Low-supply is one of the most, if not the most, frustrating thing that can happen for a breastfeeding mom. At least it is for me, and I’ve dealt with various challenges on this breastfeeding roller coaster: oversupply, engorgement, leakage, plugged ducts, blebs, and those early days of cracked, bruised nipples (shudders). Yes, all of this sounds challenging, but none of it compares to the frustration and heartache that comes with low-supply. You want to nourish your baby, your baby is hungry and fussy, and yet your body just isn’t producing enough milk for whatever reason to satisfy your baby’s needs. It’s heart-wrenching.…

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I never realized how much my iPhone has affected my life until I decided to do a 72-hour digital detox. My parents, who live in Portland and are self-proclaimed hippies (the kale-eating, poetry reading, meditating, nature-loving kind of hippies), attended recently their second silent poetry retreat where attendees are asked to hike through the woods, eat morning meals and listen intently as poetry is read to them while staying silent. When my parents told me about this very granola-y retreat they were planning to attend, I definitely rolled my eyes but seeing how rejuvenated, calm and happy they were post-retreat got me…

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I’m almost four months postpartum and the reality is that I don’ t have time to workout and “get my body back.” Breastfeeding and walking with Chloe in her carrier are my two main calorie burners these days, but while working out is on the back burner, eating healthy is now even more so at the forefront with salads being my go-to. Three weeks ago, I started eating a salad with pan seared salmon every day for lunch. I wanted to see if it would affect my waistline. It has, but the best results were how it affected my skin! Plump, dewy…

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While I’m no stranger to the stress reducing benefits of adaptogens, like ashwaganda (thanks to my discovery of Moon Juice a few years back), or the ability of Chinese herbs like jujube, longan and astralangus to ease labor and delivery, the benefits of western herbs are rarely salient in my mind when I think of herbs. When I mentioned this to Traci Donat, herbalist and founder of Simples Tonics, an herbal apothecary that specializes in western herbs, last week during our interview she wasn’t surprised. “In our society, we often look to Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine or the Andes when it…

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(Above: Me at 25 weeks pregnant on our babymoon in Maui!) Pregnancy is such a joyous, exciting, and often overwhelming time. There is so much to learn, so much to prepare for and so much to avoid to keep your growing baby healthy – food and beauty-wise. When I got pregnant, all of these “don’ts” were swirling around in my head: don’t eat deli meat, don’t eat sushi, don’t use retinol. The biggies I knew, but figuring out everything that could be potentially harmful to my baby took some time, online digging and talking with friends with kids to figure out. Luckily…

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