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Reach your daily protein macros with Clear Naked Whey Protein Isolate

Reach your daily protein macros with Clear Naked Whey Protein Isolate

I found the miracle product that helps me hit my protein goal without throwing my other macros out of whack! It never fails, when I log my foods I and up in a position where I come short of hitting my daily protein macros but I need to watch the calories and carbs as I try balancing. Finding that extra protein is one of the hardest parts of macro tracking! Then came Clear Naked Whey in delicious flavors I can stir into water for no added calories or use in recipes.

It is like a fruit drink and look at the nutrition label! How great are these macros? 2 full scoops is only 70 calories, 0g Fat and 3g Carbs with a whopping 15g protein! The perfect fix! An added bonus? There are no sugars and it is 100% pure whey protein isolate. It is one of the best forms of protein without the extra ‘crud’. It is lactose, soy and certified gluten free as well as non-GMO. This label is as clean as I want it to be!

Finally, a delicious drink that is high in protein, low in calories and aligns with macro, keto and many other diets. This makes it THREE Naked products I use daily. I also put a scoop of GUT in water in the morning (now I can just mix with this Clear Naked Whey) and I also use this Naked Energy pre-workout formula on my heavy weight training days. These are also available on Amazon!

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Gentle Approaches to Sleep Training

Gentle Approaches to Sleep Training
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Numerous sleep training methods have risen in popularity over the last few years, from the controversial “cry it out” approach to the Ferber method. As a result, it can be challenging to gauge how best to sleep train your baby. Many sleep training methods require parents to leave their children crying out for comfort. However, sleep training doesn’t have to be traumatizing for the baby or the parents. If you feel your baby is old enough and you need some well-deserved sleep, here are some gentle sleep training methods to try.

The Pick Up, Put Down Method

Popularized by Tracy Hogg in Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, the “pick up, put down” sleep training method means less crying for your little one than the “cry it out” method, but it still allows you to give them time to self-soothe before comforting them.

First, it requires you to put your child down to sleep and for you to leave the room. Next, wait to see if your child stirs or if they self-soothe. If they fuss, gently place your hand on their chest or back and shush them. If this offers no comfort to the baby, pick them up again and calm them down. Once the baby has calmed down, put them back down and start the process over once again.

The Chair Method

With the chair method, you sit in a chair in the room after you place your tired baby in their crib. If the baby cries, offer them comfort by patting them or speaking in a soothing voice. Then, leave the room once the baby is in a deep sleep. If the baby wakes up again, go back into the room and offer them comfort from the chair. Then, gradually move the chair further and further away every night until your baby can fall asleep without you in the room.

Both of these methods offer parents a way to sleep train their babies without the awful experience of having to resort to crying it out. Instead, you are still able to provide them with comfort and reassurance.

Points to Consider With Gentle Sleep Training

Before deciding on any one method of sleeping training, ensure your child is old enough for the exercise to be effective. It is essential that your baby has the ability to self-soothe and no longer needs the calories that come from night feeding. It is believed that this usually occurs at around the four-month mark.

Secondly, feel free to use a pacifier to help soothe your baby. If you are worried about your infant sleeping with a pacifier in their mouth, then you can alleviate this anxiety by simply removing the pacifier when your baby is sleeping. In fact, studies suggest that pacifiers could reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Lastly, always make sure to trust your parental intuition. If you feel that your baby is not coping with a particular method, pivot and try something else. You could even stop sleep training altogether. Studies show that there is no long-term difference between babies who are sleep trained and those who are not.

Parents shouldn’t feel like they have to use stricter methods for sleep training to be effective. Other, gentler options might work better for your baby and your family. Give these methods a try so that, with some patience, the whole family could enjoy uninterrupted slumber.

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Naked Gut and Super Green Superfood Powder to start my day off right

Naked Gut and Super Green Superfood Powder to start my day off right

I have done a lot to find the right routine that finally works for me. I have dabbled into a few popular diets and fitness programs and now I found what my body is responding to. What works for me is macro counting and weight lifting and cardio when I can but mostly in the form of walks and hikes 1-2 times a week. Now that I have a rhythm, I needed the right supplements. I have started with my gut and it is important to me that the ingredients and protein sources are natural and free of unnecessary additives. Naked Nutrition is a favorite of mine with clean protein powders in flavors I get to choose, so I naturally wanted to try their supplements. My morning starts with my coffee and a scoop of Naked Gut and Naked Greens in 4 oz of apple juice and 4 oz of water mixed. This is 76 calories total between the supplements and juice and works with my macros.

The Naked Green Superfood Powder contains six different organic vegetables and grasses along with organic prebiotics, probiotics, and adaptogens. This mix supports immune and gut health as well as a good detox support. There are no additives or artificial sweeteners. It is a great supplement to pair with the Naked Gut.

Naked Gut has only seven natural ingredients including prebiotic fibers, probiotics, glutamine, and inulin. It is non-GMO, gluten free and vegan. There are no added colors, artificial sweeteners or flavors. It has no flavor. So, when I stir both a scoop of Naked Gut with a scoop of the Naked greens that has that ‘greens/grass’ taste and have that small amount of apple juice, I get a sweeter taste to help get it down. I start brewing my coffee and while that is going I can make my morning gut mix, stir well with a small whisk or use my electronic stir device to make sure there are no clumps left and down it in seconds.

Naked Nutrition has grown to offer over 50 products, with most having 3 ingredients or less. Shop Naked Nutrition now online and at Amazon.

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Healing After A Traumatic Birth Experience

Healing After A Traumatic Birth Experience
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Up to 45% of new mothers have reported experiencing birth trauma, a study in the Journal of Perinatal Education reveals. Birth trauma is physical and/or emotional distress experienced by the mother during or after childbirth. Although symptoms vary from mother to mother, they typically include intense flashbacks, panic attacks, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and anger. If you’re currently experiencing symptoms of birth trauma, there are things you can do to recover, process your experience, and move on from the birth. 

Let go of self-blame

Many mothers blame themselves after a traumatic birth — whether that’s because they feel like they failed their baby, their body failed them, or they should have done something differently. If you’re holding yourself to blame, it’s important to make a conscious effort to let these feelings go. No two birth experiences are the same, and if yours was difficult, you deserve even more love and respect as you’re now being a mother on top of all these unhappy feelings. So, be kind to yourself and take heart in knowing you did your best and will continue to do so for you and your baby.

Get professional help

A birth trauma therapist can help you understand the root cause of your birth trauma, learn new coping skills to manage negative thoughts and emotions, and strengthen relationships that may have been affected by your experience. Cognitive behavioral therapy, for example, is often recommended by PTSD and focuses on replacing unhealthy patterns of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with healthy ones. Additionally, if you sustained a birth injury like a vaginal tear or pelvic damage, you may also want to consult a reputable lawyer. Birth injury lawyers can help you file a lawsuit and receive rightful compensation to cover the cost of medical expenses. 

Focus on recovery 

After a traumatic birth, it’s important to prioritize rest and recovery in order to help your brain process the experience and move on. This means getting enough sleep, good nutrition, and minimizing stress, which although isn’t easy with a newborn, is key for healing. So, make sure to prioritize “me time” everyday — whether that means reading a good book, watching a movie, having a bath, or spending the day with your baby on the sofa. 

Healing from birth trauma doesn’t happen overnight, but is possible with self-love and patience. By letting go of blame, getting professional help, and focusing on recovery, you can recover and enjoy your new life as a mother.