Teachers! I see a lot of you in my practice and so I hear this theme frequently --> school is a giant countdown to the next holiday where self-care and addressing those nagging health concerns will finally begin. The time is now! Lets put a plan in place so that you can feel confident and well for September!
Feels a bit ironic that #breastfeedingweek falls in my first week of not breastfeeding in a long time. Here are some thoughts/reflections on breastfeeding as a healthcare provider and mama of three:
1) I strongly dislike both of the statements 'breast is best' and 'fed is best'. Informed, empowered, educated and supported are best.
2) To get that support you might need to invest some time and money. It's worth the time and money to feel informed and supported. An IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) (we have Tania at RNFC!) and Naturopath both make good members of that team of support. And that team might expand if there are concerns about tongue or lip ties (which are common!). 3) It's okay to stop breastfeeding if it's not working for you and your family.
4) It's okay to keep breastfeeding if it's working for you and your family.
5) Transitioning to motherhood is hard! Especially the first time around, but even after that. Let's love and support families in their feeding journey at all ages and stages!
After 7.5 years of pregnancy and breastfeeding it's coming to an end this weekend as this spunky toddler stays with Grandma and Grandpa and the rest of the family to wean. It's been a great and generally smooth journey and I feel so blessed for the experience and support I've received along the way. It's not working for us anymore, so we've made the decision to move on. Enjoying the freedom but feeling lots of nostalgia as well.
Outside of being a mom and doctor, I like projects (or at least finished projects)... this is the latest - dug out garden area, limestone screenings, tamping, and laying flagstone. Still needs some leveling and fine tuning but our cooking fire pit is getting there! Thanks to @kearney85 for the idea/how to! And hubby for taking kids for the weekend so I could puzzle flagstone in peace!
Mornings are so productive when the @cityofguelph fixes your street and provides 30 minutes of primetime entertainment! Come back and finish the job tomorrow morning?! #momlife#momofthree#geterdone#hotcoffee
Purpose. Something I strive to live by in both my personal and professional life. Something that this fabulous Naturopathic Doctor (and fellow mom of three!) has ingrained in me to check in with and to ensure that what I am doing professionally is in line with my purpose and has a purpose. One of the purposes I have is to #impactlives in a large way, so I am so excited to attend this conference.
Colleagues and healthcare providers, check out the details below!
12 years ago I went to Africa with @drerinwiley and @denis.marier We worked in the community of Lohanghing in the Northwest province of South Africa. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We delivered babies and sat with people in the final hours of their lives. It was a privilege to be welcomed into this village and the people left a permanent mark on my heart. ⠀⠀⠀
In addition to serving patients in Africa, we also worked with healthcare providers - delivering workshops on self care and naturopathic tools that could assist them in servicing their communities in a new way. I realized then, that supporting incredible healers was the most impactful route to servicing more people. ⠀⠀⠀
Today, I remain as committed to that mission as ever. I have never wavered in my desire to amplify the success of those who have dedicated their lives and careers in the service of others. ⠀⠀⠀
It is with this commitment in mind, that I am bursting with excitement to share the launch of our first practitioner amplification conference, #ImpactLIVEs . ⠀⠀⠀
Impact LIVEs is taking place on October 26th & 27th in downtown Toronto. We are bringing together world class speakers from across North America to assist clinicians in amplifying their Impact.
⠀⠀⠀ (www.impactlivesevent.com)⠀⠀ #purpose#intention#guelphnaturopath#impactlives#impactlivesevent#naturopathic#functionalmedicine#healthcoach#event#toronto#contest#conference ⠀⠀⠀
This time of year is busy! I've been feeling it and I've seen a lot of my patients struggling as well. We always talk through what the biggest triggers and stressors are, and the importance of caring for yourself so that you can be present and patient. One thing I've realized as I try to practice what I preach is that when I have a stocked fridge and a plan around food, or at least some good staples to get my family fed through the week, things feel much more manageable. The above snack is on that list of staples along with eggs, oats, frozen peas and blueberries, other nuts/seeds, peanut butter, fruit (usually apples but a plethora of options at this time of year!), arugula or mixed greens, broccoli slaw, and then food for whatever the dinner plans are. Staring at the fridge blankly is not a fun feeling for me, so managing that is key to my mental health! What are some of your staples? Always looking for inspiration and ideas!
Back at my alma mater for the night to write a big exam tomorrow which gives me a few more 'prescribing rights' as an ND. The five years I spent here were a tough slog, but they allow me now to do what I love. There's the tiniest bit of nostalgia, but a lot more gratitude for living and working in my community of Guelph.