Hello, I’m Gina Badalaty, owner of Embracing Imperfect. As a long time personal and professional blogger, I’ve shared my journey raising my daughters even with the challenges that their disabilities present. I’m also a brand ambassador for a number of clean brands and stores. Learn more on my media kit.
I’m a firm believer that organic eating and creating a nontoxic (or less toxic) life can help children thrive and can give parents the energy and stamina they need to see their families through good times and bad.
If you’re interested in learning more about my journey or working with me in any capacity, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to answer any questions! (Brands, please view my media kit as well.)
I’m not just a believer, though. I’ve seen how cleaning eating and reducing chemicals has benefitted my family.
I won’t have every answer and I can’t give you perfect solutions for your child. The fact is, we are all imperfect. God made us all that way. And no matter where your kids are at, you’re imperfect too – and guess what? That’s ok!
In fact, my kids’ disabilities have shown how truly far from perfect I am and how much closer children are to real truth.
My journey to accepting and embracing my own imperfections wasn’t easy and it certainly didn’t happen overnight! At 33, I had a stroke. While I fully recovered, I lost some dreams at that time and it was devastating. I questioned my existence and why God had allowed this to happen to me.
Years later, during my first pregnancy, I learned that reason. My stroke was caused by a rare blood clotting disorder and having this knowledge beforehand may have saved my life. My risk of stroke during and after labor and delivery is very high but knowing about my condition allowed my OB to prevent any problems.
I was treated but the rest of the pregnancy was uneventful. Our baby was born with Mosaic Down syndrome and a hole her in her heart. We were again blessed and my little girl’s heart healed without surgery or medication.
I am a firm believer in the abilities of people with Down syndrome and an advocate for inclusion.
A few years later we got pregnant with our second daughter. Her prenatal testing was clear and the pregnancy was even more uneventful, so thought nothing more about it.
But by the time she was nearly a year old, I knew something was wrong. She didn’t sleep through the night and had some strange issues. She diagnosed with sensory processing disorder (SPD) at 2, and autism at age 3.
In 2008, no one knew much or had any hope about autism. When she was 3, we nearly lost her and learned the terrors of elopement. By age 5, she was STILL not sleeping through the night and our family was at it’s wit’s end.
When traditional therapies had little to no effect, and conventional doctors shrugged their shoulders, I decided to try removing dairy from my kids’ diet.
I am an autism warrior mama.
Science show that autism is both genetic and environmental.
Moms have the power to help their autistic children thrive kids with real nutrition and therapies.
Since then I’ve learned about MAPs doctors, alternative therapies, autism diets, GAPS Diet, Feingold Diet, allergy free cooking, real food benefits, gut bacteria, how to go green, detoxing your life, organic living, GMOs, real food cooking and, somehow, became a foodie.
I believe that detoxing your food, your home and your life can lead to real healing, better functioning brains and maybe even help you live longer.
YES, I’m a real food foodie!
But all THAT is tiring, even for this ex-New York City party girl. So I’m on a mission to help moms like me, who are raising kids with all kinds of disabilities, allergies, food sensitivities and negative behaviors eat their way to a better life – AND find time to take care of mom.
Because if mama ain’t happy…well, you know…
Things I’ve learning raising my kids?
- Trust your instincts.
- Leave no stone unturned. NOT A SINGLE STONE.
- Ask questions, a LOT of questions, and never take “no answer” for an answer. There is ALWAYS an answer.
- Take the terms “science” and “scholarly” with a grain of salt. Better yet, see if you can find a money trail motivating them. I do believe in science but I’ve seen corruption wreck what it has become today.
- Lean on your faith. You’ll need to; you WILL get more than you can handle.
- Take help when you can get it! Respite care, an offer for someone to watch your kids, your spouse cooking dinner. You never know when you’ll get that chance again – maybe next week, or maybe not for another 8 or 10 months. I’ve been down both roads!
- The heck with housekeeping. I prefer giving my kids the freedom to draw on my walls once in a while.
- Nutrition is EVERYTHING.
- Enjoy yourself and your kids when your demanding life allows for it. You need to and your kids need you to as well.
- And most importantly?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
We are here and we are strong: the autism and special needs mamas who are fighting for our kids’ healing. My mission is to help, encourage AND inspire other moms like us, especially if we are raising special needs children or children on special diets.
Things I’ll discuss on this blog include:
- gluten-free, casein-free, and lots of other junk-free products
- how to become organic / green / nontoxic if you’re not
- biomedical, natural and homeopathic healing for behaviors
- Down syndrome / Mosaic Down syndrome
- sensory processing disorder
- raising girls
- learning disabilities
- cultivating a strong marriage that supports you and your kids
- taking care of yourself
- leaning on Jesus to get you through the tough times and teaching your kids your faith
One caveat: since this blog is over 10 years old, you may find older posts or reviews or something that does not fit with my current outlook. To grow is to change, and that’s the result of “live and learn.” I’ve learned a LOT just in the past 3 years, and honestly, I barely resemble the woman I was just 2 years ago. Keep that in mind when you’re looking at older posts!