Dr. Alex's Blog

sharing my experience & insight into living my healthiest life, as a naturopathic doctor, mom, & wife

Maeve’s ‘Real Food’ Birthday Cake

We celebrated our daughter’s first birthday this week! A first birthday is such a special celebration of growth, development, milestones, parenthood, breastfeeding (if we chose to), and learning (on both ends!).  I wanted to share Maeve’s birthday cake! After researching a couple recipes for inspiration, I made my own rendition on a ‘real food’ birthdayContinue reading “Maeve’s ‘Real Food’ Birthday Cake”

Feeding Little Ones: Starting Solid Foods

Introducing solid foods is an exciting milestone for your little one! There are several methodologies of introducing solids, including which foods to start with, when to begin, how to serve the food, etc. The goal of this article is to share and summarize some evidence, and what worked well for our daughter, Maeve. When toContinue reading “Feeding Little Ones: Starting Solid Foods”

Plant-Based Diets & Meatless Alternatives on the Rise: A Naturopathic Doctor’s Take

Plant-based diets have been increasing in popularity as research shows its potential health benefits in favorably altering metabolic parameters, such as body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood sugar, hemoglobin A1C, blood lipid levels, and more. While including more ‘plants’ into your diet (vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains) is undoubtedly a healthy step for someoneContinue reading “Plant-Based Diets & Meatless Alternatives on the Rise: A Naturopathic Doctor’s Take”

Breastfeeding: Benefits, Challenges, Pumping, & Products

Breastmilk is designed to be the ideal and exclusive food for a baby’s first six months. A fed baby is most important, but if you are able to breastfeed, breast milk trumps formula in every way. There are innumerable benefits to breastfeeding for almost any length of time (some degree of benefit is typically observedContinue reading “Breastfeeding: Benefits, Challenges, Pumping, & Products”

Natural Postpartum Recovery

Having a tiny, precious baby, while healing from birth is an extremely trying, yet incredibly rewarding, season of life. It’s filled with so much change, adaptation, strong emotions, new responsibilities, learning, love, and joy. Physical healing during the first several weeks after giving birth is a slow and gradual process. I had prepared for theContinue reading “Natural Postpartum Recovery”

Important Supplements for Newborns

There are so many things we can do to improve the health of our children, even while we’re pregnant and when they’re newborns. I’ve shared some guidelines on nutritional supplementation during pregnancy in another post, but now I want to focus on what nutritional supplements we should be giving our babies.   Breastfeeding For breast-fedContinue reading “Important Supplements for Newborns”

Dr. Alex’s Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy – Calories, Cravings, Supplements, & Exercise

Pregnancy Pregnancy is a beautiful and exciting time in a woman’s life, with the anticipation of bringing a new life into the world! It’s also a time that presents changes and challenges – physically and emotionally. If you lack motivation to make healthy changes in your life, being pregnant, or potentially becoming pregnant, should motivateContinue reading “Dr. Alex’s Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy – Calories, Cravings, Supplements, & Exercise”

Breast Cancer on Long Island: 12 Evidence-Based Steps to Reduce Your Risk

Currently, 1 out of every 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer at some point during their lives.1 Lately, there has been much attention given to the high and growing rates of breast cancer on Long Island, New York. In the early 2000s, a federally-mandated study – The Long Island Breast Cancer StudyContinue reading “Breast Cancer on Long Island: 12 Evidence-Based Steps to Reduce Your Risk”

Lose Weight by Getting Better Sleep: 6 Simple Steps

An Overview There are several factors that must be considered in order to successfully lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, such as food intake, physical activity level, health conditions, and stress. Another important factor that is not often considered is sleep. Good quality sleep is important for several facets of our health, and itContinue reading “Lose Weight by Getting Better Sleep: 6 Simple Steps”

Infertility & Thyroid Health: How Do I Know If My Thyroid Is Healthy?

An Overview Of Infertility & Thyroid Health It’s currently estimated that 12.1% of women in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 44 have trouble conceiving and becoming pregnant.1 A diagnosis of infertility can be made after one year of unprotected intercourse in women under 35, and after six months in women over 35.Continue reading “Infertility & Thyroid Health: How Do I Know If My Thyroid Is Healthy?”

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