The Health Advocate

by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

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When a mother is in action, she's not just operating for herself. She's thinking about her children as well. As a result, it's important for every woman to incorporate healthy habits before the babies even arrive. Consider these four tips as a new mom.

1. Eat Savory Foods First

In the mornings, it's very important to eat breakfast. It's also very wise to make sure that the foods are nutritious. Avoid eating lots of sugar-laden foods in the morning such as cereal with artificial flavoring or a ton of super sweet fruit juices. You don't want to experience a spike in your blood sugar in the early hours of the day. Instead, opt for savory options like avocado toast, scrambled eggs or tofu and other protein-rich foods. If you must have something sweet, enjoy oatmeal topped with fruit and a little bit of maple syrup. These sweets are all-natural and won't encourage a dramatic spike.

2. Avoid Binge Eating

Because it's commonly promoted as normal, many women tend to overeat during the pregnancy. Because a woman is eating for two, she gets the idea that she needs to eat twice as much food. At birth, the average baby isn't even a full ten pounds. While it's growing, it doesn't need adult-sized servings of food. Make sure eating is a priority. Starvation can cause your baby to go into fetal distress. However, don't get sucked into the idea that you have to eat whatever you want whenever you want. The baby doesn't need the American super-sized diet.

3. Carry Healthy Snacks

It's easy to snack on unhealthy foods such as chips, candy and cookies. However, the nutritional value of these foods is almost non-existent. Instead, choose snacks that will fuel the body and encourage a healthy development in your baby. Carry snacks like frozen grapes, cucumbers and pita chips with hummus. If you need more ideas, visit organic grocers that sell healthy snacks that are equally delicious.

4. Include Lots of Colors

Every plate needs to be colorful. If everything is one color, the nutrients are usually lacking in some area. At breakfast time, a bowl of oatmeal with banana, blueberry and strawberry toppings will do the trick. A lunchtime meal could include a sweet kale salad, sweet potato fries and a vegetarian burger. A wonderful dinner meal might include a spinach and avocado salad, a small piece of meat and some black bean soup.

It's best to get creative with the meals you prepare. As your body sends the nutrients to your baby, it'll be easier for your baby to adjust and want healthy foods as they get older. Plus, your body will thank you for treating it well and giving it the right fuel to keep going!

@ 1:22pm ET on September 21, 2017
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