Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Post Partum Push-Up Part 1

Now that I am done having children, it is time to get into the best shape of my life!

Thankfully, I have always done well getting my figure and strength back after pregnancy, so my body isn't too far out of whack, but this time, I really want to go for it!  Health, strength, well-being....being able to chase after 4 young children!!!

So, here is my before report.  I haven't weighed myself yet or taken any measurements.  I don't usually do that until 6 weeks post partum (or when I feel recovered enough to resume a regular exercise routine).  The top picture is my final pregnancy picture.  My water had broken and I had just rolled out of bed.  The bottom picture is 24 hours after delivery.

What I am doing now:
1. Lots of breast feeding.
2. Wearing a belly band to push my guts back into place.
3. Resting.

What I plan to do next week:
1. Begin posture exercises to align my spine and hips after being curved and loosened from pregnancy and delivery.
2. Continue breast feeding.
3. Improve diet.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Why Bother With Quinoa Pasta?

With the Spring and Summer seasons comes the taste for pasta salads.  That puts us health nuts in a bit of a position since pasta itself isn't exactly a health food.  It is also a barrier for those who are gluten-free.  So, I started looking at quinoa pasta as a substitute and was turned off.  Here's why:

1. The expense!  Quinoa pasta is expensive.
2. Quinoa pasta sometimes contains semolina.
3. Quinoa pasta is a processed food.
4. Quinoa pasta has not been soaked in whey or sprouted before use, which is something that should be done with quinoa.

So, as I stood there staring at the quinoa pasta on the shelf of the store, it dawned on me.  Why bother?  Why not just use quinoa?

So, that is what I have been doing.  I've used quinoa for the times I've craved a good pasta dish.  I also made tuna "macaroni" salad using quinoa and it was very good and very satisfying.