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Mommy needs some time too.

Being a mom is a 24/7 job. Don’t forget moms don’t ever call in sick.

As a first time mom I am just learning to balance being a mom to Liam my 3 1/2 month old son, having a strong relationship with the love of my life Ryan, keeping up with our home and taking care of our 3 cats as well as making sure I am the best Holistic Nutritionist and Life Coach that I can be.

But the most important thing I have to remember is to take care of me. You can have a balanced life and think clearly if your not taking care of yourself.

First thing to taking care of yourself is making sure you have a balanced and nutritious diet and that you are drinking enough water. If you are having issues with your diet please feel free to contact me and together we will work on a healthy meal plan that will work for you. tammyscharmedlife@gmail.com Also it’s extremely important to get daily exercise.

One thing that is also really important is that you get a little time to your self to unwind without any distractions. As a mom we need some space for ourselves because our family always comes first and sometimes we forget our own needs.

You don’t need hours of time just a simple 30 minutes to an hour a day. I know , I know. How do you even find time to do anything for yourself. Well sometimes you just need to let the laundry or dishes go not like they are going anywhere.

My simple way of having time to myself is I let Ryan take Liam for an hour. They have some daddy and son bonding time which is always very important as well.

While they are playing and hanging out I run myself a bath, light some candles, grab a glass of wine, some good organic chocolate and a good book. I add some bubbles , Epsom salt or lavender oil to the bath as well.

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The hour I get every night to unwind helps make sure that I am fresh and ready to take care of my family everyday with a clear head.

So stop what your doing and take some time for your self. Even if its only taking a short 30 minute nap.

 

Mama Earth Organics

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If you are anything like me than you absolutely dislike big chain grocery stores. You also prefer to eat organic food and food that has had the least negative impact on the environment.

Normally I would stop at a local farmers market but sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you don’t have the time to get to a farmers market. So your only option is the local big chain grocery store.

Yes it is convenient to hit the local grocery store and yes they have organic produce. But I always wonder how eco friendly their organic produce is and where it comes from. I ask myself do I want to support the large chain grocery stores?

So I called the closest big chain grocery store ( I won’t name the store) in my neighborhood. Surprise, surprise they can’t tell me what farm grew the produce, they can only tell me the country it was grown in.

I was not impressed at all. There has got to be a better solution for someone like me that doesn’t always have time to get to a farmers market and that really doesn’t want to shop at big chain grocery stores.

I found the perfect solution to my problem – Mama Earth Organics www.mamaearth.ca

Mama Earth delivers organic produce directly to your front door. Even if your not home they leave your bin outside your front door.

Here is how this works:

You start by choosing the size of the box that suits your household

Single $25 (+$2.50 delivery charge)
Regular/couple $35 Delivery is free
Family $45 Delivery is free
Large Familyc $55 Delivery is free
Small Veg. $25 (+$2.50 delivery charge)
Small Fruit $25 (+$2.50 delivery charge)
Regular Veg. $35 Delivery is free
Regular Fruit $35 Delivery is free

 

*there’s no tax  – there’s a one-time $10 registration/membership fee added to your first order.

You can also customize your basket for a $2.00 fee.

You automatically receive your delivery once a week. Delivery days depend on your area. I live in the South part of Mississauga so my delivery is Fridays.  You can also skip a week if you like. You are able to schedule your deliveries 3 months at a time.

What I love about Mama Earth is that you can track where your produce comes from.

Every week you are sent an email with a list of whats in your basket. Your basket contents change weekly. You are given the option to check up to 5 items that you wish to never receive in your basket and they will replace them with an item of equal value for free.

There is also other items available to add to your order. They carry organic dairy, condiments, Kombucha, fresh farm eggs etc.

My very first delivery a few years ago I got the following:

Regular basket $35.00

4 Breaburn apples, 4 Murcott tangerines, 1 mango, 1.5 lbs bananas, 2.5 lbs yellow potatoes, 1 hot house tomato, 1 red/green lettuce, 1 english cucumber, 1 broccoli, 1 bunch red radishes, 1 bunch rainbow swiss chard.

 

Take a look at some of my orders:

 

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When I am not feeling fully myself I always go to one of natures best healers herbal tea. I use herbal tea when I feel sick, bloated, stressed,or fatigued.

When purchasing herbal tea I always suggest that you buy loose leaf tea at a health food or tea specialty shop. The quality of the tea is extremely important if your using it for health benefits. I always store my tea in glass jars in a cool dry place to get them fresh and potent. Good quality tea in bags will also work.

When steeping herbal tea allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes and that either  your cup or tea pot are covered, this will ensure that all the healing compounds don`t escape with the steam.

Here is a few of the teas I love and recommend:

Chamomile

This is a gentle sedative and can help with insomnia. This is safe for children and is very helpful with calming a child before bed. It is very useful with indigestion and tummy upsets, as well as menstrual cramps.

Chamomile is a very calming herb and is know to help combat anxiety and panic attacks.

A cup of Chamomile tea the moment you feel a migraine coming on can help stop it from fulling blooming.

Stinging Nettle

One of the biggest reasons I love Stinging Nettle tea is for its anti-histamine properties. When drank on a regular basis it can help with most seasonal allergies.

It can stimulate your lymph nodes and boost your immune system.

If you just gave birth and are breast feeding Stinging Nettle tea can also help out with your milk production.

Ginger

This was my go to tea in my first trimester, it helped calm my morning sickness. It is also helpful with any kind of nausea or tummy upsets.

It is found to be very helpful with a colic baby.

Ginger tea can help with respiratory problems and it improves blood circulation.

Peppermint

Is drank after a meal its known to help with digestion and bloating. It is one of my favourites for sinus relief and head colds.

It can also help you loss weight as it is an appetite suppressant.

 

If you would like to learn more on how teas can help you please feel free to email me and we can set up an appointment to learn all you can about the magical heath benefits of herbal teas.  tammyscharmedlife@gmail.com

 

 

Merry Christmas

My family and I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas !!!!

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It’s that time of year again. The malls are packed, parking lots are full and credit cards are being racked up. The rush is on to buy the right gift for the special people in your life.

It seems like the old Christmas traditions have been lost and now Christmas is all about expensive gifts. I have to admit for a long time I forgot about Christmas traditions and my big focus was on the gifts that I was purchasing.

This year I was blessed with the beginning of my own family. My partner Ryan and I have a beautiful baby boy named Liam who is 6 1/2 weeks old.

photoThis year is Liam’s first Christmas and its got me thinking about old traditions and the way Christmas was when I was a child. I want Liam to experience Christmas like I did every year, crap I want everyone to experience Christmas like it used to be.

So today I ask everyone that is reading this to stop and think about the cheerful memories you have of Christmas.

I know that Liam isn’t old enough to enjoy all the old traditions but I promise that for the rest of his childhood I will try and keep as many Christmas traditions as I can alive. If you forgot what traditions used to follow Christmas here is a list of some that you may want to share with your family.

1. Baked goods (Christmas baking used to be given as gifts and yes I am going to be doing some baking this year)

2.Ice skating at City Hall ( We will be doing this when Liam is old enough)

3. Cutting down your own Christmas tree at a tree farm as a family

4.Decorating the tree as a family and making homemade decorations with the kids with Christmas music on

5. Watching Christmas shows as a family and drinking hot chocolate

6. Sitting around the fire place with the family eating great food having drinks and laughing.

7. Decorating Gingerbread houses

8. Singing Christmas carols

9. Going for a walk in your neighborhood and looking at all the Christmas decorations

10.Donating to a local food bank

I challenge you to bring back the old traditions and to share these with your family.

Tomorrow Ryan and I are taking Liam to see Santa for the first time and we are both really excited to start our own traditions this year as a family.

I know that Liam, Ryan and I are never going to remember the gifts that were given at Christmas but we will remember the time and traditions we shared together.

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Life can get crazy at times and the stress feels overwhelming.

How we look at stress affects our reality. If we look at the situation as being overwhelming and difficult that will be the reality of the situation. But if we change our perception of a situation we can change our reality.

First by changing your attitude towards the situation can make it easier to deal with. We need to learn to weed out the negative thoughts, these thoughts are unproductive and don’t help fix the situation.

Ever notice that the more negative you think the harder it is to think of a solution to the issue.

Don’t forget you always have a choice in how a situation is handled. You need to challenge your negative perception on the situation.

For instance , you think “I am not strong enough to deal with this , I think I will break by the end.”

Change that thought and keep telling yourself ” I am strong and I will come out even stronger at the end.”  Feeding your self positive thoughts will help ease the stress of a situation and help you keep a clear mind to find the best way of fixing the situation you are dealing with.

Also pay very close attention to your emotions when in a stressful situation.

We tend to hide our emotions and feelings, this is never good for any situation. Take some time and really think about what you are feeling or find a good friend or family member that is willing to just listen while you try to talk and work out what your feeling.

It’s always important to talk to someone that will give you their full attention and will not feed more negative thoughts to the situation.

The only thing that will come from bottled up emotions is a very large explosion that will do no good in the end.

Our reaction to stress is automatic and its often based on a past-programed response. Learn to pause and create space between you and the stress first. You need to always restore emotional control of the situation first.

This means DO NOT GO INTO DEFENSIVE MODE. Being defensive only makes you powerless.

In any situation we need to realize that life happens and with it comes stress. You will always survive what is thrown at you and I promise it will always make you stronger.

Stop now and think of all the situations in your life that you thought would end you. Now what positive has come out of it, I bet now your thinking it happened for a very good reason.

I know that I recently had gone through a situation that took a lot out of me and in the end it worked out to the best and now I am very grateful that it happened.

If your going through something now please don’t forget your strong and you can do this. I believe in you and you should believe in your self too.

If there is a situation that you really can’t figure out, I am sure together you and I can. You can find me at www.charmed-life.ca

 

 

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It’s a Sunday afternoon the sun is out. It’s -5 but feels like -12 out there and looks kind of windy.

I want something to eat that is comforting macaroni and cheese sounds great, but I want to continue my ways of healthy eating.

There is no way that I am going outside to run over to the grocery store to grab food.

That is why a well stocked pantry is always a important rule to ensure you eat healthy.

So I rummaged through my pantry and was able to make a large pot of comforting, immune boosting Curried Lentil Soup.

Curry powder is a spice mix of widely varying composition based on South Asian cuisine.

It contains:

Cardamon – Known to improving digestion and stimulating the metabolism. Improves circulation to the lungs and thus considered good for asthma and bronchitis.

Garlic- Known as a Cold and flu prevention: Because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties as well as its vitamin C content, garlic is a powerful agent against the common cold as well as the flu.

Cayenne Pepper- The capsaicin in cayenne pepper is a great natural healing remedy.

Chilli’s- Are loaded with vitamin A, a potent antioxidant and boost to the immune system.

Ginger – Often take ginger for sore heads, seasickness, stomach upsets and vomiting.

Turmeric -Strengthens the immune system. According to ayurveda, turmeric is a blood purifier that improves liver function and prevents coughs and colds.

Curried Lentil Soup

Prep time : 35 min Total time: 1 hour

Ingredient:

·         3 tablespoons Coconut Oilphoto 1

·         1 medium onion, chopped

·         2 medium carrots, finely chopped

·         3 large garlic cloves minced and divided

·         2 or more tablespoons of curry powder

·         1 cup French lentils

·         4 ¼ cup vegetable broth

·         1- 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

·         1 tablespoon lemon juice

·         2 tablespoons Organic butter

·         Salt and pepper to taste

·         Curry powder 2 or more teaspoons (according to taste)

Preparation:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrot, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally about 4 minutes.
  2. Add half chopped garlic, stir until vegetables are soft but not brown, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of curry powder, stir till fragrant about 1 minute.
  4. Add lentils and 4 cups of vegetable broth.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Increase the heat and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to a medium and simmer until lentils are tender about 30 minutes.
  6. In a food processor or blender puree chickpeas, lemon juice and ¼ cup vegetable broth, remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and remaining garlic.
  7. Add chickpea puree and butter to the lentil soup. Season to taste with salt, pepper and additional curry if desired.  Add broth by ¼ cupfuls to thin to desired consistency. Cook for about 8 minutes.
  8. Serve with slices of lemon on the side.

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This afternoon I was feeling a bit sluggish and not feeling very bright. When I feel like this I know I can count on my juicer for a quick pick me up.

Today my green juice was

4-5 cups spinach
1 cucumber
2 inch piece of ginger
2 apples
6-8 strawberries

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Here is a sneak peak into what a Holistic Nutritionist eats in a week. New daily blog posts coming soon.

Instant stress buster Sundays

Instant stress buster Sundays – Herbs are wonderful allies during stressful times. Chamomile and Catnip are relaxing and mildly sedative.

Chamomile and Catnip Tea

1 cup of boiling water  

1 teaspoon dried Chamomile

1 teaspoon dried Catnip

Pour boiling water over the herbs, cover and let steep for 10 minutes and strain. You can sweeten it with honey and lemon. Drink daily when feeling stress or anxiety.

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