Any mom (or just about) will tell you that the first trimester is the one when nausea hits you like a pile of bricks. Yes, you want to be excited about your baby bump news, but all you can think about is where the closest toilet is and if you’re able to make it there on time! And while your doctor can prescribe to you drugs like Unisom or Diclectin or Diclegis, there are other non-pharmaceutical options that you can consider to taper off your morning (and afternoon, and night!) sickness.      

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I remember the very first time I felt it coming on. My husband and I didn’t plan to get pregnant, so there I was one evening, unassuming and carefree, looking forward to dig into my delicious salmon dinner only to realize that the smell of it was entirely unbearable. Disappointed, and blaming everything on a bad shawarma from the other night, I went to bed. To my amusement, the next morning queasiness was still there. After my suspicions were confirmed, I quickly learned to make friends with my queazy stomach which hung around for the following eight weeks.  read more

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Recipe: Pineapple ginger smoothie

by Katya Baxter on July 26, 2014

This is a natural morning sickness buster! This smoothie will give your queasy tummy everything it needs to make it through another rocky day: a light tartness from lemon, zesty kick from ginger, and plenty of Vitamin B. And if you are not prego, this is still a tasty, nutrient-packed treat that you can enjoy just because!
 

Pineapple ginger smoothie
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
  2. 1/2 avocado
  3. juice of 1 lemon
  4. 1/4 inch peeled ginger
  5. 1 ripe banana
  6. 1 tbsp flax seeds
  7. ice cubes to taste
  8. 2 cups filtered water
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a high powered blender with ice going in last. Blend on high until flax seeds are powdered. Pour yourself a nice glass and enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can gage the tartness and sweetness of your shake by reducing the amount of lemon juice and adding a natural sweetener like a couple of dates or a tablespoon of raw honey.
Katya Baxter http://katyabaxter.com/

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Who in the world am I?

by Katya Baxter on May 4, 2014

When you face a major change in life, you have to truly know who you are. Otherwise, your world will turn upside down. As did mine back in the early 90′s.

When I first arrived to the US from Russia as a teenager, I remember desperately wanting to blend in with my new school, new classmates, and an entirely new world. Instead, the best I could do was to stick out like a sore thumb.

I was a teenager back then, and just like in many teenagers, insecurities were coming out of my ears. In fact, I felt so overwhelmingly insecure that I remember my new life in the US turned from being an exciting new adventure into an anxiety driven nightmare. read more

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All moments are KEY moments

by Katya Baxter on April 17, 2014

I was cleaning up my desk the other day and came across this quote by Frederick Buechner. I must have saved it because it left an impression on me just as significant back then as it did today.

When I read it I can’t stop thinking of all the moms out there (myself included) who oftentimes find ourselves buried so deep in the everyday chores that we forget to appreciate the very grace of life that is happening in front of us.

I hope this quote will uplift you and remind you that not only what you are doing has the utmost significance, but that there is a hidden wonder in each and every moment of your busy and exhausting life.

“I discovered that if you really keep your eye peeled to it and your ears open, if you really pay attention to it, even such a limited and limiting life as the one I was living… opened up onto extraordinary vistas. Taking your children to school and kissing your wife goodbye. Eating lunch with a friend. Trying to do a decent day’s work. Hearing the rain patter against the window. There is no event so commonplace but that God is present within it, always hiddenly, always leaving you room to recognize Him or not to recognize Him, but all the more fascinatingly because of that, all the more compellingly and hauntingly… If I were called upon to state in a few worlds the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”   ~ Frederick Buechner

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When I was 18 I was convinced I was fat. I weighed 90 pounds, lost my period, ate pretzels and diet coke for lunch and exercised for two hours every time I thought I ate an extra bite. Three years later, I regained the thirty pounds I lost, plus another ten, and officially became a compulsive binge eater. All in all, it took me eight years after it all to become symptom-free.

I remember praying and asking God to heal me. I was desperate. I prayed hard, and I prayed from the bottom of my heart. I felt out of control, alone, and out of options. When you are faced with a psychological challenge like this, you stop believing that anything or anyone can help you. Praying to God was my last resort, and so I did.

But nothing happened. So I figured God wasn’t interested in my first world problems (we used to fight for food back in Russia), and I gave up asking Him for help.

So off I went trying just about every diet out there but nothing worked long-term.

I figured, I’ll never be normal again. I’ll always have the ‘food issue’, I’ll always be conscious of my body, I’ll always dislike the way I look. I couldn’t do anything about it, and, frankly, I was tired of fighting.

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How my life changed forever

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Can you think of one event in your life that changed your life forever? I can. It happened when I was just fifteen years old. Back then a group of high school kids from the US came to St. Petersburg, Russia where I grew up. My mom volunteered to host a couple of them, so […]

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I was at a grocery store the other day with my three month old daughter when a lady in line next to me said: “Hang in there, honey – days are long but years are short.” When you have kids, time flies. I think it starts to fly noticeably once you hit 30, but now […]

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