Jan 31

6-month mommy must haves

OMG, I can’t even believe my little prince is going to be 6 months on February 4th. Time flies when you’re having so much fun! I would love him to stop growing, but he gets cuter and cuter with each day that passes.

He talks so much lately and he says dada. It is not intentional but he babbles it.

We have started introducing him to fruits and veggies. At his last appointment his doctor said that we should start him on some rice cereal but I didn’t like the idea of my sons first “food” other than breast milk to be something processed. So we started with avocados which are a great source of fats for little ones and also started with pureed banana, homemade applesauce and smashed sweet potato. He took a couple bites of them all then wouldn’t open his mouth for anymore so I knew he was done. ;)

Check out these cute little tupperwares and spoons my sister got me. I froze a couple of batches of sweet potatoes and applesauce so he can bring with him to daycare and his grandparents houses.

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Some other things I am loving right now are Pampers diapers! I have loved them from the start but fighting the recent poop apocalypse reenforces my love for them. No other diaper works as well so don’t waste your money trying other diapers!

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I also got a Chicco walker that has come in super handy since he loves to stand up and help out in the kitchen. And it acts like a high chair with the front toys that come off.

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photo 3Chew toys are great because he loves putting stuff in his mouth. He never took to the pacifier and why force it if he doesn’t need it. He puts a chew toy in his mouth and babbles.

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I could go on talking baby with you all day. Just a few other things I love are the Graco or Fisher place Rock and Play, and the Jumperoo! These are must haves. Click this link to see him in his Jumperoo!

 

Jan 26

Cravings and binges are NOT your fault!

Does this sound familiar at all?  You follow a diet perfectly for a few days and just can’t hold out any longer; the chips or cookies are just too tempting.  Or maybe you do really well with food choices until dinner and then you can’t stay out of the pantry for the rest of the night.  These cravings and binges are NOT your fault!

 

There are three primary reasons why your cravings are out of control and are giving you the signal to binge.

 

Improperly regulated blood sugar – If you find yourself chasing the blood sugar roller coaster during the day, it’s pretty much going to dock in Binge Town.  Even if you don’t feel shaky or lightheaded, you can be driven to a binge simply by not staying balanced during the day.

 

What to do:  Make sure you are eating at least 15-20g of protein at breakfast, lunch, and dinner and at least 4 fists full of veggies throughout the day.  Why?  Protein and veggies are dense, take longer to digest, and keep your blood sugar far more balanced.  When your body is busy digesting, it’s a lot less likely to tell you eat something else.

 

Not enough dietary fat – Fat makes your brain happy because it’s naturally satiating.  Think of how much more satisfying a meal or snack is when you include a sprinkle of cheese, a slice of bacon, or a smear of almond butter?  Yeah. THAT.  Yum.  If you have cut a lot of fat out of your daily eating, your brain is screaming to be made happy.

 

What to do:  Eat the fat.  Aim to get in 2-3 servings of dietary fat daily, such as foods like nuts, nut butters, avocado, seeds, olive oil, breakfast meats, egg yolks.  Experiment with what feels best in your body.  A whole serving at a time?  Or spread it across a time of two or eating?  The only caveat is that dietary fats are more calorically dense, so you do want to watch your serving sizes. if fat loss is your goal.

 

Not eating enough – If you are looking to lose some pounds, then you have probably changed up what you are eating.  Most people follow a calorie model, and it really bankrupts your ability to fight cravings that lead to binges.  Why?  Because the calorie model forces you to look at your allotment for the day and fit alllllll your foods into that number.  So instead of focusing on the quality of our foods, we start looking simply at the numerical value they have in terms of calories.  From 100-calorie packs to low-cal yogurt, we spend our day counting numbers instead of really seeing what’s going in our bodies.  Which do you think would hold you over for longer?  I 100-calorie pack of cookies or a small apple?  Yep.  The apple.

 

What to do – Dare to step away from counting every morsel.  Focus, instead, on getting in protein and veggies first.  They are dense in nutrients but light on calories naturally.  When you work on getting those in first, by nature, you have less room in the belly for fats and carbs.  Those aren’t ‘bad’ but should fall lower in the hierarchy of food importance if you are seeking fat loss.

 

Where to go from here:  Experiment.  As a society, we get so locked in to what we think a diet should look like to change our bodies that we assume that’s the only way it can happen.  But, in reality, that image may not work for your personal genetic makeup.  We are afraid to try something outside of the norm.

 

Aside from the physical components are the mental games we play in dealing with binges.  My biggest piece of advice?  Let yourself off the hook.  If you ate pizza last night, will you feel guilty about that situation in 6 months?  Probably not. Then why feel guilty about it now?  It’s a waste of energy.  Move on.

 

 

If you are interested in learning more on how to live a healthier & happier life around food check out my friend Julie’s program #breakthebinge, it is only open for a limited time! http://bit.ly/1L63jxa

 

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After spending 15 years in the diet-cheat-diet cycle, Julie Stubblefield was finally able to shed and keep off her extra 70 pounds.  She is on a mission to help other women understand that changing your body doesn’t have to be a hate-hate journey, while giving them a community of support and comfort.

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Jan 12

Healthy Cocoa Cookies

Over the last couple weeks my husband and I have been really cleaning up our diets because of all the eating during the holidays and well I feel like we were just out of control. So, we are not eating crap, avoiding grains, avoiding gluten and limiting coffee intake. And of course I have been craving craving and craving chocolate. Last week I ended my week with a giant chocolate bar, I gave in to it and it was so delicious! Seriously, deprivation of foods is not the way to go, you always binge.

This week I set out to make some kind of cookie that was on the healthier side that actually tastes really good and this is what I came up with. They have cocoa powder in them which is supposed to help with cravings too. Hopefully I don’t eat the whole batch.

Healthy cocoa cookies

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix everything up in a bowl till it forms a thick dough. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. Press the cookie down slightly to flatten, you can make fork marks to get fancy if you want but I didn’t. Bake 375 for 8 minutes. I almost burned mine so watch them carefully.

Enjoy!

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Jan 09

The cleaning fairy.

Who is this little creature? Does she ever come to your house? I pray she comes to mine sometimes. Balancing cleaning while having a baby has been fun. I was never a “neat freak” but I enjoy a nice clean counter top. These are some strategies I have used lately to keep the house tidy.

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How to keep your house clean:

  • Clean while everyone is sleeping, of course you would probably want to get in some extra zzzz’s while everyone is sleeping or even get in a workout but sometimes just a quick 10 minutes to scrub up the kitchen or bathroom is worth it. I cleaned our kitchen after the gym this morning so when I got home today I had no anxiety and hopped on the computer to write this. :)
  • Pass that baby off to your husband and go scrub the heck out of something really quick. All it takes is 2 minutes to scrub the toilet. The next time you go in there give the sink a scrub. Little by little it gets clean.
  • Make your husband clean or at least put his dishes in the dishwasher. After being on maternity leave I have perfected loading the dishwasher and it even upsets me when “someone” puts something in the wrong spot or attempts to put a pan in the dishwasher. Pans get scrubbed in the sink.
  • Don’t clean, hire someone.
  • Live out of baskets. I seriously live out of a laundry basket. Who has time to fold and put clothes away?
  • Don’t be slobs. Try to clean up after yourself.
  • And when my son gets bigger I am sure he will be into everything in the house, making a mess, throwing things, taking stuff out, putting things where they shouldn’t be. I will embrace it and not sweat it. Hopefully I can teach him to clean up the house?!?!

How do you moms keep the house clean while having a baby or kids? Comment below. Happy Friday!

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Dec 23

Moms share their tips for living a healthy lifestyle!

Adam is 4.5 months old and growing wayyyyyy to fast, I need a pause button. I am not back to my pre pregnancy weight at all, but I feel amazing. I exercise when I can, usually I go to the gym before he wakes up. And I do food prep on Monday mornings so I have healthy lunches for work and use convenience foods as snacks like Think Thin protein bars and apples.

Adam and Santa 2014

Adam and Santa 2014

This all got me thinking what are some other tips that moms do each day to live a healthy lifestyle?!?! Check out what all these real life fit moms have to say!

 

Keri Manti

1. Awareness around food…it’s too easy to shove the leftovers of their grilled cheeses or a few handfuls of pirates booty in your mouth when prepping meals and snacks for them. Bring awareness to if you are actually hungry or just “picking” just because

2. Efficient exercise – Lord knows we don’t have a lot of time to exercise so when you do, make it count by lifting heavy and getting out of your comfort zone.

3. Do things that make you happy that don’t include your kids….we all need a break! for me that means taking my dog for a walk by myself, reading something other than kid books, taking a tub, or getting a massage…it’s not always easy to get away, but for me it makes a big difference in my mood and energy.

Check out her site where she teaches busy moms how to live a lifestyle of efficient exercise and automated Nutrition, kerimantie.com

 

Debbie White Wilkins Baisden

1. Cook in bulk. Nothing fancy, no recipes, no slaving in the kitchen endlessly. Throw meat on the grill and roast some veggies. I quadruple recipes.

2. Workout smarter. I stop at 20 minutes. I intermingle body weight moves as well as weight-lifting moves. The key is heavy weights that cause you to rest.

3. Grace. You’ll eat junk. You’ll miss workouts. You’re a mom, for crying out loud. Shrug it off and move forward.

Follow Debbie @ https://www.facebook.com/fitwithdeb for fat burning workouts.

 

Leigh Genetti

1. Is all about preparation. If I get in a jam then I tend to buy something quick, usually fast food or chips when I’m out and about. I pack snacks for myself, not just the kids. And go grocery shopping before you run out of food and have to resort to the processed food in the pantry.

2. When it’s meal time or snack time I look in the pantry last. That’s where the processed foods are and my weakness is starchy boxed food, crackers, pretzels etc. so I stay away from there when I’m hungry.

3. Join a gym with child care so the kids won’t be an excuse for not going to the gym. And it’s great social interaction for them! My 3 year old keeps me on a daily routine because she wants to see her friends.

 

Nicole Holt

1. For me is finding ways to stay active with your baby/toddler. For me that means a supportive ergonomic carrier (I have and Ergo and Tula toddler) for hikes, walks and grocery store trips and a jogging stroller for runs.

 

2. Is trying to eat fresh foods (and I still take a prenatal). Breastfeeding gives my son the nutrients he needs first and I get the leftovers. So it’s important to eat right for myself. He’ll be fine either way. Once he started eating solids I got even more serious about what we eat because he eats what we eat. I tend to make his plate from my plate still so that I don’t end up eating my portion and his leftovers though.
3. Is utilize my resources. I have a hard time making it to the gym because of my husband’s work schedule and our lack of childcare so I use Hulu (or Youtube) to find workouts because an instructor always pushes me more than I would push myself.

 

Maryalice Goldsmith

Hey Everyone, I am really happy to be here on the blog today talking about real life Mom stuff. Being a Mom is the most rewarding and the most challenging role we will ever play. The incredible love you feel for your child is unimaginable.  The challenges we face, at every stage, can also rock our world. Often times, actually the majority of the time we come last – all by choice of course. So in that how does a Mom stay healthy from the InsideOut? Here are three tips that not only allowed me to stay healthy, but also helped be a happy Mommy and truly embrace my family.

Tip #1 – Everyday take time for you.  I know this may sound crazy – “I don’t have time to be alone or take time just for me!” but it could be the best thing you do for your entire family.  Each day I would take at least 5 minutes and just BE. I would literally just sit still, no phones, computers, books, or TV’s – just silence.  We all know that when the baby sleeps this is when we “get things done!” We are in constant motion – doing ALL DAY LONGGGGG! So when do you actually take time to tune into your needs? I believe if we are not meeting our own needs, we are unable to meet the needs of others. We end up resentful, depleted, and discontent; this doesn’t work for anyone.  So taking time for you whether it is 5 minutes or a full day, taking time to just BE will be advantageous to all.  Try and wake a few minutes early and just lie in bed and ask yourself; “What is one thing I can do for me today that will leave me feeling fulfilled?”

Tip #2 – Get your workout in.  Whether you bring your baby along for a bike ride, a jog in the jogger, or get a great workout done right in your family room – doesn’t matter how, just move each day. Exercise is so important for energy. For all you Moms with new babies (2 months+) exercise is a great energy booster as well as a mood booster.  Some of my greatest memories are of my son Sean and I on the canal by our house jogging and biking; we had some wonderful conversations about nature, Elmo, and Power Rangers!! Exercising with your child also teaches your child how important exercise is. We teach them to brush their teeth, we also need to teach them how to exercise. Now that my kids are grown up, we still enjoy a great workout together we just have moved on to heavy weights and HIIT J Don’t let my boys know, but Mom still got it ;)

Tip #3 – Nutrition ~ do your best. Meaning, at times us Moms can be REALLY hard on ourselves. We ‘should-a, could-a, would-a’ all over ourselves. Sometimes we just need to give ourselves a break and realize we are doing the best we can. So you ate some of little Johnny’s gold fish – big deal…move on! I know for me life would get so chaotic that I would forget to eat, it would be 2pm and I would be ravenous – there was no time for meal prep, I simply needed food. These days happen and instead of beating yourself up for not having everything perfectly organized and meals prepped, simply move on and get back on track at your very next meal.  I would keep things simple; canned tuna with an apple. Hard-boiled eggs with pre-cut veggies or even simply warming up left overs from the night’s prior dinner. For me simple was and is still always best.  One thing I found super helpful was organizing meals on paper and then creating a shopping list around these meals. When I would cook dinner I would always make extra servings so I would guarantee left overs for easy re-heats.  Go easy on yourself, no one said you had to be perfect!Being a Mom is a wonderful blessing; our children truly light up our life. Just make sure you are loving and nurturing yourself as well, so that you can be the best Mommy possible from the InsideOut!

Follow Maryalice https://www.facebook.com/insideoutwellness08 or check out her website www.insideout-wellness.net/

Merry Christmas moms!!! Hope all these tips help.

xo, Erica

Nov 17

Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

The Holidays are here and I couldn’t be more excited! Thanksgiving is next week, then Christmas shortly after. We get our Christmas tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving and with having a new baby it is going to be so much fun!

Holiday shopping can get crazy when the stores are crowded and it can be very stressful. Last year I tried to keep myself on a budget and get as much shopping done as possible in a couple trips. Since I have had baby #Adam I have loved online shopping, especially when they give me free shipping!

Aside from the crowded stores adding stress to our lives, I never know what the heck to buy people. Personally, I love exercise clothes and restaurant gift certificates. Here is a list of some healthy holiday gifts I was thinking about yesterday. If you have one to add comment below!

  • Gym membership (If you can afford)
  • Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods gift certificate
  • Exercise clothing
  • Workout headbands
  • Dumbbells (every mom needs a pair of these in the house)
  • Healthy cookbook
  • Personal training session
  • Stylish gym bag
  • Fitbit or heart rate monitor
  • Dark chocolate or high quality chocolate
  • Wine
  • Blender for protein smoothies and/or some high quality protein powder to go with
  • Coffee machine (because every mom needs at least 3 cups a day)
  • Crockpot (because who has time to cook)
  • Refillable glass water bottle (especially when breastfeeding)
  • Manicure gift certificate (because lifting our kids is is like lifting weights and I like to look good!)
  • Massage
  • Healthy magazine subscription
  • Gift certificate to Life Alive (a delicious vegetarian restaurant in Lowell, MA)
  • A nice warm sweater since we live in the freezing Artic for what feels like a million years
  • A basket full of healthy snacks and a gift certificate

Obviously, the holidays are not about presents but hopefully this list will give you some healthy ideas. I am just excited to spend the time with my family. Little Adam is going to get spoiled but how couldn’t I spoil this little guy?!?!

Adam and Santa 2014

Adam and Santa 2014

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Nov 10

Peanut butter oatmeal bars

Last week was my first week back to work from maternity leave and I will be honest my heart broke a million trillion times. I hated every second of leaving Adam with other people. As the week went on, it got a little easier but not by much. The first day my stress level was so high I couldn’t eat which is really unusual for me since usually I stress eat. And I didn’t prepare anything for lunches so I ended up eating candy and crap. This week I am prepared; I have a rice and chicken dish, some fruit and I made these wonderful peanut butter bars. They are easy peasy and you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen!

Peanut butter oatmeal bars

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey (I would do half this amount next time since I thought they were a bit too sweet or you could sub this out for sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp brewers yeast
  • Couple chocolate chips for the top

Melt peanut butter and honey on a low heat in a pan or microwave until melted. Mix everything in a bowl until blended nicely. Grease an 8×8 pyrex or whatever pan you have, you can also use parchment paper to line the pan with. Press the mixture down firmly into the pan and refrigerate for 2 hours till cold. Cut into bars and eat!

These will curb my sweet tooth and are easy to just grab as a snack. Oats, brewers yeast and flax are said to help with breastfeeding milk production, so mom’s try ‘em out and let me know if they work!

PS. Moms out there, did you pump at work? I did all last week and IMO it is the weirdest thing I have ever done, but sure I will get used to it. xo

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Oct 26

My experience so far with breastfeeding

Note: These are just my experiences. I understand that breastfeeding isn’t for everyone and that some people have reasons that don’t allow them to breastfeed. :) I am not biased at all.

Every mom asks the big question, to breast feed or not? Right off the bat I knew that I would want to try considering I am in the nutrition field. When Adam was born he was a couple weeks early and he was having trouble latching onto the breast and as a result he had low blood sugar, so we had to supplement with formula. Of course as a new mom I was terrified! I was thinking OMG he is going to starve and then when supplementing I was asking myself if I was feeding him too much. It was a crazy mind game.

We spent a week in the hospital because he had low blood sugar, jaundice and had to have phototheraphy. Even when we went home he didn’t latch great, he would just move his head ferociously not really grasping onto the nipple. Finally after crying my head off I called the lactation consultant, she said they could come out next week and that what was going on with Adam was very common for babies born a couple weeks early. Luckily, after a couple more days of schooling Adam got the hang of it and lactation didn’t even have to come over. ;) I am glad I stuck with it. The best position for us to feed is the “Football Position” it is great because he lays on a pillow right under your arm you bring his head and neck right up to the breast and stuff your whole nipple in his mouth! Don’t be afraid to get the whole nipple in there that is what you want for a great latch.

This week is my last week of maternity leave and after almost 3 months of being exclusively breastfed we have another monster to tackle! We have been trying to introduce him to the bottle so when he goes to his grandparents and daycare he can eat, but he is refusing the bottle pretty badly. He won’t even take the bottle from my husband. It is crazy, he cries and screams and just dillydallies not drinking it. He is spoiled. :)

Some things I have learned from breast feeding are to have confidence and patience. As a new mom you are faced with sooooo many things and it will make your head spin if you don’t stand confident and have patience. This may be your first child and you have never breastfed before but it is something we are born to do and it is instilled in us from millions of years of women doing it, so at least give it a shot and if it doesn’t workout for whatever reasons don’t let it eat you up and make you feel bad, at least you tried. You know your baby the best, nobody else. If he is crying feed him, change him, hug and kiss him, don’t worry about schedules or charts or some article online saying that he is going to get fat if you feed him to soon. Seriously. And as for patience, well patience is needed all times of the day for a million reasons.

Here are some more of my experiences, thoughts, and what has been working for me.

  • I love breastfeeding, it’s time well spent with my son. I couldn’t think of any other thing I would prefer to do then look in his beautiful eyes.
  • I let Adam drink as much as he wants, the baby’s body utilizes all parts of the breast milk so don’t limit them. They will generally stop themselves from feeding once your breast has emptied. Sometimes Adam just wants a sip or a snack. I always offer the other side just in case he is still hungry. He generally eats about 1-4 ounces per feeding and that usually takes about 10-20 minutes per breast every 2-3 hours.
  • I pump once a day and store milk for when I have to go back to work and send him to his grandparents and daycare :( I am sure I will be pumping at work so I can store extra otherwise my milk supply may dwindle.
  • My favorite websites for breastfeeding information are Kellymom.com and Bellybelly.com.au both these sites are filled with info on breastfeeding. I could sit there and read for hours, I am a BF info junkie!
  • Some people have told me to be careful of certain foods for example spicy foods but I have not had a problem with this yet, I have had a diet rich in all kinds of foods so far and nothing has had an impact on him.
  • I am all for breastfeeding in public, but have not come to the point where I want to engage in it. I don’t mind doing in front of certain family or friends but you will not find me at a restaurant with my boobie out. Maybe the second child?!?!
  • As I said earlier YOU KNOW YOUR BABY BEST! Do what you feel is right, don’t listen to anyone else. <3

Feel free to share your story below! I would love to hear it.

Adam and I

Adam and I

 

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Adam and #georgethebasset

Adam and #georgethebasset

 

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