Placenta Smoothie 


As part of my post-natal health regime with the help of Abigail Todd (www.thebirthnest.co.uk) I have been consuming the placenta – both in smoothies and capsules. Although it may seem a little unusual, nearly every mammal on earth eats the placenta after birth. It helps to balance hormones and replenish nutrients. I have felt fantastic and recommend this to all new mums. 

50p Chunk Fresh Placenta

1 Banana

2 tbs Raw Cacao Powder

1 Handful Berries

3 Dates

1 tsp Reishi Powder

1 tsp Supergreen Powder

1 cup water 1/2 cup ice


A Natural Birth


I have just experienced one of the most incredible things in my life – giving birth at home the natural way. It is a joy beyond words that my baby Zachary David Bryant arrived on earth safely 

I believe in the natural way – to use natural, organic foods and remedies to maintain good health. Giving birth is one of the most natural things yet for some, it has become a medical procedure. For example, in India, 1 in 3 children are born by cesarean section.

This time around I wanted a home birth and have been fully supported by my excellent local midwives. Some people choose to have a baby in hospital, and some end up their due to complications. The advances made by hospitals along with better hygiene, nutrition and higher standards of living have vastly improved infant mortality rates. Doctors save the lives of children and mothers in difficult situations and I am glad they are there if needed.

 However, I have encountered fearful attitudes amongst the general public and health professionals regarding birth. I have learnt that trusting our body and our instincts is of great importance.

 At 42 weeks pregnant, having had no scans throughout my pregnancy I was strongly advised by the midwives to go to hospital, have a scan and meet with the consultant. The scan seemed fine; baby was healthy with the placenta in the right place for birth. We then had a meeting with the consultant, who voiced her concerns about the duration of the pregnancy, my amniotic fluid being low and having a possible hind-leak of my waters. To prevent the escalating risk of infection, she strongly advised that I was induced as soon as possible.

 This was a great shock to me, as throughout pregnancy I had not wanted any medical intervention. I now had a highly experienced consultant telling me for the safety of my unborn child, I should book into hospital.

Weighing up the evidence presented to us, we paused and ran through the B.R.A.I.N.S. acronym. We were told to ask B = what are the benefits? R = what are the risks? A = alternatives? I = what does my instinct / Intuition tell me? N = what if we do nothing? S = smile. To give us a chance time to get labour going the natural way and to enable for a home birth without drugs, we decided to take the consultants advice, but to book to be induced 36 hours later 

I tried to be as positive as possible as our mental state is of key importance for a successful labour. After a spicy curry I spent most of the night visualizing a successful home birth.

The next day I had a reflexology treatment with Karen Peters who also worked with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which helped me release negative thoughts surrounding the birth.

I spent time outside in my garden, connecting with the earth, praying, singing, dancing, bouncing and meditating. I also talked to the baby and my body telling them it was safe to birth. Now was the time!

In the afternoon I found out the homeopathic remedy Pulsatilla can be useful in stimulating an overdue labour so I sent my husband Giles out to get some. On his way back he saw one of the mum’s from school. She had brought an overdue labour on by using the aromatherapy oil, clary sage, directly on the acupressure points known to help induce labour. We knew the points, we knew about clary sage – but we didn’t know about combining them in this way.

I used all these practices and created a birth temple in my living room. I got into the position I visualized giving birth in – and something started to move! Labour had started and to ride through the pain of the contractions I used hypno-birthing techniques along with chanting and singing. 4 hours later in the sanctuary of our home, we sang the Om as my baby was born. 

As part of my post-natal health regime with the help of Abigail Todd (www.thebirthnest.co.uk) I have been consuming the placenta – both in smoothies and capsules. Although it may seem a little unusual, nearly every mammal on earth eats the placenta after birth. It helps to balance hormones and replenish nutrients. I have felt fantastic and recommend this to all new mums.

One final point is to mention the importance of rest. In preparing for labour and after birth rest is best. I am enjoying Giles feeding me as I feed our baby.


Placenta Smoothie

50p Chunk Fresh Placenta

1 Banana

2 tbs Raw Cacao Powder

1 Handful Berries

3 Dates

1 tsp Reishi Powder

1 tsp Supergreen Powder

1 cup water 1/2 cup ice


Veggie Burger

1 tin chickpeas rinsed
1 cup of gluten free oats

1/2 red onion

1 Tbs Tamari

1 courgette

5 sundried tomatoes 

2 Tbs olive oil 

1 garlic clove

Black pepper

1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt

1 tsp cumin seed

Blend then put into a ball and leave in fridge for 30 mins

Sprinkle with buckwheat flour to make into patties then either oven bake for 20mins or fry in coconut oil 


Lentil Burger Bake 


1 onion

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes

3 carrots

6 organic mushrooms

2 sage leaves

1 sprig Rosemary

Small handful of oregano 

2 cups of cooked brown lentils 
Lightly sautéed the onions and garlic in 1 tsp coconut oil with a pinch of raw grey sea salt, when soft turn off and pour into food processor with tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms and herbs and blend till mixed well. Then mix in lentils and stir together. 

You can then make this into a bake or burgers or eat as pâté raw. 

You can oven bake at 140 for 25mins or dehydrate at 105 for 3 hours. 

 


Loss of parents

As I prepare to give birth to my third child any day now I am reminded of the fact that I have no parents of my own anymore on this earth.

Most of the time I am fine with this and have grown as a person because of it and the challenges I have been through, but there are moments when it hits home again and this is one of them. With 2 weeks left till my due date it is a time of going inwards, a time of reflection, rest, renewal and deeper connection to my baby and ultimately to my life’s journey (whatever that may be) I used to be very close to my parents, calling them most days to chat, for support and love and sometimes I find myself going to pick up the phone to them before I remember that I can’t, at least not on this plane anyway. But it is in these times of pain that I can grow and understand myself and release some of the pain that is stored inside me.

 

My mother died when I was 21 after being terminally ill since I was 8 years old. In so many ways my childhood has taken away and changed because of the impact of her illness but this has helped me to become the person I am today, someone who wants to share the message of health and wellbeing to myself and those around me.

 

There are times as a parent when all we want to do is call our parent(s) for advice, love and ultimately someone just to hear you. For that support that you can only really get from your parents. But when you don’t have that you have to be a little bit more resourceful. For me remembering to connect into the earth for that support is where I look. The earth is the ultimate mother so nurtures us all.

 

Also for me knowing its ok to feel sad, to mourn the loss of my parents, to honour the give of life that they gave me, the path they put me on and the support and love that they did give me. So in this moment I honour my roots and my journey.

It’s not been an easy one, but it has been one that is constantly teaching me to strive to grow, to live life, to be grateful for what I do have.

 

One of the challenges I faced with my mother getting sick when I was young was on some level a feeling that all women would ultimately abandon me, that really I was alone in this world. This is something that I still struggle with, but that I work on.

 

When we suffer loss one of the things we do is build up a wall, to protect ourselves from ever being hurt again. This wall keeps us safe or so we think but really all it does is shut us off from love and support. It is only in vulnerability that we can truly grow and really experience life in its fullness.

 

I don’t think we can every truly be prepared for death and what that holds for those left, but we can try and celebrate the life that we have been given. All life has its challenges and what makes it amazing is how we deal with it. Like the phoenix rising up out of the ashes, what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger.

 

Both of my parents taught me that even through sickness we can inspire life in those around us. Even in adversity we can shine. So now my mission is to shine the light I was given, even if this is sometimes challenging to both myself and those around me, and to know that when I feel alone, and out on a limb because of my choices that I know I am working for the highest good and if I can come from a space of love and stay true to myself that I will be supported and guided..

 

 

 


Chocolate cake 

With two weeks left till I give birth I was feeling a little tired and low today and needing a boost as only chocolate and a hug can do. I saw a pic of a cake a friend posted up and decided to Julietteify it

So here it is and boy is it good

Chocolate Cake 
1 1/2 cups of buckwheat flour

1 cup cacao powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup maple syrup 

1 1/2 cup hemp milk

1/2 vanilla pod
 Blend and pour in two pans 

Bake at 160 for 25mins or until cooked
Icing 

1 cup cacao

1 cup coconut sugar

1 cup coconut oil 

1/2 avocado 

1/3 cup hemp milk 
Blend and once cake is cooled cover with it