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No matter how “clean” we try to be, our bodies ingest, absorb and inhale toxins that can burden our bodily systems. Doing a regular body cleanse while breastfeeding is not recommended as most limit essential food groups and calories that are needed to sustain a healthy milk supply for your baby. Instead, you can employ a few safe and healthful breastfeeding body cleanse methods to help you detox while breastfeeding.

The good news about toxins is that your body inherently works to get rid of them every day. Many of your organs and bodily systems including your kidneys, liver, urinary tract and digestive system are your body’s way of purging waste that could be harmful to your body. Therefore, a vital part of cleansing is clearing the pathways for waste elimination. You’ll also want to be preventative by avoiding certain types of foods and substances, and of course you want to consume and use products that will help draw out pathogens for a cleaner, healthier body.

While breastfeeding, you should try to be as natural as possible. It’s not only great for you, it will also help your baby’s precious, pure body as she continues to develop and mature. Here are some breastfeeding body cleanse suggestions:

Diet: A clean diet is a great start to detox while breastfeeding. This includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables – select organic when possible. Lean proteins, bone broths and healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids are also terrific choices for a nutritious breastfeeding diet. Fiber is crucial to cleanse the digestive tract, and cultured foods (like yogurt) and fermented foods help as well.

Whipping up healthy food for yourself will support the healthy diet you’re sharing with your baby. Wearing comfortable, supportive nursing tank tops will make both cooking and breastfeeding a lot more enjoyable.

Supplements: Supplements are a great way to help clean your system. First, you should continue taking prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding as they contain many critical elements your baby needs such as folic acid and DHA. A daily probiotic can help keep your digestive system running smoothly by creating a healthy environment in your gut. Other supplements like salt tablets are known to help clean the body too.

With all the extra energy you’ll get from nutritional supplements, get moving with your baby in a nursing sports bra. Walks around your neighborhood or mommy and me yoga will be cute and comfy in our athleisure sports nursing bra.

Hydration: Pure water is the best form of hydration. Breastfeeding moms should get a minimum of 64 oz. of water daily. Try drinking a serving of water during and in-between each feeding. Adding unrefined sea salt to your water can speed up the cleansing process. Pure fruit or vegetable juices contributes to hydration as well and can supplement your nutrition if your diet lacks produce.

Hydrate all day long, even when you are out-and-about. For outings with your baby, be ready to breastfeeding in our shape-loving nursing t-shirt bras.

Skin: As your largest organ, your skin absorbs a lot of toxins. Fortunately, it is also a method of purging toxins too. In addition to cooling you off, sweat is your body’s natural way of eliminating harmful substances, so don’t be afraid to sweat. Light exercise can help you work up a sweat and is good for your muscles, joints and cardiovascular system. Taking a bath in Epsom salt draws out impurities or you can dry brush your skin before showering to help cleanse and energize your skin. After bathing, use natural oils to moisturize and replenish your skin’s nutrients.

While you are detoxing your skin, keep up the skin-to-skin contact with your baby. One of the best ways to do this is before, during, and after breastfeeding. Crossover styles like our bamboo crossover sleep bra gives you plenty of skin space for cradling your baby close.

Mental & Emotional Balance: Being a new mom is hard and can take a toll on your mental and emotional state. Practice healthy self-care habits daily including relaxation, meditation, deep breathing, exercise and plenty of sleep. Find your personal way to release, whether that is laughing, crying, appreciation, dancing, singing, whatever! Also participate in your own hobbies apart from your children such as sports, crafts, entertainment, massage, gardening or anything else that you enjoy and keeps your body and mind at peace.

Taking it easy has never been so comfortable as in our sleep bras and leisure bras. These styles help you relax while maintaining gentle support and easy access for breastfeeding.

A breastfeeding body cleanse is a wonderful way to create inner balance for yourself, which will benefit your baby too!

Sources: Eat Naked Now, The Coconut Mama, and Real Fit Mama

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This is a question that we get asked a lot and I guess from having a baby in recent years myself, I can see why!

During pregnancy you might not be feeling your best, you may be feeling lethargic, sluggish, bloated, even fat?! So you might look to Juice Cleansing as a way to help you feel fabulous. There are several reasons why doing a juice cleanse is not a good idea while you are pregnant.

Why you shouldn’t juice cleanse while pregnant or breastfeeding

Firstly, I would ask you to consider the energy of cleansing – it is ultimately about elimination. This is not the energy that we are wanting to harness while we are growing or nourishing a precious life.

Second, when we are cleansing, toxins are released into the bloodstream for elimination, putting extra stress on our bodies, also not ideal when we are pregnant.

And finally, we need energy to sustain ourselves, the changes that are occurring in our body, and the new life that is growing, so diets that include low calories are not recommended.

When you have your little angel and are breastfeeding, you may be feeling tired (or rather, exhausted), sluggish and be hoping to shed some of that baby weight. But again, while you are breastfeeding, it is also not recommended to cleanse – mostly because of it not being ideal to have the toxin release and extra stress on your body, and you really need the extra calories and energy when you are feeding a little one. It is such a short and special time to be sharing with your baby, don’t feel like you need to rush into anything – juice cleansing will be there for you when you (and bub) are ready!

Can I still drink cold pressed juice when pregnant?

Absolutely, in fact, it would be an excellent way to get some big doses of organic nutrient dense goodness to you and bub. There are some truly wonderful benefits to include organic, cold pressed juice in your diet when you are pregnant and breastfeeding.

How to include Juice in your diet for optimum health while you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Fruit and Vegetable juices can be a wonderful way to get high density, easily absorbed nutrition into your body FAST (which is good when you are feeling less than 100% and have limited time!).

When you are choosing your juice please remember:

  • Fresh is best – make sure your juice is fresh and hasn’t undergone any processing to extend it’s shelf life (the juice should expire within 3-4 days if it is truly fresh)
  • Make sure it doesn’t include any sugar, additives, preservatives, or numbers!
  • Check the juice is made from fresh produce, not reconstituted
  • Go for Organic! The less toxins you and your bub are exposed to the better!
  • Make sure your juice includes lots of veggies as well as fruit (be especially cautious if you have or are concerned about gestational diabetes)

I found it very reassuring to know I was getting an abundance of nutrition from our fresh cold pressed organic juices for me and my baby while I was pregnant and now breastfeeding – especially when it is difficult to find the time to look after yourself properly when baby comes!

If you don’t have time to juice for yourself, we home-deliver juice packs to your door. Our juice packs are the perfect way to top up your regular diet with some extra nutrients.

The Breastfeeding Detox

Traditional detox diets don’t work if a baby is counting on you for nourishment. If you’re feeling sluggish you can still give your baby a boost. Here’s how to cleanse your body when you’re breastfeeding:

Why You May Need to Detox

Most of us eat more sugar, pesticides and preservatives than we should for optimal health. If we do nothing to eliminate toxins from our body, they can build up, resulting in more rapid aging and even illness.

A detox diet is a great way to boost your liver and kidney function–the body’s natural detox agents. Most detox diets are too calorically restrictive for nursing women who need a minimum of 1,800 calories a day to maintain milk supply. If you’re breastfeeding you need solid foods to keep your energy elevated and to take care of your baby.

“Luckily, there are different ways to detox,” says Mary McGuire-Wien, author of The Seven-Day Total Cleanse. If you’re nursing you shouldn’t follow an all-liquid diet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t detox.

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Juicing while breastfeeding

by Elizabeth
(Seattle, WA)

Q: I’m excited to start juicing and plan to have one glass in the morning with some lean protein and then perhaps another small glass with a healthy dinner.
My goal is to get more nutrients, especially from leafy greens and eventually weight loss. My question is… I am currently breastfeeding, is there anything I should be aware of? I do not want to detoxify and give baby the bad stuff.
A: Hi Elizabeth! Great that you are juicing. It’s perfectly fine (and also very good) to juice while breastfeeding. It’s a great way to get extra nutrition for you and baby.
Be sure to add greens (like romaine lettuce) into your juices daily as they will nourish the milk for your baby. It will also get you on the road to naturally debloating.
Avoid any juice cleanses at this time. Juice cleansing while pregnant or breastfeeding will kick up toxins in your body and circulate via bodily fluids that could end up in the breast milk.
You’ll also want to avoid very detoxifying juices, for example, juices with a lot of beets, or with a lot of strong greens like kale (only a leaf or two should do it). These stronger juices encourage your body to detox quicker than it normally would, which just isn’t ideal right now.
You also should know that basil (juicing or eating) will encourage more breast milk, so if you need more, juice it, but if you have enough, stay clear.
Congrats on the new baby, enjoy juicing!

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During your pregnancy, your prenatal care provider likely warned you to avoid toxins, such as pesticides and paint fumes, while your baby was developing. After your pregnancy, you may be concerned that a lifetime of living in a polluted world and eating processed foods is leaching toxins into your breast milk. The CDC reports that you must have unusually high levels of toxins in your blood, enough to make you sick, to affect your baby. Colon cleansing as a means to eliminate toxins from your body or to prevent illness is both ineffective and dangerous for nursing women.

Efficacy

Colon cleanse manufacturers claim that their products or services help improve your health or prevent diseases. According to the American Cancer Society, “scientific evidence does not support claims that colon therapy is effective in treating cancer or any other disease.” It goes on to say “colon therapy can be dangerous and can cause infection or death.” It’s true that toxins can build up in your body, but the best way to cleanse them is to take good care of your body’s waste removal systems.

Dangers to Your Body

Pregnancy causes a dip in your immune function. After the baby is born, improved immune function becomes part of the overall healing process. Pregnancy also takes a toll on your body’s vitamin and mineral stores. Those factors together make colon cleanses potentially more dangerous for women who have recently given birth. If you suffered tearing or perforation that extended to your bowels, some colon cleanses can make these problems worse. Colon cleanses can also cause internal bowel perforations, according to MayoClinic.com. Cleanses also throw your body’s electrolyte balance out of whack, which puts a strain on your kidneys and heart.

Threats to Your Milk Supply

One of the most common negative side effects of colon cleansing is dehydration. Your breast milk is made up of 88 percent water, according to the HealthyChildren website. Dehydration directly affects your milk supply by reducing the amount of milk you produce. If you become severely or remain slightly dehydrated for an extended period of time, you may have trouble producing enough milk to meet your baby’s needs. This may lead to dehydration in your baby, which can be fatal. In addition, herbal colon cleanses and over-the-counter cleansing supplements can contain ingredients unsafe for newborn babies.

Best Way to Detox

Luckily, the types of healthy foods that help a new mother heal her body and create an abundant milk supply also help naturally cleanse the body. Drinking fluids, such as milk or water, helps flush toxins out of your body. HealthyChildren recommends 2 liters per day. A diet full of fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes also helps sweep toxins and waste out of your colon. If you experience constipation, see your doctor about safe remedies for emptying your colon before attempting any type of cleanse.

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If it was not me writing this post, I might come across the title and raise some of my personal red flags. If this is happening for you, please stay with me.

“Doesn’t she know?! Detoxing while breastfeeding is not a good idea!” I am smiling as I write this to you.

I want you to know that there are many ways to detoxify our bodies. Some are completely safe, and yes, some are less than ideal for a breastfeeding body.

Insight into Detoxification

Detoxification in general is already happening on a daily basis. Your lungs, lymphatic system, skin, liver, kidneys, and digestive system are all filtering internal and external toxins on a daily basis. Another way of looking at detoxification is cleansing.

Many of us when – we think of detoxing – think of extreme methods of detoxification: the Master cleanse, juicing, fasting, herbal detox protocols, and colon hydrotherapy. Ideally, these forms of detoxification are used for up to 3 days only, and as a way of jolting the system into a complete reboot – such as in the case of an urgent need for intense detoxification in the treatment of certain cancers.

I know that many readers may find this perspective against the grain. It is different than the common belief of our current health-culture – it may even contradict a personal experience you have already had. I completely respect your experiences, and by no means want to threaten, combat, or take away those experiences of radiant health.

Setbacks of Detoxification

One of the key concerns in using extreme protocols is that after 3 days of intense detoxification, the body begins compensating for lack of nutrients, and this creates imbalance. Seeds are deeply planted in a newly reset/ shocked body, that may include nutrient deficiencies, cravings, slowing metabolism, and heavy metal load increases. In other words, while we may feel amazing in the moment, behind the scenes so to speak our bodies are holding on to old , possibly taking on new toxins.

The organs of detoxification use energy to maintain their cleansing activities. After about 3 days, the process of detoxification begins to slowly deplete the body’s natural energy and resources, planting seeds for difficulty down the road.

If you are breastfeeding, it is important to be gentle with your body. A jolt or powerful reset to your own body can carry unwanted effects over to your nursing little one. Furthermore, your body needs the variety of nutrients and the calories to maintain your healthy body and your child’s.

During breastfeeding, a woman’s body is working double-time to detoxify all of the pollutants – internal and external – that she comes into contact with, so that these toxins are filtered as much as possible to create optimally pure and nutritious breast milk.

Good News!

One great thing to keep in mind is that childbirth itself is one of the most powerful forms of cleansing we can undergo as women, and it is completely natural. Our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins. After childbirth and during breastfeeding, we are naturally undergoing a powerful and rigorous cleanse. The KEY toxins we encounter during this time are the powerful emotions that accompany one of the biggest changes of our lives.

This is why, in addition to sleep, nutrition, and exercise, emotional support is the most important factor in detoxification while breastfeeding.

The safest method of detoxification is simple, slow, and gentle. I will discuss details of this more below. First, I want to further address the power of emotions.

The Energy of our Cellular Detoxification

While it may seem counter-intuitive, at a cellular and energetic level our children are resonating with the energies is us that ARE there, whether we express, acknowledge or even have awareness of them.

There are many ways of detoxification – most involve some form of fluid transport out of the body. Every time we sweat, cry, have a runny nose, urinate, have a bowel movement, and vomit, we are detoxifying. Wild, right? As you know, our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water, and fluids are the optimal medium of internally and externally washing our bodies clean.

A brief personal story: If you do not already know, my daughter was attacked by a dog and severely bitten on her cheek at 19 months old. She was still breastfeeding at the time. I went into months of post-traumatic stress disorder, and I continued to breastfeed my daughter. I drank more coffee, exercised less at first, got little sleep, and generally coped in the ways that got me through it at the time.

I also underwent therapy to heal the emotions that were occurring in lightning speed. I cried a lot. A lot. Every day for a while. I hired a life-coach as well to support me in focussing on the future and what I wanted to create moving forward – investing time, money and faith in my dreams. The stress, anxiety, grief, and panic were far more toxic to me, my body and to my daughter than the expression and release of these energies during therapy, exercise, talks with friends, and coaching sessions. And the payoff was huge – healing, rewarding, and empowering.

20 Powerful Ways to Safely Detoxify While Breastfeeding

  1. Create support to emotionally and energetically detoxify – therapy, counseling, life-coaching, a workshop, acupuncture, massage, or another therapeutic support.
  2. Create time for yourself to sleep, gently exercise, and relax on a regular basis.
  3. Eat Green Soup up to 1x daily. (New Recipe link coming soon! Until then, .)
  4. Drink 32-64 ounces of fresh pure water daily.
  5. Cut processed foods down to 20% of your entire food intake.
  6. Take a daily probiotic supplement, and add naturally probiotic foods to your
  7. Switch to organic ingredients as possible for you.
  8. Eliminate processed white sugar.
  9. Dance, laugh, play, cry and unload whatever is on your shoulders, heart, and mind daily.
  10. Increase your vegetable intake to cover 1/2 or more of your plate at least 2 meals per day.
  11. Cook with (or have others cook for you) and eat healthy fats – organic olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, and butter made from grass-fed cows.
  12. Breathe deeply.
  13. Focus your mind on thoughts that
  14. Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and environmental pollutants as possible.
  15. Take sea salt baths.
  16. Use therapeutic-grade essential oils to enhance your healthy body.
  17. Eat plenty of fresh fruits.
  18. Eat a nutrient-dense diet, full of clean protein, healthy fats, fresh fruits and vegetable, and if you want, digestible grains. Our bodies hold on to toxins as placeholders when we are missing key nutrients.
  19. Experience authentic joy every day!
  20. Resolve any digestive concerns or other physical imbalances with the support of your doctor or alternative health care practitioner.

If you have questions or thoughts about any of the ideas in this article, please comment below! I want to hear from you, and I am here to support YOU in creating your optimal health.

Category: Fertility & Family

Yes, You Can Safely “Detox” If You are Breastfeeding – Here’s How

No one has told you this, but yes, you can safely embark upon a “detox” after giving birth – even if you are breastfeeding.

Giving birth and becoming a new mother is one of the most exhausting physical and emotional experiences for a woman.

Immediately following labor and birth, the new responsibility of taking care of the baby leaves little time for you to rest and recover.

For weeks, even months, after giving birth your body is going through enormous changes.

Good, clean nutrition is incredibly important during this time to help your body recover and cope with the many new changes.

I encourage new moms to take advantage of this time to repair, rejuvenate, nourish (and even cleanse!) the body through consuming healthful, healing foods.

In fact, your body will respond like a sponge and absorb all the nutrients it can get.

Cleanse? Detox? Just Semantics

There are so many myths and misnomers about the terms “cleanse” and “detox.” I support appropriate periodic detoxification programs, but only under the right circumstances and with the support of a qualified health care practitioner.

Often, in some mainstream health circles, detoxes are code for “very extreme dieting” where a person is partially or completely fasting. Also, a person may be following a mono-diet (eating only one type of food, such as rice or celery).

Sometimes, detoxing can mean participating in a juice fast (consuming only fresh vegetable and fruit juice). Most importantly, “detoxing” often involves caloric restriction, and does not contain the full spectrum of nutrients.

These types of “extreme” detox or cleanse is not advised for anyone’s optimal health. In fact, a detox of this nature can actually create greater risk factors for your health, and even make you feel worse.

Your body naturally knows how to “detoxify” on a minute-by-minute basis. There is absolutely nothing we need to do to “turn on” detoxification.

Rather, let’s encourage our bodies to detoxify more efficiently, more effectively, and remove the substances, foods, drinks and chemicals that often get in the way of our own innate ability to detox.

Eating fresh, organic, whole foods, in the natural forms intended by Mother Nature is the best detoxification program available!

Estrogen, Toxins and Pollutants, Oh My!

It is estimated that a pregnant female produces as much estrogen in 40 weeks of pregnancy as a non-pregnant female produces in her entire lifetime!

After giving birth, it takes a considerable amount of time for estrogen levels to return to normal.

Your liver is the organ which breaks down estrogen and helps to remove excess hormones from your body.

The removal of the excess estrogen is part of your body’s natural detoxification process, and it is occurring naturally all the time, and most especially after giving birth.

The liver essentially prioritizes chemicals, hormones, compounds, toxins and substances for removal from the body.

Therefore, if a nightly glass of wine, new carpet installed in your home, additives from foods, or medications are also in the pipeline, estrogen may get pushed to the back burner.

Metabolites of conjugated estrogen may re-enter the bloodstream via the enterohepatic circulation process, allowing for the accumulation of excess estrogen in the body.

This process may lead to a condition known as estrogen dominance.

Estrogen dominance following pregnancy may cause weight gain, imbalances in other hormones (progesterone, for example) which may contribute to irritability, brain-fog, and fatigue. In the long-term, estrogen dominance may cause health problems such as ovarian cysts, breast cancer, PMS, and difficulty during menopause.

Just as various other toxins may take precedence over estrogens in the detoxification process, extra estrogen after pregnancy may be clogging up your liver’s normal daily detoxification routine.

This allows unwanted toxins and pathogens to remain in your body and bloodstream for a longer period of time. Thus, it is a vicious cycle of hormones and toxins competing for removal from the body.

Those that are not removed, ultimately end up back in the blood stream.

Studies have shown that pesticides, heavy metals, and other persistent organic pollutants accumulate in human milk. Many toxins may actually pass through your breast milk and be ingested by your baby . Is your little one often fussy or spitting up after feedings? How does your baby’s skin look?

Toxins may be the reason.

To reduce baby’s exposure, you can support your own healthy liver to facilitate careful removal of hormones and toxins from the bloodstream and from breast milk.

You can change your diet during breastfeeding to promote natural, safe, effective detoxification.

And, finally, reduce your exposure to chemicals as best as you can to boost estrogen detoxification, and to limit toxin exposure in breastmilk.

Detox Program for the Nursing Mother

A breastfeeding mother should never diet or restrict her calories, or do a heavy supplement-based detoxification program.

Undergoing a major detox with various herbs or nutrients would definitely allow toxins to be released from your body and rapidly enter your breast milk in larger quantities. This will impact the quantity and nutritional quality of your breast milk; and would ultimately be harmful to your baby – so, not a good idea.

If you desire to do a comprehensive metabolic detox, and want to work with a holistic nutritionist to customize the right program for your needs and goals, please wait until you are ready to wean your child and are sure that you are not newly pregnant.

Until then, follow this safe and effective whole-food cleansing regimen designed for postpartum and breastfeeding women.

This regimen encourages flushing your system with a variety of clean, organic, fresh whole foods and specifically takes into consideration the nutritional needs of both mother and baby.

You and your baby may benefit in ways you have not before considered.

  • less fussiness in baby = less irritability in mamma
  • greater sense of vitality and energy
  • improved sleep
  • water weight loss
  • healing of damaged tissues due to pregnancy and childbirth
  • rejuvenation of all elimination systems – digestive, liver, lung and skin

How to Get Started

Follow this program for a minimum of 7 days, or longer if desired. There is no limit on how long you can consume safe cleanings foods while breastfeeding – think of this as a maintenance program.

If your current diet is less than optimal now and includes junk food or fast food, if you have cravings for sweets, reliance on caffeine or alcohol, or consume very few fresh whole foods, it may be difficult to get started on a program that is essentially 100% good for you and baby.

It will take time to get used to new foods, a new way of eating, and the time and commitment necessary to eat this way for the long-run.

Seven days following this program helps to jump-start your nutritional health, gives you the motivation to continue, and rewards you with a newfound sense of wellbeing, energy and care for the foods you put into yours and your baby’s bodies.

It’s best to always eat organic foods while breastfeeding.

Foods to Avoid

  • Sugar and all sugar products (candy, cookies, etc.)
  • Dairy* products, even goat and sheep’s milk cheeses
  • Commercial salt and all products high in sodium (sea salt, Celtic salt used in cooking is OK)
  • Wheat/Gluten* and all products made from wheat
  • Caffeine, including coffee, soda, tea
  • Alcohol
  • Corn* and all corn products
  • Soy* and all soy products
  • Preservatives – this means avoid packaged processed foods
  • Follow the guidelines on popular detox foods and beverages listed here.

*These foods tend to cause intolerance/inflammation in some people and are best avoided by all who wish to reset their digest and immune systems.

Foods to Consume

  • Organic/pasture-raised chicken and turkey
  • Grass fed beef, bison and lamb
  • Wild caught cold water fish like salmon, halibut and mackerel
  • Wild game like venison, elk, ostrich and rabbit
  • Pasture-raised eggs
  • Organic coconut oil for cooking and spreading on cooked vegetables
  • Organic fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably those in season and grown locally
  • Organic gluten free whole grains and products made from those grains – bread, crackers, tortillas (a variety of healthful, minimally processed products like these can be found in your health food store)
  • Probiotic drinks like InnerEco fermented young coconut kefir, found at most health food stores; also kombucha (homemade or store bought)
  • Spring or filtered water, herbal tea, fresh pressed juices (water supports all vital processes in the body, especially digestion and detoxification)

Sample Menu

Breakfast = 1/2 cup fresh fruit salad; ½ cup cooked oatmeal with flax seeds, almond milk and chopped dates; and one or two hard-boiled or poached pasture-raised eggs; herbal tea to drink.

Morning snack = 1/4 cup of raw, unsalted nut mixture, and one piece of fruit; consume a approximately 24 ounces of water by mid-morning.

Lunch = 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice; large mixed greens salad with plenty of veggies, ½ an avocado, and olive oil/lemon juice dressing; 4 ounces of grilled or sautéed naturally-raised lean meat or poultry, or 4 ounces of grilled or sautéed fatty fish; herbal tea or freshly juiced fruit and vegetable juice to drink.

Afternoon Snack = sliced veggies and ½ cup of natural hummus; consume approximately 48 ounces of water by late afternoon.

Dinner = 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice, quinoa, or buckwheat (does not contain gluten); sautéed or roasted mixed vegetables coated liberally in coconut oil; 4 ounces of grilled or sautéed naturally-raised lean meat or poultry, or 4 ounces of grilled or sautéed fatty fish; kombucha or sparkling water to drink; consume approximately 72 ounces of pure water each day.

Bedtime = 1 slice of gluten-free toast with 1 TBSP all-natural almond butter. 2 tablespoons of InnerEco fermented young coconut kefir probiotic drink mixed with water.

This sample menu consists of approximately 2,000 calories and is an appropriate amount for most nursing mothers.

10 Tips for Happy & Healthy Detox While Breastfeeding

  1. Take It Easy. Some withdrawal symptoms from sugar and caffeine may occur.
  2. If you are hungry – eat! Remember this is not a calorie restriction program.
  3. This is NOT a weight loss diet, although some weight loss may occur. If you find you are losing too much weight or have noticed a change in your breast milk supply, eat more.
  4. Drink plenty of water. Add fresh organic lemon wedges to your water for added detoxification support.
  5. Get lots of sleep. Go to bed earlier than you normally do and take naps throughout the day if possible. Nap with baby.
  6. If you are more than 6 weeks postpartum, exercise with caution, as some blood sugar changes may occur, and lightheadedness or dizzy feelings should be taken seriously.
  7. Focus on slowing down a little, nurturing both you and baby and tuning in to your basic needs and comforts instead of feeling like you “must” do something productive.
  8. Try eliminating other “toxins” from your life – social media, negative news stories, hurtful or judgemental people, saying “yes” when you really want to say “no”…
  9. Spend time outside in nature and bring baby! Take a walk, a hike, a swim, or just lay in the grass and enjoy some sunshine.
  10. Enlist a buddy; this is a healthy food program for your partner as well!

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Pregnant and Breastfeeding: Can I Reboot?

By Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

We all probably know someone who is currently pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or who already has children (like myself!). As moms, we want to be sure we are the healthiest we can be during our pregnancy to make sure we create a healthy environment inside our bodies for our child to grow. Since juicing offers many wonderful benefits, it’s common for moms to show interest in Rebooting during pregnancy, but we DO NOT suggest a Reboot during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Why? A full Reboot will not provide the proper nutrition that is required during this important time for the healthy development of the baby. In pregnancy and during breastfeeding you have increased nutritional requirements to nourish your baby and keep your milk supply up.

Reasons we do not suggest a Reboot while pregnant or nursing:

  1. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are a vital period to intake as many nutrients as possible for the healthy development of the baby. You need more calories, protein, carbohydrates, essential fats, minerals, vitamins, fluid, and other important nutrients.
  2. A Reboot is a cleanse and while you are Rebooting you are stimulating your body’s own ability to increase your waste excretion, hence why people often experience the temporary side-effects of a cleanse such as headaches, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, muscle aches & pains, poor concentration, nausea, discomfort and other complaints. Here is more on Why Detox?
  3. While we lose weight, particularly at an increased rate 0.5-1pound (1/4-1/2 kg) a day the body may also be excreting toxins that can be stored in the fat cells, tissues and organs such as environmental chemicals, heavy metals, plastic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and other toxic substances. These will then be excreted via the urine, stool and sweat.
  4. In the removal of toxins through a cleanse, the waste will re-circulate into the blood stream and possibly absorb into the babies blood stream via the placenta or through the breast milk, this is certainly not recommended and could be harmful.
  5. Some vegetables can cause digestive upset in your baby when you are breastfeeding such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, radish and beets (beetroots). If you DO want to include any ingredients you think may not agree with your baby, time these vegetables 2 hours away from feeding.

While you are pregnant or breastfeeding you can certainly include juices daily for additional nutrient support and include plenty of our Reboot recipes.

In fact, when I was pregnant I loved smoothies and juices and often craved avocados, leafy greens and banana smoothies! I was always happy to think of the wonderful nutrients I was having while drinking these concoctions. Here are a list of simple eating guidelines that are important for a healthy you and baby.

Rebooting before and after pregnancy/breastfeeding:

In saying all of this, doing a cleanse a few months prior to conception is highly recommended as juicing can boost fertility and it may improve the health of the baby, the mother and the father.

Completing a Reboot after you have finished breastfeeding is also a wonderful idea as you have just had a surge of natural hormones and it can be a perfect time to cleanse and Reboot to replenish and stimulate a healthy metabolism back into action.

Some important nutrients essential during pregnancy and breastfeeding:

Protein – we need an extra 10 grams per day! This is important for the growth of all tissue. Here is more on plant protein sources. Other sources are grass fed meats, seafood, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains.

Calcium –if a pregnant or lactating woman does not intake enough calcium then it will be leached from her bones to ensure the baby’s needs are met for proper development. Leg cramps that often occur during pregnancy are a deficiency symptom of low calcium and magnesium levels. Here is more on Calcium sources.

Vitamin B12 – is essential for proper nerve and brain function for both mother and baby, a deficiency can caia, delayed growth, development and movement disorders. B12 is found in meats, seafood, dairy, eggs and other fortified foods. Other non-animal sources are kombu, nori, tempeh and tofu although the B12 content can vary due to different growing conditions. It is important to make sure you are not deficient and there are a number of factors that can increase your risk of B12 deficiency such as many medications and poor stomach acid/digestion. A blood test can determine your B12 level.

Folate – is essential for the prevention of neural tubal defects and many studies stress the importance of this nutrient pre-conception and during pregnancy. There is certainly plenty of folate during a reboot (pre-conception) as our best sources are leafy greens, cabbage family vegetables, cucumber, fruits such as berries, banana, figs, whole grains and legumes.

Iodine – Iodine deficiency becomes particularly critical in pregnancy due to neurological damage during fetal development as well as during lactation. Foods high in iodine are seafood, fish, dairy, eggs, sea vegetables and iodised sea salt.

Iron – It is recommended to have approximately 30mg per day, double the normal recommendation. Foods rich in iron are avocado, beets, asparagus, dark leafy greens, leeks, figs, apricots, berries, nuts, seeds, grass-fed red meats, seafood and legumes. Combining a Vitamin C rich fruit or vegetable with a plant-based iron food will help to enhance absorption of this important mineral. For example, add strawberries to your spinach salad or dip green peppers in mashed avocado.

Zinc – deficiency has been associated with birth defects and low birth weights. Sources include nuts, seeds, seafood, meats, egg yolk and whole grains.

Vitamin D – there are numerous studies associating this deficiency with pre-term labour, low birth weight, pre-eclampsia, poor growth, bone fragility and an increased incidence of auto-immune disease. Vitamin D deficiency is common in pregnant women (5-50%) and in breastfed infants (10-56%). Ensure you receive adequate sunlight and/or fortified foods and if not supplement with Vitamin D. A blood test can determine your level.

Vitamin K and C – it is estimated that many women are vitamin K deficient during pregnancy. Certainly not a problem if you are including plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet particularly dark green leafy vegetables.

Is Cleansing After Childbirth Safe?

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For new moms, the pressure to get back to pre-baby shape is intense. Celebrities like Fergie and Jenna Dewan Tatum drank green smoothies to slim down after giving birth, and Jessica Simpson did a five-day cleanse with smoothies and snacks to jumpstart a 60-pound post-baby weight loss.

Juice companies are seeing everyday women follow suit. “We got a lot of requests from new moms wanting to do a cleanse or go on a healthy juicing regimen after they’ve had a baby,” says Candy Tree of OnJuice. In response, some have created specific cleanse programs catered to mamas.

These plans are similar to a regular juice cleanse and feature green juices, fruit juices, and sometimes smoothies and nut milks, all with mom-focused ingredients. Heartbeet Juicery’s Mother’s Pack has energy-supplying carbs from brown rice, cashews to provide good fat, and vegetables such as spinach that contain phytoestrogens that the company claims promote lactation. The juices are also supposed to help clear toxins and get you back into your skinny jeans, however, Lisa Neff, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity in Chicago, says that there are no scientific studies to support these claims. Besides, your organs do just fine detoxing your body.

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Post-Baby Cleanse Concerns

“We don’t recommend this as a cleanse for new moms,” says Danniel Swatosh, co-founder of Heartbeet Juicery. “This is meant to be a supplement to a healthy diet. It’s about putting more good things in your body and steering clear of processed foods.” She says that one pack (six drinks) should be split up over three days and consumed along with solid food. OnJuice notes that a three-day cleanse should be divvied up over a six-day period, so you’d drink two juices daily while eating your regular healthy diet.

Important to remember because if you’re breastfeeding, an all-juice plan may not provide enough calories, says Melina Jampolis, M.D., an internist and nutrition expert. A pack of six juices may contain about 1,200 calories total, but breastfeeding moms need an additional 450 to 500 extra calories daily, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

You also need enough protein for a healthy milk supply, something these drinks often lack. A 140-pound breastfeeding mom needs 67 grams of protein compared to 42 grams for a woman who’s not breastfeeding. “Without adequate amounts, your body will burn muscle in order to fuel your milk production,” Jampolis explains. And losing muscle might mean that the number on the scale dips, but since it also causes your metabolism to plummet, you’ve basically thwarted your weight-loss efforts. Dietary fat is important too because it helps you produce higher-fat milk that may help keep newborns satiated so your baby may wake up fewer times throughout the night from hunger.

Additionally juice cleanses lack several nutrients-including B vitamins, vitamins A and D, selenium, and iodine-that are important for baby’s growth, Jampolis adds. Juices may also lack minerals like energy-providing iron-bad news since you’re probably exhausted having just had a baby.

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For Those Not Breastfeeding

Going on a cleanse for a few days is safe for women forgoing breastfeeding-though Neff is skeptical about the benefits. “There’s not a lot of science out there that supports juicing for weight loss,” she says. Since you’re dramatically restricting calories, you will probably lose weight. But most of that is water weight that will return immediately once you start eating solid foods again.

And since juice without fiber, fat, or protein-nutrients anyone needs to lose weight in the long-term-makes for big swings in energy levels and hunger thanks to the blood sugar spikes, new moms may struggle even more to stay peppy and feel satisfied, Jampolis adds.

“Cleanse” the Right Way

Juices aren’t totally off limits, and they can be healthy if they’re low-sugar (i.e. primarily made with vegetables with at most one fruit for sweetness) and part of a well-rounded diet.

“It’s challenging to consume a nutrient-dense diet loaded with fruits and vegetables when you are breastfeeding, so adding juices-especially green ones-to a balanced diet with whole grains, protein, and healthy fat could help you slowly lose the baby weight and reduce body fat while maintaining energy levels,” Jampolis says, adding that if you do so, take a pre-natal vitamin to make up for the nutrient gaps.

You could also use a high-protein shake made with greens, low-fat milk or yogurt, protein powder, and fruit as a nutrient-packed meal replacement when you’re busy, Neff says.

  • By Jessica Girdwain

This is DAY ONE and yesterday I was unable to find Grade B maple syrup per the recipe, but for the most part we are able to use grade A. Grade B is preferred because of a bit more nutritional value and the sweetness supposedly makes it easier to tolerate. Anyways, I made my first drink today and it was actually good! I am going to go to the store tomorrow to get grade B syrup just so i can follow the recipe exactly. Along with the recipe they recommend a intestinal flush to aid the release of toxins in exiting your body, otherwise it will just sit in your body and you may feel very sick. I just picked up some herbal decaffinated laxative tea, but I’m going to order a brand called Smooth Move Tea because I hear it is really good. You can also do a Sea salt water flush. SEA SALT!! and only 2 TEASPOONS!!! NOT TABLE SPOONS otherwise you will have some REALLY BAD results!! I dont even think you want to mess around with the possibilities!! It is recommended you give yourself time in the morning so you can use the restroom or you do it at night so it wont interfere with your day. IMMEDIATELY upon drinking it I felt my “hair” lol… ok…my head tingling… I was thinking it cant be working THIS fast! But maybe it is…we shall see! so far I am not feeling ANY headaches I’ve been drinking TONs of WATER! No hunger pains as of right now and it is 2pm and I havent eaten since yesterday afternoon…

9/06/2011 6:30pm
Ok I’ve been doing good ALL DAY!! Because my mom is on the diet too I havent had any temptation and it is now 6:39pm…but nooow my sister is home and she just put a burger on the grill…I’m totally about to lose it already…I was tempted to visualize the burger in my head….but no…i had to replace the thoughts!!Lord! It smells soo good!!
9/07 /2011

I had a cool day today…I wasnt hungry I didnt have any headaches like I expected. When I got slightly hungry I made me another lemonade and I felt like I ate an EXTRA light meal because I was content. The only problem is the cravings!!!!!!I am going nuts with these cravings. I have to replace my thoughts, close my nose, close my eyes or turn away…out of sight out of mind. I think i need to turn my tv off too because every show i have watched today had a character cook huge elaborate meals! At least thats what it seemed like.lol…maybe its just me. I went to my sister’s school today and they had fresh baked cookies and candy and all sorts of junk like cupcakes and such. I had to leave! Sometimes I feel so normal, not like I havent eaten in two days, and I want to go with my normal habit to grab a few chips from the cabinet. I’ve even had thoughts of “welllll, what if I chew the food I want then spit it out?” will that work?? LOL but then I said it would defeat the purpose of me trying to cleanse because when I get off I’m still not going to have cleared my taste buds and I am still going to want those things…I figure I can get through the week so let me just chill…I’ve been in a great mood though! Surprisingly, given the circumstances…I have answered more calmly, I have been more patient with my DD,DS and DM! IDK lets see what tomorrow brings 🙂
09/08/2011
Okay! Well today was THE most difficult day…maybe it was a mind thing…maybe it was because I heard most people couldn’t get past the 1st day. I had sooo many cravings today! But you know what I made it!! Maybe it was hard because I really had to be accountable to SELF today. I went to Walmart and I had to keep my “eyes on the prize”! I went in to purchase distilled water so I had to block out every thing in my peripherals! Then I drove past tons of restaurants and I had to just look straight ahead on the road. Out of sight out of mind! lol I tried the salt water flush using epson salt and I was about to die!!!!! It was sooo disgusting…it tasted like wax!!! I spit it out as soon as I tried it…smh! I ended up doing the sea salt flush which was much more tolerable…the hard part was drinking one liter of it! I drank all but a couple of ounces of it…It sent me straight to the restroom 20minutes later…and I didnt come out of the restroom til 20mins afterthat lol…. but yeah that cleanse worked! I think I will do that every now and then even I am not on this diet…they say it is a time tested colon cleanser because your kidneys do not recognize distilled water and salt water mixed, or something of that nature. I stood on the scale and I started off just under 200lbs and I am down to 192lbs now…now I’m not a health nut but I’ve been drinking tons of water and I haven’t been exercising so would it be water weight or actual fat? They say the cayenne pepper metabolizes your fat…so hmmm… I said I would do 5 day. But I’m just going to go until I run out of syrup and I am pretttttty low!!! lol and I am not spending $10 on another bottle for only one day…so my 5th day may be short a couple of hours….lol
As far as my DD its kind of hard because sometimes at night she doesnt want her bottle she wants my breast. The 1st night I was able to trick her and offer her my breast to calm her down and then snuck the bottle in and she ate…it didnt work this time,I will admit…I breastfed her tonight because I’d rather her eat then go hungry because she wont take the bottle. At the same time I hear what they say but nothing is for certain and I feel God made us much more intricate than that, and we dont give our bodies enough credit to do its job… if we understand the chain that pesticides are sprayed on the grass, cows consume it, and then excrete through their milk and then we are urged that it is much better than our own human milk…I’d like to say that the antibodies in my breast milk should protect her from what ever toxins I may or may not have in me, but I am no doctor…I am still giving her pureed food and formula as well…but I’m sooo confused when it comes down to this…its like in my mind they promote cows milk for babies and we accept that which we DONT KNOW what they are consuming or where it is coming from but we put down our own milk!I think maybe its a matter of if, GOD FORBID, something happens to our baby because of something THEY produced, we can blame someone else…but if something happens to our baby because of what WE produce we will be forced to blame ourselves…so subconsciously we make these choices…but hey what do I know…its just the way I see it…my views are constantly changing as I become more informed or knowledgeable about things. Who knows, I may just be just trying to make sense of why I decided to go against what I initially said…or maybe I received a better outlook…not even doctors can say whats true.Ill tell you tomorrow if she is affected by the cayenne pepper…

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful periods of a woman’s life. It brings many roles and responsibilities for the mom-to-be.

One of the most crucial aspects to ensure during and after pregnancy – is the intake of dietary supplements and vitamins to meet optimal nutrition.

There are many particular diets meant for pregnancy. These are rich with excellent sources of nutrition, vitamins, proteins, and minerals.

There are few others that include low caloric intake and should be avoided during pregnancy as it may be potentially harmful to the mother and baby.

Master cleanse is such a kind of diet that includes drinking lemonade instead of eating food.

A pregnant woman needs to take around 300 calories extra a day for a healthy pregnancy.

Master Cleanse diet lack calories as well as essential vitamins and minerals for the mom and baby.

Hence, taking the Master Cleanse diet during pregnancy is foolish and can prove to be harmful.

Detox and Cleansing During Pregnancy

It is being asked often whether it is safe to do cleansing during pregnancy or breast feeding. Well, the answer is a big ‘NO’.

The reason is that there are many health risks involved while detoxing the body during pregnancy or while nursing. Some of these risks include:

Risk of transferring stirred up toxins to the body: Detoxification actually releases toxins that are being stored away in your cells back into the blood stream.

These toxins are loosened during detoxification and taken to the liver, where they are treated to get rid of the buffering agent and then brought over the body.

Since your blood will be passing through the placenta, and also giving nutrients to milk, the toxins will find their way to the body, which is harmful.

Risk of Dehydration: Detoxification makes you feel sweat more, tend to urinate and bowel movement many times a day.

There is nothing to worry about if you are under normal circumstances, but if you are pregnant, you will soon experience dehydration accompanied by the need for more fluids.

You are actually putting you and your baby in a dangerous situation is you are trying to do body cleansing or detoxification during this time.

Little Nutrition: More protein, calcium, iron and other essential nutrients are needed during your pregnancy and lactation period.

Cleansing while pregnant is not good as it will cut down one macronutrient group and will not offer all that you need for your baby in the womb or generate good quality breast milk.

Risks of taking unsafe herbs: Cleansing may sometimes also include herbal supplements or need of fresh herbs to be included in the food protocol.

Though herbs are nature’s medicine, they are not advised during pregnancy. Many herbs should be avoided while pregnant or breast feeding, such as parsley and cilantro.

Master Cleanse After Pregnancy

Master Cleanse is a diet focused on drinking a homemade lemonade drink while skipping the intake of vitamins and minerals. This lemonade drink includes cayenne pepper, water, and maple syrup. Sort of herbal tea or salt water is allowed to be taken after this if needed.

Lemon is an excellent option to remove the body of waste while the cayenne pepper eliminates the body of mucus. Since you don’t eat during this diet, Maple Syrup will provide you energy.

The developers of the Maple syrup diet claim that the diet will slow down the digestion system hence, complete body detox and weight loss are facilitated.

An important thing which should be noted is – master cleanse diet is not meant for everyone.

While the lemonade diet is not recommended during pregnancy, if you are planning to take master cleanse after pregnancy (giving birth to a baby) for weight loss, then you can go ahead.

Since it does contains very low calories, it helps your body to lose weight.

Be ensured that you wait for few weeks and talk to your health care provider before starting it post pregnancy.

Master Cleanse While Breastfeeding

Besides high calories, this diet also does not include dietary essentials, such as vitamins, minerals, carbs, fats and proteins that are daily essentials.

Low intake of these can, therefore, make you feel sick and weak.

Studies show that detoxification or colon cleansing can affect the baby in the womb and also the milk supply if you are breast feeding.

As while master cleansing, you are taking very fewer calories, vitamins, and minerals; it can lead to generating very little breast milk. Even when there is enough milk supply, the quality may not be as good as it should be for your baby.

Increase in the quality and quantity of nutrition is therefore recommended while avoiding master cleanse during nursing.

You should try to remove gluten rich items from diet and add more baby friendly diets and recipes.

You can follow a diet rich with vitamin enriched fruits, vegetables, juices and lean proteins in order to gain healthy weight.

Fruits and vegetables are actually rich in fiber content that not only help you maintain a healthy weight but also cleanse your body in order to keep you and your baby healthy.

To conclude, a full-blown detox or cleansing program is not good for you and your baby when you are pregnant or breast feeding.

However, you can try it after 2-3 months of delivering your baby to convert your body to a better and healthy one. That will certainly not cause any harm to you and your baby.

Keep in mind, pregnancy and breast feeding is a special and sacred time.

You have lots of time to detox later, so now simply enjoy the feeling of giving a new life and respect your body and its procedures.

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We get asked almost every day on Young and Raw whether or not it is advised to do a detox or cleanse while breast-feeding or pregnant. The short answer to this question is no. The long answer is that there are several risks involved detoxing during pregnancy and while nursing.

Let’s explore why it’s not recommended to do a detox during pregnancy or nursing

You Risk Transferring stirred up toxins to the baby – When you “detox” your body is releasing the toxins that have been stored away in your cells back into your blood stream. Why do our bodies store toxins in the first place? When we have over loaded our bodies with toxins to the point where our organs cannot safely usher them out of our bodies without causing damage along the way, our bodies attach a buffer molecule to the toxin. This buffer molecule helps to make it less toxic for the short run and then stores that toxin in your cell. This keeps harmful toxins away from your organs and away from blood circulation. These toxins are knocked loose during detox and carried to the liver, where they are processed to remove the buffering agent, and then carried out of the body. Keep in mind that your blood will be passing through the placenta, as well as providing the nutrients to your milk. This means that if there are tons of toxins being circulated in your blood, they will find their way to your baby, which is not good!

You Risk Becoming Dehydrated – When you detox, you will be increasing the amount you are sweating, urinating and moving your bowels. This is OK under normal circumstances, but it is not ideal when you are pregnant or breast-feeding. These three things can lead to dehydration, and combine that with an increased need for fluids, you could be putting yourself in a dangerous position for you and the baby. This could affect the fetus, as well as milk supply if you are breast feeding.

Too Little Nutrition On A Detox – During pregnancy and lactation, your needs for calcium, protein and iron are doubled, and you have an increased need for pretty much every other nutrient as well to some extent. This is why a detox meal plans is not a good idea at this time. Often detoxes will cut way down on at least one macronutrient group, and will just not be providing all that you need for the little one growing inside of you, or for the production of good quality breast milk

Many Herbs are Unsafe During Pregnancy And Lactation – There are many detox and cleanse programs that come with herbal supplements, or require fresh herbs as a part of their food protocol. Herbs are nature’s medicine, and most are actually contraindicated during pregnancy. The list of herbs that should be avoided while pregnant is long, and you can read it here. Be very mindful what you are ingesting. Of special note are parsley and cilantro in large amounts:

  • Cilantro is a heavy metal chelator, this runs the risk of toxins being dumped into your milk and then being consumed by baby. It can also make a woman more prone to miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy in higher doses.(A little bit in your salad is probably ok, but to be safe you would be wise to just avoid it unless instructed to do otherwise by your Herbalist or N.D.)
  • Parsley can actually decrease or shut off milk supply in nursing mothers. It’s not a supportive herb for lactation at all so we recommend you don’t use it unless you’re not pregnant or nursing (as a pregnant woman parsley can cause miscarriage but in very high doses, a little bit isn’t usually enough to cause problems).Before using any herbs, seed the advice of a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner.

3 Ways to Enhance Your Nutrition Without Detoxing

If you are wanting to increase the quality of foods you are eating, while making sure that you are not throwing your body into detox, here are our tips:

1. Add Foods In- One of the simplest things you can do to increase the quality of nutrition you are taking in, is to simply add something fresh and raw to every meal. Have a green smoothie with your breakfast. Add a fresh raw salad with your lunch and dinner. Do not cut anything out, just add fresh foods to what you are already consuming

2. Make Simple Swaps – If you are used to eating white bread, just make the switch to whole grain or sprouted grain. Same goes for pasta, rice and other grains. Remove gluten from the diet wherever possible and switch to things like quinoa or wild rice. Swap out canned items for home cooked. Go for the whole foods option of whatever you normally eat, over the processed option.

3. Make Alterations To Recipes – You can use healthy “detox” recipes, and make them more baby friendly. Add a fat source and a protein source to all smoothies. This can be done with a scoop of plant-based protein powder and a table-spoon of nut butter, a bit of avocado or 1 tbsp. of coconut oil. Add bulk to salads by adding extra avocado, cooked beans, quinoa or whole grains. Just be mindful that your nutritional needs are increased, so increase them accordingly!

So even though doing a full blown detox plan is not ideal when you are expecting or nursing, you can still change your eating habits for the better, without putting yourself or the baby at risk. Remember, this is a special and sacred time! There will be lots of time to detox later, for now just enjoy the experience of giving life and honor your body and its processes.

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