5 Practically effortless ways to be a healthier mom today
I recently had my second baby, and during the newborn phase I lost touch with a lot of the healthy habits I'd established before and during pregnancy.
Understandably so, of course!
But now I'm ready to start easing my way back into a healthy lifestyle. "Easing" being the key word — because between going back to work, keeping up with my preschooler and handling middle-of-the-night baby feedings, I can’t expect much more from myself.
I’m guessing you can relate, right?
The good news is that little changes can make a difference — in the way we look, yes, but more importantly in the way we feel. That’s why I'm starting small, with these super-easy, totally doable ways to be a healthier mom right now.
5 Practically Effortless Ways to be a Healthier Mom Today
1. Go for a walk.
Make it a power walk if you want, but really any old walk will do. For me, walking is the best way to remind myself of how good it feels to get a little exercise — which makes it seem less like a chore the next time.
To keep it effortless, I'm not worrying about how long I walk or how far I go, or even if I'm wearing sneakers. I'll sneak it in wherever and whenever I can!
2. Eat a plant at every meal.
Eating healthy is especially challenging when you're a busy mom.
You know how it goes: Coffee and your child’s leftover toast for breakfast, a slapped-together peanut butter sandwich for lunch, a granola bar from your purse for a snack. Eventually, you realize you've gone the whole day without consuming a single fruit or veggie!
One basic way to eat healthier without overcomplicating things is simply to eat one plant at every meal. Add a banana to breakfast, some raw veggies with hummus at lunch, an apple for a snack and a side salad with dinner.
It’s a simple adjustment your body will thank you for.
3. Fill in your nutrient gaps.
Even if you don't struggle to hit your daily fruit and veggie allotment, chances are your diet still lacks some important nutrients. I know mine does.
And that’s where a quality multivitamin comes in.
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4. Go to bed already.
The kids are asleep, the dishes are done, and there's nothing standing between me and my bed — except my smart phone.
I admit, too often I waste precious sleep time checking Facebook or browsing Pinterest, and I bet you do too. But we need the shut-eye far more than we need to know what our friends had for dinner or how to sew our own pillows.
It really isn’t that difficult to turn off the screens and close our eyes at the end of the day, and considering how important sleep is to our health, it's absolutely worth it.
5. Keep it in perspective.
Whenever I get down on myself about that milkshake I slurped down or my lack of exercise motivation, I give myself a reality check.
Do I need to be in the best shape of my life during the years I have young children? No.
My health goals right now are much more realistic: to feel comfortable in my body and to have energy for my family. An indulgent meal here or a missed workout there isn't going to jeopardize those goals.
Remembering that my focus is the marathon of life as a mom — more so than, say, the Boston Marathon — helps me forgive myself for missteps and get back on track with a healthier lifestyle.
What’s one small step you could take today to be healthier?
*Papanikolaou et al. Nutr J 2014;13:31. (Based on average daily consumption of 69 mg/day of EPA&DHA vs. 500 mg/day commonly recommended by experts to achieve the equivalent of 2 servings of oily fish/week, which provide approximately 3,500 mg of EPA&DHA per week.)
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