5 Tips For Eating Healthy During And After Pregnancy From Kath Younger Of Kath Eats Real Food
Mom to Mazen (who will have a new sibling this fall!) and founder of Kath Eats Real Food, Kath Younger, R.D., lost 30 pounds after graduating from college and started her blog as a healthy living and weight loss journal. Today it features wholesome and practical tips that provide a road map for a healthy family lifestyle. Here she reveals how to keep looking and feeling your best, both while you’re expecting and after the baby has come:
Quality not Quantity: It's not about what you can't eat--good nutrition is focusing on what you can eat. When pregnant, I focus on the quality of my foods rather than the quantity. Eating nutrient dense super foods are key, such as nuts, greens, fruits, and lean proteins.
Be a Planning Committee of One: Planning is the key to eating well. If you don't have a well-stocked fridge of fresh ingredients you're not going to be able to make a healthy meal. Even the best of us forget to plan well, but the more you do it the more natural it becomes. And always have some pantry and freezer staples you can fall back on!
Give Yourself a Break: Throughout the first trimester I have to eat all day long to keep nausea at bay, so I focus on making good choices - like fresh sweet fruits instead of cookies or candy or yogurt instead of ice cream. That said, when I'm nauseous I'll eat just about anything to feel better so the not-as-good foods do make it into my diet, but I know by the second trimester I'll be back to eating real food like I normally do."
Be Active: I gave myself a year to learn how to be a mom before I got serious about getting back into shape. I watched my portions and did as much exercise as felt great. My gym had free child care so I looked forward to my workouts everyday as some nice me time! I've ended up at a happier, more sustainable weight since becoming a mom and focus on intuitive eating and getting plenty of activity.
Be Present: Work hard, play hard. But 100% focus into whatever you're doing, whether that's your job, parenting, or simply relaxing!
Favorite Part of Being a Mom?
“Getting to experience childhood all over again! I love playing board games, going to kids movies, going trick or treating and getting to see it all through my son's first-time eyes!”