Nutrition for Moms
With so many phases of motherhood, you need to be prepared nutritionally for pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, running and more!
Whether you have been exercising for a long time or are just getting started here are some tips for your workout diet plan:
Hydrate when you rise: By the time you wake up, your body has gone without water for approximately 8 hours. Drinking a large glass of water is a great way to start the day. It also ensures that you are well-hydrated if you work out first thing in the morning. Be sure to drink an additional 8 to 10 cups of water each day, noting you may need more if your workouts are high intensity.
Make the most of your snacks: Snacks can be a great way to boost your nutrition. Fill the gap between meals with fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, and whole grains. This helps to keep your body consistently fueled and ready for your workout, but will also allow you to not get too full at meal time, which may inhibit your if you work out later in the day.
Before and After: If you are working out at a moderate to high intensity, you need to be enjoying a small snack before and after your sweat session. An hour before your workout grab a yogurt, piece of fruit or granola bar to give your body a little glucose boost – aka energy boost! Within 30-45 minutes after your work out, your body is most receptive to building and repairing muscle so grab a glass of water then enjoy a combination of protein and carbs. Consider grilled chicken with steamed veggies, or beef and veggies stir-fry over brown rice. If your workout does not fall before a meal time, consider packing a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread or even a glass of soy milk. No matter what, be sure to help your body refuel to see the best results.