Loving Your Post Baby Body
PC: @lee_kristineWhile I was writing this article, I came across so many sources that guaranteed they could give their readers tips on how to "fix" their post baby bodies. This is not that kind of post. I hope that with these tips, all of you beautiful moms can love your bodies and embrace a healthy lifestyle. It seems like most of us ladies put loads of pressure on ourselves to get back into shape pronto! Some lucky ladies leave the hospital in their pre maternity jeans, while others fight tooth and nail to shed the baby weight and feel normal again. For first time moms, that first glimpse of your body after birth can be horrifying. It can be hard to give yourself credit where credit is due, so here are some tips to love that post baby body.
Start From The InsideFood is the fuel our bodies use to keep the engines running. When we feed our bodies right we benefit physically and psychologically. According to a Harvard Health Publication, the food we fuel our bodies with can have a profound impact on the brain. When we continually practice poor nutrition, our bodies can react with mood disorders, including depression. This is why it is crucial to feed the body properly (and enjoy treats in moderation). Start by making small changes to your diet and get the whole family on board. Eating healthy is much easier when the whole household supports each other. Food brings us together as families and in social gatherings, so food should be enjoyable, not just edible. Here are some links to some healthy recipes the whole family will enjoy! Skinny Taste Recipes Bodybuilding.com Healthy Recipe Database
Set Realistic GoalsSocial media and society have conditioned women to obsess over the appearance of the human body instead of focusing on a healthy body. In order to set realistic goals you need to be real with yourself. It took 9 months to grow that adorable little human, so give yourself time to heal. After giving birth, the body is going through many changes on the inside that you may not notice. Listen to what your body is telling you and adjust your goals as needed. Here are some examples of personal goals you could set for yourself:
- Workout (at home or the gym) 3-4x/week
- Throw out all the junk
- Organize & participate in one family activity per week (i.e. bike ride, hike, brisk walk, play in the yard)
- Eat more vegetables