Can we get a hooray for the Auckland Paua Clinic?

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I would like to say a very warm and heartfelt thank you to the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine.

I was introduced to them by my midwife a few months ago when I was struggling through a few health issues. She recommended the service of their third year Naturopaths, offered at a really reasonable price of $30 for an adult with free follow up. The service is completely free for under 6’s.

I had nothing to lose and thought I would see if they could be of support to me and Eden. I haven’t been disappointed. We have been looked after so well and I would recommend that if you are on your natural health journey,and yet to check in with a naturopath, give these guys a go!

They have taken a truly holistic approach to Eden and I’s health and well-being, recommending not only herbal remedies, Bach flowers and probiotics, but recipes/ways to improve our gut health, ways to build a support network socially as we approach the birth of the new baby and ways for me to relax through a psychologically stressful and challenging time with mindfulness and meditation. They have also filled in a couple of the final blanks with Eden’s gut and made some recommendations from which we are already seeing improvements!

Katie, our Naturopath, has not only offered her expertise, but her ear to my thoughts and worries, her experience as a mum as well as a naturopath and her friendship.

It is a wonderful service that the Paua clinic is offering, especially for mums because the cost of choosing natural health alternatives can sometimes weigh heavy; difficult when you know it is the better alternative and in this way the Paua Clinic is such a great thing and so well run and presented.

I’ll leave you with some pictures of Eden enjoying their beautiful gardens where we chatted with some snails and sniffed some herbs and drank some chamomile tea.

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For more information on the clinic, please visit their website: http://www.spcnm.ac.nz/

I know they are very keen for more pregnant women to use their service, so if you have a bubs on the way, get along and try them out!

Much love x

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Baby Wind Blues

 

I had a lovely morning with my Homebirth Group today 😊 Such empowering, inspiring ladies keeping me on track for my own homebirth in December 😊

There were 2 ladies there with brand new babies, one who was suffering with some uncomfortable wind and I was reminded of my own journey with Eden.

She used to be so uncomfortable! I remember one day that she started crying when my husband left for work in the morning and didn’t stop until he got home in the afternoon pretty much; only when she cried herself to sleep exhausted or fed. Otherwise it was pretty much constant. Or so it felt. It was heartbreaking to be unable to soothe her and I really struggled that day. The words “I can’t do this” were on the edge of my tongue as I handed her over helplessly to my husband when he got home.

There were many dark days and I have so much empathy for new mums who are finding it hard! There is no book that tells you what is wrong or what to do to help, everybody seems to offer different advice, and ultimately you have to find what works for you.

Today reminded me of the things that worked for us and I wondered if it would be helpful to share them….

The first is a simple, but beautiful technique called the I Love You massage.  There are some clear instructions at this link: http://www.shoppinglifestyle.com/parenting/i-love-you-infant-massage/769/2/  Basically you are tracing the shape of an I and an upside down L and U on baby’s tummy to move pockets of air along. This really worked for us and was a beautiful way to bond, with Eden’s wide eyes staring up at me! It was relaxing to do before bed and I found Sweet Almond Oil gentle on her skin.

The second technique was pedalling her legs like a bicycle, gently. I tended to do this if she woke uncomfortable in the night. I would hold her little ankles gently and press her legs towards her chest and then hold for a few seconds. I would then alternate the legs like pedalling and then go back to two legs at a time; whatever seemed to be effective for her. She would often let out wind when I was doing this!

Another great thing I learned was about laid back breastfeeding. Have a read of http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/# and see if this is for you. I felt part of Eden’s wind issues early on was how much milk I had – I.e. lots! She would splutter and fuss, feed in short bursts and really often and I guess take in air. She had explosive green poos too! However these improved when I cut out dairy (see the following tip.) For me laid back breastfeeding helped gravity work in our favour. It was also overwhelmingly beautiful lying with her skin to skin.

Diet. This one was a big one for us. Ultimately I found many things in my diet were affecting Eden, but that was because of the issues with her gut. However, there are certain foods I would recommend every mum struggling with a windy baby try cutting out to see if it helps. I found this picture with a good summary:

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Also use a good baby probiotic. You can dab on your breast before baby feeds as a way of feeding the probiotic to them. (I got some funny looks as Eden would unlatch though, with a moustache of white powder!)

Last, but not least, acupressure. Just gently applying pressure in the blue and pink areas on the picture below. This can be done as a massage or simply pressing gently for no longer than 30 seconds. Baby will often tell you when they have had enough and withdraw their little tootsies! Eden wouldn’t stand for much touching of her feet, but reflexologists and Chinese practitioners speak highly of the power of these points.

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Using Essential Oils

As Eden got older (3 months +) we used essential oils more and more to help her. For example, I massaged a proprietary doTERRA blend into her tummy during the I Love You massage, which worked really well! It is called Digestzen.

I only recommend 100% certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils for use on your little one. The majority of essential oils are intended for fragrance or food, rather than therapeutic response, so are made from a majority of man-made laboratory created scents. The bottle may contain some essential oil, and may produce a therapeutic response, but their quality is not dependent on providing results that are therapeutic, they just literally need to smell and taste good.

Importantly, they have to smell and taste THE SAME every time! Which means that if the essential oil used in a particular formulation doesn’t meet the expectation or requirement for the manufacturer they will have their chemists ‘manipulate’ the oil with man-made chemicals to ‘standardize’ the end product. They can also fill essential oil bottles with cheaper chemicals to bring down the price of the bottle.

The essential oils I use and trust, and recommend to my clients are from dōTERRA.  I have used essential oils on and off since I was a teenager – mainly as aromatherapy – but it had never occurred to me that the quality of oils I was using matters.  When I first experienced dōTERRA I was blown away by the difference of these Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils and was curious to learn and experiment more.  Within a couple of weeks one sample had turned into an entire box and now my oils are an everyday part of my family’s wellness journey.  <<Read more here>>

Finally when nothing else worked for us we used colic calm, a natural gripe water (one that really is natural and not full of sugar and alcohol!) It is from a company called tummy calm and you can buy it over the counter in the pharmacy for a pretty penny. This link from their website that is a great resource for breastfeeding. 

I hope some of these tried and tested techniques work for you if you are struggling with the Baby Wind Blues and if you have your own things that have worked for you, please feel free to share in the comments.

To find out more about essential oils click here.  If you keen on trying essential oils I write a free e-book to help you get started. You can access it here. Or if you would like some help from me directly, Click here!

Much love x x

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For the Love of Lavender

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It never ceases to amaze me how many uses I find for this versatile and beautifully aromatic oil!

My mum introduced me to lavender. She used to buy these “synthetic” linen sprays for our pillows as kids to help us sleep. I liked the aroma, but knowing what I do about what is in many essential oil products nowadays, I dread to think what I was breathing in!

I continued to use lavender though. I began to buy straight lavender essential oil, although I never used to pay much attention to the brand I bought or its purity. To be honest budget was a bigger concern! I have learnt a lot since then.

I have also continued to discover uses for lavender oil and it is undoubtedly the oil I reach for most. My favourite relief from this oil is when a headache hits and I can take one drop of this oil, rub it into my temples and almost instantly feel the headache reduce. This is what converted me to dõTERRA. I had never experienced such a quick relief with such a small am out if oil. I was curious to discover other ways this oil could support me.

So, here are 10 ways we use lavender oil as a family. I hope you enjoy experimenting yourself! And feel free to share your tips in the comments below this post….

  1. Following in the footsteps of my mum – on linen. Or anywhere there is a not so fresh smell…
  2. To deter creepies and crawlers! They are not a fan of lavender. And if you do get a bite,  lavender is extremely soothing for bites and relieves itching and inflammation
  3. On the subject of inflammation, lavender has been found to support relief of asthma, thanks to its anti – inflammatory effects
  4. To aid sleep. I have lost count of the nights I have diffused lavender oil to help lull myself or my daughter off to sleep. Since falling pregnant I have also noticed that it reduces my nausea…
  5. To create! Soaps, candles, air fresheners, pot pourri…
  6. To polish wood floors. I add lavender oil to my steam cleaner and it gives the floor a sheen that would give your chemical polish a run for its money!
  7. To bake with. DõTERRA’s CPTG oils are so pure that you can injest them and lavender is great to soften citrus flavours in cooking, for sauces, to bake with and for mixing with anything sweet like an icing or maple syrup!
  8. Lavender is also great for your first aid kit. As a burn cream, for splinters and cuts and scrapes! I am aware of many oils recommended for painful ear aches (including basil and eucalyptus), but lavender can also help. Mix with olive oil and gently massage around the ears (not inside) and apply around the glands in the throat
  9. To beautify! Face scrubs, cracked heel balm and itchy skin and to relieve acne. Lavender helps balance sebum and control break outs.

Understand why I love this versatile oil now? I could share more ways with you to use this oil – to disinfect, clear the respiratory system, boost the immune system, support digestion and circulation and calm, but I will let you enjoy discovering for yourself.

If you haven’t begun your essential oil journey yet lavender is a great place to start. If you have, share your love of lavender and tips for use below this blog post.

For more inspiration check out my pinterest boards! (Clare “Essential Mum” Williamson)

Much love x

Fodmap Friendly Bolognese Feast!

Before I discovered Eden’s intolerances I used to love making a Bolognese sauce for pasta that I got out of Jo Seagar’s Italia Cookbook. I have adapted this recipe to suit a FODMAP friendly diet. It is gluten and dairy free also and it is too good not to share!

Makes 4-6 serves

3 tablespoons olive oil, small bunch spring onions, 1 carrot peeled and finely diced, 1 stalk of celery, 500g pork mince, 1 cup gluten free bacon, 1/2 cup dry white wine, 2 x 400g cans crushed tomatoes in juice, 1 cup gluten free chicken or beef stock, 1/2 cup rice milk, salt and freshly ground pepper, 500g gluten free pasta (we love quinoa spaghetti)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the spring onions, carrot and celery. Cook until  veges are soft – about 6-7 minutes.

Raise the heat to high and add the mince and bacon. Stir fry until meat is sealed. Add the wine and stir until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the tomatoes and juice and the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is just simmering. Simmer for at least an hour, then add the milk and cook for a further 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook the pasta and drain. Serve in a bowl and ladle over the sauce!

This is a great meal for mums with children struggling with intolerances/allergies. I recommend Spaghetti Bolognese in general because most recipes you can adapt to meet your dietary requirements.  My girl loves it and you can hide other veggies in there like capsicum or eggplant.

FODMAP is an acronym for fermentable, oligo, di and monosaccharides and polyols. I came to remember these things as the foods in our diet that are complex carbohydrates that those with a leaky gut and other gut issues really struggle to digest and as such cause gas, pain, diarrhea and constipation.

A low FODMAP diet limits lactose and fructose, sugar alcohols and non-digestable fibers. This meant for Eden cutting out beans and high fructose fruit, galactans (in beans) and high fructan vegetables, plus soy and wheat.

This diet worked wonders for Eden. We identified her struggle with FODMAPS through an elimination diet after we had already eliminated dairy.

For more info on FODMAPS please do not hesitate to contact me! In the meantime enjoy the pasta 😊😊😊 It’s so good! And if you double the ingredients above you’ll have enough for the freezer.

Much love! Happy Labour Weekend if you’re in NZ!

Welcome to the Mummy Munchies Blog!

Here you will find regular posts about the food, oils and other tried and tested ways I have improved my own family’s health.

Mummy Munchies is a community that began on facebook as a way to share #Edenfriendly food and snack recipes and the ways I had learned to naturally boost immunity and heal from common ailments without traditional medicines like panadol and antibiotics!

Please enjoy the posts to this page and contact me if you want me to blog about something in particular that would be helpful to you!

Happy reading x