Healthy eating is important, especially for new moms, having absolutely nothing to do with snapping back or other physical-related reasons. A new mama’s body is recovering from childbirth and needs a continual supply of vitamins and minerals to properly heal. And, perhaps you decided to breastfeed. In that case, your baby is relying on you for crucial nutrients. Okay, okay, and let’s not fool ourselves – wanting our pre-baby body back is a helluva motivational reason, too. With that being said, here are some tips how to eat healthy in an effort to slim down and fuel your body in the healthiest of ways:1. Stock up on fast foods – Yes, you read correctly, fast foods! But not the Burger Kind or KFC kind; I’m talking about easily accessible fruit, veggie, and protein snacks.
– Bananas (great for eliminating cramping which often occurs during and after pregnancy)
– Salt-free almonds
– Ready-made salads
– Bell peppers
2. Eat often – Again, don’t be misled by this advice or assume you’re seeing things! You must eat often in order to lose weight! However, you must eat properly and appropriate portions. Eating often will help keep your energy up and you won’t reach a starvation plateau between meals.
3. Don’t diet – Guys, I swear! I’m not fooling you! Don’t diet! Ditch the idea of a detox or fad diet and instead, commit to making healthy lifestyle changes – swap a burger for a delicious, oven-roasted piece of salmon; choose homemade, baked potato slices over deep-fried fries; add a salad to your lunch or dinner rather than picking a starchy side; pick a piece of fruit over a cookie. Little changes go a long way!
4. Chug, chug! – Drink water, baby! Aim for 2–3 liters of water per day. This will flush your system, keep your body hydrated, and give your skin a radiant glow, too! Drinking water also helps trick your body into thinking you’re full (which most certainly helps before and after eating a meal). Shy away from soda, artificial fruit juices, and dairy-heavy drinks. Those contain empty calories and will spike your blood sugar, driving you straight to the fridge for a savory snack.
5. Listen to your body – If your body is craving sweets, please don’t deprive yourself! It’s not the piece of chocolate keeping you from losing weight… it’s eating a king-sized chocolate bar instead. Again, watch your portions.
6. Move it, move it – Get those feet a’ goin’! Put your baby in his or her stroller and take a walk; ask a trusted friend or family member to watch your baby while you sneak in an hour at the gym; download an app on your phone to do an at-home workout. Whatever you do, commit to moving your body at least three days a week.
7. Partner up – Ask a pal to join you on your lifestyle change! Having an accountability partner to check in with you, work out with you, or swap recipes with is a great way to stay motivated and positive during your journey.
8. Go easy on yourself – Your baby was in your tummy for nearly ten months. Please do not expect yourself to drop the weight in nine weeks. The human body should not work like that. Feed yourself healthy, fresh foods and lots of positive self-talk.
The journey is yours for the taking! You’re just a few steps away, pun intended, from a new and improved you, healthfully-speaking. You got this!