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The Word Mommy Doesn’t Have to be Synonymous with Fat

It begins so innocently. You spoon feed your baby, and he turns up his nose. “Look at mommy!” you say as you pop a bite into your mouth. “So good!” Baby pops a Cheerio into your mouth, several times a day. He offers you a bite of his dinner, and you want to play along, so you chew and swallow.

It’s the dreaded mommy diet. Not a classic weight loss plan, the mommy diet refers to the poor food choices that many women make as they raise a family. We devote the vast majority of our time and day to raising strong and healthy children that often we get lost. The stereotypical mom is heavy, amorphous and fitness is far from her mind. I dealt with this myself, as I added children to my family and pounds to my frame. At my heaviest, I outweighed my husband by 50 pounds and wore a size 20. Finding time to work out or prepare healthy meals was difficult, rewarding myself with food and finishing my kids’ dinner plates became second nature, and very soon I resembled that stereotypical mom.

We need to change that image. After all, we’d like our children to be at their best physically – and as parents we deserve nothing less. Let’s take a look at some of the most common roadblocks that moms face.
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5 Ways to Use Leftover Easter Eggs

By Jessie Gorges

Easter is now over, and while your children (and maybe even you) are waking up from your sugar coma with a belly ache, a nice healthy meal is the perfect thing to get you right back into the swing of things. Luckily, you probably have a whole carton of eggs left in your fridge that didn’t get hard boiled or dyed that you were planning on tossing before the expiration date hits. Before you throw them away, consider using them in one of these healthy and delicious egg recipes that will energize your family and undo some of those handfuls of jelly beans you had yesterday.

French toast: Whisk four eggs in a bowl. Mix in a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Add a cup of milk. Dip a slice of bread in the mixture, and cook on a sprayed skillet or griddle. Heat them on low and flip. You’ll know they’re done when both sides are golden brown. Do that 12 times, and you can serve a family of five.


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Healthy Ways to Use Your Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

The day after Thanksgiving is practically a food holiday in itself, with refrigerators across America filled to the brim with leftover stuffing, yesterday’s mashed potatoes and enough turkey to feed half the neighborhood. If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your size this holiday season, some health and medical experts recommend skipping the leftovers.

“One of the biggest [diet] mistakes people make is not realizing that the holidays are really only 3-4 days,” said Kathy Taylor, R.D. , Director., of Nutrition at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, GA. “Even if you [go off your diet] on those few days you can recover from that damage.  It’s the mentality that you can let everything go between Thanksgiving and New Years that causes weight gain.”


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