Although I’ve been vegan for over ten years, I never thought I would have children, so had no idea “what to expect when expecting”. The first, and to this day, most influential book I read while pregnant was The Kind Mama, by Alicia Silverstone.
Silverstone has always been an idol of mine, from her days as the clueless Cher, to her current status as a plant based mogul and the kind mama. The example she sets with her kind living strategy with her son is something we should all strive for.
Bringing pregnancy and motherhood back to what it is meant to be, the beautiful bond between mother and child, and ignoring societal stereotypes is what Alicia Silverstone aims to do, and it is a wonderfully refreshing take on something that can become so overwhelming with the wrong mindset.
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Even before becoming pregnant, Alicia explains how creating the perfectly healthy baby carrying vessel is of the most importance. By filling your body with delicious, whole foods, you can bring a baby into the most clean, enriching environment in which to develop and thrive. I wholeheartedly recommend anyone that is trying to become pregnant to check out both The Kind Diet and The Kind Mama, respectively.
Pregnancy is the most special time that you could ever experience, and we should do all that we can to counteract those seemingly inevitable ailments. It basically all begins from within.
If you’re worried about spending so much money on the organic foods and fresh fruits and veggies Silverstone suggests, she has a great tip. By stocking up at farmer’s markets, you use less waste, by not using any plastic, you are supporting your local farmers, and you are getting a far better bang for your buck than the overpriced grocery store around the corner!
A kind lifestyle, as evidenced by Silverstone, promises to boost the energy of typically lethargic pregnant women, aid in successful breastfeeding, and a recuperative postpartum journey.
I can tell you from my own personal experience, this way of life really does help you slow down, enjoy the little moments, savor fresh meals from scratch, get some alone mama time, indulge in self care, and be your best self. If you’re not taking care of you, how can you take care of anyone else?
“Being vegan just gives you such great karma.”