Garlic Lemonade

It was about a year ago when I was pregnant that my midwife introduced me to garlic lemonade.  It is what she uses year-round if she starts to feel sick.  She recommended it to me when I was fighting a cold.  She even said it is something to give kiddos when they aren’t feeling 100%.

Since then a number of people I know have used it online and in real life.  Here is my old blog post on it with several comments.

The big thing is to watch how much sweetener you use since sugars help surpress the immune system.  For this recipe the maximum is 2 Tbsp. but try to use less if you can handle the taste.

Garlic Lemonade

2 quarts water

4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

2 lemons

2 tbsp honey (max. – use to taste)

Boil 2 quarts water.  Turn off heat.  Add garlic.  Cover with lid.  Let steep 30 minutes. Strain out garlic.  Add juice of 2 freshly squeezed lemons.  Add honey to taste (max. 2 tbsp).

You can drink this during the day.  I put it in a quart jar and walk around with it.  I prefer it a bit warm.

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Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards)

Alive, primordial cracking of bones or connective tissue to the bones.  I was squatting and leaning with my knees digging into my husband’s shins and bracing onto his shoulders.  Behind him was my girlfriend, fellow yogini, and now doula.  I stared over my husband’s shoulder, his off-white cotton shirt and into her eyes.  I was trying not to scare her so did not hold a direct gaze very long.  Her eyes, like white plates with elegant blue saucers were getting wider and wider.  I only had six to eight pushes thus far.  I could feel an obstruction that was moving within me.

With the next push was more cracking then a sharp tension that scared me.  I had heard about the fabled “ring of fire” and how it could hurt more than you imagined possible.  When I realized this was it I wanted to laugh.  It was possible, it was real.  It really was nothing to be scared of.  Before the next surge began I was ready. Feet firmly planted, knees firmly gouging into flesh and bone, hands grasping and holding.  I did a low scream, breath, power, energy that I held for a long time.  This was going to be over.

My midwife behind me had to dive forward slightly and with one hand warranted her baby catcher title.  She eased him under me then I sat back against the couch, on the floor, with my son on my chest.

Fitness Clothing Sin?

The skirt is too tight! Should I send it back or work my fanny off to sport it next spring?

It is not a crime against fashion, but a crime nonetheless.

I intentionally got a piece of clothing too small, but it may be too too small.

I won a Born Fit Oxford Running Skirt from Spry magazine a couple of weeks ago. I easily fit in a size medium skirt these days from that company. So I figured I would order a small.

It is a girl sin against yourself to order anything but your true size but my intention seemed great.

1. By this time last year we had at least THREE snow storms where I live. The season to wear running skirts is about over. As it is this weekend we will be in the 60s. By the time I can reasonably break out the running skirt again it will be MAY 2011.

2. I am progressing very well with my fitness/health journey. I plan to be in the company’s small by running skirt season next year.

The skirt arrived yesterday. It is really nice. I love the colors, the feel of the fabric, the thickness of the fabric, the construction… it is a really nice skirt. After dinner I was telling my husband how I ordered a small knowing it won’t fit right now and then I found this note:


Congratulations on winning the BornFit Skort! Unfortunately we don’t have a S in the Sassy Oxford Skort. BornFit does run a size big so we sent you an XS instead. Test it out and if it doesn’t work then we will figure something else out! Thanks.


The BornFit Gang

Um, ooops. I read the note to my husband as I was laughing. I held the skirt up to me thinking there would be no way I would wear this. My husband then said, “it looks like it could fit you now.” Man that is some super lycra if it can. But I went on to amuse him and went in the bedroom to put it on.

His comment after was that I have some work to do but you can totally wear it for this spring. He went on to tease me that I wanted to challenge myself but that the fate gods threw down the gauntlet for a better challenge.

As it is right now the skirt fits tight, but the shorts definitely pinch on my chubby thighs. I would scare you if I put this on and took a close-up picture IMHO.

What would you do? Return it for a small in a different skirt? Keep it and work towards wearing it, possibly giving it away to someone smaller if it does not work out? What are your thoughts on this? Was this really a fitness clothing sin? Or does acquiring a size smaller for one piece of fitness clothing actually count as motivation vs. bad planning?

Postnatal Taebo Review

At 5 weeks 1 day I popped Billie Blanks Postnatal Power: Taebo Workout in and got to the workout. I gotta say it was a nice way to get some activity going after having a baby.

My only CON is that depending on how recently you had your baby you need to be concerned about how wide you spread your legs away from the midline of your pelvis. Upon recovery from birth your pelvic floor needs a good deal of recovery. Shellie does not mention any sort of caution like this until the lower-body focus towards the end of the DVD when you are doing lunges. Just be cautious of this part of your body from the start.

So let me get on to all of the pros:

– Great tempo so I could focus on my mind/body awareness without feeling taxed. Every time I began to work it was time to “walk it out” or side step or march.

– Great for balance. Balance is one coordination element that suffers during pregnancy. I did a lot of yoga and did not lose it so it was a non-issue but there are some safe balancing elements in this DVD.

– Options of a long full-workout or focus on certain body parts. My baby napped and I was able to workout the full hour but could have done the DVD in segments of warm-up, upper body, core, lower body or cardio.

-Simple moves are not too complicated. I am new to taebo and do not have a dance background so get easily intimidated by coordinated moves. However, keeping up with this DVD was easy. If I can do it, you can too.

– You work, but not so much you are spent. Many parts of my body are weaker following my awesome home birth then 5 weeks of basically sitting and recovering. I especially felt the lunges and leg lifts.

I highly recommend this video to recovering moms. Shellie made this at 10 weeks post-partum and is a rock star. I was able to do it at 5 with no issue. Know your body and be gentle as you get back into the swing of things. I will most likely do this video for two weeks before I venture on to a non post-partum workout.

Prenatal Yoga DVDs

I get asked about prenatal yoga DVDs pretty often. My first question to the people asking is if they are already doing a yoga practice or have done one in the past. If they have then I am quick to give a recommendation based on what they are looking for in their prenatal yoga and based on the practice they had. If not then I am quick to recommend they find a studio with a certified prenatal yoga instructor that can educate them about body alignment and modifications for their trimester and/or specific body issues. Yoga DVDs are awesome but be honest with yourself if you need a bit more instruction before venturing out solo with a DVD.

Here are my fave videos…

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1. Prenatal Yoga DVD by Shiva Rea… Shiva Rea is Gaiam’s go-to gal. The woman is a great yogini, great teacher, has a compassionate heart and is so much fun to be around. I have only been around her at yoga festivals but she is good people. Her prenatal video is pretty well-thought out with a blend of meditative and asana (poses) practice. It works for me but I am also able to really crank hard on some poses with my own home practice. This is the video I use at home during my own pregnancy when I want some guidance. Note you can rent this 57 minute video on youtube for $3.99.

Here is an excerpt:

2. Prenatal Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for Mothers to Be by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa – Gurmukh is one of the godmothers of prenatal yoga in the U. S. in my humble opinion. She is also responsible for the book Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation which I enjoy referring to when wanting some inspiration for my classes. She is a Kundalini person which focuses on a good deal of energy alignment, and her DVD has a heavy meditative focus. If you are looking for less of a cranking out the asana workout from your DVD and more of a thought/intention focus then this is a good match for you. My prenatal mentor also did her training under Gurmukh even though she is an Ashtangi, she has since gone on to develop more of an asana-focused prenatal practice but also refers to what she learned from Gurmukh for the intention building in her classes.

3. Pregnancy Yoga: A Practice for Each Trimester with Cathy Louise Broda – This isn’t a very talkative/meditative video but more of a work focus with the calmness of the background taking care of the serenity. The instructor is preggo with twins here. Overall a great asana-focused series of workouts since Cathy comes from an Ashtanga background and I highly recommend this video for those looking for more of a traditional cardio/strength workout.

4. Jennifer Wolfe’s Prenatal Vinyasa DVDs – Jennifer is the most social media savvy of all the recommendations I am doing and if you tweet prenatal yoga anywhere in your twitter stream she will pop up as @PrenatalYoga and most likely mention her DVD with some sort of special offer. I recommend her videos as the ones where you will also get the more traditional effects of a workout from. Vinyasa is the focus of movement with your breathwork (pranayama) so this will also be close to a combo of cardio and strength training. Jennifer is also really good about safety precautions with the pregnant body because not only is she a certified yoga instructor but she also trains doulas. She has the most formal understanding of the pregnancy and labor process for this reason beyond the motherhood experience.

Please feel free to leave ANY thoughts or comments on the topic of prenatal DVDs if you have something to share. There are so many out there that many newly pregnant people get intimidated in the process of picking one. Do you also recommend these, disagree with my recommendations, or have other videos you recommend? Please share.