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Body After Baby: My Journey

I’ve always been one of those people who doesn’t know how to take a compliment. I can’t just say, “thank you!” and walk away. I’ve always known this, but I’m noticing it more now as I get complimented on my body after giving birth. #humblebrag

I’m not gonna lie – I’m thrilled that I was back in my pre-pregnancy clothes eight weeks after giving birth, and I’ll make you hate me even more: I didn’t have to break a sweat to do it.  I know women’s weight in general is a touchy subject, and recently, women’s weight after giving birth has become a hot-button issue, with articles popping up talking about how phrases like “getting your body back” should be banned. I think it’s things like that, that linger in the back of my head that make me uncomfortable when I get complimented on this particular issue. Like I’m supposed to, as a new mom, go through the right of passage of struggling to lose the baby-weight. I of course graciously say thank you, but then offer up the following explanations because although from the outside it may have looked like losing the baby-weight was easy, it still took its toll:

I’m breastfeeding


Oh, I also gave up dairy because I’m breastfeeding

and my favorite:

Well, I gave birth at almost 33 weeks, so I didn’t gain as much as most people

Ah, the good old, “I’m breastfeeding” excuse. It is a known fact that you do burn more calories while you’re breastfeeding because you’re body is working to make milk.  You know what isn’t easy? Breastfeeding! Breastfeeding is hard work. It’s exhausting. You are the sole provided for your baby. If you’re not breastfeeding, you’re pumping. So yes, I lost my pregnancy weight and I look great, but I’m exhausted, my boobs hurt and chances are I’m starving because you work up quite the appetite while breastfeeding.

Speaking of breastfeeding…There’s a chance if you’re breastfeeding you may have to cut out certain foods from your diet because it will upset baby, like dairy and soy for example. I’ve cut out both. I’m sure that’s difficult for just about anyone, but for myself in particular it flat out sucks because I’m a vegetarian. The bulk of my protein comes from dairy and soy-based meat-free products.  How do I get my protein now, you ask? My diet basically consists of hemp protein in my oatmeal, Amy’s non-dairy burritos, Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burgers, and walnuts. I found out early on in my mommy journey the things we will do for our kids. Sloane’s health and comfort comes before mine.

Lastly, we have the most uncomfortable excuse, the “I had a preemie,” excuse. Since I didn’t make it to 40 weeks I didn’t gain as much as someone who had a full-term pregnancy, therefore, I did not gain the weight the majority of women do, and in turn, did not have to lose that much weight. Instead of worrying about my post-baby weight I spent 10 emotionally grueling days in the NICU watching Sloane struggle to gain weight and keep her temperature regulated.

How’s that for conversation?

Body after baby


Six Things Vegetarians Are Sick of Hearing on Thanksgiving

I’ve been a vegetarian for over a decade, yet every Thanksgiving  my family is still shocked and confused that I don’t partake in turkey at dinner. Here’s a list for you omnivores on what your vegan/vegetarian family members are sick of hearing on this carcass-focused holiday!

“Come on, just a little slice won’t hurt!”

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What part of I’m a vegetarian don’t you understand?

“Are the sides really gonna fill you?”








The five million sides of starch? I should be cool.

“Can I try your Tofurkey?”

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Of course!

…And after they try it: “Ew! How do you eat that?!”

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Honestly, I think the same thing about your main dish, but I have tact.

“Don’t you miss it?”








“Maybe next year you’ll change your mind.”










Keep dreaming, grandma!

What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

My Crock-Pot is what’s cooking!

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’m not much of a cook. Up until last week, I couldn’t even properly use my fancy three-burner Crock-Pot. This week, I created another concoction that’s actually tasty, and filling!

Whole grain rice, carrots, sweet potatoes, and carrots with Swanson’s Thai Ginger broth, a little bit of pepper, and voila:


It’s even inspired me to reactivate my Pinterest account and create a Crock-Pot recipes board – all vegetarian, of course!

What are your favorite Crock-Pot recipes?

Crock Pot Season

I don’t fancy myself a cook. I get highly insulted when I read lists about Jewish girls being good cooks and realize that is not the case with me, nor will ever be. Even last year, my husband and I finally pulled out the three burner crock pot we got as an engagement gift in 2010, and never was able to stomach the results. Until now…

Sweet potato crock pot chili! I don’t know how all if a sudden it is this recipe that makes me feel like a successful cook, but it’s delicious. I swapped out kidney beans for black beans, and of course didn’t add any meat (I’m a vegetarian), and made enough to last over a week, and made sure it was not tossed from the work fridge.