Now that I’ve had baby #2, I think it’s time to focus on slowly getting my pre-baby self back along with correcting some unhealthy habits I’ve never cared to address before.
I use the word “slowly” above because with my first babe, I didn’t know how much my body would change. After I had our first and was overwhelmed and unhappy with all the change, it became a primary focus that was weighing on my mind constantly. Little did I know, that if you give your body time, it will begin to heal and many of the changes will fade or bounce back on their own. Knowing that now, I’m not as stressed about all the post-baby changes and it’s relieving. I know my body will find ways to correct most of these things on its own and am able to have a better outlook on what to do: Slowly implement simple, healthy lifestyle changes.
Instead of being so overwhelmed with the physical aspect of post baby, because I know what to expect this time around and that it’s best to let my body adjust for a few months on its own, I believe it’s important to focus on the being healthy aspect to give my post-baby self the full package and a strong foundation to bounce back on.
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily, for my weight and conditions using the Hydration Calculator.
2. Cut out sugar–all added sugar, some natural, plus unhealthy carbs in general–with help from 20 Ways to Get Sugar Out of Your Life.
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed (obviously not an option for those who aren’t new moms)
6. Take supplements (vitamins)–healthy, correctly measured, real (not artificial) supplements that my body can actually process–I use Standard Process.
7. Oil pulling–honestly just thought it was something I’d try because what people say about it interests me. Good article on it, but maybe I can have some better feedback as to how it goes.
8. Bye-bye caffeine–this one pains me the most, because coffee, I love you. What can I say though, caffeine isn’t good for you and your body can actually become addicted and start to depend on it.
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day–and by light, I mean stretching, simple yoga poses, a long walk, etc.
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices–this is a guide I want to go by for health-filled smoothies throughout the next 100 days: Green Smoothies.
(I would like to add something to the list about going to bed early/sleeping for 7-8 hours but having a newborn doesn’t allow for that!)
These are the little changes I’ll be focusing on throughout the next 100 days. After doing research and looking into a lot of the items included on my list, it’s obvious most of them would benefit anyone, in any situation, health wise. All of the things on my list are supposed to help with fatigue, skin appearance, sleep, energy, mood, weight and many chronic or underlying problems or illnesses people deal with daily, whether they know it or not.
Feel free to do some of these items with me or give me some more simple, healthy ideas to implement.
I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over and hopefully include as many items in my lifestyle after the 100 days is up as well, depending on whether I think the item was beneficial or not.