Post C-Section Advice for a Healthy and Speedy Recovery

As upset as I was to hear I had to have a c-section after 17 hours of sitting in the hospital in labor, 3 weeks later I've luckily recovered quickly and easily.

A few clients and friends have asked what my "secret" is to my speedy recovery and weight loss. All I can do is share advice on what I did/do and hopefully it helps others in their journey.

Healthy Eating=Healthy Mind and Healthy Body

Throughout my pregnancy and especially post-pregnancy, I really stressed getting organic, healthy, REAL food into my body. I stay away from anything processed, steer clear of sugar and anything unnatural. If I am craving something sweet I reach for fruit, dark chocolate or vegan ice cream. As soon as I had the baby (the DAY after) I had my mom bring me fresh green vegetable juice to obtain the energy from the chlorophyll and the rejuvenating properties of the nutrients in the veggies. I ate omega-3 rich salmon and brown rice for the protein and fiber.  By getting back into this routine of eating healthy, beautiful, nutrient-dense foods, it allowed me to quickly gain energy and strength.

I made sure to get in a lot of warming foods postpartum, like ginger, coconut water and cooked foods like quinoa and sauteed veggies.  In Chinese medicine it is thought that pregnancy is a time you are very warm internally and need to balance it with cooling foods (like raw fruits and veggies), and postpartum is a time your body is very cold and needs to be warmed. Staying hydrated is VERY important for recovery, especially when breastfeeding. Drinking room temperature water rather than cold water can help keep the balance of warm vs cold in your body as well.

Yoga and Exercise for a Speedy Recovery

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During my pregnancy I worked out 4-5 times per week. In the beginning I did all the same workouts: running, jogging, swimming, stair stepper, cross training, cross-fit, power yoga, jump roping, weight lifting and spinning (check out my post on exercise and pregnancy for more details). After my belly got larger, I didn't feel comfortable doing high-intensity workouts or anything that required jumping. I continued doing yoga and light cardio (swimming, walking and stairs) as often as I could. 3 days before having Kai, I was at a power yoga class. There were weeks I didn't feel like doing anything, but I made sure to walk uphill and do a modified yoga practice. After wards without fail, I felt better. This was key. In the immediate, I had more energy. In the long term, I'm convinced it's what is ensuring my speedy recovery.

In the days following my surgery I would walk around the hospital hallways doing laps. I would hold onto my husband or a family member while hobbling up and down the halls. It made a huge difference and with each lap I felt stronger than the last. When I got home I'd deliberately make several trips up and down the stairs, slowly and carefully, to get a glass of water or whatever I needed. This helped train my body and let it know it was time to get moving. Of course, I listened to my body and what it needed. I didn't push anything. But I was ready to start recovering very quickly: both mentally and physically.

Mind over matter

In the first few days, you almost have to force yourself to create healthy habits. Begin walking as soon as you possibly can. Find the healthiest things on your hospital menu to order, and if there isn't anything, have someone bring you food. Make sure you get adequate water immediately, more than you think you need. Try and ween yourself off the pain killers as soon as you can. This is doing nothing for your recovery because you can't even feel what's happening in your body. Take Motrin instead: it's an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce the swelling from your surgery and also reduce pain in your body. Keep your body "warm" with warming foods from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Here's a complete list. Finally, be sure to exercise throughout your entire pregnancy, no matter how much you don't want to. It will help with weight loss on the other side. I highly recommend yoga, in case I haven't mentioned that before. (ha!)  :)


See Part Two of this Journey-3 months post-pregnancy!

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Keeping It Clean

This week we’re talking about healthy cleaning because “clean” is messed up.  While this post is sponsored by Aunt Fannie’s, these are 100% my opinions!


The beautiful food creations I manifest and the superfood products we create at Philosophie are meticulously crafted for all of us to become healthier, balanced versions of ourselves. I make sure the best of the best is going into everything I create from where I source all my ingredients to the exact quantity of maca in each Coconut Magic Coconut Butter. But let’s talk about the kitchen space that harnesses all these magical creations.


We all know the importance of housekeeping, but often the conventional products used for cleaning are filled with harsh, toxic chemicals. As a mama to Kai + Leo, this terrifies me.


I’ve partnered with Aunt Fannie’s to bring more awareness to our kitchen cleaning products from surface cleaners to food cleaners. They have developed a line of safe, natural, food-based cleaning solutions. Plus, all of their cleaning products earned an A rating on EWG. Just so you know, most other popular “natural” brands often earns C’s and D’s. These products have now become a necessity in my home and I make it a point to begin each meal prep with them.


It’s also important to take other steps in all food preparation:  


  1. Clean - wash hands and surfaces often (you can never do this enough)
  2. Separate - don't cross-contaminate
  3. Cook - cook to the right temperature
  4. Chill - refrigerate promptly (especially important for all the fresh ingredients used in many of my recipes)

Aunt Fannie’s products are highly effective + completely safe for our bodies and made from garden grown herbs and fruits. In fact, they’re so pure they can be used on or around food, pets and kids. From cleaning vinegars to wipes and glass & window cleaners. They've made it so easy to keep your kitchen space clean and toxin-free. I'm especially a fan of their FlyPunch as I often have many fresh fruits and vegetables lying around the kitchen.


Check them out online and use the coupon code: SOPHIE for 30% OFF CART and Free Shipping if you spend more than $35. This offer expires on 12/15/2017.


Have you made the choice to use safe, natural cleaning products in your kitchen? Connect with me on Twitter to share your stories or ask more questions about how I keep it clean. Use #PhilosophieLOVE or #HomeSweetBiome.

Vital Proteins Cacao Spiced Mylk Recipe

If you need a high vibe, nourishing cacao tonic to sip slowly during these cooler fall mornings, look no further than this yummy cacao spice collagen latte. Tons of anti-aging, anti oxidants + protein to keep you full! Remember this recipe when Christmas time rolls around to treat all your friends + family to the perfect superfood hot chocolate!


Gather This:

2 cup almond milk

1 tsp Cacao Magic Superfood Blend + Cacao Bee Honey

1tbsp Coconut Magic Coconut Butter

1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen

1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground ginger, all spice


Do This:

Throw all ingredients into the blender and blend! Warm up on the stovetop and enjoy!

Looking for other energizing coffee drinks and substitutes? Follow me on Facebook. Use #PhilosophieLove or #PhilosophieSuperfoods to share your own creations.

Heart of the Week: Adi, My Love

People often ask me how, after being lied to and manipulated, I found trust again in my relationship with Adi. Trust is not easy to come by and in any relationship it can make or break you. Trusting a friend, family member and partner is even more difficult to achieve when the things creating it have been broken. Difficult, but not impossible.


If you haven’t read about our history, read an article here that recaps most of it.


I wanted to take the time today to share some tangible steps to rekindling your trust and more important, your love.

 

BOUNDARIES. Boundaries are an incredible way to communicate your needs, which also give your partner a chance to prove him/herself. If he/she has cheated or lied to you, they need a safe space to work in. Our boundaries are ever-evolving and changing. In the beginning, boundaries with Adi were very restricted, so much so that he couldn’t speak to other women, have friends that were women or go out for drinks with male friends. Over time, as he proved himself by continuously telling the truth and live within the boundaries made me trust him (slowly) and feel safe. Now you wouldn’t believe the boundaries we have in place and how free we are. It’s truly a miracle, but we continued to show up to each other and the work, and here we are!

COUPLES THERAPY/GROUPS.  I can’t say enough about healing and therapeutic connection. From individual therapy, to couples therapy, to therapy groups, we did it ALL and continue to maintain a healthy attendance. Adi went to a therapist several hours a week when everything first fell apart. We also went to a couples therapist and I saw an individual therapist. Find someone you really love. If you can’t afford therapy, find something in your community that’s more affordable. For the first 4 years we saw a sliding scale therapist and on average we paid about $40 a session (significantly less than most therapists). You can also connect with other people in your community going through similar issues. If you like 12 steps, there are tons of supportive 12 step groups out there. If you don’t, there are tons of other types of amazing groups that will be practically family by the time you’re finished.

 TIME. Time is something we can’t control and always wish we could speed up. Several times in my journey with Adi I would say, “Okay, I trust you! I’m not jealous anymore!” and try and will myself into believing I was okay. I WASN’T OK. I wasn’t ready. And you can’t fake it! Focus on the first two steps, and as you continue to engulf yourself into the work together, you will find that time is passing and you feel slightly better. Week by week, month by month, you will be growing closer and more connected. You will have a new relationship that looks way different than when you started, and that’s a good thing. 

BONUS: ABSOLUTE transparency and willingness from your partner. WHATEVER it TAKES. And I mean, WHATEVER IT TAKES. It may seem insane or crazy but if it makes you feel better and makes you feel like you know deep down what your partner is saying is true, then make it happen. Example: FaceTime set on an iPad when traveling in a hotel room; having locations set on his/her phone so you know their constant whereabouts; telling the other about thoughts as well as real flirtations or encounters with others. This can be really triggering for people initially and feels really scary but I promise you, time after time, it will get easier.


Feel free to leave any and all questions below to encourage conversations within this beautiful community.

 

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Philosophie Babe Recipe: Berry Cacao Smoothie

I am so blessed with all these amazing women around me who inspire me every day! Philosophie BABE, Caroline from Caroline’s Kitchen created a sweet, nutritional afternoon pick-me-up with our superfood blends. Super easy and extra energizing!


I'm always looking for fun, creative ways to combine flavors and Caroline's recipe does just that. Berries and chocolate – need I say any more? The tartness of berries with the richness of chocolate makes for a powerful combination! 


This smoothie is packed with superfoods including fiber rich ground flax and antioxidant filled cacao powder. For protein, combine Philosophie Cacao Magic and Berry Bliss superfood powders, which are each packed with goodness of their own like reishi, maca, and camu camu.

 

Gather This:

1 handful spinach

½ banana

½ cup frozen berries (I love using blueberries and raspberries)

½ cup steamed + frozen cauliflower

1 tbsp ground flax

2 tsp Philosophie Cacao Magic

2 tsp Philosophie Berry Bliss

1 tbsp cashew butter

1 cup almond milk

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp cacao powder

 

Do This:

Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until thick, creamy, and smooth. You may need to stop and scrape the sides a few times. Drink as is or top with your favorite toppings–I'm a huge fan of cacao nibs and extra nut butter. Enjoy!

Make this smoothie for an afternoon snack or post workout for a delicious energy boost! Let me know what you think on Twitter. Use #MyPhilosophie or #PhilosophieSuperfoods!

Green Dream Avocado Toast Recipe

Isn’t it wonderful that avocados seem to always be in season? In California, we’re truly blessed. Avocados have an especially long growing season that lasts from February through September. For the other few months, they're imported from our neighbors.


Avocado toast has become a California staple and I’m still a fan. These nutrient-dense veggies are made up of about 20 vitamins and minerals from Vitamin K to Vitamin C. Take the traditional avocado toast and combine it with Green Dream Superfood Blend for an added superfood punch. Top with feta cheese, nuts and sundried tomatoes for a bit of extra pizzazz and flavor.


Gather This:


1 slice of Canyon House Gluten Free Bread (or favorite bread of your choice)

1 small Avocado

1 tbsp Feta Cheese

A handful of chopped sundried tomatoes

1 tbsp of pine nuts

1 tsp Green Dream


Do this:


While the bread is toasting, mash 1 avocado in a bowl with 1 tsp of green dream, spread avo mixture on the bread and top with feta, chopped tomatoes, pine nuts, and a sprinkling of added green dream!

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Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

This Chameleon Cold-Brew has changed my life in the last year. It makes my mornings so much easier AND cold brew is not as acidic on our system as regular coffee can be. By adding the Philosophie Coconut Bliss and full fat coconut mylk, it helps slow down the absorption of caffeine so it doesn’t make you feel anxious or jittery like coffee alone.


Cacao Magic + coffee is PURE MAGIC. Our Cacao Magic Superfood Blend has cacao, reishi and maca in it, which each help with focus and natural energy. Reishi is so incredible for longevity, and cacao and reishi are incredibly high in antioxidants. Coffee is also rich in antioxidants which help pause the aging process in cells. Who doesn’t want to reverse aging?! You’re welcome.


Check out my Chameleon Cold-Brew Smoothie video here if you want another idea for a fun cold brew recipe.


Gather This:


1 Cup of Chameleon Cold-Brew

¼ cup Coconut Creamer or Full Fat Coconut Canned Organic Milk

1 tsp Cacao Magic Superfood Blend and Cacao Bee Honey

1 tbsp Cacao Magic Coconut Butter

1 scoopful of Vital Proteins Collagen

1 tbsp Solstice Canyon Aztec Chocolate Almond Butter

 

 

Do this:


Add all ingredients into a blender and blend! Pour into a mug and think about what you want to create energetically today. What intention do you want to set for the day ahead? What are you grateful for? We have a CHOICE each and every day to see the world and our lives as we want to see them.


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