By: Jennifer L. Long, RN, NCN
As a mother myself, I know that we want what is best for our children. We want them to be safe, eat healthy, make good choices and become successful in everything they do. In the process of trying to do everything for our babies, we tend to neglect our health, nutrition, hobbies and what we enjoy doing. It does not have to be this way! There is a way to have it all. To live a healthy lifestyle, maintain a healthy weight while influencing our kids positively. Children are a product of what they see. What habits you possess now are almost certain to become visible in your children, as they get older. I have found a way to incorporate my children in a healthy lifestyle and I’m getting in the best shape of my life doing it!
Stabilizing your blood sugar by eating within an hour of waking, within an hour of bedtime, a balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates every 3-4 hours is the key to unlocking your body’s full potential; releasing stored body fat and finally seeing the definition you have always wanted to see. The bonus, MORE ENERGY and NO MORE CRAVINGS! You can eat less more often and NEVER feel hungry or deprived again. No more yo-yo diets that will fail you time and again. No more missing out on family functions or BBQs or dinner out with the girls. You can still eat the foods you love while feeling and looking AMAZING. Oh and those
mood swings? Yes, they will be controlled because you are creating homeostasis (balance) in your body. Stabilizing your blood sugar will in turn balance hormones to control the release of cortisol, a hormone released when the body is under acute stress. Chronic stress contributes to increase in belly fat due to the constant release of cortisol, which sits right where you hate it most. This is why losing weight after a baby can be more difficult. The lack of sleep causes more stress and for an extended period of time, which also can contribute to skipping meals.
Exercise is important as well. You must incorporate core strengthening, interval training and fat burning cardio exercise each week.
Supplementation is important. Eating every 3-4 hours can be a difficult task for some. A complete meal replacement, shake or a bar can easily fill in difficult meal times and close those gaps where a meal might get skipped. Antioxidants are highly necessary to combat free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to your cells. In order to maintain the level of antioxidants high enough to prevent oxidative damage, you must eat 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. If that were difficult for you or your family, a supplement would be
beneficial for you. This is also true of our picky little eaters.
The first thing my clients report is more energy, no cravings and better sleep! The inches and weight follow. There is no quick fix or miracle pill to lose weight, but there is one thing that will guarantee you positive results, quality nutrition, hard work, dedication and a commitment to yourself. We moms are super heroes, if we want our kids to look and feel their best, shouldn’t we?
Jennifer L. Long, RN, NCN
Cape Cod Moms