Sleeping, living healthy and working out is crucial for busy and new moms. We have to be as best as we can be, thus we need to be happy inside!
I have made a list with most important healthy livin' rules to be happy, not only for mothers but people in general as well. This will be the first post in this healthy livin' series because before starting to workout you must clean your system from all the junk you may have eaten.
We have all heard many tricks for losing weight or just to keep your body physically healthy. It can also help you with postpartum depression if you have one. It is very important to follow these points with all your heart! Do or not do there is no try!
- Avoid sugar and sugary drinks. They are like a poison for your body. Sugar is half glucose, half fructose, and fructose can only be metabolized by the liver in any significant amount. When you eat a certain amount of sugar your liver gets overloaded and it is forced to turn all the sugar into fat and we definitely do not want that, girls!
- Never starve yourself. You have to eat healthy and full diet; nutritious clean foods. You may want to eat more times in a day than usual, but smaller amounts. It’s important not to allow yourself to get hungry, it is hard to think clear then. Love your body and it will love you back!
- Do not try any drastic diets. That is also related to Never starve yourself tip. Drastic diets usually work for a very short time and afterward you may gain the weight back even more than before and that can land you to loose skin.
- Pay attention to portion size. It is often hard to track how much are you eating especially if you are cooking for a whole family or eating outside.Commit to eating a reasonable size portion and if you are still hungry after 20 minutes have a bit more. You can easily do this by reading labels and determining what a portion consists of. You can also spend some time pre-bagging food in single servings.
- Drink a lot. My suggestion would be to drink a lot of green tea (of course track the time and do not drink caffeine right before night) and don't put any sugar or honey in the tea, as I said - sugar is poison. If you are used to drinking sweet tea it may seem hard at first, but I assure - you will get used to the healthy taste of unsweetened tea and you will love it! Water is also your friend, drink at least 1.5 liters per day, a great tip is to drink a tall glass of water before eating and never right afterward.
CALORIES (noun) tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night.
- Do not eat when you are sad or stressed. It is often that we turn to food when we are feeling down but it is so wrong in so many ways. Food is not supposed to comfort us. You have to remember that eating your stress will not help you to release it!
- Give the food a time to digest. Eat meals regularly and when your done give yourself a chance to digest the food you have eaten. It is very important to remember that it takes a bit of time for your brain to register you’ve eaten! Also include lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats in your meals and snacks.
- Track your food. Another great tip is to write down what are you eating, it may prevent you from eating some snacks. Writing down is like a mirror you cannot avoid and if you cheat by not writing down something small you actually mess only with yourself.
- Sleep well. Good night sleep is very important for your metabolism and weight losing. Sleep is like nutrition for the brain, you can read more about that here. Most people need between 7 to 9 hours per night. If you by any reason get less than you need your body may react in ways that lead even the most determined dieter straight to the nearest fast food restaurant.
- Communicate with yourself. As you are reaching for a snack, talk to yourself and ask if it’s worth the calories and probably the sense of guilt afterward. Also, ask yourself if it’s better to eat that one snack or a full bowl of salads later. Most often you will remind yourself that eating healthy foods means you get to eat more and feel better about yourself; much more satisfying than just one snack.
To sum up I hope you have read something worth reading and I hope I can inspire you to be more healthy and by being healthy happier! I am of course no diet specialist but I have gone trough many diets and tips myself so this is what works the best for me and for people around me. May the force be with you!
Best wishes, Eva