Last month, I blogged that I was starting up a new personal coaching program called Nutrimom (you can see that post here). I’ve used the program for a little bit over a month now and I just wanted to update you on my progress. Last time, I talked about how one of my goals was to drink only 0-1 sugary (non water) drinks a day. So I wanted to report that I have for the most part been able to keep to that, except for a few cheat days when I was on vacation and on my birthday.
I have met up with my coach Annie 3 times since my last post and we started to focus on a few other facets of personal nutrition. One thing we talked about is exercise and being active. Unfortunately, because I was traveling for fun and work, I haven’t been able to keep up my Pure Barre workouts, but one easy and daily thing she told me to do is take walks. You know I am a busy woman so many of the things we talk about are things that don’t take too much time or things that I am truly able to accomplish. Even if it’s a few little walks throughout the day or a longer one in the evenings, it’s better than nothing. And whenever Vivian gets bored or fussy at home, a stroller walk can usually make her happy. I think she either loves just a different scenery or falling asleep in it too (just like car rides put kids to sleep too)!
Photography by Roxana B Photography
The more recent thing we have talked about is what I’m actually putting into my own and my kid’s bodies, the things we eat. For a few days, Annie asked me to send her pictures through the Nutrimom phone app of what I was eating daily and what we were serving the kid’s daily. For me, we noticed that I was tending to eat out a bit too much, eating bigger portions than I probably should have and I could have chosen some whole wheat /whole grain options for certain foods as well. So Annie gave me some little tweaks in food choices I could make to be a little bit healthier, while still not having to forgo taste. Another thing we talked about was eating a hearty breakfast. Many times in the mornings, I would be so busy getting the kids ready for school, getting to work, wanting to answer emails that I wouldn’t eat much until lunch time, not good! Eating a bigger breakfast gets your metabolism going which is great and your body is better able to process those calories vs. eating a bigger dinner. Actually these past two weeks I have been traveling for work but I’ve had breakfast provided for me each morning, so I’ve been able to load up in the mornings. As for my kids, our huge problem is that they snack all day all long. But one key thing Annie mentioned is that from a young age, we need to teach our kids to that they need to learn their own hunger cues and should only eat when they feel hungry. If they graze on food and snacks all day, it’s usually not as healthy for them. I’ll say that there’s a lot more items for me to be cognizant of this month in terms of nutrition, and I am trying, but also am not beating myself up if I can’t keep to everything all the time. But just having that constant reminder of what we talked about and the fact that if I find myself at a moment of weakness, I can also send a message to Annie to have her help me through my decisions. 🙂