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    4 Steps to a Healthy Start for the Mom on the Go

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    As a mother, having a set morning routine is a must for a life that may not always go as planned when you have a child. My morning routine sets me up to have enough energy to last through the day, and also keeps me on course for a healthy lifestyle.

    We all know how easy it is when we are on a rush to forget breakfast, the most important meal of the day. And when we don’t have a healthy breakfast it ultimately can lead to an unhealthy spiral. Trust me, I’ve been there, and usually it becomes more costly at the end, and for me it usually ends up spending $15 at Starbucks, on a 200 calorie coffee drink, 300 calorie breakfast sandwich, 420 calorie cheese Danish, and of course I can’t leave without a 170 calorie cake pop, totaling 1090 calories, all just for breakfast. And for someone like me that’s already two thirds of my calorie intake in a day. And trust me all those carbs and sweets will only lead to an energy crash later in the day, and not to mention a build up of fat.

    So what do I do to have a healthy start? Here are my 4 steps:

    1. Eat a well balance breakfast. If I’m in a rush I have protein cereal. It has a good breakdown of carbs, protein, and fat, and is delicious during these hot summer days. You can see more of what I eat by following my IG or Facebook page.

    2. I take my ID life personalized vitamins. I love these vitamins because they are convenient, individual packed for the person on the go, and I save so much more on quality supplements than what you would find if you bought each of your supplements individually. Why is it important to take supplements? Because the normal person does not get all of their daily nutrients through food consumption. You would literally have to eat 10,000 calories worth of healthy foods a day to get all your daily nutrients. If you would like to take a free health assessment click here.

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    3. Drink water and take it to go. It is easier to drink water when you have it with you at all times. Water keeps you hydrated and also helps keeps you feeling full. I love adding a little IDLife energy to my drink to give me  a little boost!

    4. Make a protein shake. This is the easiest thing to do and a great way to supplement your meals. All I do is mix water, ice, frozen fruit, Macrogreens, and vanilla whey protein in a blender, and take it to go with me in a tumbler. I swear on protein shakes. They are great for keeping you full, getting your protein in, and it is so refreshing in this hot Texas heat.

    It is really that simple of a morning routine. It preps me for a great day with my baby, or a long day of work. What do you do to start your day off right?

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    <3 Dawn

     

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    How to Save Money by Making Your Own Baby Food

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    Like most mom’s I want the best for my child, especially when it comes to what I am feeding him. I’m a big advocate in making baby food, not only because of the health benefits with less preservatives, but also because you save tons of money by doing so. An individual container of baby food cost at least $1.50. If you feed your baby 3 times a day for a whole month it would cost you roughly $126. But making your own baby food would save you at least $100 a month. Below I will show you how I make baby food in bulk for the week, using the products below. Consult your pediatrician to make sure your child is ready for whole foods.  We started when Jayden was 4 months after getting the ok from our doctor.

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    Ingredients:

    I am a big fan of frozen veggies and fruits. They have a great selection of ready to steam veggies from peas, to broccoli, to mix blends that make great baby food. I like to blend veggies and fruit together for taste. Apples and bananas are easy fruits to blend and works well with veggies. It’s honestly personal preference and what your baby likes. Usually for every bag of veggies I mix two apples.

    Directions:

    1. Set out bag of veggies and let it thaw out.

    2. Once thawed out blend veggies and fruit separately (I use a Nutribullet for all my blending needs)

    3. Combine in large tupperware

    The smaller tupperware is how I measure out how much to prepare for each meal. I fill 75mml of blended baby food and warm up in microwave or bottle warmer. I mix the food with a scoop of formula and two spoonful of rice cereal for a thicker consistency. The rice cereal is optional, but I like it because it is filling . One bag of veggies usually last him a week.

    So for all you Mom’s who want to save money, save time, and give your baby the best, try it out, and let me know what you think! And if you love this simple and easy tip share it with a friend!

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. For more healthy tips and fitness advice follow my IG @dawnpdarnell_wefit!

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    Fitness

    The “Mom” Diet

    I know some of you are wondering how I lost the baby weight so fast, and honestly I can credit a majority of it to my “Mom Diet.” So what is the “Mom Diet”? I know I’ve mentioned it a couple times in my previous post so I wanted to explain it you. I never knew about it until I became a mom. It’s an exclusive diet only mothers would know about, and only mothers can relate to.

    I remember the first week I was home with my baby I was exclusively breast feeding. It was one of the hardest and yet most rewarding thing I had ever done. But it was also one of the factors that contributed to my “mom diet”. They say when you breast feed you will loose your post baby weight faster. I did’t realize why until now. I remember every 3 hours breast feeding my baby with no breaks in between. I felt like a cow at a certain point because it was literally all I did for days. I rarely got any sleep, and nor did I have time to eat. I was too tired and too stressed to even think about eating. All I could think about was my baby eating and being happy.  My nutrition was no longer a priority in my life.

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    I decided being a stay at home mom was not giving me the life balance I wanted. I needed to make myself a priority as well so I decided to go back to work part time where I could continue to pursue my passions yet be able to be there for Jayden. I was really thankful to work for a company that allowed me to make my schedule and prioritize my family first.

    After I started supplementing with formula and started to work part time my diet improved. I ate better at work, where I had a designated break time to enjoy my meals with no interruption. It was one of the perks of going to work. But at home the only consistent thing I was eating was my protein shake and protein peanut butter cups, still not enough nutrients or calories to keep and build my muscle. I had lost all 35lbs of my baby weight in less than 4 months.  With the “Mom diet” I was loosing weight the unhealthy way. It wasn’t fat I was loosing but muscles.

    Currently right now, I am no longer breast feeding. I still have days where I am so exhausted from staying up all night with the baby that I forget to eat all day. I never thought I would ever have a problem with eating, but it has become more of an after thought than a daily routine some days. My mindset has changed when it comes to eating. I have to remind myself daily my nutrition is important. It is hard for me when all I can think about is my baby, but I know in the long run I have to prioritize my health for me to be the best mom I can be. My friend recommended me to check out a website talking about shifting that baby weight in a healthy way. After having a read, I realised just how important it was for me to get my diet and nutrition back on track before I end up making myself ill!

    The “Mom Diet” is not as glamorous as it may seem, and I would not condone it for any mother. Ask for help, take time for yourself, and know you are enough. Don’t feel guilty for wanting to make your health a priority. Don’t feel guilty if you take ten minutes to eat while your baby entertains himself. Yes he might cry for a bit because he just wants to be held, but he will understand eventually. Don’t feel bad if you can’t juggle it all by yourself. It takes a village to raise a child. Being a mom is a selfless job, and we would give more than an arm and a leg just to make our children happy. But if we don’t put or health first, we will end up just giving bones. We are more than just a mom, we are someone’s daughter, wife, sister, friend, coworker, ect. If we want to be the best mother we can be then we have to make ourselves a priority. Our health matters for our children’s sake. I know this is a common sentiment as well, I have a friend who regularly goes to Austin Tennis Lessons and she says it really helps her keep fit enough to keep up with her children.

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. Capturing my little man and his little attitude. He did not want mommy to put him down at all this day.
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    Fitness

    Getting started at the gym and developing a work out plan.

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    To be succesful at anything in life you have to set a goal and create a plan to achieve it. If you are looking to get fit you are going to have to plan uninterrupted times to workout. Some of you might be starting off, others might be getting back on track, but whatever stage your at set a goal, create a plan, and work for it.  It’s creating little habits that lead to bigger successes.

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     First look at your schedule and plan at least 3 days where you have one hour or two hours blocked off to either go to the gym, complete a workout video, attend boot camp, walk or run around your neighborhood. If three days are all you can afford right now, then do it. If you go more than three days, then do it. Schedule it in your planner. Like they say,  think of your workouts as important meetings you’ve scheduled for yourself. Bosses don’t cancel.

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    If you’ve never been to the gym and just don’t know where to start, try a group class. Every week get out of your comfort zone and try a new class. You might be surprised how much you learn, and you might find a new workout buddy! Sometimes it’s the fear of the unknown that keeps us from reaching our goals.

     When planning a workout plan I recommend breaking up your body parts. Your workouts should change monthly  to prevent your body from plateauing. As your body changes and becomes stronger you have to challenge it with different things to keep progressing. Here are some helpful links of workout plans from beginners to advanced.

    Beginner Weight Training Guide

    30 days Knockout Total Body Workout

    Bootcamp Workout

    Remember set realistic goals and create a schedule that works for you. Challenge yourself every day, every week, every month to do a little more than you did before. If you want this bad enough you will make the time. It takes 21 days to make a habit, 12 weeks to see changes, and never quit to make it part of your lifestyle. You can do it!

    ? Dawn

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