June 30, 2011 (9:21 pm)

Kamea’s 1st Birthday – No Cake For Us!

by Kristen Suzanne

Over the weekend we celebrated Kamea’s first birthday. WOW! What an experience that was. It was a day filled with emotion as I thought back on the day of her birth. I knew it would be a special day, but honestly, I didn’t know how awesomely special! It was really cool… my baby is now ONE! :)

In preparation for her birthday, I was asked, mostly by family, “Will you be having a birthday cake?”

My response, “Why would I give her a sugar filled cake?”

Kamea has been primarily consuming breastmilk for the past year, exclusively breastfed for the first 8 months. Since then it’s primarily breastmilk along with some pure and healthy whole foods, many of which are raw, introduced slowly to taste and play with. It’s only now, around 12 months, that she actually takes a few bites of things. We’re more or less following Baby Led Weaning so I make things available. Sometimes she’s interested and sometimes she’s not. There is one thing she seems especially fond of… my delicious nutrient filled smoothies. Read More »

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January 10, 2011 (6:57 pm)

Introducing Solids to Babies… Not Yet For Kamea But Getting Ready

by Kristen Suzanne

Sorry for my lack of posts the past couple of weeks. Between Kamea, taking care of household duties, and maintaining my Kristen’s Raw blog… time sure does fly, eh? Kamea turned 6 months of age at the end of December 2010 – yowza! It’s so exciting to watch her grow and see her little personality coming out. It’s been a non-stop blast with her.

Traditionally, this is the time that many parents are excited to try giving their baby solids to eat. But, we haven’t followed that tradition. She’s about 6.5 months now and I don’t feel the need to introduce solids yet. I’ve read a number of sources that state a mom can breastfeed her baby exclusively for up to a year. While that is not my goal or intention, I do feel a strong pull in the direction to go beyond the conventional 6-month mark of exclusive breastfeeding.

There are a few markers that many parents look for before introducing solids:

1) Teeth – Kamea doesn’t have any teeth yet. However, some babies don’t start teething until close to a year old. This doesn’t mean you don’t introduce solids before that, but some people use it as one indicator (of a few) as to the readiness of baby to have solids.

2) Sitting up unassisted and having solid head control – Kamea started sitting unassisted just before she turned 6 months. She’s had solid head control for awhile.

3) Interest in foods – Many babies show their eagerness towards solids by reaching for mama’s food. Kamea hasn’t really done this. She definitely eyes us when we’re eating, but she doesn’t grab for it specifically. She pretty much grabs for everything within reach, so her reach for my smoothie cup doesn’t tell me she’s trying to reach for it to drink it.

4) Hunger – If a baby seems hungry beyond the normal feedings of breastmilk then it could be a sign of readiness for solids.

Most importantly though, I’m simply following my own mama intuition. Read More »

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May 15, 2010 (12:54 pm)

Breastfeeding In Public

by Kristen Suzanne

I came across this article today, 50 Reasons For Breastfeeding Anytime, Anywhere. I started to wonder how it will be when I breastfeed in public… Will people give me a hard time? How will I respond? I never figured myself as a woman to whip out my boob in all its glory for everyone to see before breastfeeding, but I do think there will be times (maybe always) when I’m not covering my baby with a blanket. I think breastfeeding is a beautiful act.

My personal vision for breastfeeding is that it’ll still be somewhat discreet as far as flesh showing goes, yet people will know what I’m doing. It’s important for our culture to get more comfortable with breastfeeding, and doing it in public is one way to facilitate that. I think a woman’s shirt pulled up a bit, with the baby latched on, and the mom being able to gaze into her baby’s eyes is lovely. Moreover, even though I might not do it, if I saw another woman showing more than that… I wouldn’t care.

I’m not sure I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen breastfeeding take place in public. I don’t go out much, so that contributes to the number of opportunities I’d have for that, but still… sadly, I’ll bet it doesn’t happen often.

What do you think? Do you see many moms breastfeeding in public? Are you uncomfortable with it? Do you do it yourself? How discreet or not-discreet are you?

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May 12, 2010 (8:48 pm)

Eating While Pregnant – Some Food Journal Entries

by Kristen Suzanne

For those of you interested in the food I’m eating while pregnant, but who didn’t know I usually blog about it over on my Kristen’s Raw blog… here is a list of entries you can check out.

May 6, 2010

April 28, 2010

April 15, 2010

April 11, 2010

March 28, 2010 Read More »

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March 5, 2010 (12:57 am)

Green Ways to Eat on the Run

topics: Green Eating
by Kristen Suzanne

I love to eat. Like, really. I love planning what I’m going to eat, I love making recipes, I love organic fresh nutritious food, I love sharing it with people, I love dreaming about it, I love shopping for it, heck, I love making my shopping list! That being said, it’s not like I’m addicted to bad foods. No. I get excited about the prospect of eating uber healthy food. I smile from ear to ear when I walk into Whole Foods Market or when I’m at the farmer’s market and sniffing fresh local produce. With this addiction passion of mine, I like to be prepared, so I pretty much always have food on me when I’m out and about running errands, visiting family and friends, waiting in line at the DMV, going to the movies, etc. And, I like to be cute, stylish, eco-friendly, and organized about it. Enter: Eco-Sexy Tiffins, Groovy Carrying Bags, and Fun Bamboo Flatware.

Aren't these awesome!?

I love these travel containers for my food. Sometimes I pack a vibrant kale salad in one tier and another tier with goji berries and nuts. Sometimes I toss a protein bar in one tier while another tier is filled with carrot and celery sticks. Other times I pack organic quinoa in one tier with another tier carrying a raw vegan dessert while the third tier houses my veggies and dip. I’m definitely NOT a plastic girl so you won’t see me using that crap. And, while I love glass, I’d rather get my workouts at the gym and not from lifting my lunch bag. Tiffins are awesome. I have two-tier tiffins and three-tier tiffins. I have one of each for my husband and myself, and once our little bambino/a arrives (and he/she is at the eating stage), he/she will have one, too. Read More »

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March 4, 2010 (2:59 pm)

How To Grow Your Own Sprouts! Fun, Nutritious, and Delicious (Video, too!)

by Kristen Suzanne

I’ve been growing my own sprouts for many years and I love it. It’s such a fun process. One of my ultimate “green” goals is to grow more than just sprouts for my family. One of these days!

I know that when many people hear that I love sprouts, they automatically presume that I don’t shave my legs and that I hug trees in my spare time. And, when people hear that I grow my own… look out, because I might as well be from another planet – haha. But, when people learn how easy, fun, nutritious and inexpensive it is, they’re all too eager to ask me how to do it. Right now, I have alfalfa and broccoli sprouts growing in mason jars on my counter (I also grow radish sprouts and mung sprouts sometimes). They’re all just so adorable. (Oh yeah, and I “do” shave my legs!)

What is sprouting exactly? “Sprouting” is when you cultivate seeds in a non-soil environment just long enough for them to “wake up” from their dormant stage, burst into life, and sprout little, tiny stems and tiny leaves… and then you gobble ‘em up! Sprouting is one of the best tools you can use to helping you stay on a healthy path. I’m going to let you in on a little secret (the gardeners among you might know this already)… aside from the physical/health benefits of eating sprouts (which many people speak about) few people recognize sprouting for what it does to your mental outlook. The process of growing your own sprouts is simply amazing! When I walk into my kitchen and see these little babies growing from seed to fresh sprout, it makes me smile and I’m reminded about the wonderfully healthy lifestyle I lead… it’s impossible to miss it, because these little foods are growing and sprouting before my eyes. It inspires me and I reflect on the clean, pure, fresh, and green lifestyle I’ve chosen for myself. It imbues a kind of energy, like warm sunlight shining on me, that is hard to describe, but every bit as real as their food/nutritional benefits. And, if you have kids…this is one of the best activities that you can do together. It’s an awesome way to get kids excited about eating sprouts. Read More »

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February 27, 2010 (7:31 pm)

Organic Food & Products = Green Lifestyle!

topics: Green Eating
by Kristen Suzanne

Organic produce from our CSA

According to the Organic Trade Association, “Organic agricultural production benefits the environment by using earth-friendly agricultural methods and practices. Here are some facts that show why organic farming is “the way to grow.”

Choosing organically grown foods is one of the most important choices we can make. According to Environmental Working Group, “The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of some pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood.”

I use organic produce and products for pretty much everything when it comes to my food. There are very few exceptions, and that would be if the recipe called for something I just can’t get organic such as jicama, certain seasonings, or any random ingredient that my local health food store is not able to procure from an organic grower for whatever reason.

If you think organic foods are too expensive, then start in baby steps and buy a few things at a time. Read More »

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February 25, 2010 (12:09 am)

Go Vegan & You’re Going Green – Booyah!

topics: Green Eating
by Kristen Suzanne

There are three main reasons that people live a vegan lifestyle: Animal Rights - Health - Environment. Some people focus on one and some focus on all three. Personally, my primary reason for going vegan was for animal rights. I had always been interested in healthy living, so that was a major bonus. But when I learned about the ways it helps the environment, I was blown away.

For the purposes of this blog, I’m going to break it down for you Green Style, and write about how going vegan helps the environment. Read More »

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