Kamea had her 1-month visit at our naturopath’s office this week. She is doing AWESOME! She weighed in at 9 pounds 5 ounces (right on track) and her head measured beautifully. She’s growing like a little weed and she’s cute as a button. I took my first bath with her this week, too. That was fun! I can’t wait to do it again. This picture is of her after the bath – no crying this time – Yay!
And, that rash I blogged about here (or the rash I thought she had?)? She’s doing wonderfully. She has some newborn acne still, which is better on some days than others, but there is no rash. I have been staying away from nuts and most berries though and I haven’t reintroduced them yet. My diet has been pretty mild. In fact, here is a recipe of a new (mild) salad I threw together yesterday that I LOVED! It’s my new staple summer salad… so majorly yummy! (I’m calling it Summer Salad because it’s quite refreshing for summer time.)
juice from 1/2 – 1 lime (depending on how juicy it is)
drizzle raw agave nectar or maple syrup (maple syrup is not raw)
Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! (You might like to add a pinch of Himalayan crystal salt which would go nicely with the cucumber and avocado.)
On another topic… are you getting enough vitamin D? It not, you might want to take a little time in the sun to get some (especially if you’re pregnant or nursing – new studies are coming out touting the benefits of it if you fall into that category, and the risks if you’re deficient – check out the video below). For more detailed information, check out this impressive website, Grassroots Health. Vitamin D is important for so many reasons, I could write a whole blog post about it… heck, probably a whole book.
I had my vitamin D level tested a couple of weeks ago and the result: 41 ng/ml. It’s recommended that most people have a serum level of 40-60 ng/ml, so I’m on the low level (darn!). My naturopath would like it to be in the 50-60 ng/ml range. I need to take my own advice and get more sunshine! I have been slacking in that department since having Kamea. But, that is going to change now. I treated myself to this groovy patio lounge chair for our balcony so that I could comfortably get some daily vitamin D. For those of you who want to supplement with vitamin D3 (and you’re vegan), you might consider Garden of Life’s (Vitamin Code) Raw D3. There is controversy over whether it’s truly vegan (you can read about that here).
It’s time for another awesome giveaway (here was the last giveaway I hosted). The prize for January? RAW VITAMINS from VITAMIN CODE. I will be drawing the name of 1 winner for a bottle of their Vitamin Code Raw D3 – The Hottest Nutrient Under The Sun. (How cool of them to offer this to my readers!)
Right now, with this being winter in the United States, I suspect there are a lot of people out there who are in need of this important nutrient! Vitamin D3 is vital for many functions including to help build a stronger immune system. Here is what Vitamin Code / Garden of Life had to say about Vitamin D3…
As vitamin D deficiency has become more prevalent, the attention and focus paid to vitamin D have increased, and for good reason. Most people familiar with vitamin D understand that this nutrient is essential to skeletal system health.† Along with calcium, vitamin D is considered vital for maintaining healthy bones.† Vitamin D actually regulates the use of calcium in the body by dramatically increasing its absorption and utilization.
Much of the interest in vitamin D stems from the fact that it’s found throughout the body in over 600 receptor sites including the brain and the heart. Due to the fact that vitamin D receptors are so prevalent in the body, research has increased on vitamin D, and seemingly everyday new studies tout the health benefits of vitamin D consumption.
Recent studies have also shown that vitamin D supports immune health by helping to regulate the immune system.† The brain is home to dozens of vitamin D receptor sites, and vitamin D has been shown to enhance memory and concentration.† Vitamin D supports healthy digestion, again since receptor sites are found from the mouth all the way through the intestines.† Healthy vitamin D levels support two increasing areas of concern—breast health for women and prostate health for men.†
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
ARE YOU READY TO WIN???
It’s simple to participate! All you have to do is answer the following question in this post’s comment section. The contest will end Friday night, January 22th @ 11:59pm. I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Saturday, January 23rd. (Please note: While I would love to hear from everyone around the world in answering this question, I have to limit the winners to people living in the continental United States.)
QUESTION: What is one of your 2010 New Year’s Resolutions / Goals that you’re still sticking with today?
But that’s not all! Vitamin Code is also sponsoring another giveaway for my readers for their RAW Cleanse product. Great timing, too, as I bet a bunch of you are working on your New Year’s Resolutions for healthier, cleaner living. This product could be a great way to support that. Be sure to check back over the next couple of weeks for that giveaway.
I'm Kristen, and welcome to my blog. I'm a wife, mom, author, and I love to eat so food is usually the topic of my blog posts. I'm a former (almost decade long) vegan turned back omnivore who enjoys reading, rebounding, coffee, and dark chocolate. More...