After getting my latest HcG blood test results last week and learning that I still have a few more weeks to go until we can start trying again, something inside of me just clicked. Why am I wasting my feelings on something I can’t control within my body? I need to be focusing on something I can control = my lifestyle. Since my surgery, I’ve been researching ways to help my body repair. From reading “go to yoga 3-4 times a week, clean up your diet, eat plenty of fats, take the right kind of prenatals, and stop stressing” – it was all overwhelming. And let’s be honest, stop stressing? Hilarious.
On my usual IG surfing, I came across Sarah’s handle (@balanced_babe) and checked her out. After being an international model in the fashion industry for 13 years, Sarah got into the healthy living realm. Sarah is a certified plant-based nutrition and holistic health coach, wellness media consultant, and holistic business consultant. Totally right up my alley! Her passion is to help people feel beautiful in their skin and influence them to achieve their wellness and lifestyle goals. Sarah is a total sweetheart and her site is very inspiring. While my body and mind still recovers, I knew that Sarah’s approach is exactly what I need right now and am so excited to share a behind the scenes look of the girl behind Balanced Babe…
Where did the concept/name for Balance Babe come from?
I was living in Istanbul Turkey at the time and it was there that I started to adapt a plant-based lifestyle. My entire life and career was starting to shift and I realized that I wanted to help women embrace their bodies and love themselves without having to go on extreme “diets”. I’ve always wanted to maintain a realistic approach to health and wellness, so the word ‘balanced’ was always in the back of my mind. As I started to get my creative juices flowing the name Balanced Babe came to me during a morning brainstorming session – and the rest is history!
My story to becoming a Balanced Babe myself is a long one, so the entire journey can be found on my about page on SarahNicoleBaker.com.
Why focus on plant based nutrition?
Plant-based nutrition to me is the emphasis of eating whole, fresh foods. It doesn’t mean to go all out and cut out meat or animal products from your life for good. Everyone can become a plant-based eater at any level. My whole philosophy is to focus on non-judgmental lifestyles. A lot of clients have grown up on meat and potatoes and I’m not going to preach to them how to live their lives. I like eating primarily plant-based because of the countless health benefits and the positive effect it has on the environment. There are no studies that say that eating fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and legumes are bad for you…eh?!
The whole point of being plant-based is that you are limiting or cutting out completely any animal proteins or products (but again, this is based on each individual – the whole point of eating plant-based is all about what to include, not exclude), refined carbs and processed foods.
What have you found to be the most rewarding part of your lifestyle change?
My energy levels hands down. Since adapting more of a plant-based eating habit, I’ve gotten better sleep, more energy, less stress, wayyyyyyy less bloating/better digestion, and natural weight loss. It also keeps me healthy and can prevent any sort of health issues down the road!
What ‘s your favorite healing food or remedy?
I love turmeric since it’s a very potent antioxidant. I put it on my salads, in my cauliflower rice, in my smoothies and juices. I always try to start my day with a green juice or soup so that I ensure that I’m consuming straight up vitamins and minerals first thing in the morning. To keep my immunity high I like to take an oil of oregano tincture (only when a lot of people around me are sick).
I’m all about cruciferous veggies right now to help with digestion and chronic disease prevention – so I like to make cauliflower mashed potatoes at night when I’m craving something “carby”. For beauty purposes, I like making calendula serums and creams to calm irritated wind blown skin. You can buy calendula flowers at any health food store, soak them in sesame oil for a week (just leave it in the closet and the time will fly by), and then massage the infused oil into my skin. It’s a life saver this winter!
Having just experienced a miscarriage and my body is still recovering, what foods and herbs do you recommend for me?
For any sort of healing internally or externally, focusing on a high antioxidant diet is always a good choice. These include dark leafy greens like spinach kale and collard greens (you can make a big batch of balsamic collard greens and enjoy them during the cold months). I’d also say limit all sugar and grains when you can.
Alkalizing foods (lots of fruits n veggies)- help regulate the pH levels in your body so that you’re not overly “acidic”. And simply put – focusing on getting adequate amounts of macronutrients (healthy fats, low glycemic carbs, clean proteins), will also ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs to recover.
Healing bone broths and veggie broths are also packed with vitamins and minerals and are great to sip on throughout the day.
***Here is a sneak peak of some of Sarah’s posts I absolutely LOVE. Check out BalancedBabe.com for more!