When you look in the mirror do you wonder, “Where did my pre-pregnancy body go”? Believe me, you’re not alone. The majority of moms feel the same way you do.
If you’re longing to shape up, slim down and feel an abundance of energy, you’re going to love the 4 simple food swaps I’m sharing with you today.
Most weight loss advice is about counting calories, slashing portions and steering clear of the dessert cart. Oh, and don’t forget punishing exercise.
While I agree that stepping away from the conventional dessert tray may be your best option, I don’t believe losing weight through calorie-controlled frozen meals or tiny portions is the way to go. If I see one more ad promoting a sliver of pizza with fat free ice cream as a weight loss solution, I will lose my mind!
Eating teeny portions of calorie-dense foods that don’t satisfy leaves you hangry (hungry-angry) and relying on willpower to get yourself through the day.
That is not the recipe for a happy mama! And it usually ends in a binge. (I may have have tried that method in the past… :))
Thank goodness there’s a better way, and I’m on a mission to share the strategies that helped me lose the last 10 pounds and keep it off in my (free) Facebook Baby Weight Revolution community.
I rely on easy swaps so I can fill up without overthinking it. As moms, we don’t have time to scrutinize and count everything we eat. Instead, there are easy changes that take the guesswork out of weight loss. You don’t have to give up flavor with these tricks either!
Here are four easy swaps I teach in the Baby Weight Revolution 14-day program:
- Dinner: In place of rice, pasta, or baked potatoes, go with cauliflower rice, zucchini pasta and sweet potatoes. Some quinoa or brown rice is certainly fine here and there, but I find filling up on fiber-packed veggies with my protein is the best way to go. Don’t overstuff yourself, but eat enough to be satisfied. No need to limit serving size when you’re eating cauliflower! You can easily make these swaps and enjoy your favorite meals: stuffed peppers, spaghetti, and stir fry are all easily done with veggie variations.
- Lunch: In place of bread, use lettuce wraps for your sandwiches. Many tortillas can be just as calorie-dense as bread, so don’t get fooled into thinking wraps are always a better choice. Use a romaine, butter lettuce or collard green leaf and fill it with anything you’d put on a sandwich! You can pre-wash a few leaves and wrap them in paper towels or dish towels and bag them up in the fridge. Then they are just as quick to grab as bread or a tortilla. One variation I love: hummus, sprouts, chicken, cucumber, and avocado in a collard green wrap.
- Snack: In place of pretzels, crackers, or 100 calorie snack-packs of cookies, go with a small handful of nuts or seeds. Don’t fear the fat! (I know, I was brainwashed for a long time too, but it’s time to make the move and reap the benefits.) You do have to be mindful of portions with nuts and seeds, but a small handful is perfectly satisfying. You might think pretzels are a better choice than cookies, but pretzels are refined carbs that still spike your blood sugar, increase cravings, and leave you hungry 30 minutes later just like cookies do. They are empty calories! Ditto on the gluten-free rice and almond crackers on the market. Refined processed snacks just won’t satisfy. Stick to almonds instead. My favorite nuts and seeds to pre-portion out are almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), and shelled sunflower seeds. Take a few minutes to bag them up for the week and your healthy snack will be just as simple as grabbing that bag of pretzels.
- Breakfast: Swap cereals, toast, English muffins and oatmeal for a healthy protein-packed smoothie for breakfast. In my experience personally and working with clients, carb-heavy breakfasts lead to more hunger and cravings later in the day. Enjoying a smoothie full of fiber and protein is not only a delicious way to start the day, but it will stick with you through the morning the way breads just can’t. Beware though, not all smoothies are created equally. I see a lot of fruit-filled smoothies and fast-food offerings that are no better than the sugar shock you get from a doughnut. My smoothies include some fruit for sweetness, but I load up with a lot of other essential goodness. *I have 5 amazing smoothie recipes in my free Facebook Group, so make sure to join me there!
Simple swaps and a solid action plan changes everything and will have you back in your favorite pair of jeans in no time.
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