8 yoga lessons from my baby

by Christina on January 9, 2015

A new job and new baby means I am not going to be able to have the physical yoga practice I used to. I’ve really been treasuring my time with Jackson, and have begun to realize how much yoga he is actually teaching me in our time together.

So when I can’t make it to the yoga studio, I can at least try to appreciate his lessons to me:

1) Be present. Jackson lives fully in the present moment. He doesn’t dwell on the past and definitely doesn’t worry about the future.

2) Feel emotions fully. Jackson does not hold back on his feelings. He freely giggles with joy, kicks his legs with excitement when happy, and has a good cry when something is bothering him.

3) Smile with your entire body. Jackson’s smile fills his entire body. It fills his mouth, his eyes, his fingers and his toes.

4) Eat when hungry. Jackson’s body signals when he is hungry and he eats. Just the right amount – not too much, not too little.

5) Don’t stay angry. Jackson gets upset about only reasonable things, fully expresses his feelings, and then lets them go. He would never stay angry, he would never hold a grudge.

6) Wake up with the sun. Jackson loves the mornings and wakes up with the sun. There is so much to see and do and learn.

7) Be less selfish. It’s not about me anymore. Jackson trumps pretty much everything and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

8) It’s not about your physical body. Growing, carrying, and birthing Jackson was a bit traumatic to my body (to say the least). Looking at him makes that sacrifice seem trivial and reminds me to let go of my attachment to my pre-baby body.


6 Changes for 2015

by Christina on January 2, 2015

What a year 2014 has been, and there is a lot to look forward to in 2015. For me, the coming year is going to be a lot of growing into my new roles of both a new mom and doctor. I will have to learn and balance a lot.

I’ve been thinking about New Years Resolutions for the year, but in some ways I like the 6 changes method better. This means writing down 6 habits that you want to develop, and then doing one by one until each becomes routine. I’ve done it in the past here and here and they seem to stick better.

So here we are, 6 habits for the 2015:

  1. Wake up 1.5 hours earlier to start the day with reading, writing, yoga and meditation (miracle mornings).
  2. Read 2 books per week (inspired by this podcast on reading a book in 90 minutes).
  3. Eat plant-based, mostly vegan diet (here’s why).
  4. Write daily in morning pages and write weekly in family journal.
  5. Do home yoga practice in mornings during the week, and on weekends practice with yoga community.
  6. Practice piano and learn one song a month.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

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A brief history of breastfeeding

by Christina on December 15, 2014

After learning that my mom and her four siblings were all formula fed, I started doing a little research. It turns out, most of my generation’s grandmothers did not breastfeed their children.

Here is a great article summarizing this interesting history:

 It talks about how in the 1940s, breastfeeding was on a serious decline:

“During the 1950s and 1960s, the trend in breast-feeding was steadily downward, and by the early 1970s, only 25% of infants were breast-fed at age 1 wk and only 14% between 2 and 3 mo of age.”

It wasn’t until the 1970s that breastfeeding started making a comeback:

“From 1930 through the 1960s, breast-feeding declined and cow’s milk and beikost were introduced into the diet at earlier and earlier ages. Although commercially prepared formulas, including iron-fortified formulas replaced home-prepared formulas, few infants were breast-fed or formula fed after 4–6 mo of age. Iron deficiency was prevalent. From 1970 through 1999, a resurgence of breast-feeding was associated with a prolongation of formula feeding and an increase in usage of iron-fortified formulas.”

It also talks about how cow milk consumption has changed so much since the 1970s. Today, it’s not recommended until at least 1 year of age, since we now know it doesn’t have the proper nutritional proportions for a growing human baby and is associated with iron-deficiency anemia.

“Because it was not yet appreciated that feeding of homogenized, pasteurized cow’s milk to young infants could predispose to dehydration during illness and to development of iron deficiency, there seemed therefore little reason not to change at an early age from feeding formula to feeding fresh cow’s milk. Cow’s milk was considerably less expensive than infant formula, required no mixing and was a staple item in the home. Moreover, many parents probably considered that the ability of an infant to tolerate at a young age a diet more closely approaching that of older children was an index of infant development and maturity.”

Check out the full article for more!