Comparison of My First and Second Pregnancies

This is my second pregnancy and although I have had the similarity of having nausea with both pregnancies, there are vast differences between the two.  And, before you think, she must be having the opposite sex, think again.  Both babies are girls!  The contrast is that during my first pregnancy I ate the “American” diet and while currently pregnant for the second time, I’m nourishing my body with whole plant-based foods that are unprocessed and have zero meat or dairy.  I’ve outlined below some of the side effects I’ve encountered while pregnant with both girls.  I haven’t delivered my second baby yet, so I’m still wondering if I will have a different experience during the labor process!

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Reasons to Become a Minimalist

Minimalism encompasses the philosophy of “less is more.”  Living with less possessions has a multitude of benefits that will enrich your life and change it for the better.  It may not seem that way if you like to acquire materials things, but once you start the process of purging, you will find a sense of clarity and peace as well as a feeling of freedom.  It is truly a beautiful process that narrows down for a person what really matters in life.  I wanted to share some of the advantages to being a minimalist.  My desire is to inspire as many people as I can to live light and to enjoy all of the beauty that minimalism has to offer.

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Vegetable “No Fried” Rice

Do you like the taste of Chinese food?  I’ve found that many Chinese restaurants add a lot of oil to their meals, an ingredient I try to avoid.  Through research, I have discovered that both added sugar and oil pose serious health risks.  Added oil, for one, is bad for the heart.  Because I LOVE the taste of vegetable fried rice but don’t like the grease I put into my body when I eat it, I developed something a bit healthier but still very flavorful.  I’ve listed the recipe below.  Enjoy!

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Fresh Vegetable Medley over Lentil Pasta

lentil pasta

Hello Everyone!  I have been making some pretty amazing recipes lately that I would like to share!  Every dish I make is free of additives and preservatives.  I saute all of my vegetables in water as opposed to oil, so my meals are essentially very close to being fat-free.  I believe in the healing power of plants and whole unprocessed food.  Two years ago, before I had my daughter, I felt sick all the time.  The bulk of what I was eating was processed and packaged.  Nothing was fresh.  All that changed when I was blessed with my baby girl.  I was determined to change my health habits and to raise my beautiful little girl on a whole foods plant-based lifestyle.  Over the course of two-year, I’ve nourished my body with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.  I feel better than I’ve ever felt in my life.  I no longer suffer from headaches, constipation, skin issues, depression, and stomach pain.  I hope to inspire as many people as I can to follow a whole foods plant-based diet and achieve optimal health.  Here is a delicious plant-based lentil pasta recipe for you to enjoy!

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My Minimalist Wardrobe

One of the areas in my house that I’ve always kept neat and tidy is my closet.  When I purchase an article of clothing, I choose it wisely and carefully.  I never impulse buy.  I rarely shop or go into department stores.  My intent is to live with less clutter.  Clothing can be a major area of disorder for many people.  I’ve known individuals who have had so much clothing that they can barely see what’s really available to wear in their closet.  I’ve also known those who are addicted to shopping.  Clothes can just keep piling up if you let them.  It isn’t hard to do if you don’t take control of a shopping habit.

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Simple Ways to Save Money

My husband and I were blessed to have discovered Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace course.  It has made such a difference in the way we manage our money.  Since completing the class two years ago, we have been able to pay off all of our debt and to budget for expenses on a weekly basis.  We are currently in the midst of paying off our house!  It is such a huge accomplishment and is not all that hard to do if you stick with a plan and are diligent about it.  Getting started really requires letting go of the desire for material possessions and preventing yourself from indulging in the impulse purchases that you may be used to making.  It’s really a freeing experience because you find yourself no longer tied to things.  And, paying down the debt as well as saving is quite addictive once you get started.  Below, I’ve listed some of the simple ways that have helped us save money.

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Minimalist Baby Registry

When my husband and I found out we were having our first child, we were so thrilled!  We couldn’t wait to go and register once we knew we were going to have a little girl.  But, before we headed out to the store, we had to figure out what we needed.  Never having had a baby before, we were clueless as to the items the baby would actually get use out of.  Naturally, we asked others and looked online to see if we could find some registries posted.  Once the baby got here, we found we had registered for so many things we actually didn’t even need.  Now, that we are expecting baby #2, things are a lot easier and we have only the essentials. Being the minimalist family we are, we kept only what we knew we would use with our second child and donated the rest.  If you are looking to downsize or to become a family with less, I’ve included a sample baby registry just for you!

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Getting Your Greens!

Lately, I have been making a conscious effort to make sure everyday is filled with meals that contain green vegetables, especially leafy greens.  Greens not only make your plate look pretty, but are actually jam packed with essential nutrients and vitamins that are necessary for a healthy body. Greens are a good source of vitamins A, C, and K.  Many contain folate, calcium, potassium, protein (yes, protein!) and fiber.

Here are some of the reasons why these nutrients are important to our health:

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What My Vegan Daughter Eats in a Day

My daughter Brielle enjoying a day at the zoo

Many of my friends have been asking me to share the daily meal plan I have set up for my toddler.  Ever since I adopted a whole foods plant based diet (lifestyle), I have been very dedicated to educating my daughter on healthy food choices and to only have certain foods in our home.  Because of this, along with me modeling what a healthy person eats, my little girl really only desires to eat nourishing foods.  

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How the Book “Whole” Changed My Life

I recently read a popular book titled, Whole:  Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell.  This book CHANGED MY LIFE.  Dr. Campbell is a research scientist who dedicated most of his life discovering the positive effects a whole foods plant based diet has on preventing and in some cases curing diseases, namely, cancer.  When you read the book, you get a sense of the compassion Dr. Campbell has for others and his desire to educate people on the whole foods plant based lifestyle.  

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