Real Moms Love to Eat..that is an understatement! I eat on the go, when I am bored, and especially when I am stressed out. Although I didn't gain as much weight with my second pregnancy, I seem to be having a harder time losing the baby weight. Granted, I am breastfeeding and I am 3 years older, so that all comes into play. But, I also know that I am eating not as well as I should. I feed Mason fruits, veggies, healthy grains, etc., but my meal plan seems to be lacking. I eat whatever is easy for me to grab and go..and that isn't always the healthiest choice.
I need something that is easy to follow. Something that I can incorporate into my everyday without making a total lifestyle change cold turkey. I am all about making changes, by taking baby steps. It seems easier to me that way.
Real Moms Love to Eat by Beth Aldrich takes this exact approach that I am looking for. This is not your typical diet book. Ms. Aldrich has brilliantly encompassed and written exactly what I am thinking and feeling, as I am sure many of you will agree. For example, she understands what it is like to be a busy Mom, that food is for enjoyment as well as nourishment, that we get cravings...and that's not a bad thing. She acknowledges the importance of chocolate in a woman's life, provides simple, healthy recipes that anyone can make, and will enjoy eating.
The Real Moms Love to Eat plan is simple. For 10 weeks, you make "fun little pleasure-invoking changes in your life". Each week, there are 5 "assignments" for you to do each day. These assignments are about making long term changes in your life that will help to "kick-start you from stressed to sensational". And, at the end, Ms. Aldrich even provides a 21 day meal plan that is designed to get you going and satisfy you at the same time. So, for example, Week 1 starts with 5 changes, including:
- Start each day with a green smoothie (recipe included in book for you!)
- Eat one ounce of dark chocolate every day (YUM!)
- Drink 4 glasses of fresh, pure water everyday.
- For dinner every night, make sure your meal contains two naturally green things, one naturally red thing, and one naturally yellow thing.
- Each day, eat one portion of something you really desire, no matter what it is (Whew! Dessert, here I come!)
As the weeks go on, the assignments will change, but I am hoping that most of these changes will help me to live a healthier lifestyle...including losing some of the baby weight!
I already feel better. Could it be the extra water I am drinking, the chocolate I get to enjoy each day, or the fact that I have begun to take charge of what I eat? I don't know...but I plan on continuing for the next 9 weeks to finish the plan and find out.
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