June 23, 2010 (3:53 pm)

Ummm… Any Moment Now? And… Meeting Up With Robert Cheeke

by Kristen Suzanne

Here I am… still pregnant. :) My baby is snuggled up nicely inside me and doesn’t want to come out yet. I’m happy just the same – I feel really great (except for last night’s incident – detailed next).

Last night my husband and I met up with Robert Cheeke (vegan bodybuilder) and our dear friend, Malynda (she’s training for a fitness competition – vegan and high raw). We had a great time. However, I decided to wear sandals that had a little chunky heel to them. And, we found ourselves standing for about an hour as we kept talking in the parking lot after the restaurant closed. Well… in the middle of the night, I woke up literally screaming in pain for about 20 seconds because of the most intense calf spasm pain (apparently this can be common in pregnancy: read here). Seeing as I have pretty much only worn CROCS for the past three years AND I wore heels last night while 41 weeks pregnant AND I was standing for a long time… I guess it’s no wonder that my body reacted this way. I took some magnesium this morning to help (my calf is actually still sore(!), and I plan on giving my feeties a rest today. No problem… I’ll kick back, prop my feet up and read Robert’s book, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness.

I have heard the most amazing reviews about this book (have you read it yet?). Here are a few testimonials from Robert’s website:

“We just received your book, and love it. It is very thorough, and we found it inspiring, motivational, and much more than expected. We have been vegan for five years and try to be athletic and keep fit. Your book will be our top book. Thanks so much for it. It was worth the wait, and thank you for signing it, makes it more personal.”

“If I may say so…I’m not the least bit surprised (about the success of your book). It was almost 10 years ago when Melanie and I heard about this young, vegan body builder. We thought, “What a great inspiration for young vegans and vegetarians. I wonder if he’ll let one of the kids interview him.” And you did. You jumped on it. You were ready to share info, inspiration, and just be available to the kids. That put you on the top of my list. Well earned, well deserved and well done. Keep up the great work!”

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June 15, 2010 (8:10 pm)

Any Moment Now… Pre-labor Activities & Experiences

by Kristen Suzanne

Today, June 15, is my technical due date. But, as of this writing (about 5:30pm), I’m not in labor. Not surprised though since I read that only about 3-5% of women deliver on their due dates. That, plus the fact that many first time moms go past the due date… it looks like that is the case for me. One of the things I learned in Hypnobirthing was not to focus on a specific due date since the range of a healthy, normal birth can go from three weeks before the due date to two weeks after. That’s a 5-week window! So, the philosophy is to just chill, relax, and let baby come when baby is ready.

I feel amazing. The evenings are harder than the earlier parts of the day – I feel heavier and my belly is usually tighter by night time, but I still feel wonderful. Three days ago I started eating a LOT! I swear I don’t know where I put it all, but I found space somewhere because I just kept eating. Now, today, suddenly my appetite has gone down. I read that some women naturally eat for energy for the upcoming labor and some women naturally reduce their eating pre-labor, which could help prevent pooping during labor (I know, sounds gross, but let’s be honest…. women do it. Sh*t happens – literally). Read More »

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June 14, 2010 (11:47 am)

Baking Soda – 51 Uses!

by Kristen Suzanne

I’m a big fan of using green products to clean my home and body – they are better for your health and the environment. I’ve written about many of my favorite home cleaning solutions here.

This is a cool post from Care2 that shares 51 Fantastic Uses For Baking Soda. Sweet! Looks like I’m going to stock up on this even more.

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June 11, 2010 (6:44 pm)

Review: Primal Strips Vegan Meat Alternatives

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by Kristen Suzanne

I was sent some samples from Primal Spirit Foods and asked to blog what I thought about them. Basically, these are single serving (vegan) meat alternatives in a jerky style. There are many flavors: Thai Peanut, Mesquite Lime, Texas BBQ, Hickory Smoked, Hot & Spicy, and Teriyaki. There are no GMO’s, they’re 97% fat free, and they’re primarily made from soy, seiten, and shitake mushroom. You can read more about them on their website.

To begin, I have to say that this is the kind of snack that I don’t normally consume. Indeed my diet is all vegan (the main reason why is here), but most of my diet is unprocessed, fresh, organic, raw foods. However, I do find times in life where snacks like this can be useful. For example, I can imagine having one or two of these with me if I were on a road trip. The couple of bites I had were full of flavor. That being said, I decided that in order to get a fair review, I’d ask some friends and family to try these and give me their thoughts. Read More »

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June 7, 2010 (1:04 am)

Diaper Purchases & Preparation

by Kristen Suzanne

I recently purchased a number of different cloth diapers to try on the baby because I simply don’t know which system will be my favorite (there are many choices!). And, even though we’re going to practice EC (elimination communication), we still need some diapers for different occasions. So, here is where I’m at..

2 plastic diaper pails (trash bins from Target)

2 diaper bags for the trash bins

diaper changing table (this was given to me by a good friend – lucky us!)

travel diaper  bag thing for dirty diapers when out and about

diaper bag (A “manly” one that my husband will carry most of the time. I’ll do a separate post on this because the bag is totally bad-ass!) Read More »

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June 4, 2010 (8:38 pm)

Nesting N Resting

by Kristen Suzanne

I’ve had to take a tiny break from blogging for a few days because I’m in the nesting and resting mode right now. I have some Kristen’s Raw projects to finish up (hopefully) before baby arrives, along with the usual…. organize, clean, rest, plan, etc. Any day now and my labor will begin. I’m so excited!

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