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Eat well, be well...
Disappointed with only a 200gram loss at the last weigh in, this week has been all about nutrition, as I'm sure it is snacks (and willpower!) that are letting me down.
I've never paid much attention to nutrition previously... I'd eat well, enjoy my food, and not really worried myself with the details.
But now I'm trying to shed some weight, it seems I really need to put more effort into a healthy balance and eating right.
Not knowing where to start, I got some tips from the nutritionists behind the Healthy Mummy range:
1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
I'm the sort that can't get out of bed without eating a full breakfast so I've swapped my cereal for a vanilla Healthy Mummy smoothie with banana and frozen berries. So far so good!
2. Don't starve yourself – if you are hungry have a piece of fruit or a cup of green tea
As I get truly cranky if I'm hungry, I've found this one a great comfort. Previously I would usually snack on chips and biscuits so the snack list in the Pink Bible has been invaluable.
Snacks such as sardines on wholegrain toast, carrot sticks with hummous, crispbreads with philadelphia cheese are all making an appearance in my renewed shopping list.
The recipe section on the website has also been a lifesaver, as I'm always struggling for healthy ideas for lunches and dinners.
3. Treat yourself – we all crave comfort food or sweets at some point so give yourself a weekly treat of dark chocolate
Absolutely, and the dark chocolates in the Healthy Mummy range are yum!
4. Healthy doesn't always mean low calories – make sure you look on the back of packs to see exactly what the nutritional value is
To be honest, I've never looked at the back of the packets before now. There is all sorts of useful information on there! Now, as well as the calorie count, I look for higher protein, low fat and low sodium.
5. Fish Oil is an essential – make sure you are taking a 1000mg dosage each morning
I also had no idea about this, but it apparently has a heap of benefits such as:
May assist the symptomatic relief and management of rheumatism.
May assist in the management and relief of symptoms of eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.
Supports & maintains the health of the cardiovascular system.
May assist in the maintenance of cholesterol with the normal range in healthy individuals and improve the LDL:HDL ratio.
Helps to maintain healthy cognitive function and promotes healthy mood.
Supports the health & function of the nervous system.
I've got to say, I'm feeling a lot better and a lot wiser about what and how I eat, so hopefully we'll see a better result next week!
I'm also really hoping that the changes I'm making to my diet will start to flow down to the family... maybe soon we might finally find a way to break the chicken nugget addiction of Mr4!
There are stacks more nutrition tips and recipes on www.losebabyweight.com.au