If it doesn´t challenge you it doesn´t change you!

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I am sitting on the couch looking at my 3 year old son, he is building a pirate ship out of duplo blocks, it is difficult and a bit of frustration goes into the process. When he finishes he plays with it for a small while and then gets bored, destroys the pirate ship and builds a tower instead, again it isn´t easy it will get too tall and thin and eventually fall. He then has to start all over again. After a bit I call him as it is dinner time, I tell him to put the blocks back in the box, which he does happily and then comes running to me.

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Parsnip, spice and Chocolate chip cake

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Does that sound odd? I know! But there is something about the combination of parsnip, spices and chocolate, that I love. The cake is comforting, filling and satisfies my sweet tooth. The parsnip behaves just like carrot in a cake, keeps it nice and moist. It is a recipe that keeps me coming back.
I´ve adapted this recipe and made it refined sugar-free and gluten-free.

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How I stayed healthy through my pregnancies The importance of good nutrition and supplementation throughout pregnancy

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How I stayed healthy through my pregnancies

In both my pregnancies I was focused on living healthy. I was thinking that through the pregnancy I shouldn´t be “selfish” as I wasn´t just eating for myself I was “building” a little person and I wanted my little baby to be as healthy as possible. After all, 9 months is just a short period of my whole life.

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6 months after giving birth

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4 days before giving birth

In both pregnancies I was feeling very sick throughout the 1st trimester. Every smell would make me sick, I had to open the windows in the whole house as suddenly the house had a smell of concrete that I have never even noticed before, – or after for that matter! I couldn’t be near the kitchen as the smell of food would make me feel sick, and of course that isn´t possible especially in my second pregnancy as I had a little one already, and he was always hungry. I just had to close my nose whenever I was cooking!
In the 1st trimester I tried very hard to find healthy foods that didn’t make me feel too sick, but it got a lot easier when the sickness went away. In both pregnancies I would go for a walk every day one to one and a half hour, and I did 2-3 hours of Pilates a week. I worked at my clinic until the day I gave birth both times.

In my first pregnancy I did my best to live, how I thought, healthy at the time. I do not like meat very much, but I did a little effort to have some protein in my diet. Looking back though I wasn’t eating balanced meals. I would for instance have just a salad for lunch, basically just water! I kept refined carbs at a minimum, which I believe is the best, but I didn’t eat enough protein and fat to give me the energy I needed. I had a great pregnancy but I was always very tired, had a big temper and I was craving chocolate and sweet stuff all the time… I shall never forget the day my poor husband opened a chocolate bar right in front of me, when he knew I was trying to stay away from that stuff!!! Poor man ;).

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Cookie and chocolate pizza

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 Cookie and chocolate pizza

When I bake, I usually bake glutenfree and (refined) sugar free cakes. In this recipe though I’ve made an exception. I’ve adapted this recipe and made it (refined) sugar free and opted for wholemeal instead of regular all purpose flour. The cookie pizza is so fast to make

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