Exercising during Pregnancy



Exercising (or not) when pregnant, is a hot topic and with a host of conflicting information being thrown at you from well-meaning friends it can be hard to figure out what you can and can't do.

So in order to clear up any confusion we went straight to an expert and asked top personal trainer and founder of the pre and post-natal exercise company Bumps & Burpees, Charlie Launder, what you can and can't do when pregnant..over to you Charlie!

When you first find out you’re pregnant, there is so much to think about that it can become quite a daunting prospect. At the forefront of your mind will be your body and all the changes that are coming over the next nine months. Yes, you’re going to gain weight and yes, your body shape will change but this does not mean you will have no control over it.

Rather than worrying about all the things you are not supposed to do, let’s focus on four simple things you can do…

1. You can exercise

Whilst your bump is growing, the rest of you doesn’t need to. Exercises like squats, lunges and press-ups are all encouraged to keep you strong and toned through your pregnancy. Whilst there are adjustments you can make towards the end, they are still very much ok to do though your pregnancy.

2. You can lift weights.

Women are often worried about lifting weights and doing damage to the baby, but as long as you pick a weight appropriate for you, then there is no reason why you can’t use them to build your strength while you’re pregnant. Your baby is very safe in there, so don't worry about hurting the baby, just focus on keeping a good posture and using the correct form so as not to injure yourself. Your joints will become softer due to an increase in the hormone relaxin so watching posture is vital for avoiding injury. Lifting weights not only helps to improve your strength, it keep your metabolism fired up and most importantly helps your body return to glory after pregnancy.

3. You can work your core

Keeping a strong core is not only important for helping you get back into your jeans after the little one arrives, but it will help support your body through it’s many changes during pregnancy. Yes, traditional crunches go out the window as the bump grows, but there are plenty of other ways to build a strong core during pregnancy. Twisting exercises such as Russian twists with the cable or a medicine ball are very effective for engaging the obliques, helping to keep your bump neat and tidy. It is all about learning to engage the core in order to maintain stability in all the exercises you do, so again focusing on perfect posture and technique is essential.

4. You can rest.

As much as you might want to carry on going about your everyday life as you are used to, you must remember that your body is undergoing huge changes and yes you are encouraged to stay active and exercise, but it is also very important to allow yourself enough time to rest. You will find that you become tired more easily, especially in the first trimester so listen to your body. Don’t try to cram too much into your day, take naps and enjoy the peace and quiet while you can!

by Charlie Launder
Co-Founder of Bumps & Burpees

 

 

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Recipe: Healthy Loaded Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy dinner, for both kids and adults alike! It’s also super flexible so you can add different things to the base recipe, Little Green Home favourites include crumbling in some feta or goats cheese or stirring in some flaked salmon to the avocado. Delicious!

 

It’s also a nutrient packed dinner, sweet potato is full of beta-carotene (Vitamin A), along with Vitamin C and the energy giving B vitamins. They also provide a good portion of dietary fibre, which is lacking in many modern diets. Including avocado with the sweet potato not only tastes great but the healthy fats in the avocado helps to increase the uptake of Vitamin A from the sweet potato. Avocadoes are also an excellent source of heart-healthy monosaturated fats, postassium, fibre, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

 

Butter beans add some much needed protein to the meal that helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer. They also contain plenty of dietary fibre that helps to balance your blood sugar after a meal, so are perfect for aiding with weight control in adults and helping to ensure there’s no crazy energy surges from your kiddies pre-bedtime (hopefully!)

 

 

Serves 2

 

2 medium sized sweet potatoes

1 large ripe avocado

2 spring onions

6 cherry tomatoes

½ head of broccoli

½ tin butter beans (in unsalted water)

Squeeze of lemon juice

 

Additional topping ideas:

 

Crumbled feta

Flaked salmon

Grilled chicken breasts

Grilled Halloumi

Sprinkle of pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Smoked tofu cubes

 

Wash the sweet potatoes and pierce the skin with a fork.

 

Place whole in the oven at 180C for 1 hour.

 

About 15/20 minutes before the sweet potatoes are due to come out of the oven lightly steam the broccoli florets in a steamer for 5-10 minutes until they are cooked but still slightly crunchy.

 

Whilst the broccoli is steaming cut the avocado in half and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Add in the chopped spring onion and butter beans and mash together so the mixture forms a lumpy consistency. Then add in the cherry tomatoes, broccoli and a squeeze of lemon juice.

 

Once the sweet potatoes are cooked remove from the oven and slice open down the centre. The avocado mixture can either be added to the centre or on the side. Add in any other toppings you like at this stage.

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We Asked: Calgary Avansino

For the first in our series of interviews with inspirational women we're thrilled to welcome Calgary Avansino to the Little Green Home blog. A former contributing editor at British Vogue, her enthusiasm in wellness led the Mum of 3 to set up her own website devoted to living better as well as penning a cookbook, Keep It Real, that has been a permanent fixture in our kitchens since its release. We're thrilled to have her sit down with us to discuss her healthy eating tips for you and your little ones. 

 

Can you tell us a bit about where your interest in healthy eating and wellness came from? And how it ended up being the focus of your career?

I was raised by very health-conscious parents, who taught me from an early age that food is fuel, both physically and emotionally. If you choose the right things to put in your body, it makes a difference. But they didn’t force it down my throat – literally – it was just how things were in our house and I think that is the best approach with kids. They absorb more by osmosis – preaching never works! My mom was a busy lady but she still cooked us dinner every night and we sat as a family around the table, which of course I didn’t appreciate at the time, but the value of healthy food and togetherness soaked in.

Many Mums find it difficult to get their children eating healthily, especially in terms of vegetables- any handy hints for helping little fussy eaters to love their veg?!

 

The most important thing to remember is that YOU are in charge and it is your responsibility to feed your kids good food. If you have picky eaters, change won’t happen overnight but don’t give in to their complaints immediately. Keep trying, keep offering new foods and keep sticking to the plan. You owe it to your kids’ future health and wellbeing to educate them about what real food is and encourage them to fuel their bodies with good stuff.

 

First things first, don’t have anything in your kitchen or pantry that you know will be a battle or that you don’t want your children to eat. If it’s not in the house then they can’t beg for it. Next up, lead by example. You can’t eat a packet of crisps in front of your children and expect them to eat carrot sticks. This is a healthy journey for the whole family and as every parent knows, kids do what you do, not what you say to do.

 

And finally, don’t make a big deal about introducing new foods. The more you say “this is a new thing and it’s super healthy” the more they will say “no way!” Just place it on the table, don’t give alternative options and see what happens.

 

What are your top tips for busy Mum’s who want to make easy to prepare but nutritious meals for their whole family?

 

I like to keep things ridiculously simple – which all the recipes in my book are! I can’t be bothered with complicated recipes that take hours to prepare and feature tons of ingredients. If I can make it in one pan, even better – less is more for me. I do have three words though that I’d say are my key top tips for busy mums who want to eat well with their family but are time-strapped (and who isn’t?): PREP, LEFTOVERS and FREEZER!

 

First, spending an hour (or even 15 minutes) prepping for the week ahead makes a world of difference - I encourage people to wash their greens, lettuces and veggies, chop ingredients, bake savoury muffins, make a soup or a stew or prepare a pasta sauce. Life is so much less stressful when you always have something prepped when time is short. And when is time not short?

 

Second, embrace leftovers. Always make extra when you cook something delicious for dinner and take it to work the next day for lunch. Or use an ingredient in multiple ways – for example, when you make lentil soup, double the lentils and use the leftovers to make a lentil salad or lentil burgers for dinner the next night.

 

Lastly, use your freezer wisely – i.e. pack it full of good stuff. There’s a whole chapter in my book Keep It Real about all the amazing things you can freeze easily and how to add them into your weekly meal plan. Your freezer really can be a lifesaver, make it your friend.

 

In your book ‘Keep It Real’ you strongly advocate the anti-diet approach to food but many women feel pressured into dieting, especially after giving birth, what would be your advice to those women who are looking to shed some weight?

 

After all three of my children, I lost the baby weight gradually by staying as active as possible and eating frequently and well; but I didn’t push myself or do anything radically different or extreme. I threw on my baby sling as often as I could and went for a walk at the park or to the shops, and slowly, slowly, slowly, it came off. I don’t believe in dieting, full stop, but especially after giving birth. You have just spent nine months growing a human being inside your body – be kind to yourself. It won’t be the same as it was before in the blink of an eye, but that’s okay. When you’re breast-feeding, my top tip is to have healthy snacks nearby instead of processed convenience food. You will inevitably get hungry during these times and it is very helpful to have chopped carrot sticks and hummus, some almonds and cashews, or sliced apple and nut butter to hand with a glass of water, rather than a packet of crisps, chocolate bar and can of soda. But most importantly; be kind, patient and loving to yourself – you’ve done an amazing and difficult thing, remember that!

 

What are the 3 key changes you would urge everyone to make in order to improve their health and wellbeing?

 

  • Cut out sugar – it has no nutritional benefit, is just empty calories and it sends us on a rollercoaster of ‘highs’ and ‘lows’. Most worryingly, it is impacting global health and is linked with increases in obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Cutting out sugar isn’t always easy, but it is most definitely worth it. Start by reading packaging labels, having a huge cupboard clear out, cutting out processed foods, making us much as you can yourself, and keeping an eye out for all the places sugar is hidden, especially in seemingly ‘healthy’ food products such as tomato sauce, soup, fruit yoghurt, green juices and snack bars. Also be aware of manufacturers using other words to describe it – i.e. sucrose, cane juice crystals, blackstrap molasses, brown rice syrup, date sugar, fructose, etc.
  • Eat real food – Food is not just something we put in our mouths to satiate hunger; it is the fuel our bodies use to stay healthy and function well. We need to start eating more and more real food – fresh, nutritious, unprocessed food from the earth, trees and bushes. Plants, plants, plants! Ditch processed food!
  • Give up on diets – forever Plant-based living is a fulfilling, satisfying, permanent lifestyle, not a punishing, painful period of deprivation. As I touched upon earlier, diets do nothing for us other than fill us with guilt. We need to stop punishing our bodies and start loving ourselves, filling our plates with nourishing foods in a consistent and sustainable way.

 

Like a lot of Mum’s you’re juggling the demands of your career and family, what do you do to keep yourself balanced and ensure you’re taking care of you as well?

 

I have the headspace app downloaded to my phone, which is brilliant. Whether I am at home, in a taxi or on the train, I can just plug in my headphones and ‘take ten’, practising mindful thinking (or unthinking, really!) and deep breathing. Also I try to attack my stress by accomplishing one thing at a time and crossing it off my “list”. This always makes me feel less overwhelmed. And if all else fails, my foolproof stress-reliever is turning on some fun, loud music with my kids and having a dance party.

 

How important is it to you to choose organic or non-toxic products for yourself, your family and your home?

 

Very important! If you care about what you put in your body, then why not care what you put on and around your body? Given that our skin - the largest organ in our body - is estimated to absorb up to 60% of the products that we apply to it, it’s important to be conscious and educate yourself. Unlike food, which first has to be metabolised by the liver before fully entering our body, the products we apply to our skin have direct entry to the bloodstream. Therefore, it’s not just “you are what you eat” but also, “you are what you put on your skin.”

 

I do my best to use as many non-toxic products as possible. I use vinegar to clean most surfaces and non-toxic brands for laundry, washing dishes and tougher scrubbing. I choose my kids products very carefully and try to find brands that are transparent about the ingredients they are using.

 

What are the key products that you have chosen to make the switch from conventional to natural or non-toxic?

 

I can’t say I’m 100% with my make-up and skincare yet but I try my best. I use non-toxic lipstick, nail polishes, body cream, bath products, sunscreen, baby products and nappies. Every little bit helps.

 

What is your mantra to live by?

 

My mantras are the same things I say to my kids:

Treat people as you want to be treated - and work your hardest, always.

 

 

Calgary Avansino, Contributing Editor – British Vogue and author of Keep It Real – (http://amzn.to/1ZpmnL4). @calgaryavansino

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Weaning Guide

Weaning can be a daunting prospect for new parents (and for those of us who’ve done it before!) It feels like you’ve only just got into your groove with breast or bottle-feeding and suddenly you have to begin a whole new adventure of introducing your baby to the world of solid foods.

 

The current advice by the World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 4 months, with the thinking being that your baby’s digestive system isn’t equipped to deal with solid foods before this time. Your baby should be able to sit-up unaided and doesn’t automatically “push” a spoon or food out from their mouth with their tongue before embarking on weaning, whatever their age.

 

It is also important to remember that milk (either breast or formula) is still the main source of nutrients for your baby at this early weaning stage and so solid food should be initially offered to them after one of their milk feeds. The mid-morning feed is usually recommended to begin with, as both you and baby should be feeling rested and baby should hopefully be hungry!

 

Try to remember that in the initial stages of weaning you are just getting your baby used to the different tastes and textures of food, so try not to worry too much if they don’t actually eat very much. Lay a mat down underneath your highchair, make sure you’re wearing old clothes you don’t mind getting messy and just start experimenting with different foods. It’s best to start with pureed fruits and vegetables to begin with, try not to just start with fruit as your baby has a preference for sweet tastes and this may make it harder to introduce less sweet foods later down the line. Some good and easy ideas for this stage are steamed and pureed sweet potato, mashed avocado and banana, pureed pumpkin and organic baby rice.

 

It’s best to just introduce one new food a day so you can see if your baby has any sort of reaction to it (look out for rashes, an upset tummy/diarrhoea). Once you’ve established two or more foods are ok you can begin mixing them together. Gradually, as your baby begins to eat more you can begin to reduce the amount of milk he or she has mid-morning along with looking to introduce some solid foods in the evening (around 5/6pm) and then in the morning, with the idea of eventually getting them eating 3 meals a day. Some people prefer to follow a specific pattern for doing this (see Gina Ford’s “The Contented Little Baby Book of Weaning”), whilst others prefer a more un-structured route, taking feedback from baby and going at their pace. There’s no right or wrong, stick to whatever works for you and your baby, just try to make mealtimes as fun and stress-free as possible for both of you!

 

Baby-led weaning is an option many parents try, where instead of feeding your baby specific foods pureed or mashed, they are instead given pieces of food to play around with and try (for example, a piece of cooked carrot or parsnip). You can also combine this with purees, giving your little one a piece of banana whilst at the same time feeding them mashed banana.

 

Here are a couple of easy recipes for purees we’ve tried out when we were weaning our little ones that went down a treat. Hopefully your baby will love them too!

 

Weaning Recipes:

 

Pureed apple and apricot.

 

1 apple (we love Pink Ladies but any eating apple will do)

 

1 cup of unsulphured dried apricots

 

Leave the apricots just covered in water overnight to soak.

In the morning put the apricots and the water in a saucepan and heat gently for about 15/20 minutes until the apricots are soft.

While the apricots are heating peel, core and chop the apple before placing it in a blender.

Once the apricots are soft add them to the blender with the apple and blend until smooth.

 

Serve warm but not hot.

 

Any excess puree can be frozen for up to 3 months.

 

Sweet potato and avocado

 

1 small sweet potato

 

½ ripe avocado

 

Peel and cut the sweet potato into cubes and steam until soft.

Slice the avocado into cubes and place in a blender with a small amount of water or unsweetened almond milk.

Add the soft sweet potato to the blender and blend until smooth (add more water/almond milk if necessary).

 

Serve warm but not hot.

 

Not suitable for freezing.

 

Check out some of our great weaning bowls and spoons here!

                                             

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What to Eat When Breastfeeding

For many mums their hard won efforts to eat as healthily as possible go out of the window once baby arrives. A combination of sleepless nights, exhaustion and never having more than 5 minutes to yourself all conspire to have you reaching for the biscuit tin.

 

However, post-birth is a time in which you also need to focus on looking after yourself, and a big part of that is nurturing your body with the right foods. If you’re breastfeeding, this is extra important as the right diet not only fuels you for the difficult job of looking after your baby but also ensures you have plenty of good quality milk to help your baby grow and develop.

 

First things first, what shouldn’t you eat whilst breastfeeding? Well, thankfully a lot of those pregnancy restrictions are lifted so feel free to indulge in sushi, soft cheeses and pate. Alcohol should still be kept to a minimum, with a maximum of 1-2 units once or twice (just a bit more than a small glass of wine) a week recommended, so it’s not time to bring out the shots just yet! Even foods like peanuts and cows milk are ok to eat unless you or someone in your immediate family has an allergy (check with your GP if you’re unsure).

 

Making sure you’re eating a nutritionally balanced diet is extra important whilst breastfeeding, as these nutrients are passed onto your little one through your milk helping to ensure they’re getting everything they need to grow up healthy. A diet that focuses on plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein (think chicken, fish and beans) along with wholegrains such as quinoa and brown rice, will ensure you’re getting enough nutrients and keeping your energy levels up. Healthy fats are also crucial; think nuts, seeds and avocados along with making sure you’re getting sufficient omega-3 oil from oily fish. Limit this to two portions a week if you’re choosing larger fish such as salmon and fresh tuna, as they contain higher amounts of toxins such as mercury, which could pass into your milk if eaten in large amounts. Alternatively, a good quality omega-3 supplement is another option.

 

In order to keep your energy levels up despite the sleepless nights it will help to make sure all your meals and snacks have a balance of protein, carbohydrate (from starchy veg or wholegrains) and healthy fats, in order to keep your blood sugar balanced and stop energy dips. Some easy to prepare snack ideas include, vegetable crudités with hummus and chicken, brown rice cakes with nut butter and a berry smoothie made with live natural yoghurt. Drinking plenty of water is also crucial as breastfeeding can make you super thirsty and feeling dehydrated will sap your energy fast. Try to avoid relying too much on caffeine or sugar for an energy boost, as in the long run this can leave you feeling more tired. If you do find yourself craving something sweet then fruit and nuts or dates filled with nut butter are a great option.

 

It’s also worth remembering that your body will prioritise producing good quality milk over your needs, so if you’re not taking care to eat a balanced diet then you could become depleted or even deficient in some key nutrients. For these reasons restrictive dieting whilst breastfeeding is not to be advised! If you’re keen to lose that baby weight then focus on eating good quality, whole foods, and incorporating some gentle activity into your day (once you’ve had the all clear from your doc you can get back to a more structured exercise routine) and comfort yourself with the fact that breastfeeding burns plenty of calories! In fact, you probably need to eat an extra 400 to 500 calories a day while breastfeeding, so try to make sure you get this from healthy sources as much as possible

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Gwyneth's Pre and Post Natal Smoothies

Gwyneth's Pre and Post Natal Smoothies

Smoothies are one of my go-to’s as a busy working Mum, mainly because they’re a super quick and easy way to get a big dose of health boosting nutrition. Oh, and they taste great too! I also find they can be a great option both pre and post partum; good nutrition is crucial during both of these times but things like morning sickness or sleep deprivation can make eating and/or preparing big meals problematic, which is where a delicious smoothie comes in!

 

Both of the smoothies below can be enjoyed during pregnancy and when breastfeeding, and not only do they have a host of health benefits but they taste incredible (even if I do say so myself!)

 

Pre-Natal:

 

1 handful of spinach 

1/2 ripe avocado

1 tbsp almond butter

1 medjool date (pitted)

1 tbsp raw cacao

1 scoop Vanilla protein (I like Sunwarrior Raw vegan protein)

Ice and water to blend

 

This smoothie provides a balance of slow-releasing energy from the date and cacao to help boost flagging energy levels without a jittery caffeine or sugar rush. The spinach is an excellent source of folate, essential for a healthy pregnancy, along with providing iron and B vitamins that are essential for energy production. The avocado and almond butter give you some healthy fats, needed for your baby’s brain development along with fibre to help digestion that can sometimes get sluggish during pregnancy. The protein from the powder and the almond butter helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer and balance blood sugar, which can help to combat morning sickness along with pregnancy fatigue. The cacao is also a potent antioxidant (along with the Vitamin C from the spinach and Vitamin E found in the avocado and almond butter) to help promote a health pregnancy. 

 

Post-Natal:

 

1 banana (frozen if you like your smoothie cold)

1/2-1 tsp maca 

1 tablespoon of cashew butter

1 scoop of vanilla protein (as above)

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Almond milk to blend

 

This smoothie is excellent for providing energy for exhausted new Mum’s, the banana combined with the cashew butter and protein powder will provide steady fuel throughout your day. The cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings, which can help when all you want is a giant slice of cake after being kept up all night by a screaming baby! Maca is a wonder powder, made from the root of a Peruvian plant, it helps with hormonal balance, gives you stamina, mental clarity and reduces anxiety and depression. The nutmeg contains iron, is an antioxidant and can also help with digestion. It’s also been shown to be a mild mood booster. 

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Why Eat Organic?

Why Eat Organic?

Here at Little Green Home we’re big advocates of switching to organic products, and not just those in your bathroom, but those in your kitchen as well. It can seem like choosing organic food over standard versions just simply adds pounds onto your food bill but it can also add a huge amount to your health! Furthermore, organic food also has less of an impact on the environment and encourages better animal welfare.

Organic farming uses fewer pesticides and instead use natural methods such as crop rotation. This is not only good for the environment but you can also rest assured that the food you’re eating will contain less chemicals from the pesticides used in conventional farming. GM crops and ingredients are forbidden in organic farming, along with hydrogenated fats and artificial pesticides, meaning you can feel confident that you’re only eating real, natural food when you eat organic.

 

Better animal husbandry is also a firm tenet of organic farming; organic standards require that animals be kept in optimum conditions, including having plenty of space and fresh air. Animals who are treated well and are able to live a free-range life are healthier and, therefore, do not need as many antibiotics or drugs. We definitely feel happier knowing that the meat and milk we feed our families comes from happy animals who weren’t over-treated with drugs and antibiotics.

 

All of these advantages to organic food doesn’t change the fact that it is still more expensive than normal produce, and whilst the more people who buy organic food in supermarkets the more affordable organic food will become, this doesn’t help when you’re trying to keep your household budget down. So if you don’t feel that you can fully make the switch to a totally organic shop, then check out our handy guide below to the top “dirty” foods that contain the most pesticide and chemical residue.

 

  • Citrus fruits
  • Pineapple
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Apricots
  • Tomatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Cucumber
  • Carrot
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Potato
  • Courgette

 

Conversely, these are the fruits and vegetables that absorb the least chemicals and may be an option to purchase the non-organic version.

 

  • Plums
  • Star Fruit
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Banana
  • Berries
  • Melons
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Aubergine
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Chilli
  • Potato
  • Celery
  • Peppers
  • Spinach*

 

 

Local farmers markets can also be a great place to pick up organic fruit, veg and meat, with the added bonus that you’re supporting local farms and reducing the food miles of what you eat, further helping the environment. A simple google search should tell you when and where you local markets are.

 

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

*From the Pesticides Action Network “Pesticides on a Plate”

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Avoiding Plastic

It can sometimes seem with kids that your life and home becomes overrun with plastic, plastic toys, plastic bottles and plastic storage containers. But for many parents this overwhelming amount of plastic items has become a source of concern.

 

Plastic contains many chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine disrupters, and many fear that these chemicals are having adverse effects on the public’s health. Officially, the chemicals found in most commercial plastic products are deemed to be at acceptably safe levels but many families are choosing to reduce the amount of plastic items in their home in order to further reduce their exposure to said chemicals.

Plastic bottles on blue background

 

One of the biggest nasties found in plastic is BPA and BPS, which has been linked with breast cancer, miscarriage, prostate cancer along with leaching a neurotoxin that can cause liver and kidney damage. Because of the growing awareness of the potential dangers of BPA/BPS many plastic items, especially those for children are now marketed as being BPA/BPS free. While this is definitely a step in the right direction BPA-free plastic still contains a number of chemicals that are potentially detrimental to health. So is the only answer to do away with plastic in your home completely?

 

The idea of making your home totally plastic free may not be a practical one but there are steps you can take to reduce your and your families reliance on plastic items. This has the additional benefit of helping the environment as plastic items do not degrade and so cause significant environmental impact.

 

One of the main areas where you can get rid of some plastic items is in your kitchen. Leaving food and drink stored in plastic containers may cause the chemicals in the plastic to leach into your meals and beverages, which are then absorbed by the body. Luckily, there are a host of great glass food storage options available from brands such as Life Factory and Wean Green. Using specially formulated tempered glass these containers and bottles are durable and ideal for when you’re on the go.

 

It is also worth investing in glass baby bottles if you’re bottle-feeding your baby, again Life Factory do a great range as do Born Free. Stainless steel containers and water bottles are another handy option.

 

It’s probably impossible to have no plastic toys at home, especially as well-meaning friends and family will inevitably buy your kids them!

 

You can reduce the amount of plastic toys your children are exposed to by only buying them wooden toys yourself and ensuring that teething toys are not plastic, as these will spend a significant amount of time in their little mouths! Wooden teethers are available as are ones made from totally safe medical grade silicone, which is a little softer on delicate gums.

 

Additionally, you can look at reducing your plastic waste by choosing foods that are sold in glass containers, which can be re-used and shopping at local markets, taking your own cloth bags so as to cut down on the amount of plastic packaging your food shop generates.

 

We’d love to hear any tips on how you’ve reduced the amount of plastic in your home!

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Gwyneth's Birth Story

Becoming pregnant means throwing yourself wholly into the unknown and for a control freak like myself this was a struggle. I didn’t manage to surrender the process and marvel at the wonders taking place in my body, instead I tried to find out as much information as I could so I could feel in control. In my head I was going to impose order on my pregnancy, which would obviously continue once the baby arrived, right?
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Merry Mindful Christmas

Tis the season to feel like a headless chicken, grabbing gifts and gobbling food, but there are a few ways to slow the Christmas carousel down and savour the moment…
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Glass Half-Full : Why it’s time to ditch plastic bottles and give glass a go

Here at Little Green Home we are firmly on team glass bottle. And we’re not alone. As the fastest growing sector in the baby bottles market, the glass bottle is becoming more and more popular with parents who want to shop ethically and have complete peace of mind when they’re feeding their babies and toddlers
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