My name is Katherine and I am a 25-year-old, mama-to-be (Due April 28, 2017), Marine Corps wife, vegetarian, and aspiring yogi.
Veghead mama blog was inspired by my friends’ and family’s interest in my journey through pregnancy as a vegetarian. Some were wondering if I would continue my veghead ways while growing my first little human and others were annoyed because at every monthly prenatal check-up, a midwife would question me on my protein intake. I’ve always enjoyed showing off my delicious concoctions on social media and sharing the recipes I make up as I go along. My husband would often get irritated at my inability to remake a recipe because I tend to follow my mother’s habit of throwing together a meal based on what I’m currently craving and what I have in the fridge and pantry. He started insisting that I keep track of my recipes in a book above our stove, but since he has deployed, I haven’t kept up. I prefer to take a picture and talk about my food, as I am a very visual person. Hence the purpose of this blog!
Currently I am venturing down the path of a yogic centered lifestyle, not only practicing yoga positions (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayamas), but also the social responsibilities of refraining from and being aware of my own negative behaviors (yamas), the personal responsibilities to myself (niyamas), surrendering myself to my physical and emotional feelings (pratyahara), practicing mindfulness or discipline of the mind (dharana), meditation (dhyana), and ultimately, enlightenment (samadhi). I started practicing asanas and pranayamas after my back was broken in a car accident when I was 16-years-old, in 2007. After I completed physical therapy, my practice was a way for me to relax and find balance, strength, and flexibility. When I found out I was expecting, a wonderful friend of mine shared the book The Yoga Birth Method by Dorothy Guerra with me. This is how I learned about yoga beyond what is typically taught in a studio. Since completing this book, my entire mindset surrounding my own pregnancy, birth plan, and lifestyle changed.
During my first trimester, I grew negative and upset about my pregnancy, my future child, my current life situations, and my body. I spoke poorly about my ability to nourish and nurture my growing babe, my body’s ability to handle pregnancy, my abilities as a mother and a wife, and all the while feeling alone because my husband deployed three days prior to that positive test. Weeks 5-12 of pregnancy were ambushed by sickness, nausea, exhausted, and a lack of self-motivation. I felt like I was wasting away, helpless, and alone. The YBM book helped me realize that I have everything I need inside of me if I search for it, practice self-love and discipline, and am honest with myself about myself. It is important to realize your own yamas and niyamas in order to work on being the best you that you can be.
Now in my second trimester, I am more positive, loving, and focused on myself. During pregnancy I believe this is so vital not only to encourage self-love as my body changes, but also to the growth and development of this little human inside of me. The way I treat, talk to, and nourish my body affects the baby and I must constantly remind myself of that. With the use of affirmations, I keep my mind focused in a positive, loving mindset that will transfer to my baby even before it is earth side.
A huge part of nourishing my body is providing healthy nutrients in delicious meals. I have always loved cooking, even as a little girl, I was mom’s helper in the kitchen. She taught me the importance of a home cooked meal, natural ingredients, and bringing people together with food. I had to give up red meat and most fatty foods post car accident because of all of the painkillers I was put on, they altered my stomach, its enzymes and acid content, and its ability to digest certain foods. In order to stop feeling nauseous and getting sick after most meals, I cut back on dairy products and removed all fatty meats from my diet. At the time it was a difficult transition, but I don’t miss any of it. During my sophomore year of college, in 2012, I became uninterested, unsatisfied, and un-appetized by most other meats. At this time I decided to cut out white meats as well, leaving only fish and seafood as meat in my diet. Although I still eat fish and seafood occasionally, it is typically for the convenience of others and is not the first main course I go towards. The more research I did on the foods I put in my body, the more I discovered about the food industry. I learned about the “dirty dozen”, the importance of organic foods, and the dangers of GMOs, preservatives, food dyes, and other unnatural alterations. I try to educate myself as well as I can, talk to others who are as passionate as I am, and share to anyone who will listen, but I refuse to be pushy or judgmental.
On this blog, I will share information I come across whether it be a documentary, new research, etc., but I all I hope anyone takes away from it is a different perspective, additional information, and a way to better the earth and your body. I do not intend to push my beliefs or lifestyle onto anyone because although I am trying to do what is best for me and what I believe to be best for our environment, that does not mean it is the only way. I only want to share knowledge and positivity. I hope to only inspire others to become the best version of themselves.
“I am not happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” -Carl Gustav