Healthier Meals from Farm to Table

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With busy schedules and a plethora of unhealthy, but convenient foods out there, it’s easy to get your family in an unhealthy eating lifestyle. A recent article published by the Mayo Clinic explains that buying local not only supports farmers in the community and local economy, but also gives you an opportunity to go green and refresh your healthy eating habits. Here are some simple strategies that will help get you more bang (and flavor) for your buck at your local farmers market.

1) Shop Early for the Best Selection

Growers show up in the a.m. With their trucks full, so the closer to opening time you arrive, the better and broader your options will be. Take a few minutes to walk around and check out all the vendors’ offerings; you’re likely to find competing price points for the items you want.

2) Shop Late for Savings

Many farmers (though not all) would rather sell some of their items at a deep discount than haul heavy loads of their goods all the way back to their property. You may have to sacrifice variety (especially on busy weekends), but you might score a few bargains during the last hour of the day.

3) Have a Taste

You’d get some funny looks if you started nibbling on the fruits or baked goods at your grocery store. But plenty of vendors hand out samples to encourage you to test their bounty, so you’ll know right away if the berries are sweet enough for a pie or if the bread will make an excellent sandwich.

4) Try New Things

Go ahead and experiment with unfamiliar ingredients like purple cauliflower or kohirabi. Sellers are usually happy to suggest ways to cook with their crops. If you’re unsure about preparation, strike up a conversation before you buy.

5) Stock Up

While supermarket produce is often harvested weeks before it arrives in stores, the items you see at a greenmarket are usually plucked from the ground the day before you buy them. That means your purchases will have a longer life expectancy-so take home an armload of your favorite seasonal treat!

 

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Fertility – What You May Not Know

Image10 percent of couples end up facing infertility, which is defined as an inability to conceive after having unprotected sex for six months to a year. Though age is the most common cause, researchers are identifying a host of other factors that could cause trouble. The good news is that many are easy to change. Read on for a pre-baby correction course.

1) Exercising too much may hurt your chances of getting pregnant

If you’ve got babies on the brain, consider giving your body a break. New research in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that normal-weight women who exercised vigorously (including running and fast cycling) five or more hours a week were 42 percent less likely to conceive each month than those who were sedentary. Intense exercise can disrupt hormones and ultimately interfere with ovulation. The group with the best luck getting pregnant consisted of moderate movers who enjoyed activities like walking.

2) Make sure to add vitamin D to your prenatal vitamin mix

The “sunshine vitamin” is emerging as a major player in the fertility game as it may affect egg quality and embryo implantation. Ask your doctor to test your levels. If you’re lacking, she’ll probably recommend a supplement, as it’s hard to get ample D from the sun or food sources.

3) Scale back caffeine intake while you’re TRYING to get pregnant

A study from Denmark revealed that women who downed 300 to 700 milligrams of caffeine per day had a 12 percent lower chance of conceiving in a given cycle; those who drank more than that reduced their odds by 37 percent. Caffeine may decrease uterine blood flow, which can make conception and implantation more difficult.

4) Too much mercury could reduce your chances of getting pregnant

This toxin is well-known for interfering with neurological development in the womb, but it’s also associated with conception problems. In fact, a Chinese study found that infertile couples at more fish and had higher mercury concentrations in their blood than fertile pairs. Researchers think that this harmful compound may damage eggs as well as sperm.

5) Garden-variety stress can wreak havoc on fertility

Intense emotional turmoil can throw off your cycle, and even at lower levels can cause ovulation problems. A recent research review of women who had used assisted reproductive technology found that stressed-out women were less likely to conceive than their calmer counterparts.

BB Waters Launches Innovative Must-Have Accessory for Beach-Bound Babies!

ImageBB Waters announces the launch of a new accessibly priced luxury item, to put the ease in getting your stroller though the sand! BEACHBABY TOWA’ ROUND is a universal stroller accessory made to attach to the front of any stroller. Whether your little one is in the stroller or you are loaded down with everything in tow, BEACHBABY TOWA’ROUND makes rough terrains stress-free! The best part is this handy accessory can also be used to pull wagons, coolers and more!

Versatile and trendy.

Now everyone can be beach-bound with their baby in a stroll of comfort, because BB Waters’ BEACHBABY TOWA’ROUND is made to be compatible with most popular stroller brands. “Why struggle with pushing your stroller through the sand, especially when a trip to the Beach is supposed to be fun and relaxing,” says Anna Blazevich, the President and Founder of BB Waters. “Typical strollers are not sand and grass friendly, and may be rough on the back when trying to take all the necessities on your outing, this is an easy resolution.” Parents can now ENJOY their trek to the beach without leaving the stroller behind!

About BB Waters:

BB Waters is a product company that started along the Ocean shores of Southern California and a place where creative creation is the main ingredient involved in every endeavor. Each project is approached by taking the road less traveled in order to provide a tangible solution through innovative concept and remarkable design. We are dedicated to providing fresh, relevant and unique products to our customers. Our goal is to create vibrant, social marketplaces that empower local and national designers, suppliers and communities.

All products are parent tested and approved ‘For ease of mobility.’ For more information about BEACHBABY TOWA’ROUND or BB Waters, visit http://www.bbwaters.com.

What I Loved About Pregnancy

Since we formally introduced our company and provided you, the reader, with a little insight of how BB Waters came to be, I thought it only natural to write a blog based on what I loved most about being pregnant and why I love parenthood so much!

I recently read an article that opened with a piece of advice, “Just like a good wife never complains about her husband, a good mother never complains about her pregnancy.”  I’ve often heard that saying in regards to husbands, but I’ve never heard it applied to pregnancy before.  It dawned on me the reasons why a saying like this would exist and I began chronicling all of the aspects of pregnancy that I truly loved.

While some may find it arguable, I think it is true – a good mother never complains about her pregnancy.  There are so many times a woman is pregnant in a lifetime and it seems cavalier, even detrimental to spend it complaining.  Sure, it can be hard at times, uncomfortable, mentally draining, and physically excruciating at times, but this is all part of the miracle of pregnancy – and it IS truly a miracle.

I was grateful to be pregnant.  I do admit that during my first trimester, I wasn’t totally in love with all of the changes my body underwent.  Losing my abs and experiencing hormonal changes wasn’t always a mental walk in the park.  The morning sickness and the nauseous feeling after eating meals were not at the top of my “favorite things about today” list.  At about my fourth month though, I read Brain Rules by John Medina.  In his pregnancy chapter, he uncovers many new insights about a baby’s mental life in the womb and delves into the mystery of how brains develop – all starting from a handful of tiny cells.  I realized it was time to change my attitude and really focus on all of the things that are so wonderful about being pregnant – not only for myself, but for the health of my child.

I allowed myself to embrace pregnancy and to connect with my changing (and growing) body as well as connect to the little being inside my belly.  I miss that belly.  The second half of my pregnancy was more nurturing than I could have ever imagined.  Coming to the realization that I was going to miss all of the great moments by focusing on the not-so-great moments allowed me to experience more compassion and mental connection than ever before.

There are only a number of times a mother feels her baby kick.  A limited number of times a mother watches her body grow a baby.  A limited number of times a mother gets to hold her new infant for the first time.  These are the moments I want to remember.

For me, pregnancy is the grandest example of the body’s amazing capacity to grow life and the soul’s ability to love someone without ever meeting.