So I thought it might be important to explain to you why I became the Organic Hispanic Mama. Really it all started with the birth of my daughter. Even before she was born I knew I wanted the best for her. I was just naive to the truth of what really was best for her. I did make the wonderful choice to cloth diaper her and breastfeed her before she was born. Those were probably the BEST most chemical free decisions I made without knowing how great they really were. I shudder at the thought that I used Tide Free and Gentle on her clothes when she was first born. Luckily I had gotten a bag of Rockin’ Green for free with some diapers I purchased before and was using that on her cloth diapers. Before I get side tracked, what I wanted to say is that after my little Rae of Sunshine was born I began researching on what were the best detergents, bath soaps, cleaners, etc. I couldn’t help but want to protect her from anything and everything. The dirty floors, dirty air, dirty everything; suddenly everything was so filthy to me! In my search I begin finding information about all of the harsh chemicals that are in everything from our everyday household cleaners, to our shampoo, to toothpaste, baby lotion, diaper ointment, etc. It all got so overwhelming. It turned out that the Johnson’s “Naturals” line wasn’t even natural at all. I was fooled by their marketing gimmicks. I immediately threw out everything with chemicals, especially those products that we used directly on or around my little princess. As I’m sure all parents (especially first timers) feel, I wanted to protect my baby girl from EVERYTHING including these newly realized harsh chemicals.
I made my own all-purpose cleaner, replaced all of our awful fragrance filled soap with all natural Dr. Bronners and threw out the Tide. While I still haven’t resorted to using homemade laundry soap, we do use Green Shield Organic. All of the ingredients are disclosed and they are all safe!
Okay so I’m sure you want to know where this leads to me loosing weight. Well, when I began throwing out our chemical filled products I suddenly started dropping more weight (I had already lost all my baby weight and was maintaining my old pre-baby weight). At first I just thought it was a coincidence but then I realized the more I eliminated chemicals in our life, the more weight I lost; no work out necessary! Then the more I read into healthy clean living, the more I realized I needed to change more. All to protect my baby. I realized that everything I ate could also affect my baby since she was exclusively breastfed. I watched Food Inc. one night and was convinced. That night I went to bed feeling guilty for all the junk I had been putting into my body and in turn had been feeding my baby through my breast milk.
Starting that next morning I looked at food differently. I wanted to eat to live and no longer live to eat. I wanted to treat my body right, and raise my daughter to eat right too. I started buying organic as much as I could. It took time for me to learn, and I am still learning everyday. But all I can say is that I lost all of my weight thanks to eating real food, organic food, and food grown and raised the way God meant it to be.
One year later we have finally made the transition to eating nearly 100% organic at home, along with 100% of the dairy and meats we eat at home being local, grass fed and/or pasture raised. I feel good about myself, and I feel good about how I feed my daughter. No guilt anymore! If you have not made this transition yet I highly encourage you to start out slowly. Take your time- I promise you will see and FEEL results!
Now for the fun part- pictures! This is always my favorite part of a weight loss story so I tried to include lots, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Here I am at one of my heaviest pre-baby weights. I can’t remember the exact number from this picture but I can tell you that I peaked at 241. I gained 35lbs during pregnancy which put me at a whopping 276.
And here I am this past Sunday at my smallest ever. 182lbs!!! (Okay obviously not ever, but I can’t tell you when I ever was at this weight. I have always been overweight and at the age of 12 I was already over 200)
***By the way, check out Sunshine’s super frilly pink ensemble. She picked it all herself except for the shirt. I’m a proud mama!***