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  1. In my first pregnancy I suffered hugely from sciatica kind of pain in my right hip radiating all the way to my sacrum. At the end of pregnancy I could barely step on my leg. This time around I have 0 pain and I want to believe it it not a coincidence. Sciatica pain in pregnancy is very common and here are my tips how to avoid it. 1.Pay a visit to a chiropractor I can’t be more positive about my few visits at the chiropractor during this pregnancy. There is never too late to pay a first visit but I would recommend to book yourself maybe around week 20 and then according to the need. Besides any sort of back related pain relieve there are studies available proving that chiropractors can hugely help also with the outcome of the natural birth. 2. Maintain a lower body strength training I do believe that adding on some hamstring and glut strength before I got pregnant second time really helped to keep my hip more stable. With Emilia I didn’t do any strength training but during this pregnancy I did minimum 2 sessions a week. If I didn’t have time for full 60 min work out I would stick to 10 min lower + 10 min upper body work out. 3. Spinning babies balancing exercises Emilia was also on my right side of my uterus and I had a back labour at the end which wasn’t a fun at all. I think her not beeing in an optimal position had a contribution to the hip pain. This time around I can feel the baby is already in a very different position. a) I think it is that I am better aligned thanks to the chiropractor work b) I did loads of balancing exercise that you can check on https://spinningbabies.com/ View the full article
  2. Sweet potato chocolate brownies

    I loved loved loved loved loved this recipe! I have to be honest baking is not something I am good at or I enjoy. But for these amazingly yummy and healthy chocolate brownies I am quite happy to invest 70 min of my pressure time. Preparation time: 20-30 min Cooking time: 50 min Ingredients: FOR THE BROWNIES 500g of sweet potatoes (about 2 medium) 12 medjool dates 6 tablespoons of pure maple syrup 100g of ground almonds 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil a pinch of salt 100g of ground oats 6 tablespoons of raw cacao powder FOR THE ICING 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 2 tablespoons of almond butter 1 tablespoon of maple syrup 2 tablespoons of cacao powder Method: Pre-heat the oven to 180C (fan). Peel the sweet potatoes, cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about twenty minutes, until they become really soft. Remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates. Remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato date combination. Stir well. Place into a lined baking dish and cook for about forty-five to fifty minutes, until you can pierce the brownie with a fork and bring it out dry. While the brownies are cooking make the icing by simply melting all the ingredients together and stirring well, then place in a fridge for 15 to firm up a bit. Remove the brownies from the tray and leave to cool completely before icing. Spread the icing on top. Cut into desired pieces and enjoy! View the full article
  3. Let’s be honest. It is hard a hard job. Craving sugar is one of the most common cravings in pregnancy. Until like 30 weeks I felt I had things under the control. Last 9 weeks – not so much:) After every main meal I do feel now there is something missing and unless I have something sweet my taste buds are not fully satisfied. Here is the trick though…You don’t have to torture yourself by not giving your body what it craves. Just try to stick to as healthy treats as you can get. Combined with a healthy balanced diet rich in nutrients and topped with some exercise you don’t have to worry about having something sweet every day. I craved lot more sweets this pregnancy and certainly ate more of the sweet stuff and still put on only 10 kg and I am feeling strong and fit. My tips to satisfy your sweet tooth quickly ! Before you try any of the following have a big glass of water with squeezed half of lemon. Often your sweet tooth is just that you are thirsty. If that does’t help try these: table spoon of honey few squares of dark chocolate at least 70% in cocoa fresh fruit even those high in fructose like mangos, pineapples etc. dried fruit like dates, apricots or prunes kids biscuits with no sugar content:) or try any of the following recipes. Any of them take longer then 60 min and you can have your healthy treats supply for at least 4 days always handy waiting for you in your fridge or handbag whenever you have a “need:)” http://evalindsayhealth.com/super-easy-fruit-and-nut-energy-bar/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/easy-amaranth-biscuits/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/oats-and-sweet-potato-cake-bars/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/chocolate-zucchini-loaf/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/sweet-potato-and-almond-bliss-balls/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/banana-peanut-butter-icecream/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/chocolate-pecans-energy-bar/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/coconut-blueberry-muffins/ And sometimes there is just nothing really bad about having that big Starbucks chocolate cake or a regular ice-cream:) Just chill and enjoy it! Good luck! View the full article
  4. Approved by Emilia! Great for lunch boxes and good mummy snack too;) Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 0 min Ingredients: 50 g rolled oats 50g macadamia nuts 150g apricots or dates 100 g raisins 4 tbsp fresh orange juice or apple juice 2 tbsp sunflower seeds 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds 3 tbsp coconut flakes 1 tbsp chia seeds Method: Toast nuts and oats for several minutes on a dry frying pan on a medium heat until oats turn golden. Mix the dried fruit and the juice in a food processor until you achieve a smooth a paste. Place nuts, seeds and oats into food processor and bland until finely chopped. Combine the oats/ nut/ seeds mixture with the fruit paste. Line a baking paper, spread the mixture to 1 cm thickness. Place baking paper on the top as well and press to make the top nice and smooth. Place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour and then slice into bars. Keep it in the airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze. View the full article
  5. So last two days I really felt like pregnant ladies are meant to feel sick and not allowed to do anything other then sit, feel heavy, uncomfortable and must be excluded from fun and feeling normal! Yesterday I went with Emilia to water park and the guard told me off because I stood ” too deep” in a kids wave pool in exactly 1.2 m. Even for me that meant the water was barely touching my shoulders. Explanation was that the rule here is ” pregnant women are not allowed to go that deep!” And today I was almost not allowed to go to soft play (i had to argue my way in) with my 3 years old- I was recommended to sit down!!!! Well I would prefer to put my feet up and sip a cup of coffee really! But explain it to my 3 years old who has got so much energy that can distribute to many. What is wrong with the world!!!????First and foremost every pregnant woman knows the best her current fitness level and what is appropriate for her and what is not anymore. Secondly when did pregnant women became so weak and sick like? Our great grandmas would still work on the field throughout their whole pregnancy and give a birth to their children straight on the field and then in few hours go back to work. Being pregnant and if cleared out by your doctor you can stay fit throughout your whole pregnancy and you certainly don’t have to feel like you can’t possibly do 1 hour in soft play or a pool! And it doesn’t require a lot of effort. Here is me 31 weeks pregnant doing my favourite 10 min! (no excuses – everybody can find 10 min) upper body work out. All you need is just dumb bells based on your fitness level- I was using 4 kg one. here (normally when not pregnant I would do 5-10kg). You can read more articles about how to stay fit healthy and positive during your pregnancy here: http://evalindsayhealth.com/category/prenatal/ View the full article
  6. So last two days I really felt like pregnant ladies are meant to feel sick and not allowed to do anything other then sit, feel heavy, uncomfortable and must be excluded from fun and feeling normal! Yesterday I went with Emilia to water park and the guard told me me off to stand ” too deep” in a kids wave pool in exactly 1.2 m. Even for me that meant the water was barely touching my shoulders. Explanation was that the rule here is ” pregnant women are not allowed to go that deep!” And today I was almost not allowed to go to soft play (i had to argue my way in) with my 3 years old- I was recommended to sit down!!!! Well I would prefer to put my feet up and sip a cup of coffee really! But explain it to my 3 years old who has got so much energy that can distribute to many. What is wrong with the world!!!????First and foremost every pregnant woman knows the best her current fitness level and what is appropriate for her and what is not anymore. Secondly when did pregnant women became so weak and sick like? Our great grandmas would still work on the field throughout their whole pregnancy and give a birth to their children straight on the field and then in few hours go back to work. Being pregnant and if cleared out by your doctor you can stay fit throughout your whole pregnancy and you certainly don’t have to feel like you can’t possibly do 1 hour in soft play or a pool! And it doesn’t require a lot of effort. Here is me 31 weeks pregnant doing my favourite 10 min! (no excuses – everybody can find 10 min) upper body work out. All you need is just dumb bells based on your fitness level- I was using 4 kg one. here (normally when not pregnant I would do 5-10kg). View the full article
  7. I am 35 weeks pregnant! Last 2 weeks were tough. I developed bad piles from the pressure of the baby and I literally could’t move or sit or simply enjoy myself. Joys of pregnancy yay! Not being able to be active drove me absolutely crazy! It is all fine and healed now. (combination of hot sitz baths, cold compresses, ointments, suppositories, Aloe vera gel 99,9% gel worked wonders!!!) Today first time since we came back from Slovakia I went to gym and did short arms and legs work out and stretched with few sun salutations. I felt so good to be back to exercising! Exercise for me is not only about the physical results it is about mental health, feeling good in my own skin and brain. When I was in the gym I could see how surprised people were watching this hugely pregnant woman lifting weights, do squats and downward dogs:) There was one lady who even asked me if that is ok for a woman to be this active at this stage of pregnancy??? So again back to the same rules First and foremost you need to get a green light from your health caregiver that you and your baby are all healthy and you have low risk pregnancy. You need to adjust your exercise to be pregnancy friendly. Lower the weights, avoid core work outs, no extreme jumping, holding breath, slow down the cardio and just simply listen to your body. Take into the consideration what was your activity level before you got pregnant After that there is no reason why you should stop moving. Staying active while being pregnant has so many benefits not just for you but for your baby as well. Benefits of staying active while you pregnant 1. Increase of energy level Growing a baby is a hard job resulting in increased fatigue. Form my own experience being pregnant twice exercise kept me full of energy throughout all trimesters. 2. Lower your risk of certain pregnancy-related complications Studies suggest that exercising during pregnancy can lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. 3. Reduce pregnancy discomfort Pregnancy comes with all sort of joys. Ligaments cramps, swollen legs, weight gain, back pain…I experienced all of this but thanks to the regular exercise I kept it under a control. 4. Help you to relax and stay positive For me this is one of the most significant reasons why with both of my pregnancies I was determined to stay active. With all the hormonal changes going on in your body it is so easy to fall in the vicious circle of bad mood swings. Thanks to regular exercise I stayed reasonably happy and positive:) View the full article
  8. This is one of my favourite pasta sauces I make on the occasions I need a quick dinner and kids love it! It freezes well so you can make a double portion and store the left overs in air-tight containers for the times life is too busy. Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time time: 15 min Ingredients: 1 onion 4 garlic cloves 1 can of tuna 2 cans of chopped tomatoes or 2 kg of fresh tomatoes 1 carrot olive oil salt peppers black olives (optional) basel (optional) Method: In a pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add crashed garlic half the onion, saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and basel season with salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered on medium heat for about 20 min until thick. If sauce still tastes acidic, add some honey or butter, 1 tablespoon at a time to round out the flavors. Add the sauce into food processor. Process until smooth. While you prepare the sauce in a separate pan heat the oil and add the onion and fry for about 2 min. Add the tuna and grated carrot. Saute for another 3-5 min. Mix the tuna with the tomato sauce. If you like you can mix in some black sliced olives. View the full article
  9. With this post I certainly don’t want to put any pressure on ladies who for any reason can’t exercise during their pregnancy. We are all different and we have different time availability and progress of our pregnancy. The purpose of this post is to help mums who would like to stay active or are in doubt which exercise is appropriate in their pregnancy. Some important facts about exercising while you are pregnant Pregnancy (if low risk) is a healthy state of being. You are not sick you are just pregnant. That means that if your doctor (midwife) gives you green you are allowed any exercise which doesn’t target your core muscles directly and doesn’t involve too much of jumping. Simply put think of your exercise whether it doesn’t place direct pressure on your belly or doesn’t cause an unwelcoming effect on your baby. Most of the medical care providers dropped now even the myth that expecting mums shouldn’t raise their heart beats above 150 per minute. As long as you used to this level of activity before your pregnancy there is no reason you should stop doing it now. My tip how to modify or choose the right exercise If you used to go to gym before you got pregnant you can keep going just slow down a bit, avoid excessive jumping, drop or lower the weights and avoid exercises like planks, crunches, Russian twist etc. If you used to do loads of running, you can continue running. Just take it easy, slow down a bit until it feels comfortable. Your body will tell you when to stop. Usually that happens around week 19-20. If you used to do yoga keep doing it: just avoid boats, planks, back bands, jumping, closed twists, lying on the back and inversions. If you haven’t been exercising before for your pregnancy- go to special pregnancy classes or download special pregnancy yoga /strength training, go for brisk walks or do some swimming. The point is: The more active you stay during your pregnancy the better you will cope physically and mentally as well. This is my own experience (2 pregnancies). I get it. Time is always an issue. So don’t get trapped in the 60 min exercise block nonsense. Move when you can. That means anytime you find 10- 20 min block – use it! I went for a quick 20 min walk yesterday after I put Emilia to sleep and it was great! Or I do quick sun salutation (10 min or so) in the morning before Mili wakes up or while she plays around. This san salutation is modified and suitable for any stage of pregnancy. http://evalindsayhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_1361.m4v View the full article
  10. I always plan my meals around protein. Every day I opt for different protein- white meats, red meats, seafood, meat free protein. I got spoiled in Abu Dhabi knowing that you can buy here almost anything at any point of time. You can feel just very little of a season aspect when it comes to choice of fruit and veggies in the shops. Everything is imported! Recently I started ordering every week 9kg box of organic veggies and fruits (mostly locally grown, some are imported). It is good value and good quality and I like to bring to our life here a bit of “natural”. Every week the selection is slightly different. This encourages me to a completely different approach to planning my meals. Rather then planning the meals bases on what I fancy I plan based on what I have and what I simply have to use. Sometimes it is veggies or fruits I would have less of preference to buy. This has really revolutionized my cooking last few week and also made it different and bit more fun. Last week I had in my box also some big tomatoes and aubergine. I can’t remember last time I bought aubergine. So this is what I made for our dinner yesterday yum yum! Tomato stuffed with aubergine, mozzarella cheese and basel Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time time: 15 min Ingredients: 1 aubergine 1 onion 3 garlic cloves 3 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup basel 1 mozzarella cheese Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Fry the onion for 2 min then add the eggplants and basel and fry until golden brown. Add the garlic at the end and stir for another 2 min. Set aside. To prepare the tomato cups, carefully cut tops off of each tomato and scoop out seeds and pulp with a melon baller or spoon. Reserve the tops. Stuff the tomatoes with the eggplant mixture and place them in the baking dish and bake for about 20 min. At the end top each evenly with mozzarella cheese. Place the reserved tomato tops to the baking dish (not on top of the tomatoes). Broil tomatoes until the cheese is melted and lightly golden. You can serve it as an appetizer or as a side dish (chicken or fish goes nicely with it). View the full article
  11. I would love to say “I can’t believe 30 weeks passed already:)))” The truth is I feel like I have been pregnant at least TWICE AS LONG lol. Temperatures in Abu Dhabi has climbed to 40s and my due date seems to be still way to far….On the positive side I extremely enjoy my maternity leave:). I gave myself just few small work related projects to finish by June otherwise I concentrate selfishly on myself:) A brief recap on my 2nd pregnancy No major complications- knock knock on the wood Healthy baby- perfect size- knock knock on the wood 5 kg weight gain since the beginning of the pregnancy All blood tests are fine- No issues (so far) with iron, vitamin D or diabetes Some things are easier some things are more difficult to handle. What is easier Less of indigestion (although it has been worse last week) With Emilia I suffered enormously from acid and constant burping:( Less hip pain I have a hip pain now and then but way less then in my first pregnancy – I praise the strength training focused on the glutes and back -it seems to be helping a lot! Better sleep As long as the baby number 1 sleeps I have an amazing sleep. I do wake up several time a night for a toilet visit but I usually go straight back to sleep. What is more difficult My bump is bigger this time Towards the end of day I usually feel like my belly is about to burst. This pregnancy goes really slowly Because I have been showing much earlier this time I feel like I have been pregnant for years lol:) Bad mood swings I do suffer from bad mood swings. Specially in the afternoon I often feel a bit low:( Back pain I guess because of the size of the belly my back tends to be in loads od discomfort- specially towards the end of day. Tips to ease the discomforts of your pregnancy. Or what do I do to stay sane:) I. Food Nutritious food is important for a good mental and physical health. We all know that. It is even more true during the pregnancy. It is also a truth that it is impossible to be 100%. Pregnancy cravings, lack of time, baby number 1, tiredness that all contributes to the days when it is simply hard to cook from scratch. I certainly eat this time more of “treats” (muffins are my thing:) then in my 1st pregnancy. MY TIP: Try to be good for 80%. The rule of thumb is: each main meal should contain veggies to roughly cover half of your plate. The rest of your plate is divided into half protein and half whole grains. In another words make the best possible choices you can over the week. (or weekend if that is easier) and then allow yourself to have treat days or individual treat meals (whatever that is for you)…If possible shoot for homemade deserts or biscuits or buy higher quality and try to stay away from processed chocolate bars, biscuits etc. They are super high in sugars and additives. II. Exercise We all know exercise is good for us. This is even more true during the pregnancy. Staying active is not only important for you to stay fit and get back to your desired self after the birth in no time but also it is important for the health of your baby. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my exercises. It doesn’t only keep the physical discomforts of pregnancy at its minimum but also the endorphins do really their job. I feel absolutely amazing every time I force myself into little walk or do my yoga practice or strength training. MY TIP: Shoot for 2- 3 hours of exercise a week. Remember these doesn’t have to be 1 hour blocks. Whenever you find 15- 20 min use them! Great is prenatal yoga, prenatal strength training, swimming or brisk walk . If you anyway struggle to fit it because of lack of time then think walks whenever possible- get of one bus stop sooner, or walk the stairs, carry your shopping bags etc.You can also do your exercises from home, there are some amazing pregnancy online programs now here are two I can 100% recommend: Home Compilation: Prenatal Yoga III. Self care Some of mums feel naturally amazing and beautiful during their pregnancy. I did with Emilia. With this one I had to help myself a bit. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your good mental health to carve out some mummy time and pamper yourself to feel beautiful and positive. At the beginning of this pregnancy I really didn’t feel beautiful neither positive. In fact I felt the right opposite and it was really bothering me:( MY TIP: Even if it is 30 min a week have a bath, go for coffee with your friend, pamper yourself- go for a pregnancy massage or manicure…. buy some nice maternity clothes to feel comfortable and beautiful-when I feel tired or simply not well in my own skin this really works for me. I literally force myself into long shower and put some nice clothes on and….make up! The effort always pays off! IV. Relaxation – stay calmly with yourself We often take time to relax physically but very rarely we take time to calm our minds. (and they do work 24 hours a day). Pregnancy often brings along mood swings, panic attacks, anxiety, even depression. Trust me I know all about these in this second pregnancy. MY TIP: Find a comfortable silent place (ask our partner to babysit or anybody else who could help to stay with your children meanwhile) close your eyes and listen for 15 min to a relaxing music. Or find a guided meditation on youtube or at apple store. Go for a walk. Have a bath. If you do hypnobirthing course listen to the “tapes”. Or do whatever makes you to slow down and stay in silence with yourself. 10 min a day is ideal. If that is a luxury then even 10 min a week is better then nothing. View the full article
  12. Easy amaranth biscuits

    I finally found a biscuit recipe that even my daughter would be happy with:) For those who look for recipe which doesn’t include any of the traditional ingredients like wheat flower, oats, eggs, sugar you might like to try this one: Preparation time: 15 min Baking time: 15 min Ingredients: 6 Tbsp Vegetable oil (I used olive oil) 1.5 cup Maple sirup 6 Tbsp Water 2 cups Amaranth flour 2/3 cup Arrow root starch 1 tsp Baking soda 1/2 tsp Sea salt 1 tsp Cinnamon 2 tsp Vanilla 2/3 cup grated Carrot 2/3 cup Raisins Direction: Preheat the oven to 180 C. Combine all the wet ingredients and all of the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add carrot and raisins at the end. Using a palm of your hand flatten the biscuits to 1 cm thickness. Grease the tray with a butter. Bake for 12-15 min until lightly brown. View the full article
  13. Cook once – eat twice

    I am a big fan of batch cooking! It really works for me as I either use the left overs for my lunch next day or lunch box for my daughter or I freeze it for the “days in hurry” when my only option to have a healthy food is to “defrost it”. This recipe is great example of “batch cooking”. Same chicken used ones for dinner and lunch next day with different sides. Cashew crusted chicken with creamy asparagus Preparation time: 15 min Cooking time time: 15 min Ingredients for chicken: 500 g chicken breasts 1.5 cups cashew nuts 1 beaten egg salt pepper Ingredients for creamy asparagus (2 portions) 40 baby asparagus stalks 2 cups of sliced white button mushrooms (or any other of your choice) brocoli (optional ) 2 crushed garlic cloves 3-4 tbsp of double cream salt pepper fresh thyme (optional) Direction Preheat the over for 170 C. Cover the chicken breasts with a beaten egg firstly and then with cashew meal and taste with some salt and pepper. On the pan fry each side for about 2 minutes. Then move the chicken into the oven for about 10 min. Meanwhile stir-fry mushrooms first for about 5 min and then asparagus. Stir together for about another 2 min (add a parboiled broccoli if you wish) and add some crashed garlic continue to stir fry for another 1 min. At the end add the double cream and taste with salt and pepper. MY TIP: Save the chicken left overs and you can use it in your salad next day. View the full article
  14. Prenatal yoga – Testimonial

    So grateful for every testimonial my clients write for me. Thank you Martina choosing my prenatal yoga program for your second pregnancy. It was a pleasure to meet you and to watch your little one to grow. I wish you all the best! —————– I decided to join a prenatal yoga program to stay fit during the whole pregnancy. I can say it helped me in many ways, such as sharing with other mums or mums to be feelings and thoughts about this phase. I really appreciated the benefits of yoga to both body and mind such as balance, flexibility, strength..it really helped to prepare for to the birth. Eva is a very empathic teacher, she follows the mood of the group, inspiring personal improvements, which come shortly. “ Martina B., Abu Dhabi, Al Zeina View the full article
  15. Quinoa coconut milk pudding

    I love this recipe as it really takes 20 min and you make enough of portions for 2-3 filling breakfasts for both mummy and your child. Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time time: 15 min Ingredients: 1.5 cup of quinoa 1 can of coconut milk 15-20 ripe middle size strawberries honey (to your taste) 3 tbsp chia seeds (optional) Direction Boil quinoa according to the instruction on the package After add full can of the coconut milk and stir for 5 min Add a honey and chia seeds Divide into individual portions Blend the strawberries and poor over each portion (you can make few layers as well) View the full article
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