Not Feeling Well,

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I haven’t been posting as much as I would like to I have articles outlined and almost ready to post but I haven’t been feeling so well lately my headache doesn’t seem to ever go away and Tylenol doesn’t help it no does applying heat or cold the head ache starts as a stabbing throbbing pain in the base of my neck between my shoulders then runs up my neck and wraps around my head in a throbbing stabbing squeezing pain my stomach feels nauseous and I get dizzy I also seem to sweat a lot more I’ve increased my water intake and have been eating super nutritionist foods not really sure what is causing the head aches .

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Breast Pumps My Personal Review

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Today I’m going to write a review of all the breast pumps I’ve tried, I’ll list the names and types of pumps I’ve tried and how I felt that they’ve worked for me personally .

Spectra love the setting of this pump , bottles are a bit oddly shaped not a fan of the one piece flanges as it’s harder to get into the pumping bras , note there are medela hacks to use medala parts with the spectra pump I’ll try them and give a review. Still playing around with the settings to figure out what personally works for me.

Medela is a good pump there are several different models I have personally tried the harmony hand pump the Lactina pump, symphony, in style pump they all work and are easy to use . There are so many different types of medala pumps and different size flanges it’s super easy to use just be very careful with the suction it’s super easy to accidentally hurt your nipples but using to much suction. Will show you the hacks I’ve used in another post in sha Allah.

Avent Manuel pump easy to use and store works great like the design.Love this design and the cushions flange pump. Not really a fan of the bottles because they are oddly shaped and a huge size even this smallest size ones.

Haakaa is a suction based cup thing that’s great for catching the second boob drips while baby nurses . Only issue I have is my baby seems to like to kick it off the other breast while she’s feeding. The suction and take a minute or so to get right .

Evenflo double electric pump it works like the extra cushion of the breast pump inserts small easy to pack design, don’t care for the one piece style flanges. I do like the extra flange cushions and I found a hack I use with medala flanges and evenflo cushions.

Amadela purely yours personal and hospital grade all I can say is don’t both they didn’t have any suction or speed even at the highest setting huge waste of time. Not a fan of the one piece flanges they are personal a pain to deal with and award to wash and get into pumping bras.like the duckbill valves and they will fit up in the medala parts I’ll show you the hack later.

Easy chili

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Here is a super easy recipe

3 cans pinto beans drained

3 cans kidney beans drained

3 cans black beans drained

3 cans stewed tomatoes

2 small cans tomato sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion finally diced

6 cloves garlic minced

Salt*( to taste ) I leave salt out and let people add own salt

1/2 teaspoon Pepper* can leave pepper out

2 tablespoons Paprika smoked spicy hot

3 tablespoons Chili powder

1/2 c Nutritional yeast

*Ground beef* 1 pound cooked and drained ( if using meat in dish)

*2 cups textured vegetable protein tvp *rehydrated with vegetable broth if using)

Combined all the drained beans and stewed tomatoes and 1 can of tomato sauce set aside for now.

Sauté onions and garlic in oil add spices and cook for 5 minutes ( if using meat you can sauté garlic and onions with meat and spices) once onions and garlic are soft then add everything to the beans add the nutritional yeast adjust the salt and pepper if adding simmer for 45 minutes on very low serve or cool down and store in fridge , can also be stored in portion sizes and frozen .

Note * means you can use if you want but you don’t have to *

Update: Dealing With Unexpected Health Issues

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I haven’t been posting much and it’s been due to unexpected health issues,

The last post I did was about having gestational diabetes which is a huge pain in the butt to manage I have had to cut out almost all breads , pastas , potatoes and other starches , count my carbohydrates which is a huge pain in the butt, give myself insulin injections four times a day and poke my fingers anywhere from 4/8 times a day depending on how I was feeling .

In January I went to Morocco and got sick with the Moroccan flu it had me down for all of January and half of February there really wasn’t any medications I could safely take but thankfully I had enough sense to bring a big bottle of powdered Gatorade mix which helped a lot .

Middle of February I developed cholostasis which is a liver issue that pregnant women can get it causes unbearable itching to the mother all over hands, feet , whole body doctors gave medications but they don’t seem to be helping and since I developed cholostasis I have had to go in twice a week for nst monitoring so they can check baby girl out, during the nst testing she likes to go to sleep so they have to put a loud buzzer thing on my belly to wake her up.

Doctors have found that baby girl isn’t gaining weigh like she should be she is small last time they did growth ultrasound they said she might be 4 pound 15 ounces but she could weigh less.

My heart issues have been acting up and making it hard for me to do much of anything I’m always exhausted and short of breath .

Because of all these issues the doctors have decided to do a caesarean on the 27th of April .

I will post another update when I can .

Soothing Lemon Tea

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Here is a old recipe that’s good for soothing sore throats and colds I will include the way my mom made it when I was growing up and I will also include the way I make it for my children.

My moms tea

3 lemons sliced

1 quart water

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Boil 5 minutes then add to cup add honey and drink hot.

My ways

2 lemons sliced

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 quart water

Boil for 5 minutes then add honey and drink hot.

If I make it for my husband I omit the cinnamon and add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper for him he likes it very spicy .

It’s also good for sore joints and aches and pains

Allergy Testing

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My post is going to be about how I have been feeling and to be quite honest I don’t feel that great.

Last Thursday I saw a neurologist because I was having daily headaches and I was unsure as to what kind the good news is that they are not migraines and the bad news is that they are classified as sinus headaches and due to my long weird history of weird reactions to medications the neurologist that it would be best to figure out exactly what was triggering my headaches so I contacted my primary doctor and she ordered a allergy blood test which means I had to stop all allergy medications so I haven’t taken any since Monday night and it’s not been fun since then I have been so itchy and sneezing my eyes hurt and feel scratchy and dry I have weird rashes popping up all over my body and I can’t stand to even smell any type of perfume or cologne it sends me into sneezing fits as do most of the plants that are blooming.

I can’t weed my garden as I planned and I’ve been basically hiding indoors to try and not feel so blah and sneeze all the time .

Will post a update when I know more.

Birsarra Soup 

2 cups fava beans split

8 cloves of garlic

Water 6 cups

Salt to taste ( add after cooked)

Pepper to taste ( add after cooked)

Cumin powder to taste (add after cooked )

Olive oil drizzled

Sort and wash the fava beans place in pressure cooker

Add the water and peeled garlic cloves

Seal pot and bring to boil lower heat boil for 15 to 20 minutes then remove from heat release pressure and open check the beans when soft and breaking it's done add to blender and blend until smooth

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve in bowl

Drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle on Cumin

Serve with khobz

This recipe was also published here during Ramadan http://www.muslimahbloggers.com/moroccan-soup-bisarra

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