managed to put the first lot of beans on the stove and then forget about it. The smoke alarm is working! That’s the good news. The beans didn’t fare so well. Anyway, so I went back to the drawing board and used butter beans, as that was all I had left. The result was magnifique!
Last week I started on an adventure to reclaim my life, and lose weight. Am I doing a diet? No. Am I exercising like a maniac?… ah no. What I am doing is working with a fabulous holistic life coach and nutritionist over the next six months to kick my sugar addiction and caffeine habit, kick-start my exercise routine and, the hard part, take a good hard look at what is behind my need to reach the nearest block of cadbury everytime I get stressed.
Next week is Food Allergy Awareness Week. As a doula working with breastfeeding mummas, I often see the effects that food intolerance can have on newborn babies. As a mum who has allergies and has children with various allergies, I know how tough it can be to a) work with your allergies to live a healthy, full life where you feel great and b) convince your kids to do something to help them feel better.
Maybe it’s a sign of tough economic times, but I haven’t had the opportunity to do too many Mumma Nurture or Postnatal Meal packages of late (after being run off my feet with them last year). But the other day, I was priviledged to prepare some family meals for a good friend of mine (her sister in law had gifted her a Mumma Nurture package) and I wanted to share what I made because it might inspire you to nurture yourself a bit more.
We have just returned home from an amazing trip to the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef! Travel is always a great teacher but this time it seemed particularly so. I’ve been pondering so much lately but one o the biggest things I’ve been pondering is my seeming inability to shift the extra 20 kgs I’ve gained these past couple of years and how certain foods make me feel so ill.
One of the reasons I started Mumatopia as a social enterprise was because I can see the wisdom behind the saying “gentle birth heals mother earth” (coined by humanitarian and midwife Robin Lim from Gentle Birth Bali). My birth experiences and my experience of losing a much wanted baby and nearly losing my life in the process, have taught me how gentle beginnings can nurture a mother’s love for her baby, can create a sense of empathy and patience and a strong sense of empowerment.