Good afternoon! Well, today is my last day in my 20’s. This year has been the best year of my life as we welcomed our sweet girl into this world. Having her has made me feel a whole new way about life and health. Right before I became pregnant with her, I had reshaped my eating habits with the Whole30 program and was working out quite a bit through Class Pass. Once I became pregnant, my eating habits and pretty much way of life became about what baby girl needed. I was constantly worried about what I was putting in my body because I knew she was directly getting what I gave her. I started thinking more about organic products and overall nutrition and not just how to lose those pesky extra pounds. Now that I have her and am reponsible for both of our nutrition, remembering to keep myself healthy has to be a top priority. However, this becomes quite difficult when you don’t know day from night, you are carrying a nine pound baby all day so you basically only have one free hand at best, and you have absolutely no energy to create a delicious/healthy meal. Family really saved us the first two weeks, waiting on us hand and foot, but once they left we had to figure out a game plan for staying healthy!
1. Keeping non-perishable items handy like Muscle Milk. The added protein helps to keep me full until I can fix a proper meal. I rarely need more than a few sips so I just keep it in the fridge and sip as needed!
2. Bananas have always been and always will be my best fruit friend. I had terrible leg cramps during pregnancy and was eating at least 2 bananas a day to keep them at bay. They are also the perfect vessel for peanut butter and/or Nutella.
3. Matt got a NutriBullet for Christmas so we have been creating smoothies and storing them in individual portions or splitting them for meals with a side of avocado toast. Delicious! For a little extra boost, Matt adds protein powder to his!
4. Snack bars. Everywhere. I keep them in my nursing caddys, purse, diaper bag, etc…I’ve been stocking up on high protein versions so that they are filling enough that I don’t eat 1,000 of them a day. Truly, they have been a lifesaver.
It has been a whirlwind year–check back tomorrow for some reflections and more baby pics!–but today I wanted to pop in to share how we are staying healthy in the new year! What are your resolutions for the year? What are your tips and tricks for staying healthy?
As always be sure to hop onto Meijer mPerks to load those digital coupons to help save you money on all your health needs this year!
Have a great day!
*this post is sponsored by Meijer, but as always all opinions are my own!
Dr. Connie White said:
Great post! Truly inspirational for all of us, but especially new moms and dads who seek to keep themselves healthy for their children. That is truly what it is all about. One does not know what they had, until they lose their health. Great tips and tricks! Keep up the great work.
Cindy D said:
Great job momma Erin. So proud of the way you have stepped into motherhood. You are truly an inspiration.