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Pregnancy Safe Exercises

Yoga while pregnant //

Guest Nutritionist Post by Casey Simmons {Bio Below}:

“Hi Ladies! I know we all wish we could look as healthy and beautiful as the Fashionable Hostess with her adorable belly so I’m going to share the most pregnancy safe exercises with you to help you get that fabulous glow she gives off so well!

Maybe you’re used to being active, maybe you’re not, but when those extra baby pounds are showing, you want to make sure to keep yourself and that bundle of joy in there as healthy as possible. Not only will exercise help you lose those pounds quicker post-pregnancy, but it will boost your mood, improve your sleep, and reduce the pregnancy aches and pains. By strengthening muscles and building your endurance it will also make childbirth easier. The ideal workout gets your heart pumping, keeps you feeling limber and loose, manages weight gain, and prepares your muscles without causing too much physical stress or strain for you or the baby. All you need is 30 minutes of exercise a day to keep your heart and the little one’s heart healthy!

Here are some great exercises to do throughout pregnancy:

  1. Walking – Walking is safe for your body and easy on your knees. A brisk walk on the treadmill or outside enjoying the weather in the park is wonderful.
  2. Swimming – Swimming is one of the safest exercises for pregnancy as it keeps your body toned without adding weights or stress. It is also great for raising your heart rate without causing overheating.
  3. Dancing (who doesn’t love a little Zumba)! – Dancing is great; just avoid too much jumping, leaping, or spinning.
  4. Cycling – Cycling is a good option because the bike supports your weight, so there is less stress on your body and less chance of falling until you grow to a larger size. When your belly is at it’s larger size, be more cautious as it can put some stress on your body.
  5. Stair climbers – Stair climbers are great for you and your baby. Side rails provide balance support and stepping is a great way to keep your heart rate up.
  6. Yoga – Yoga maintains muscle tone without impacting your joints. Be sure to not lay flat on your back for extended periods of time and don’t overstretch as it can cause muscle damage and increase pregnancy aches and pains. Stretch just enough so your body feels warmed up and ready to get going.
  7. Weights – Weight training is completely fine while pregnant but be sure to do lighter weight and don’t strain yourself.
  8. Last but not least…Kegels! Strengthening these muscles during pregnancy can help you develop control of your muscles during labor and delivery. They will also help with bladder control and minimize hemorrhoids. Best thing is, they can be done anywhere and no one knows you’re doing them! So start doing those kegels ladies! :)

Exercise tips:

  • Before and after exercise AND every 20 minutes of exercise drink 8 ounces of water to stay hydrated.
  • If you feel yourself too tired to carry on a conversation while working out, then you are done for the day; stop exercising as soon as you start to feel worn out, don’t push yourself.
  • Keep your heart rate around 140 beats per minute, breathe deeply, and wear loose-fitting breathable clothes.
  • Keep up the hard work because that bundle of joy will be here before you know it. Your child will need you strong and healthy to give you a boost with those upcoming long nights!”

Meet Casey Simmons:

My name is Casey Simmons; I am a Certified Nutrition Specialist and total gym rat! I grew up with a trainer helping keep me at my prime as I played sports and competed in tennis at a national level. Ever since I finished playing tennis for Florida State University, I have taken it upon myself to keep up that active, healthy lifestyle. Shortly after tennis came to an end, I got certified in nutrition. I currently teach first grade in Tampa, FL and am trying to rub off my healthy habits on the little ones as well.

I continue to love and learn more and more each day about all types of healthy living and I am so thrilled to be featured on The Fashionable Hostess’ fabulous blog. I hope you enjoy the advice that I share with you and please feel free to contact the FH with any topics you want to learn more about and she can pass on the suggestions. Don’t be shy because I can talk forever about all of the knowledge I have gained over the years!

For more articles by Casey, check out the Fashionable Hostess Get Fit Section!

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A Guide for what to buy Organic

A Guide for What to Buy Organic

Lately I have been spending a LOT of time in the Kitchen. Now that Reese is a year and has 8 (I may even spy 9) teeth, she is over pureed food and wants finger food that she can chew chew chew. Since I am now 18 weeks pregnant and ravenous, I am happy to be chopping up fruits, veggies, meats, and cheeses for her meals so I can grab a nibble. As a result, I have been making weekly, and sometimes even bi-weekly trips to the supermarket. While of course I only want the best and healthiest for Reese and myself (and baby number 2!), the cost of Organic, all-natural, hormone-free options tends to be as much as double the price as non-organic!! I decided to reach out to my favorite nutritionist, Arielle Fierman Haspel of for some straight answers – What do I REALLY need to buy organic?! She was kind enough to take some time and respond with great advice and a few good tips to hold on to! See her fabulous recommendations below!


Here’s the deal Amanda, treating yourself with high quality foods is an investment, but a really healthy, long-term investment.

Imagine this: How do you feel after one “healthy” meal – lets say a kale salad with some salmon and delicious dressing? Pretty good, right? What about when you have two healthy meals in a day? Makes you feel even better – more energized, fit and maybe even happier, right? What if you ate pretty much healthy for every meal, all year, all of your life? Sounds even more amazing, right? Overtime, not only will you FEEL better, you will certainly look better, you may not have to work out as hard AND it may even prevent expensive doctors appointments in the future. (Not to mention, you happen to have a baby in your belly and you want to treat him/her with the most nutritious foods possible so she/he can develop just the way he/she needs to before she comes into the world!)

In saying that, though, there are so many different options at the supermarket and organic is definitely the priciest. A jar of organic nut butter can sometimes run $14 and I know you would rather to pamper yourself with a new lipgloss for that kind of money! I’ve cleared it up for you and wrote out my definite organic must-haves and the foods that you can forgo so you can splurge on that extra lipgloss (even when you definitely don’t need another one)!

First, let me simplify what organic means… in general, “organic” means:

  • your body isn’t ingesting un-necessary pesticides and chemicals that may wreak havoc to your skin, liver and organs. Organic fruits and vegetables ensures that your apple and carrots weren’t sprayed with chemicals that kill living things.
  • your body isn’t absorbing un-necessary hormones that may wreak havoc to YOUR hormones. It ensures that the animals were fed a diet free of antibiotics, growth hormones, and GMOs – genetically modified foods (which, in-turn has an effect on your metabolism, liver and hormones.)

When possible, buy the following organic:

•  Fruits: Organic apples, pears, peaches, blueberries, strawberries
•  Veggies: Organic celery, peppers, tomatoes
•  Root Veggies: Organic potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, squash
•  Leafy Green Veggies: All lettuces, kale, cabbage, spinach, collards
•  Animal Proteins: Eggs, beef,  poultry and dairy (milk, yogurt, butter, cheese)

Opportunities to save and buy non-organic:

•  Nuts: Nuts, nut butters, and seeds
•  Oils: Olive, sesame, flax
•  Grains: Oats, pastas, granola
•  Canned Beans: Chickpeas, black beans

Really looking to save your cash because your budget is tight and you can’t afford to buy everything listed in the recommended Organic list? DEFINITELY make the one swap to animal proteins in organic options. So sorry to say, but think twice before you go on that Starbucks run. That café latte has hormones in it! Healthier option? A Few ideas: make it yourself or find a local mom and pop coffee shop that serves organic milk, drink it black, or even better, bring along your own little container of organic milk or almond milk! Remember how all of your healthy choices add up to a really healthy feeling (and looking) body.

Invested in the Yummy Organic greens? You must try’s Purple Kale Salad with Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Seeds recipe!

Not convinced Fruits and Veggies are worth swapping? Do a taste-test! Organic fruits and veggies often taste better and last longer! Try it out yourself – organic avocado vs. conventional avocado. I bet the conventional will brown faster than the organic one and often organic bananas are even sweeter than conventional!

Support Local Farmers Markets! When possible, I suggest buying local produce (even non-organic) over organic. Have a farmers market nearby? Take a trip! Often local is less expensive, definitely more fresh than the supermarket, and less traveled than the apple from Guatemala that took 2 airplanes and 5 highways to get in the produce aisle in the supermarket.

Remember: This isn’t meant to make you crazy. It’s meant to educate you and inspire you to make healthy decisions and to be a smart consumer. Love yourself enough to make good decisions that work for YOUR body so you can live a healthy lifestyle and so you can feel like the best version of yourself.

About Arielle Fierman and Be Well with Arielle:
Arielle is a Board Certified Health Coach, Healthy Living Expert, Speaker, Host, Cook, Recipe Developer & Wellness Jewelry Designer. She inspires young professionals to cook more, eat healthier and love themselves, first. Arielle leads seasonal cleanses, hosts nutrition lectures, one-on-one health coaching sessions and creates super healthy and delicious and easy-to-make recipes. She also makes iloveme jewelry stamped with “iloveme” in seven different languages to remind you to take care of you. Don’t wait – take care of your body now and I promise your body will love you back!

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Healthier Tailgate Options

Do's and Don't Tailgate Edition by

Today’s Health Post comes from yours truly!

I hate it when I come across blogs that talk about hosting a “Healthy Tailgate” and they {for lack of a better term} just take all the fun out of Tailgating. They say “Don’t eat chips, instead serve veggies” or “instead of buns serve lettuce cups” or “swap soda for lemon water.” I don’t know who these blogs are catering to, but realistically if I told my husband and his friends that they weren’t allowed candy and chips or sodas at my Tailgate, they would seriously laugh in my face. So, I decided to put together what I call the ‘Real Deal’ when it comes to “Do’s and Don’ts.” We know that at a Tailgate you are going to be glutenous, so why not do a few things here or there to health-ify it so come Monday you aren’t totally pulling your hair out. *I know I will get some press-back from nutritionists out there who say “don’t do low-fat” and “don’t eat processed” and don’t forget the good old “soda will give you cancer.” But coming from a dedicated Southern wife who still wants a down-right-good-tailgate that her husband’s friends look forward to, take what you will!

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