Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Guest Blog: Getting The Right Nutrition When Losing Weight

When a mum decides to lose her baby weight and shape up after the birth of her baby it is important that any weight loss is done in a healthy safe way. The demands of mother hood can leave mums' exhausted and coping with a lack of sleep and a crying baby can leave us making poor food choices and reaching for junk to give a quick energy fix but junk foods send blood sugar levels sky rocketing and will leave mums' feeling even worse.  It is important for all mums to feel healthy and energised when looking after babies to cope with the daily demands and this is especially so if embarking on a weight loss campaign so that they are not drained from a lack of calorie and nutrient intake.

The key to losing weight is a combination of in taking the right nutrients and diet and combining this with exercise.  Achieving cellular balance by eating the right nutrients will ensure that the cells in our body operate to the best of their ability - but to achieve this cellular balance we need approximately 30-40 nutrients at each meal which in this day and age can be hard to achieve.  This cellular balance is also disrupted by external factors such as stress, a lack of sleep, environmental pollutants and medication that we take and when we have this cellular unbalance it can lead to weight gain, the inability to lose weight, a poor immune system, poor digestion and a sluggish immune system.

So how do we achieve this cellular balance? At each meal you should try and include as many different nutrients as possible and where you can buy organic we recommend you do as a lot of non organic food is lacking in minerals (due to the soil it is grown in) and have also been treated with pesticides. You should aim to have lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, legumes and lots of filtered water.  If you can't always eat a nutrient packed breakfast, lunch and dinner then you can consider a nutritional supplement that can make up any deficiencies you have and a good suggestion is to have a smoothie for breakfast which has a nutritional supplement in and a good recipe for a breakfast smoothie is:

·      1/4 cup of blueberries
·      1/4 cup of raspberries
·      1 tablespoon of oats
·      1 teaspoon of Chai seeds
·      250 low fat milk (use dairy, rice or soy milk but opt for non genetically modified varieties if you are using rice or soy milk)

Once you nourish your body with good nutrition your body will start to work better naturally and weight loss will be a by-product of this and if you combine this approach with daily exercise then your weight loss will be steady, healthy and effective

Thank you to Rhian (who is also a finalist in the AusMumpreneur Awards - congrats Rhian) from www.losebabyweight.com.au for writing this great article on the importance of getting the right nutrition to aid your weight loss.

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