Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fitness mommy diaries

I have had 2 babies in the past two years. I gave birth to my daughter naturally and had an emergency c-section with my son. I now understand how to get your body back after either. It has been 3 months since my son was born and I am back in all my pre preg clothes (have been for a while now.)
You can see the definition coming back in my abs.. Woohoo!

People ask me how I can exercise when I have to chase around a toddler and an infant, and the answer is, how could I not? I can't imagine being able to keep up with them if I wasn't in shape.

How do I do it?

Here is the deal. If you are out of shape when you get pregnant, don't expect to drop into a size zero as soon as you give birth, that just does not happen for most people. The best way to guarantee a good bod post pregnancy is to have a good bod BEFORE pregnancy. So if you plan on starting a family there is no better time to get yourself in shape.

I started exercising 2 months after my son was born (even after a csection.) I started with 5 days a week alternating between the 30 Day Shred and jogging.

A few weeks into that I realized that 5 days was too intense for my incision was still too fresh. I started to have some pain and decided to cut down to 3 days a week which is what I am doing now (and I am still losing weight!)

I got frustrated during the first few weeks because I GAINED weight. Yes, a few of the lbs were muscle, but there were a couple extra "bonus" lbs that I was not happy about. The problem? I wasn't eating enough, and I am breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding you cannot "diet" you have to eat when you are hungry, otherwise your body will store some extra fat to make that liquid gold.

During pregnancy your body packs on approx 8 lbs of fat stored for breastfeeding. If you are bottle feeding you will not only have a harder time losing those lbs, but your uterus will not be contracting every 2 hours when the baby feeds, causing that belly to hang out for longer. Another reason to give that baby boob!

Drink TONS of water. I have to drink about a gallon a day to stay hydrated. Exercise and breastfeeding require a lot of water. Drink up!

As with anything the key to looking fit after baby is just discipline. Discipline to exercise even though you have been up all night, and are completely exhausted.

I still have a little ways until I get back to where I was before I had Eli, but I know I will get there.There are no crazy secrets. Exercise. Breastfeed. Eat healthy (and a lot.)

Have fun mommies! If you have any other tips I would love to hear them!



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Supplements for Kids!

I have had a lot of people ask what we give the kids as far as vitamin and mineral supplements. I have done lots of research on this subject and these are the four things we give our kids.

1. A children's multi vitamin. We use the 365 brand from Whole Foods.
2.Probiotic. The kids like the Buddy Bear orange flavor
3.Vitamin D3. We give the girls 2500 IU's a day.
4. Vegetarian Enzymes. These can be ordered in a chewable version through Young Living (link on the right)

Why are all of these things necessary? Here is a brief explanation for each thing.

1. A multivitamin is self explanatory. There are lots of vitamins and minerals the body needs to function. A good multivitamin will help fill in the gaps that your children are not getting in their diet.

2. Probitics are essential for gut health. Everything in the body revolves around the gut. If there is not enough good bacteria in the gut, your child's overall health and immune response will be very poor, especially if they have ever been on an antibiotic. Antibiotics destroy even good bacteria and throw off the entire bodily system.

3.Vitamin D3 is soooo important. The immune system relies heavily on D3 and cannot function without it. Ever notice that your kid is sick more often in the winter? The reason is because they don't spend nearly the amount of time in the sun. The sun is the ideal way to get vitamin D3, but if that is not possible a supplement will do the trick. My doctor recommends 2000-3000 IU's daily for toddlers and young children. We give the girls 2500 plus there is some in the multivitamin.

4. Enzymes are naturally occuring in the food we eat. However, since we cook most of our food, we are not getting near the amount of enzymes we need. The best way to get enzymes is to eat lots of raw fruits and veggies. We do our best to eat raw food as much as possible, but are also giving them a supplement.

Until they are eating 10-12 servings of raw fruits and veggies per day we will continue to do all of this!

Message me for more information on ordering the enzymes, supplements or essential oils from Young Living!