Weight Loss For SuperMom

I am a mother of 1-year-old, super active and naughty baby. My child slept after 42 hours of his landing on earth, jet lag you see. Trust me the sleepless night is tiring and ends up spoiling your next day too. I couldn’t wake up early for my workout, even though I eat healthy, without workout it’s all in vain. With bumpy pregnancy and emergency C-section delivery, it was difficult to recover soon. I knew my child needs me more, my pre-pregnancy body can wait. My body is my trophy, I have loose skin, stretch marks but those are my tiger stripes! I’m proud of it; I’m getting over the extra budges but I’m taking it slow and I advise all the new mommies to do the same. It’s never too late to start your weight loss regime. I took it slow and easy, with no maids or nanny to help, all the work was done by me (I believe every mother is super mom). I’m going to share few secrets for working women and mother like me who can lose weight with the little munchkin around.

REMEMBER YOU DID NOT GAIN OVERNIGHT SO DO NOT EXPECT TO LOSE IT OVERNIGHT.

Here is how I lost 10 kgs by just putting in simple changes in my lifestyle with super active baby

  •  Walk and talk, I always prefer walking while talking on the phone

  •  Try simple planks

  •  Try to do push up with the baby on the back ( fun for baby, workout for you )

  •  Try crunches with the baby on tummy ( if baby allows )

  •  Drop all baby toys and bend and pick up each toy and put in the toy box ( a form   of squats )

  •  Take baby to park, engage him with toys and take a quick run or walk

  •  Take baby to park and take a walk

  •  Dance with the baby ( I do it 30 minutes everyday )

  •  Do deep breathing/ pranayama ( believe me your baby will do it too as mine   does it, they try to copy you )

  •  Do Surya Namaskar ( start from 5, gradually increase it )

  •  Do spot jogging

  •  Walk 30 min if not in a park than at home

  •  Do not sit immediately after meals

  •  Do not take escalators, take steps

  •  Try walking half-way to your workplace ( for working mothers )

  •  Learn the difference between hunger and boredom eating

  •  Choose wisely, do not give-up your cravings

  •  Eat healthy, fresh and homemade food

  •  No cheat days( except birthdays and anniversary )

  •  Do not over stress, stress can lead to weight gain

  •  No oily junk, opt for healthy, grilled, no oil, no cheese, no butter snacks

  •  Start your day with a nutritious breakfast like oats with yogurt, fruits, nuts and   seeds or a pancake or a plate of poha or upma, for working mothers a bowl of   fruits and oats or Muesli with fruits is a quick pick up

  •  Try to balance out meals

  •  Remember you are what you eat

  •  Let’s be realistic and set realistic goals, do not set a goal of losing 10 kg a month   or 2 sizes smaller in a week, set practical goals, have patience. Remember slow   and steady wins the race; do not get fooled by the success stories of celebrities   and influencers, none of them did it overnight, you will never know the true story   of their weight loss success, so better take motivation and set your own goals.

  •  Create your own Secret Mantra ( or take it from me ). Write it on your wall and   read it everyday –   “BELIEVE IN YOURSELF “

I am here to help you, mommies. STAY CONNECTED, STAY HEALTHY

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Summer care for moms

Every year summer creeps up and gets me unprepared do these thoughts come to your mind too? YES! WORRY NOT! I am here to get you summer ready!! After experiencing temperatures of up to 41 Degrees this month it’s high time you consider summer heat seriously and get yourself prepared.
You know summer’s the perfect time to switch to flip-flops, but did you know it’s also the right time to change your diet too? Being outdoors or indoor sweating has to happen in summer, due to which health problems such as dehydration, skin sensitivities, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, a headache can happen. The simple way to get rid and fight the heat is by Eating local, in-season fruits. Their nutrients are at their peak in the summer. So let get the most of the season.

Some useful tips you can follow to beat the summer heat:

• Water is the best option to quench thirst and keep you hydrated.

• Avoid caffeinated or carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, and those high in sugar drinks.

• Drink lemon juice, coconut water, and thin buttermilk, to replenish the fluids that are lost in sweat.

• Do not drink very chilled liquids; they do not really help cool you down in summers, though they make you cool for some time. Drinking really cold liquids when feeling hot may lead to a slight constriction of the blood vessels in the skin and decrease heat loss, which is not advisable when trying to cool down.

• Watermelon has leukopin which acts as an antioxidant. It will keep you fresh and stress-free. It maintains water and fluid content of the body. Make a drink with watermelon, lime, and salt for a refreshing break, best for tea time hunger.

• For summers, the key to keep cool is to eat light. This helps your heart and the digestive system remains healthy and functions well.

• Rub skin of fruits on your skin

• Rub a piece of Aloe Vera on tanned skin

• My summer skin secret- ALOE VERA CUBES – All you need is aloe Vera gel, an ice tray, and a freezer. If you prefer it even fresher, you can peel and squeeze it straight from the plant. You’ll be surprised how good the frozen gel feels on your skin! Can be used for hair as well.

• Apply a mixture of honey and lemon juice in equal amounts on the face and leave it for 20 minutes. It is a very effective and simple remedy for tan removal.

• Cucumber juice will also help to reduce the effect of harsh sun rays. It also helps in removing pimples, blackheads and other stains of the skin and makes the skin soft.

• A paste made out of gram flour, milk and a few drops of lime juice should be applied on the face… Leave it for 30 minutes before washing.

• Orange juice helps in giving a smooth and soft skin.

• Summers cause a build-up of sweat on the scalp, leading to irritation.

• Sweat attracts pollution and dust, which builds up in your hair. You need to clean it off regularly with a deep cleaning shampoo and summers are the time you go for swims, and the chlorine present in the pool penetrates your hair strands, which makes them brittle and dry.

• To break down the build-up and clear up the chlorine, you need a clarifying shampoo.

• I prefer to stay indoors from 12 pm to 4 pm and at other times use a scarf/umbrella and wear sun shades.

• My summer special soup – Take fresh cucumber, carrot, lettuce, mint and spinach blend and blend and we are ready! Best when served with a dash of fresh lime and garnished with cilantro or parsley.

• Grilled veggies – It is an ideal plate for the meals for all seasons.The dish can include asparagus, brinjal, carrots, cauliflower, beans, tomatoes, peppers, paneer and other fresh vegetables. The dish is semi cooked with minimum spices and so super light to digest in summer, I love it with lime and pepper and Italian seasoning along with fresh fruit juice or lime juice.

• My personal favorite colorful berries including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries, it contains antioxidants that help in preventing the damage of cells bust summer fillers. Be it juices or topped with overnight oats it’s always refreshing.

• My summer parfait made with layers of yogurt, Chia seeds/basil seeds, seasonal fruits and berries and seasoning with nuts or chocolate chips.

• Tamarind juice with salt sugar and black pepper and lemon juice with salt and sugar should be taken regularly to avoid the symptoms of heat stroke.

• I include lots of fresh yogurt in form of lassi made with basil seeds and gulkand or plain curd with rice or buttermilk.

Please read my next article in which I will be sharing few secret summer recipes!

HAPPY READING:)
You can also read this article on https://allaboutkiids.com/health/fitness/summer-care-for-moms/

MOM SPECIAL- DETOX AND RESHAPE

Once you’ve had that first taste of motherhood, you know how much energy you need! And keeping your fitness levels up post pregnancy can seem like a daunting task with baby care and countless chores on your to-do list. But don’t make the mistake of neglecting your health and fitness. A detox diet can help you stay on the good health track. Read on to find out more about detox to get in shape.

What Does The Word Detox Mean?
Detox is a process we take on in order to make lifestyle changes to clear our body of toxins. These lifestyle changes typically involve abstaining from certain harmful things and optimizing body processes. Now comes the question what are toxins and how do we have them in our body?

Toxins can be anything that can harm your body – food, water, air, even your clothes. Detoxification is the best way to remove the toxins from your body.

How Do Toxins Affect Your Body?
There are numerous ways in which toxins can affect your body and as they build up they can interfere with absorption of natural vitamins and minerals, can kill the good bacteria, resulting in health issues.

How Do Antioxidants Benefit You?
Antioxidants: keep hearing this word? You know they’re good for you, but not exactly sure what they do? Here’s how your body benefits from antioxidants.

Antioxidants are known to prevent heart diseases, cancer and a ton of other health issues
Commonly found in fresh fruit, vegetables, even dark chocolate, antioxidants keep your body healthy by preventing the oxidation of harmful molecules
So read on for some great health drinks and smoothies packed with antioxidants and other healthy ingredients!

Easy Detox Recipes To Get In Shape
Here are some easy and yummy detox recipes to get in shape and stay fit and fine as well.

Matcha Magic Detox Smoothie
Ingredients To Prepare Matcha Magic Detox Smoothie
Some spinach leaves
1 apple (green or red) cut into slices
2 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp grated ginger
1 tsp matcha tea
2 tbsp. walnuts
water and ice as required
Method For Preparing Matcha Magic Detox Smoothie
Blend all the ingredients together for a minute, and enjoy!
Matcha is rich in amino acid L-Theanine, which has a calming effect on your mind
Matcha is a Japanese tea rich in antioxidants, and can be bought online or in big general stores
Matcha also has serotonin, and is good for keeping depression at bay
Walnuts are great for healthy skin and hair, as they are loaded with Vitamin E
Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties
Morning Sunshine Detox Smoothie
The Morning Sunshine Detox Smoothie is loaded with ingredients that will not only kill toxins but will also give you loads of energy through the day.

Ingredients For Morning Sunshine Detox Smoothie
1 cup of orange juice (preferably organic juice)
1 tsp. haldi powder
A scoop of vanilla flavored Protein Powder
1 cup of water (as cold as you like your smoothie to be!)
Method For Preparing Morning Sunshine Detox Smoothie
Use a blender to mix all the ingredients, and your Morning Sunshine Detox Smoothie is ready!
Note: This smoothie is a wholesome breakfast in a glass! You can use this smoothie as meal replacement as it provides enough protein and carbohydrates. This way, you can have a balanced meal before heading out the door.

Violet Burst – A Berry Detox Smoothie
Berries are your best friends for the antioxidant and fiber content. This berry smoothie is extremely easy to make, and is delicious, too!
Ingredients For Violet Burst Smoothie
Use any berries you have at home – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries!
100 ml coconut milk
Water depending on the consistency you like
1 tsp. of oats
Method For Preparing Berry Smoothie Detox Drink
Blend all the ingredients in a blender and voila!
Your Violet Burst smoothie is ready!
Note: This smoothie has a high antioxidant and fiber content from all the berries, and healthy fat from the coconut milk.

Try out these detox smoothies for a healthy way to get into shape. Remember that fitness isn’t about extreme diets. Follow a healthy lifestyle, remain stress-free and laugh a lot! We wish you a very happy and healthy motherhood!

CONSTIPATION POST PREGNANCY

Constipation post pregnancy or postpartum constipation is one of the common problems that may affect you after you have delivered your baby. Though there is no one particular reason for postpartum constipation, the obvious ones could be

1. Consumption of iron pills during pregnancy

2. System drugs like diamorphine (given to ease the labour pains)

3. Caesarean delivery among others.

But with these few changes in your diet and lifestyle you can have easy bowel movements

1. Stay hydrated: Drink at least 12-15 glasses of water every day to keep your body hydrated & improve your bowel movement. Water is natural flusher so keep that bottle of water handy and keep drinking from it time to time.

2. High fibre diet: Fibres help in easing the bowel movements so avoid processed food and go for natural food like fruits, salads and boiled vegetables to ease the postpartum constipation.

3. Nuts and Dry fruits: Nuts and dry fruits are a rich source of fibre and have the tendency to ease the bowel system so include them into your diet as:
-Include 2 dates with 1 glass warm for bed time.
-4-5 black raisins soaked in water for 5-6 hours or soak them overnight & have it in the morning empty stomach.
-Two slices of papaya with 1 glass warm water at bed time.
-Half tbsp. flax seeds powder with 2 tbsp curd [consume on any three days of a week]
2nd week 1 tbsp flax seeds powder with 2tbsp curd [on any 3 days of the week]
3rd week 1 tbsp flax seeds powder with 2 tbsp curd on any 2 days of the week at bed time.
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VALENTINE SPECIAL

Valentine’s day doesnt mean celebration with boyfriend or girlfriend , hubby or wify its a seadon of love , its my first Valentine’s Day with my son , I have planned super healthy day not only for myself but both my valentine my son vivaan and my hubby .

Let me share few ideas and tips for ull to gift loved one gift of health.

* FRUIT HEART ( SOUNDS LIKE SWEETHEART ❤)

– Cut in sweet little heart shapes.

– Fruits like kiwi , pineapple , apple , watermelon, muskmelon etc .

-U can use small heart cookie cutter for this.

– Skew the fruit which is cut in heart shape .

– Prepate a dip –

*Plain curd

*Yoghurt

*Creèm cheese

*Fresh cream

*Custard

* My personal favourite melted chocolate either white / dark or simply mixing milk and dark works good .

From Dietitian Foram’s desk :

How about adding:

*Paneer or a tofu.

*Make a nice platter with raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, grapes etc .

*For kids add marshmallows .

NUTRITIOUS PORRIDGE FOR NEW MOMMIES

NUTRITIOUS PORRIDGE FOR NEW MOMMIES

Ingredients:
Rajgira flour (amaranth flour) – 1 tbsp

Kuttu flour (buckwheat flour) – 1 tbsp

Ragi flour (finger millet flour) – 1 tbsp

Jaggery, grated – 1/4 cup

Ghee (clarified butter) – 2 tsp

Ajwain (bishop’s weed) – 1/2 tsp

Dry ginger powder – 1/4 tsp

Black pepper powder – 1/8 tsp

Water – 2 cups

Milk – 1 cup

Salt – 1 pinch
Instructions:
In a saucepan mix together all the flours.

Add water, grated jaggery, salt and mix well without any lumps using a balloon whisk or with your finger tips.

Place the saucepan on the stove and cook over medium flame till comes to a boil.

Simmer the flame completely and cook for 5 to 7 mins stirring continuously till the porridge thickens considerably.Heat a pan, add ghee and let it melt over low flame.

Switch off the stove.Immediately add ajwain, black pepper powder, ginger powder and roast for few seconds in the heat of the ghee itself.

Pour this tempering over the simmering porridge and mix well. Take the pan off stove.Add milk and mix well.

Porridge is ready.Serve hot or warm.

BEST FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS

Try it and enjoy

PEANUT BUTTER BRICK

For toddler and adults

Peanut butter brick
This recipe also has a powerhouse ingredient…you know what …yes

Channa! You can’t taste them, but its in there…

Ingredients:

– 1 cup cooked Channa(chick peas)

– 1/2 cup peanut butter

– 1 large banana

– 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

– Pinch of salt

– 1 tbsp coconut oil

– 2 tbsp honey/maple syrup/pancake syrup

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients and blender until completely smooth.

2. Scoop into a air thight I prefer steel over plastic container

3. Freeze until firm.

4.As coconut,has melting
nature its best stored in the freezer.

From dietitian Foram desk:
You can top it up with dark chocolate sauce or chocochips and nuts

Milk and Jaggery

Age group 1year +
Milk and jaggery individually have many health benefits for the body and when combined becomes super drink .

Let’s see the benefits of drinking milk with jaggery :

*Have it at night before bed and it helps destress and you get sound sleep .

* Like milk, jaggery also helps in nourishing your bones and muscles. It is suggested that consuming milk with jaggery reduces joint pains and bone problems.

*Improves digestion , best home remedie for problems like indigestion, constipation, intestinal worms etc. as it regulates your digestive system and bowel movement.

*Many of the ladies suffer with stomach pain during and before period, taking 1 tsp of jaggery daily can releive the premenstrual symptoms and pains.

*Reduce pregnancy anemia-A glass of milk with jaggery helps pregnant women to fight against anemia

*It gives you ravishing skin and hair, Both the jaggery and milk plays a pivotal role in the beauty of skin and smooth hair.If this combination is included in the diet, you can get a glowing, fresh skin as well as smooth healthy hair..

OATS COCO DELIGHT

Oats , as soon as u read oats only thing that comes to your mind is porridge, or over nite oats jar etc . I have come up with oats coco delight.

OATS COCO DELIGHT:

Ingredients:

– ½ cup oats

– 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

– 1 Tbsp peanut butter

– 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

– 5-6 spoon Choco chips

– Honey to taste

– Topping- chocolate syrub, nuts and berries

How to make ?

Once your oats are cooked, simply stir in the remaining ingredients and top it up with lots of chocolates chips nuts and berries.
From dietitian Foram desk:
Add fruits and seeds to make it little more healthier.

HEALTHY BITE

Ingredients

1/4 cup flax seeds, roasted

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup almonds, powdered

1/3 cup gur (jaggery), grated

2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)

Method:

*In non-stick pan, add the sesame seeds, flax seeds and almonds and roast over a slow flame till they turn light golden in colour.

*Remove and keep aside to cool.

*Heat the ghee in the same pan, add the jaggery and simmer over a slow flame while stirring continuously, till the jaggery melts and caramelizes and forms a hard ball when you add a drop in a bowlful of cold water.

*Remove from the flame

*Add the roasted mix and stir thoroughly.

*When slightly cool, roll in round balls or ♡ shape .

From dietitian Foram desk:

▪Make it more crunchy by adding walnuts and peanuts and pumpkin seeds.

▪ To make it chewy add raisin, berries and chocolates chips or prunes