The internet is filled with articles and posts telling us mommies different ways to lose our “Mommy Pooch.” Most of these posts are filled with weight training strategies, cardio practices and crunches.
As a woman who took far too much pride her appearance early on in life, having my stomach “ruined” by my children was devastating to me. Some women accept these birthing changes and embrace their new bods. These are the women to look up to. Whether these women rock their stretch marks at the beach or just happily cover them and are ok knowing they will never wear a bikini again.
Having my stomach covered with stretch marks caused me a great deal of stress and frustration for years. On top of the stretch marks, the extra skin and sagging really did a number on my self esteem. It’s unfortunate how much self worth I placed into my bikini body. I felt like I was no longer worthwhile in a lot of ways simply because my stomach wasn’t what it used to be.
I worked my butt off to try and get my stomach back. Covering it with creams, joining classes that focused only on abs and even going through dieting extremes. As with most things, when I stopped worrying and trying, everything started falling into place.
Ready for a mind-blowing fact? A lot of times I go to the gym just to sit. Yes, the occasional super-fit person will tease me or make a joke and I don’t care at all. The truth is, I used to do it all. I would get my daughter off to school, head to the gym, head to college classes, work a part-time job, come home, make dinner, do homework and then get up and do it all over again. These days, I’m older, I’m wiser and I avoid stress at all costs. Especially self-inflicted, avoidable stress. So why do I make it all the way to the gym just to sit on my butt and do nothing? Because the gym offers 2 hours of free child care which often times are my only 2 child-free hours of the day and sometimes even the whole week. A moment to recuperate and relax is sometimes exactly what I need. Trying to sit down with a good book at home usually lasts for half a page before I’m up getting crayons, or cleaning up a spill. Enter: the gym. Many good books have been read at the gym. So let’s chat a bit about skipping the gym and all the benefits it offers.
Processed foods are lining the shelves of our grocery stores. They are in restaurants, schools, fast food chains and most likely in your own home. The day I first learned about the dangers of processed foods is a day I don’t really recall. I just remember standing in my kitchen one night, at midnight, and chucking canned goods out of my cupboards. I felt fearful and freaked out. One thing I have learned is that doing anything out of fear is never the best method. It winds up causing great amounts of stress and can easily spread that stress to those around us. So how do you cut processed foods without the midnight freak out? Check out these 5 must-see tips to help you ease into a cleaner way of eating.
I am so honored to announce that, HeartSoulandWholeFood.com was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by For the Love of Teachers. It really is such an honor to be recognized. It means so much to have my work be appreciated by such a great blogger.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:
Thank you again, so much to fortheloveofteachers.com for thinking of me for your nomination. A site that is dedicated strongly to helping others (specifically teachers) succeed and thrive in what they do.
Amidst all of the constantly changing diet fads, there is one diet that really seems to stand out. It’s called intuitive eating. Very simply put intuitive eating just means eating what you feel is right for you body. It means tuning in and paying more attention to what’s happening inside when you eat certain foods. In a lot of ways this is the best diet because each person is so different, there is definitely no “one diet fits all.” But, there are a few fall backs to intuitive eating that you should be aware of! Keep reading to see how to avoid these pitfalls!