A healthy Mummy is a happy Mummy! A healthy Mummy is a happy Mummy!
That’s what I’ve said to myself for as long as I’ve been a Mummy … which is quite a while now when you consider my oldest has started Uni!
I believe is important to remember when thinking about being a healthy Mummy is that it doesn’t have to mean you’re hitting the gym every single day. Or smashing down vegetable smoothies and counting calories.
Being a healthy Mummy should be about the physical you … but being a healthy Mummy should also be about feeling good emotionally. Being able to cope with whatever Mummyhood throws your way on any given day.
To put together our top 5 Healthy Mummy tips, we asked the Mums at Mouths of Mums how they maintain healthy Mummy status.
Based on what they’ve told us, here are 5 things you can start doing today (that won’t cost a fortune) but will get you well down the track of feeling like a healthy Mummy!
Remember, we said being a healthy Mummy is about feeling physically and emotionally awesome so you’re able to be the Mum you want to be …
5 things you can do for big time Healthy Mummy status:
1. Have milestones to look forward to.
This isn’t going to help you lose weight or suddenly get fit but given Motherhood can sometimes feel like Groundhog Day, it’s really helpful to know what’s coming up for you and your family. A fun-filled weekend that’s already planned is going to get you through what may be a testing week if the kids are sick, your partner is away (or just working way too much) or you’re just a little off your game. Having milestones to look forward to give you something lovely on the horizon. So whether it’s a BBQ with friends, a family holiday or the fact that your Mum is coming to stay gives you something lovely to get you through.
2. Stock the fridge and pantry with healthy food.
As much as we might all wish we could be the perfectly healthy Mummy living on coffee and Nutella toast, that’s not going to happen.
Give yourself the best chance of success by keeping loads of fresh fruit, veges, clean proteins such as fresh fish, chicken, lean beef, turkey and lean pork.
If you find it too hard to get to the shops every week, set up a regular online grocery order.
3. Learn a bunch of healthy recipes off by heart.
When you have a batch of super healthy recipes that are not only quick but easy to remember, you’re going to be much less likely to slip into bad habits.
4. Make active activites part of your everyday.
This absolutely doesn’t have to involve the gym or even any kind of structured activity. But doing lots of active activities everyday is going to keep you happily bouncing along. Here’s a few ideas …
- Use the clothes line instead of the dryer (you’re moving and you’re getting a little dose of Vitamin D)
- Walk to the corner shop with the kids to grab milk or post a letter
- Play on the grass at home or at the park with your kids instead of just watching them
- Meet friends and walk together for 20 minutes before you have your coffee
- If you’re on your own, park further away from the shops and walk to and from the car
- Dance with the kids to some boppy tunes
- Make a day of cleaning the house – pop on some music, give the kids socks on their hands to dust and give the house the once over
- If you’re a working Mum, take even just 15 minutes to walk around the block before you eat your lunch – the fresh air and the activity will no only help you towards being a healthy Mummy, it will energise you for the afternoon
5. Make time for yourself.
We know this sounds impossible but if you can plan a 15 minute window into your day where you actually do something you enjoy, you’ll feel so much better for it. As an example, after the kids have a bath, let them sit down with some toys or even their favourite show. This is your cue to sit down too or do something that is nourishes you! You don’t need to play with the kids or watch their show – leave them to it and read your favourite book or magazine, have a hot cup of tea, do some lovely big stretches, listen to a podcast while you put your feet up. It doesn’t need to be long, it just needs to be a pause where you take a little time for you.
So these are our top 5 ideas for gaining a little healthy Mummy status. There are so many others – which we’ll put in another article – but for now, these will get you on track!
Oh and if you thought this article was going to be about The Healthy Mummy … here’s a little from Rhian Allen, Founder of Healthy Mummy and her awesome business …
“How The Healthy Mummy began:
In 2010 I was pregnant with my first baby. I discovered there was no holistic national support system to help mums shape up and get healthy after having a baby.
I wanted to create a program which offered safe and healthy plans and support to all mums after having children – and which offered programs and products that were safe in breastfeeding.
So after lots of research, I quit my 12 year career in corporate media, sold my house and invested every dollar I had to create a healthy and sustainable program – made just for mums.
And now 8 years later (after working every single day and night) The Healthy Mummy is now the biggest mums only healthy eating and weight loss program that exists – and is growing every day thanks to YOU!
The aim of The Healthy Mummy has always been to empower mums to live a healthier life and it started off with just a few hundred mums using the programs on Facebook to now – 8 years later over 825,000 mums being part of The Healthy Mummy Community and transforming their health, life and body on The Healthy Mummy Plans.
I have dedicated my life to listening to customers and my approach is always CUSTOMER FIRST”
We’ve always been proud supporters of Rhian and Healthy Mummy – we love seeing the incredibly positive changes the Healthy Mummy programme create for real Mums. Here’s another article on The Healthy Mummy here.
What would you add to our list above if you were giving another Mum some advice on how to be a healthy Mummy?