Month: April 2016

Mummy Diet Tips Made Easy

When you enter motherhood there’s a lot to get used to and the lack of time for yourself is one of those things. This can be especially frustrating if you’re keen to get your diet and fitness back on track and lose some post-baby weight. For that reason we bring you some top tips to make losing weight a little easier.

1. Walk whenever possible
Walking is a great way to shift unwanted lbs and it’s a gentle way to reintroduce yourself to exercise. Use it as an excuse to check out local parks or simply to pick up a few bits and pieces from your local corner shop. Your walks needn’t be long but try and head out with you buggy everyday for a short walk. Some days your walk may be a quick 10 minutes and others you may walk for a good hour – mix it up and enjoy the fresh air. Plus, babies love the motion and often have a good nap during some time outside.

2. Incorporate a bit of exercise into everyday activities
Time is no longer a luxury for mums, so try to work in a little extra movement throughout your everyday pursuits. Challenge yourself to do 5 squats every time you make a bottle of milk, or to have a regular ‘disco’ hour with your little ones and dance around your living room. No matter how old, your baby or toddler will love dancing with their mummy and you’ll burn plenty of calories too. Find what works for you.

3. Invest in some good trainers
With all of the above in mind, a decent pair of trainers will make moving around a lot for comfortable and prevent any aches and pains. Treat yourself at the same time and go for a pair you really love.

4. Quick healthy meals
Keep your kitchen stocked with some really quick yet healthy meals you don’t need to think about too much. Here are some ideas…

• Soups that take just a few minutes in the microwave or on the hob
• Packs of mixed grains, Quinoa or brown rice that you could add a can of tuna too with some salad leaves
• Eggs – poach them, scramble them or make an omelette. Eat with some bread and, or salad.
• Fruit and vegetables (like carrot batons) you can nibble on throughout the day to keep hunger at bay
• Protein bars and shakes – there’s loads of them on the market and they really do keep you feeling ful if you’re peckish (and they’re good for you).
• Red split lentils – they’re really easy to cook and can be mixed with any meat, fish or root vegetable to make a tasty stew. They take around 20 minutes to cook, but once everything is in the pan you can leave these to simmer with little work from yourself.

Alternatively, experiment with some healthy dishes and then make them your ‘go-to meals’ when you’re pushed for time – batch cook your favourite recipes and keep some portions to enjoy in the freezer so you can heat them up anytime.

5. Get a blender
Blenders have dropped considerably in price in recent years and are a great way to get your 5-a-day. You could whip up a smoothie for breakfast or as a snack.

Here’s one to try…

• A few tablespoons of porridge oats
• A handful of blueberries and strawberries (frozen are great as they keep for ages and make the smoothie nice and cold)
• A few spinach leaves (you won’t notice the spinach in the taste but you’ll get all the goodness from it. Again, you can use frozen or freeze a fresh pack that you keep just for smoothies)
• A banana or ½ and avocado
• 250ml of almond milk (lower calories than your regular cow’s milk and gives the smoothie and creamy taste, but feel free to stick to your usual milk) or water.

Enjoy!

An A-Z of Diet Tips for New Mums

Need a little inspiration to kick start your post-baby weight loss journey? Check out our A-Z of tips, designed just for new mums!

A is for ‘action’ and there’s no time like the present to start making small changes to improve your health and fitness.

B is for ‘buggy’. Use it as your secret weight loss tool! Take your little one out for a walk as much as possible or head to a local buggy fit class.

C is for ‘cleaning’. Next time you’re cleaning up, think of the calories you could be burning – so give it some welly and stick some music on while you do it!

D is for ‘dumbbells. Find a few minutes here and there throughout your week to do a little resistance training – it’s just as important as stretching or cardio. Small dumbbells can be purchased pretty cheaply or you can use cans of food (like a tin of baked beans) instead.

E is for ‘energy’ and we appreciate that you might not always have the energy to get up and exercise or to prepare the healthiest of meals. If that happens, don’t beat yourself up. Take the time you need to relax and try again the following day.

F is for ‘five-a-day’ – are you getting yours? You’ll feel tons better for eating five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Set a good example to your little ones and aim to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

G is for ‘grains’. Add them to your diet to bulk out your meals – they’ll help you feel fuller for longer and there are lots of super quick ones available on the market that only take a few minutes to cook.

H is for ‘HIIT’ – high intensity interval training. Forget slogging away in the gym hours and instead think 15 minutes of giving it your all. Check out someone like Joe Wicks on YouTube and you’ll find 15-20 minute workouts that you can do in your living room. The idea being you work hard for say 20 seconds and rest for 40 seconds. You may repeat three types of exercises in one circuit and then the the entire circuit five times. You’ll be surprised how tiring it is but best of all it’ll only take up 15 minutes of your day.

I is for Instagram – use it for inspiration on workout tips, healthy recipes and cool workout clothes. Why not set up your own account that covers your weight loss journey.

J is for ‘jogging’ – when the weather is on your side nip out for a job round the block and treat it as a little bit of ‘me-time’ if you’re able to leave the kids at home. If not, have a little jog with your buggy and baby. Why not eh!

K is for ‘keepy uppy’ – play kid games and silly challenges as a way to more move – think outside the box when it comes to exercise.

L is for ‘lentils’. These bad boys are seriously healthy, filling and can be great as a baby weaning food too. Try red-split lentils with a load of root vegetables and chicken. Yum yum yum.

M is for ‘motivation’ – you can do it you gorgeous mummies!

N is for ‘no’ and not to take ‘no’ for an answer.

O is for ‘options’. If the way you used to get fit and diet no longer works now you’re a mummy, spend some time thinking about what you can do and new ways to reach your goals. If there are particular things blocking you write them down and brainstorm some alternatives. If you’re stuck, do a little Google search and see what comes up.

P is for ‘patience’. Be patient with your after-baby health loss regime. Give your body time to heal and be kind to yourself on days where perhaps you’ll little one isn’t sleeping so well or you’re unwell. Listen to your body and rest when you need to.

Q is for ‘questions’. Need help or advice on getting fit. Don’t be afraid to seek it from a Dr or health visitor with some guidance on getting back in shape if you really are struggling to balance it all.

R is for ‘routine’. Work on a routine that works for you and your baby. If it’s too ambitious you may feel disappointed if you can’t meet it and don’t be afraid if you have to switch it up every so often to correspond with your baby needs. For example, if you’re little one naps in the morning, use it as a time to batch cook a healthy recipe or to do a 15 minute workout at home.

S is for ‘sleep’. Don’t be hard on yourself with your weight loss goals. Sleep deprivation really can take its toll on new mums and it’s more important to catch some zzz’s when you can. So, when you have the energy try the above (letter R) but if not, put your feet up.

T is for ‘time’. It’s very precious when you’re a new mum and if you can, why not call on a spouse, a friend or a family member to help out once (or more) a week. Whether that’s to give you time to workout, cook in peace or just to sleep.

U is for is for ‘uniform’. Get some workout clothes so you feel comfortable exercises or going for long walks. You’re move likely to do it if you have the right kit.

V is for ‘virtuous’ – which is what you’ll feel when you find an exercise routine that works for you and some healthy go-to meals!

W is for ‘walk’ – walk whenever and wherever you can. It’s simple yet effective.

X is for ‘x-factor’; make it fun, dance and sing your way to weight loss!

Y is for ‘yes!’ you can do it!

Z is for ‘zzzs’ we’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – sleep when you can people!

How Adele and Kourtney Kardashian lost their baby weight

What do Adele and Kourtney Kardashian have in common? Amazing pre-baby bods! Join us as we take a quick peek into their pre-baby workout and healthy eating regimes.

How did Adele lose weight after having a baby?
Answer: Gym with a personal trainer and Pilates.

According to various articles, Adele took to the gym to shift her post-baby weight, hiring the expertise of personal trainer Pete Geracimo and going twice a week. She also, on the recommendation of Alan Carr, took up pilates too. She quit smoking on top of that, when it appeared to be affecting her voice 3 years ago and we must say that she looks as gorgeous as ever.

How much weight has Adele lost?
30lbs

How did Kourtney Kardashian lose weight after having a baby?
Answer: Hitting the gym and pairing up with sister Khloe for workouts

Petite mum of three, Kourtney Kardashian has recently lose a lot of weight and is looking super toned. She was determined to lose her “stubborn” post baby weight and paired up with sister Khloe Kardashian to hit the gym regularly for personal training sessions with Gunnar Peterson.

How much weight has Kourtney Kardashian lost?
120lbs

Plus size sports clothes

Here’s a small directory of stores selling plus size sports clothes, to help you feel comfortable and supported while you workout – oh, and you’ll look pretty gorgeous too!

Simply Be
Simply Be has a great range of clothes from sizes 12-32 and their sports range is filled with classic pieces that will make you feel fab to workout in. The range features tops, leggings and more from brands such as Adidas, Ellesse and Nike.

Fabletics
Fabletics is home to gorgeous outfits to work out in. Although they’re at the higher end of the price scale, these pieces are excellent quality and figure hugging in the right places. Plus, when you browse their online range, you’ll also be recommended outfits based on your size, shape, favourite colours and what activity you’re interested in.

Fashion World
Fashion World has a wide and varied range with sizes from 8 – 32. This range is stylish, functional and well-worth a visit!

Curvissa
Comfortable and fashionable sportswear can be found at Curvissa, in sizes 14-32. You’ll find a wide range of plus-size sports gear to help you feel your best in the gym, out for a walk or whatever activity takes your fancy.

Evans
Evans is the well-known for providing a wide range of plus-size clothing and if you’re looking for larger sized sports clothes then Evans is worth a look. You’ll find sizes 14 – 32 ideal for workouts or relaxing.

Yours
Work-out in style with sportswear from Yours, the collection features items with a new moisture absorbent and fast drying ACTIVE range.

Taking Shape
This Australian brand is now available in the UK and offers plus-size sports clothes in fabulously bright and bold prints.

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