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Many of us breastfeeding moms are very concerned about the quality of food we eat, since what we consume goes straight to our baby through the milk. Vegetables might make the baby gassy, lack of fat will convert into poor quality milk, and spicy food changes the taste of milk. However, so many of us simply forget to eat for a sake of nourishing our postpartum bodies and for the benefit of our health. August is a health month and is a perfect time to talk about for breastfeeding mom. “The Healthy Living Magazine Made Simple” by Sam’s Club has a great deal of information on this topic!
While browsing a magazine, I came across “Head to Toe Health Article” by Dawn Jackson Blatner. This publication discusses how different foods affect various parts of our body, and I felt that it was crucial to share, since we all can benefit from eating smart.
The Basics of Good Eating
Nutrient rich food energizes every cell of your body as it makes its way through your body. Excellent qualities of food get sent in different directions to fight disease, aid our appearance, and contribute to a good mood. Check the ingredients and limit food with the ingredients you can’t pronounce and don’t usually have in your kitchen.
I’ll Be Good Tomorrow
August is the health month and with the holidays just around the corner, losing weight and feeling great will take a back seat for many of us. Be better today instead of waiting for tomorrow!
Get Me the Right Food
Consider these products while putting together your shopping list, as they make your whole body healthy.
Good for Your Brain:
Researchers suggest that Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables help to improve memory and brain function.
Where: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach
Active ingredient: Flavonoids
Where: Blueberries, Strawberries
Flavonoids in these berries have the power to make your brain act up to 2.5 years younger
Good for Your Skin:
Active ingredient: Carotenoids
Where: Kale, Carrots
These two power vegetables can give you a healthy orange hue that looks even healthier than tanned skin.
Active Ingredient: Omega-3 fat
Where: Fish, Flaxseeds
Help your skin to stay firm with these. As they contribute to protecting your skin from damage and wrinkles
Good for Your Muscles
Active Ingredient: Potassium and electrolyte
Did you know that potassium helps to support muscle function, prevents muscle cramps and can even build up muscles?
Active Ingredient: Polyphenols
Worked out hard? Grab some of these to reduce soreness and muscle damage.
Good for Your Heart
Active Ingredients: Healthy fats and vitamins, like Vit E
Eating nuts on a regular basis can decrease a chance of a heart disease by 35%
Active Ingredients: High fiber and heart-healthy minerals (potassium, magnesium, calcium)
Eat bean four times a week and reduce heart disease risk by more 20 percent.
Good for Your Bones
Active ingredients: Calcium, Vit D
Vitamin D helps to absorb Calcium in the milk, so it is win-win
Active Ingredients: Magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, boron, polyphenols
It’s not a well-known fact, but 5-6 prunes a day will [rvent bone loss and stimulate bones regrowth
Good for Your Digestion
Active Ingredients: Probiotic
Pick kefir over yogurt, as it has many types of probiotics
Active ingredients: Prebiotics
Where: Honey, Garlic, and Onion
Good bacteria in your gut will strengthen your immune system and boost your immunity
I have found the hard way that there is a difference between having a baby in early 30’s vs. the late 30′ – recovery takes a lot longer and things don’t just bounce back. That is why it is crucial to nourish your body back to health by eating a variety of food – food that will keep you healthy head to toe. And don’t forget to check out Free Health Screening dates at your local Sam’s Club, because if you don’t take care of yourself, you will be one cranky, miserable mama.
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