©2013 Katie Moore
Choosing to eat healthy via natural foods was my primary goal when I found out I
was pregnant. Prior to pregnancy I ate what I considered mostly healthy foods, but
never paid much attention to food labels. All of this changed when I knew I was
supporting another little human! I immediately became more conscientious of the
little-known chemicals that were put into many of the prepackaged foods I had been
After doing some basic research, I discovered that investing in organic foods and in
organic household supplies could make a big difference in what I exposed my baby
to in utero and after birth. This led me to the beginning of a completely new and natural lifestyle that I have
come to love thoroughly!
Simple, Natural Foods to Boost Your Energy
One thing that was a big factor in motivating me to eat more natural foods during
my pregnancy was I always felt lethargic and tired. A friend who happens to be a
nutritionist explained to me that many of the heavy, starchy foods I was consuming
were making me feel fatigued. I quickly discovered she was right when I switched to
more nutritious meals!
Because purchasing organic foods can be expensive, it is a good idea to watch for
store sales and then stock up on produce and other organic items when they go on
sale. Most things can be frozen until you are ready to use them if you catch a good
sale and buy items in bulk. If you find peppers, kale and other similar vegetables
on sale, these can easily be chopped and frozen to use later in soups, salads or in
whole-wheat tortilla meals!
Grow Your Own Herbs in Your Kitchen Window
If you want to grow some of your own things but don’t have time for a big garden,
you can consider growing a small herb garden right in your kitchen window. You
simply find a size-appropriate container, add soil and put in seeds for herbs such
as cilantro, basil, thyme and parsley. This way, you will have fresh, natural herbs to
season your meals with. You may discover this is a great way to reduce the amount
of salt you use by turning to fresh seasonings instead.
Easy-to-Make Natural Cleaning Products
Another thing that I found easy to make a natural switch to was making my own
cleaning products. From dusting solutions to tile and oven cleaner, I spent far less
money by making my own solutions and I was also ridding my home of chemicals!
Baking soda and water is a great combination to clean hard-to-remove oven stains,
and this mixture also works well for grease that sticks to baking pans and skillets. I
used lemon and water in a spray bottle to clean all the windows in my home and I
recycled old T-shirts and turned them into dusting towels.
I found that many small changes yielded big results.
It's also great if you have a
supportive partner. Be sure to reach out in your local community to find friends who are also making these changes and who can support you. If you
have questions about taking a more natural approach, feel free to ask your doctor
or pediatrician. I was fortunate enough to have a doctor who informed me about
everything- from birthing options to breastfeeding to the value of cord blood! I hope you
enjoy a happy, healthy and natural pregnancy!
Moore From Katie or her