By Catherine Wayland
Hello sweet mamas, it’s health month here at Beauty News NYC. Health is certainly a concern for all of us mamas. For me personally, I have to admit that I have grown rather suspicious of Western health practices. I have had horrible experiences with misdiagnosis and the over-prescribing of medicine. When I was in my 20s, a doctor casually prescribed me a very addictive drug for anxiety. Never was there a discussion of my eating, sleeping and drinking habits, whether I tried yoga or meditation, or if I was seeking therapy. Poof – prescription! Poof – addicted! Of course, once I tried to get pregnant, the same doctors yanked me off the medicine within a week’s time with no “weaning” process. I went through a three-month long detoxification thinking I was going insane rather than experiencing brutal chemical withdrawal. Instead of hoping I was getting my body healthy to become a mother, I started believing my journey would culminate with a stay at Bellevue and entry to the Cuckoo’s Nest.
After living thirty-eight years in the Western Hemisphere, I have started to look at Eastern inspired health practices, such as nutrition, Yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and even colonics, in search of a lifestyle that is in a positive dialogue with my mind, heart and body. I now believe in living healthy so that I can prevent sickness. My old model was much more passive and dependent upon doctors for all the answers. Nowadays, I seek my own answers and ask all kinds of experts, not just the ones with M.D. after their names.
There is the popular cliché’, “You are what you eat.” Before being pregnant, I was never so aware of the things I put in my mouth. After 18 months of worrying if my diet was healthy enough for a growing fetus, it was hard to go back to the skip-lunch-for-a-candy-bar gal I used to be. But I also wanted to set a good example for my and teach them to be healthy, but how?
I was raised by a Depression-era father who believed eating steak for breakfast was a sign of prosperity. I needed a specialist and I wanted it to be someone who saw food not just as taste or fuel but as something more holistic. As another famous saying goes, “when the student is ready the teacher appears.” Yesterday afternoon, Lora Krulak, Founder of the Butter-Fly-Effect knocked at my door.
Lora Krulak ‘s company focus is on personal wellness. The Butter-fly-effect begins with an initial interview about your own goals to wellness. I explained to Lora about my desire to let go of some old brands of food and eating habits that I suspected were far from healthy. We combined this first-step of her consultation with the second-step of spring pantry cleaning I showed her my cupboards and explained to her my family’s current nutritional program.
In the initial consultation with Lora I learned so much. We talked through my making smoothies for my fussy 2-year-old and my current practice of “sneaking in” a vegetable powder. Nice first step, Lora admitted, but get the green powders that are simply vegetables rather than the vegetable protein powders that contain soy and are hard to digest. Interesting. I admitted my horrible mistake of using sugar-free maple syrup to cut down on sugar intake for Jax only to find out there was an actual atom of ammonia contained in the product. Yikes! Lora shared with me how Agave Nectar, a natural plant sweetener that can be substituted instead. We talked about organic brands that could replace my stock of Pillsbury instant banana breads, and on, and on. What an education.
The tagline of Lora’s company is “one small change makes a world of difference.” Lora embodies this gentle philosophy. She is very knowledgeable but not pushy. Lora tries to approach you where you are rather than where she is. Instantly I liked that about her. Lora listens first and then responds. I was so comfortable telling her that my family and I were really just beginning to discover food in a healthy way. I explained that I didn’t want to dramatically dump things out of my cupboard that I had just spent my hard-earned money on. Rather, I wanted to replace them eventually with better items. Lora was an assuring coach. She told me that the journey should be fun. I liked the idea of my family’s journey to wellness as a wonderful adventure, rather than a guilt-ridden moral affair to righteousness.
The other thing Lora and I discussed was how to apply this new approach when my family and I dine out or go on trips. Lora had some great tips. First of all, Amy’s Organic Macaroni and Cheeses comes in a box of 5 microwave packets that you simply add water to (this for the picky 2-year-old). Then, just remember to start your day of eating light with real fruit and vegetable juice, and move toward the heavier foods for lunch and dinner like pasta or meat. Something as simple and easy as starting each lunch and dinner with a green salad could make a huge difference in regards to digestion and how good I could feel. We talked baby steps. Someday, I might graduate to bringing my own juicer on the road. But for now, a bottle of V8 will suffice.
The third step in Lora’s wellness program is to take a shopping trip together to buy the right kind of food. But you will have to stay tuned dear mamas. That will be the next installation of this two-part article on health and wellness. So I will end here with you sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to follow me through the aisles of Whole Foods and learn the brands that should line your cupboard. To be continued…
For more information, go to www.butter-fly-effect.com