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The Best Abs, Core, and Pelvic Floor Workout for Moms #90DaysToHealth

The Best Postpartum Abs Workout: A full review of Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program by Natalie Hudson

Motherhood can make you feel stronger than you’ve ever felt before.

It’s true! Not only have you grown a little human being inside of you, you then gave birth, you’ve raised this little being with your whole heart, body and mind – and it takes strength to do so!

Yet no matter how strong we may feel, sometimes our physical strength just doesn’t match up. At least, that’s how I feel when it comes to my abdomen muscles and pelvic floor.

The Best Postpartum Abs Workout: A full review of Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program by Natalie Hudson

Do I pee a little if I sneeze?

Sometimes.

Am I racing to the bathroom if I’ve waited too long for a tinkle?

Oh yeah.

Can I jump on a trampoline with my kids without peeing myself?

Nope.

And it sucks when you discuss these somewhat embarrassing details with your doctor, who then tells you to work on your kegels or recommends incontinence pads.

This is why I was super stoked to discover the Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program, which is made for women 6 weeks postpartum to any age postpartum! The program addresses issues with the loving ‘mommy pooch’, as well as Diastasis Recti, pelvic floor, and incontinence issues. The program was created by Natalie Hodson, a personal trainer, and Dr. Monique Middlekauff, a specialist in pelvic floor disfunction.

The Best Postpartum Abs Workout: A full review of Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program by Natalie Hudson

The 30-day program comes with an informative PDF booklet that completely educates you on the reasons behind Diastasis Recti and pelvic floor dysfunction, and is full of workouts and tips to help heal and improve those problem areas. Weekly videos accompany the PDF (which you can print out or read on your phone/laptop/tablet) which provide step-by-step instructions on how to do each move and engage the appropriate muscles.

The most awesome part of the Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor program? It can be done ANYWHERE and ANYTIME thanks to the program being accessible on my phone, tablet, and laptop. I can do it after yoga in the morning, I can do it in my office between answering emails, or I can do it while travelling because there are no weights or accessories necessary.

The Best Postpartum Abs Workout: A full review of Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program by Natalie Hudson

I’m right in the middle of the program and I can already feel my abdomen and pelvic floor getting stronger. The videos are easy to understand and really help me isolate the right muscles, which is so important to seeing results faster.

I’ve incorporated this program into my daily routine, on my #90DaysToHealth Journey! I love that this program is super informative, relatively simple, and I look forward to doing it each day and getting my workout in. I can feel myself getting stronger, I can feel it in my core and even my lower back, and that strength is helping me gain confidence in my everyday life.

I feel strong as a mother!

Have you tried Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor? Learn more about this life-changing program by clicking on the link! I’m going to update again once I finish the program and provide my thoughts!

The Best Postpartum Abs Workout: A full review of Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program by Natalie Hudson

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Natalie Hodson, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #abscorepelvicfloor  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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How to Go Vegan As a Family #90DaysToHealth

How to Go Vegan As a Family | Want to become a vegan with kids? It's easier than you think! Here are step by step ways to become vegan with your family.

Becoming a vegan is not as hard as you think it might be, but going vegan as a family can be a bit tricky! I’ve quickly discovered that going vegan is easy when you make an abundance of delicious vegan meals – crowding out whatever meat and dairy may have been in your diet before with an abundance of veggies, whole grains, and plant-based proteins.

Yes, going vegan can be easy. But throw in an 11 year old that won’t eat onions or peppers, and a 5 year old whose dream diet consists of pizza and cheeseburgers, and suddenly going vegan as a family becomes a little more difficult. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned this past week on how to go vegan as a family without losing your mind!

 

How to Go Vegan As A Family? Make Sure Everyone’s On Board!

Making sure everyone in the family is on board with switching to a vegan lifestyle makes the transition much smoother. Our daughter is 11 and is totally loving this vegan diet! Our 5 year old? He can’t quite grasp the concept of veganism, although he is coming around to the idea that we don’t eat animals anymore.

But how did I get my meat-loving husband to go vegan? We watched What The Health on Netflix one day. That was enough to get him to want to try going vegan to see how it might make a difference in our lives. Because really, what’s the worst that could happen? Ask yourself. Ask your family.

What’s the worst thing that could happen if we go vegan for a month?

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Get Rid of Non-Vegan Temptation

You know when you go on a diet and  you clean your fridge and pantry out of any temptations? This is the same thing, you’re just clearing your house out of anything made from animal and dairy products. Now, I admit, if something might have a “trace of milk”, I know it means that it’s made in the same facility as something made with milk ingredients, and I don’t mind if we eat that.

But it’s important to remove temptation, clear your house of non-vegan items, and go grocery shopping for vegan items. Don’t go all crazy buying vegan cheese and faux meat substitutes or vegan desserts – yes, all of those exist, but that’s not why you’re going vegan. A plant-based diet should be based on healthy, nutritious, seasonal foods, with those extra things as a once-in-a-while thing!

Make Family Favourite Recipes with a Vegan Spin

One of the biggest fears people have is missing out on cheese and meat – and not getting enough protein! Don’t fret – there are a ton of delicious vegan recipes out there! Lentil loaf instead of meat loaf, vegan burritos and tacos made with squash and black beans, and there’s so many vegan burger recipes – you  just have to find one you like!

If you’re looking for quick vegan dishes, you can make a yummy pasta, grill veggies, and make large buddha bowls with quinoa or brown rice as a base, and just add a ton of veg that are roasted and fresh for variety, add some hummus and light dressing and you’re done! Find some smoothie recipes the kids will love, and try to discover new favourites!

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Eating Out as a Vegan Family

We’ve gone out to a couple of restaurants as a ‘vegan family’, and each time we learned new things and discovered delicious food that we would have never tried if we weren’t vegan. Our family loves having sushi once every few weeks – and we were happy to discover that it’s totally possible, but it’s a little different, obviously! Luckily our server was super knowledgeable and quickly let us know what we could eat and what wasn’t vegan (no miso soup or tempura batter!).

I would research restaurants in your area before going, to take a look at their menu and see what vegan or vegetarian options they have available. FYI many vegetarian options can become vegan if you take off the cheese or mayo. There are so many restaurants that have veggie burgers, delicious pastas, flatbreads, salads, and other vegan options that you probably don’t even realize because you’re not eating like a vegan!

Involve Your Family in Vegan Grocery Shopping

I purchased a few vegan cookbooks so the whole family can take a look at different recipes and we make our meal plan together. While our 5-year old points at pictures of vegan burgers and vegan nachos, my daughter picks out interesting meals we would never have tried before – like vegan bahn mi sandwiches or vegan paella.

Going Vegan as a Family is Not as Hard as You Think!

I was really expecting this vegan diet to be a lot more difficult that it is! I admit my 5-year old has me stumped sometimes, but one look in our pantry and I realize there’s so many things he can eat, even if it’s covered in vegan cheese or ketchup. (Quesadilla, Pizza Flatbreads, Pastas, Vegan Burgers, French Fries, and Cucumbers – this is his diet.)

Check out the cookbooks above for some awesome vegan recipe ideas for your whole family – we are loving these options so far, and I’m slowly cooking my way through these books.

How do we feel?

Honestly, we feel amazing.

We’ve noticed that we have more energy. We’re not as tired at the end of the day. We don’t feel bloated or weighed down by the food we’re eating.

Have you ever thought of starting a plant-based diet with your family? Would you try a vegan diet as a family?

How to Go Vegan As a Family | Want to become a vegan with kids? It's easier than you think! Here are step by step ways to become vegan with your family.

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How to Help Your Kids Declutter Their Toys

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Do you ever look around your house and think – Where did all this STUFF come from?

It happens to the best of us. It happens to the ‘us’ that strive for minimalism in their daily life. It happens to mostly all of us. Especially when there are kids added to the equation.

I’m fairly diligent when it comes to purging toys and clothes, and donating or recycling them. I try to go through closets on a monthly basis to take out things that don’t fit right, I pull out toys that are no longer played with, but in all honestly, I usually do this alone.

Why do get rid of excess toys and clothes by myself? Because it’s easier!

There’s no children around to watch you get rid of their suddenly ‘favourite’ toys, their prized possessions that haven’t been touched in months… No whining about favourite t-shirts that are two sizes too small – it takes a lot faster to go through it quickly, throw it in a box, and donate it that same day.

But then it occurred to me that there’s no children watching me purge the excess stuff.

Kids do as they see – not necessarily what they’re told. They learn by watching. They see the example you set for them and they will follow it. Nobody likes to be lectured to and told what to do. And if the kids aren’t watching me remove the stuff that’s no longer needed, just hearing about it, how will they really understand?

 

So my husband and I decided to do a stuffed animal purge WITH the kids. That’s right, we decided to help our kids declutter their toys. Stuffies are always a sore subject to approach because they’re cuddly, cute, and usually in great condition so there’s no need to get rid of them. Over the years we’ve accumulated way too many and we decided to include them in the decision making process.

We started with over fifty stuffed animals. 50. That’s a lot for two little kids. We didn’t count them but we stacked them up on our sofa to the point where the stuffed bears and cats and dragons were all falling off!

Helping Kids Get Rid of their Toys

Help Kids Get Rid of Toys

When ALL the stuffed animals in the house were rounded up in one spot, it was easy to see that we had accumulated way too many stuffed animals! It became easier for the kids to comprehend this excessive amount and that we didn’t have enough space for ALL of them… so we asked them to go through them and pick their absolute favourites…..

Of course, that wasn’t easy. We went through a few rounds of “Keep – Maybe Keep – Donate”, and the process because quite difficult at some points. There were tears of sadness, saying goodbye to old friends is never easy, but we persevered past it, helping the kids to understand why we were doing this.

Helping Kids Get Rid of Toys

  • The kids had so many toys they didn’t even recognize some of them because they were stuck on a shelf. One way we described this was that with 50 toys, our kids didn’t have enough time to spend playing and loving all of them, but if you have 7 toys, all 7 of those toys will be super loved and super played with and happy!
  • We reminded our kids that this was NOT a punishment. In no way were they to feel like they had done something wrong to ‘deserve this’.
  • Less toys means less time searching for missing toys. Less toys means less time cleaning up their toys!
  • Some toys were very old and in disrepair. We thanked those toys for all the time they spent with us, we kissed them, we said goodbye.
  • Other toys were almost brand new and would be donated. We reminded our kids that those toys were going to get new best friends and would be happy in their new life.
  • Getting rid of toys didn’t mean that these toys had no value or purpose in our lives. We thanked the toys for spending time with us, we remembered who gave them to us, or what occasion we got them on, the fun times we had – and then we hugged them and said goodbye.

Having the kids get rid of their excess toys and choose 7 favourites was a difficult and lengthy process, full of emotions, struggles, and confusion. But they are so much better for going through this experience than not. I’m so glad we had the kids pick and choose their favourite toys and say goodbye to the ones who didn’t make the cut. I’m so happy we were able to help them emotionally through this process, and I’m glad it was a positive experience for all of us.

Helping Kids Get Rid of their Toys

In the end the kids got to keep about 9 stuffed animals each, and what was really strange was that they actually played with their toys. Not a single electronic device was played with that day. That for me is a success.

Do you feel that you’re drowning in toys? Do your kids have so many toys that they don’t even  play with most of them? Do you have more toys than space allows for?

Why not try to purge them with the kids?

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How I Became FitBit Obsessed! Day 3 of #90DaysToHealth

How I Became a FitBit Addict #90DaysToHealth

Do you remember when the Fitbit first came out years ago? Women everywhere were getting them for Christmas, for birthdays, or just because it was the coolest, newest thing – and everyone was obsessed with it. I would see people in the grocery store wearing their FitBits, my Facebook feed regularly included a Fitbit meme, and people bragged about their steps on IG.

And me?

I rolled my eyes at all of it.

And then this happened:

How I Became a FitBit Addict #90DaysToHealth

A few months ago, my coach suggested I get a Fitbit or something similar to track my steps and be aware of how active I was (or wasn’t). The eye rolling was huge at the time, but a few months later I happily placed a Fitbit Alta on my wrist, in a bright teal blue, and began counting steps. All for the sake of health, I told myself.

And so the obsession began.

The Fitbit Alta has been on my wrist since I got it, except when I had to charge it, which is once every 5 days or so. I got the FitBit Alta because I liked the size and shape of it, compared to the other models, and I didn’t splurge for the heart rate monitor version because I personally don’t feel I need it.

My first impression of my Fitbit Alta was that it was very bright. The teal colour stands out nicely and makes my arms look more tan, so there’s a bonus. I love that it’s also a watch that can tell you the time and date, and that there’s different ways to customize the screen so you can view the stats how you like. To use it, you can either raise your wrist to see the time, or double tap to ‘turn it on’ then tap once to swipe through the stats.

Activity Level Defined by Steps Per Day | Do you wonder how many steps you should be taking?

After I wore the Fitbit for a few days, I didn’t even notice it on my wrist because it’s very lightweight. What I did notice is that my steps were very low when I was working from home. My steps averaged between 4,500 – 5,500 for the first few days, and that really opened my eyes quite a bit as to how little activity I was getting on some days. The Fitbit really motivated me to step it up and start adding walks to my day, move my butt around more, and get my steps in.

I also wore the Fitbit at night because I was curious as to how it monitors sleep, and I was surprised that it does a pretty good job. The Fitbit tracks my sleep pattern and shows me (on the iPhone app) how long I was asleep, how many times I was restless, and how long I was awake for during the night.

So yes, it’s easy to say I’ve become obsessed. I get the memes now. I live them. And for good reason – I wasn’t getting enough activity in. When you work at a desk all day, you forget to move with intention. I did. And the Fitbit really opened my eyes to that. I’m more motivated to ‘get my steps in’ and move more often – and if I’m sitting for too long, my Fitbit vibrates to let me know to move it.

A couple of things I discovered with the Fitbit – if you drive a lot, you want to make sure your Fitbit isn’t thinking you’re walking. I had to download a separate app called DriveBit, and log ‘driving time’. Yes, it’s a bit annoying, but I get that the Fitbit might think those small bumps during a drive might be walking. However, I was super stoked to discover the Fitbit easily recognized when I was on a bike or swimming, and logged those exercise times automatically!

I have no doubt that the Fitbit will help me on my #90DaystoHealth Journey – which I’m on Day 3 of! My current steps goal is 8,000 per day, and I love when I hit that goal! The Fitbit has a little vibration party on my wrist! But tell me, I wanna know – do you have a Fitbit? Do you love it?

How I Became a FitBit Addict #90DaysToHealth

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90 Days to Health Journey: Day Two

90 Days to Health: Day Two #90DaystoHealth

Today is Day Two to a Healthier Me!

I’m still feeling super motivated and excited about the changing our lifestyles and heading on a healthier path. Which is great but being the eternal realist I know that the feeling will probably dissipate over the next few weeks and I have to be prepared for that!

And I’m still getting the hang of trying to cook vegan, quickly, easily, and without thinking. Today I worked in the Village, out of the house. I started my day off with water and lemon, and then a green smoothie (spinach, goji berries, mango, flax meal, protein powder, almond milk), which held me over for a while. I got a matcha latte (made with soy milk) and a vegan energy ball at a cafe, where I worked for a while.

But then lunch came around and I was stuck. At one cafe there was ONE vegan option that I really didn’t want to eat, so I googled and scoured the internets, and ended up going to Ingrid’s Cafe, which didn’t technically have vegan options, but they had vegetarian options that could go vegan – so I went with a veganized falafel wrap which was delicious!

When I got home, my husband was antsy after working in the home office all day, so he left for a bike ride and I made the kids dinner separate from ours. Instead of making one big dinner and reheating it later for him, I made the kids these veggie burgers from Hilary’s, and they loved them. I sprinkled them with Daiya cheese, put them on toasted buns, and the kids ate them up.

Later on, for my husband and I, I made Hilary’s Mediterranean bites and I put them in a wrap full of yummy veggies and hummus. Yes, I essentially ate the same thing for lunch and for dinner. I didn’t even think about it at the time, lol! I was just excited to be eating something nourishing, delicious, and filling.

The night before I made these Black Bean & Butternut Squash Burritos, which I’ve made before and knew that the whole family loves them. THIS is what I’m getting my mind around – what can I make that won’t take too long, is fairly easy to make without a load of random ingredients, and that the kids will actually eat!

Today my daughter said, “This vegan thing isn’t as hard as I thought it would be.”

And I just looked at her, and said, “Nope, it really isn’t!”

For the past few months I’ve been making small changes without really announcing them. For instance, our home only has almond milk (2 kinds – unsweetened for me, vanilla for the kids), no dairy milk for at least four months. I’ve been adding lots of veggies to our meals, eating more organic foods, and even the meat we were eating came from local farms.

The snacks the kids eat at school are almost always vegan or ‘allergen-free’, because my daughter has a peanut allergy, so we get these overpriced ‘healthier’ kids snacks that I don’t feel guilty about feeding to my kids.

I don’t think she’s even realized that I threw the Nutella out with my big purge of everything non-Vegan, and again, that’s something she’s not eating as much of anyway.

Another win today?

I made it over 8,000 steps on my FitBit! I know that’s not huge – trust me, I see that people get these 15,000 steps on a daily (or more!) but it’s great for me, someone who averages at 4,000-5,000. I’m going to keep working on getting my steps up and I’m trying to create a schedule for my workouts!

Well, wish me luck for tomorrow!

90 Days to Health: Day Two #90DaystoHealth

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