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Earth Baby Yoga Mama is a community for anyone who is concerned about wellbeing, the health of future generations, and the planet itself. Join the creator Alison Jolicoeur as she guides you through instructional videos on yoga, food preparation, natural medicine and more! Check back for the latest news in natural health, and information on natural living, birthing and parenting - nourishing our union with the earth from birth!

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Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding
Delicious and nutritious Coconut Vanilla Chia pudding - easy to make with only three ingredients and no added sweetener! (click to view)


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Raw Brownies
raw brownie recipeDelicious, nutritious, and simple, raw brownies - takes 5 minutes to make!
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Snowed In Space Clearing
by Alison Jolicoeur, CHHC, AADP
February 12th, 2014

During the last snowstorm, I found myself faced with the piles of paper on my desk. Finally, there was nowhere to escape to, no way to distract myself by busily moving here and there, nowhere else to go. Everything was still, and the need to clear my space arose fiercely from within. It was necessary so that I may too, be still. My mind would not rest until I dealt with the clutter. (read more)

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Top 5 Tips to Lose Winter Weight
It’s been a long, cold winter here in the Hudson Valley. Have you found that you’ve gained a few extra pounds? Did you know it’s actually natural to gain a few pounds over the winter? The body instinctively craves heavier foods to help keep in balance over the cold, harsh winter. However, indulging over the holidays, along with being less active may result in gaining more than a few extra pounds! With spring around the corner, (yes, it’s really true!) here are some simple tips to help you lose those unwanted pounds and keep it off! (read more)
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Gluten-Free Carrot Muffins
gluten free carrot muffinsThese muffins are on my top ten list! They are so moist and simple to prepare. They make a delicious, healthy snack or breakfast-on-the-go. (read more)
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The Simplest Smoothie Recipe
simple smoothieWatch Zenny and her Mom from EarthBabyYogaMama.com create a simple, cleansing, seasonal smoothie with fresh cranberries, orange and apple. (click to view)
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Paleo-Friendly Pumpkin Pancakes
paleo pumpkin pancakesTreat yourself to tasty, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, pumpkin pancakes even Mr. Jack O'lantern likes! I love experimenting with gluten-free flours and almond flour is an excellent choice for pancakes. The nutty flavor combined with pumpkin and spice is delightful. These pancakes are also high in protein, which helps to keep blood sugar levels stable. (read more)
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Strawberry Pudding Pie
raw strawberry pieListen as Zenny describes the health benefits of strawberries. Delicious recipe can be used as a breakfast, or a healthy dessert. It can also be used as a filling for a raw pie. Includes strawberries, coconut, cashews and honey. (click to view)
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Cooling Cleanser
cooling cleanse juiceCooling, cleansing juice made with grapes, cucumber and lemon. (click to view)
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Flourless Banana "Bread"
flourless banana breadThe latest nutrition trend these days definitely seems to be against grains. Some argue all grains are unnatural and were not included in the paleolithic diet, and others who believe these complex carbohydrates provide a slow and steady stream of glucose to the system for sustained energy. (read more)
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Sun Seed Kale Chips
kale chipsI love kale chips, and I'm not the only one - my three-year-old daughter loves them too! What could be a better snack? Greens contain anti-cancer properties, support respiration and are full of fiber. Unfortunately, greens are what's lacking most in the Standard American Diet. (read more)
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Yum Yum Tasty Kale Treats
kale treatsAlison and her daughter Zenny create yummy, kid-friendly treats with kale, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, dates, almond butter and sea salt. (click to view)
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Gluten Free Coconut Christmas Cookies
gluten free coconut cookiesDuring the holidays, it is easy to over-indulge in treats and sweets that leave us feeling tired and heavy. Instead, try out these delicious gluten-free cookies! These cookies have wonderful balance between salty and sweet and instead of being topped with artifically colored, processed sugar sprinkles, they are topped with barley grass - a nutrient-dense superfood! (read more)
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Fall Cleanse Juice
fall cleanse juiceDelicious, cleansing juice with kale, cranberries, apple and lemon.
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Festive Kale Salad
festive kale saladTender kale salad with apples, cranberries, walnuts and dates. Delight your friends and family over the holidays with this healthy dish.
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RAW Peaches and "Cream" Pie
raw pieLocal farmers markets have been bursting with a variety of peaches this season, and what better seasonal treat can you get, than a juicy, ripe peach! This scrumptious, raw pie is impressive in its presentation, and incredibly simple to make. A date nut crust is filled with vegan cashew coconut cream and topped with fresh, thinly sliced peaches. (read more)
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Sweet Summer Corn Salad
corn saladThere's nothing better this time of year than fresh organic corn! I really enjoy eating corn raw, as it is sweet, with a little crunch, and full of flavor.
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Make Your Own Sauerkraut
sauerkrautLearn the health benefits of consuming raw fermented foods and how to make your own sauerkraut. (click to view)
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Raw Ginger Chia Bars
chia seedsA healthy replacement for store-bought granola bars that are filled with processed sweeteners and empty fillers, these chewy chia bars are packed with nutrition from superfoods like chia seeds and sprouted buckwheat. (read more)
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Asian Kale Slaw
asian kale slaw raw recipeDelicious kale slaw with asian nut dressing, which combines raw almond butter, fresh ginger, organic tamari, raw apple cider vinegar, lime juice and honey that is tossed into a mix of shredded lacinto kale, cabbage and carrots, and then topped with fresh cilantro and chopped scallions. A taste sensation! (click to view)
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Chia Chips
chia seedsAt my recent workshop, Energize Your Life with Raw Foods, the chia chips were a big hit! ! They are light and crispy, full of flavor and work well for dipping in anything from guacamole to your favorite nut pâté. The best part is, chia seeds are incredibly healthy for you! (read more)
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Spicy Sprouted Seeds
sprouted pumpkin seeds sunflower seedsThere's something about a seed that has been stored for many months suddenly coming to life before your eyes. The life force energy within the seed is activated and it begins to transform. (read more)
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Raw Sprouted Buckwheat Granola
sprouted buckwheatThe best thing about buckwheat is that it's not wheat at all! Actually, it's a great gluten free substitute. The fruit seed of a plant similar to rhubarb, buckwheat has many health benefits. (read more)
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Coconut Super Smoothie
green smoothieSuper tasty smoothie with fresh young coconut, mango, avocado, spinach, frozen blueberries and spirulina. (click to view)
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Purple Magic Smoothie
green smoothie recipeDelicious smoothie with anti-inflammatory and cleansing ingredients. (click to view)
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Ear Infection : What Can a Parent Do? Part 2
Following Dr. Seiler's advice (see part one), I took Zen to get adjusted by my friend Dr. Michelle McCoy, who practices nearby. She is a chiropractor and board certified in Pediatrics and Pregnancy.  She gave Zen an upper cervical adjustment to help drain the fluid from the ear.  The adjustment only took a few seconds. (read more)
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Earth Baby Yoga Mama Recipes 2011
Now, instead of having to refer to the video to make your favorite Earth Baby Yoga Mama recipe, it is possible to have all of Earth Baby Yoga Mama's recipes from 2011 right in front of you in this handy e-book, along with a glossary of the nutritional and medicinal aspects of many of the ingredients. Available for immediate download! Get your copy now for only $3! (read more)
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Ear Infection : What Can a Parent Do?
After three nights of my 2-year-old daughter Zen waking up in the middle of the night wanting to get out of bed - or wanting to nurse all night long, I knew something was going on, but I wasn’t sure what.  I thought it was probably teething, since we had been through a stretch like this about a month ago and two big molars popped out.  It wasn’t until the fourth night of no-sleep that my little one woke with a fever saying “owweee….owweee” complaining that her ear hurt. (read more)
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Free From Back Pain - Spinal Warmup
free from back painStay flexible and free from back pain with this simple spinal warm-up. Get the energy and spinal fluid moving along the spine and awaken your inner power! (click to view)
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
gluten free pumpkin breadPerhaps it's nostalgia for my childhood and my Mom's delicious pumpkin bread that makes me crave a moist, spicy, morsel this time of year.  It is definitely one of my favorite treats and if you can find some mini loaf pans, it makes a great gift! (click to view)
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Homemade Granola Gifts
If you're looking for a last minute gift this holiday season, you may be able to whip up some homemade granola with what you already have in your kitchen! I sent mine in the mail, so I opted for plastic bags, but it looks great, and stores well in glass jars too. (click to view)
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Raw Recipe : Holiday Cranberry Sauce
raw recipeDelicious raw cranberry sauce. Cranberries are great source of antioxidants and vitamin C and have many other health promoting properties. Recipe includes cranberries, apple, raisins, honey and cinnamon. (click to view)
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Crazy For Kale Chips!
kale chipsThe video Crazy For Kale Chips will teach you how to make 3 mouth-watering kale chip recipes and a delicious kale pesto. Learn the health benefits of kale and many other ingredients. (view trailer)
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RAW Vegetable Seed Crackers

flax crackersDelicious, crunchy, raw crackers made with a vegetable/herb medley, chia seeds, sesame seeds and flax seeds. A great alternative to processed crackers and much cheaper than raw crackers that are sold in stores!
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Top 10 Surprising Things I've Done While
Breastfeeding

by Alison Jolicoeur
October 26, 2011

To all the new mothers just starting on the magnificent journey of motherhood, breastfeeding is both challenging and joyous.  It didn’t come naturally to me and my daughter, as I thought it would, and I swore if we succeeded, I’d be in it for the long haul.  She will be 2 in January, which I really do find hard to believe, and nursing a toddler is quite a different experience than nursing an infant. (read more)

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Sew Your Own Sleep Sack

by Alison Jolicoeur
September 22nd, 2011

As summer winds down and the nights grow colder here in the Northeast, it's time to start switching out the summer clothes in the drawers for long sleeved shirts and footsie pajamas. I've also been wanting to get a new sleep sack for my little one, but haven't been able to find a large at the local store. I'm reluctant to pay shipping charges, and I'm wary of all those fire-retardant chemicals anyway. I thought, how hard can it be to make my own? Turns out, it's really not hard at all! If you have basic sewing skills you can make a sleep sac in a couple hours! I've outlined the simple steps below. (read more)

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Green Monster Smoothie
green smoothieGreen smoothie with banana, blueberries, cucumber, kale, dandelion, lemon, coconut oil, chia seeds and spirulina. (click to view)
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Watermelon Cooler
watermelon coolerCooling, cleansing watermelon juice with lime and ginger. (click to view)
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Simple Summer Rainbow Salad
Delicious, nutrient rich salad with cucumber, red cabbage, red pepper, carrot, onion, parsley and lemon. (click to view)
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Woman Faces 93 Days In Jail For Organic
Vegetable Garden

julie bassby Alison Jolicoeur
July 9, 2011

Unbelievable, to think in this day and age that anyone would be offended by an organic vegetable garden, but apparently a woman from Oak Park Michigan now faces up to 93 days in jail for the vegetable garden she planted in her front yard. (read more)

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Coconut Chai Shake
Delicious shake using young coconut and healing chai spices - ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. It is pretty spicy! For a milder version use half of all the spices. (click to view)
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Sprouted Superfood Energy Bars
superfoods Delicious homemade energy bars packed with nutrients from superfoods including sprouted buckwheat, goji berries and chia seeds. My daughter who is almost a year and a half tests them out at the end of the video and they are a hit! (click here)
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Walnut Coconut Milk with Turmeric and
Cinnamon
nut milkLearn how to make delicious nut milk with walnut and coconut, and spice it up with two highly medicinal herbs,turmeric and cinnamon. (click to view)
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Rising Food Costs and The Home Garden
Revolution
by Alison Jolicoeur
May 26th, 2011

It is that time again in the Northeast, when we spread our seeds, planting the fruits of this year’s garden.  If you have even the smallest bit of arable space, now’s the time to use it as skyrocketing prices for staple items such as corn, wheat and soybeans have caused global food prices to rise 36% just in the past year.  Contributing to the rising cost of food is the recent increase in oil prices to over $100 a barrel, putting the squeeze on people across the nation. (read more)

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Gut Bacteria Influences Early Development

by Alison Jolicoeur
May 18th, 2011

According to a recent study published in Neurogastroenterology & Motility, the presence of bacteria in the gut plays a significant role in the early brain development of mice. Although the authors say it’s too soon to make the same claim for the human brain, there is a lot we can we learn from this study.

Germ-free mice exhibited more “risky” behavior than mice with normal gut bacteria. Gene profiling revealing areas of the brain most affected by the lack of gut bacteria were those of learning, motor skills, and memory. (read more)

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Kundalini Yoga - Navel, Heart, Throat
Exercises to ignite the fire in your navel, raise the energy into your heart center, and open your throat. (click to view)
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RAW Walnut Pâté
walnutDelicious pâté made with raw walnuts. I soaked the nuts over night before grinding them. Recipe also includes carrot, tahini, yellow pepper, parsley, onion, lemon, cider vinegar and curry powder. (click to view)
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Earth Day Reflections

earth dayby Alison Jolicoeur
April 22nd, 2011

Earth Day is a time to celebrate planet earth, our only home. However, the earth has endured much abuse this past year, suffering from two major environmental catastrophes, the BP oil spill and the crisis at Fukushima, the latter of which is still out of control despite attempts to downplay the severity of the situation in the mainstream media.

As a mother, I am deeply saddened by these events and I’m left wondering what kind of world we will be leaving to our children. It can be overwhelming when one begins to realize just how toxic our world has become, (read more)

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Kundalini Yoga Standing Warm Up
kundalini yogaJoin Alison for an invigorating sequence to warm up and energize! (click to view)
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Kale Salad
kale saladSimple and delicious kale salad with pepper, avocado, onion, lemon. (click to view)
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Living Water

find a springby Alison Jolicoeur
April 7th, 2011

Although water covers 70% of the earth, fresh, clean, drinkable water, is another story. Yes, water has presented a dilemma to me for a long time. After a decade of living in New York City, trying to avoid the chlorine and fluoride flowing from my tap, I got accustomed to drinking bottled water.

There are many reasons for not wanting to rely on bottled water, beyond the money it takes out of my pocket. When one takes into account the bigger picture, it’s not hard to see that there are even greater costs. (read more)

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Organic Seed Growers Sue Monsanto

by Alison Jolicoeur
March 30th, 2011

The Public Patent Foundation filed suit yesterday in a Manhattan federal district court, on behalf of more than 50 farming organizations and farmers, against Monsanto Company. Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association et al. v. Monsanto addresses the issue of patent infringement, and whether Monsanto has the right to sue a farmer if their intellectual property (patented, genetically modified seeds) inadvertently ends up in their fields. (read more)

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Kundalini Yoga For The Magnetic Field
kundaliniKundalini Yoga is powerful and results are felt immediately. Previous experience is not needed. Join Alison as she guides you through a simple sequence to strengthen the magnetic field. Feel more radiant, clear and energetic. (click to view) 
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Spirulina Treats (even your kids will eat!)
spirulinaTasty way to add spirulina into your diet. This recipe uses ground nuts, coconut, spirulina, raisins, honey and cinnamon. (click to view)
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Mommy and Me Yoga 5
yogaAlison demonstrates how to do yoga to strengthen the legs with Zen in an ergo carrier. (click to view)
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Flying With Babies

by Alison Jolicoeur
March 15th 2011

I was lucky to be able to take a vacation this past week, which involved flying with my baby girl, who is now 14 months old. Before leaving I posted the topic to my local moms group and got a lot of good advice. I'd like to pass along what I found worked the best for us, so I've compiled the information into the top 6 tips for flying with babies: (read more)

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The Best Raw Chocolate Recipe Ever!
raw cacaoLearn to make rich, creamy, raw chocolate treats with coconut oil, shredded coconut, honey and vanilla extract. I have a two tablespoon scoop that I use for the coconut oil, but realized later that I said "two tbsp" of cacao powder and shredded coconut, and only put one! - oops! It will work either way! (click to view)
 
Video: How To Make Raw Milk Yogurt
alison jolicoeurJoin Alison as she demonstrates how to make yogurt using raw milk and learn some of the benefits of consuming raw milk vs, pasteurized milk. (click to view)
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Got RAW Milk?

by Alison Jolicoeur
February, 21st 2011

Last Saturday morning, I made my bi-monthly trek 40 minutes north to the drop-off site for the raw milk buyers’ club, of which I am a member. As I was waiting for the delivery, I was talking with another member about the lengths we have to go these days in order to obtain fresh unadulterated food. In fact, there is a huge movement going on in this country right now to secure our access to, and what some would call our God-given right to pure food. (read more)

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How To Make Your Own Toothpaste

by Alison Jolicoeur
February 14th, 2011

how to make your own toothpasteFollowing the lastest information on fluoride, (www.earthbabyyogamam.com/fluoride.html) I thought it would be a good time to let you know how I make my own toothpaste - and you can too! I've used fluoride-free toothpaste for over a decade (and have yet to have a cavity!) but didn't make my own until the Organic Consumers Association came out with a report listing health and beauty products that contain the carcinogen dioxane. (read more)

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Update - IRS : Breast Pumps Tax Deductible

by Alison Jolicoeur
February 12th, 2011

We made our voices heard, and the IRS has changed its stance! The IRS announced Thursday that women will now be able to use their health savings and flexible spending accounts to pay for breast pumps and supplies. (read more)

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Fluoride : Poison or Prevention

by Alison Jolicoeur
February 9, 2011

In the mainstream, fluoride has been touted as a cavity fighter, but those in the natural health world have long argued its toxic effects. Last month, for the first time in 50 years, government officials recommended the amount of flouride in municipal water supplies be lowered from 1.2 milligrams per liter to 0.7 milligrams per liter, citing recent studies that children are exposed to too much flouride, and that two out of five children have spots on their teeth due to dental flourosis.(read more)

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Video: How to Sew a Fitted Cloth Diaper
Alison JolicoeurAlison demonstrates how to sew a fitted cloth diaper out of an old receiving blanket. (click to view)
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IRS : Breastfeeding Not Medical Care and A Call to Action
by Alison Jolicoeur
January 29, 2011

It has been argued that breastfeeding not only provides food, but also baby's first immunization. By passing antibodies from mother to baby, it is a way to help prevent disease. In fact, a study released by Harvard last year concluded that if mothers followed recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for six months the US could prevent the death of 900 infants a year and save $13 billion dollars in health care costs. (read more)

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Foam Play Mats Banned - Update!

by Alison Jolicoeur
January 21st 2011

Here is the statement I received from Venture Porducts in response to my inquiry about the presence of formamide in their Best Step foam mats:

    There are many open questions related to the presence of formamide residue in certain products. Formamides are used as part of the foam manufacturing process.   As a result, some level of formamides may be present in many foam-based consumer items, from floor mats, to flip-flops and the soles of your sneakers. (read more)

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Video: Delicious and Nutritious RAW Kale Chip (with special ending)
alison jolicoeurMake your own delicious and nutritious RAW kale chips. A small bag at Whole Foods would cost you at least $7! Why spend the money when they are so easy to make! (click to view)
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Foam Play Mats Banned

by Alison Jolicoeur
January 9th 2011

This past December, Belgium, followed by France, banned the sale of all foam puzzle mats due to the presence of a toxic chemical, formamide. For me this was extremely troublesome, considering I covered a large section of my floor with these mats. They are quite useful in preventing many clunks to the head of my little one, but I am concerned now about the potential toxicity and angry that the issue hasn't gained any attention in the US. (read more)

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Video: Mommy and Me Yoga 4

Join Alison and Zen as they do a series of warrior poses together.
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Food Modernization Act
by Alison Jolicoeur
December 22, 2010

For the many people who enjoy local, organic food, or fresh raw milk and eggs from their neighbor, it is hard to understand how th FDA will make their food safer. With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (bill S510 HR2751) the FDA's regulatory power over the food supply has greatly increased, apparantly to prevent food borne illnesses. The bill was slipped into a late night Senate session on Sunday, catching many in opposition off guard. The House voted today in favor of the bill 215-144 and President Obama is expected to sign it into law before Christmas. It all appears very well intentioned, but remember the motto "The best government is that which governs the least." (read more)

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Victory For New York Midwives

by Alison Jolicoeur
December 21, 2010

The Midwifery Modernization Act passed over the summer, an enormous victory for midwives throughout New York state.  Previously midwives were required to obtain a written practice agreement (WPA) from an obstetrician in order to legally practice.  Under the new law, midwives are able to practice independently and no longer need a WPA.

While home-births account for less than 1% of the births in this country, the Netherlands has a home-birth rate of 30% which is the highest in the Western world. (read more)

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Video: Mommy and Me Yoga 3

Join Alison as she does standing exercises with Zen in an Ergo carrier.
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Video: Green Superfood Smoothie
alison jolicoeurCheck out this green superfood smoothie recipe. This is the way to add nutrient dense foods and superfoods into your diet, stay healthy and feel great! (click to view)
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Video: Mommy and Me Yoga 2
baby yoga Join Alison and Zen as they do yoga together to stretch Mama's legs. This is a great sequence for the sciatic nerve and to loosen the hips and inner thighs.(click to view)
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Video: Mommy and Me Yoga 1
baby yogaJoin Alison and her daughter Zen as they do yoga together to strengthen Mama's tummy muscles. If you have recently given birth, please be sure you are ready to exercise the abdominal muscles before trying this sequence. (click to view)
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Water Birth

Twelve days before my due date, I went to bed on New Year’s Eve thinking I had made it through the full moon.  It is said that the full moon can bring on labor in the pregnant woman as the moon’s gravitational pull effects the water in the womb just as it effects the oceans.  I slept soundly believing I had another couple weeks to prepare for my new arrival.  However, early the next morning my eyes popped open as I felt my water break. I had not escaped the power of the lunar cycle. (read more)

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The Food Issue

I have a passion for good food, and I suspect many of you share this affinity. Not only do I love the ways in which food stimulates the senses, but I also believe that certain foods have amazing nourishing and healing properties. As Hippocrates stated, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” It is for this reason that I find our current food situation in the world so troubling. It is my hope, in this article, to inform you of new processes involving pasteurization, irradiation, and genetic engineering, and how these processes may affect your health and the health of the planet. (read more)

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