• Ruby

I'm currently 14 weeks and 5 days pregnant and finally feeling more normal. I still get some nausea if I don't eat every 2 hours or take my supplements, and fatigue sets in in the evening, but all in all I'm 1000x better than I was for the last 2 months. As soon as I hit the 6 week mark in my pregnancy I experienced debilitating nausea and fatigue. Then a few weeks into that, horrible heart burn developed. I immediately bought all the regular pregnancy remedies everyone knows about to try and relieve these symptoms. To my surprise, none of it really helped. You know those things everyone recommends... ginger chews, peppermint or ginger tea, sea bands, crackers, ginger-ale, eating small amounts every 1.5 hours, sleeping as much as possible, sitting up after eating, pregnancy pops/candy, getting fresh air or being outside. All those things got me through my first pregnancy woes, but this time around they weren't really doing jack sh!t. So of course the researcher that I am, I took to the web while I was living on the couch, promising myself I would never have another baby after this. Dramatic? maybe so, but feeling like death for weeks is no joke on your mental state. I first learned about unisom and b6 supplementation. I bought b6 and took it 3 times a day before I tried unisom. Guys... I don't take drugs, I won't even take ibuprofen so the idea of a pharmaceutical made sleep aid bothered me. Especially while pregnant. But some of my friends tried it and it helped them a lot. Doctors and midwives recommend it as well. As far as I know unisom is safe for short term use. It is not meant to be used for long term though. I also researched cbd oil, and my midwife recommended I try that route. So I tried cbd oil sublingually and it did help some! I did that for a week before incorporating the unisom. The cbd oil helped me some but I was still miserable a lot of the day and I found I had to take A LOT of cbd oil to knock the edge off. I want to dive into taking cbd oil for nausea more in depth later on because it could be a remedy that totally works for you. I watched a few YouTube videos of moms saying it made them feel normal again. I think for me I wasn't taking enough at the time and I notice I feel a better affect when I take capsules now. I finally started the unisom and b6 combo. I'm not sure why combining those two helps so much but it really did take 80% of the nausea away. And let me clarify, it is ALL DAY sickness...not just morning sickness. I cried multiple times. It's just not any fun. FINALLY some solid relief. I could clean up the house a little, take my 3 year old to Pre-School without crying about getting dressed and leaving the house. It was totally helping.

Andddd then.... the unisom side affects kicked in. Severe constipation, insomnia, wait...what? a sleep aid that causes insomnia?! YUP WTF RIGHT?! I just really can't with drugs like this... who in Mary's name would take something that does the opposite of what it's supposed to do? Crazy desperate people. That's who. Okay so I knew the unisom helped with the sickness but it caused other issues that were really starting to become unbearable on their own after a couple weeks. It didn't set well with me that I was taking unisom for so long. I went back to the internet in search of better remedy's, and really the cause of "morning sickness." It came back to b6, but I found more this time. Liver support and depleted nutrients. I felt this in my gut was the answer, at least for me. I found a few, very few articles about taking milk thistle, iodine, and b6 for pregnancy sickness. I knew I already had a sluggish liver and my body had a hard time detoxing excess hormones, so maybe this could really help me. It did!

I started taking THIS milk thistle 3 times a day, still with THIS vitamin b6. I also took 2-3 drops of this iodine, but later quit because I ordered this prenatal that has iodine in it.


I found a Doctor formulated prenatal after taking all these other supplements, but this prenatal has all the supplements in it that I listed above. (this doctor is smart and ahead of the rest) So you could take this shake once a day, and the b6 and milk thistle just 2 more times throughout the day.

Even now if I skip one dose, the nausea starts to creep back in. It's crazy to me how well this works. It's a night and day difference. It's good for you, you're body needs it at this time. Heightened and excess hormones are the main cause of "morning sickness". We just need to support our bodies in a special way during this time. I still take cbd oil to help me sleep and deal with anxiety and stress. It works wonders for those things. I do believe in it's capability to help with nausea, so try it as well if you are going through morning/all day sickness. There are doctors and midwives who recommend organic, high quality, full spectrum cbd oil during pregnancy. There are no known risks involved. Cbd oil is safer than unisom, zofran, or any other prescribed drug your doctor may give you, so just remember that. Zofran risks linked here. For more first trimester must haves check out this other blog post I wrote. Please leave a comment and share this post with friends and family! Much Love, Ruby

  • Ruby

Sugar addiction is real. It's as real as any other addiction. Our bodies and minds can become addicted to sugar and send signals that pure will-power alone cannot overcome. If you have a sweet tooth often but are able to say "no" to those cravings most of the time, then that could just be a habit you have created for years and need to go cold turkey to change your taste buds and cravings. This type of sugar craving is a mild sugar addiction that can be fixed by change of diet. Doing a sugar detox and gut healing protocol could easily fix your sugar cravings. I'll share some supplements and resources at the end of this post to help with this type of sugar cravings. I do recommend working with a functional practitioner to help you target exactly why you are craving sugar though. If you often feel out of control, guilty or shameful for your eating patterns then you could be dealing with a more severe sugar addiction or an eating disorder. Will-power alone will not work for this type of sugar addiction.

What are the signs of disordered eating or sugar addiction? Feeling powerless against late night snacking. Sneak sweets or carb loaded foods every day. Hide food and eat it in private. Crave sugar after every meal. Binge on sweets or carbs. Consuming sugary foods even though you are full. I believe I have had an eating disorder since early teens, or late childhood, really ever since I can remember. My dad always had pop and sweets in the house so I think from an early age my taste buds were exposed to large amounts of sugar and that altered my gut microbiome, which made me crave sugar a lot. But I look back now and realize some of the things I did were not just sugar addiction but were actual signs of emotional eating and food disorders. Some people turn to binge eating during stress, some people are the opposite and restrict food instead of binging, both of these are unhealthy and problematic to your mental and physical well-being. If you've ever struggled with bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia, then your sugar cravings could be a much deeper rooted issue that supplements alone cannot fix. If you are a stress or emotional eater then I would recommend counseling or meditation to start with. We can't fix the food addiction patterns without fixing our mind first. It is NOT about will-power alone, but it is about changing and controlling your mind and how it operates. If therapy is not an option for you I recommend these books...

Here's a list of more books related to mental wellness and healthy relationships with food. (https://www.amazon.com/shop/wildarrowwellness?listId=29JXCDQBKCN8R ) Healing your mind and emotional wellness can be a life long practice. It doesn't happen over night. I highly encourage you to read some books, talk to loved ones about your struggle or a therapist. This is the beginning of overcoming disordered and emotional eating. Maybe not everyone has a disorder when it comes to sugar addiction. Your body could just be so used to sugar and unhealthy eating that it's too hard to go cold turkey off sugar. I want to share some supplements that can help anyone on this spectrum of sugar addiction. Wherever you find yourself, these could help you if you feel you can't always just so "no" to those cravings. I do encourage you to look into nutritional deficiencies, gut imbalances, and hormone levels. There could be a simple biological explanation as to why you feel imbalanced with food cravings, and figuring out those imbalances could fix your problem all together. I recommend getting this test, (use code:WILDARROW for $20 off) and working with a functional practitioner to read the results and recommend supplements and dietary changes for your specific conditions. LISTEN this could literally change your entire life. It's affordable, just do it. I actually recommend doing this before you buy any supplements I'm about to mention. These supplements could just be a band-aid to a underlying problem. Try and fix the underlying problem first, and use these as support during that time. If you like to research or be in the know, check out this article linking the gut microbiome and psychiatric disorders. Supplements to help curb sugar cravings or food addiction Now brand Glucose Metabolic Support I love this formula a lot. It has several very helpful ingredients for glucose metabolism. Gymnema can help suppress sugar cravings. When consumed prior to a sugary food or beverage, gymnemic acid blocks the sugar receptors on your taste buds. Chromium picolinate is the form of chromium commonly found in dietary supplements. It may be effective at improving the body's response to insulin or lowering blood sugar in those with diabetes. What's more, it may help reduce hunger, cravings and binge eating. Do not take any supplements while pregnant or breastfeeding without consulting your health provider.

Desbio Crave Control Crave Control combines support for improving body composition and encouraging healthy calorie intake when used as part of a healthy eating program. The amino acid precursors support biosynthesis of neurotransmitters related to emotional well being and food cravings. The targeted herbal ingredients help encourage healthy eating habits and metabolism

Desbio Homeopathic Appetite Control AppetiteControlhelps regulate appetite and cravings and supports people who have emotionally driven food cravings.

Myo Relax & Calm I mix this powder into water before bed and it really helps calm me at night and soothe my nerves. It has a lot of good ingredients but the main reason I take it is for the inositol. Inositol can help manage carb cravings by balancing neurotransmitter levels. It can reduce symptoms of depression, calm mood swings, reduce cravings associated with PMS, and improve sleep quality

Saffron "Research shows that an extract of the spice saffron (Crocus sativus) gets to the root of sweet cravings and helps eliminate them.  It appears to work by regulating brain pathways in what is now referred to as the “Feed-Feedback Cycle.” "

Other things to try... L glutamine, bitter melon extract, garcinia cambogia, omega-3 supplementation, increasing healthy fats and protein in your daily diet. I've tried all of these supplements and can say they have helped me a lot. Definitely don't just go and buy all of them, start with one or two and see if it helps you. Always ask your doctor or practitioner if these are safe for you. I also want to add that you may need to do a full sugar detox and a candida protocol to truly stop the cravings for good. This goes back to having a microbiome/gut imbalance. Work with healthdoll.co or do a sugar detox at home! Please share this with anyone you think may need it, and comment if this has helped you. Much Love, Ruby

  • Ruby

Making spaghetti just got easier! It took me a while to get the hang of using my Instant Pot pressure cooker. Now that I am used to it I try and use it for dinner whenever I can. Spaghetti is one of those dinners that takes 2-3 pans to make. This is why I love using the instant pot because you only dirty one pot, which makes clean up way easier! TBH that's the only reason I use my instant pot haha.


So this recipe was for a lot of spaghetti so that I had left overs. By all means half all the ingredients if you don't have a large enough instant pot or don't want to make that much. Leftovers for the win though!




Let's skip all my family stories and get right to the recipe...



Ingredients:

2 lb ground venison or lean beef

43 oz your favorite spaghetti sauce

10-12 oz gluten free spaghetti noodles ( I used these)

1 cup filtered water

1 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tbls ghee

optional add diced onions or veggies of choice.


Directions:


1.Turn 8 qrt instant pot to saute

brown hamburger with 1 tbls ghee and seasonings.

add onion or veggies towards the end of hamburger being browned.

If you have a higher fat meat, drain fat out, or just leave it, that is up to you. The meat I used didn't have any fat to drain.

2. Turn saute off. Break noodles in half and criss cross over top of meat.

3.Pour sauce over noodles.

3. pour water over noddles and spread the liquid around so it covers as much of the noodles as possible. leave noodles above meat though.

4. Close lid and turn on manual pressure cooking to 8 minutes.

5. once time is up let it self release for 5 minutes then manual release steam and open lid.

6. stir well. Serve in a bowl with goat cheese on top. I always add a little salt over dish as well. Enjoy! Ruby

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