A friend sent me a meme today that said "athletes eat and train, they don't diet and exercise" and it struck me how words that are so similar can have a very different emphasis and the power to change our perspective.
I also want you to know you ARE an athlete. Don't laugh this off. I am dead set serious. Your sport is mummying. It involves repeated heavy lifting, constant bending and lunging, holding awkward positions for long periods and you rarely get a day off, all while experiencing unpredictable sleep patterns. If that isn't the definition of an athlete, I don't know what is!
With social and mainstream media pressures to 'bounce back' and 'lose the baby weight' (I hate those terms soooo much) it is no wonder mums lose sight of making sure their nutrition and exercise choices are fit for purpose. What food and exercise choices are going to have mums back functioning at the capacity they need in order to heal their postnatal bodies and 'mummy' day-in-day-out? This is where you need to build your support team.
If an athlete was injured they would have a specific plan for rehabilitation to get them back to their peak performance. Mums deserve that too! Depending on your situation, you might need to seek professional advice from a variety of experts such as dieticians, physiotherapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists and postnatal trainers to truly create a recovery plan that is specific to you. But don't let that long list scare you. Every mum is different and we are here to help you navigate your postnatal recovery journey with referrals to local practitioners and resources.
If you would like help with your postnatal recovery plan (no matter how old your kids are) give Go Mum! a call.
Ok, I know we just had our hottest day on record, ever, but sometimes salad just doesn't cut it.
This curry is a hit in our house. It has the sweet aromatic flavours the kids love and is fast and full of veggies to satisfy mum.
Precut your veggies on the weekend to get this on the table in under 30mins. You can substitute rice for cauliflower rice if preferred.
2 Tablespoons of red curry paste
400g can of coconut milk
250g pumpkin, small cubes
400g can brown lentils, washed and drained
1.5 cups of frozen peas
1 small head of cauliflower. Cut into small florets.
Cauliflower rice is a great way to minimise the carbs and up the veggie intake. Here is the basic recipe plus three twists to accompany various dishes.
Basic Cauliflower Rice
This is a lovely aromatic version good for Thai style dishes.
Chinese Fried Rice
This is super easy.
Garlic and onion
Scrambled egg (pre-prepared)
Broccoli (cut into small pieces.
Carrots (thin julienne), or capsicum
Feel free to share your cauliflower creations!
About the Author
Christine is a mother of two, personal trainer, and Thermomix lover. If there is an opportunity to sneakily add more vegetables to her kids diet, she is onto it.
Meals generally have to tick off three boxes in our house: quick, nutritious, delicious. I also love it when I can say goodbye to an overpriced packet mix from the supermarket and make it myself, making tacos an absolute winner in our house.
I was given this recipe by a friend and there are various versions on the internet. You can experiment with the herbs and spices and come up with your own signature taco seasoning!
1 tsp oregano flakes
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 - 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp onion flakes
1 tbsp garlic powder
tiny pink of cayenne pepper
Throw it all in a high speed food processor and blend until fine (In the Thermomix I do speed 10 for 10 sec).
I make double the mixture and keep half in an airtight container for the next batch of tacos.
To cook your meat mixture, brown your choice of protein (we love beef or pork mince) add seasoning and 1/3 cup of water (more if needed), red kidney beans (or any type of bean or legume) and simmer till cooked.
Serve with fresh salad, sour cream, cheese and your choice of taco shell. Lettuce leaves also work well for a natural taco shell option but the kids manage better with a hard shell. Mum and Dad might also like some tabasco sauce ;-)
If your little ones need more convincing to try tacos they might enjoy the book "Dragons love tacos". It is a favourite in our house.
About the Author
Christine is a mother of two and lover of home made food.
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