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I wanted to jot down what I liked to eat in my first pregnancy so I can remember come the 2nd time around (God, I’m so not ready to think about that yet…) and I figured it could perhaps be interesting to anyone out there struggling to keep their food choices healthy and not boring. Hope this helps! PRENATAL VITAMINS It’s important to start your prenatals before getting pregnant to build up your supply of folic acid. I started with Seeking Health Optimal Prenatal but taking 5 – 8 a day was a little much, so I switched to Rainbow Light Prenatals…

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San Sebastian is one of Spain’s top destinations that draws foodies and beach lovers alike. It’s a great little seaside town to spend a few days drinking, eating, strolling and sunbathing.  I don’t recommend going in the off-season or with a pregnant woman however, as there’s not much to do if you strip away the food and beach. That said, there’s plenty to do and see around San Sebastien and it could make for a great road trip pit stop, if not a destination in and of itself. EAT Pinxtos Ok so the peeps of SS go to Pinxtos bars (pronounced…

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The 3rd time’s the charm! I’ve been to Barcelona three times and have had three completely different experiences. Here are some notes from my latest trip in March 2017. EAT I actually don’t have a strong opinion about the food in Barcelona, as tapas is tapas is tapas in my opinion. It’s not a city that I would consider a food haven, but rather a place to visit for the Gaudi architecture, relaxed beaches and love of music/clubbing/football (soccer). So here are some places that I thought were noteworthy: Yummy brunch or lunch with healthy options Granja Petitbo: Smoothies, juices, eggs,…

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Oh sleep. Something I haven’t had much of lately and will get much less of very soon. Whether you are suffering from anxiety, allergies or 3rd trimester discomforts, I think I have a sleep routine that may help you out. Keep it dark. Get a luxurious silk night mask to block out all light from windows and electronics. Unwind before jumping into bed. Try a meditation app or listen to soothing music while lying in bed. I love the Mindbliss app because it has some amazing guided meditations and a sleep section with specially-designed sound tracks to help you fall…

Berlin is a city I never wanted to visit before I moved to Europe but I’m so glad I did. The artists and entrepreneurs of Berlin are transforming the city into a place where fashion, design, art and good food are valued and easy to come by. This is starkly contrasted by the city’s dark and repressive history, which creates an interesting dichotomy and overall experience. I amalgamated a lot of different recommendations so this list is long and I can’t vouch for everything, but hopefully it works out for you. Here’s a handy map I put together for quick references on…

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Well hey there momma! So you’re preggers and want to stay active but don’t know what to do when the rest of the class at the gym is doing core work? Here are some of my fav modifications or swaps to do in yoga and in general fitness classes. BUT FIRST – as a quick reminder, we don’t want to work our rectus abdominis (the front 6-pack muscles) at all during pregnancy, because over aggressive core work can result in diastasic recti: a separation of the abs about 3 or 4 fingers wide. Not cute. We do however want to work…

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As I was preparing a list of recs for my friend who’s visiting this March and doing a quick jaunt to Paris, I decided to collate and share all the great advice I’ve received from my Parisian friends and colleagues with y’all. Breathe in, breathe out, ok let’s go: SIGHTS Paris is a great city for walking and I feel that it’s the best way to see all the major sights. Begin at the Tour d’Eiffel, walk through the Champs de Mars, stop at Les Invalides and continue on across the Seine on Point Alexandre III. Check out the Petit…

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I have been confused as to what I can and cannot do in open-level yoga classes, so I decided to do an online Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Training course to learn for myself. It’s my body and my baby after all, I want to feel safe and empowered to practice in a way that’s right for me (insert “You go girl” here). So below is a highlight of what modifications to bear in mind while you practice yoga in your pregnancy, as per the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).   OVERALL HORMONES: Hormonal changes – especially the hormone Relaxin –…

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There is no doubt that 2016 was a shit year. From societal traumas like Brexit, Trump and the Syrian war, to celebrity deaths, to family health scares, to personal physical and emotional stresses that seemed to plague me and everyone around me (and I’m sure you as well). So as we all get ready to bid this year farewell and send it off with the #fuckyou2016 salutation it deserves, we could also use these last few days to forgive it and the people and things that hurt us this year.   We may have had personal relationships that caused us pain, and…

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As I’m almost 4 months pregnant, I’ve gone au naturale as much as possible. There’s nothing like being responsible for creating new life to make you question what you’ve been putting into, onto and around your body. I’ve also been making more of a conscious effort to take good care of myself to make sure I’m rejuvenated, balanced and happy. So I’ve gone back to some Ayurvedic practices that help me look and feel great, which I know are safe for me and my Baby T (T stands for Thornhill, my little munchkin’s last name, in case you’re wondering). But you…