Recently I have been getting health and wellness questions from readers. I am honored to be able to answer these questions. Every week I will write about a question from a reader along with my answer. Below is the first question.
New moms should make sure they are eating right. If you are breastfeeding this will help you to lose your baby weight a lot faster. I encourage you to nurse your baby until he is at least one year old.
You should eat a diet that is high in protein, fiber and low in saturated fat. Only eat red meats once a week or less. Great proteins for new moms are tuna, wild salmon, turkey, and soy.
Make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. I always use this rule: “Five a Day the Color Way.” When you grocery shop spend plenty of time in the produce section and pick out different fruits and vegetables every time.
Avoid packaged foods. They contain too much sodium and preservatives. I usually shop around the perimeter of the grocery store. This is where all the good natural foods are located.
Make sure you are eating plenty of whole grains. Skip the white bread for whole wheat. Check and see which bread has more fiber in it before you purchase it. Eat brown rice instead of white. Skip that instant oatmeal for steel cut oats. Eat whole wheat bagels instead of the flavored kind. Try whole wheat tortillas instead of flour tortillas.
Instead of having a doughnut or sugary cereal for breakfast have some yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit. Smoothies are also an excellent breakfast item.
Drinking plenty of water does help with weight loss. Avoid soda and any beverage with high fructose corn syrup. Don’t drink your calories up. Stick with zero calorie beverages. Water is best.
You should spend at least 1/2 an hour a day doing some sort of aerobic exercise. This could be working out on the treadmill at the gym, working out to a fitness DVD, using the Wii Fit, or a brisk walk or run.
Building muscle is also important. This will lower your risk of getting osteoporosis and tone your body more. You can either purchase some small weights and use them at home, join a gym, or do simple muscle building exercises at home such as crunches, push ups, and squats. Make sure you work out different muscle groups every day.
If you have any other questions feel free to let me know! Congratulations on having a new baby!
If you have a health related question that you are dying to have answered please e mail it to me at talbert cascia at yahoo dot com.
Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.
Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at Wellsphere.com and her articles can also be found on ezinearticles.com. She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC, and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge. Follow her on Google+.