How to Overcome New Mom Exhaustion

Being mom is so exhausted

This month’s article has been kindly provided by my friend, Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Pearl Arjomand. Welcome Pearl!

Did you just have a baby and are struggling to stay awake? Having a baby includes a lot of change − to your body, to your family, to every aspect of your life! This change can be particularly challenging if it’s your first time, but whether you’re a first time mama or not, you might still be looking for ways you can feel your best so that you can enjoy this precious time with your little chickpea. Here are a few factors that might be affecting your energy levels.

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Superfoods 101: Easy Ways to Get Your Fill

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Superfoods are getting a lot of buzz lately. So many items are being called superfoods now and you may have a general sense that this is a good thing (super equals good, right?), but not know what this term really means or how to start incorporating them in your diet. So here’s a crash course to superfoods and some easy ways you can start enjoying them.

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5 Ways to De-Stress

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Stress. It’s something that most of us experience yet have a hard time dealing with. You might be thinking, Laila, I would love to be less stressed but I don’t know how to or have the time. Well, this article is for you because I’ve briefly explained why we need to better cope with it and included five ways you can start dealing with stress today. Or, you may be thinking, Laila, I’m not really very stressed, or I think I handle it just fine. To which my answer is: great! – this is still the article for you because stress is a sneaky beast and it likes to hide. Many of us are experiencing stress and aren’t aware of it until it hits us unawares or manifests in other ways. So read on and learn the ways you can start beating stress.

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6 Healthy Snacks That Everyone Can Enjoy

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Looking for a few go-to snacks? The best ones will nourish you and leave you feeling satisfied. They’ll also have a good combination of carbs, protein and fat to provide you with energy and leave you satiated until your next meal. Here are a few easy ones and tips for getting healthy snacking done.

Veggie Platters

With the warm summer weather, I can’t get enough of delicious crisp veggies, sliced apples, seed crackers and hummus (see my Facebook post). It’s the best time of the year for this so try cucumber, celery, carrots, bell peppers. You can also try pairing sliced apples with almond butter and a dusting of cinnamon. Very nice.

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Beat the 3pm Energy Crash

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Years ago when I worked in an office, without fail by 2-3pm my energy levels would crash and I would consistently turn to something, anything to get me through the rest of the day (which by then felt like it could not come sooner). A friend of mine and I would message each other over whether one had access to any contraband: chocolate? cookies? coffee? Yes please to all three. And since this seemed to be everyone’s story I didn’t think much of it. This is normal, right? Actually, it really isn’t.

 

It’s now rare for me to need any kind of energy pick-me-up at any point of the day. My energy levels are steady from when I wake up to when I get ready for bed and I’m here to share with you some common culprits that cause the energy slumps that many experience mid-afternoon.

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Tips to Kick That Sugar Habit

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Okay, so we’ve (mostly) all been there. I want to eat healthier. I really shouldn’t have that dessert. I need to cut down on my sugar intake. Okay, I’ll have this piece of cake and then I’ll cut down on sugar. A sugar habit can be really difficult to break. It can be one of the hardest things to give up and you may beat yourself up for not having “stronger willpower” to just follow-through on the plan you made to avoid it earlier that week, day or hour. Why is it so hard? Here I’ll share some tips to kick your sugar habit for good that will leave you with more energy without feeling deprived.

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Start Your Day with a Green Smoothie

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We’ve all heard the old adage, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but until a few years ago I didn’t really abide by it. In fact, the first thing you consume to break an 8-10-hour fast should replenish your body with all the nutrients and energy it will need to start your day on the right foot. With that in mind, here are some reasons why a green smoothie can do this for you and some tips to get started.

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Getting Started on Healthy Eating

Many people approach me with the question, I want to eat more healthily, but how do I get started?, and my answer is usually, Do it gradually and sustainably. Any kind of lifestyle change can be overwhelming but it can be especially impractical if it’s too much too soon. You get really excited and motivated, plan for a complete overhaul in your kitchen, and then find that when life gets busy it’s much easier to rely on old habits. So here are some tips for incorporating healthy changes to your diet that you can actually maintain.

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