Muffin top. Love Handles. Jelly Belly. Bloated. Pudgy. Flabby.
Once you hear one of these terms you know exactly what someone is referring to – their middle area. Abs…or zero abs. It’s one of the most frustrating things a person can try to get rid of and one of the many blessings of pregnancy: your stomach gets big! The first thing you want to loose is your flabby stretched out stomach as soon as that baby pops out (after you cuddle and love on them first!). Of course as I remind all my clients who have had kids, it takes time and patience to get your abs back afterward, but after a while it’s like, “Okay, when is this stomach going to get the hell out of here!?!”
Picture on left: day I went into labor. Picture on right: one year later.
It takes the longest to loose the weight if you’re not consistent or eating well, so let’s knock on those two crucial points right away. You can’t eat like crap and expect to loose weight. It’s impossible. Eat greens, lean protein, whole grains, raw nuts/seeds, oatmeal, Greek yogurt, whole fruit and vegetables. Most importantly: EAT REAL FOOD. For example, use raw agave or raw sugar to sweeten your coffee, tea or oatmeal. STOP USING FAKE SHIT – your body can’t process it and ends up holding onto it for a very, very long time. Stop taking shortcuts – they don’t work in the longterm and you end up putting on the weight as quickly as it came off. Which brings me to juice cleanses: they work as supplements to get your greens, not as meal replacements. You end up being hungrier and eating more because you feel like you’ve missed a meal.
We were given teeth to chew…so do that.
Another way to loose the weight in your middle is to drink a lot and lot and lot of water. Add a slice (and squeeze) of lemon which helps detoxify the body and cleanses the liver. You will need to pee more often, but you will have to get over that. You should be used to that anyway if you were pregnant. Keep a water bottle by your bed, on your desk, in your purse, in your baby bag…you will drink more water if it’s easily accessible.
Lastly (and most important) DO PILATES. I am a HUGEEEEE believer in the workout and the results. No other exercise both extends and strengthens your muscles, creating that lean toned body everyone desires. It’s incredible to watch a client who struggles to straighten their leg to then gain the strength in their stomach to hold their leg up higher and straighter. Planks, arm exercises, leg movements, jumping off the reformer jumpboard, extensions – you name it, the movements all come from one place: YOUR CORE! Your abs are getting stronger and stronger from each movement you do, and those exercises- done correctly- will give you a lean slim sexy stomach. I promise. If you are not seeing those results you are either: not eating healthy, eating too much, not drinking enough water, not moving enough, and/or not doing pilates CORRECTLY. Having an intelligent instructor is like having a good insurance policy- without one, you’re FU%KED and wasting your money (not to mention precious time)!
Pilates is something I did throughout my entire pregnancy (even the day I went into labor) and continued shortly after giving birth. Pilates gave me my body back- no question- after having a baby. It’s hard to imagine when you’re pregnant that your stomach will ever look the same, but to tell you the truth, it just makes you that much prouder of what you can accomplish. Let’s be honest, being a mother is the hardest job in the world. Pilates? Please…that’s easy. You just need to have the motivation and create the time for yourself to do it. If you think you “hate” pilates because you feel like it’s too slow or you haven’t seen results, you haven’t seen the right instructor. Do some research and hire a professional who knows what they’re doing, is educated, and will push you to hit your goals. If you can’t hire a professional for private lessons, sign up for group classes at a gym or studio! Any questions on what you should be doing or eating please don’t hesitate to ask.
To moms everywhere, GET YOUR HOT BOD BACK!!!
This is DE-LICIOUS! I have always had quinoa as a side dish or in my salads (since I always make the recipe from my cookbook “Lemon Quinoa with Pine Nuts”), but this is perfect for a morning meal. It’s naturally sweetened by the organic fruits & cinnamon, and full of vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy carbohydrates from the quinoa (since it is actually a seed not a grain). Choosing to make this as your morning meal can only mean great things will come your way…aka health benefits, energy & very happy eaters! :)
Cinnamon Apples & Bananas Breakfast Quinoa:
*This recipe can be made for 2-4 people depending on the size/quantity per person you wish to serve. I used this recipe and it made enough for my husband, me and our 10-month old daughter, Emma (who LOVED it!) :)
These are the BEST COOKIES to bake for the holidays (or anytime) and are so delicious!!! They are soft, chewy and spicy – just what I personally love in any holiday cookie. I decided to make them Gluten Free since one of my best friends is gluten-intolerant and I always try to bake something she can enjoy too. Plus, it’s healthy. :)
Many have asked for the recipe so here it is…happy holidays everyone!
Gluten Free Holiday Molasses Cookies
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I LOVE GRANOLA. I can’t even explain the love I have for it. It’s just one of those things I can take anywhere, eat anytime, top on anything, and know its not horrible for me (if I make it that is). I have one of my favorite granola recipes in my cookbook, Cooking Healthy Together, which is packed with protein, nuts and dried fruit. For this granola I wanted to make it a little more indulgent since the holidays are right around the corner…and who doesn’t love receiving granola as a gift?!
Keeping on with my healthy ways, I made this yummy indulgent granola super good for you by cutting down on the oil and salt and didn’t add any butter or artificial sweetener (because that always hurts my stomach anyway). The recipe includes ingredients such as organic oats, flaxseed and oat bran, and is sweetened with natural sugars from oranges, agave nectar, tons of cinnamon and delicious coconut.
Vegan Cinnamon Almond & Vanilla Coconut Granola
Recipe yields 10 cups
*you may always cut the recipe in half if that’s too much, but I always like to make a bunch to give some away as gifts or to save in the freezer for later!
I cringe at the thought of all the sugar and artificial flavorings in food nowadays. Being a new mom, health freak, fitness professional and cookbook author, it’s pretty obvious there was no way I wouldn’t be making my own baby food for my daughter. So far she’s had oatmeal, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocados, apples, carrots, zucchini, butternut squash, and organic chicken soup (I pureed this of course after making it and she gobbled it up)!
Recently when I went to Whole Foods Market to get some yogurt for her to try, I noticed so many of them were sweetened with some kind of artificial flavoring…no thank you. I decided to go with YoBaby plain organic yogurt and added in my own fruit. Sounds simple right? (Why doesn’t everyone do this?!) Needless to say Emma LOVED this “banana yogurt” just made from real bananas blended with yogurt! (P.S. I tried it too and it was delicious.)
This is when I started thinking about all the ways we can try to make our kids eat healthier…and why not make homemade fruit yogurt one of them? You know kids love Pinkberry and Yogurtland, and mostly because of the toppings! After school snack? Check! Who’s the cool & creative mom? You are! This is a fun way to get your kids to eat a healthy sweet snack without all the extra artificial sugar. Plus, you can make it for yourself too with whatever yogurt you enjoy. Trust me, it’s yummy.
Homemade Fruit Yogurt with Toppings:
It can be frustrating and annoying to have to worry about getting back in shape right after having a baby. Do you have time for the gym? NO. Do you have time to go grocery shopping? NO. Do you want to pick up another magazine about some celebrity who looks like they were never pregnant in the first place? HELL NO! All you want to do those first few months is sleep whenever possible, enjoy every second with your baby, and have a freakin glass of wine after being pregnant for 9 months! I get it. And to be honest, I wasn’t even thinking about sheading my baby weight after having Emma because I was so consumed by her and her every need. For me, it just happened naturally and quickly…I know, but don’t stab me with a fork just yet. Besides having great genetics (thank you mom!), I also took care of myself as much as possible throughout my pregnancy and immediately after – and along with taking care of my baby 24/7 – I think it all helped. There have been a lot of people asking me what I personally did to shed my baby weight so quickly, so here are some of my personal tried-and-true tips!!
Other important things to have in your home to keep it healthy…
So remember how blessed you are and take one day at a time…eventually the weight will come off and you will not be stressing about the little things.
Just a quick post to share one of my new crazy health creations! Of course on Sundays I usually spend them rummaging through my pantry, cleaning out the fridge, and thinking of new things to make for the week ahead. Low behold these peanut butter banana muffins that ended up having all kinds of good-for-you superfoods in them like flax meal, cinnamon, goji berries (okay…they’re chocolate covered goji berries, but whatever) and organic rolled oats. I was all out of white sugar (so embarrassing to admit!) but I used brown sugar and honey as substitutes. The result? Deliciously dense, carmely “banana bread” type of muffins that even my overly picky husband approves of! :)
Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins with Dark Chocolate Goji Berries
Makes 24 muffins