Why Exercising when Pregnant is Essential, and the 3 Best forms of Pregnancy Exercise

Thursday, November 29

Working as a Physio in Women's Health and Paediatrics, I'm often asked by pregnant women or those hoping to become pregnant, what is advisable with regards to exercise when you are expecting.





The below, are general guidelines, it is best that you consult your Doctor or Women's Health Physiotherapist prior to embarking on any exercise program.

It is very important that you do some form of exercise whilst you are pregnant.  This is not to say that you need become a first time runner at your first glance towards a positive sign on your pregnancy test, but mild to moderate exercise sessions, at least three times a week, will help you significantly in preparing for the labour process.  Giving birth is hard work, and the more prepared that you can be for some of the most physically intense hours of your life, the better.  Even if you are planning to have a caesarian section, a regular exercise program that you are comfortable with, is essential.

Roasted Butternut, Spinach and Red Lentil Curry

Wednesday, November 28

This is most definitely, the most delicious healthy dish that I've cooked this year.  Hold on, it's actually more delicious than any other unhealthy dish I've made this year too.  Pete had the option of adding meat,  some left over roast chicken to the meal, and he didn't. That in itself, is testament to how tasty it was...And other than the hack of peeling and chopping up the butternut, it was really simple too.




Ingredients:
One Small to Medium Butternut, chopped
1 Cup of Red Lentils
2 Handfuls of Spinach
I Onion, chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
Thumb size piece of ginger, chopped finely
1 Tbsp of Curry Powder
1 tsp of Nutmeg
1tsp of Turmeric
500 ml Vegetable Stock

To garnish:
Greek Yoghurt
Fresh lime to squeeze over.

Method:
Place the chopped butternut, with some olive oil, salt and pepper and mixed herb seasoning into the oven on 180'c for 30-35 minutes.  Butternut should be soft and lightly browned. Stir once halfway through.

In some olive oil in a pan, saute the onion for about five minutes, until onion is soft and looks clear.
Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, nutmeg and turmeric, and saute for 30 seconds.

Add the vegetable stock and the red lentils.  Bring the mixture to the boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the fresh spinach and butternut and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Garnish with greek yoghurt and fresh lime juice.

And enjoy the most delicious dish!

Alright Tit. My favourite Blog.

Monday, November 26

Since I entered into the blogging world, there have been a few blogs that I've followed pretty solidly.  I've also begun to agree with the posts I've read about how you can feel like you really are stalking some of your favourite bloggers...Which I suppose you aren't really as they have put their posts out there to be read.  However, I have also read a few posts by some of the more popular bloggers advising that you never put information about your home address...as there really are some genuine stalkers out there!

 One of the best blogs I've encountered in my wanderings around the world wide web, is Alright Tit, by Lisa Lynch.  Now anything that you read about writing a successful blog online, will tell you, you need to write every day to be successful.  Lisa last wrote 5 weeks ago, and I can tell you, she writes one of the best blogs out there.


A bit about her, copied and pasted from her Blog bio:


Welcome to the website of me, Lisa Lynch: author, editor, blogger, wife, Ram, telly-addict, doofus, cancer bitch (but not, I hasten to add, cancer's bitch). The latter of those things is what initially got me blogging, swearing my way through The Bullshit following a pesky breast-cancer diagnosis at 28. Some three years down the line – with newly grown hair, a newly published book and a newly perky rack – I dared to assume that I'd seen the worst… only for the c-word to crop up once more: this time in my bones and brain, and this time incurable.

Every post that I have read of hers, makes me laugh, and usually cry a little too.  The way Lisa describes a situation is incredible. Her most recent post, where she explains how her Medical team told her that she had brain tumours, begins with...

Another 3 Month Follow up with my Doctor, and what all Parents should look out for on their Children's skin.

Thursday, November 22


Today was the day of my dreaded three month check up, I know, I can't believe how quickly it came around either, after my melt down last time here, and the time before here.


Anyway, fortunately it was good news all round, and there are no new dodgy looking anythings on my skin! My Doctor is also optimistic about the pain I've been having my arm when it swells, and says she thinks it is healing and that my sensation is improving. I'm not sure I agree, but at least there were no new drama's today:)

I found this article the other today on the C.S Mott Children's Hospital Website, via the google alerts that I get about Melanoma every week. I've copied a few paragraph's and pasted below. Look on their site for more information with regards to treatment of Melanoma in children.

My Hens Party-The BEST weekend Ever!

Monday, November 19

This weekend was one of my favouritest weekends of my life so far.

A weekend away with the best bunch of girls in the world to celebrate my hens party, before we get married in December.

I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I sent Jen and Beany, two of my bridesmaids, and the only two that live in the UK, a list of people that I would like to celebrate the last of my unmarried days with, and that was the last I heard of anything. Other than being told to keep this past weekend free,  I knew absolutely nothing of what was going to happen.  Not who was going, where we were going or what to expect.

I was told to  pack an all black outfit, and walking shoes.

And then on Friday morning, Jen came to fetch my bag from me, and gave me two envelopes.  I was to open the first envelope, and would 'be told when to open the second.'

First Envelope:


Ok, English countryside I was guessing.

I got to the Starbucks in the village after seeing my midday patient, and looked around. I soon saw my friend  Cath walking towards me.  After collecting a coffee, we walked towards to the most gorgeous little salon, and had manicures.


Cath then said I could open the second envelope, where further instructions awaited me.  Cath has the cutest  little baby in the world, and so unfortunately couldn't come away with us for the weekend.

Chicken and Quinoa Soup in Slow Cooker

Wednesday, November 14

As mentioned here this week, the cold weather is upon us here in London.  

Last week, I needed to make something that would be ready and warm for us for dinner when we got home, as we were both only going to be back later than usual.

I found this recipe online and popped it all in the slow cooker just as I left home in the afternoon.  Five hours later, we opened the door, to the most amazing smell and delicious dinner that I have ever created with so little effort!

It is called a soup, but it actually turned out more like a casserole, and was less soup like in consistency than I expected it to be.

If you own a slow cooker, you have to make this! And I am such a fan of the nutritional benefits of quinoa as mentioned here.



Chicken and Quinoa Slower Cooker Soup

Autumn Days and a Little bit of Magic

Monday, November 12

I think we can safely say that Winter is upon us in London! I am already looking forward to going home for four weeks of warmth for our Wedding in December.

The lighting outside has been very striking over the past few weeks with the seasons changing, especially in the afternoons. Below are a few pictures I've taken with my iphone lately.


Walking from Portobello Market on Saturday

My 6 Favourite Books of 2012 so far...

Thursday, November 8

This post was initially going to be my top 5 books of all time, but I think I will need to think a bit more about this, and make it a top 10, before I attempt such a monumental task.

And then it was titled my Favourite 5 Books of 2012, but I couldn't narrow it down from 6 to 5, and so 6 it is.

I have mentioned often on this blog how much I love reading, and I always have. My brothers say that I missed out on my childhood, as I was always reading, but I disagree:)

These are books that I've read this year, they weren't necessarily released this year.

In no particular order...

1. The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.


A brilliant story and the reason that I won't be having any lillies at my Wedding.


Simple Lentil and Spinach Curry with Yoghurt and Coriander

Tuesday, November 6

A year ago, the thought of this dish would not have appealed to me at all! However with trying to eat more healthily this year and having more time and energy on my hands since starting my own Physio practice, I decided to try it for dinner last night from the allrecipes website.  It was really delicious, and the first time in a while that Pete didn't comment that the dish 'would have been even nicer with some meat in it.'

The Rats, the Breakfast Cereal and the Cardboard Box

Monday, November 5

A few months ago, I was chatting to someone who certainly doesn't radiate with good health, and we were discussing healthy lifestyle choices.  She said "I think I'm alright really, I mean I eat a high GI diet, but I'm ok." As discussed previously here, there really are a frightening number of people that feel more positive about their body images than they should.

This very overweight lady then went on to tell me, "I always eat breakfast too.  Sometimes twice." I must have looked confused as she then elaborated.  "Well I eat Sugar Puffs at home in the morning, and then by the time I get to work, I'm hungry again, so I have another bowl of them."

I tried to share some of my newly acquired nutrition wisdom about the horrors of sugar and why fibre is important etc...and within 30 seconds I realised that she wasn't listening, didn't care, and that nothing that I said was going to make any difference to this woman.

I thought of her today when I read about this study in the book Journey to Hope that I am reading, and then googled this study further, and copied the below from here:

Skin+Care - The Stunning new Shop in the Wimbledon Village.

Friday, November 2

Last weekend as I wandered about the shops in the Wimbledon Village, before I met Robs for lunch, I discovered the most fabulous shop.  A shop devoted to natural skin care and household products, owned by a fellow South African, and so so pretty! Within moments of meeting Lisa, I was captivated by her passion for good quality, no nasties skin care, and fascinated by her knowledge of the beauty industry.  She is also so incredibly friendly, that within minutes I felt like I had known her forever, I have since noticed this happen with each person who comes through her shop doors!



I bought the Green People face wash that she recommended for my particular skin needs, and I can not believe how great my skin is looking! And I know that it is better for me, than the one I was using previously:) I popped in to see her again this weekend and Lisa agreed to answer a few questions for me to share here.

 
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