Join us as we talk about postpartum weight loss! Stephanie and Aglaée understand the physical, mental, and emotional struggles surrounding postpartum body image and weight. Every mom is different and will experience this transition in their own unique way.
On this episode, we break down myths about breastfeeding and weight loss, discuss hormonal implications for weight loss, share our personal stories, and provide strategies for healthy postpartum weight loss.
[3:00] Stephanie's updates
[7:40] Aglaée's updates
[11:05] Intro to postpartum hormones
[17:30] Stephanie's story on postpartum weight loss
[25:05] Aglaée's story on postpartum weight loss
[33:20] 5 strategies for healthy postpartum weight loss
Join Stephanie Greunke, MS, RD and Aglaée Jacob, MS, RD as they share their latest updates and adventures with co-sleeping.
If you're feeling alone in your struggle to get sleep as a new mom or are second-guessing your choice to co-sleep, you won't want to miss this episode. Stephanie and Aglaée discuss their personal struggles and experimentation with various infant sleep methods. You'll learn sleep strategies that work the best for them, which result in less tears and more sleep for the entire family.
[2:23] Steph's Updates
[10:30] Aglaée's Updates
[21:00] Steph's baby sleep story
[33:30] Aglaée's baby sleep story
Join us in this episode as we learn more about EC (Elimination Communication) or infant potty training. Did you know that children are now in diapers until the age of 36-38 months today while they used to be potty trained before the age of 18 months back in 1957? Elimination communication is a gentle way to help your baby and toddler not only learn about how to get rid of diapers more quickly but most importantly to empower him or her to better communicate about the basic need to eliminate. Listen to our interview with Andrea Olson, a mom of 3 and an expert on the topic, to see how you can incorporate EC in your life.
Andrea Olson's bio: Andrea Olson, M.A., is a pioneer in helping parents reduce diaper dependence with any age child or baby, from birth through toddlerhood. She has her Master’s Degree in Psychology and presently lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband and children. She is author of three books: Go Diaper Free, a simple handbook for elimination communication for 0-18 month babies, The Tiny Potty Training Book, a simple guide to non-coercive potty training for toddlers 18 months and up, and the new Tiny Potty board book for children 6 months and up. She also created and sells a line of small children's underwear to support EC and early toilet training, called Tiny Undies.
[2:09] Aglaée's updates
[7:57] Andrea Olson's bio
[8:58] Introduction to EC (Elimination Communication)
[11:40] Andrea's EC experiences with her 3 babies
[18:04] Pottying in the past and other cultures
[20:54] What does it mean to be potty independent and potty trained?
[22:25] Average age for children to be potty trained nowadays
[23:32] Best age to start potty training
[24:38] Average potty trained age in 1957 before commercial diapers
[25:35] How EC and potty training differ with age
(0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months vs 18+ months)
[28:45] How to fit EC in your busy schedule and doing EC part-time
[29:49] How EC is an integral part of parenting and life for Andrea
[33:30] Aglaée's difficulties with EC following a move and baby getting mobile (potty pauses, how to get back into a routine with EC and how to avoid teaching toddlers to pee on the floor)
[40:35] Recent rant from Andrea about how diapers shouldn't be used as a wearable toilet
[47:10] Cloth vs disposable diapers as back-up for EC families
[49:45] Andrea's website, books and podcast about going diaper free
Core and pelvic floor health is something that is often not considered during their pregnancy; however, during the postpartum period mom’s may notice that they still look pregnant, experience a little leaking when laughing or working out, or have pain in their back or lower body. It’s really important to address these issues to feel your very best! Wendy breaks down this complex topic and provides practical tips and inspiration. This is a must listen for pregnant women and women in the postpartum. Even if you don’t think you’re dealing with core or pelvic floor issues, you’ll want to tune into to understand how you can reduce or prevent problems in the future. We know you’ll love Wendy’s positive and empowering message!
Wendy is an expert in postpartum and postpregnancy exercise, and after working with thousands of women who suffer from Mummy Tummy (aka pregnancy belly and weak pelvic floor), she realized how misinformed most of them were, specifically when it came to exactly how their abdominal muscles change as a result of pregnancy. Which is why helping women to not only look and feel fabulous, but also to be strong, pain-free, supple and fully functional, continues to be her inspiration and motivation. Medically endorsed MuTu System is a 12-week program with a whole-body approach to alignment that can help help all moms, new and old, rebuild a foundation for a strong core with natural activation, a healthy pelvic floor, and will get them on the road to achieving their pre-baby body.
[1:09] Stephanie’s Updates
[2:45] Wendy’s Introduction
[4:10] Wendy’s Story + Why she created the MuTu System
[7:30] Why core and pelvic floor problems are so prevalent
[8:55] Why you need to approach healing through a whole body approach vs. focusing on a few core exercises
[9:55] What diastasis recti is
[14:19] Why hernia surgeries may not work
[14:40] What exercises are safe and which are best to avoid
[18:30] How soon after birth can moms safely begin working on their core
[20:05] The differences between what is common and what is normal. The deal with urinary incontinence postpartum.
[22:40] Diastasis recti and future pregnancies
[24:40] What tailbone pressure and pain could be a sign of and a simple step to help it
[29:08 ] Wendy’s top tips for healing the core and pelvic floor
[37:08] Info about the MuTu System
Please remember that the views on this podcast and website are not meant to be substituted for medical advice, shouldn’t be used to diagnose, treat or cure any conditions, and are intended for general information purposes only.
Join us in this episode as we learn more about PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), one of the most prevalent hormonal imbalances and top cause of infertility and subfertility in women. This interview with Stefani Ruper from Paleo for Women will help you better understand what PCOS is, how to determine your personal PCOS type, the optimal way to eat with PCOS, how to balance your hormones naturally, if PCOS is reversible and the 3 top strategies to manage your PCOS symptoms and boost your fertility.
Stefani Ruper's bio: Stefani Ruper is the author of the best-selling paleo women’s health manifesto Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Lifelong Sex Appeal and Soaring Confidence. She is the voice behind the Paleo for Women blog and The Paleo Women Podcast. Stefani holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Boston University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Oxford University in Oxford, England.
[1:28] Stephanie's update
[6:10] Aglaée's update
[9:05] What is PCOS? - Signs, symptoms and diagnosis
[12:53] Risks of PCOS (in both overweight and normal-weight women!)
[16:16] The 4 main types of PCOS
[22:22] Natural ways to balance estrogen levels (high and low)
[26:22] Optimal way to eat with PCOS
[29:16] Menu example for PCOS
[32:00] Tracking calories and macronutrients
[35:41] Pregnancy and PCOS
[38:35] Is PCOS curable or reversible?
[41:22] Stefani's top 3 strategies for women with PCOS
[44:44] The connection between digestive health and PCOS
[46:09] Details about Stefani's website, books and programs
Join us as we talk about fun, simple and creative way to nourish you baby and toddler. In this episode, we discuss food introduction, the differences between feeding an infant and a toddler, fun feeding products, tips and tricks for dining out, preventing fussy eaters and Rochelle's 3 top tips for successful infant & toddler feeding. For more about Baby-Led Weaning, we also suggest you have a listen to episode 014.
Rochelle's bio: Rochelle Serna is a nutritional therapist with a background in child & family development. She combines ancestral nutrition, the newest science, & a holistic approach to provide nourishing tools for natural fertility, pregnancy, & healthy babies.
Rochelle's mama manifesto:
I'm not sure why people insist on telling me that I'm denying my son experiences, or that he'll sneak candy & junk food behind my back as soon as he's old enough to do so (saying it in a tone to hurt me?). By educating & implementing healthy eating practices with my son I am not depriving him. In fact, I'm giving him a gift. Not only will he be set up with the building blocks for a lifetime of health, but he will be able to make informed & educated choices about the food he eats & the way that he cares for his body for the rest of his life. He will have many, many wonderful experiences. He will taste many incredible foods. He will be given autonomy to choose what he wants to eat & do, & I will have the knowledge that he is not doing so blindly.
Join us as we discuss everything about gestational diabetes with Lily Nichols. In this episode, you'll learn about what it is, if you're at risk, the screening options, nutritional ketosis, why the conventional nutritional guidelines for gestational diabetes fail and how to eat to prevent and better control gestational diabetes. Don't miss out on this very important information because your blood sugar levels have a tremendous impact over your health and that of your baby. Be sure to share this podcast episode with any of your pregnant friends to raise awareness about the most effective and natural method to manage gestational diabetes.
Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified LEAP Therapist and Certified Pilates Instructor whose approach to nutrition embraces real food, integrative medicine, and mindfulness. Her popular blog, www.PilatesNutritionist.com, explores a variety of topics related to real food nutrition, digestive health, and pregnancy. Lily's book (and online program of the same name), Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, is the first to advocate for a nutrient-dense, lower carb diet for managing gestational diabetes.
[0:00] Welcome & Updates
[8:06] What is Gestational Diabetes
[9:05] Carbohydrate Intolerance and Insulin Resistance
[9:52] Who's at risk?
[15:24] Why the conventional nutrition approach for gestational diabetes doesn't work?
[21:31] Where does the mysterious 175 g of carbohydrates come from?
[26:12] Fear of fat in the medical community
[29:55] Screening Options for Gestational Diabetes
[35:41] Declining the test and possible consequences
[39:45] Is drinking the orange sugary drink dangerous during pregnancy?
[45:10] Nutritional Ketosis in Pregnancy
[52:47] Healthy Real Food Diet for Gestational Diabetes
[55:09] Sample Meal Plans for Gestational Diabetes
[57:50] 3 Top Strategies for Women with Gestational Diabetes (and women wanting to prevent it!)
[1:01:01] Online Gestational Diabetes Course with Lily
Join us as we discuss baby-led weaning and answer your questions about infant feeding! You'll find out when the best time is to introduce food, the benefits of baby-led weaning over traditional pureed food, the best first foods and foods to avoid, the science of and how to deal with choking and gagging, introducing allergens, how much to feed, how to manage solid intake with breastfeeding and formula, and more! Whether you are still waiting on introducing solid food or are currently introducing solids to your baby, you won't want to miss this informative and entertaining discussion!
Steph’s Updates [1:02]
Aglaée’s Updates [7:28]
Dr. Salib-Huber’s Bio [8:50]
What is baby-led weaning [10:30]
When is a baby ready for solid food? [11:45]
Gut maturity in babies [19:40]
Benefits of baby-led weaning [22:14]
Choking and gagging [28:22]
Best first foods [34:48]
Foods to avoid/allergens [43:01]
Baby-led weaning and nursing [51:25]
BIO: Dr. Jennifer Salib-Huber's
Dr. Jennifer Salib-Huber is a naturopathic doctor and registered dietitian who has been in practice since 2004. She works with patients of all ages, and especially loves working with women and children. While getting ready to introduce solids to her eldest daughter in 2008, she stumbled on Baby Led Weaning and successfully used the method to introduce all three of her children to food. She has facilitated workshops in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, since 2010 and loves introducing parents to this “real food” method of food introduction.
Join us as we talk to Dr. Anna Cabeca, an expert in women’s health and functional medicine, about fertility! We discuss what fertility/infertility means and signs to look out for, why we are seeing so much infertility, things the partner can do to increase his fertility, aging and fertility, stress and infertility, how to talk to someone struggling with infertility, and a whole lot more! You’ll learn valuable tips, supplements ideas, and changes you can make to your lifestyle TODAY to have a healthy baby.
Dr. Cabeca's bio:
Dr. Anna Cabeca is an expert in Women’s health and Functional Medicine. She is an Emory University trained, board certified Gynecologist and Obstetrician, and board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and natural alternatives for optimal aging and high performance.
Dr. Cabeca’s years of experience in her private practice along with her own journey of transformation has placed her as one of the most in-demand speakers regarding restorative health, sexual health and anti-aging. She is a consultant and trainer for other physicians in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Functional Medicine Principles and creator of programs called WomensRestorativeHealth.com, SexualCPR.com and SexyYoungerYou.com. Dr. Anna is also the creator of the highly physician recommended health drink MightyMaca.com
She has literally traveled around the world to find the best natural solutions in health. Her belief is that the advantages of creating health and hormone balance not only improves our own health, but also improve the health of generations to follow.
[0:27] Steph’s Updates
[3:58] Aglaée’s Updates
[5:35] Dr. Cabeca’s Biography
[7:27] What makes a woman fertile? What are signs that a woman is fertile or could possibly be subfertile?
[15:20] Why are we seeing so much infertility/subfertility these days?
[16:50] How often is infertility an issue with the male partner? What are some things that could cause male infertility?
[20:51] How much truth is there to the saying that it's harder to get pregnant as you get older?
[24:14] How much does stress contribute to infertility/subfertility?
[29:00] Top lifestyle, nutrition, and supplement tips for improving fertility
[38:32] Top tips for improving fertility for the guys
[44:09] Miscarriages in first time moms
[46:08] How do you respectfully talk to someone struggling with fertility?
[50:00] Information about Dr. Cabeca’s programs and products (Mighty Maca, SexualCPR, Feel Fabulous, Oxytocin Quiz)
Join us to get many useful tips and wisdom from Stacy Toth, from the Paleo Parents. In this interview, you'll learn concrete ways to help transition your family to a real food based diet, how to eat real food while on the road, how to prioritize self-care even for moms and a few tips for breastfeeding moms. Please share your own tips and comments below, we'd love to hear from you!
[3:48] Transitioning the family to a real food based diet
[24:18] Eating real food on the road
[29:26] The importance of self-care for moms
[33:43] Tips for breastfeeding moms
Husband and wife, Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry blog together at the popular website, PaleoParents.com. They co-host and produce the top rated syndicated podcast, The Paleo View as well as authored bestselling cookbooks, Eat Like a Dinosaur, a recipe & guidebook for gluten-free kids, Beyond Bacon, Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog, and Real Life Paleo,Recipes, Meals, and Practical Tips That Follow an Easy Three-Phased Approach to Health as well as two eBooks: 3 Phase Paleo: Transition Your Family in Three Easy Steps and Paleo to Go: Meals & Snacks for Work, School and Travel! They and their award-winning recipes have been featured in several national publications, television, radio shows, podcasts and many sites online.
In addition to writing on topics related to paleo parenting, Stacy & Matt are well-known for their candor and openness in addressing topics related to having changed their whole family’s health with a paleo lifestyle. This includes living without a gallbladder, depression, the auto-immune protocol, still being the fattest people in paleo after losing 200lbs, becoming a strong athlete after a lifetime of obesity, and everything in between. Stacy is also a competitive Strong Woman.
Online paleo shop:
Please remember that the views on this podcast and website are not meant to be substituted for medical advice, shouldn’t be used to diagnose, treat or cure any conditions, and are intended for general information purposes only.
Join us as we talk to Dr. Alessandra Wall, a licensed clinical psychologist, who specializes in helping new parents not only survive, but THRIVE! If you’re feeling overbooked, underwhelmed, and out of focus you’ll enjoy Dr. Wall’s suggestions on how to create a more balanced, fulfilling life for you and your family.
Many people want balance, health and a sense of control over their lives, but aren’t sure where to start or what they should be focusing their efforts and time on. Busy business owners and entrepreneurs who are struggling to juggle personal, familial and professional roles, and parents who are trying to define their needs while taking care of their families will gain a ton of insight and wisdom from this episode!
Alessandra Wall, Ph.D. is the Owner of Life in Focus Coaching. She is a wife, mother, Life coach, psychologist, CrossFit Coach and the Board Chair of Empower Charter School. Dr. Wall believes that life should be about thriving, not just getting by. She practices out of San Diego, Calif., and coaches working professionals and parents to find what is right for them and build the life they want to live. For more, visit http://www.lifeinfocussd.com.
Stephanie’s Updates [1:06]
Aglaée’s Updates [6:05]
Dr. Alessandra’s Biography [7:42]
What it means to THRIVE as a new parent versus survive. [9:05]
Why is parenting so tricky? [11:54]
Dr. Wall’s thoughts on attachment parenting. [16:26]
Ways to make the transition to parenthood more smooth. [19:19]
Ways to build a community if you don’t have family around. [23:13]
Why have we become so out of touch with our needs. [29:15]
How to figure out what you need. The practice of doing “nothing.” [35:20]
What do you do if you don’t know what your needs are? [39:30]
What can we do to not feel guilty about taking time for ourself. [45:32]
How does Dr. Alessandra Wall create balance in her life. [50:42]
Actionable steps moms can take to create balance and live their ideal life. [54:40]
Join us as we discuss our favorite superfoods for all of you supermoms! These foods are nutritional rockstars for nearly everyone, but especially for those wanting to become pregnant, are pregnant, or are nourishing their body with real food to help heal postpartum. We're sure you can probably guess one or two of these superfoods, but we've added some that you will definitely not find in the standard pregnancy nutrition books! Hopefully at least some of these foods will soon become new, delicious additions to your current diet!
Listen in to hear our 7 superfood suggestions, recipe ideas, and ways we personally enjoy them in our diet! Then, let us know how you enjoy them through the comments section on our website!
Find us at RealFoodMamasPodcast.com
Join the Real Food Mamas on our second Q&A episode where we answer your questions about thyroid health in the postpartum period, food sensitivities in kids, and real food snack ideas.
[0:52] Steph’s Updates
[2:58] Aglaée’s Updates
[5:38] Question #1: Can you discuss hormonal imbalances and Hashimoto’s that manifests postpartum and what to do about it?
[20:02] Question #2: What do you do when your child becomes allergic to foods she used to enjoy? What can cause extreme highs/lows in my child’s behavior?
[32:48] Question #3: What are healthy snack ideas that pack a lot of calories for nursing mamas following a real food diet?
Join Stephanie and Aglaée as they answer your questions this week with their first Q&A episode!
We are happy to answer you questions about:
1. Favorite brands of tea, sardines, and ways to prepare liver
2. Tips for managing processed food cravings and the first trimester and macronutrient ranges in pregnancy
3. Group B-strep and natural prevention strategies
Stay tuned for lots more question/answer sessions in the episodes to come!
[1:21] Steph’s Updates
[7:44] Aglaée’s Updates
[9:05] First Question: What are some ways to prepare liver? What are good types/brands of tea? What are your favorite brands of sardines?
[19:03] Second Question: How do you avoid processed foods during pregnancy? Any tips for managing the first trimester? How should your balance of carbs, fat, and protein look like during pregnancy especially if you follow the paleo diet?
[28:39] Third Question What are your thoughts/recommendations on Group B Strep? Besides a probiotic, is there anything else we can do diet-wise to treat and/or prevent it? Is there a specific strain of probiotic that might be more effective than others?
Join us on episode 7 where we interview Chris Kresser, a functional medicine practitioner. We discuss a fascinating theory about why preconception/prenatal health is so important, the best superfoods, supplements, and nutrients before and during pregnancy, the benefits of baby-led weaning versus pureed foods, the controversy regarding introducing allergenic foods early to avoid allergies later in life, and why self-care is so important for moms!
[0:00] Introduction of today’s guest, Chris Kresser
[1:00] Steph’s Updates
[3:24] Aglaée’s updates
[7:15] Chris Kresser’s Bio
[9:08] Developmental Origins Theory - Why nutrition is important before and during your pregnancy
[11:37] The most important foods/supplements to eat/take during pregnancy
[19:48] Risks/benefits of fish during pregnancy
[21:33] Starting solids: baby-led weaning vs. purees
[24:50] Chris’ thoughts on introducing allergenic foods to avoid allergies later in life
[26:33] Self-care tips for new moms
[28:10] Recommendations for child spacing
[30:00] Info on Chris’ Healthy Baby Code program
[33:25] Steph + Aglaée: How to make liver palatable (recipes, tips/tricks)
[38:33] Steph + Aglaée: Our thoughts on child spacing
[41:09] Steph + Aglaée: Our thoughts on supplementation (favorite products)
Stephanie's favorite supplements:
Aglaée's favorite supplements:
Join us on episode 6 as we talk openly with Gail Root, a pre and perinatal psychology and health expert, about what many moms really experience after childbirth. From the baby blues to postpartum psychosis, Gail helps us all understand what postpartum mood and anxiety disorders are, signs/symptoms to look out for, how friends/families can best help new moms, why these conditions are so under-diagnosed and under-treated, treatment options (including those suitable for breastfeeding women), and a ton of valuable resources!
Please listen and share this episode with as many people as you can. You can help us increase the awareness of this issue and make sure moms get the support they deserve.
What are the first few months postpartum REALLY like? Steph and Aglaée get vulnerable and discuss their personal struggles, crazy thoughts, rollercoaster ride of emotions, and strategies for surviving the newborn phase and first few months. If you're a new mom, you'll resonate with the stories on this episode. If you're an expecting mom, you'll get a sense of what to expect. Join us as we share our eye-opening, humbling, real-life experiences.
[0:00] Recap on last episode and need for more information about postpartum depression and anxiety disorders on this podcast.
[1:32] Announce next show's expert, Gail Root, a pre & perinatal psychology and health expert.
[1:58] Fact of the day - Postpartum support in other countries.
[4:03] Aglaée's updates
[7:45] Steph's updates
[11:36] Listener feedback - breastfeeding struggles and support
[14:45] Aglaée's postpartum story
[34:48] Steph's postpartum story
And finally, here's a nice poem for you to enjoy
"The most difficult part of birth is the first year afterwards. It is the year of travail - when the soul of a woman must birth the mother inside her. The emotional labour pains of becoming a mother are far greater than the physical pangs of birth; these are the growing surges of your heart as it pushes out selfishness and fear and makes room for sacrifice and love. It is a private and silent birth of the soul, but it is no less holy than the event of childbirth, perhaps it is even more sacred."
- Joy Kusek
Postpartum depression is an issue that isn’t often talked about because, let’s face it, it’s not glamorous. There is so much pressure and expectation to look like you have it all together as a new mom, especially with the popularity of social media.
In this episode, Steph and Aglaée tackle the myths and facts about postpartum depression, discuss their own experiences about surviving the first month, give tons of tips for dealing with postpartum depression and the postnatal period, and provide support for new moms who may be dealing with postpartum depression or those having trouble coping with the demands of being a new mom.
[1:00] - A listener’s successful hospital birth story
[8:00] - Postpartum depression facts and myths
[11:00] - Postpartum depression risk factors
[14:00] - Updates (6 month breastfeeding celebration, first foods)
[20:00] - Steph’s postpartum and first month story
[29:00] - Aglaée’s postpartum and first month story
[38:00] - Steph’s tips for the first month
[48:00] - Aglaée’s tips for the first month
In this first episode of Real Food Mamas podcast, Stephanie and Aglaée introduce themselves and share their own struggles with fertility. They discuss what the show will and will not be about, how the show will flow, future topics, and experts they will be interviewing. It's a must listen!
More info: http://realfoodmamaspodcast.com/
Have you ever been interested in having a homebirth? Are you curious about how homebirths or waterbirths work?
In this episode, Steph opens up and shares her story. You'll learn about her experience with becoming and being pregnant, her decision to have a homebirth, the process she had working with midwives, the importance of social support during pregnancy, delivery, and after birth, her entire birth story, and lots more! You'll hear her talk about just how hard it was and her strategies for getting through the pain.
This epsiode provides listeners with an opportunity to get to know Steph as she opens up about her personal experiences and shares natural pregnancy/homebirth inspiration.
Read more about her story and see pictures: http://realfoodmamaspodcast.com/2015/02/28/episode-002-stephanies-waterbirth-story/
Have you ever been interested in having a homebirth? Are you curious about how homebirths work?
In this episode, Aglaée opens up and shares her story. You'll learn about her experience with becoming and being pregnant, her decision to have a homebirth, the process she had working with midwives, the importance of social support during pregnancy, delivery, and after birth, her entire birth story, and lots more! You'll hear her talk about just how hard it was and her strategies for dealing with health practitioners who don't share your values.
This epsiode provides listeners with an opportunity to get to know Aglaée as she opens up about her personal experiences and shares natural pregnancy/homebirth inspiration.
Read more about her homebirth: http://realfoodmamaspodcast.com/2015/02/28/episode-003-aglaees-homebirth-story/