November 18, 2019
Amanda Chantal Bacon is the founder of Moon Juice, the buzzy Los Angeles-based outpost for wellness tonics, superfood-studded snacks, and adaptogenic “dusts” that aim to nourish your body and overall well-being. Bacon believes balance is the most important form of self-care—and it has become even more important with the arrival of her second child. Read on to learn why she believes the right mindset is really the key to juggling it all.
She just turned 4 months!
I planned for 40 days at home with my husband, a constant flow of groceries, and help from my mom with my son. I believe in 40 days of at-home rest—with walks around the neighborhood. During this time, I had lots of warm soups, good fats, and zero expectations beyond being present with my baby. It was an incredible healing journey.
At 40 days on the mark, I was filled with energy. I felt ready to re-enter the world with my baby and put my jeans back on!
Acupuncture is my savior when I start to hit a wall. Lymphatic stimulation, like Endermologie or manual lymphatic massage, is something that has been a huge help in postpartum balance.
I’m very mindful of eating enough protein and fats, and make sure that I’m drinking enough water. I also take herbal milk enhancers. It’s all about breast milk supply!
It’s a big juggling act and not everything can be a priority. Anything outside of family, work, and basic self-care has fallen away, and I’m okay with that. I don’t harbor any guilt about the things I can’t get done by the end of the day. I have a drawer filled with really important mail that I haven’t opened, a filling that needs replacing, and a closet that needs cleaning, but I just accept that it will get done in due time, and I don’t get too stressed about it. I finally feel okay about what gets done in a day, knowing that I’m trying my best and having a pleasant time as I do so. I’m in a happy flow and if something requires me to derail to meet it, I take that as a sign that it’s not the right way, and it’s up to me to find a better way.
I can’t stop drinking Magnesi-Om! Morning, noon, and night.
Water, lip balm, and Plumping Jelly Serum!
I’ve achieved a very reliable baseline of happiness and contentment. Now I want to spend my energy on finding solutions for us to evolve in sustainable ways.
Melinda writes about health, wellness, and food for the Thrive Market blog. She started her career as a financial journalist in NYC and has written for Where Magazine, Worth, Forbes, and TheStreet.com. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys working out, sketching, and playing with her daughter and mini-dachshund, Goliath.
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