Published on February 1st, 2016 | by momme0
Healthy Moms Healthy Babies Healthy Living – Part 1
Today we depart from our usual kitsch and giggles to focus on a matter of real import – healthy moms healthy babies healthy living! And yes, they do match.
One of the keys to being happy and healthy post pregnancy is to focus on your own health and your baby's health and to refrain from obsessing about other people's accomplishments and experiences. You are not Kim Kardashian. You are not Gwen Stefani. You are not your friend, Karen or Rebecca, or even your sister or your mom. Each of us is unique with our own sets of priorities for the health & well being of our own family and our own body. Your job is to worry about what is best for you, not someone else! Today's renaissance women are expected to do it all, and do it all well. This is most often an unreasonable expectation – please, if nothing else own the fact that perfection is an unreasonable expectation! Yes, there are amazing women who seem to have mastered the juggling act of being a doting, loving and present mother while maintaining a fabulously exciting and meaningful career, and looking and feeling great all at the same time. Those are inspiring stories (often unverified but inspiring nonetheless). Please do not be overly devastated if you do not find achieving perfection as easy as they say it is. Most of us can barely manage to find time to take a shower after the birth of our first child, let alone look perfectly manicured and coiffed while curing cancer and nursing at the same time. Likewise, the women who claim to have lost all their baby weight in less than a month, returned to work right away, and find time to exercise while spending quality time with their family are to be applauded. And yes, reliable sources say it is possible with an incredible support team and sizable resources at your disposal. But we reiterate – perfection cannot & should not be the expectation!
Similarly, all of us would like to get back to our pre-preganancy bodies as soon as possible but not to the detriment of our own health and for sure not if there is the slightest chance of harm to our baby. If you are worried about the number on the scale, or your pants size, you may not be focused on your overall health and its affect on your new baby. That's where MommySlim comes in. MommySlim knows that focusing on losing weight may actually be harmful for new moms if it is not done right. And we promise you, before we agreed to partner with MommySlim we spent almost an hour cross-examining their representatives about the health benefits and detriments of this particular weight loss program. We were sold but as with any diet or weight loss program, be sure to consult with your doctor or midwife and your baby's pediatrician. According to the folks at MommySlim, “When you focus on being healthy, you're more likely to reap more benefits from your nutrition plan.” As a new mom, you will need to make the decision of whether to breast feed or not. This is an individual choice. Too many new moms feel pressured to nurse. Although this was the right decision for many of us, there are plenty of women who just do not want to breast feed. That's ok too. If you choose to and are healthy enough to do so, breast feeding can bring a heap of benefits to you and your child. Your baby gets natural and essential nutrients, you get to share that bond with them, and you get the added benefit of weight loss.
Healthy Moms Healthy Babies
Choosing to breast feed also comes with a handful of restrictions . If your baby is colicky he or she may actually be lactose intolerant and you will need to avoid dairy. You will also want to stay away from foods that are known to be harmful to infants, such as honey and certain fish and fish preparations. On the plus side, you'll have extra motivation to eat healthily. While breast feeding 500-800 calories will be used up each day, so even if you want to return to pre-baby weight, you'll want to eat a lot. The key here is what you eat, not how much. See the MommySlim Food Selection List & Shopping Guide to get ideas for healthy food choices, along with how much of each constitutes a serving.
While calorie counting is important, MommySlim firmly believes that what you put into your body is more important than how much. This is why MommySlim for New Moms! smoothies contain protein, DHA, dietary fiber, and choline.
Eating healthy promotes natural and sustainable weight loss, increases energy, improves mood, and makes you much more fit to deal with the challenges of motherhood. Don't try to starve yourself or torture your body trying to obtain pre-baby weight. Your family and your body will benefit more from you maintaining your health. Like always, a healthy diet and exercise will be your best path to your ideal body weight.
The bottom line
- We here at MomMeMatch like MommySlim‘s overall mom + me ‘centric philosophy.
- We are impressed that their shakes are scientifically formulated to promote gentle, healthy weight loss while providing the nutrition your body needs to recover from childbirth.
- We love their New Mom Learning Center.
- And we have a huge sample box sitting on our office console, so check back for an in depth review of the taste – Healthy Moms Healthy Babies Healthy Living – Part 2 🙂
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