Having my daughter is one of the most wonderful things that have ever happened to me. Another would be meeting and falling in love with my amazing boyfriend, Edward. But, losing the baby weight has been a little challenging for me, especially since I have to joggle baby and work. And I can tell it is going to be one of the hardest things I have done. I mean, I had always been an active person—I was an avid jogger for over eight years; I jogged five to six days a week / 4-6 miles on most days. Recently as a couple of years ago, I started practicing yoga—bikram yoga. I quickly because addicted to it even attending classes five days per week. I became so good that I considered myself a yogi. So when I found out I was pregnant, I was sure I would continue to practice yoga. Unfortunately though, I had a difficult pregnancy and was not able to continue my regular workout routine and let’s face it practicing yoga in over a 100-degree room is not the safest thing for a growing fetus.
Fast forward to four months after post-partum, I have been looking for ways to lose the baby weight. So I’ve been reading a lot about healthy foods—eating this and not that can be all too confusing. I have virtually cut out carbs and have mostly been eating whole grains, high protein, and high fiber foods. So here are some tips I have picked up along the way…
- Good, heart-healthy fats like those found in olive oil, salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and it helps increase your HDL cholesterol, which is good for your heart.
- Whole grain—research show that women who eat at least 30 grams of fiber daily are half as likely to develop breast cancer. And it’s simple to incorporate fiber into your diet. For me, I eat a cup of Fiber One cereal for breakfast (Honey Clusters flavor is my favorite). I never used to measure my cereal, and since I want to reduce my sugar intake, I have started measuring my cereal.
- Greek yogurt—I eat at least a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with almonds and grapes for dessert. Greek yogurt contains zero fat, no cholesterol and is packed with tons of probiotics that helps your digestive system. My favorite brand is Chobani Yogurt, which you can find in most grocery stores and they come in different flavors too.
- Red Bell Peppers—red bell peppers are high in vitamins A, C, K among others including significant amounts of B6, fiber, and antioxidants that help give you a youthful glow
- Nuts—I love raw nuts; almonds and pecans are my favorites. According to organicfacts.com, “the health benefits of almonds include getting relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, cough, hearth disorders, anemia, impotency, and diabetes. It also helps in hair care, skin care (psoriasis), and dental care.” Almond is a great energy-boosting nut that is also help you lose weight by helping to curb hunger and it’s packed with tons of folic acid that is healthy for you and baby.
I am hoping that incorporating these healthy foods and others into my diet and a regular workout routine will help jump-start my weight loss so be sure to check-in often for progress reports. Now you tell me, what are some of your healthy foods and tips?
- Healthy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing (blogher.com)