We become what we consistently do. Our environment shapes us, and if that environment is tight, narrow socks and shoes, then we may end up with tight, narrow, and dysfunctional feet. Bunions are not 100% genetic. They are from shoes that are not human shaped. Let those toes splay! Our feet are designed to be the foundation of our bodies. They need space to spread wide, help us balance, and ground us. Most of the time, we don’t need extra support. Or if we do, it should be a short term solution with an exit strategy! Want to learn more about feet and how to choose minimal footwear? These are a few of my favorite resources: @anyasreviews @thefootcollective @nutritiousmovement @andybryant_podiatrist 👣
When we speak about ourselves in a negative light, it literally rewires our brain and becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. Just something I tell everyone I work with. Believe me, this is a big challenge for me. Not only does this help you with your goals, but it sets an amazing example for those around you. Think about how this kind of language shapes how your kids think about their own bodies and what they’re capable of.
New episode of The Resource Doula Podcast is up! Listen in your favorite podcast app or find it at the link in my bio. Chatting with Lauren and Carolyn was eye opening and I am so glad that we connected here on Instagram! Their programs - Mental Push Plan & Mental Grief Plan - are instrumental and I feel even more powerful than your typical “birth plan” in terms of having tool for overcoming obstacles you may meet during birth. It just makes sense to use principles from sports psychology and yoga to prepare for birth, right? Have a listen. I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙌🏻 My top takeaway from this episode is that we all have mental fortitude, we just need a little bit of guidance for how to best access it and use it to its full potential. Thanks ladies for a great conversation! ☺️
I’m always learning new and incredible things from cool people I get to hang out with, that I started a podcast to share all these things with you. 💁🏼♀️ Today’s episode features Carrie Harris and Sarah Stevens, the amazing IBCLCs who are the wit and wisdom behind The Boob Half Full Podcast @boob_half_full I loved chatting with them about gathering support, what breastfeeding actually looks like in the first weeks postpartum, what to look for in a pump, and more. If you’re not already subscribed to my podcast just search for The Resource Doula Podcast in your favorite app! I hope you enjoy and learn something new. ☺️
Rachel Delaney, licensed acupuncturist, chats with me about how pre-conception health, Chinese medicine, and acupuncture intermingle. This interview will be sent out this Thursday in my weekly newsletter! If you’re not already on my email list, it’s time to join. Tap the link in my bio: @trainernatalieh This is going to be one part of a larger series where we talk about an aspect of women’s health each week and I’ll have an expert interview for each weekly edition as well! The lineup of guests is looking incredible 🤩 - pre-conception - pregnancy - postpartum - breastfeeding - menopause - and more! We’ll be packing each email with loads of resources, and practical applications for you. I’m so excited to be sharing all these resources with you! Tag a friend who’s in one of these life stages so they won’t miss out either. 🙂💌 Join at the link in my bio: @trainernatalieh
Just me, your local spinner dolphin in my natural habitat. Squatting on a lava rock. 😆 I love how the sign says, “let them rest without disturbance.” we could all use a little more of that. 🤙🏻 A week of sunshine and above zero temps with my husband was really good for my soul. Super thankful. I highly recommend starting the year in a tropical place. 🌊🌴 Excited for 2022!
A little late night art session? 🖌Sound on 📣 Hopefully this visual is helpful for why foot-shaped footwear matters. And this is just the tip of the iceberg…I didn’t even talk about raised heels or flexible soles. 😅 I could talk all night about this. We were not born to be standing on stiff ramps all day, if that gives you any indication of how I feel. Maybe pull out a paper and marker and try this for yourself. Once you trace around your foot, place your shoe on top and see if there’s any marker outside the bounds of your shoe. 👢If there is, your shoes are too narrow for your feet. That’s as simple as it gets, folks. This is a great way to test shoes in the store too, or when buying for your kids. If you’re realizing that you need some more minimal shoes, look at Katy Bowman’s blog and search “shoes.” She’s got a huge list of lots of brands for all types of weather and occasions. @anyasreviews is a great place to start too! Beware of those socks in the house. Not only do they narrow your toes, but they inhibit the big toe press off that we need for hip extension, glute activation, and a myriad of other responses in our body that are needed for proper gait. If you’re sliding around in your socks, you aren’t using your feet to their full potential. Get grippy socks that have toes built in, or are wide enough for your toes to spread out. Or just settle for cold feet, like I do. 🤣🥶 Can you get space in between all your toes when you spread them out? Can you lift just the big toe? What other tricks can you do with your feet? Do you spend more time barefoot or shod? Can you get creative about how you increase the barefoot time? 🦶 Better foot health = better pelvic floor health. It’s all connected. Thanks for nerding out with me. 🤓