HEALTH

Mamacita Smoothie

THE MAMACITA SMOOTHIE. forget plain ole' oatmeal and bananas for breakfast! This is an easy way to nicely disguise some of the breastfeeding support foods into a delicious drink-- you won't even know you're drinking them! This classic, nutritious smoothie has all of the nutritional benefits of milk, oatmeal and bananas. rachelaz.com

Revitalize your mind and body with a sip of this delicious smoothie. Anyone can enjoy the many benefits of this yummy drink; you don’t have to be nursing to have it.

However, for the breastfeeding mama, this smoothie is packed full of everything you need to keep your levels up. Chock full of full of Vitamin C, B6 and potassium, bananas are a healthy and easy way to start your mornings off right. They are great at sustaining energy. But, forget plain ole’ oatmeal and bananas for breakfast! This is an easy way to nicely disguise some of the breastfeeding support foods into a delicious drink– you won’t even know you’re drinking them! This classic, nutritious smoothie has all of the nutritional benefits of milk, oatmeal and bananas.

Enjoy, and keep up the good work mamacita!

 xoxo,

    -RACHEL

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

– 1 medium banana

– 2 strawberries

– 2 – 3 tbsp peanut butter (I use the all natural kind)

– 8 oz almond milk (original, unsweetend)

– 2 tbsp flaxseeds

– 3 tbsp oats

– 1 tsp ground cinnamon

– 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

– blender

– coffee grinder

STEP-BY-STEP DIRECTIONS:

1. Freeze the banana overnight.

2. In a coffee grinder, mill the flaxseeds and the oats to a fine powder then add to the blender.

3. Add the frozen banana, and remaining ingredients to the blender.

4. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.

5. Pour into a glass, kick your mommy feet up, and enjoy!

*NOTE: It is important to buy whole flaxseeds and mill them when ready. If you buy pre-milled flaxseeds you do not get all the nutritional benefits as you would from milling them fresh. Store flaxseeds in the fridge. It is also important to use almond milk rather than cow’s milk as study show cow’s milk has a negative effect on breast milk. Almond milk has just as much calcium as cow’s milk and is much healthier for you and baby.

Fighting Fibromyalgia

"Didn't they just create that diagnosis a few years ago?"  "How did you find out you had Fibro?"  "Do you believe the theory that it may be related to trauma?"  "Do you believe that God still heals today, are you praying for your healing?"  "What do you do, what helps?"  I've gotten these questions a few times over the last couple years. There are so many questions regarding fibro, so I wanted to share a bit of my story: Fighting Fibromyalgia - RACHELAZ.COM

“Didn’t they just create that diagnosis a few years ago?”

“How did you find out you had Fibro?”

“Do you believe the theory that it may be related to trauma?”

“Do you believe that God still heals today, are you praying for your healing?”

“What do you do, what helps?”

I’ve gotten these questions a few times over the last couple years. There are so many questions regarding fibro, so I wanted to share a bit of my story:

I’ve seen a handful of specialists, gone to therapy, been misdiagnosed, been put on steroids (which made me feel craycray, gain weight, zapped my hair and made my eyelashes fall out), tried all kinds of medicines/remedies/vitamins, and out-of-pocketed thousands of dollars.

Fighting fibromyalgia has humbled me. It’s reminded me that I am not in control.  

It’s given me admiration for those with much greater health problems than I.

I’ve witnessed warriors fight disease, cancer, and tragedy– with incredible perspective, peace and trust in God. Some are healed, while others go home to be with the Lord for their healing– and it’s not for a lack of faith.

YES, I believe God can still heal on this side of eternity, I believe He IS GOOD. We live in a broken world. But whether I’m sick, or in perfect health– I know His heart and choose to trust Him. In my weakness He is strong. He is good. If dependence on Christ is the goal, then weakness is an advantage. So despite my hatred for fibro, I can be thankful and rejoice in it when I’m alongside Him.

I’m writing this because for a while I felt crazy and alone in this struggle. Inexplicable fatigue and chronic, widespread pain that made me so angry I thought I couldn’t function. I know it pails in comparison to other health struggles, so please hear me when I say that I’m not writing for sympathy or pity. But in hope that my story could maybe encourage someone.

I was diagnosed by three separate doctors: My regular physician, a rheumatology specialist, and my chiropractor. I would suggest against a self diagnosis. And trust me, you’ll feel a lot less crazy if you can get straight answers. I would also suggest against making any decisions on the same day you’re diagnosed. Do some research for yourself before taking prescriptions.

Tomorrow if The Lord willed it I could be healed and may never need this stuff again– but while I’m fighting, here’s what’s personally, practically helped me (and here’s a hint– it’s all available over the counter!):

1. First and foremost– Prayer. It sounds cliche, and religious, I know. So shoot me. 9 out of 10 times, I just need to refocus my eyes on Christ–an attitude adjustment usually follows. My go-to verse has been 2 Corinthians 4:16: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 

2. An Alkaline Diet. aka: boatloads of fruits/veggies. Cutting out carbs and sugars.

3. Young Living’s Essential Oils: Pan Away, Deep Relief, Peace & Calming, Joy, Stress Away, and Lavender. [Please consult with your YL Contact about how to use the oils or contact me if you don’t have one.] Yes, I became one of those crazy people who uses oils– but I’m sure when ibuprofen first came out nobody believed a little pill would actually help. and this stuff is natural! so boom! I’ll get off my soapbox now.

4. Extra sleep. by extra, I mean 8-10 full hours of real sleep. no tv, no radio, just sleep.

5. Wearing Wrist Braces at work whilst typing/working out/carrying anything heavy. Definitely not the cutest, but if you buy black ones and pair them with a black blazer they’re actually not too obvious.

6. Firing my “Specialist” and finding a good, holistic doctor. I found out the hard way that too many docs were just putting me on different medicines then adding even more medicines just to fight side affects. *Please consult your doctor before quitting any medication.

7. Acupuncture. just do it. I’ll admit I was skeptical at first, but it’s not some creepy self torture thing– it’s real and it works.

8. Regular Adjustments at a good Chiropractor. I say “good” because I’m finding that not all are. Ask around and get a few personal recommendations. My favourite is Dr. Jaillet (Carrollton Kinesiology & Chiropractic Health Center.) It will change your life!

If you have fibro– pray for yourself, don’t wallow in self pity. Trust His heart. Allow Christ to carry you on your rough days. Look to pillars in the faith with greater health challenges than you. Don’t let it define you. If you need rest–rest! But sometimes you need to pull back those curtains and let the sun shine in. Encourage someone. Stay in the Word. And don’t battle alone.

He is good, He is trustworthy, His grace is sufficient, He is enough. Refuse to lose the battle, there is hope. 

xoxo

    -RACHEL

2015: All Things Lovely

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Twenty-fourteen was a wonderful, but it’s a new year and I love it already.  We’re new parents, we own our own little business, and I’m transitioning into becoming a stay-at-home momma. So I’ve decided to broaden my scopes, challenge myself, draw up a few plans, and set some new goals.

I’m going to give this “lifestyle blog” thing a shot. 

So, I hope you enjoy my journey as I transform this space– where I’ll be posting the random tidbits of my life. Such as what God’s doing in our hearts; my foodie finds, the cooking fails; what I’m learning; the fashion my little family is wearing; what I’m reading; and stuff our small company is building.

Thanks for taggin’ along for the ride!

xoxo,

    -RACHEL