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F2F Recap 6.11.14

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Free2Feed aims to educate, teach, mentor, support and encourage women of all ages and in all stages. Our main focus is the Breastfeeding Mom. This week was a great example of how Moms sharpen other Moms in our group…..

A healthy, beautiful smile is important to everyone and as our babies start getting teeth, we start thinking about oral health and the products we use to keep our mouths healthy.

Our F2F Mom Member Karina as well as other F2F Mom Members shared products they use to keep their mouths and their children’s teeth clean and healthy. We also talked a little about the unnatural ingredients in many toothpastes and how we can replace that old tube of toothpaste with many more natural ingredients, we have options.

Aditi uses DoTerra’s OnGuard Toothpaste–costs around $8. This is made with OnGuard oil, and has a great cinnamon flavor and has several oils in it that are natural tooth whiteners. Some even report being able to fight off infections quicker, just from brushing with this tooth toothpaste.

Sarah shared that she likes to use Earth Paste. This costs around $8 and can be purchased at Harmons and Real Foods Market. It’s made from Redmond Clay and sea salt. It doesn’t contain any glycerin, so it doesn’t foam and may take some getting used to if you like a sudsy toothpaste. Glycerin can inhibit the body’s ability to remineralize teeth and that is why more people are choosing toothpaste without it.

Activated Charcoal–this can be purchased in capsules at most health food stores or in bulk online. Katrina recommends brushing once weekly with activated charcoal, as it cleans away toxins and believe it or not, is a natural tooth whitener! Try it!

Laura shared with us how charcoal can pull toxins out of the body and is very beneficial when a person gets food poisoning or other illnesses. Activated charcoal would be a great thing to have on hand for emergencies and also traveling.

Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Tooth and Gum Powder–this an herbal blend that you brush your teeth in place of regular toothpaste. Dip our wet toothbrush in the herbal powder and brush away. A jar runs around $10, but lasts a long time. You can divide the herbal toothpaste into separate smaller containers so that each family member has their own little jar. This can be purchased at Dixie Nutrition, Real Foods, Dr. Mom, or Vitacost.

Oil pulling–this is a great habit to get into on a daily basis. Simply take a spoonful of coconut oil (enough to fill your mouth with comfortably), olive oil can also be used, but coconut is preferred. Once it begins to melt, start swishing. Continue to swish with the oil for 20 min. (if done for less than 20 min. it’s okay, something is better than not at all). When you’re done just make sure you spit it out into the trash and not the sink. Teach your children how to oil pull too by making it a daily habit. Katrina has taught her 4 year old daughter how to oil pull! There are many benefits to oil pulling, not only for oral health, but overall health. Karina uses both the powder and oil pulling techniques, if you have any questions let her know, she is very knowledgable!

We also touched on fermented cod liver and butter oil. These healthy fats can help teeth and cavities to heal and many, especially those to follow a Traditional diet or Weston Price diet tout the benefits of these oils. Real Food Market sells them in a combination capsule for around $45–a pricey supplement, but much less than a bill from the dentist.

For those of you who are motivated, you can even make your own toothpaste and mouth rinse like Karen does. You may have to play around with the recipes, until you get the consistency that suits you best. http://wellnessmama.com/8780/squeezable-homemade-toothpaste/

Natural Mouth Wash:
2 cups water
1-2 tablespoons xylitol (sweetens and kills bacteria)
2 teaspoons sea salt
If desired add a few drops of essential oils (remember peppermint can decrease some moms milk production, so if you are sensitive to peppermint try cinnamon oil, lemon, orange)

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F2F Recap 3.19.14

F2F had another eventful week!!  Kelly and I visited TLC (The Learning Center) for Families on Monday.  We were asked to speak at their employee meeting that had over 30 ladies in attendance.  These employees work along side many young pregnant mothers-to-be and were so excited to hear about what F2F has to offer!  

A special thanks to Keevin & Rachel from doTERRA Essential Oils, they taught a great class today!  We had an amazing turn out, thanks to all who came.  We want to welcome a few new Moms that joined us today….

Laurice Seely brought Carson, this baby boy was almost 10 weeks old.  McKenzie Berger had 6 month old Archer and her 3 year old Tristan.  Karina Adams visited us with Melody who is 10 months old and Alina who is 3 years old.  Elaine Page was there with precious little Ellenore who was only 2 weeks old and also has Alexis who is 4 years old.  Marisa Robinson has visited us before with Harmony who is almost a year! And Malea Holm who is pregnant and expecting in June also has a 6 year old boy. Welcome!

It was a busy gathering today, a bit more hectic than normal.  I hope you were all able to learn some thing new, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to call me directly regarding oils.  We took a great group picture, thanks for posing Ladies, you all look like models!

I will be emailing you all about our F2F Birthday party that is scheduled for April 2nd.  We plan to meet at a park close to our normal location and eat lunch together “Potluck style”, there will be a sign up sheet next week for a dish to pass , it should be tons of fun we can’t wait!

I am also looking for someone who has Publisher on their computer so that I can jump on it and create a F2F brochure for the Hospital, shoot me a text if you can help.

Have a great week Ladies, love on those babies and we shall see you next week!

 

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F2F Recap 1.15.14

Hello Ladies! 

 

What an amazing turn out today!  Over 20 Moms and almost 30 children were at Free2Feed today as we talked about Attachment Parenting. 

We also want to thanks to our Lactation Specialists Linda and Brenda from WIC for joining us with their families as well!

Please help me welcome all of our new Moms and babies…..

Karina and her little bundle of joy Leilah, Tori and precious Tucker who ate like a champ the entire 2 hours!  We also welcome Ali and her darling Lennon and McKenzey with her 3 kiddos, Emsley, James and beautiful Brinley who is 13 months and breasfeeding just fabulously!

We talked about doubting that our babies are getting enough breastmilk and fearing by supplementing formula or a bottle after each feeding- Moms, be confident and know that your baby is getting exactly what he/she needs!  The best and most accurate verification of this is checking their output (urine and bowel) in the diapers, a good 6-10 diaper changes in those early months.

If there is anyone feeling the need to bake, feel free to share with us what you made, we would love to sample and tell you what we think of your baking skills 🙂

 

In the weeks to come we will be teaching Baby Sign Language, having a Nutritionist visit and discussing creative baby food ideas. 

 

Looking forward to seeing you all on January 22nd from 11:30-1:30 at Premier Dance Center.