Father of triplets, Ecoriginals ambassador Nic from @balancedstudio shares an alternative & holistic approach to health via the bodies Movement.
Part 1: Posture
First to consider before restarting a movement program is to acknowledge how much your centre of weight has evolved over the past 12 months. Now that you are feeding, nursing, and bending down all the time to pick bubba up, how will this affect your posture and ability to benefit from exercise?
Purists at heart and an appreciation for the natural, they’ve been trying their best to do more with less. Be more thoughtful, more considered and less wasteful. Buying only the items they need and recycling/redistributing the ones they don’t which is what makes them the perfect family to join us here at Ecoriginals.
In April they were graced with twin girls, Daisy & Paloma, joining their first-son Aspen. Whilst these two beauties are only a minute apart, surprisingly their little personalities are already so different.
They’ll be documenting the ups and downs from the constant juggle that comes with twins. “It’s crazy to think that for the past few years it was just the three of us – last minute travels, comfortable and cruisy. Yet the world we once knew has since been turned upside down, evolving into one of the most beautiful, yet challenging things we’ve endured so far. These days we’re overwhelmed, exhausted & time poor – and yet we’re all the better for it too!” They look forward to sharing their journey with our Ecoriginals family. @all_ourtomorrows
Father of triplets, Ecoriginals ambassador Nic from @balancedstudio shares his thoughts on setting an intention for yourself that’s more than just about your waistline. See if you can look down the line in three months’ time and imagine what your dream self is – not only what it looks like, but also what it feels like. Give yourself a minute or two to look beyond getting the bod back in shape and see what practices you could employ to really ground yourself to be the best mumma and best version of yourself. Exercise should be a part of this but what else do you see as important to bring yourself back to fullness after such a huge process of carrying your baby? Some ideas could be to love your body right now from the outset, others could be to grab a minimum of 5 minutes to simply breathe and sit in the sun each day, tune in and see what your body is craving.
If what we are is what we eat, we want our family and community to be eating the highest quality, locally sourced, seasonal and organic produce that is out there. I have found over the years that it’s more than what you eat, it’s also how you eat.
When my wife and I found out that we were going to be parents, the focus with food became more about setting aside the time not only to prepare and cook the best food that we could, it also highlighted the necessity for putting aside the time to eat mindfully, to eat in company and to eat slowly with gratitude for our delicious efforts….and then we had triplets!! To be perfectly honest, it’s all gone out the window, hot food, cold food, shovelling it down while Madi is soothing the bubs or vice versa, it’s about what is practical and getting in the densely nutritious food whenever you can, especially for a Mumma who is breast feeding. It’s so important to be getting enough of the high vibration food into the system to replenish the body from the incredible demand that it is under.
Here are a few helpful tips that we have found assist us in keeping ourselves nourished while wrangling three boys. -warm food – for a mum who has just given birth or is about to do so, it’s important to keep the system warm, try to eat as much food that is warm and easy on the digestion as possible. A few ideas are- bone broths, miso, curries, slow cooks and soups. -Make enough for a few meals – try to prepare meals that there is plenty of for later and the next day, even a few meals that you can freeze and defrost when the fridge is completely empty to avoid getting low grade takeout and foods that don’t nourish you.
Don’t be afraid of fat- fat is largely responsible for growth and repair of our hormones and is especially helpful for not only brain development of the bub, but also for milk production and healing post pardon. – drink plenty of high-quality water.
If you are breast feeding your baby/s – you are giving a lot! Fluid drains from your system very rapidly when feeding so keep a big bottle of water close by and try to get up to 3L+ per day. Nic Laidlaw @balancedstudio
We’ve now welcomed not 1, not 2 but 3 new babies to the Ecoriginals family. River, Tiger and Woody are the perfect little triplets to first time parents Nic and Madi.
Growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, dad Nic from @balancedstudio dedicates his time to teaching body balance, strengthening, lifestyle management and clean eating. We are very excited to announce that Nic will be assisting our followers (prenatal, post-natal mums and dads) by providing some valuable stretching, strengthening and breathing techniques along with some nourishing homemade meal suggestions to assist your family during this amazing time. Stay tuned as each week, Nic will be posting on our Instagram & Facebook channels.
Ecoriginals started out with a simple yet significant mission; to minimise our environmental footprint by creating a natural, 80% plant based and non-toxic disposable nappy solution (which means it’s made from no less than 80% biodegradable material). In keeping with our founding principles, we are delighted to welcome mother and fellow Byron Bay local, Aimee Winchester @little.winnie to the Ecoriginals family.
Aimee will be working tirelessly to drive a new level of eco product innovation for Ecoriginals. Taking feedback from you (our most important advocates), Aimee’s role will be to engage weekly around products that fit her focused eco philosophy.
With 5 girls in tow…
The children’s wear designer, entrepreneur and super wife to Dave has become a trusted voice within the motherhood community. With a love of natural living and the great outdoors, it was important to Aimee to find a nappy that was both eco-friendly and non-toxic. Amid the happy chaos of her home life, Aimee has no time to mess around with a well-meaning nappy that doesn’t deliver which is why Aimee is the perfect fit for Ecoriginals
A special word from Aimee….
“ I really believe it’s the small choices you make every day that determines our little ones’ future. Ever since I had my first daughter twelve years ago, I struggled to find nappies that would be kind to little bottoms and the environment. Discovering Ecoriginals (a brand that shared my own principles of sustainability and the use of safe, natural materials) was a game-changer. It’s Ecoriginals’ non-toxic and biodegradable attributes that help me sleep a little sounder at night (what limited sleep I get these days). Needless to say, the decision to become both a customer, and a part of the Ecoriginals family was a simple (and natural) one.” “I’m excited to be part of the creation and production of market leading eco solutions”
A beautiful meal to nourish you that’s easy to whip up and to heal you post birth with all goodies and nutrient rich minerals, fats, protein and iron. A great meal that you make and freeze before your birth so it’s ready to take to your place of birth or to enjoy when you are home.
1 tablespoon ghee
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
4 carrots chopped roughly
3 celery stalks chopped roughly
8 cups filtered water
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 whole chicken
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
Heat the ghee in frying pan over medium heat then add the onion, garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown then add to slow cooker along with your carrot and celery.
Add the water, thyme, and bay leaves
Then place chicken in on top of vegetables, seasoning inside and out with the salt and pepper. Cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through and falling off the bones, about 6 hours on the HIGH setting or 8 hours on the LOW setting.
Once cooked transfer the chicken to a separate bowl. When cool enough to handle but still warm, use your hands to shred the meat into bite-sized pieces (discard the bones). Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker, add the parsley and a few large pinches of salt to taste.
The best way to assist healing and growth of the body is to bring our nervous system into a state of rest, where the body feels safe to release the appropriate hormones create surplus energy for mumma as well as the bub/s. Practice breathing low and slow, regularly, when you are feeling rushed, anxious or both. Start by giving yourself 3-5 minutes upon waking and the same in the evening before bed to connect to the breath and draw it in very slowly through the nose and channel the breath to the belly, this will also feed blood and nutrients to the belly which will assist in the healing and detoxification post birth. Words: Nic Laidlaw from @balancedstudio
Emily is a mother to baby Isabella, who is beginning a journey to find non-toxic baby products in a world full of disappointingly unsafe chemical filled ones. We’ve re-posted her article on disposable nappies:
I’ve been meaning to look into nappies for as long as my blog has existed. There have however been a few things that stopped me from getting to it so quickly- firstly, nappies don’t have an ingredients list on them and so it is much more time consuming and difficult to investigate and assess their toxicity status. Secondly, I was petrified of what I was going to find – and rightly so… I had an idea that some were bleached with chlorine which is definitely not good, but I had no clue that it’s common for a nappy to be fragranced or have a lotion impregnated top sheet (think endocrine disrupting phthalates) and that some are even held together with glues containing formaldehyde!
I wish I could say that Isabella has been in cloth nappies from the get go, but to be honest, we struggle keeping on top of our washing in our house as is! I wish I could say that Isabella has been in eco nappies for all her life… again, it’s not the truth. I was so scared of her nappies leaking, being wet and causing nappy rash that she was in Huggies for much, much longer than I care to admit! Early on, before I started investigating chemicals in baby products and before this blog was even thought of, I did an absorbency test with a glass of water, a Huggies and an Aldi nappy. I was purely just interested in which absorbed the water best and stayed drier. The Huggies nappy won hands down (the Aldi one when squeezed, released a little puddle of water into the nappy again!) After that, I wrongly just assumed Huggies must be the best out there!
I then started this blog and investigated the chemicals in all sorts of baby products, never venturing into nappies because of the fear of finding out what truths might lie there. I’m all for easy substitutes when there is a safe, non-toxic alternative which performs as well. I just wrongly believed nappies were different and the eco nappies weren’t up to scratch – and some aren’t! But there are some awesome choices too!
I feel like at the moment, I’m in the best position I’ve ever been to test nappies. (READ: Over Christmas, Isabella got gastro for 10 days and so I started breastfeeding her day and night. Now, she breastfeeds almost continually each night and I haven’t got around to night weaning her again. – we previously used the Jay Gordon method successfully if anyone’s interested, though it’s never easy and you have to be really ready to do it.) Anyway, at the moment, I have a super hydrated baby who feeds all night and is in the same nappy from 7pm- 7am. Those morning nappies are HEAVY and we’ve had our fair share of leaks I navigate the brands!!s a!
Absorbency in a nappy is important to all of us and so I have carried out an at home absorbency test on a whole range of nappies (the results and photos are below!). I would never go back to a mainstream supermarket nappy now and am kicking myself a bit for not having investigated nappies earlier. We’re all on a journey and sometimes we just have to go at our own pace. I wish I’d been able to get to this point earlier, but it’s important to not beat yourself up and to use that energy to promote action instead. I’ve since found some truly awesome nappies and would NEVER go back to the others now I know more.
How is a nappy structured?
The ingredients of what makes up a nappy varies dramatically between brands, however the essential structure is the same.
A nappy consists of an absorbent core sandwiched between two layers. The inner layer sits right against the baby’s skin and is designed to be soft and to stay relatively dry and the outer layer is waterproof to prevent leaking. The absorbent core is designed to pull moisture in and keep it away from the baby. It is made up of a fluff material (wood pulp, bamboo etc.) and also chemical crystals called SAP (Super Absorbent Polymer). The fluff material distributes the liquid and the SAP absorbs it and locks it away from being squeezed back onto baby.
SAP: is in the absorbent core of every single nappy I have come across. The reason why SAP is used is because it has an amazing ability to absorb liquid- it can suck up 300 x its weight in water. Research is being done to create a plant based SAP, but for now unfortunately it’s all petroleum derived. It has never been proved in studies to be toxic or harmful to humans – whether this is just because there have not been enough studies done on it as it has only been used in nappies since the 80’s, I am not sure. SAP was linked with Toxic Shock Sydrome when it was used in tampons, though this is because of bacterial build up when left for hours rather than actually the SAP ingredient causing it.
Disposable nappies; what to look for when choosing: Non-toxic ingredients. Chlorine Free: Chlorine is often used to bleach the paper liners and wood pulp in nappies. This process can leave traces of a toxic chemical called Dioxin in the nappy as well as releasing it into the environment during the bleaching process in manufacturing. Dioxins are carcinogens and are linked to many health problems. There are lots of chlorine free nappies available, so it’s just not worth going there – for your baby’s health or the environment. Fragrance free: Fragrances are frequently used in nappies to block odour. They often have endocrine disrupting phthalates in them which are linked to a whole host of negative health effects. These are