This post is sponsored by LARABAR.
Since I quit my gym membership a few months ago, I had to start getting creative with my workouts. Although I wish I were a runner or a CrossFitter, I tend to gravitate toward lower-impact workouts. Years ago, I thought yoga wasn’t a “real” workout because it’s not overtly difficult. I mean, it’s just bending your body and focusing on your breath, right?
And if I’m being honest (which is something I like to be), getting back into the swing of yoga after having a baby has been more humbling than I care to admit. It’s as if I’m starting at zero, which is not what I expected! (Then again, when have my expectations really been in line with reality during these past seven months?)
Another thing I didn’t expect was turning into a ravenous beast once I got the OK from my OB to resume physical activity. Thankfully, my doctor explained the importance of staying on top of my calorie consumption and keeping a balanced diet if I was planning to work out and continue to nurse Jack. So, as a breastfeeding mom, I have a few tips for how to maintain your diet while keeping up with your yoga practice.
1. Drink TONS of water
On average, I drink around 75 ounces of water each day. I actually keep a cup of water on my bathroom sink, because chugging at least 8 ounces is one of the first things I do each day. If I become dehydrated, I feel sluggish and am prone to headaches, but it also compromises my milk supply. Needless to say, I’m drinking (and peeing) all. day. long.
2. Get enough sleep
This is laughable, I know, but stay with me. Even though my sleep these days is subpar, I do my best to go to bed early so I can attempt to get as much sleep as possible. When I’m tired, my sugar and carb cravings are through the roof, and I end up making poor food decisions. Also, when I’m exhausted, I make excuses for not exercising, even though yoga is something that absolutely energizes me! It’s a vicious circle.
3. Snack well, and snack often
I’m not a “three squares” kinda gal. I need to eat every few hours, and I need to be smart about what I’m eating, because as a S/WAHM, it’s a real challenge not to snack on crap all day long. I do my best to stock our pantry with healthy snacks, and my favorite snack of all time is LARABARs. I’ve been choosing LARABAR for years because the ingredient list is normally less than five items, and I can pronounce and find each item in my grocery store. I feel confident that when I’m eating a LARABAR I’m making a smart choice for both myself and Jack.
4. Never travel without food
I think the word “stay” in stay-at-home mom is funny, because I’m rarely at home. Before Jack, I could run errands or go to several meetings around town without needing food, but those days are long gone. This goes along with tip No. 3, but I make a point to pack my bag with several snacks at the beginning of the week (and restock when necessary) so I’m never caught without something to eat!
That’s pretty much it! No secret pills or magic shakes—just drinking, eating, and sleeping enough help me stay on a healthy track (most of the time!).
At LARABAR®, we believe that the foundation of a sound mind, body, and spirit is derived from what you eat—and what you eat is most delicious and satisfying when it’s in a whole, natural state.