full circle

Honestly I don’t even know how to start this post, I have so much to say, so here it goes.

First of all, I wanted to explain the slightly cheesy and rushed style of the last few posts. I have not been updating this blog regularly since my son was born, which is when I took a break from nutrition consulting. I threw up a few posts quickly last week in case I got an influx of people visiting the blog, because there was a slight chance I would have my info in print in a newspaper. But that did not come about, yet.

My son will be starting full-day school next year, so it’s time for me to refocus, and plan what I will be doing. Starting my nutrition practice was exciting, eventful, and was proving to be popular and successful, and then I got pregnant. I am blessed that I was able to stay at home with my son until now, and I would not change a thing. But I am also nervous, excited and hopeful about stepping back into a separate role from “Mom”.

As a holistic nutritionist, and holistically-minded person, many things influence my well-being and balance. One of the biggest factors for me is music. I have made this a central factor in my son’s development, and the benefits and potential for great things in his life are already showing. Music is definitely a form of nutrition for the soul and mind. Melodies, beats, passion can shift your mood, focus your mind, and give you insane amounts of motivation. For instance, switching the radio on while washing the dishes. It works, right? 🙂 Over the past few days, I have had some sort of musical rebirth. I have become nostalgic, remembered my roots, embraced my gifts and just let loose and let music dominate my days in a way I have not done for a LONG time. It feels so good. It has inspired me and motivated me. I am ecstatic about this turn of events.

I had a feature on this blog called morning lemon, and a few times I posted songs. The first morning lemon post way back on April 30, 2007 included this:

Today my son and I were playing song roulette and I saw this, and had to play it. Lately my friends have become obsessed with lemon water, another thing I wrote about and talked about frequently as a nutritionist. Just the other day I told someone I was not going to use Lemon Holistic as my business name anymore. I try to pay attention to the signs and go with my gut and now I am thinking Lemon Holistic may not be going away just yet.

Thanks for reading, and if you followed me before, I appreciate you returning for another look. If you are a new reader, welcome and I hope you check in once in a while.

Who knows what the future holds…

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almo(st) mochaccino

It was big news when Starbucks opened in my neighborhood, which is made up of mostly small independent shops and cafes. Of course it had to open near the end of my pregnancy, when I was desperately craving chocolatey/milky things daily. My husband and I got a bit too used to the 2 minute walk around the corner and also chose to ignore the significant amount of money flying out of our wallets. Well, now that baby is out, we have cut back significantly. A big reason for me besides spending too much is that too much dairy consumption by me noticeably affects my boy – in a spit up way! Not that it is causing him discomfort, but I was getting a bit sick of changing my/his clothes a couple of times a day.

Taking all this into account, I decided I still needed a daily treat (trust me, when you are taking care of a newborn, you need this) but I didn’t want to spend lots of money, and I didn’t want to have dairy or soymilk. So, I decided to invest in a thermo-cup and create my own version of a mochaccino – 1/2 instant coffee, 1/2 chocolate almond milk. Of course it doesn’t taste like a Starbucks mocha, but more money in the bank and less laundry makes it worth it. Besides, I love almond milk, and it does taste pretty dang good.

If you don’t like to have too much dairy and you have never tried almond milk, I highly recommend it. It has a nice consistency – thinner than soy milk but not as thin as rice milk, and it tastes great (not too almondy like you would think). I use the original unsweetened on cereal, have used the vanilla for baking (makes cupcakes extra moist!) and the chocolate is good straight up in a glass.

Stay tuned for another faux Starbucks drink attempt soon – green tea lemonade!

cupcake hero brought me back

Hello! Wow – it has been a long 4 months since my last post. For those who don’t know my baby boy was born naturally at home Feb 9 with no complications. It was an amazing birth, and life is going along here with lots of love and little sleep! It is hard to adjust to someone else’s needs and wants coming first, but I have managed to squeeze in a few moments to think about nutrition, scope out new products, and of course, make cupcakes – ha! These are all things I will need to do for my little guy anyway once he gets those chompers.
There is a blog called quirky cupcake that has a cupcake contest every month based on a theme ingredient – May’s ingredient was cocoa powder. I absolutely had to participate, seeing as I love to make chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting using organic fairtrade cocoa powder (my brand of choice right now is cocoa camino). To make it even more about the cocoa, I topped them with natural chocolate sprinkles and shasha bread company cocoa snap hearts, which are both also made with cocoa powder. I call these cupcakes – cocoa loco!

snowy welcome to a new life?

Woke up to predicted snowstorm this morning. Today is supposed to be my baby boy’s birthday. What a welcome! The question is – will today really be his birthday? If only there was some way to know for sure. For now, we just wait. It’s no longer the calm before the storm, it truly is the storm!

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I will probably be away for awhile after today. Thanks to everyone who continues to read this blog, and hopefully before too long I’ll be back with some new, fun and informative nutrition tidbits!

be like the squirrel, girl

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – Monday mornings are in dire need of some really good music. One of my favorite bands is The White Stripes, and I have become completely obsessed with their song Little Acorns. It’s one of those things where all the elements are absolutely perfect to me. I love the garage-band sound, and I think it’s totally awesome that they sing about a squirrel. But the icing on the cake is the words of wisdom in the speech at the beginning of the song:

When problems overwhelm us and sadness smothers us,
where do we find the will and the courage to continue?
Well the answer may come in the caring voice of a friend,
a chance encounter with a book, or from a personal faith.

For Janet, help came from her faith, but it also came from a squirrel.

Shortly after her divorce Janet lost her father, then she lost her job.
She had mounting money problems but Janet not only survived,
she worked her way out of dispondency and now she says life is good again.

How could this happen?

She told me that late one autumn day when she was at her lowest,
she watched a squirrel storing up nuts for the winter. One at a time
he would take them to the nest, and she thought if that squirrel
can take care of himself with the harsh winter coming on, so can I.

Once I broke my problems into small pieces I was able to carry them,
just like those acorns, one at a time…

Thank heavens for great music.

(sorry, no video, only sound!)