Losing the Stubborn Baby Weight

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When my youngest daughter, Lizzie, was born, it was one of the happiest days of my life. I grinned from one ear to the other ear. After two baby boys, we finally had a baby girl. My husband and I were truly delighted with our new family member. With my two others, I found dropping the baby weight relatively easy. There was no outrageous dieting or exercise. The excess weight fell off quite easily. But not with Lizzie.

My family GP recognised my older age may have contributed, but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t return to my pre-baby weight. This wasn’t about me wanting to be rake-thin. I just wanted to be comfortable in my skin, and as I was, I wasn’t comfortable.

I turned to my lovely mother for her advice. She (shockingly) was no help. She kept telling me all about how she just ‘snapped back’ after having me, her fourth child. If she had magic genes, I certainly didn’t inherit them.

As a new mum, I didn’t have time to go to the gym regularly, and I certainly had enough on my plate without the erratic mood swings that come with crash dieting (ladies, you know exactly what I’m talking about). I was lost, but one day, when I picked up Zach from school, I crossed paths with his friend’s mother, who gave me some pointers that actually helped me regain my previous figure, my confidence, and most importantly, my comfort.

Eat at regular times

As a new mum, I tended to think: ‘Baby first, baby second, baby third, me possibly fourth’. I wasn’t eating on a regular basis. If I was in the kitchen and felt hungry, I’d snack on something. I hardly ever sat myself down for a full meal. So, the first thing I did was, I forced myself into a regime. I ate breakfast with my eldest children, I ate lunch at half-past twelve, and dinner at six. I snacked far less, but when I did, I opted for healthier options like celery and carrots.

Walk

Thank goodness for whoever invented the stroller! It’s great for kids to get out, and it’s great for you to not be locked up in the house. I scheduled two strolls a day, one in the morning before it got too hot, and one in the evening. I’ve never understood people who use treadmills, and living in Vale, Aveley, half an hour out of Perth, I have no reason to. The scenery is gorgeous (we’re near the Swan Valley) and the people I come across are genuinely pleasant. We’ve actually formed a new mothers walking group, which I highly recommend.

Be lenient with yourself

Don’t expect this to happen in the blink of an eye, and don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t. You’re not a yo-yo, and you don’t want to be one (remember, a yo-yo that goes down has to come back up). So give yourself time and enjoy the journey and your new bub

Jocelyn Waterhouse is a proud mum of three darling children. If you can’t find her at home or work, she’s probably out strolling around Vale, Aveley.

The Low Fat Fryer – Giving Dieters a Helping Hand

Every year people commit to a diet in order to improve their health and appearance, and do so with the very best of intentions of seeing it through until they reach the goals they have set for themselves. Once they start, though, they often find that it’s not as easy as they first thought – and with temptation constantly in their path, it’s all too easy to for them to give in and undo all the hard work that they’ve put in so far.

One of the hardest things about trying to stick to a diet is having to give up many of our favourite “unhealthy” foods. By making a sudden and complete change to what we eat it’s only natural that our bodies take time to adjust, and during this time we crave the foods that we always enjoyed eating. Giving in to temptation during this is the worse thing that we can do – if we start to make exceptions during this early phase, the diet is almost certainly doomed to failure.

A more sensible approach would be to try and find some way of being able to eat some of our old favourites without going against the healthy eating principles of our diet, and we can often do this simply by cooking these foods in a different way. It’s for this reason that the low fat fryer has become so popular in recent years, as they allow us to continue eating all sorts of foods that would traditionally have been deep fried, but as they’re cooked without using any (or a very minimal amount of) oil, they are far healthier.

The most popular of the low fat fryers currently on the market is the Philips Airfyer, and it’s actually a very simple device to use. It works by circulating hot air around the food as it cooks so that the surface dries out and forms a crispy coating, similar to that which it would get from being cooked in a fryer. As no oil is needed for the cooking process, anyone who’s on a diet can carry on eating chips or French fries and ‘fried’ meats with every meal… diets have never tasted so good!

By allowing ourselves to eat these types of foods whilst remaining completely guilt-free, we’re far more likely to carry on eating healthily into the long term rather than just as part of a temporary fad. The Airfryer is big enough to cook enough food for a whole family, so you can improve the health and well-being of your kids without them even knowing – and anyone who has a fussy eater for a child will know just how hard this can be!

There are many benefits that using a low fat fryer can bring, and you can read more about them here. They can be bought fairly cheaply these days, just as many kitchen appliances can – but what sets them apart is that while most modern kitchen appliances aim to make your life easier, low fat fryers aim to make your life better.

Do’s and Dont’s for Detox Juice Recipes

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Detox Juice Recipes

We live in a hectic world. People do not even have time to prepare their own meals anymore because most Americans have more than a single job or have very demanding jobs. There are also people who no longer have time to exercise. Aside from the hectic life and the unhealthy food people are eating, there is also the air which is full of particles not good for the body. It is crucial that we detoxify our body every now and then so we can get rid of the toxins in our body. For this reason, you can see a lot of detox juice recipes. Not only is juicing refreshing, it can also be very good for the body.

Juice Diet Recipes

If you are thinking about detoxifying your body, you should be informed of the best detox diet foods. Fruits are one of the best options. Not only are they naturally sweet and healthy, they are also very easy to find. You will be able to see a lot of fruits juice diet recipes all over the Internet today. Fruits juices have lots of nutrients, minerals and vitamins which our body needs.

Vegetables are also great. We all know just how much children detest vegetables and most of them refuse to eat vegetables. With juicing you will be able to introduce countless vegetables to your children and have them eat it too. Juicing can allow you to blend vegetables and give them a new taste which your everyone will love. The whole family will be able to get the great benefits of detoxifying through juicing.

However, you should remember that not everyone can embark on a juice fast. There are certain people who should avoid juice fasting and they are children, pregnant women, diabetics, people with kidney disease, cancer and other terminal illnesses. You should only go on a juice fast under the supervision of a physician.

Guilt Free Stuffed Mushroom and Lasagna

Everyone should aim to eat a wide range of fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, fiber and ‘good’ fats. One can get a lot from eating these products that include meat. But eating less meat or none at all has become more popular than ever. It is a known fact that being a vegetarian has a great number of benefits.

Furthermore, vegetarian diets are gaining in popularity as more and more people are becoming concerned about health and healthy eating. Meat, for them, brings a sort of guilt because it brings a lot of adverse effects to the body. Fruits and vegetables have become famous sources of lots of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

Are there vegetable-based recipes that are delicious yet guilt free? Yes, there are lots of them. One can easily browse through the internet or check recipe books for reference.

Examples are stuffed mushrooms and veggie lasagna. You will not be given a particular recipe right now but let us take a closer look at each of the basic ingredient used. Mushroom and lasagna.

Mushroom

Most mushrooms that are sold in  supermarkets have been commercially grown on  mushroom farms. They are low in calorie and have been known as the meat in the veggie world. Aside from this, the raw dietary mushrooms are a good source of  B vitamins, as  riboflavin,  niacin and pantothenic acid, and the essential minerals.

Lasagna

One of the more popular ones is lasagna. Lasagna is very wide and flat type of pasta. It has with wavy edges sometimes as well. It is typically served in alternating layers with  cheese, sauce, and often other ingredients such as meat sauce, or vegetable. It is also cooked in the oven unlike spaghetti. More so, lasagna minus the meat dishes now are also attractive to the taste buds of many pasta lovers.

Making Your Smoothie Recipe Even Better for You!

Looking to eat healthier? Try making smoothie recipes a regular part of your diet. It is a perfect way to easily get in those fruits and vegetables that most of us struggle with. In addition to adding fruits and vegetables into your smoothies, let’s take a look at some other things you can add to your smoothies to make them even healthier

Kefir or Yogurt

Although many people believe that animal proteins are bad for you, yogurt and kefir just may be the exception to this. Their proteins are easily assimilated in to the digestive system thanks to the fact that they are predigested. They help add in the good bacteria to your gastrointestinal tract which can help your body prevent bacterial infections. They can bee added to just about any smoothie recipe.

Pomegranate Juice

A few studies have linked pomegranate juice with improved blood flow, an increase in the “good” cholesterol, and a reduction in certain types of cancer.

Sprouts

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, growing sprouts is unbelievably easy. And, there are so many different types – from lentil sprouts, to broccoli sprouts and of course the traditional alfalfa sprouts Sprouts are extraordinarily rich in enzymes and can reduce your bodies need to manufacture enzymes. Eating sprouts oxygenates the body and is believed to starve out cancer cells. Clover and alfalfa are ideal for smoothies because they blend well.

Wheat Germ

Although you will likely want to add a bit of extra water to your smoothie maker, wheat germ is a great addition to your smoothies. It is very high in the B vitamins as well as vitamin E. Research has shown it to be effective in helping to prevent birth defects. It can also help if you are looking to improve your hair, skin and nails. It should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container as it will go rancid quite quickly.

Improve Fitness And Lose Weight With Home Gym Equipment

If you have decided to start getting into better shape, but do not want to pay the high cost of a monthly membership to your local gym, then you may want to consider adding a few pieces of gym equipment to your home or office.  This will give you the flexibility of working out whenever time allows and you will not have to worry about all the wasted time driving to and from the gym, and competing for equipment.  Your home gym does not need to be elaborate to offer a terrific workout.  You just need to be sure you have the right equipment to meet your personal goals.

Before you start searching for a good used treadmills sale, you need to first understand what you hope to accomplish in your workouts.  Develop a list of your short and long term fitness goals, as well as a time line as to when you home to accomplish them.  This will not only help you better realize which equipment will be right for you, but will also give you a great method for tracking your results along the way.

Now that you know what you hope to accomplish with your potential home gym, you can begin looking for the various types of equipment that will help you effectively reach those goals.  If losing weight and building or toning muscle are part of your plan, you will most likely need to incorporate both weight lifting equipment and a good cardio routine (i.e. treadmill, elliptical, or a light jog outside).  When these two methods are combined, the potential fitness level is escalated dramatically and results can be seen much faster then with one or the other alone.  Keep in mind that free weights are a great supplement to a full weight machine and are a great way to save money and space by only buying the weights you need at any given time.  Often you can find great deals on free weights and other gym equipment on sites like Craigslist as well as on other fitness related websites.