If you’ve been following my Instagram posts recently, then you know that I’ve been struggling with nutrition and energy since the birth of my son Sawyer this past October.
For nearly 14 years and throughout my entire pregnancy, I followed a strict vegan diet — no meat, no seafood, no dairy, no eggs, and no animal products of any kind. When I initially made the transition to a plant-based diet at age 15, I could feel a significant difference in my energy and overall wellbeing. I lost weight, I felt great, my energy skyrocketed, and I knew that veganism was the right decision for me.
Since my son was born, I’ve felt completely drained. For months, I chalked this up to my fluctuating hormones and the overall lack of sleep that comes with new mommyhood. I ignored the cravings that my body was experiencing (especially being around a ton of fresh seafood on our family vacation to New Orleans) and patiently waited for my energy to come surging back.
Spoiler alert: it didn’t.
In an effort to restore my body — which had clearly been stripped of all its vitamins and minerals during pregnancy — of its much-needed nutrients, I began making some major changes to my diet and lifestyle.
First, I came to terms with the fact that an entirely vegan diet was no longer what my body needed to thrive. I did my fair bit of research and paid close attention to what my body was trying to tell me — cravings, symptoms, bodily changes, etc. In the end, I decided to nix veganism for “seaganism”.
Seagans (sometimes also called pescavegans) consume a vegan diet with only one exception: seafood. Proponents of a seagan diet incorporate seafood mainly for health reasons (can you say Omega 3?!) but strongly discourage “evil” ingredients and seafood that hasn’t been sustainably caught.
I ordered myself a copy of Seagan Eating: The Lure of a Healthy, Sustainable Seafood + Vegan Diet. The book’s recipe section features easy-to-make fish dishes, plus some of Amy’s most decadent vegan recipes. As with the authors’ first book, The Vegan Cheat Sheet, all of the recipes are 100% oil-free.
In addition to changing my diet, I’ve also starting using additional vitamins and supplements to help my body achieve its optimal balance. Aside from switching up my daily multivitamin, I also explored powders and extracts I could add to my daily routine — coffees, teas, smoothies, etc. — that would add value to my health and wellbeing.
Enter: Primal Herb.
Primal Herb’s mission is simple – to inspire and provide a natural path to balance, restore, & optimize the body. All products contain the purest sourced ingredients with a defined purpose that’s supported completely by research. This is exactly what I needed.
After reaching out to the company, I decided to try my hand at one of their products designed to reduce stress and improve sleep. Tranquil Mind — an extract powder — boasts properties that help reduce anxiety, naturally balance mood, and improve restful sleep.
Tranquil Mood contains:
- L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps to reduce stress, improves overall mood, and even boosts brain function in the face of stressful activities;
- L-Tryptophan, another amino acid that synthesizes into serotonin in your brain, which may help enhance mood and combat depression;
- Griffonia Simplicifolia, a highly medicinal shrub from Africa that also effortlessly synthesizes into serotonin;
- Passion Flower, a highly effective traditional remedy for nervousness and anxiety;
- Ashwagandha, a highly nourishing Ayurvedic tonic from India that protects the body against the impacts of stress;
- Schisandra, an ancient tonic berry from China that protects against wear-and-tear from stress and improves mood; and
- Gynostemma, an extract with an ability to alleviate anxiety, chronic stress, and elevate mood.
Tranquil Mind is SO easy to incorporate into our day-to-day life, and I’ve even snuck some of it into our kiddos’ smoothies. With the inclusion of seafood and extract powders into our diets, we’ve now got happy kids and an even happier mama!
Check out my recipe for our refreshing Berry & Cool Mint Smoothie — including Tranquil Mind — for an example of how simple it is to include in your meal prepping.
Disclaimer: I was provided with free product from Primal Herb in exchange for my 100% honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and are not influenced in any way by the developing company and/or its affiliates.