As a mother, I can attest that multitasking between parenting and your career leaves you with less or no time for fitness. That is why most of us keep gaining weight, and the most we can do is just watch it happen. But did you know that this is not true?
From my experience, any mother can still maintain a perfect body by going the extra mile and making a meal plan that will facilitate this. Although there is a lot on your plate, you have to dig deep you’re your research to find the right information before making such a meal plan.
For me, I have learned to rely on a strict meal plan that incorporates all of the food categories in the right way. But before I share the meal plan, here are my main guidelines:
Make It a Balanced Diet
Mothers like me must eat a balanced diet at all times whether it is a main meal or just a snack. It should have all of the main categories of food, which include carbohydrates, healthy fats, proteins, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. At this point, you should start collecting all of the foods in these families in line with all of the recipes that you plan to have throughout the week.
Instead of eating more carbohydrates than any other food, you need to eat more fruits and vegetables. After ditching the habit of eating more carbs and sugar in preference for fruits and vegetables, you need to maintain a standard portion of proteins.
Eat All Meals
First, it is worth mentioning that I do not skip any meals. Doing so is not a solution to losing weight or getting a perfect body. I have a perfect body without skipping meals, and you can have one, too. In fact, you do not have to do any of the intermittent fasting that is becoming very common with mothers these days. You need to eat all meals, especially if you are lactating.
However, your meals should be very healthy. If you do some research, you will find that fitness enthusiasts who have perfect bodies focus on eating more than three meals a day. Although they use fitness enhancement gear from online websites and exercise a lot, they already know the importance of eating every meal.
Eat Whole Grains and Nuts
One secret I have maintained for a long time is eating whole grains and nuts. It is a healthy habit that has helped me to maintain a perfect body. As you gather the ingredients for your meal plan, ensure that you include whole grains. These include whole wheat, barley, brown rice, and all other grains that are not processed. Apart from the good carbohydrates, they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
On the other hand, nuts have more nutrients than you can imagine. I prefer almonds, macadamia, pistachios, hazelnuts, and peanuts, among many others, because they supply the body with essential oils, vitamins, and minerals. They have been hailed for promoting weight loss among mothers and you will definitely benefit in the same way.
Example of the Best Body Meal Plan
Although I keep changing my meal plan depending on my body needs, this example is what I am currently eating every Monday.
Breakfast: Fruit slices, whole muesli with low fat milk, eggs.
10 AM snack: Low-fat yogurt topped with crushed almonds and chopped pineapple.
Lunch: Chicken soup, mixed vegetable salad, brown rice, and chicken breast.
4 PM snack: Fruit salad topped with ice-cream.
Dinner: Buttered spinach, boiled potatoes, and beef stew.
I drink a lot of water and fresh fruit juices in between meals to keep myself hydrated and rejuvenated. One thing that mothers should know is that hydration plays a crucial role in maintaining the best body.
This is what I consider as a perfect meal plan for a mother with a goal of maintaining the best body. Make sure that you follow this just like I do. It can be modified to suit your needs, especially with the help of a fitness expert.