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Since I got pregnant and gave birth, I lost a total of 14kgs ( that’s 30lbs for you Americans). That’s how much I lost compared to before I got pregnant. I weighed less on the day I gave birth vs when I got pregnant. Our child is a healthy happy baby, and I only had minor issues along the way.
So how on earth did I do it? Well, it wasn’t rocket science, and you can do these changes even if you’re not pregnant.
1. Quit the alcohol
If you’re pregnant, this is a no brainer. If you’re not, probably a lot harder to find the motivation to quit. Either way if you were drinking a glass of wine, or 5 each night, that alone is enough to push your calorie intake up. No alcohol, the better your liver operates.
2. Quit the junk food
I used to love cup ramen and potato chips. Ever since I got pregnant, it makes my stomach hurt so I can’t eat them anymore. The amount of calories and nasty stuff I don’t consume anymore has definitely helped my body do what it needs to do.
3. Quit the caffeine
Honestly, this was the hardest one. I used to be the person who drinks a whole lotta coffee through out the day, then have black puer tea after dinner. I’m the type of person who can’t just have a cup of coffee, so I decided to go cold turkey. I had a head banging headache for 1.5 weeks before I leveled out. The caffeine withdrawal symptoms were real and hard. I suggest simply cutting back on caffeine if you’re not the addictive type. If you want a few detox drink ideas, check this out.
Now that was a whole of don’t do’s. Here’s a list of stuff to do.
4. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables
Fiber is important for your digestive system to function properly. Most of us don’t get enough of it. I find that if I eat fruit in the morning, I crave less sugary sweets in the afternoons. Eat them as is, sliced up, or thrown in a smoothie. Whichever works for you. If you’re having a hard time getting your veggies in, eat a small salad and a cup of soup full of veggies with each meal.
5. Eat dinner by 19:00. Latest 21:00
The longer time you have between your last meal and bedtime, the better chance your digestive system has to breakdown your meal. I’ve never been the type that was able to get a good night’s sleep on a full stomach. Even as a child I lost my appetite after 9pm. When I was pregnant the clock went forward on my dinner time limit, as when you’re pregnant your digestion works slower. Our bodies hold onto the food we put in as long as possible to get as much nutrients as possible, because back in the day it was uncertain when the next meal is gonna be.
6. Do light stretches
This doesn’t have to be a full blown 60 minute yoga routine. It can just be quick stretches or poses throughout your day. Trust me, It’s so much better to stretch when you have the urge to do so, than wait until that one time you’re able to roll out a mat. Pro tip: when one side of your muscle stretches, the other side shrinks. If your muscle pain is coming from over stretched muscles, focus on stretching the other side.
7. Take quality supplements
Seriously. Most of us do not consume enough nutrients for our cells to perform at their best. The soil that grows our food is depleted compared to what our grandparents ate growing up. If we were to consume enough food to get enough nutrients, the calorie count would be through the roof. I like to take these to make sure my body gets what it needs for optimal performance.
There you have it! 7 simple lifestyle changes to be healthy. Our bodies cannot be fixed with a quick detox program. It needs to be a life long commitment. If you want to jump start your health journey with a reset, I think that’s awesome. But don’t go back to your pre-reset habits if you want a lasting impression.