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Happy Groundhog’s Day

Great movie by the way πŸ™‚

I just have to say that I think it’s SO horrible what they do to that poor, scared littleΒ  groundhog. We are getting an ice storm today…hopefully he can hide out. My husband went one year to Punxsutawney on Groundhog’s Day when he was in college. When he described to me what went down, I soon became an advocate for the groundhog.

The predictions are never right (I believe?), so what’s the difference. I trust the Farmers Almanac. No animals were harmed in the weather predictions there πŸ˜‰ I celebrate the groundhog, the animal today. Not the spectacle they have turned him into.

Thanks for all your comments about the glucose tolerance test.

Yesterday after a good session at the gym (30 minutes cardio, chest/back workout & stretching)– I cleaned up and was off to my doctors appointment.

My mom came with me for the test. I had a doctors appointment at 2:30, and he wanted me to go down before the appointment to drink this nastyness:


All I ate was breakfast early that morning. (Oatmeal cooked in water, 1 T Almond Butter, 1 T Chia Seeds, Raisins, Cinnamon.)

You had to fast for about 5- 6 hours (I assumed doc didn’t specify). There was NO way I would have been able to fast all day.

The test consisted of drinking this bottle of orange sugar soda . We got there about 2:15 and they took us back right away (after I had to “register” AGAIN with the hospital. So annoying).

Once we went back I had 5 minutes to drink the sugar water. There was a lot of anticipation on my part about how nasty this was going to be. Well, it was nasty. Yes. However, not AS bad as I thought. Definitely gross. It was hard to get down, but I just tried to not think about it and chugged it down. I’m a trooper. I was instructed to walk “slowly” up to my doctors appointment. They did not want me to “burn off” the glucose. Ha.

Everything looked good at the doctors. Routine check up: pee in a cup (TMI), weight, blood pressure, babies heart beat, and they measure my belly. My blood pressure is always stellar. Sorry, I must brag πŸ˜‰ 110/68. THAT is all the exercise and healthy eating, I believe. It always makes me happy, the little things. πŸ™‚ I have gained about 25 pounds so far. Always freaky to see that number on the scale, but I don’t let it get to me. It’s GOOD weight. It’s a positive thing. I think the rate I gained has been really good. So does my doctor πŸ™‚ I start to go every 2 weeks for appointments now! Nuts!

After my doctors appointment we went straight down to the lab for my blood work. More fun times. All in all it was not as bad as I thought. Having my doc appointment between made it MUCH better than just sitting around for an hour. Having my momma there for the company was also helpful πŸ™‚ They said the results should be ready in 24 hours. It’s the “no news is good news” results. Meaning, I just have to hope they don’t call me.

Remember my tuna fish/ mercury post from the other day? Well, after I posted I got a tweet from Wild Planet letting me know about their products. Then, I happened to be in Whole Foods and I saw these on the shelf:

Low Mercury, Sustainably Caught Tuna Fish, BPA-Free Cans!

I had to give it a try. Now that I was on a tuna-kick and all. I can’t have it too often, but this tuna said all the right things. Hand selected smaller fish with less mercury (remember what I said–the larger the fish, the higher the mercury).

I came home and made a sandwich in Millet toast:

I followed this recipe again except no red peppers this time (I was all out).

The Wild Planet Tuna was delish! I will definitely be using this as my “go-to” tuna from now on πŸ™‚

**Interesting fact in addition to my mercury post:

Haley told me about how fish contain substances called alkylglycerols that remove mercury from their bloodstream so that they can live. When we eat fish, these same substances apparently remove the mercury from our bodies as well. Alkylglycerols are lipids with a glycerol backbone that stimulate the production of white blood cells to normal levels and encourage the growth of antibodies. AKGs are found in human breast milk, cow’s milk, and the livers of most animals and fish. I am sure this is why babies that drink breast milk are less likely to get colic, ear infections, and other issues that formula babies get more often. This immune fighting substance that makes breast milk is SO beneficial for babies.

When I looked into it I found a lot about supplements called Shark Liver Oil. I remember hearing about this in the past in one of my nutrition courses. Also, in my Prescription for Nutritional Healing Book. People use these supplements as part of an alternate treatment to fight cancer. Without getting too much into that I WAS intrigued about alkylglycerols in fish in general. Haley followed up telling me that larger fish likeΒ  tuna and swordfish actually were lower in this substance, which is what makes them more toxic. However, this is the “higher mercury” tuna fish, like Blue Fin and Ahi Tuna.

I thought this was really interesting and look forward to reading up on it a little more πŸ™‚ Knowledge is power! I love when I learn from you guys too!

Guess What!???

I am officially 28 weeks today! I can not believe I’ve started my 7th month! Third Trimester?!! What!!!? It’s so exciting. I am getting more and more anxious about meeting Ella each day!!!

28 weeks means I have NEW belly pics and measurements on my “Watch Me Grow” page! Check it out! Here’s a sneak peek at the belly πŸ˜‰

It’s A Growin’

What I learned from this weeks pic: I need a haircut.


Charlie from Sweet Salty Spicy suggested I enter my Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies in her Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge. Well, the competition is tough! All those entries had my mouth watering BIG time. I am not sure if my healthy vegan treats will hold up against the others, but you can go vote for me…or whomever you feel deserves the win! It’s all in good fun πŸ™‚

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Stop back tomorrow for an AWESOME giveaway!!!!!!


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  • Reply Dani @ Body By Nature

    You look great, so fit and healthy, very inspiring!

    In Canada our groundhog is called Wiarton Willy πŸ™‚

    February 2, 2011 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Angie

    Congrats on looking so dang good by the 28 week mark! Stay working hard and healthy! p.s. That tuna sandwich looks great! πŸ™‚ I will forsure vote for you!

    February 2, 2011 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    Thanks much for sharing about the Wild Planet Tuna. I love their canned salmon (with skin and bones), but have never bought their tuna. I also love the fact that you can buy it without salt! Sooo much tuna is really high in sodium…I’d rather add my own to taste knowing that I’ll use much less than what a company puts in the can.

    And you look awesome! Sounds like it’s suiting you and Ella just fine πŸ™‚

    February 2, 2011 at 9:07 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Jen πŸ™‚

      Yes, I hate when companies add so much salt to things. I would MUCH rather add my own flavors! Never had canned salmon before. With skin and bones? I will have to find out what you do with that! πŸ™‚

      February 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

    First of all, your belly bump is ADORABLE! I love your healthy approach to gaining while preggers. Most people don’t realize that your babies brain is developing on the nutrition you provide it. Calories (for the most part) are not the concern but the quality of them. I think when I’m pregnant someday my approach will be “if I’m craving ice cream, I’ll have it. I’ll just choose an organic or all-natural version”. No need to develop my baby’s brain (literally) on artifical flavors and preservatives when they are so many alternatives available.

    You rock πŸ™‚

    February 2, 2011 at 9:08 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you so much! Yes. As healthy as I tried to eat all the time before my pregnancy. This became even MORE so when that test came back positive. I was even nuttier about the quality of my food. Everything to me is “healthy baby fuel.” πŸ™‚

      February 2, 2011 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Amy

    I thought you were vegan, but since you eat tuna, maybe you just like to eat vegan versions of foods. I enjoy a lot of your recipes. But I won’t touch tuna after what the industry’s done to our fish stocks. I do, however, think the mercury claims are overblown and am glad to see this version of tuna for those who are pregnant.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:11 am
    • Reply laury

      Hey Amy,

      No. I am not vegan, and never labeled myself so πŸ™‚ I try to eat MOSTLY a plant based diet, and create as many vegan versions of food as possible. I spoke several times on here about my approach to eating. I was vegetarian on and off since I was 12. Just this year I became vegetarian again, and tried a vegan diet for almost 6 months. It wasn’t working for me, and when I became pregnant I had to make the decision to incorporate a little more fish into my diet (maybe 1-2x a week). I am turned off by, and could never touch meats ever again. But a little fish and organic eggs (occasionally) make me feel my best. Especially now. The door is not closed on eating more of a vegan diet, but it’s going to take a lot of planning, and experimenting. Something I can not afford to do while pregnant πŸ™‚ I definitely have a post in the making about all of this!

      Glad you enjoy the recipes!

      February 2, 2011 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Congrats on the test Laury! That’s amazing! And from one major tuna fan to another, your sandwich looks lovely! Have a great day! πŸ™‚

    February 2, 2011 at 9:37 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks Angela…no results yet on the test, hoping for no news! Doc appointment went well though πŸ™‚

      February 2, 2011 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Kristina @ Life as Kristina

    You have the best, cutest, little baby belly ever!!!!

    Any type of animal cruelty I can’t handle:( Poor little guy!

    We were suppose to get slammed with a storm-we ended up with sleet…no storm and everything shut down!

    February 2, 2011 at 9:53 am
    • Reply laury

      Awwww, thanks πŸ™‚ Yikes, sleet is still really bad! Everything here is a sheet of ice! My husband couldn’t even walk to his car this morning he almost broke his neck! We are in until it melts πŸ™

      February 2, 2011 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Congrats on your 8-month milestone an your test results!!! The tuna sandwich looks really good, and I don’t even eat tuna…maybe I should give it a try. I feel so bad for the groundhog too. We always end up having 6 more weeks of winter so we should just leave him alone.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Kat

    I cant believe you are already 7 months! Wow time flies faast!! Are yous tarting to [panick yet? Like you dont have everything done or are you just in cruise relax mode? πŸ™‚

    February 2, 2011 at 10:24 am
    • Reply laury

      HA. I am not panicking…yet. The only thing I have done is my registry though. Oddly, I am more relaxed…even though the baby room is non-existent (still a cluttered office full of stuff that I have NO idea where I am putting any of it). Michael is FINALLY buying me a piece of furniture this weekend that will solve a lot of my storage problems. Then we can get cracking. I will be slave-driving my family members to help get it all done πŸ™‚

      February 2, 2011 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life

    OMG, your belly pic is so cute and little! Before you know it, you little one will be here!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:50 am
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    glad to hear the test went well and you are safe after the snow/ice/ridiculousness! i’ve had that tuna before and i will agree it’s quite good! henry and lisa’s wild sockeye salmon is very good as well (no skin/bones) and sustainable. your belly is so cute! are you feeling uncomfortable at all or still pretty good? a lot of my friends didn’t start to feel a little hindered until about 35-37 wks.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:58 am
    • Reply laury

      I still feel pretty good. Starting to feel more out of breath, can’t do as much. And the belly is definitely starting to get in the way more..but I can’t complain too much! I am sure by 35 weeks I will be complaining though πŸ˜‰

      February 2, 2011 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Julie

    At the risk of sounding like a dork, I’ll say it again – I LOVE that belly!!! Lol. I am getting so excited for this little girl to get here!!!!!

    Love you sissy!

    February 2, 2011 at 11:01 am
    • Reply laury

      Love you πŸ™‚ <3

      February 2, 2011 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Candice

    You are looking SO cute! I love your little ella bump!! The last weeks go by fast! well except maybe that last week πŸ˜‰ So excited for you!!
    ps. You got my vote πŸ˜‰
    good luck with that ice storm.. I woke up to -17 degree weather!! brr..

    February 2, 2011 at 11:07 am
    • Reply laury

      Aww, thanks! NEGATIVE 17!!! Oh my…I feel for you!!!!!

      February 2, 2011 at 11:14 am
  • Reply TheHealthyApron

    Glad the drink wasn’t as bad as you thought and your BP is awesome! I too always take pride in my blood pressure readings! Makes me feel SO healthy! When I got my cholesterol reading my HDL was 70! I’m like…yea…I exercise πŸ™‚

    Anyway, 25lbs is perfect, especially since you were pretty small to begin with. I always see moms at my job on the smaller side gain close to 35-40 lbs but they are SO much healthier because of it!! It’s like your body just knows you need the extra weight for baby! And then they always come in post delivery practically at their pre=pregnancy weight!
    You look AMAZING!! Keep it up girlie! 2 MORE MONTHS!

    February 2, 2011 at 11:23 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks!! I hope I bounce back as quick as your clients!!!

      February 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Katie

    You look great!!

    February 2, 2011 at 11:27 am
  • Reply susan

    I’m sure all the results will come back great from the doc and definitely you’re right, no news is good news. Love the new photo of your baby bump, not too long until you meet baby Ella! So glad that your pregnancy is going smoothly. That’s an incredible result for your blood pressure, it’s way better than mine, well done all the healthy exercise and eating have certainly paid off.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:36 am
    • Reply laury

      so soon!! can’t wait!

      February 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner

    My kitty-cat LOVES tuna!! He goes crazy over it. πŸ™‚ Does Munchkin like tuna?

    February 2, 2011 at 11:54 am
    • Reply laury

      He liked this tuna a lot!!! Last time I made it he wasn’t acting interested. this time, he gobbled it all up!!!

      February 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply salah@myhealthiestlifestye

    mmm I love tuna!!! Ps. I love the belly pics!

    February 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Hayley

    Laury, I am so happy that you found that information interesting and helpful! Thanks for sharing with your readers πŸ™‚ And I think it’s awesome that you did some extra research, I usually just tell people the basics about things…because my family and friends get all eye-rolly on me if I start delving into the details. I’m happy to know that you are like me and like to know the science and logic behind why food is good for us instead of simply saying “you should eat this”. I love having people to share info with and learn from!

    Glad to hear that your appointment went well and the drink was not as bad as you thought, and hopefully they do not call you back! I’m sure everything will be fine. I really relate to you because I feel like you are very hard on yourself (so am I!) but you seem to manage very well with coping and reassuring yourself about things like weight and exercise, especially during pregnancy when it is so important to listen to your body. You seem to be handling the whole thing so well and I’m really happy for you.

    By the way, that tuna looks awesome- I wish more companies would follow along and make BPA free cans.

    February 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks again, Haley! Oh..I know the “rolling their eyes” response ALL too well πŸ˜‰ I am big on having the “science” to back up what I am preaching!!! Yes, I am def hard on myself. As I am sure you understand…it’s tough not to be sometimes.

      February 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I love that movie! It’s one of my favorites. =)

    Here’s hoping you get no call back!

    February 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    I have an extreme disliking for the glucose testing! πŸ™‚ I do not do well with them. I think the worst part of it all for me though is just the fasting. I need to eat everyy couple hours or I get crazy.
    Your prego belly is the cutest! I love it!

    February 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply laury

      Oh, me too!!! My doc wasn’t really clear on the fasting thing. He said “sometime they want you to but….” so I just ate breakfast because the test was at 2:30. Couldn’t WAIT to eat once I was finished though!

      February 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    I love my blood pressure being low. Mine was 103/68 last time. Go us! Glad everything checked out OK:)

    February 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Thomi

    I had to take the glucose test and it was pretty awful, but my results were good and I’m sure yours will be too =]

    February 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Shanna

    You are rocking that baby bump! I hope you get food news back from the doc!

    February 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    walk slow in order to not burn off the glucose…too funny! What a process!!

    That Tuna sounds awesome. Even though I don’t eat it, I support companies who catch and process seafood right!

    You look fantastic!! Can’t believe it’s been 6 months!

    Off to vote!!

    February 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Caree@Fit-Mama

    I am envious of your preggo belly!! Good for you on only gaining 25 lbs so far!! yay!! You should be a preggo model, seriously!!! πŸ™‚

    February 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply laury

      Oye…thanks you are too too sweet πŸ˜‰

      February 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Jennifer (She's a Fit Chick)

    You rock star!! Glad the appointment went well and that you gulped the drink like a champ! I can just picture you and that adorable belly at the gym!! I never thought about the groundhog.. that poor thing!! Now I feel bad for him.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply Courtney F

    You are still looking GREAT, Laury! Congrats to 3rd Tri!

    February 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Leila

    a) cute bump pic πŸ™‚
    b) fun contest! I loooooove chocolate chip cookies and need to try your raw vegan almond butter cookies, although I like cashew butter the best πŸ™‚

    February 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm
    • Reply laury

      You should try it with cashew butter! I am sure it would be great if that’s your fav πŸ˜‰

      February 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply ashley@Quasichick

    Your baby belly is so cute! I remember that orange drink all to well!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    Your 28 week belly pics are so adorable!!! πŸ™‚

    February 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Cynthia

    You look so good! Nice and healthy. πŸ™‚

    February 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Angela (the diet book junkie)

    haha…i’m so proud of my blood pressure too. last time i saw the doctor, i told her i was really nervous. she took my blood pressure and gave me a crazy look, said “this is you nervous???” :p

    anyway, congrats on your healthy check up! i can’t believe it’s already been 7 months!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Oh my, you’re getting big, I love it!

    And what is up with all these girls popping up? I found out today one of my Bff’s is having a girl. Oh well, at least she will be a legacy in our sorority! But seriously,. I feel like everyone I’ve seen is having a girl. GIRL POWER! Said in my best cheesy Spice Girls voice of course.

    February 4, 2011 at 12:03 am
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    Aw, love the belly pic! You are getting so close!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply The Waiting Game

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    February 15, 2011 at 4:06 am
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