How to Handle Weight Gain

Summer often finds us gaining a little bit of weight. It is little wonder: the number of great bbq’s, outdoor picnics offering some delectable food. If you want to handle the few pounds you’ve gained, and make sure that it stays to a minimum, here are some simple tips.

Tip # 1: Stay Hydrated When you’re Traveling

A major source of calories is not hunger, but boredom. Think about the last time you went on a long car ride. How many times did you stop and grab a quick bite to eat? Perhaps you packed a few snacks for the trip. Now ask yourself – how much of that snacking was due to actual hunger? Chances are a portion of it was due to boredom. Instead try packing a few bottles of water for the trip. By keeping yourself hydrated, many of the false hunger feelings caused by boredom will be lessened.

Tip # 2: Eat a Little Snack before Dinning Out

You and your family are planning a great evening out. Better save room in your stomach for all the great food, right? Well, actually, no. The problem with saving room, or not eating before a big meal is that you probably will gorge yourself, and thereby increase your chance of gaining more weight. Instead, have a small snack, like a boiled egg or handful of nuts about 30 minutes before eating. That way, your appetite will not be as strong, and you’ll eat only what your body needs.

Tip # 3: Dress for Success

Probably, by the beginning of the holiday season, you will have gained a few pounds. Everyone does. Instead of trying to starve yourself to slip into skinny jeans, consider wearing clothing that is a little more flattering to your new, fuller figure. A flared A-line dress is a great way to bring attention away from those bigger hips and more toward your vibrant personality.

These are just three of the many ways that you can handle any weight gain that comes your way. So go out and enjoy yourself!

Avoiding the Carb Cravings

As a busy mom, your diet is one of the last things on your mind. If you want to stay healthy, however, and avoid carb cravings – you know those almost irresistible urges to eat high carbohydrate foods, thinking about your diet plan is essential. Don’t worry though – even with your chaotic schedule that is motherhood, you can still manage it. Here are a few easy ideas.

Tip # 1: Eat Regularly

One of the main reasons why most people crave things such as cookies, or  fruit smoothies is because their blood sugar levels are fluctuating too much. When your blood sugar drops too suddenly, your body will set off alarm bells, telling your mind to find something to raise the levels to normal and do it quick! Unfortunately, carbohydrates fit that bill rather nicely.

By eating a few regular snacks, you can regulate your blood sugar levels. It can be as simple as a few almonds or even a small peanut butter and jelly sandwich. One suggestion is a thin slice of ham spread with spinach and cream cheese, rolled up and sliced into bite-sized pieces. They are a great and quick choice.

Tip # 2: Stay Active

Exercising regularly will cause your body to want more protein in order to rebuild the various muscles that have been affected. This increase in protein consumption will also help balance out your blood sugar levels. While you’ll still need carbohydrates in your diet, the urgency of the need won’t be as great. And it doesn’t have to be anything fancy; playing catch with the kids will do just fine.

Tip # 3: Get Enough Rest

Your ability to avoid carb cravings is also affected by how much sleep you get. When you sleep, your body attempts to repair the damage done to it during the day. If not enough repair time is provided, your body will use extra energy stored in order to get the job done. One way to replenish that energy is through the consumption of carbohydrates. So try and get as much rest as you can.

The Busy Mom’s Diet Plan: A Way to Stay Healthy in Your Chaotic Life

Every new day is filled with love, activity, potential complications, and yes, the chance to eat. If you are like most moms, the dynamic nature of your life means that when you eat, and what you eat can sometimes be hard to predict. If you want to bring your weight down a bit, making the right, and reasonable diet choices can be difficult indeed. Here are a few ideas that just might help.

Keep the Problem Foods Out of Your House

Everyone has certain foods that spell trouble. Whether it is potato chips or German chocolate cake that is your downfall, consider keeping it out of your home. That way, when you have the craving for these foods, you’ll have to make the effort to go and get them. Chances are after you consider the effort needed, you might reconsider.

Play Can Be Exercise Too

Most medical professionals advise to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. What mother has time for that? Well, thankfully, exercise doesn’t have to mean following an aerobics instructor, and doesn’t have to be all at once. Instead, chase the kids around the house, or take everyone for an evening walk. Or challenge your kids to a pick-up game on the court, or a dance contest in the living room. By being active, you’ll not only grow your family bonds, but also shrink your dress size.

Eat a Little to Tide You Over

Of course, there will be times that the only choice is a fast food hamburger, or a piece of chocolate cake. As a busy mom, you know this better than anyone. This kind of food is fine in a pinch, but try not to make a habit of it. Instead, eat a small amount, just enough to tide you over until you get home. That way, you can use the healthy food you have at home to make a more nutritious snack or meal.

Being a busy mom can certainly feel chaotic at times. The tips provided above will hopefully ease some of the chaos in your life and help you maintain a healthy diet as well.