Happy Saturday loves! I want to start by saying that I am only speaking from my own experience and sharing MY experience throughout my pregnancy. I’ve seen way too many women body-shame other women or moms for having different experiences and I will not tolerate that. This is completely my own experience and in MY opinion what has worked best for me and has been the healthiest for my babies. Please also keep in mind that I did not just start working out and eating healthy once I found out I was pregnant, I have been living this lifestyle for years now.
Let me start by saying, I think that when I am pregnant, that is when I need to be at my healthiest. For me, pregnancy is not a time to “eat for two” and go crazy, or use it as an excuse to fill myself up on junk food every second that I can. I eat until I am satisfied, and choose the healthiest options. While I carry my babies, I owe it to them to be as healthy as possible. So that’s exactly what I do. Don’t get me wrong, I still treat myself of course. I will have a cake pop here, or a bite or two of chocolate there. But when I do treat myself, my portions are tiny when I have unhealthy foods. For the most part, I really am the healthiest I can be during pregnancy.
Every morning when I wake up, I make a smoothie. It usually consists of 1/3 banana, spinach, kale, flaxseed, hemp hearts, chia seed, cinnamon and almond milk. Some days I add in different things like berries, natural almond butter and sometimes even avocado! It isn’t the most amazing tasting thing in the world, but it feels so good to get all those healthy ingredients in me and the baby first thing in the morning. I’m not overly hungry in the mornings but I still try and have something after that. It’s either between shredded wheat in almond milk, oatmeal in almond milk, or little things to snack on like peanuts, other nuts, dates and small pieces of fruit. It isn’t long after this (maybe an hour or two) that I do get hungry for more. Sometimes I will make a salad and pack it full with veggies and protein, or have homemade beef or chicken burgers on ezekial toast. Every once in a while if I’m really craving it, I can sit there and eat a whole bowl of healthy homemade hummus, it’s the best! My favourite hummus recipe comes from staceykasdorf.com (follow her for more healthy meal ideas for you and your babies!). I snack more throughout the day than have big meals. It’s easier for me to keep down smaller portions since I have still been getting sick every once in a while. I love snacking on cucumbers, pickles and other veggies. Another lunch option that I LOVE is overnight oatmeal. Plain greek yogurt, oats, and some berries.
Add things like flaxseed, hemp hearts, cinnamon and chia seeds to smoothies, yogurt or other things like that. You can’t taste it, and it’s SO healthy!
For dinners we always make at least two veggies. Either potatoes and asparagus, or tomatoes with peppers, or other mixtures. I LOVE meat so we always have turkey, chicken, beef or fish. Salmon is my favourite! Haden likes to have rice or some type of other carb with dinner so we usually add that on also. I try to mostly have protein and veggies (which are also carbs). Below I will list what my grocery list usually consists of. Again, I am not telling you how you should eat, I am simply sharing what I eat.
Cucumber, Tomatoes, Asparagus, Potatoes, Peppers, Spinach, Kale, Sweet Potato, Pickles, Carrots, Mushrooms, Avocado, Broccoli, Onions, Fresh Dill
Bananas, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Grapes, Grapefruit, Oranges, Pears, Mangos, Apples, Lemons
Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Salmon, Fish, Eggs, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Chick Peas
Ezekial Bread, Oatmeal, Shredded Wheat, Rice, Quinoa
Almond or Cashew Milk (Dairy Free), Greek Yogurt, Cheese, Cottage Cheese
Flaxseed, Hemp Hearts, Chia Seeds, Cinnamon
We do eat other things too, but this is usually what my grocery list consists of.
FITNESS & EXERCISE
While I am pregnant, or any other time really I will never over-due it with my workout. I do workouts that I am comfortable with, and at the same time that push my limits. I will not workout until I am blue in the face or do something that doesn’t interest me. I am going to be answering a few questions that I have been asked, as well as sharing some of my daily tips and tricks!
Question: How do you find the time in your busy schedule to get a workout in?! I have two little busy boys and a crazy busy schedule with work and family that I find it a chore to workout. What’s your favourite quick workout?!
Answer: I totally get what she is saying. As a mom, wife, and entrepreneur, there are NOT enough hours in a day. So that is why I do try to make the most out of every second I have. Let me ask you, do you take time out of the day to read or look at a magazine? What about sitting down and watching a movie? I like to kill two birds with one stone and I read on the treadmill, bike or elliptical. If I don’t feel like reading, I watch youtube tutorials on something I am interested in or want to learn. I actually never listen to music when I workout. I always make sure I am taking that 45 minutes or an hour and use it the best I can. I find the time to do my workouts usually when Beckam is napping. If that doesn’t work, I ask Haden to take him for 45 minutes OR I put a movie on for him and get him set up with his toys. Sometimes I will have to stop half way and entertain him a bit, but I always make sure I finish my workout. You can also give your kiddos some snacks to have to keep them busy. If I don’t have a minute during the day to workout, I will do it right in the morning. You stay up later to watch a movie? Well then wake up earlier to workout. You can still find time to do your workouts a few times a week.
My favourite quick workout is any type of weights or legs. One of the best leg workouts is squats on your bottom stairs. Have your back facing the stairs and squat to the lowest stair and just lightly touch your butt to the stair. Do 3 sets of those, 15 times each and you WILL feel it the next day. I also like to do jumping jacks for a quick workout (not while I’m pregnant though, I don’t feel like peeing myself!).
Question: What exercises do you believe continues to help you feel great and fit?
Answer: Speed-walking. To me, there is nothing better. Running is not enjoyable for me and has been really hard on my joints, and it did not even show me the results that I get with speed-walking. I like to speed walk for at least 45 minutes at a time.
Question: Do you drink coffee? If not, what other things do you drink or eat to help keep your energy levels up. How often do you exercise?
Answer: I do drink coffee. I usually have it 30 minutes before my workout. Bananas are a great source of energy! But overall, what helps me workout is that I want to inspire myself. I want to know that I am a fit, healthy person and that I don’t need coffee or anything to get me working out, just my own drive.
I make sure that I exercise at least 5 times a week (but I am still active daily).
For cardio I do a minimum of 45 minutes, 4 times a week, and 30 minutes once a week. This is my very minimum, so a lot of the time I do more than this. Again, I don’t overwork myself, but I feel more energetic when I am active so it’s easy for me to keep at it. I love to speed-walk but I do still switch up my cardio all the time. Some days I will bike, go on the elliptical, speed walk, or do a mix of two of these. I like to walk outside when the weather is better, and I love to do at-home pilates.
At home I have all the workout equipment that I need. I use my 10 pound dumbbells for biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, back, legs and butt. Mondays I usually do biceps (3 sets of 15, 3 different workouts) and shoulders (3 sets of 15, 3 different workouts). Tuesdays I do butt and legs (3 sets of 15, 6-8 different workouts). Wednesdays I like to take off or just do cardio. Thursdays I do chest and back (3 sets of 15, 3 workouts for each muscle). Fridays I do triceps (3 sets of 15, 4 different workouts). Then on Saturday I like to do a few more weights, usually just one workout for each muscle. Below I will list examples of workouts I do with weights. I have also stopped doing abdominal workouts all together during my pregnancy. If you are unfamiliar with any of these workouts, you can always google them!
BICEPS- bicep curls, grocery bags, hammer curls
SHOULDERS- shoulder press, lateral raise, front & side dumbbell raise
BUTT- squats, donkey kicks, squat side kick, stair squats, dumbbell dead lift
LEGS- lunges, jump lunges, walking lunges, fire hydrants
CHEST- chest press, dumbbell pullover, chest fly
BACK- bent over rows, bent over lateral raise, dumbbell shrug
TRICEPS- lying dumbbell tricep extension, seated tricep press, kickbacks
Thanks for following along!