Being a mom is hard work! From waking up in the middle of the night to breastfeed to picking the kids up from school, us moms have busy schedules and that means we’re often exhausted!
So when it comes to looking after your own health and fitness, it’s totally normal to feel stressed and not know where to start.
I can relate!
Hi! I’m Rhian Allen and I was pregnant with my first baby when I discovered there was no holistic national support system to help moms shape up and get healthy after having a baby. That’s why I created The Healthy Mommy in 2010!
There are some ways to make healthy eating and exercise less overwhelming, and you don’t have to spend hours sweating at the gym, and we at The Healthy Mommy TOTALLY get that! Here are some handy tips to help you out…
1. Don’t compare yourself to others
It’s so easy to look at other moms (especially celebrity moms on social media) and think “They make it look so easy!” The truth is that everyone is different with different schedules, budgets, and responsibilities so there is no point in feeling guilty or jealous of someone else. The best thing to do is to figure out what works best for you and your family and go from there. You know yourself best!
2. Multi-task with exercise
Exercise doesn’t mean just running on a treadmill for an hour! If you have a busy day ahead of you and don’t have time to hit the gym, there are plenty of ways to sneak in a little exercise. Do some squats while hanging out the laundry, dance around the kitchen while you’re cleaning or even try doing some bicep curls with your grocery bags!
3. Cook in bulk and save the rest for the week
It may sound like a lot all at once, but by spending a few hours in the kitchen and meal prepping for the next few days, you will save a lot of time and effort later on in the week. So when it’s the middle of the week and you’re feeling tired and unmotivated to cook, you just have to grab something out of the freezer and dinner is almost ready!
4. Use what you have in the kitchen
Save money and time by going through your pantry, freezer, and fridge to see which ingredients you already have. Leftover veggies? Whip up a quick stir fry or roast them up with some pasta for an easy hearty dinner! You can customize your meal plan and swap ingredients and meals on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app.
5. Go vegetarian for a few nights to save money
Meat is one of the more expensive ingredients so next time you’re at the supermarket, opt for the cheaper cuts or simply go vegetarian. Eggs, nuts, legumes, and tofu are some great replacements for meat that won’t break your bank either! My family love this Lentil Shepherd’s Pie.
6. Buy what’s on sale
Plan your meals around what is in season or on sale. If a breakfast recipe calls for berries but they aren’t in your budget, go for the frozen options or swap them for a fruit that is on special, it will still taste delicious!
7. Surround yourself with support
Positivity and support are SO important when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. If your family and friends aren’t giving you much, our free Healthy Mommy Private Support Group is full of likeminded moms who are there 24/7 to give you support and encouragement on your health and weight loss journey.
8. Include the kids in your workout
Kids LOVE being active and moving their bodies, so next time you go to the park, don’t sit on the sidelines but get involved! Play a game of soccer, take a bike ride or play a game of tag. They will LOVE it, especially as kids love copying their parents!
9. Exercise when the kids are asleep
Sometimes though, us moms need a bit of “me time.” Once the kids have gone to bed, take that time to focus on yourself and squeeze in a workout of your choice. That way there will be no interruptions!
10. Repeat meals
When you’ve figured out which healthy meals are your family’s favorites, cook up extra big batches of them to eat throughout the week. For instance, if your family are big Bolognese fans, enjoy it with pasta one day, veggies the next or even on toast! Get your free meal prep recipe pack here
The Healthy Mommy provides everything you need to succeed: recipes, budget-friendly meal planning tips, shopping lists to make grocery shopping easier, and loads of support to keep you motivated and on track and the GREAT news is that it WORKS – moms have lost over 6 million pounds on the Healthy Mommy and all in a safe, sustainable and HEALTHY way.
See you on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!
Are you ready to become a Healthy Mommy?
Our Challenge is designed by moms FOR MOMS – to help them reach their goal weight and tackle their health and fitness.
The Challenge is home to customizable meal plans, 24/7 social support and realistic exercises moms can do AT HOME.
To find out more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click here.