I may no longer use the excuse, “I just had a baby.” Before I had my son I was a pretty healthy eater who worked out a minimum of 3 days per week. When I found out I was pregnant, I told myself I’m going to do light exercise to make this a very easy pregnancy. **Lies** I figured I would enjoy eating what I wanted because who is going to judge a pregnant woman and her eating habits? I then vowed to begin my “snap-back” routine as soon as I got the OK from my doctor. **Lies** Motherhood and being a working mother kicked me in the butt big time.
Finding the time while trying to juggle work, taking care of home and my soon to be one year old son has been difficult. Especially because i’m an exclusively breast-feeding mom who decided to co-sleep when my son became ill.
I have decided to take on a “no excuses” attitude to lose the last ten pounds of baby weight. What perfect time to do this other than Spring! It is the perfect time is to give your body a much needed boost (with the winter New York has had this season) and truly take advantage of the weather change to help rejuvenate, refresh and revive your body.
Most health afficianados will tell you that eating healthy is the best way to give your body and immediate jumpstart followed by some form of physical activity done on a regular basis.
I’ve taken healthy eating rules and suggestions from all three that worked for me before I got pregnant and saw results pretty quickly! It all boiled down to eating clean. Dieting is a temporary solution to weight loss and the main word is TEMPORARY. Diets eliminate particular foods or an entire food group. Clean eating is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change; lifestyle changes mean modifying things we have control over and we can sustain.
Being a chef, I was able to be really creative with the foods that I cooked and added tons of flavor with different seasonings as well as taking things that I loved and making them much healthier. By doing this, I wasn’t left feeling deprived as being on a diet would do.
Here are my top suggestions for helping you jump start eating clean and making it a lifestyle:
1. Plan, plan, PLAN!
Having a grocery list with all your essentials and set aside time to plan a menu for the week.
2. Prep your meals for the week.
I season/marinate weigh out my proteins, veggies and snacks for the week. It makes life so much easier. Especially now that I have an 11 month old. This also helps me to not stray away from eating all the good chocolatey, salty or gooey temptations that are around me when I am out and about. Invest in a digital scale and measuring cups so that you know how to portion your proteins, grains, fruits and veggies.
3. DO NOT deprive yourself of things that you have a hard time giving up. Moderation is key. If you fall off one day or one meal, pick up where you left off and start over. Completely eliminating things may cause you to binge on the things you should’t have. So treat yourself if you make it through that first week with a little reward. LITTLE! 4. Drink LOTS of water. Infuse it with fruits, drink flavored unsweetened seltzer or club soda.
To help jumpstart your morning, here’s my recipe for a great breakfast smoothie that gives me a great boost!
1 cup of Coconut Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Flaxseed
2 Cups Spinach
2 Scoops of Vanilla Protein
- Place all of the ingredients into your blender and Enjoy!
If you have any meal plan prep and menu questions, comment below. I will respond with in 24hours.