All posts tagged: #NewMom

How T0 Battle The Mama Blues

3 months postpartum vs 20 months postpartum. There are definitely some physical changes here – when you enter the 2nd year after having a baby your body responds way better and can tighten back up to pre-pregnancy condition. This is all wonderful but the reason why I’m writing this blog is to share my personal mindset transformation in hopes to help other new moms. Three months postpartum for me was a mixture of emotions. I was so overjoyed to have my little guy, love was just exploding for him. At this very same time I felt extremely overwhelmed. I was constantly questioning myself…”Was I doing thing right?”, “Is he okay?”, “Am I going back to work too early?” and the list goes on… I was also so scared to take my foot off the gas pedal with my business in fear of losing everything I have worked so hard for. I found myself in a place of constant mood swings and just trying to grasp my new normal. It was F’n hard!!! I would put …

Find Out How This New Mom Of 2 Lost Over 50 Pounds

When my beautiful Tiz Parente came to me a couple of years ago, she was desperate to take charge of her health and also frustrated from years of continuous dieting (trying everything under the sun). And also struggling with weight for as long as she can remember and even more so after 2 pregnancies. Even her very first email to me had the tone of defeat before I even put together her plan. Fast forward to today and this incredible Mom of 2 is a guiding source of inspiration and information for my new clients. Struggled? Tiz did. Frustrated? Tiz was. Overcome her fears and conquered her goals? Tiz did…and just SMASHED IT OUT OF THE PARK! We put together a strategy for initial weight loss using plenty of food flexibility and then, over time, transitioned to strengthening and shaping her body. With over 50 lbs lost, this amazing super mom is also an inspiration for her family in making healthy food choices while also enjoying plenty of food variety and balance. Tiz says, “Jenny …

No Crust Chicken and Spinach Quiches

These quick and easy quiches are perfect to make ahead of time so you don’t skip breakfast (bid no no!). I make these a couple days before and store in the  fridge for up tp 4 days. I personally have 4 for breakfast with a side of toast or oatmeal. Reheat the quiches for 10-15 seconds in the micro wave or 1 minute in the toaster oven, a splash of hot sauce and they are good to go. No Crust Chicken and Spinach Quiches (For more recipes like this download my Strong Like Mommy Ebook)  INGREDIENTS 12 egg whites 2 whole eggs 300 g ground chicken 1 onion chopped 6 handfuls of spinach Sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chicken or steak spice – all to taste DIRECTIONS Preheat Oven to 400F degrees Mix all ingredients together until combines Spray non-stick muffin tins with spray of your choice (I use coconut oil spray) Scoop mixture ¾ of each muffin tin Bake for 15 minutes SERVING SIZE –  Recipe make 12-13 Quiches and I have 4 …

What I’m Eating and How I’m Training

Over the past couple of months I have received a ton of messages asking what I personally eat on a daily bases especially now that I’m breastfeeding. So … I decided to share exactly what I’m eating to prepare for a photo shoot in October. Let me just start off by saying this shoot prep has been a lot different for me 1) I’m a very busy Mommy looking after a 5 month old 2) I am running a full time business with a lot of new expansions on the go, and 3) we just moved into a new home and no I do not have a Nanny. It has been crazy to say the least. For the most part, I eat relatively well and fuel my body with the right nutrients from the very best food sources. I will incorporate lean animal proteins, complex carbohydrates, vegetables and healthy fats with each meal. I snack on a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds (in moderation), whole grain crackers and cheese or …

My Lose The Baby Weight Circuit

Finding the time to get to a fitness class or the gym is nearly impossible when you’re a new mom and there’s probably nothing more you want to do than lose the baby weight or ‘squishiness’. I’m very lucky to have been able to set up an at home gym but even then it can be hard to squeeze a workout in with a teething 5 month old so I’ve come up with a some quick and easy body weight circuits that can get done anywhere, anytime and it only takes 15-20 minutes…easily done during nap time. Give it a try and let me know how it goes in the comments below 🙂  15 Squats 15 Mountain Climbers 15 Burpees 15 Hips Thrusts 15 Lunges 15 Push-ups 15 Crunches 15 sec Plank 15 Jumping Jack Repeat 2-3 times Thank you Under Armour Canada for always supplying me with the BEST EVER active wear 🙂

Bluebanna Coconut Protein Pops

Jackson and I love summer and with the heat in full effect in Toronto , what better way to cool down than with a delicious homemade ‘Bluebanna Coconut Protein Popsicle’ powered by Interactive Nutrition New Zealand Whey Protein Powder. These cool treats are less than 100 calories per Popsicle and they are packed with healthy fats, antioxidants. fibre and sustaining protein to keep you hydrated and energized for an active ‘Strong Mommy‘ and Family day in the sun. Jackson tried a few licks (only a few) and he absolutely loved it. I felt super guilty afterwards because I’ve only introduced him to a few solid foods like, sweet potato, rice cereal and avocado. However, I know the ingredients are pure and it was only about 4 licks…but oh boy was he super mad when I took it away.  At least I know that they are ‘kid approved’. Recipe makes 12 Popsicles. Ingredients: 3 Scoops of Vanilla New Zealand Whey Protein Powder  1 Can of Coconut Milk 1 Banana 1 cup Blueberries 1/2 cup water Popsicle molds …

How to Manage Eating Out

For everyone that know me (or has worked with me), I am a HUGE believer in food flexibility! When it comes to dieting, I disagree with eliminating food groups and depriving yourself of what you crave or love because that is just plain ol’ restricting. When I diet, I’m very meticulous when it comes to calculating how much I eat along with choosing what I eat but, if my diet is on point for the week, having 1-2 responsibly chosen FREE MEALS to spend with family and loved ones is certainly not going to curtail my goals especially since I’ve been using this strategy for years and also have a solid understanding of what I’m eating (** this is key **) In saying that, for the majority of people (especially busy moms) eating out is inevitable and can happen more than just a special occasion.  What we order can have social implications and a negative effect on our waistline.  With the restaurant world in my blood (and dining out with my husband on a constant …