13th March 2021
Yesterday marked Mother’s Day. A dedicated day to appreciate our mothers and all that they do for us. Despite the lockdown, we still hope you managed to acknowledge and celebrate the day the best you could.
With mothers on our mind, we at Peel decided to run with this theme and utilize our blog space to explore how mums, and new mums in particular, can continue to remain fit and healthy in mind and body despite some of the pressures which motherhood can bring.
We spoke to new mums in Central Milton Keynes who are trying their best every day to live a lifestyle which suits their passion for staying fit and eating healthy. Below we rounded up their thoughts!
Drink, drink, drink! The easiest way to remember to stay hydrated is to buy yourself a drinking bottle, fill it to the brim and keep it in plain sight so that you can sip from it throughout the day.
Staying hydrated will increase energy and relieve fatigue, promote weight loss, flush out toxins and maintain skin complexion.
It will also leave you feeling fresh and alert, which might be exactly the thing you need after sleepless nights with your little one.
Snack when you can
We get it. Being a mum is hard work. You’re always thinking 5 steps ahead and it’s usually a cycle of feed time, play time, snack time, nap time, repeat time. In between you’re having to do your dishes, clean the house, manage the constant loads of laundry and somehow remember to shower and brush your teeth.
Eating can often be the last thing on your mind, which is why snacks can be your best friend. Pre-packed and pre-made snacks can often contain the perfect amount of macros for a healthy lifestyle if you choose wisely, and can provide you with the energy boost you need when you most need it.
Our new mums told us their preferred health-conscious snack options were protein bars, mixed nuts and fruit with greek yoghurt.
Download a calorie tracking app
Not all mums need to, or want to, lose their pregnancy weight. If you fall into that category then that’s completely fine!
However, if you are looking to track your eating, or simply maintain the weight you’re at, then we would definitely advise you download a calorie tracking app.
There are plenty out there and most of the popular ones are free. Once you start logging and tracking what you eat and drink, you might be surprised at just how quickly calories can add up. Seeing your daily total will help you to gage whether you need to eat more or less to meet your long term target and goal.
One of the mums we spoke to started to track her calories 3 months postpartum in a bid to lose 8kg. She achieved this over 4 months in a healthy and sustainable way by entering a calorie deficit but still enjoying the foods she loved simply by tracking everything through an app.
Once you can see your plan and target in front of you, you’ll be surpised by how motivating it is!
Try to leave the house at least once a day
As mentioned above, being a mum comes with an endless list of endless responsibilities. It can be easy to become embroiled in it all within the four walls of your home. However, this could be detrimental to your mental health.
If you can, try and get out at least once a day. This could be in your back garden, a quick walk up and down your street, or if time permits, a longer stroll with your baby in tow.
Fresh air provides an array of health benefits for the mind and body and there’s no doubt that being out and about amongst nature and other people will bring positive vibes to your day.
Make time for mealtimes and accept help when it’s there
Eating a well cooked and balanced meal might be the last thing on your mind, especially in the early stages of being a new mum. However, we can’t stress enough how important it is to make time for mealtimes. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, use those times to regulate your eating and get those all-important fats, carbs and proteins into your body.
Also, accept help when it’s there. It might be in the form of a family or friend who’s offered to cook for you, or a food delivery app which can deliver nutritious meals directly to your front door.
Whatever it is, relish the opportunity for your meals to be made for you.
How can Peel help?
Well, Peel is on both Deliveroo and Uber Eats and can offer anything off our menu delivered directly to you.
Alternatively, if you live within walking distance to us, use it as an opportunity to get out the house and treat yourself to a coffee or cake. Because let’s face it, you deserve it!