at baby+co. we love everything about the holiday season: the shopping, the decorations, the crisp weather, and of course, the delicious food. but it can seem like the last few months of the year are one long buffet of not-so-healthy choices, starting with halloween candy and ending with the clink of a champagne or beer glass at midnight on new year’s eve. our health coach in our cary, nc center, makayla mclaughlin, shares her tips for eating mindfully during this festive time. drink a glass of water before eating. whether you’re an expectant parent, a breastfeeding mom, or trying to… Read More

If you’re focusing on foods for fertility, here’s a healthy and easy option, especially if you already have little ones whose palate you need to please. No-bake energy bites 1-cup oats 1/2-cup peanut butter (a great source of plant-based protein) 1/2-cup flax seed (another great plant protein, and packed with folate) 1/2-cup chocolate chips (for your sweet tooth) 1/3-cup honey (can substitute agave if desired) 1 tablespoon chia seeds (for omega-3 fatty acids) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for flavor) Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor to desired consistency. Roll into bite-sized… Read More

While we all know that eating fruits and vegetables is important, do you truly know why? Phytochemicals are the nutrients in plants that help prevent cancer and other diseases. They are also responsible for the color in produce, as well as protecting plants from bugs and the sun. These phytochemicals form as the vegetables and fruits ripen on the vine. This means that in order to ensure nutrients are preserved, produce should be picked just as it ripens. Taking it a step further, in addition to eating fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s important to “eat the rainbow” as well. Most… Read More

There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re trying to conceive. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the timing of intercourse, obsessed over the consistency of your cervical mucus, or stressed about the amount of sleep you are getting. But starting with one of the most basic of activities may prove to help you conceive. Making small changes to your diet may not only increase your odds of conception, but will also support better overall health outcomes for you, your baby, and your family. Start with the sweet stuff A good place to start is reducing sugar in your… Read More

You might be feeling the tug to have another baby, or maybe your plan was to be pregnant by now. But you still haven’t lost the weight from your last baby. Is there a benefit to losing those last few (or not so few) pounds before trying? The kinds of foods you’re eating and the quality of your overall diet is more important than your weight for a healthy pregnancy. If your diet is high in sugar, if you’re not eating many fruits or vegetables, or your eating habits are just out of whack, you could be at risk for… Read More

If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, you’re thinking about money and also about your baby’s health. Eating healthier doesn’t have to mean shelling out big bucks for organic groceries. Luckily when it comes to food and nutrition, a few basic changes will help you get healthier while saving you money at the same time. Buy fruits and veggies in season. At peak harvest season, the basic laws of supply and demand kick in — the price goes down because there’s so much of it to sell. It’s also packed with more nutrients — and more flavor — because… Read More

Bring on the watermelon! Though beautiful pregnant bellies are reminiscient of watermelons, we love that watermelon has great qualities to promote fertility in men! Our newest health coach to the team, Kira Whitham, came in with an ah-mazing Watermelon Gazpacho recipe. (Ashley+new baby= maternity leave with all the snuggles) So, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit. Lycopene is an antioxidant which can help with both the quality and quantity of sperm. Tomatoes are also in this recipe and are rich in lycopene, so consider this recipe extra-healthy for men! Watermelon contains citruline which acts similarly to… Read More

Kira Whitham is our interim Health Coach while Ashely Couse is out on maternity leave. We are so happy to have Kira here to keep our clients focused on a healthy lifestyle. We sat down with her to ask her some questions so that our community can get to know her better. What is your educational background? I have a BS in English, an MA in Education, and an MS in Health and Nutrition Education. I am currently studying for my board certification through NANP. When were you inspired to become a health coach? My own health journey and medical… Read More

In my Week 30 post “The Nesting Urge” I mentioned my list of “to do’s” I wanted to accomplish over the next several weeks. I’m happy to report that all the items on that list have been completed! We completed our classes, our birth center bags are waiting by the door, the car seat has been installed, the nursery is complete, and we have a freezer full of meals for the next couple of months. When we took our newborn care class several weeks ago, Lorraine had mentioned a wonderful idea. She suggested getting together with a friend… Read More

It’s no secret that Denver has some fantastic places to eat. (It ranks 23rd on WalletHub’s list of Best Foodie Cities!)  When you’re pregnant in Denver, you can find the cure for any craving if you know where to look. If you find that you suddenly can’t live without an ice cream float or a soft pretzel covered in ooey-gooey goodness, Denver’s got you covered. The ladies at Baby+Company in Wheat Ridge share their favorite spots to grab a delicious bite. (Warning: Baby+Company is not responsible for any keyboards that need to be replaced due to excessive amounts… Read More

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