Baby on Oz!

Flashback! Six weeks ago was like any other day until I ate a bowl of organic O's and a spoonful of almond butter - only to find myself heaving over the porcelain goddess moments later. I love food; I don't just throw up for no reason. I dug under the kitchen sink for a pregnancy test and within seconds the biggest smile came across my face! I am pregnant! You know what that means; that's right, I ran to my coveted books and grabbed hold of my copy You: Having a Baby. I did not have this wonderful manual when I was pregnant with my first child, Benaiah. I couldn't wait to start reading it!

Flashback! Six weeks ago was like any other day until I ate a bowl of organic O's and a spoonful of almond butter - only to find myself heaving over the porcelain goddess moments later. I love food; I don't just throw up for no reason. I dug under the kitchen sink for a pregnancy test and within seconds the biggest smile came across my face! I am pregnant! You know what that means; that's right, I ran to my coveted books and grabbed hold of my copy You: Having a Baby. I did not have this wonderful manual when I was pregnant with my first child, Benaiah. I couldn't wait to start reading it!


I want you all to know and observe throughout this new journey I'm embarking on, that it is possible to live healthy, and to be healthy during pregnancy and beyond. I am going to share my journey with all of you. I am going to post my weight gain, blood pressure, sugar levels and any other interesting info. I'll also post photos of my growing belly and if I can snag any video tape, I'll do that as well! I'll bare it all! 



I'm also really excited to go through the Dr. Oz book together. Dr. Oz says that I possess the control pertaining to how the genes in my baby's body will express themselves, and I have the ability to deliver a lifetime of health to my child. It's all in this thing he calls a "biological dance." I am going to live out all the tips and tools he recommends. 


Eating and living healthy is important in everyday life.  I know I'm going to be hungrier these days and I'll post all of my favorite "eat big and healthy" meals! Even if you're not pregnant, you may just have a day where you could eat everything but the kitchen sink! I want to take you on this 9 month "dance!"


Dr. Oz asks me, "Would you like to dance?" The answer is hands up in the air - Yes! I invite you to share in this dance as well! Living healthy and staying healthy are possible! Stay tuned... we have a long road ahead of us because I'm only 7 weeks pregnant. The countdown begins!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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