Post Partum C-Section Advice: Part 2-Exercise, Eating and Mindset

I wrote this post is to share with you a basic overview of what I did to lose ALL my baby weight in just 3 months!

Keep in mind that every body is different and unique. Listen to your body, the signs it sends you. The take home message for diet is to eat for nutrients, not to worry so much about calories. If you eat nutrient dense foods, you will be full and satiated for longer.

I'm not saying calories don't matter. They do. Calories in have to be less than calories out to lose weight. My point is that if you chose more nutrient-dense foods, your body will be more satiated and you won't have as many cravings or be as hungry.

Diet: what did I eat?


Here's what I do as far as eating goes. The proof is in the raw-pudding! Remember that when you're breastfeeding, you need to get at least 500 extra calories per day to support your milk production and the health of your baby. Don't worry, you burn it during breast feeding! (about 500 calories/day) The rule of thumb when you're eating is to think about NUTRIENTS not just energy/calories. Ask yourself what NUTRIENTS are in your meal, not just putting empty calories into your body. For example, when reaching for a snack, don't eat 5 rice crackers because they are low in calories, eat an apple and a handful of almonds because then you're getting vitamins, fiber, protein and good fats. (and you'll stay fuller longer!)

Some bullet points of what I've been doing in any given day:

*Every day I get some raw juice or smoothie. 4-5 days a week I get a green vegetable juice, and every single day I make a Super-Mommy-Power smoothie. I also have 1-2 coconut waters per day-I feel so dehydrated from breastfeeding that coconut water is really the only thing that quenches that thirst.

Here's a recipe I make variations of just about every day:

Super-Mommy-Power Smoothie

  • 1 Cup Almond, Rice or Hemp Milk/Coconut Water
  • 2 teaspoons maca (excellent for energy and to balance crazy mommy hormones!)
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder (chocolate in it's most raw form, super high in antioxidants!)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter or almond butter (both have GOOD fats and are good for skin, nails, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (speeds up metabolism) or flax oil (omega-3)
  • 1 scoop raw protein powder (keeps me full for longer, no soy or whey)
  • 1 banana (tip: after bananas get ripe, put them in Tupperware or a Ziploc in the freezer for easy smoothie access!)
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina (blue-green algae, great for iron and protein)
  • 1 tablespoon agave or 2 drops of chocolate stevia
  • 1 handful of ice
  • top with goji berries and granola! (this smoothie also satisfies my cravings for sugar and  chocolate... only this is all the right stuff!)

*once or twice a week I get animal protein. Free range, Hormone-Free, Organic steak or fish. I'm not much of a chicken/turkey person but I learned to really like steak during my pregnancy. I've always loved fish. I add greens and veggies to every meal. Make sure you get double the veggies vs quantity of protein. We eat sushi A LOT, but make sure if you're going this route that you don't just get rolls-lots of white rice/empty calories. Try and get some sushi or sashimi so you get more protein and less rice. Use the green lid soy sauce (lower in sodium) and don't use a lot of that either! you only need a little bit, especially if the fish is fresh! I also always get a seaweed salad which is excellent for digestion, iron and calcium.

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*I eat a huge spinach or mixed green salad for lunch almost every day-lots of sprouted seeds, nuts and beans to get as much protein as possible. I add a veggie burger to the salad also and use lots of flax oil and/or olive oil for the good fats. (tip: good fats get rid of bad fats, we NEED good fats for our brain and body functioning!)

*I always have snacks with me in the diaper bag or in my purse, I usually snack on 1 protein bar every day and some type of trail mix I make. My favorite blend is a trail mix with: cashews, goji berries, dark chocolate covered cacao nibs, soaked almonds, sprouted pumpkin seeds, sprouted sunflowers seeds.

I found during these months that I would get FAMISHED If i didn't eat every 2-3 hours. If I waited more than 3 I thought I would die. DON'T get to this point! You are exerting so much energy taking care of the baby, nursing, etc... never mind if you get an exercise in TOO! Besides, when you let your blood sugar drop this low it does crazy things to your metabolism and your body goes into starvation-fat-protection mode, aka something you don't want.


The first 2 weeks I was very gentle with my body and focused on bonding with my baby.I was eating very healthy and nourishing foods and was wiped out from the surgery.

The 3rd and 4th week I got to WORK! I worked with a friend of mine who's also a personal trainer twice a week to start building strength, but mostly to build my confidence. I was scared at first to do anything ab related (since I had a c-section) but he quickly and safely helped conquer this fear as well.

Each session I felt stronger and stronger. We mostly used resistance bands or exercises using my own body weight (like plank, pushups, yoga) so you don't need a gym to lose weight! Here's a great workout you can do at home in place of the training session I did.

Some people don't think exercise makes a difference. What I know is that I feel better when I exercise than when I don't, and I'm more mindful of the food I'm putting into my body when I do. Also, when you look at the calories in vs calories out rule, it means you have more wiggle room in the calories in.  Works for me!

Here's what my work-out/exercise schedule basically looked like:

Monday-walk outside with baby/hubby/doggy for 30 minutes, baby squats and baby abs (see pics below) for 10 minutes

Tuesday-30-45 min with my trainer, Trent (resistance bands, kettlebells, light weights, light cardio, ab work)

Wednesday- Yoga class 60-90 minutes

Thursday- 30-45 min with my trainer, Trent (resistance bands, kettlebells, light weights, light cardio, ab work)

Friday- off day, maybe some baby exercises while holding him and/or some stretching/yoga while watching tv

Saturday-walk outside with baby/hubby/doggy for 30 minutes, baby squats and baby abs for 10 minutes -or- Yoga class

Sunday-walk outside with baby/hubby/doggy for 30 minutes, baby squats and baby abs for 10 minutes

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On the days I'd walk outside with Kai in the stroller I usually took the dog too. Sometimes my hubby would join. But those were days I set out with an intention to be out for 30 minutes for exercise, so I'd walk a little faster than a normal walk. On other days I still would walk the dog but I didn't count it as exercise.

I also didn't count walking around in general, carrying the car seat everywhere, carrying 3 bags around plus baby, cleaning, standing, etc. I considered all of this stuff bonus, plus it speeds up your metabolism to be active.

It's been so much fun using Kai in my exercises, especially because he LOVES IT! (see pics and video to come!)

I've now lost ALL MY BABY WEIGHT, and it took 3 months! This is definitely something I wanted to share with you, since many moms are nervous it will take them a whole year to lose their weight. Some people say "give it a year, they were in your body for 9 months it should take that long to lose it." I don't agree. I definitely worked hard, but in my opinion, if you worked half as hard as I did you should lose your baby weight in 6 months, tops. I think a huge factor in my ability to jump back into a workout routine was that I exercised up until the last possible second in pregnancy, so my "off time" was only about 4-5 weeks total, not 9 months. If you ARE pregnant, check out my article about pregnancy and exercise. Thanks for reading and GOOD LUCK! let me know how it goes, share your stories with me!




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Simple Tips for Glowing Skin

There’s so much talk on the right and wrong way to treat your skin. Advertisements flood your social feeds for products with harsh chemicals or expensive skin therapy treatment that loads your skin with a ton of product but doesn’t get to the natural root of your issue.

Philosophie Goddess, Kate Hordyski, shares her secrets to healthy, glowing skin that can be easily accomplished in the comforts of your home and with natural remedies.

I’m kind of obsessed with natural skin care. I’ve been making face masques and scrubs since elementary school.  My philosophy for skin care is less is more, and today I’m going to share my top tips for getting beautiful glowing skin.

Everyone’s skin is different and what works for me may not necessarily be the right fit for you.  I always encourage people to do what is right for them, but the following tips have been total game changers for me!

Wash with water

When I was younger, I washed my face with harsh commercial cleansers (who could ignore the allure of the 90’s Clean&Clear ads?!) and they wrecked major havoc on my dry sensitive skin.  When I began learning more about natural skin care and DIY products, I swapped out these cleansers for natural alternatives like the oil cleansing method and honey washing.  This led to a serious improvement in my skin but because my skin is so prone to dryness, it still caused some flaking.

Then I began thinking, does it really make sense that I would need a product to wash my face?  Maybe our skin is perfectly designed to take care of itself?  I immediately switched to using water only and my skin has never looked better.

On the rare occasion when I wear foundation or BB cream, I’ll remove it by slathering my face in oil and then using Kleenex to wipe off the makeup.  Microfiber clothes are also great options for removing makeup.

Hydrate with a good oil

After splashing my face with water (in the morning and before bed), I moisturize with oil.  If I lived in a warm, tropical climate I’d probably skip this step altogether and let my skin hydrate itself, but the climate in Canada requires extra moisturizing!

Coconut oil has been the wellness world’s miracle product for years, and no disrespect but it doesn’t do it for me!  I find that it clogs my pores, and instead I love baobab and apricot kernel oil.  Another great one to check out is Philosophie’s Chrysalis Healing Oil.

I also love adding in a drop or two of essential oils; lavender and bergamot are two in particular that are amazing for most skin types.

Simple face masques and exfoliation

For years, my go-to face masques have been raw honey mixed with a superfood powder like cacao, spirulina, or camu camu.  If you’re already enjoying Philosophie’s superfood honeys, try them out as a masque!  Honey is so hydrating and the superfoods add an awesome dose of vitamins and nutrients. Serious skin food.  

I’m also in love with clay masques.  There are different clays that are best suited to different skin types including bentonite, French green, and kaolin.  Rhassoul is my clay of choice; it clears up blackheads like no other and is so rejuvenating for dry skin.  I usually do a face masque once every two weeks or so.

Exfoliating is another key step in glowing skin, and it helps to remove dead skin cells and promote regeneration.  I usually exfoliate using a konjac sponge, a mix of sugar with a few drops of water, or a chemical exfoliation.  The last one sounds a lot more intense than it really is, all you need to do is rub a piece of pineapple or papaya over your skin and let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing off.  These fruits are both full of enzymes that help to break down build up on your skin.  I usually exfoliate once or twice a week.

Face massage and cupping

I am obsessed with face massage and cupping!  They are both great ways to minimize fine lines, boost circulation (which increases the flow of blood and nutrients to your skin), eliminate bloat and puffiness, encourage lymph flow, and so much more.  Plus, they feel amazing!

There are tons of articles and videos online on how to do a proper face massage, so you can check those out, but for me I just keep it simple and do my own thing.  When you apply your oil or moisturizer, just spend a few extra minutes rubbing it in.  My face retains fluid easily, so one thing I do daily is to use my palm to make long sweeping strokes from my jaw line to the base of my neck, which helps to reduce bloat and facilitate drainage.  Always make sure you apply oil before massaging/cupping.

As for facial cupping, it’s similar to the Chinese Medicine practice (remember those red marks we all saw on the backs of celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston, and Michael Phelps?) but done at home (and it won’t leave the marks!).  I could write a whole article on the benefits of facial cupping, but basically it improves the overall tone and health of your skin and takes just a few minutes.  I got my cups from LURE Essentials, and you can find lots of info about the treatment online.

Hydration and good diet

What we eat has a serious effect on the look and feel of our skin.  While I’m by no means suggesting a super strict diet, I do recommend being aware of foods that cause flare-ups.  For me, sugar has a huge impact on my skin, so I do my best to seriously reduce my intake.  Overall, a diet focused on whole, nutrient rich foods and lots of hydration is a major factor in having glowing skin!

What are some of your favorite skin care rituals using natural products or Philosophie superfoods? Share with me on Facebook using #MyPhilsophie or #PhilosophieLove.

Berry Bliss//Jnantik Mayan Mothers Tea Recipe

When this winter season has you sick, stressed and completely not yourself whip up this sweet, cozy tea. This warm delight is infused with Philosophie Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend and effortlessly combined the healing vibrational properties of Mayan Mothers Tea.

I’m OBSESSED with this tea, especially for a mama to be. It’s made from the Mayan seed which is high in calcium, iron, fiber, and antioxidants. It’s also a top-notch coffee alternative during pregnancy, which is just what this mama needs AND it provides natural energy as opposed to a caffeine jolt.

Adding in berries, coconut milk and Philosophie Berry Bliss creates the perfect morning drink. Its sweetness delights my senses and transforms my mornings so I’m ready to tackle whatever I have for the day ahead.

Gather This:

1 cup Coconut Milk

1 tsp Philosophie Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend

1 tbsp Coconut Bliss Superfood Coconut Butter

1 tbsp Berry Bee Superfood Honey

1 tbsp Mayan Mothers Tea

1 handful of Organic Strawberries

Do This:

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend, warm on the stovetop, or serve chilled!

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17 Weeks Pregnant!

This pregnancy has been quite the ride! Finally, I've reached a new level on this journey where I’m getting back into my groove (with modifications ☺). I'm reminding myself to listen to every part of my body and bring in all the good energy for this little one growing inside me. All the challenges faced, all the pain, aches, sickness, aversions have reminded me how this little life I’m creating is truly magical. 

I took the time in the video below to share how I’m feeling at 17 weeks, my pregnancy up until this point and answer all the questions you had. Enjoy!

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Berry Beet Toast Recipe

Happy Toast Tuesday, tribe!

For this week’s sweet treat, I dreamt up my favorite pink hue on gluten-free bread because that’s all that’s been on my mind these days. This magical creation is loaded with raspberries, beet hummus, and Philosophie superfoods! I used the Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend together with sweet + tart flavors of berries and beet for a beautiful flavor combination.

Beets are high in Vitamin-C, which I cannot stress enough during this time of the year. I also encourage you to drizzle on some Berry Bee Honey because of its immune boosting properties. I’m giving my boys a bit of it every morning to keep the cold away!

Thanks to the beautiful, Kara Elise and her amazing TOAST cookbook for the constant #ToastTuesday inspo. I love throwing my Philosophie touch and creating recipes like this Berry Beet Toast for all of you to enjoy as much as I did.

Gather This:

2 tbsp Beet Hummus (recipe here or you can find it at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s)

A handful of raspberries

1 tsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

¼ cup sprouts

One slice gluten-free bread (toasted)

Optional drizzle of Philosophie Berry Bee Honey

Do This:

Toast bread to your perfect texture. Next, spread the Beet Hummus and sprinkle raspberries, pea sprouts, Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend, and a drizzle of Berry Bee Honey. Enjoy!

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Heart of the Week: Magnesium/Salt Baths

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When I prepare to draw a bath, I like to create a calm environment and light candles, maybe play some soothing music, and prep my mind + soul. Sometimes I start with a meditation before and light Palo Santo or I’ll do a quicky yoga flow. Whatever makes your body feel good and relaxed!

In the bath, I use Philosophie Chrysalis Detox Bath Soak which works to open up your skin and draw out toxins, and sometimes I drop my favorite essential oils for calming aromas. I’ve also been obsessed with Naturally Vitality Calm which is loaded with magnesium. They make bath soak products or drinks if you’re in the mood for something to sip on while you cleanse.

Magnesium not only induces calmness, but helps improve skin hydration and decrease inflammation. It can also ease joint pain or muscle aches. This is so needed during a prenancy!

Magnesium Bath Recipe:

1-2 cups of Magnesium (I use Naturally Vitality Calm)

1/2 cup Chrysalis Detox Bath Soak

10-15 drops of essential oil of choice

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Getting My Protein Fix w/ Orgain

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I’m beginning a magical 2018 with an intention to reconnect and reimagine all aspects of life. As a mama of two boys and a baby girl on the way, a wife, a friend, an entrepreneur I’m making it a point to practice self care and embrace challenges + opportunities that are coming my way. The only way I can reach the goals I set for myself is starting with a well-balanced diet. I love finding different ways to get my daily source of protein, vitamins, fruits and veggies. It’s such a win when I can find it from one convenient source. Orgain’s organic nutritional shakes are an easy shake on-the-go loaded with 16g of grass-fed protein, organic fruits + veggies, and 21 vitamins and minerals.  

What I love most about this product is how beautifully it mixes with my Philosophie smoothies + lattes. It acts as a great base for my morning matcha, which is loaded with super filling protein (thanks to Orgain), nourishing fats from superfood coconut butters and an extra sweet boost from our raw, organic green dream honey. I’m energized and my body works on building lean muscle. It also supports healthy weight management. A huge plus, am I right?!

Other times, I use it as a water substitute in my smoothies. I’m a big fan of thick + creamy smoothies and using Orgain creates this perfect consistency every time. Kai and Leo love the taste of smoothie bowls with Orgain because it’s a little extra sweet, a lot more nourishing and fills their little bodies with quality ingredients I can trust!

I get so excited when I find a product that synergizes so well with Philosophie superfoods that I want to share it! Orgain is hosting a New Year’s renewal getaway sweepstakes for two valued at $5,000! One winner will create a custom getaway for two. AMAZING! You decide where. Orgain pays. Visit for all the details.

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