Friday, February 1, 2013

A Change of Season

This Holistic Life has undergone a renovation and relocation. That's right. We're expanding! And now offer Holistic and Integrative Consulting services to Women throughout Pregnancy and Early Motherhood.

In addition to consulting services, there is a resource center and, of course, a blog.  Because duplicate content is frowned upon on the world wide web, you will gradually notice that content from is no longer available at this location, however; it will be available on the new website:

What a pleasure it has been to share this space with you. Thank you for your support, for following, for sharing and for allowing me to grow personally and professionally. I would love for you to check out the new site and content (immediately), and be sure to share it with the moms and moms-to-be in your life.

Please stay connected:

Twitter: @ThsHolisticLife & @TracieBraylock

Tracie Braylock, MSN, BSN, RN
Holistic Nurse Educator & Lifestyle Consultant

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Post Natal Fitness for Mother and Baby

Exercise tips to shed post-pregnancy pounds. 

Having a baby and raising your family changes your life and certainly your body. But does that mean forever? Most women gain around 30 pounds during pregnancy and shed about 20 pounds within the first month after delivery. The last infamous and dreaded 10 pounds can be difficult to get off. While exercise can help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight, as well as help you manage the stress and strain of having a new baby in your life, you may wonder how you are going get back into shape and fit exercise into your new life with a baby.
  • First, be patient and gentle with yourself.  Start slowly.
  • Second, get creative.  If you start thinking of exercise as an active lifestyle for you and your baby, you'll be able to do more than you think. 
  • Third, get involved and get support.  Look for mother and baby exercise groups in your area

Some Common Sense Tips for the first 6 weeks:
  • Breathe slowly and deeply when you exercise, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth - this will help you to relax
  • Tighten your abdominal and buttocks muscles to help protect your lower back
  • Listen to your body and stop if you have increased vaginal bleeding, feel pain or get shortness of breath
  • Exercise in 10-minute intervals throughout the day
  • Exercise with your baby and enjoy!

Our baby will be four months old this week, so I found this post right on target and worth sharing with you. Please click here to read the entire post written by Deb Paige for

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bring Autumn Inside

Master Bedroom

Here are a few easy ways to welcome the fall season in your home:
  • Exchange crisp cotton bedding for cozy flannels with lots of warm layers.
  • Replace summer fruit with pumpkins and gourds as natural decoration.
  • Introduce darker, earthy tones in towels, pillows, and even rugs.
  • Give everything a good cleaning, and re-evaluate your possessions.  Just as nature releases her bounty, it feels good to let go of outdated items (and behaviors).

To read the entire post, written by Cheryl Terrace for, click here.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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