Wouldn’t that be great. A magic wand to wave and poooooooof, a flat stomach.
I love my greens. My juices. My salads. My raw veg.
But I also love my morning espresso. A glass of pink champagne. A filet steak. A fine red. A New York cheesecake. Freshly baked croissants. Heston’s triple cooked chips.
It’s so easy to get out of the habit of eating them. The healthy stuff that is.
The desire for delicious sweet treats seems to overwhelm me and before I know it my muffin top, PMT and a feeling of “heaviness” is back.
I’ve done detoxes, juice cleanses, coconut water fasts and bootcamps. All have had their time and place and delivered results but I’m now looking for a kinder, more educated way to keep my body healthy, slim (and fertile!) and understand the real reason my weight fluctuates.
I connect with so many women who struggle with their body image and sense of wellbeing – especially after having a baby – and whilst I haven’t gone through a full pregnancy I have experienced the havoc hormones can have on your metabolism and choices. On the one hand you are full of wonder for all your body has created and achieved but on the other you are tired and want to “treat” yourself.
These are my favourites guides to help me look and more importantly, feel amazing. Lighter, in every sense of the word.
The Clean & Lean series including Clean & Lean Pregnancy Guide: The healthy way to exercise and eat before, during and after pregnancy.
The combo of his cover girl, beautiful wife and mother of his child Christiane and Foreword by Lara Stone for the Clean & Lean Pregnancy Guide; and 10 year follower Elle MacPherson (who is seriously rocking 50+) makes James Duigan my No. 1 Go-To for cutting the C.R.A.P (caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol and processed foods) from my life whatever stage I may be. The premise of eating foods as close to their natural state as possible makes sound sense to me. I love his Bad, Better, Best columns of food suggestions for a quick reminder of better choices. I don’t desire to be perfect but ensuring I chose from the Better and Best columns 80% of the time is do-able. It also allows me to see that most of the time I am making smart choices and stops me getting in the trap of eating something “bad” and feeling bad about it. When I chose something from any column I know it’s a conscious choice and I enjoy it.
A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever
A gift from Oprah written by spiritual heavy weight Marianne Williamson of A Course in Miracles fame. It’s a thought provoking book of 21 lessons guided by 4 principles intended to prompt mindfulness and a “miracle-minded approach to weight loss”. The principles are these:-
- Your body itself is completely neutral. It causes nothing; it is completely an effect, not a cause.
- Poor diet is not the cause of your excess weight, nor is lack of exercise the cause of your excess weight. The cause of your excess weight is in your mind.
- The cause of your excess weight is fear, which is a place in your mind where love is blocked.
- Fear expresses itself as subconscious urges, which then express themselves as either excessive and/or unhealthy eating habits and/or resistance to proper exercise. The ultimate effect of this – that is, excess weight will only be permanently and fundamentally healed when the fear itself is routed out.
May Cause Miracles: A 6-Week Kick-Start to Unlimited Happiness
This is not a diet book per se but I defy you to follow this, release your fears and feel really happy and continue to put on weight (unless you are pregnant of course but then it’s actually a lot less than most realise.)* Author Gabrielle Bernstein has written a few books on finding happiness and followed the self-study metaphysical guide A Course in Miracles which teaches how to become “the witness to fear-based thought.. and become willing to receive the guidance to change and let go of our fear and open our heart, mind and energy to be guided to a new perspective.” It’s a step-by-step hand holder with guided meditations leaving you no excuse not to expect subtle shifts leading to miraculous change. I would recommend this for new mums to dip into at first or followed more seriously 3-6 months post when you may be consciously or subconsciously battling a number of fears and concerns.
* The recommended weight gain in pregnancy varies depending obviously on your height and build but if you are a healthy weight to start around 10-15kg or 22- 30lbs is the suggested norm. Always seek advice and guidance from your Consultant or Midwife and if you gaining weight excessively seek support for yourself to look at the deeper issues but also be kind to yourself.