Hyack Your Health: 4 tips for a mom nutrition makeover

As we get into the swing of things in 2010, it's time to start following through on those resolutions! To help you out a little, we'll be running a series of posts with advice from local folks on how to help keep common resolutions. Let's start by helping those who rang in the New Year with a baby in tow! Here are four nutrition tips to help lose that baby weight from Caroline Neitzel of Thank You Mommy Wellness.

Resolving to lose the baby weight in 2010? Here are some tips to help. Plus, get 10% off classes at Thank You Mommy Wellness if you mention Tenth to the Fraser!
Resolving to lose the baby weight in 2010? Here are some tips to help. Plus, get 10% off classes at Thank You Mommy Wellness if you mention Tenth to the Fraser!

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As we get into the swing of things in 2010, it’s time to start following through on those resolutions! To help you out a little, we’ll be running a series of posts with advice from local folks on how to help keep common resolutions.

Let’s start by helping those who rang in the New Year with a baby in tow! Here are four nutrition tips to help lose that baby weight from Caroline Neitzel of Thank You Mommy Wellness (428 Columbia St.), which offers mom-and-baby exercise classes for moms of newborns and toddlers, as well as prenatal fitness classes. Your first class is free, plus Caroline is offering 10% off for our readers – just mention the coupon code “10thfraser.”

Says Caroline, “Your baby will never remember a messy house but they will remember the love you give them. And you can only love them to your best ability if you’re at your best ability – meaning eating healthy food and engaging in regular exercise.”

NUTRITION TIP #1: Keep your fruit where you can see it
Wash your fruit and place it in a bowl on the counter or the table, where it is easily accessible. To prevent taking in unnecessary calories and to ensure you are getting the best nutrients for your body, have fruit ready to go so you can just grab a piece as you’re running by to console or feed your baby

NUTRITION TIP #2: Your freezer is your friend
Choose one day a week and devote a couple hours to cooking some healthy meals and freezing them. Or, if you have the option, ask your mom to cook these meals for you. :O)

Some ideas include:

  • lentil soup
  • bean soup
  • vegetable soup
  • stew
  • spaghetti sauce

These meals are filled with nutrients and are easy to take out of the freezer in the morning and heat up during the day.

NUTRITION TIP #3: Graze well
If you’re a nibbler, keep healthy snacks around such as nuts, raisins, and other dried fruits. Again, keep them handy. At the start of the day, place the portion you would like to stay within during the day in a little bowl on the counter or table so you can graze as you run past.

NUTRITION TIP #4: Hydrate!
Keep yourself hydrated: drink lots of water. Drink more water than you ever thought you would, and then drink some more and that should be sufficient! Have a 1.5 liter water bottle full each morning, and make a commitment to drink at least the whole thing throughout the day. People often mistake dehydration for hunger pangs

These tips will help you stay energized throughout the day so you are always giving your best to your baby, and they will also help you avoid overindulging at meal times, taking in unnecessary calories.

Thank You Mommy Wellness Center provides prenatal yoga and mom and baby/tot fitness classes in New Westminster and Coquitlam.  These classes educate women on what exercises are safe and effective throughout the mom’s pregnancy, during her recovery period just after giving birth and for many years into motherhood, while focusing on establishing and growing an essential and loving bond between mom and baby.
Being a new mom herself and having been involved in the fitness industry for 14 years as a personal trainer, kinesiologist, yoga instructor and as a fitness fanatic, the owner brings a wealth of knowledge, personal experience and an intense passion to the services she provides.  The owner’s passion for the industry keeps her classes fresh, innovative, fun and filled with enthusiasm!
To redeem a 10% discount, please mention coupon code: 10thfraser.
Call now to book your free introductory class!
Caroline Neitzel, Owner
604-831-2080
www.ThankYouMommyWellness.com

Thank You Mommy Wellness Center provides prenatal yoga and mom and baby/tot fitness classes in New Westminster and Coquitlam.  These classes educate women on what exercises are safe and effective throughout the mom’s pregnancy, during her recovery period just after giving birth and for many years into motherhood, while focusing on establishing and growing an essential and loving bond between mom and baby.

Being a new mom herself and having been involved in the fitness industry for 14 years as a personal trainer, kinesiologist, yoga instructor and as a fitness fanatic, the owner brings a wealth of knowledge, personal experience and an intense passion to the services she provides.  The owner’s passion for the industry keeps her classes fresh, innovative, fun and filled with enthusiasm!

To redeem a 10% discount, please mention coupon code: 10thfraser.

Call now to book your free introductory class!

Caroline Neitzel, Owner

604-831-2080

www.ThankYouMommyWellness.com

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