Pregnancy & PMS Relief! Lavender Loves the Ladies!

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Hey there amigos, welcome back to Yummy Yummy Baby! Today I want to focus on the most beautiful women in the world, Mommies to Be!

Although pregnancy can be an exciting and beautiful time, it can also be a time of anxiety, confusion and insomnia. So many women ask me about how they can cope with PMS and Pregnancy in a natural way.

Many women have tried traditional medicine, drugs and therapy to help cope with their horrible PMS and Pregnancy Blues.  The truth is that there are so many reasons for these challenges, but in short, it is a result of hormones, genetics, toxins and bad food.

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By using food as your medicine, you can help minimize or totally eliminate the drastic impact of PMS and post pregnancy blues. Healthy Food, Herbs and Plants can heal your hormones, they can battle your genetic predispositions and they can eliminate your toxins.

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If you truly are ready to take a leap forward in minimizing Pregnancy Blues & PMS, then eliminate every pesticide, GMO food and minimize sugary foods from your life. Read every single label of the food you put in your mouth and the ingredients you put on your skin and hair. Read the chemicals you use on your floor, furniture, dishes, baby toys, etc.

Go natural, go organic, go Lavender! Consider visiting a Functional Medicine Doctor to analyze your DNA (MTHFR), your Hormones, B-Vitamin levels (Homocysteine) & Blood.

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I know it takes a while to make the transition to a totally natural and organic life… but YOU & YOUR BABY ARE WORTH IT!

In the mean time, Lavender can help soothe the debilitating effects of Pregnancy Blues & PMS. By adding Lavender to your bath water or mixing it with coconut oil then massaging it into your skin, Lavender can also really minimize PMS and menstrual cramps.

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Lavender is also effective in aiding the treatment of Chlamydia, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Thrush, vaginal infections, inflamed vaginal tissue, vaginitis, Cystitis, Raynaud’s Disease, breast abscesses, and Cervical Cancer. If being treated with radiation for any form of cervical or uterine cancer, Lavender oil can prevent and diminish irradiation burns.

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Lavender’s Love and Healing properties are Endless. Lavender is a must-have for all homes because of its calming, antibiotic, antiseptic, disinfectant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

By mixing Lavender with water and Tea Tree Oil, it is a Pregnancy safe, non-toxic remedy that can be sprayed on your home surfaces and used as a household disinfectant. Infusing Lavender is also a great insect repellent.

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Again, pregnancy can be such a beautiful time of life, it can also be the most humbling time, especially when you are delivering your baby in a room full of people.

During pregnancy, Lavender can help sooth and relieve flatulence and indigestion. It can diminish the look of stretch marks and scars. It can relieve cramps, edema, exhaustion, infection, breast abscesses, and post-natal depression.

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There are many studies that have revealed that using Lavender oil during pregnancy and childbirth can help ease delivery pain and promote a speedy recovery.

Most traditional hospitals are open to you using Lavender Aromatherapy in the delivery room. It will help relax mom, dad and the hospital staff! Everyone will be feeling the calming effects of Lovely Lavender!

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I used Lavender on my hospital pillow, on my baby’s hospital clothes and on our baby’s car seat, nursery furniture, pillows and blanket… My baby came home to a nice calming environment! 💖

You and your lil one are gonna feel so relaxed and smell like the sweetest Yummy Yummy Baby!  👶

~Dr. Dee


Vegan Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese Casserole: Gluten Free

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Oh how my family loves this one!

After some diagnostic testing I learn that not only I am low in my B Vitamins… but so are my children.  What am I going to do?  My youngest son is so little that he wasn’t ready to eat vitamins.  My older son doesn’t like taking vitamins, but we all need to increase Vitamin B intake…

Butternut Squash is rich in B-complex group of vitamins like Folate, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine), Thiamin and Pantothenic Acid.  Butternut has a similar mineral profile as pumpkin, containing adequate levels of minerals like iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

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How do you know if you or your child is low in B Vitamins?  The best way to know is to have your Homocysteine Levels tested!  It’s especially critical if Heart Disease and/or Auto-immune disease are in your family.

People & Children who may be low in vitamin B:

– Anyone who does not eat regular well-balanced meals from fresh whole vegetables and fruits.

– Anyone with chronic medical conditions and digestive problems.

– Anyone who plays physically demanding sports.

– Anyone who eats a lot of fast foods/processed foods and sodas.

– Anyone who may have a gene polymorphism like MTHFR.

I have one son who underwent heavy chemotherapy and one son who had digestive issues, low B vitamins for them made perfect sense. Why was I low in B-vitamins?

It turns out I have a gene that does not properly metabolize Folate and other B vitamins.  It is extremely critical that we all know our B-Vitamin status in order to help prevent Alzheimer Disease, for Healthy Heart, Pregnancies and to ensure that our kid’s brains are growing adequately.

Butternut Squash became a big staple in our diet. Butternut this and butternut that! Here is one of our favorites! 🙂

BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC N CHEESE CASSEROLE

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INGREDIENTS:

1 Medium Butternut
2 Carrots chopped

6 Cloves of Garlic
2 Cups Gluten Free Vegetable Stock
1 Pound of Pasta (Rigatoni, Macaroni, Penne)
2 Cups of Vegan Cheese (I use Daiya Cheese)
2 Cups of Seasoned Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
1 Tablespoon of Finely Chopped Cilantro

1 Celery stalk finely chopped

1/4 Small White Onion finely chopped

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Cooking Spray (I use Coconut Spray)

Baking Instructions:

  1. Cut squash in half and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 mins – 1 hour.
  2. While Butternut is Baking, Cook Gluten Free Pasta of Choice, drain, rinse.
  3. Cook Celery, Carrots, Onion, Salt, 1 3/4 Cup Vegetable Stock in a Sauce Pan, for 10- 15 mins on medium heat.
  4. After baking Butternut, scoop butternut out of shell, then add 3 cloves of garlic,  1/4 cup of Stock to a food processor/blender and puree.
  5. Lightly coat large casserole dish with cooking spray.
  6. After cooking Celery, Carrots, Onion for 15 minutes, mix in 1 Cup of Seasoned Croutons, turn off heat.
  7. When Pasta is done cooking, drain, rinse.
  8. Fold in 1 Cup of cheese to the Noodles.  (more if you like it really cheesy 😉
  9. THEN create layers of squash puree & noodles in the Casserole dish.
  10. While the pasta is cooking, put 1- 2 garlic cloves, 1 Cup of  and cheese, 2 cups of Croutons, Cilantro in a food processor & pulse.
  11. Top the Casserole with Vegan Cheese/Crouton mixture and broil for 12 minutes until browned.

Yummy Yummy Baby! 🙂

B Vitamins work synergistically, so its important to take them together. If you are low in B vitamins, food is usually not enough. Consult your health practioner about B-Complex vitamins, especially Folate & B-12.

*Note, Folate is not synthetic Folic Acid.

Thanks and see you soon, Dr. Dee  🙂