5 Strategies For Conquering The Sugar Habit

I’ve known for years that eating sugar isn’t all that great for your health. But I’ll be the first to admit that I’m completely addicted to it, especially now that most of my energy gets sucked up by taking-care-of-baby time every day.

It’s not that I eat a whole row of Oreos in one sitting. Or crave soda like I used to. But I certainly have been leaning on sugar and sweets far more than I should for an energy boost during the day.

In fact, if I’m being completely honest, my desire for sweets during the day have become more of a habit than a craving. After a meal, I think “hmm, what kind of sweets do we have around?” Or I’ll think to myself “I’ve had a long day, I deserve a treat.”

See, I’ve gotten so used to reach for sweets as a reward instead of a once-in-a-while indulgence. Something I’m not all that proud of as a health coach.

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After all, I already know that eating too much sugar has negative consequences for your health, like:

  • Suppressing the immune system
  • Contributing to obesity
  • Increasing cholesterol
  • Leading to ovarian cancer
  • Contributing to diabetes
  • Aging our skin
  • Causing headaches and migraines
  • Causing depression

I’ve decided now is as good as any other to hone in on my sugar struggle and cut back on the sweets in my life.

These are the 5 strategies I’m using to conquer my sugar habit: [Read more…]

The Minimums of New Motherhood

Things change when you become a mom. It’s something I knew going into this whole motherhood thing.

I just never knew how much of myself I’d feel like I lost in the first few months. It’s one of those mysterious things that no one tells you before or during pregnancy to save you the hassle of worrying about it, like how much it sucks to learn to breastfeed.

If someone were to ask me just a few months ago how I’d change or what would be important to me when I became a mom, I wouldn’t have been able to answer you. But once my little guy came along, everything shifted in my head about what really matters.

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The things that I get done in a day – my list of minimums – has emerged, and it’s actually really nice to know that my priorities have shaken out.

So what are my minimums? And what’s the order of importance for me as a mom? [Read more…]

How To Sleep Like A Baby – Even If You Have One

Sleep is one thing that all moms want more of. It’s one of the few things that we can pinpoint as being directly linked to a good mood, great energy, and being an awesome mom.

Yet when you have young kids – or babies – getting awesome sleep is pretty much the same as asking for a million dollars to show up on your doorstep. It’s highly unlikely, but you hold out hoping that someday it will happen – you know, just in case.

Now that I’m through the first few months as a new mom, I feel like I can make a few notes on getting decent sleep. Since around 6 weeks postpartum, I’ve had pretty great sleep – even though I got up multiple times a night to breastfeed my little guy.

Let me first start out by saying that my little bundle is not a quiet sleeper – he grunts, groans, moans, sighs, laughs, and farts in his sleep. Yep, a real baby. And to top it off, we’re co-sleeping right now, which makes everything a little more amplified since it’s in my ear.

So how do you sleep like a baby despite everything working against you? Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

Stay active.

Let me tell you – these past few months are the most sedentary I’ve been in years. I have spent more time on the couch feeding, comforting, and letting my little guy nap on me than I ever would have imagined.

But one of the key ways to sleeping well is making sure I get my heart rate up even a little bit each day. This could be a full workout, a walk around the neighborhood with the stroller, or just taking the stairs a few extra times (because that’s all the day allows for). Regardless of how it’s done – staying active is vital towards getting great sleep as a mama. [Read more…]