“We live in a society where our self-worth has become defined by what we look like”
Hands up if you want lose baby weight?
Or any weight for that matter?
Most mothers focus on bouncing back to their pre-baby weight or figure, at some stage after they have had a baby. But is this the right approach?
Internationally-recognised dietitian Rachael Wilson joins me in this episode to talk about how our bodies change when we have a baby, how we can learn to embrace our new figures, and how we should nourish ourselves to achieve optimum physical and mental health, not just to lose baby weight, but for a healthy motherhood life.
Rachael believes that we should throw out all the scales and measuring units, and instead focus on nourishing ourselves in a kind way – which leads to far better results.
How do you do this?
Rachael shares with us her tips to achieve this, and create a whole new, far better, relationship with our post-baby body.
In this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV you will learn:
- ✓ How to nourish yourself in a kind and caring way
- ✓ The importance of self-compassion and accepting your new body
- ✓ Why real health comes from the inside and how to access it
- ✓ Intuitive and mindful eating for your own individual genetic makeup
The important take-aways from this episode are:
Statistics show 8 out 10 women feel bad about their bodies
- You’ve carried a child, you’ve created a life! Your body will change Podcast [5.30], TV [5.00]
This is a major part of matrescence and the transition a woman goes through when she becomes a mother.
Matrescence – the transition from woman to mother – is one of the most life-changing transitions a woman will ever go through. We are changed – physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.
- We must let go of the perception of being the perfect mother and having the perfect body. It is not real! Podcast [7.10], TV [6.40]
In this day and age when we don’t have a village to support us like we used to. We try to do it all, and it is just not possible to do everything “perfectly”.
“Children need to see us being imperfect, because life isn’t perfect”
- Rachael’s tips for nourishing yourself after having your baby Podcast [8.50], TV [8.20]
- Acknowledge the change is normal
- Mindful self-compassion (check out Rachael’s guided mindful body self-compassion audio practice in the Mentions In This Episode at the bottom of this article)
- Studies have shown DIETING DOES NOT WORK! Podcast [10.55], TV [10.25]
Find out what you must do instead to have positive outcomes for our physical and mental wellbeing.
“There is so much focus on getting our bodies “back”, there should also be more focus on the mind during the postpartum period”
- We need to re-train our brain to achieve optimum physical and mental health Podcast [13.26], TV [12.56]
TIP: Don’t focus on the negative, but ask yourself: what can I do for myself in this moment to make myself feel better.
- Gratitude is important in rewiring our brain, to lead to more fulfillment Podcast [18.40], TV [18.10]
It is also important to change our thinking around situations. Instead of saying ‘I look fat in my bathing suit’, saying ‘I give myself and my body the gift of swimming in the sea’ has a much more beneficial effect on our brain.
Start rewiring your brain
Exercise: List 3 things you are grateful for about your body
- Research shows, it is our health behaviours that make us healthy, not the numbers on the scales Podcast [23.40], TV [23.10]
Do you have the right behaviours that are healthy for you?
- In motherhood, preparation is key for when hunger suddenly shows up Podcast [30.20], TV [29.50]
Rachael is kindly giving us access to her E-Book to help mums with this, for FREE. You can download it in Mentions In This Episode at the bottom of this article. Did I mention she is us giving to us for FREE?
I loved this interview with Rachael!
Her unique way to lose baby weight, no matter how long since you have had your baby, will no doubt benefit many mothers.
Let me know in the comments what you think. And if you have tried it, let me know how it worked for you.
It certainly made me re-evaluate my eating behaviours.
My KEY TAKEAWAY (no pun intended) FROM THIS EPISODE:
We must be kind and compassionate to ourselves – when we are kind to ourselves, our relationship with our bodies, and subsequently with food, is much better.
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Mentions In This Episode
Even babies are photoshopped these days!
Image supplied by Rachael Wilson
Photos of real post-baby bodies
The Food Tree (be sure to also check out their awesome programs!)
Download Rachael’s Gentle Nutrition For Mums E-Book FREE
Rachael’s wonderful guided mindfulness body self-compassion audio practice. It’s only 14 minutes long and totally worth the listen. Access it HERE.
Mental Health Support Services
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