Week 8: The Decision to Change My Lifestyle =D

Good afternoon and happy Friday =D This post is about the hours following my appointment.  I hope that you enjoy =D

I had to be gone for about 2 hours before arriving home to my apartment where my partner was awaiting my return. I will never forgot the big smile on his face when he greeted me at the door. We both smiled at each other for a few seconds, and then I said, “I’m pregnant.” The upcoming hours after telling him was a very happy and loving experience that I will never forget. We spent the entire day planning the next steps in our lives.  There is so much to look forward to =D

For about the last year, Matt and I have been doing extensive research on which environmental factors are toxic to our bodies. Personally, I started this research when I was diagnosed with Phyllodes Tumors of the breast in July 2014. Once we found out I was pregnant, we made drastic changes to both of out lifestyles. I just want to reinforce that there are no right or wrong lifestyle choices during pregnancy; my lifestyle choices are not the right way, rather they are the ones that work best for me. I want to share my lifestyle choices with you and the reasonings behind my choices. =D

In a matter of hours, the following was decided:

  1. To throw away all of our plastic tupperware and to not to drink from plastic bottles
  2. To throw away all of our nonstick pans
  3. To only have Matt clean the litter box
  4. To discontinue the use of toxic cleaning supplies
  5. To try to eat organically
  6. To discontinue eating products from cans
  7. To avoid food additives

My next few posts will explain why each of these choices were made and what we did to accommodate these changes. I hope that you find them helpful! <3

My Number One Pregnancy Craving: Homemade Healthy Chicken Salad Sandwich


I absolutely love this meal. It is so delicious, and I constantly crave it! What I love about this meal is that three of the ingredients positively enhance my baby’s development.


Chicken contains protein and iron.

Plain Greek Yogurt

Yogurt contains protein, calcium, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. These are some of the nutrients that you will find in your prenatal vitamins. Yogurt also contains probiotics, which research suggests boost the immune system.

Canola Oil

Research suggests that canola oil is good for the heart and contains Omega 3.

Depending on the brand, the content of each nutritional value varies; but all chicken and yogurt contain these important nutrients =D

Recipe by my wonderful and thoughtful fiancé, Matt <3



chicken breasts

celery sticks

plain greek yogurt


red wine vinegar



The pan is buttered to avoid sticking.

The chicken breast is coated with canola oil, and then baked in the oven at 375 for about an hour.

After taking the chicken out of the oven, the chicken is pulled with a fork and placed into a bowl. Add as much onion, celery, plain greek yogurt, salt and pepper to your liking.

I like to eat my chicken salad on toasted sourdough bread (because I understand all of the ingredients) or whole wheat bread and with a delicious beefsteak tomato.

Organic VS Non-Organic

Whether eating organically or non organically, what is most important is that your child is getting the nutrients that are vital to his or her’s development. There is no right or wrong way to eat poultry, fruits, or vegetables, so as long as you are eating nutritionally, you are doing a wonderful job! =D

If you are interested, I would love to share my opinions and perspectives on why I choose to eat the way that I eat. When financially feasible, I try to eat organically as much as possible to avoid preservatives and food additives in my food. I either shop at Trader Joes or Shoprite because they are close to my apartment; both stores have organic options.

When I shop at Trader Joe’s, I buy the organic low fat plain greek yogurt and the organic chicken breast. When I shop at Shoprite, I buy Chobani plain greek yogurt and either the organic chicken breast or Tyson chicken breast (it is usually on sale). At both places, I try to buy all of my fruits and vegetables organic if they are selling it. Whether I buy organic or non organic fruits and vegetables, I always wash them under water and scrub them with a produce brush to kill any bacteria.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you try this recipe. I would also love to hear your perspectives on eating organically and non-orgnaincally =D

I hope that you have a happy Monday <3

Safe Pregnancy Workouts

Good evening and happy Saturday! July 3rd was the day that I found out I was pregnant =D, and it was the day that I decided that my workout regime had to drastically change. My doctor told me to continue working out, just to avoid using weights. I want to share the steps that I took to design a pregnancy workout regime that works for me.

The first thing I did was research what material my yoga mat was made up of. When discovering it was made of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), I decided to discontinue using it. PVC had been found to contain highly toxic material consisting of toxic metals and phthalates that leaches out of the mat and can cause damage to your body. For more information on PVC, please visit:


I then researched the material that my weights were made up of.  I had been using vinyl weights for a few years, only to discover they they also contain PVC. For this reason, I decided to discontinue using these weights along with my yoga mat.

Since starting my pregnancy workout regime, I have been using a cotton towel to replace my yoga mat. I have not yet found nontoxic weights, but I did find a company that makes nontoxic eco-friendly yoga mats.


One day when I have expendable money, I will purchase one of these mats: until then, it’s the cotton towel for me =D

Now that I knew I was comfortable with my workout equipment (or lack of), I decided to research which workouts are safe to complete during pregnancy. After much inquiry, I have decided to:

  • Avoid working out while lying on my back as it may reduce blood flow to my uterus
  • As soon as I find nontoxic weights, I plan on toning my arms with three pound weights; the recommendation is to stay under 10 pounds
  • Avoid workouts that cause me to become out of breath and cause my heart to beat too fast–this may restrict blood flow to my uterus as well
  • Avoid any type of ab workout

I will be sharing my safe pregnancy workout clips with you soon! =D

The First Eight Weeks =D

Good evening and happy Saturday! This post is all about my experience through the first eight weeks of my first trimester. These were the weeks in which I was not aware that I was pregnant. I hope that you find this helpful =D

On June 12th, 2015, I went to the ER due to a severe pain on my right side. I had been experiencing that same pain for four days before I finally went to the ER. They confirmed that I had a cyst on my right ovary that seemed to be twisting and untwisting. With a blood pregnancy test that came back negative and a diagnosis, I thought I just had a cyst. After the pain subsided, I became very sick: I was overwhelmingly tired all the time to a point where I was in bed or needed to be in bed for the majority of the day; I was incredibly nauseous and unable to keep down most foods, and the foods that I used to love to eat became increasingly aversive; I was very thirsty, everyday I drank double the amount of water that I drank prior to becoming pregnant; My bladder became very overwhelming, the sensation to pee sometimes came on so suddenly and strong that I found myself darting for the bathroom. What was even crazier was that I would use the bathroom, and by the time I was done washing my hands, I would have a full bladder again! Sometimes I did not even see a reason to leave to bathroom between my bladder and my nauseousness. I was very weak, and for my entire first trimester, I worked in a position that required me to be physically active for an extended duration. I was no longer able to complete the strenuous activities that I was once able to do without any hesitation. If I was not home and in bed, I found myself sitting because of how weak and nauseous I was. I could not believe that a cyst was causing me to become this ill. On July 2nd, I did not leave the bathroom because I was so sick, so I decided to call out of work and make an appointment to go my gynecologist. When I arrived at the office, I told them my symptoms and his assistant asked, “Could you be pregnant?” I told her that the blood test a few weeks prior came out negative, and she took a urine sample and we waited for one minute. She showed me this:



and said, “Congratulations, you are very pregnant.” At that very moment, I was so overcome with happiness that all of the symptoms that I had been feeling for the last eight weeks were suddenly so worth it.

Check back for my next post!