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top 5 health priorities for new mums

Pre and postnatal exercise specialist Sara Haley talks about what "healthy" means to her.

Sara Haley

The meaning of "being healthy" has definitely changed since becoming a mum, especially a mom of two. Why? Because honestly, it just became that much harder to focus on my own health.

Sara Haley, pre and postnatal exercise specialist
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drinking enough water

Whenever I get asked about my #1 health and diet tips, I always say water. So often when you think you are hungry you are actually dehydrated! Water not only flushes out toxins, improve skin complexion, keeps you regular, boosts your immune system, and prevents cramps and strains, but it can really help prevent you from packing on extra pounds.

The biggest problem is that water can get boring quick, which is why it's good to add things like fresh fruit.

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Eating Healthy Food (especially snacks)

I have a snacking problem . . . I really do. So, I HAVE to make sure that my snacks are healthy. Of course, meals are essential too, but I’m on the go so much with the kids that I ALWAYS have snacks with me. I’ve realized that the key to choosing my snacks is to make them sustainable so I don’t continue to snack.

It’s part of the reason, I LOVE mason jars. They are so easy to take with you, they are re-useable, and you can control your portion size depending on the size of your mason jar.

I’ve also become a huge fan of graze snack boxes. I get a box anywhere from 1-3 times a month. You can curate them yourself by choosing which kinds of snacks you like the best (salty, sweet, low-carb, protein-filled, etc). The best part is the portions. I NEVER feel like I’m overindulging, yet I still feel satisfied.

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Exercising Regularly

I’m sure you’re not surprised this is on my list, although it’s probably the one that’s changed the most since becoming a mom. Pre-kids exercising regularly meant at least 6 days a week for an hour. Ha. Now, this means moving my body more quickly at some point during the day. LOL but really my exercise goals are now to work out for at least 30 minutes 4-5 days a week. If I get in 5 days I pat myself on the back, and if those sessions get anywhere close to an hour, I consider myself a complete rockstar.

Because I know how tricky this is for everyone, especially moms, I have workout programs for every stage of motherhood.

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Getting Enough Sleep

Okay, so this one is huge and my biggest struggle. Can you relate? The bottom line, though, is that sleep can literally make or break everything else. Even if you’re hydrated, eating well, and exercising, if you don’t get enough sleep then you will still feel rubbish. Am I right? Sleep is like everything else – you have to find what works for you. Some of us feel amazing on 6-7 hours and others need more.

Essential oils have been a huge game changer this past year for me, beginning with improving my morning sickness. My favourite is a restful blend that helps to promote relaxation and restful sleep, including Lavender, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Vetiver, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood. It lessens feelings of tension, calms anxious feelings or emotions, and soothes the mind and the senses. I don’t know about you but this sounds like useful essential oil for more than just sleep!

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Being Present

This is also something that has changed a lot for me due to motherhood and moreover, due to social media. We have sooo many distractions in our life. I feel so out of balance and unhealthy when my mind is everywhere. Whether that means I’m with my boys and my mind keeps wandering to work or I’m working on a project and my mind is thinking about all of the household items I still have to get done. Sound familiar?

I love simple 4-minute meditations to help myself become more present.

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