Being a new parent can bring a roller coaster of emotions. At times, finding calm among the chaos is challenging. You may feel completely disconnected from your old life -- yearning to reconnect and find a small piece of the old you. If you’ve felt this way, you are not alone! Parenthood is a new journey that encompasses the old and the new you. You don’t have to say goodbye to the old you; instead, to maintain your identity the key is to incorporate the old you as a new rhythm.
Everyone deals with stress. For some people, it’s daily – people with anxiety, depression, or high-stress lives. For others it can come occasionally with life changes or random stressful situations. Whether we realize it or not, we cope with stress in some way or another. Many times we choose unhealthy coping mechanisms such as eating, drinking, smoking, or zoning out on our television or phone. Stress is one of the main road blocks to a healthy lifestyle. When we’re working hard to lose weight, exercise, eat healthier, and reduce our blood pressure, stress will pop up and be one of the first things to derail us. In order to take control of stress before it derails you, the first step is to realize when you have stress, and the second step is to choose a healthy coping mechanism.
It takes a lot of energy to raise a toddler! They are always on the move, learning, very curious,and need a lot of redirection and soothing. Being a mom is challenging, so it is essential to find ways to unwind, manage stress, and re-charge. Juggling work, kids, and other obligations can take its toll. Self-care is integral to prevent exhaustion and burn-out. Keeping all those balls in the air is demanding and leaves very little time for moms to rest, relax, and have downtime. Here are a few tips to try to set aside a few minutes each day for you.
A new baby is an exciting and busy time in life – the beauty and thrill of bonding love, first smiles, first laughs, and nurturing care. Exciting at first, new parents soon learn how challenging the first year can be. Sleepless nights, countless diaper changes, and an endless feeding schedule can be exhausting and overwhelming.Whether you have one or more very small children, it’s usually hard on a relationship. The transition from a couple to a family is a big transition. Who has time for date night? Nevertheless, the family dynamic will be stronger and long-lasting if couples make an effort to communicate and stay lovingly connected.
Do you ever feel like you’re constantly feeding your toddler and somehow never have time to eat yourself? Or you end up eating food you prepared for the kids, but they didn't eat it? Why not make something you would enjoy, whether they eat it or not. Try one of these easy toddler-approved snacks that are great for adults too!
During pregnancy, exercise is a great way to reduce back pain, prevent gestational diabetes, increase energy, improve your mood, help you sleep better, and improve your ability to cope with labor. Whether you’re pregnant for the first time, or looking for new inspiration in your subsequent pregnancies, we’ve put together our coach’s favorite resources for fitness inspiration to help power you through your pregnancy!
Sometimes in the midst of transitioning to your role as a new mom, you can feel like you’re losing your pre-baby identity.
After having my son, I fell into a cooking funk, even as a dietitian! I had the tools, but the motivation and desire had diminished. In addition, I live in a rural setting, which makes grocery shopping even more daunting. Hoping to spark my cooking interest again, I decided to try a couple of different home delivery meal kits.
Most women are given the green light to exercise at their six week post-partum checkup. What most new moms don’t realize, is that it’s not okay to jump back into their pre-pregnancy fitness routine.
When you’re a mom, one of the biggest challenges is lack of time. When you don’t have time for the things you have to do, often the last thing you’re going to make time for is exercise. But the benefits of even small amounts of exercise can help in every aspect of your life. Sometimes just re-framing your mindset about how and when you can fit in exercise can help you realize it is possible to squeeze it in, and enjoy the benefits it provides.
Pregnancy is a funny thing; one minute you are craving chocolate ice cream, the next minute you can’t stand the smell of it. This is true especially during the first trimester where multiple episodes of fatigue, heartburn, nausea, food aversions, and cravings can occur. Many women in their first trimester experience morning sickness, which can make it significantly more difficult to eat. Although there is no simple answer to combat this, there are a few strategies that may help alleviate symptoms.