When you have a tiny, screaming baby who needs you 24 hours a day, it’s easy to neglect yourself and your health. Trust me, I’ve been there. During my pregnancy, I gained 45 pounds, despite my best efforts to gain less. After giving birth, I not only had zero time to think of myself, but I also craved all the foods I had told myself I wasn’t allowed to eat while pregnant. I indulged in sweets galore, and when the holidays rolled around, I saw no reason not to give myself everything I wanted.
Of course, when the fanfare wore off, I was left feeling sluggish and overweight and was clueless about how to lose the extra 25 pounds I was walking around with. I felt frustrated that none of my pre-baby clothes fit, and I was determined not to purchase a bunch of new clothes at the size I had gotten up to. I was at war with myself.
On the day after my birthday, I decided a radical change was in order, and I began a rigid program that was safe for breastfeeding women. Within two months, I had lost 27 pounds and felt like “me” for the first time in a long time. Realizing what a transformation I had made, I decided to pay it forward and became a certified health coach. Since then, I’ve helped many people reach their health goals and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s given me added purpose and the flexibility to stay-at-home with my seven-month-old son. I love my job and am excited to share with you five easy steps to help you start working towards your own health goals.
1. Drink 80-100 ounces of water a day.
Water removes toxins and other unhealthy substances stored in your fat cells. If you don’t drink enough water, your body will have to recycle dirty water, which diminishes the efficiency of all metabolic functions.
2. You should ideally be eating food served on a nine-inch plate.
Your plate should be divided into portions equaling 50% fruits and vegetables, 25% protein and 25% carbohydrates.
3. Choose fruits and vegetables from the lowest-glycemic varieties.
Not all fruits and vegetables are created equal. Examples of vegetables in these categories include the following: zucchini, fresh spinach, peppers, onions, mushrooms, cucumber, cauliflower, and artichokes. Examples of fruits in this these categories include: blackberries, avocado, limes, grapefruit, olives, raspberries, and cherries.
4. Choose protein that’s low in saturated animal fat and carbohydrates.
The best sources include eggs, fish, white-meat poultry, and vegetable sources, such as soy and other legumes.
5. Add herbs and spices to food.
Herbs and spices are an awesome way to enhance flavor without adding calories, fat, sodium, and other unhealthy substances.
If you’re struggling to reach your goals and create longterm health for you and your family, please reach out to me at katiequinn.tsfl.com or email me [email protected] I’m always excited to help others reach their goals and to walk alongside them on their journey to health!