Feel your best, morning noon and night!
Keeping up with kids is hugely demanding! They’re up early, up late, and wild in the middle–they keep you busy, and more often that not “mom stuff” falls by the wayside! But to run at the same high-energy, non-stop level as your kiddos, you’ve got to keep in super mom shape–and it doesn’t take much to get there.
First Thing’s First
Starting off right is essential–it may be easier to toast some Pop-Tarts, but easier doesn’t exactly mean better. You owe it to yourself to get a hearty, protein-packed, fruit-filled breakfast that’ll keep you full longer, and energized all day! We recommend oatmeal, smoothies (ginger, mango and pineapple is our favorite), eggs (an open-faced poached egg, tomato, spinach biscuit is a great choice) and plenty of water! A good (and large) breakfast is the best way to start a day.
Change It Up
Even if you know you aren’t going anywhere today, even if you’re rocking those baggy sweats and ratty tee, change. Changing your clothes can signal to your body that it’s time to get stuff done. It may seem like a little thing, but it can make a huge difference–don’t believe us? Just try it, and be amazed!
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Experts say you need to be snacking throughout the day–which is totally fine and awesome, as long as those snacks do you some good! When you reach in the fridge for snacktime, reach for healthy stuff! Apples and bananas are always good, since they’re loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, but don’t stop there! Half a turkey sandwich is always good, as is red peppers and hummus; a handful of almonds or a greek yogurt! These foods are guaranteed to keep you energized and happy between meals!
Common misconception–a naptime will energize you! That fifteen minute power nap is just what you need to perk up!
When you’re tempted to nap, go the other way–take the kids and hit the park, the jogging trail, or just circle the block! Getting outside and walking is proven to up your energy levels. How? By getting the blood pumping! Improved circulation of the heart and muscle tissue will keep you moving all day, the cardio activity will help you burn calories, and getting out into nature and fresh air always feels great!
Assemble a Dream Team
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One of the best (and easiest) ways to get some peace of mind (and time to work out and focus on mom for a while) is to assemble a support staff. When you need that hot shower, that workout, that yoga break, that solo snacktime, call in reinforcements. This could be a spouse, a family member (a mom or sister who you trust with your kiddos for a while), a reputable daycare center, a gym with childcare, or just the TV. Have ways to step away from the kids for an hour or so every day to rejuvenate you.
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You don’t need to drop big bucks on a spa trip–you can DIY high-end spa remedies right at home with just a few simple ingredients! Essential oils, scented candles, organic soaps, make-at-home sugar scrubs…they’re all perfect for creating a spa atmosphere right at home. Once or twice a month, settle into a hot bath to relax, detox and help you feel your absolute best.
Forget Fast Food
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Fast food is bad news–most people know that, but when you’re caught off guard, it might just be the easiest thing to call in a pizza or hit the nearest McDonald’s.
Instead, take time to plan out your week’s meals–it’ll ensure that you always have a meal and don’t have to settle for that fast food option. Even if that night’s recipe isn’t the healthiest, it’s still always better to cook for yourself! Cook at home as much as you possibly can–and make sure you’ve always got two or three frozen meals on the go, just in case! You’ll get healthier and feel better–guaranteed.
You can keep in Super Mom shape so easily–a few changes here and there can change everything!