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5 Essential Morning Mum Routines

1. Apple Cider Vinegar 

The first thing I do when I wake up is go downstairs boil the kettle. Whilst I'm waiting:

  • 1 desert spoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 squeezes of lemon
  • circa 5 Mls of boiler water
  • circa 5 Mls of cold filtered water

I drink this and it balances me, my PH and digestion and has worked wonders for my energy and skin.

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)

2. Run/ Yoga/ Mediate

So as a working mum I know it's not always possible to ring fence time, so it can depend on the day or maybe the nights sleep that was had.  What I do have is even if it's 5 minutes mediation, downward dog or more ideally for me a run and yoga.  After one of the above my energy levels are on peak for the day, if I have not down in the morning then I make sure I do a session at lunch.  I would be lying if I said as a mum life always goes as planned, but I've found a healthy habit is easier with a diversity of practice and making it achievable, as opposed to punishing the body for some unsustainable routine.

After a run I also do some yoga and kettle bells

After a run I also do some yoga and kettle bells

3. Coconut Oil - Teeth Pulling

I got into teeth pulling 3 years ago.  I wanted a more natural way to fight cavities, maintain and improve gum and dental health.  

  • I take a spoon of coconut oil when i finished my run or practice, and literally swim it around my mouth.  
  • Pushing and pulling it the coconut oil in and out of my teeth with my mouth closed for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Typically, I am still teeth pulling whist showering, doing my hair and getting ready.  
  • Sometimes, I use the floss tips at the same time or before for an extra clean.
  • Finally I gargle and spit it out into tissue or kitchen towel in the sink, so it does no block the drains.  Then straight into the bin.  
  • Finally, I scrub my teeth.
Organic Coconut Oil

Organic Coconut Oil

4. Salt (when needed)

8 or so years ago I got an infection from a spa, and to say I had acne was an understatement. It left my face badly scared,  After several treatments to the dermatologist which did not work the one thing that did was salt!  Just ordinary table salt.  None of the fancy kind which i normally cook with, but just cheap as chips table salt.  If my face needs a bit of an exfoliation or brighting (now only now and again). 

  • Splash warm water onto my face to open up the pores
  • Take a handful of salt and gently rub onto the skin
  • Rinse with warm water 
  • Finish with cool water to close the pores
Salt (just normal table salt)

Salt (just normal table salt)

5. Olay with SPF

I gave up using fancy cream. My husband has tried to treat me to posh creams, but honestly the best cream that works for me is Olay.  However, what ever your cream moisturise ideally with an SPF inside.

Oil of Olay

Oil of Olay

14 On Demand Fitness Resource - My Journey How to Get Fit After Children

14 On Demand Fitness Resource - My Journey How to Get Fit After Children

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www.whatifihadapa.com 14 @ home fitness resources on demand How to Get Fit After Children

The day I gave birth my life changed for ever, and in so many ways.  One thing that changed is 'me time' and the rarity of even being able to go for pee myself.  The girl that was training for yoga every day in a great studio, and would join classes faded away.  However, it was when I needed it most.  I had a new community of an enlarged family and other mothers, but that feeling I got after a class, that time I gave to myself and health would never be the same.

 

I had a choice I could either keep on trying to fit into the life I had, or ask the question what is stopping you.  The truth was that travelling by train and tram for 45 minutes to the studio there and back, completing a 90 minute class, showering and wait time would cost me 200 minutes.  What was stopping me was that my life no longer had 200 minutes.  Don't get me wrong I would not trade the life I have the way I spend 200 minutes now is packed full of getting s*** done, and so much laughter, smiles and craziness with the family.  It just took time to have a new lifestyle.

One of the things that has helped is health and fitness @home.  My Mum used to come in and teach the home economics, so a to of the health is a real passion for food which has evolved with time sensitive recipes for being a busy mother working.  For fitness I fell in love with my home practice, and have perused all the top 14 of the best @home fitness.  As I did I homed into 3 questions:

 

How to Sustain Fitness After Having Children?

1. When can I make time - even if it's 5 minutes? I get up early and can make 30 to 60 minutes before the kids are up. If I have a crazy day I can fit in 5. 2. What am I passionate about to sustain 'choice' ?  For me it's Yoga and Running.  I focus on the feeling after it motivates me, I know how I am going to feel even if I just do Pranayama and Sun Salutation. 3. Where can I find it on demand to fit into my schedule? I need on demand. I can't be fixed to schedules because I work, and travel.  So as well as a home practice I substitute with Cody, Yogadownload (great as I can download) and Peloton (my hubby and I used to love spinning but we cannot get to a class and it is something we can do together or on a crappy day outside ;)).

The 14 of the best @home on demand fitness cannot be ranked because the answers to 1 to 3 will vary.  The key is to understand what matters to you, so we reviewed: cost, access, availability, choice, schedules and additional add on's available to help other women who want to get fit, but whose life no longer fits with their old life.

They are to fit you and your life now.

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Links to all 14

https://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates

https://www.youtube.com/user/ToneItUpcom

https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlender

https://www.youtube.com/user/ZuzkaLight

https://www.codyapp.com

http://dailyburn.com/?s1

http://www.fitnessglo.com

https://www.pelotoncycle.com/app

https://udaya.comhttp://suzannebowenfitness.com/streaming-workouts/

https://www.wello.com

http://www.yogadownload.com

http://apogeelife.com/videos/

https://www.youtube.com/user/BeFit

Negotiating Your Terms for Balance

As I have gotten older balance becomes more prevalent a need in my life. Earlier on in my profession I remember sitting with my VP in Soho and saying that “I work hard and play hard, so because I love what I do there is no distinction.” He was disagreeing with me, and at the time I didn’t get it because I do what I love.

That said the concept of doing what you love is not a new one, and some of us are blessed in the opportunity to do that. However, then I had fulfilment of esteem, self-actualisation, cognitively, financially, and intellectually but to the cost of the earlier needs without admitting it: sex, health, friendship (constantly travelling), and no partner to share my life with. I also did not have a partner or indeed children.

Now I have those things but that demanded several negotiations in my life, not least with myself. It now means that with each move I make I consider what is important to me and negotiate in that manner:

  • Physiological – Maslow puts things such as breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis and excretion as a basic need and once we meet those needs they can not motivate us. However, one of the realisations as I have gotten older, is how this motivates my decisions more. As a wife and mother of two: time for sleep, and a healthy sex life is important. Negotiating flexible working arrangements that allow me to sleep and have a healthy sex life is a motivator. What times do you want to work? Can you work flexibly? Can you work from home?
  • Safety – security of employment, of resources, of morality, of the family, of health and of property is a second tier need. However, again my health is a predominant feature. I realised if I did not have my health, I would not be able to be there for my children, and my partner. This was not through a health scare but pure self-realisation of what was important. So the terms that I negotiated allow me to practice yoga at least 3 times a week. This is a motivator. Can you work flexibly? Are there facilities that can be accessed in a lunch hour to stay healthy? What’s the salary is it fair for the role i.e. what they would pay a man? Is it enough to live?
  • Love/ Belonging – Friendship, family, sexual intimacy – these now a significant motivators for me as life is precious and I actually consider them on par with self-actualisation. How much do you want to travel? What time will I have for family and friends? Can your spouse be based with you if the assignment is abroad? What support framework is there for your spouse? What are the people like? What social activities are there? What hours do I want to work? What are the expectations? Is it a presence or productivity culture? I am not willing to work excessive hours.
  • Esteem – self-esteem confidence, achievement, respect of others, and respect by others. Strangely enough this became less of a motivator. I no longer needed the recognition of others that was not important. However a respectful workplace is. This may vary for everyone: Are people driven off their job title? Is it hierarchical? Do people respect different people’s views? What is the challenge, and is it challenging enough for me? What future challenges could there be for me? What development is available? What is my manager’s competence and leadership style?
  • Self-Actualisation – Morality, creativity, Spontaneity, Problem Solving, Lack of Prejudice and Acceptance of Facts. An environment where I can fully realise my potential, be creative, get up each morning and think ‘yeah’, be authentic and act with integrity is a predominant motivator and deciding factor. What empowerment is there in the organisation of their employees? Is it a command and control organisation?

Some critiques have added other levels like ‘Transcendence” “Cognitive” and “Aesthetic.” In my experience many people are neglecting the lower levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy in thirst for the higher motivators. As I have become more self-aware of my needs, the base of the hierarchy: Physiological, Safety and Love can act at the higher levels of motivation.

Staying Fit with Kids - Time Hacks

Staying fit with kids brings out creativity in any parent, because time is short and precious.

  1. Getting up early at the top of the list for more time in the day, but it can frustrate night owls. As an early bird, getting up at 5 gives me so much more time in my day to ensure I get to go for either a run or do yoga.
  2. Boiling the kettle. I plank when I am boiling the kettle, this activity started when I took on a 30-day plank challenge. A quarter full kettle takes about 2.30 Minutes. You can extend the length of time as you build up endurance. This makes use of otherwise wasted time just waiting for the kettle to boil, working your core; ingenious!
  3. Clean eating, metabolism boosters and cleansers. Hot water and lemon, some Aloe Vera and eating clean no processed food means that no time is wasted in trying to repair any damage created by unhealthy foods.
  4. Lunch breaks are a great time for a working mothers or fathers to get out into the fresh air, build muscle and stimulate the natural renewal with a run.
  5. Getting in to work early means that you can leave a little earlier and be back before the kids get home, which allows you to do mediation or yoga working each muscle, and increasing you flexibility as well as health.
  6. A healthy sex life is in itself a work out without being crude; invest time for yourself and your partner, as well as increasing the heart rate.
  7. A healthy night’s sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising. I’m in bed by the latest 10 ready for an energy packed ‘tomorrow.’

A Different Way To Get Kids To Eat Vegetables

A Different Way To Get Kids To Eat Vegetables

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I'm writing this as last night my 2 year old thumped at the fridge, wailed and screamed at me.  I asked her to show me what she wanted. I thought she was going to point to yoghurt, but she opened the vegetable tray and pulled out the Romanesco Broccoli!  As you are reading this, you are probably going really!  Well those were my thoughts last night.  She loved vegetables earlier on, but then had a rebellion.  So what worked, I explained food to her in her words.  A bit like my parents used to I guess  "carrots help you to see". 1.  Do you want to Jump?  If you eat Broccoli you will be able to jump.  Does Mummy eat vegetables? 'Yes.' Can mummy jump?  'Yes.'

This isn't far from the truth we 'adults' just think in terms of vitamin D and Calcium.  This meant nothing to my daughter neither did the concept of being healthy.  What meant more was talking about it in ways that meant something to her, what she would be able to do.  This concept can be applied to other foods high in Vitamin D and Calium: Oily Fish, White Mushrooms, Whole Milk, Kale, Eggs, Oatmeal, Almonds, Oranges, Kale and Raw Spinach to name but a few.

2.  Do you want to be able to skip?  Well to be able to skip your brain needs to co-ordinate.  In our language vitamin B12 which is in: Mackerel, Swiss Cheese, Feta Cheese, Cured Ham, Sardines, Eggs, Salmon, Chicken, Whole Milk, Tuna, Fortified Tofu.

3.  Do you want to be able to see in the dark?  This is the old chestnut that my mum used.  Vitamin A can prevent nighttime blindness, eye inflammation, and dry eyes.  However, it is not just carrots rich in the vitamin, other sources include: Sweet Potatoes, Cod Liver Oil, Red Peppers, Paprika, Mangos, Whole Milk, Butternut Squash, Dried Basil, Kale, Peas, Dried Apricots, Spinach and Papaya.

I continue apply this to everything.  To get more informed about what vitamins and properties are in each food I use the following source http://bembu.com/vitamin-rich-foods.

Hope it helps someone else.  I know that there are many ways to encourage healthy eating, but this has worked for me.

Sweet Potato and Polenta Pizza

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This is so healthy and yummy. It was one of those accidental concoctions but has ended up being a favourite in the house, that I thought I would share.

Chilli optional ;)

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