As Moms we try to juggle hectic schedules, baby care, household errands, laundry, jobs…and somewhere in there fit in taking care of ourselves. Not always easy. Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser, just came out with a book called The Mommy Diet. We headed over to Borders to find out what all the hype was about and bought a copy.
So far we love the book. Alison takes a holistic look at healthy living for moms. Imagine that – a book by a mom for moms. Alison understands all too well Mommy guilt so she approaches the book in a very non-judgmental way and provides moms a safe place to start their fitness journey. True to Biggest Loser style, Alison doesn’t see healthy living only as working out. She divides her chapters into sections which include:
- Fitness & Food
We loved this approach because it shows that as moms we have many needs which sometimes get cast aside for other “more urgent” matters. Alison gives easy, inexpensive ways of how to care for yourself. She includes tips on DIY facials, fashion tips on a dime and how to rekindle romance when you are not sure how to feel about your pregnant or post-pregnant body.
She divides her book into pregnancy chapters which look at each trimester, post-baby according to month and how to kick start a healthy routine if you have been a mommy for awhile & just never had the chance to start living a healthy life. We will be looking at the book in more depth in the upcoming weeks, but since we were talking about the importance of Folic Acid yesterday, we had to share with you a great recipe she has for a Folic Acid friendly salad.
Folate-Filled Salad by Alison Sweeney
- 2 cups raw spinach leaves (100 mcg folate)
- 2 tablespoons orange juice (10 mcg folate)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 cup whole strawberries, hulled & chopped (36 micrograms folate)
Toss the spinach leaves with the juice, oil, salt and pepper so the leaves are all lightly coated. Add the strawberries, toss gently and serve!
We will continue to share with you what we learn from The Mommy Diet and encourage you to get a copy. And if you need a little help jump starting your road to fitness, join us for our Fit Mama Twitter party next Wednesday where we will be talking about healthy living and give you the opportunity to win Jeep baby gear to help get outside with your children and moving around!