Everyday that I see photos of people on healthy dieting, going to the gym, doing yoga, and the like, I also get inspired to slow down on my diet, watch my weight, and slim down. Let just say that this a bit of hype started after I gave birth to my baby daughter a year ago. Actually, I wanted to bounce back to my old size, not right away, but at least, surely. So here I go again, trying to apply whatever I learned from a very informative diet seminar I attended 5 years ago, eating in moderation, spreading meals for a faster metabolism, less fat, less sugar, and exercise. Below are the 5 specific steps that I follow in order to achieve a slimmer and healthier post-pregnancy body.
1. Eat Right. Go on a strict diet but don't deprive yourself. Being a fish and vegetable person, for as long as I can remember, I ate mostly seafood and fresh greens and had minimal consumption of meat esp. pork. I always try to eat everything in moderation with an exception of leafy vegetables which I take without limits. Avoid too much oil, salt, and sweets. They are the ones that can make you weak and sick.
2. Hydrate. Always drink liquids and my most favorite is pure water. As much as possible, I stay away from soda or carbonated drinks. I also choose freshly-squeezed 100% juice over sugar-packed powdered juices. Better yet, take infused water instead of diet soda or concentrated juice for that matter.
3. Exercise. Be on the move. Practice brisk walking instead of the usual walk in the park mode. In the morning, I follow a routine exercise that targets the extra flab in my stomach. I sometimes do the same set of exercise before bedtime. I used to go to the gym, but I felt dizzy and weak so I am avoiding any strenuous workout for now and while I'm still breastfeeding my little one. Ask Google for a scientific explanation for this one, if you are curious.
4. Sleep Well. Get that 8 hours of sleep everyday. If you can't do an 8 hour, take some power naps. As a breastfeeding mom, this is one of my current issues; something that I have been longing to achieve. I rarely take a complete long sleep during weekdays as well as weekends. My baby randomly wakes up and plays in the middle of the night. She also wakes up between 5AM to 6AM most of the time. It is a bit of a challenge, that's why that moment I feel like my eyes are too heavy to handle, I would stop whatever I'm doing, ask my helper to babysit, then I take my morning or afternoon nap. After an hour or two passed, I would wake up feeling way better and energized.
5. Take Vitamins. I consider this important because no matter how much we eat, I think we can never have a perfect supply of vitamins and nutrient in our body. In my case, I hate taking pills. I don't take them unless I really need it or my doctor recommends it. These days, I take multivitamins to have a strong resistance against sickness, malunggay capsule in order to maintain a good supply of breastmilk, and lastly, I take a dose of Myra Vitamin E to help boost my skin from within.