Asheville Doula: High Purpose



Buddhism teaches us not to try to run away from our suffering. You have to look deeply into the nature of suffering in order to recognize its cause, the making of suffering. - Thich Nhat Hanh
Labor contractions are like waves in the ocean. They come in rhythm and with intensity. I won't lie and say they're merely "surges of feeling" no girl, they hurt. We are conditioned to believe that all pain is bad. Pain signals to us that something is wrong. This isn't the case for birth. If you're in labor, something is very right. Bodies and souls are aligning like stars in the cosmos. Your body and your baby are working hard. Your soul needs to work hard too. Let your heart wrestle with your mind and let your heart win. Let your inner being tell your physical body, "Shh... this is good. This is holy." Accept the pain as a high purpose. .


Asheville Doula: Sugar Detox

I love sugar. Cakes, brownies, chocolate, pie, ice cream... But sometimes I go overboard and before I know it I've had days of too much sugar. A pastry for breakfast, chocolate after dinner, and the cycle goes on. 

Unlike most in the natural health world, I do not believe that "sugar is the devil"-- I think it's disordered thinking to apply evil or malice to a food. I believe moderation is key, and life's short so have some pie ;)

Every now and then though, it's highly beneficial to detox. Evidence-based research suggests that regular detoxes can help clean the body of toxins and reset your health. So this month I'm on a cleanse. 

If you've been experiencing poor sleep, bloating, skin rashes, irritability, constipation, or tiredness, your body could very well be telling you that you need a sugar cleanse too. 

Of course, consult with your healthcare professional before beginning any detox. I'll share a little of what my own personal health cleanse looks like. 

  • No processed sugar. This means all of my favorite foods. Just kidding. But quitting chocolate is hard for me. After a long road of deciphering my specific health needs, I've found that boosting my blood sugar WITH sugar after a meal actually regulates my adrenals. So actually, something sweet is necessary for my body. So right now instead of reaching for dark chocolate, I'll have a bite of banana or melon. 

These for me are on top of my Gluten Light diet. I went gluten free a year or so ago and have been slowly incorporating a little gluten back into my life, because, BREAD. For me, this means corn tortillas not flour, gluten-free pizza crust, gluten-free baked goods etc. I also have never been huge into dairy. We drink coconut milk and almond milk.

Something different about my cleanse too-- I don't limit fruit. Some health gurus will recommend no fruit and suggest that fruit is sugar. While fruit does have sugar, scientifically, fruit sugar is processed by the body differently than processed sugar. Not all sugar is bad! So for me, honey is fine, dates are fine, coconut, berries, smoothies, all of it. 

Oh, I also still drink coffee. 

I'll be honest, I'm struggling today. I feel almost like I have a cold. Which is my body detoxing from sugar, and that tells me that this cleanse is SUPER needed for me right now. But doing regular cleanses are good not just physically but spiritually too. I want to be more aware and alert and treat my body kindly. 

So doing this, on top of once-a-week visits to the chiropractor, bi-weekly acupuncture and moxa, getting my blood pumping on our elliptical, and the liposomal herbal mixture formulated for my specific needs from Silver Leaf Natural Medicine, help keep my healthy and reaching my wellness goals. 

Tonight I'll take a hot epsom salt bath to finish drawing out toxins and replace magnesium, along with a tablespoon of coconut oil in the bath too, for its antibacterial propertires. 

I mean, I still want cake, but I know those cravings will soon subside. Happy Spring and may it bring you health and happiness! 


Asheville Doula: Acupuncture

Did you know that discounted acupuncture by one of Asheville's top-rated acupuncturists is included when you book me as your doula?

Acupuncture in pregnancy can be a godsend! It can help everything from nausea, headaches, aching backs, and is even recommended by many doctors to help naturally induce labor. 

Just another doula perk from Maranda Bussanich- Doula Services!



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