Think Zinc! – Baby Nutrition & Weaning

Baby Nutrition & Weaning: Zinc

We need zinc as part of our diet, but we it’s not the most common mineral we hear about. It is essential for your baby’s cognitive development as it supports building neural pathways in the brain, literally how brain cells talk to each other! It’s really important for any growing process, and you can see how much your baby has changed and grown in the last few months!

This essential mineral also enhances our sense of taste and smell, which can be useful if your baby doesn’t have much appetite. Zinc supports absorption of vitamin A too which we need for healthy eyes and immune health.

You can find zinc in sardines, egg yolks, beans and pulses, meat, sunflower seeds.

Massage for mums - relax as a group with friends

Massage for Mums – relax and rejuvenate

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If you’d like to get a group of friends together one afternoon our therapists can offer holistic treatments, as you share looking after each others’ little ones for half an hour. This ensures everyone gets some time out, but you don’t need to leave your baby for long, which people can often worry about during the early days.

Groups find these afternoons very relaxing and social, it’s a great way to catch up with friends too. Relaxing your back, neck and shoulders can be a great way to ‘reset’ and feel more like yourself again if you’re tired.

Just email us for dates and times available (info@the-gentle-touch.com), and let us know how many people are interested and we’ll come up with a few options for your group.

 

Baby Massage feedback

We were very touched to receive an email from a client who attended our baby massage course, her baby was due to have a heart operation and she thought it might be a beneficial activity to do afterwards. She was right. She said

“Baby has had her surgery and it definitely helped keep her calm. She was also off all pain relief by day 3!”

This is all backed up with research We love to hear how baby massage helps families through tough times.

Award Nomination

We’ve been nominated for the Best Local Activity in the What’s On 4 Little Ones Awards Please help vote for us, it only takes a second!

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Just click on the star to be taken to the right page to cast your vote. We are in the Best Local Activity for the Under 5s category so please select this, find our name and then make your vote.

We’re up against lots of competition as this category is all local (i.e. non-franchised) businesses, but it would mean so much if we had your vote. Thanks to all our lovely class attendees for making this possible!

Mother’s Day Offer

We have teamed up with Postnatal Angel to offer you practical, nurturing care for mum and baby to restore and revive. All in the comfort of your own home!

  • One hour holistic treatment, choose from holistic massage, indian head massage, rejuvenating facial to relax and soothe.
  • Three hours Postnatal Angel support, including nutritious Angel Lunch, homemade energy snacks, and unique mother-to-mother assistance.

Please get in touch with either with us or Postnatal Angel quoting our Mothers Day offer. Offers can be taken together or at separate times.

Our Mother’s Day treat package is £76 – this special offer is a 25% saving on our normal services.

To book or make enquiry just contact either info@the-gentle-touch.com or info@postnatalangel.co.uk

 

 

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Healthy Breakfasts for your family

Breakfast is an important meal, don’t skip it. If you miss breakfast you’re more likely to overeat later in the day. Cereals are all very processed, even the ‘healthy ones’ and most are laden with added sugar. When you start the day with lots of sugar, a sugar peak will be followed by a sugar crash which can impact on your metabolism, mood and can cause weight gain. Remember a glass of fruit juice, and sweetened cereal can crash your blood sugar, leaving you tired shortly afterwards, reaching for more food to boost you back up.

Think ‘whole foods’ and challenge yourself to get some vegetables into breakfast if you can.

Here are some ideas for you to try.

  • Porridge is a really easy way to start the day. It’s cheap, filling and nutritious. Add some seeds on top for extra protein.
  • If you don’t fancy hot porridge, try some almond milk on top of a bowl of oats, cinnamon and sunflower seeds with a small handful of raisins on top. You can even make this the night before and leave in the fridge to save time.
  • Scrambled or poached egg on wholemeal toast. Add spinach, fried tomatoes or mushrooms.
  • Smoothie – try a mixture of vegetables and fruit, you can also add a handful of oats or natural yogurt. What about using almond, or soya milk and adding:

Banana, avocado, cocoa powder

Spinach, pear, berries (frozen ones are good)

Spinach, mint, cucumber and orange

 

Recipe – Banana pancakes

Let us know if you try this, our family loves it. Cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar levels, and turmeric is a great anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, eggs are a great source of protein, whilst bananas gives a natural sweetness.

No grain Banana Pancakes (makes 4 medium sized)             Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Veggie
Ingredients Method
·         5 free range eggs·         2 ripe bananas (green ones won’t work)·         1 tsp cinnamon

·         1 tsp turmeric

·         Coconut oil for frying

 

Optional

 

You can grind up flaxseeds in a coffee bean grinder and add two tablespoons of that, or if you have coconut flour you can also add one tablespoon.

 

1.       Mash up bananas with a fork

2.       Mix in spices, (flaxseeds or coconut flour if using) and then eggs one at a time.

3.       Heat small amount of coconut oil in frying pan until it melts (do not let it smoke, this is too hot).

4.       Ladle out spoonful of mixture into pan, not too big or it won’t flip over.

5.       Cook for a few minutes on medium heat until you can get a spatula underneath to turn pancake over.

6.       Fry for a few more minutes on other side, then serve.

 

Adding blueberries or raspberries into the mixture before cooking is a very tasty way to get your antioxidants in first thing in the morning!

Anna Mapson

Baby Yoga Bristol The Gentle Touch

Shocking baby abuse video is NOT ‘Baby Yoga’

There have been some disturbing reports in the news this week about videos of abuse of babies which has been termed ‘Baby Yoga’. We were very upset to read about this, and it’s a world away from our Baby Yoga classes which are fun, gentle and relaxing for baby and you. We include lots of rhymes and songs and some gentle stretches for you both. We finish with a relaxation and chance to connect with your baby.

It’s so awful to think a baby was subjected to that practice in the name of baby yoga. Our baby yoga classes are all about Rhymes and Relaxation, it’s very gentle and nurturing. It’s about having fun with your baby through songs and movement, and we encourage a playful interaction between parent and baby.

Baby Yoga is becoming more popular in the UK, most classes are based on ancient Yoga poses from over 2000 years ago, with the aim of supporting a baby’s physical and cognitive development, as well as encouraging bonding.

The weekly classes are a time with no distractions when parents can concentrate on baby alone, and just relax together which is more and more important in our busy lives today. Many parents find that Baby Yoga will improve baby’s digestion through body movement and positioning. During the classes parents will work on strengthening and massaging the baby’s delicate intestines to help give relief from gas, colic and constipation

If you’ve never done yoga yourself before this is a perfect class, the emphasis is on relaxation and fun. We know your body can store tension and can take a great strain looking after babies so we use simple stretches and restful balances to release tension throughout the body. Our classes are very welcoming and friendly.

We have Baby Yoga classes in Bristol starting on 1st July in Fishponds, and a free taster event on 17th June at the Fishponds Play Cafe. To book on the taster just email us at info@the-gentle-touch.com or book the five week course starting on 1st July online.

 

Quick Healthy Lunch Ideas

Struggling to eat a healthy lunch? Maybe you don’t event eat lunch as you’re too busy with your baby. 

When you’re looking after a young family, especially a baby, your priorities do not always include what you eat. Understandably so, but it’s important to look after yourself during this period.

As mums ourselves Emma and I know how hard it is to find time to create nutritious meals that sustain you without reaching for the biscuits! Parents at our baby massage class often say they don’t have time to eat lunch so we’ve put together some simple tips and ideas to help you out.

Focus on protein

Firstly, it’s really important to eat lots of healthy protein, think about how you can get protein into every meal and snack. Add a handful of nuts to a mid-morning fruit snack. Try to avoid too much bread – it’s very easy to grab toast, but you will not be getting a good range of nutrients from toast alone!

Healthy fats

Oily fish is very good for you, see if you can add fish such as mackerel, sardines, or herring to your meals three times a week. Including fats like avocado, nuts, seeds or olive oil can help you feel fuller for longer. 

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You can try to make more dinner and then have left overs for lunch the next day. Here are some other ideas for you to try – let us know how you get on and if you’ve got any ideas to add:

Healthy Lunches you can prepare mid-morning to grab later – can be eaten straight away or cold as a salad:

  • Roasted sweet potato wedges and a salad, tomatoes, peppers, a tin of sardines. You could try adding humus, green beans, eggs, some pumpkin seeds
  • Cook brown rice, near the end of cooking throw in some kale. Drain. Grate some carrot and any other salad items, add chick peas. Create a quick sauces by mixing tamari (or soy sauce) and tahini as a dressing
  • Roasted butternut squash with quinoa, tomatoes and a green salad.

Immediate healthy lunches

  • Scrambled or poached egg with avocado on wholemeal toast. Add spinach, fried tomatoes or a green salad
  • Omelette with spinach, pepper, mushrooms and tomatoes
  • Oatcakes with hummus
  • Soups – try Covent Garden soups for lots of veggies
  • Miso soup – you can get sachets of soup to which you just need to add in some noodles and broccoli to make a meal
  • Rye bread with nut butter and some salad.

Stay away from crisps, processed food, cakes high in sugar. You’re often on your own during the day, so lunch is the one meal where you might not bother, but then crash mid afternoon when you need a sugar hit. 

Let us help you make a nutritious meal plan

It’s hard to think ahead and plan meals in advance, when you’re a new parent. If you can make a nutritious, healthy lunch packed with vegetables for yourself even 2 or 3 times a week it will help your energy levels and mood. 

To get your personalised diet plan to help you feel resiliant and able to cope with all the parenting challenges life throws at us book your 1:1 session with Anna.

FREE 15 minute nutrition consultation available by appointment. info@the-gentle-touch.com 

Mother's Day offer Bristol - Baby Massage and massage for mum

Mother’s Day Gift offer

We have a fantastic new Mother’s Day gift offer, the perfect for a new parent. Help a post natal mother relax and unwind for an hour with our amazing therapist Emily. Then attend our four week baby massage class and learn techniques to support baby’s digestion, improve symptoms of colic and deepen your bond with your baby.

You could give someone a relaxing and rejuvenating holistic massage, as well as a place on our four week baby massage course for only £56 (Would normally cost £76). This is a thoughtful gift that will be remembered for years to come.

 

Mother's Day offer Bristol - Baby Massage and massage for mum

Baby Massage Course And A Massage For Mum

Email us now for more details – info@the-gentle-touch.com

Pregnancy & Baby Fair – 20th September

We are very excited to announce we are running a Pregnancy and Baby Fair on 20th September 2014. The event will bring together everything you will need for your bump, newborn babies and toddler in Bristol under one roof. The fair will be held at The Vassall Centre in Fishponds (10-30-14.30)

There are a number of ‘nearly new’ sales across Bristol but nothing that brings together all the classes, products and support you can access for your young family. Whether you’re starting your family, or have few small ones already, your journey as a parent is a big part of your life. The Gentle Touch understands how wonderful but also how difficult the early days of parenthood can be.  We are bringing together like minded businesses in Bristol who support gentle parenting and nurture parent and child.

The first 100 people through the door on the day will receive a giveaway bag full of offers, discounts and information so make sure you arrive early! There will be lunch available as well as tea and cake, and somewhere to sit down and play with your little ones provided by the wonderful The Bubbahub.

There will be opportunities for you to test some of the baby classes in Bristol you may have heard about by coming to one of the many taster sessions we’ll have on offer. A full timetable of tasters will be available in advance of the day –‘like’ our Facebook page and Twitter account we’ll keep you up to date.

For trader enquiries please contact babyfair@the-gentle-touch.com or call us on 07724984854 (Emma) or 07812010412 (Anna)

Anna Mapson