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Babies and Pregnancy


Gisele Bundchen criticized for breastfeeding photo

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities She’s at it again. Gisele Bundchen, the infamous supermodel “sanctimommy” everyone loves to hate, has ignited yet another round of the so-called mommy wars. The Brazilian beauty took to Instagram this week to share a shot of herself getting prepped for a shoot – clad only in a robe,… […]


Right amount of fat, protein, key to babies

The early childhood diet and that of the mother during pregnancy determines the health of a child later life. One researcher hopes to drastically improve the health of future generations by giving nutritional advice to pregnant women and young mothers. ScienceDaily: Infant Health News


Father’s diet before conception may be crucial for baby’s health

by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. posted in Mom Stories When it comes to making babies, everybody knows that a mother’s lifestyle matters. During gestation, a mother’s habits and nutritional status can have powerful effects on the way a baby develops. Folate, for instance, is so important for brain development and the prevention of birth defects that… […]

Fitness


Make Meals The Nicest Herbs And Spices

Imagine foods without the garnishment of herbs and spices. It would lend a rather boring palette to say the least. Always held in high esteem and worth their weight in gold so to speak, herbs and spices have been flavoring the foods of kings and peasants for centuries. Adding flavor is only one of the […]


Fuel Your Body With Positive Thoughts

Affirmations begin as positive thoughts and are given power once you speak them aloud. They are positive, empowering statements that help you to overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. Affirmations help you visualize, and believe in, what you’re affirming to yourself, helping you to make positive changes in your life. There is evidence that the use of […]


Time To Test Your True Strength

When your workout becomes old and stale, it’s time to test your true strength and ramp up your fitness program. Doing the same exercises at the same level every time you workout is not only boring to your mind, it’s also boring to your muscles. No longer a challenge, your muscles aren’t getting the same […]

Healthy Eating


Which is healthier: chocolate fudge or chocolate bark?

When I’m invited to someone’s house for dinner, I never show up empty-handed. Call me Southern (which is a compliment!) but I think bringing a little offering says, “Thank you so much for inviting me over and serving me food.” I used to bring a bottle or wine or flowers, but recently I’ve been whipping […]


Kale & Cucumber Salad with Avocado Tahini Dressing

Simple recipe packed with flavor & nutrition from Nava Atlas’s ‘Wild About Greens’ cookbook Massaged kale served simply with cucumbers, carrots, and a luscious avocado and tahini dressing is an incredible treat. Savvy Veg is a big kale fan who had never eaten massaged kale, but is now an enthusiastic convert to kale salads, thanks […]


Fresh Tomato Basil Soup

Feeling under the weather? Whether you’re seeking to restore your health or just in the mood for something tasty, try out this recipe for fresh tomato basil soup. For this soup, you’ll need chopped red onions (2 onions makes about 1.5 cups), extra-virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons), minced garlic cloves (5), chopped peeled carrots (2), […]

Parenting Tips


True documentation of the human cost a maternal death (Tanzania)

Disney movies often spring from the tragedy of a maternal death– think Cinderella, Snow White, Bambi, the Fox & the Hound, Finding Nemo, Beauty & the Beast and on it goes. We know that not only is the premature death of any woman is a tragedy, but that obviously there are effects for at least […]


The Limits of Palliative Cancer Care in Guatemala

As cancer rates increase around the world, so does the need for palliative care in low- and middle-income countries.  The world’s poorest cancer patients tend to come to medical attention at advanced stages, when pain management represents the only therapeutic option.  The WHO advocates the development of palliative care programs in poor countries, describing that […]


New Pregnancy Tests Estimates How Far Along Women Are

New advancements in technology could let woman not only know if they’re pregnant or not, but also how far along they are. Clearblue, a manufacturer of pregnancy tests, has released the new line Advanced Pregnancy test with Weeks Estimator. How it works is that this test contains two strips instead of the traditional single strip. […]