What’s Good This Week

You haven’t lived until you’ve dragged a double stroller through the snow. It’s uphill both ways, I tell ya.

This week I remembered how annoying it is to try and keep a 3.5 month old baby entertained all day long. I love that Odin has passed through that hazy fourth trimester, don’t get me wrong. But now we’re at that stage where they start to realize that there’s more to life than being a blob, but they don’t have the skills to do anything about it. It’s hard being small!

I mentioned to a friend how frustrating I find it to try and keep my baby entertained all day long, but also that I realize part of the issue is that I don’t want to entertain him. I want him to be entertained so that I can get shit done. It’s an important distinction, right?

Have you heard about the Fifth Trimester? It’s the idea that the first four trimesters (three in the womb and one on the outside) belong to the baby, but the fifth trimester is when the working mom is born. Since I’m self-employed and started working again when Odin was approx one week old, I suppose I’ve been going through those two phases simultaneously.

I feel mom guilt when I wish my baby would just shut up and sleep so I can get some work done. I also feel like I’m doing a half-assed job of running my business most of the time. And then I remind myself that I *could* be curled up on the sofa watching Netflix and snuggling with my baby and no one would judge me. So I then I try that, and I promptly feel restless and anxious about the work that isn’t getting done, and we start the cycle again.

I worry that I’m wishing away this cuddly baby time, but I also feel like I’ve got better things to do than get drooled on all day long. You know? So I’m thinking of investing in some child care hours each week so I can get stuff done without feeling quite so much like I’m losing my mind.

I also decided that it’s high time that I get working on my core. I have pretty substantial diastasis recti to repair from two pregnancies, and have been pretty slow to get to work on it this time. Odin is supervising my efforts. He’s firm, but fair.

I took my big boy for his first proper hair cut the other day. He didn’t enjoy it, but he toughed it out. I took him to a place in our neighbourhood where they have a special seat shaped like a car, with a steering wheel and everything, and they play movies during the hair cut.

I’d been talking it up for days, and Niko seemed pretty pumped about it right up until the moment when we rolled up to the hairdresser, and then the lip quiver began. In the end, he sat on my lap, both of us covered in a cape, while the guy cut his hair. What this dude lacked in friendliness and compassion he made up for in efficiency, getting the job done in about six minutes.

While we won’t be going back to that place (and I’d been warned that they were kinda dicks, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt because you never know if it was just one bad experience – and plus, they had the cool car seat) I’m proud of my kid for gritting his teeth and getting through it.

Next up: first dentist appointment!

Updating a HNL classic!

So, maybe you’ve noticed and maybe you haven’t, but about 70% of the “new” posts these days are updates to old posts. That’s because I’ve got 7-ish years of content that’s buried in the archives, where only the most fervent fans (hi, mom!) would know about it.

Old recipes are getting new photos, updated recipe cards, better instructions, and an update to make them more easily found by people searching for a recipe online.

You know when you search for a recipe and Google serves up 10 results per page? It’s the goal to make it onto that front page, because, honestly, how often do you click through to the second page? Or the third? My Mung Bean Curry is in “position zero” (right up at the top of page 1) if you search for “mung bean recipe” and that single recipe accounts for about 30% of my traffic accordingly.

You know how you can help your favourite bloggers get into those coveted positions?

1. Leave comments! Even better, comments with ratings. That helps Google to recognize it as quality content.
2. Share their stuff! I mean digitally share it. Pin it, share it on Facebook, email the links to your friends, whatever.
3. Pass over the big players. If the top recipes on a page belong to The Food Network and similar, show a little love to the small guys by clicking on links a little lower on the list. And if you like the recipe? Share it! Comment! Etc, etc, etc.

Anyways, I hope all the recipe updating is reminding you of old favourites, and is showing you great content you wouldn’t have found if you are not my mom. You’re not my mom, are you?

ON HEY NUTRITION LADY THIS WEEK

I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day, but I DO believe in chocolate. That’s why I kicked off this week with a luscious Vegan Chocolate Mousse. Before you roll your eyes at the short list of healthy ingredients, please know I would never try and pass off health food as dessert unless it was the real deal. {Pin this}

overhead photo of vegan chocolate mousse with a spoonful of mousse on a grey background

And since I know mousse is perhaps not for everyone, I curated a collection of what I consider to be the best healthy(ish) chocolate recipes from around the web. {Pin this}

collage of healthy chocolate recipes

Also, carbs. Carbs are my love language, and I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one out there. I shared my favourite recipe for Crispy Potato Wedges and a tangy chipotle lime dipping sauce. {Pin this}

WHAT’S TRENDING ON HNL

These are the five most popular posts on Hey Nutrition Lady over the last week!

1. Mung Bean and Coconut Curry. All hail the mung bean! {Pin this}

2. Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos. Yup. Again. {Pin this}

3. Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps. Have you made these? You really should. {Pin this}

4. Is Popcorn Healthy. It’s a burning question, I know! {Pin this}

5. Ricotta and Spinach Egg Bake. Welcome to the top 5, baked eggs! {Pin this}

 

WHAT’S GOOD AROUND THE WEB

icon of globe with text "what's good around the web"1. Bummer for edibles lovers: New York City cracks down on CBD edibles.

2. For vegans and marketing nerds alike: A plant-based diet meets marketing 101.

3. Thinking ’bout your skin: How to build collagen, the plant-based way.

4. If you need a reason to move your body: A sedentary lifestyle could increase the risk of colorectal cancer in young women.

5. PSA: You don’t need sports drinks to stay hydrated.



 

Comments

  1. I hear you sista! I have a 13 month old and wish more than anything that he would play by himself. Of course, when he is, he’s usually getting into trouble. 🙁 Thanks for your honesty about what’s hard. I love the recipes and nutrition help, but I sustained just as much by your candor.

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