I’ve been having about a week-long spell of bad body image. I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror due to a little weight gain over the last couple of months.
“I look fat”
“This doesn’t fit me right”
“This is the heaviest I’ve been in a while”
So today I decided to have a google and looked up the average size for a woman of my height only to realize I am SMALLER than average.
So why is it then that my mind has been programmed to feel unhappy with the way I look? 👀 The reality is that our expectations of how we are ‘supposed’ to look are completely skewed by popular media.
Scrolling on Instagram is something I do mindlessly when I’m bored, but it can often make me feel inadequate.
REMINDER: Not everyone has long toned legs, a flat stomach, and a large 🍑. In fact... most people don’t.
Everyone looks completely different, and often what we see online is not an accurate depiction of how they really look. Photoshop, facetune, and posing all impact an image! Don’t let what you see online change what you see in the mirror 😇
Healthy snacks vs. a meal! I have no issue with nuts—in fact, they are a Genius Food! Snacking on nuts however requires discipline to not overdo.
Let’s set the record straight: nuts are healthy. A recent meta-analysis (a study of studies, often considered the top of the evidence pyramid) published in BMC Medicine told me that high consumers versus low consumers of nuts had a 20% reduced risk of mortality by any cause, a 19% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, an 18% reduced risk of any cancer, a 24% reduced risk of respiratory disease, 32% reduced risk of diabetes mortality, 31% reduced risk of kidney disease mortality, and 7% reduced risk of neurodegenerative mortality. This is great news.
However, it can be very easy to inhale a whole bag of nuts. Ever do that? I have!🙋🏼♂️
Different nuts have various nutrients but they are all generally very calorie dense foods. You should also consider hidden nasties such as rancid grain and seed oils or sugar often added to them. Be sure of two things: raw or DRY roasted and without added sugar.
One way I’ve discovered to integrate nuts that doesn’t make them prone to overconsumption is by using them in recipes as a flavor or texture enhancer. They’re great in salads, on vegetable dishes, and even on seafood. 🐟 It’s way easier to eat a responsible amount compared to when you’re just shoving them by the handful in your mouth (again, I’ve been known to do this 😂). ——
The Comparison is;
My handful size of macadamia Nuts - 60grams
Meal prep by @livevitae: wild salmon + egg and all the Plants 🌱 such as tomatoes + green beans + sweet potatoes 😍 + greens.
✨ Day 2 -> Week 2 postpartum.
I’m curious for those who have had either their 4 week postpartum checkup or their 6 week checkup.. what was it like?
I’ve heard all doctors do is check you, ask how you’re doing, and then say you’re “healed” and send you on your way.
While there’s nothing wrong with that, there is SO much more to postpartum healing than the doctors tell you about!
That’s why so many women struggle with:
- DR issues. (That little pouch that won’t go away.)
- Pelvic floor issues which can lead to incontinence issues. (Example: Women saying they can’t run without peeing a little.)
- Lots of Inflammation.
- Hormonal issues for a year postpartum.
- Prolonged baby blues or PP Depression.
I have been told by multiple moms that all those things are “normal” and that’s just the side affects of having kids.
We are SO misinformed as women! All of those things are NOT NORMAL for a prolonged period of time. We are so uneducated on just the extent of healing that needs to go into postpartum.
If you’re dealing with any of those issues above, know they’re not normal and can be fixed. We need to educate women on how postpartum healing should be done!
Comment below your experience with your postpartum check up!