1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk- I use fairlife milk)
1/4 cup small chocolate chips (I use soy free, dairy free chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. *(The silicone muffin pans work amazing and do not stick!) In a large bowl, stir together oats, baking powder, seasonings and salt.
Add pumpkin, egg, maple syrup, vanilla extract, milk and add-ins. Stir well to incorporate.
Allow the mixture to set and thicken for about 3-5 minutes before spooning into your muffin pan.
Fill muffin cups almost completely full with batter. Top off with chocolate chips.
Bake for 30 minutes and until the center of each oatmeal muffin is set. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
At 38 weeks pregnant, I am getting so excited for my very FIRST HOME BIRTH experience!!! So I will tell you now, I am NOT an expert at this, but I am pretty excited and feeling confident with how I have prepped for this!
I have my birth plan, and DO plan on having a water birth! My goal is to be as comfortable as possible, to be able to move around my home and room as needed to control the pain without being confined to a hospital bed or hooked up to medication. Please note, I am NOT putting ANYONE down for choosing hospital route as I did it 2 times with my boys.. and I understand there definitely are circumstances and own choices and preferences which you are totally entitled to! I simply was MISERABLE and between the medication/epidural, I was sick, vomiting, and want a different experience this time around!
So I am going to give you some of my top items/supplies that I am using/will be using to have the best home birth experience possible!!
POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FROM THE BIBLE
I want all my kids (2 boys of my own and 3 bonus kids) to be a part of my birth experience.. not necessarily physically being present and watching this all go down, but for me… when I think of them, I relax! So this was a PERFECT way for me to have my mind in the right place during my laboring! My kids picked parts of the scripture that is just perfect for this experience to help me calm my nerves and relax and think of them and of course the Lord! He is what will get me through this no matter how difficult it may be! God made us mommies to be able to deliver and before pain meds were made by man, natural births were the only way to go! These positive affirmations are going to be by my side the whole time!!
I am not particularly a person who constantly uses essential oils and mixes a bunch to cure everything, but I have used them and see benefits with certain oils. I have also watched friends experience births using oils that have been successful in helping with relaxing, pain relief, etc., which is why I will be using just a few oils during my birth process! Below I will explain the oils I am using and what each one is used for!
Essential Oils during Laboring/Birth Process
Peppermint has a cooling effect, so it can be great when mom is hot, sweaty and tired… during PUSHING!
Peppermint on the tongue, 1 drop at a time
Peppermint in water: You can use this as a diluted sprizter which acts as an anti-nausea agent. Best during transition on a cloth for your face, forehead or chest.
You can also massage into back, hips, and temples — anywhere but your eyes after mixing with carrier oils. Or simply place a small drop on your tongue. For a burst of energy, inhale the aroma.
This can also be used to stimulate mom to pee if she’s having a hard time going by just simply dropping it into the toilet.
Many find clary sage to be helpful to make contractions stronger. All you need to do is uncap it, sniff and contractions can get stronger.
Clary sage is also a great option when it comes to minimizing tearing and relieving muscle tension resulting from emotional stress. It reduces your cortisol levels and acts as a natural anti-depressant when applied topically to an acupressure point on the inside of your ankles.
Doulas are a big fan of this essential oil. When applied at the last stages of labor, the mother can really get into a euphoric state.
To use, dilute a few drops and apply on skin over reproductive organs. Or, place a drop on each palm and inhale between contractions.
Note: DO NOT use this unless you’re ready to give birth and have consulted with your doctor.
It’s commonly used as support for your perineal tissue during your labor and birth. Application of it ‘down there’ is said to reduce your chances of tearing and trauma due to its natural healing properties.
Frankincense is a calming oil that’s especially useful toward the end of the first stage of labor.
Place a single drop on the center of both of your palms, or rub some onto your lower back and tummy. Besides relieving pain, this essential oil can also help heal a tear after childbirth.
Ok so you got some of the items I will be using to prep for my labor and delivery, and now I am going to share a little more, but also more necessities for after this little baby boy arrives!!
Don’t mind my sense of humor in my video… I am making this fun and exciting!!
Used to help heal the soft tissue and any tears or abrasions in your perineal area after birth.
To use, simply wet the seaweed with water and apply right at the opening and your mucous membranes where any soft tissue damage could have occurred.
Replace as needed or after you go to the bathroom. Use for a few days or up until 2 weeks after delivery.
Afterbirth Sitzbath by WishGarden Herbs’-
This is an herbal soak made specifically for women post-birth to soothe minor irritations. It is a unique formula of herbs and sea salts that helps to restore delicate tissues after birth, AfterBirth Sitzbath can also be used to support a healthy urinary tract.
TO USE: Soak in soothing sitzbath 1-3 times a day after delivery for up to 2 weeks. Place a handful (approximately 1/3 cup) into a quart of boiling water. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain out herbs and reminaing liquid to warm water in sitzbath tub, available in most pharmacies. Less conveniently, a large bowl, or small tub, may be used instead. Be sure not over-dilute in full bathtub.
After birth, your perineal area will be swollen and painful… so usually at the hospital, they give you those large diaper pads and ice pads to break and feels like your basically wearing apillow right?? NOT comfortable in the least bit!! Not that after birth is comfortable, but if there is something we can do to make it a little better, then lets do it right?!
So these padsicles are literally just pads you use when you are on your menstrual cycle, and you pour witch hazel in them, roll them back up, put them in a ziplock bag (I use gallon bags) and put them in the freezer!!
After you give birth, you can take them out and unwrap them and use them just as you would for a normal pad, and they will cool you off and ease the pain!! FYI, these will not be solid rock in the freezer as if it were water and ice! So it will fit and shape your body and underwear!
NEXTTT… Let’s talk boobies!!! Guys, not in a bad way!!! God gave us these to feed our babies and keep them healthy!!! Whether or not you decide to breastfeed, that is up to you!! I personally will be
and did with my last 2 boys!! My goal is to make it up to a year!! My first, I breastfed for 8 months, and with my youngest, I only did for 3 and was put on a medication that prevented me from feeding which I was so sad about… so I am on a mission to bond with my little baby boy and breastfeed as long as possible!!
I was told about bamboobies and how comfortable the yoga nursing bras are… so I grabbed myself one, along with the washable nursing pads!! I am so excited to use them as they simply go in the wash and I will not spend a ton of throw away pads where the leakage seeps through!! They also
have night time pads which will be great to use if baby Josiah decides to sleep throughout the night!
I got the yoga nursing bra and the pads from amazon.com … being a PRIME member does wonders for you when you need things quick!
And you know how when your breastfeeding, the other side usually leaks everywhere and you waste milk? Well, waste no more because these bad boys are supposedly amazing and works like wonders!! I will be using these silicone suctions to save as much milk as possible!!
If you are interested in grabbing yourself a set of these silicone suction breast cups, CLICK HERE for the link!
So there you have it!! My top essentials that I am using and will be using during my first home birth experience! Although I am 38 weeks along right now, I am SO ready to deliver this baby!! I am at the end where I just feel ready… not a bad feeling, but the time is coming!!! So prayers for a healthy delivery and baby are welcome!!
If you have any tips and extra necessities and supplies that helped you with pre-labor, during labor, post labor, and for the baby, throw a comment below so we can all help each other have a wonderful and memorable experience!!
Did you know you are more likely to success with a fitness routine and also have WAYYY more fun when you are doing it with another person?!? This is exactly why our Super Trainer Tony Horton, who is also the creator of P90X and 22 Minute Hard Corps, created his FIRST partner workout called Double Time!
There is something extra special about this program that gets me excited though!! I love when fitness and a healthy lifestyle is centered around family, and THIS is a perfect opportunity for you to workout with your husband/wife, children, or even friends!! This is a way to keep each other accountable, reach huge fitness and health goals, but have fun and bond at the same time!!!
Even at 33 weeks pregnant, I am able to get in a workout and move without feeling exhausted and overworked!
What is Double Time?
Double Time™ is Tony Horton’s first fitness program that makes living a healthier lifestyle something you can do with another person. You and your spouse, a friend, or your child will take on daily partner workouts and healthy eating for 30 days. Just having that person around is going to give you both motivation to complete the entire program and help you build stronger bonds along the way! After all, studies show that you’re more likely to put in effort and to succeed with a fitness routine when you do it with a partner. Double Time™ is a 30-day program with total-body workouts (all 32 minutes or less) that feel more like play and less like work!
Who’s it for?
Any partner pair you can think of! This program is great to do with any family member, such as your spouse, parent, kid (recommended age is 8 and older), or a friend. Great for all fitness levels.
18-32 minutes, 5 days a week, for 30 days
The Beachbody Buddy Ball or equivalently sized ball such as a dodgeball or volleyball.
I am so excited to host my Double Time Family Challenge group in November! If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the application below!
The requirements are that each participant is committed to participating in the group, completing the 30 day workout calendar, making healthier meals and snacks and replacing 1 meal a day with Daily Sunshine or Shakeology for the duration of the group.
I have been on my own fitness journey for 13 years and for the past 5 years, my kids have been on this healthy lifestyle with me and I am so excited to teach you what we have learned from this journey!
Now you can win the weight loss battle once and for all! The 2B Mindset is designed to help you lose weight happily so you can keep it off for good-without ever depriving yourself, counting calories, or even having to exercise until you’re ready! Created by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Ilana Muhlstein, the 2B Mindset is a practical, simple weight loss solution that Ilana herself used to lose 100 pounds after years of obesity and yo-yo dieting. With Ilana’s advice and real-world experience on your side-including her meal and food prep ideas, even tips for conquering emotional eating-you’ll have all the tools you need to live your life, eat food you love…and still lose weight. Launching 2018!
Who is Ilana Muhlstein, R.D. Nutritionist?
Ilana Muhlstein is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist-the highest standard in the field of nutrition. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Maryland, sits on the prestigious Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association, and leads the Bruin Health Improvement Program at UCLA.
While most kids dream of becoming pop stars or famous athletes, Ilana’s early inspirations were the knowledgeable Registered Dietitians that she’d met every summer at fat camp. Once she finally had the chance to become one herself, she never hesitated. Using everything she learned, she was able to personally lose 100 pounds. She’s built a thriving private practice in Beverly Hills, and has helped hundreds of people lose weight happily-and keep it off. Now she’s revealing all of her tried and true weight-loss secrets with the launch of The 2B Mindset program.
What Ilana says about her innovative approach:
You see, I’ve always loved food and I love to eat large portions. What I needed was a diet that would let me eat and feel satisfied, while still helping me lose weight. There was no diet on the market like that…so I decided to create it myself. I not only invented a solution to solve my own weight problem, so I could lose 100 lbs, I made it my career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist—so I could help anyone lose weight happily and learn how to keep it off for good—and still go on living my life and enjoying the foods I love.
My mission is to help millions of people just like you win the weight-loss battle—and better yet, end the war forever. The system I created is a healthy approach to eating that lets you feel full and satisfied, while arming you with proven strategies that will help you co-exist with food in real-world situations, satisfy cravings, and anticipate setbacks before they happen — so you can WIN the weight-loss struggle every single time.
That’s why I say it’s not a diet. It’s a mindset.
But make no mistake, the 2B Mindset can help you lose weight—happily—without feeling deprived or hungry, without counting calories or cutting out whole food groups. It addresses the #1 issue with weight loss and weight management —food. Exercise is critical for living a healthy, functional life —but as they say, abs are made in the kitchen — and that’s the problem I designed the 2B Mindset to solve.
Best of all, I’ll reveal the one daily habit — so simple and powerful — that it will put you in an INSTANT weight-loss mode, whenever you try it. (You’ll need to plug into the complete 2B Mindset program to get that one!)
With the 2B Mindset, you’ll live your life, you’ll eat food the way YOU like it, and you’ll go to every party, and go out to dinner with confidence, instead of feeling tension and anxiety that you’re about to derail your weight-loss progress. In fact, once you learn the 2B MIndset, those situations can actually CONTRIBUTE to your weight-loss progress. Because, with the 2B Mindset, you’ll finally be in total control of food and your body, and you’ll have all the tools you need to reach your weight-loss goals while living a full, rich, satisfying life.
I’ll teach you the purpose of the foods we eat and when and how to enjoy them for maximum weight loss. I’ll share dozens of my personal recipes for healthy meals that taste so good you won’t believe how much you can eat — even my husband and daughter love them! And I’ll lay out all the techniques I used to lose 100 pounds — and my private practice clients have used to lose the weight and help keep it off.
Most importantly, I’ll help you shift your mindset, because a positive mindset means positive/healthy weight loss, with no more emotional eating, no more mindless snacking, and no more punishing yourself for eating food you love.
With the 2B Mindset I have just one goal — to make losing weight simple, enjoyable, and sustainable. You really can lose weight and be happy for the rest of your life! Just imagine that! I’m helping more than 100 clients and Team Beachbody Coaches experience that joy and freedom right this minute… and now it’s your turn.
Once you master the 2B Mindset, it’s yours for life. Losing the weight and keeping it off will be second nature—it will be your new reality—and food will forever remain an enjoyable part of your life. Believe me, it’s easy to lose weight when you’re feeling full and satisfied every day.
2B Mindset is for people who:
Want to lose weight, but don’t like to exercise
Do exercise but struggle with their nutrition and do not see the weight loss results they want
Cannot exercise due to injury/illness, but want to lose (or maintain) weight through better eating habits
Love food, love to eat big portions, and feel full
Are tired of yo-yo dieting, but want to maintain their lifestyle
Want an easy-to-follow way to lose weight without strict rules, like cutting food groups, counting calories, or eating small portions
Want to be free from obsessing about food and feeling overwhelmed by food choices
Why does Halloween have to be so fun, but yet so unhealthy?!?! I love that we can dress up, let loose, and enjoy decorating and going up to random houses to get candy (HAHA), but I feel this holiday really revolves around people shopping for candy and sweets, and unhealthy food for parties!
So if you are one who has health and fitness goals and are really trying to stay on track during Halloween… I have news for you! YOU CAN STILL ROCK YOUR FITNESS!! It will take some commitment from you, along with holding yourself accountable, and resisting temptations! Those temptations will be everywhere, but think about this…. those temporary temptations are only that.. TEMPORARY!! They do not last forever, but will keep coming back if you keep feeding them!
If you can replace those temptations with a healthier alternative, then your body will not crave those sugary, sweet foods and treats!
If you want to stay strong in your house, but know you struggle in the past during holidays, simply do NOT buy the candy for trick or treaters you would eat!! Either buy candy you don’t like, or buy healthy snacks OR school supplies like pencils or erasers for the trick or treaters!
There is so much sugar in candy, or even in sugary drinks.. so just make the choice to drink water!! That will eliminate any extra added calorie drinks that easily makes you feel bloated or puts on weight because we know… sugar turns into fat when you are not metabolizing it!
Working out is a job.. yes it is.. but its easier than carrying unwanted extra weight you have from not working out! Take 30 minutes to take care of yourself! Its the only body you will ever live in! Be nice to your body, love your body, and treat your body with respect! If you can’t make it to a gym, there are PLENTY of options to do at home while the kids are sleeping or playing beside you.. or use them as weights to workout!!
This is not about starving yourself or making yourself feel like you are in food jail, but you can either use the 3 bite rule, or allow yourself 1 piece! Moderation and portion control is always a WIN! Did you know the first and second bite is always the best, but after that, it’s not something you need to have!! So allow yourself a little, without over doing it and taking steps backward with your goals!
After that one piece of candy or 3 bites, if you are feeling like you want more, simply CHUG water!! Most likely you are not truly hungry, and its more of a boredom feeling or just wanting it because its there.. But most people confuse hunger with dehydration!! Chug water, and that usually helps people get fuller! If your belly is growling and it is true hunger, then grab a piece of fruit or veggie!!
Last but not least, REMEMBER your goals!!! They are there because you care about your health and your body!! So do not let those small temporary cravings and temptations get the best of you!! If you can stay strong, you will be steps closer to that BIG goal!!!
YOU GOT THIS!! Tell yourself, “I can and I WILL do this!” “I am STRONG”, “I have WILLPOWER!”, and “I am committed!”
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Having a healthy pregnancy is so important.. important for mommy to feel good and not have complications, and also for baby to grow big and strong in the most important time of development! I know eating healthy and exercise is hard when your not pregnant, so doing while pregnant can be trying… but its not impossible!! This is the BEST thing you can do for yourself because it makes that 40 weeks so much manageable!
We know the healthy weight gain is approx. 25-35 pounds to gain during your pregnancy.. give or take a few pounds if you are underweight or overweight. It is challenging if you have cravings, or if you are one who is so sick and struggles to eat! It is important to allow some leeway with your cravings and I do not want to say stay away from all the food your craving, because it may help you feel better at times. But the key is MODERATION! If you eat your cravings in moderation, you are less likely to feel bad, feel more swollen, and even develop issues down the road in your pregnancy!
At 31 weeks, almost 32, I am going to admit, it is getting harder and hard to breathe and move!! Steps make me out of breath… even sitting here typing makes me tired and out of breath lol… kidding, but not kidding!! Oh and yes, I am STILL working out, but the increased contractions scare me slightly, so I am now starting to take it easy!! It is hard to believe this baby of mine is only 3 lbs right now!!!! There must be a TON of water in there!!! HAHA
What workouts am I still doing at 31 weeks?? Well, there are a variety I can still handle, but certain moves I do modify.. I do most 21 Day Fix and Fix extreme.. except any ab exercises, some Shift shop, and 22 minute hard corps! My upside down yoga poses are non existent, but am doing a TON of stretches so I know that is one of the best things I can do for myself and to prepare for my home birth!!
Now.. can we talk about nutrition?? Nutrition is key!! You cannot workout a bad diet my friends!! And eating healthy during pregnancy will make a HUGE difference with how you look and feel!! I know from experience from my first and second pregnancy where I gained 60 lbs with each baby, and my third where I actually am taking care of myself and doing things the right way and have only gained HALF the weight of my last pregnancies!! Crazy right?? And I even worked out with my other pregnancies, so it definitely matters what you ingest!!
Meal prep went down and I will say it was my “ME TIME”… maybe you are not a fan of meal prepping… I am, but if you are not, there is a way to enjoy it, but you have to start and get creative!
Meal prepping is my key to success!! When I prep my foods ahead of time, I know exactly WHAT I am eating and WHEN I am eating!! So there is no excuse to miss a meal or to say “I don’t have time to cook something up quick and I was in a rush!” Isn’t that why many fail along their journey?? They use time as an excuse and then when you mess up, well “I’ll just start next week”, or even you just completely fall off track!
Some of the recipes I made were….
Pumpkin protein pancakes!! They are really yummy just how this recipe calls to make it, but I do like to add some extra calories to my breakfast because that is my biggest meal of the day!! So I added some plain Greek yogurt, fresh blueberries and blackberries, and topped it off with some agave nectar and cinnamon!! SOOOO GOOD!!!!!
Another meal I made was Spinach, tomato, and mushroom chicken… and so simple to make!! The chicken was thrown in the crock pot for 4 hours
Then I have my *new recipe* Honey Garlic Shrimp! It is great on top of some good ol’ spaghetti squash!! It will be a great dinner for me because I like to have mainly protein and veggies at dinner time so the carbs are not sitting in my belly at night!
I try to focus on getting around 1800 calories a day… don’t get me wrong, I do more of portion control that counting calories and I will not obsess about my food, but the most important thing is getting healthy whole foods in!
As a fitness coach, I love to help others on their journey to a healthy lifestyle! I give daily support, motivation, health and nutrition tips and recipes, and accountability to help you get to that next level in your fitness journey.. pregnant or not pregnant!
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1/4 cup Braggs liquid Aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
1 Tbsp fresh minced garlic
1 tsp chili sauce (I use the Sriracha brand)
1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Whisk the honey/agave, soy sauce/braggs aminos, garlic, and chili sauce together in a medium bowl.
Place shrimp in a large zipped-top bag or tupperware. Pour 1/2 of the marinade mixture on top, give it all a shake or stir, then allow shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes-3 hrs. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade for step 3.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet and discard the remaining marinade that was with shrimp. Cook shrimp, stirring every minute or so for about 4 minutes, and pour in remaining marinade and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about another minute or so.
Serve shrimp with cooked marinade sauce with your choice of spaghetti squash or brown rice! Of course, a green veggie like broccoli or asparagus is a perfect side!
If you are using spaghetti squash, you can cook that while prepping the shrimp! Simply slice the squash in half length wise, use a spoon to take out middle with seeds, place each half upside down (round part facing up) on a plate, and place in microwave for 12 min! Fork out spaghetti squash onto plate or keep it in and use it as your bowl! Simply place your shrimp on top!