10 Self Love practices that really work| Why is self love important ?

Do you love yourself as you love the most special people of your life? My answer to this question few months ago was definitely a “no”.

If your answer is No too, this one is for you!

This idea of Self-love didn’t pop into my mind all of a sudden, it took me confusions, self-doubt, negative self-talks to finally coming to peace with myself.

Self Love is important because if you do not stand by yourself during tough times, encourage yourself during failures, take care of yourself during breakdowns, forgive your self after mistakes and grow from there, no one will!

Self Love is important ,as a person who is not happy can not make other happy.

These are few things I have learned about Self Love:

  1. Choose yourself above others some times:It is alright to walk out of a party early or not accept an invitation for Friday night party if that makes you uncomfortable. Saying No to a project when you are overworked or taking a day off for relaxing is your right, so never feel guilty about it.
  2. Nourish your brain, body and soul:Learn to take care of yourself. Nourish your body with healthy food, strengthen your body with exercise and relax you soul with regular yoga.Taking smallest possible steps towards making yourself feel healthier inside and outside.
  3. Wear clothes which make you, look like you: Wear clothes which makes you feel better about yourself. Clothing must enhance and reflect who you are.It is very common to feel obligated to dress up in a certain way, but remember that your are unique and so are your choices.
  4. Stop depending on others for happiness: Stop depending on your partners or friends  for happiness. It’s not your partner’s responsibility to make you happy. So, take yourself on a date, watch movie alone, and shop alone.Do everything that makes you happy and trust me, you can do it all by yourself
  5. Be there for yourself, in bad ugly and worst: Stop beating yourself for things that went wrong. Forgive yourself for the wrong decisions made. Remind yourself of all the good things  you have done.Write positive affirmations and count your achievements.
  6. Know your passion, keep doing what you love: Forgetting what you like when you have a job, a family to take care of  is very common .Try things you liked doing as a kid and you may find your passion. Take out at least 30 minutes a day to do things you really enjoy.
  7. Accept compliments with a thank you: We all of a habit to feel awkward at compliments. You must let yourself accept the compliments  and appreciations with a smile .It is not selfishness to feel proud about yourself.
  8. Take time to connect with yourself: We spend time in so much of distraction that we forget who we really are, what we like, dislike and what we want from life. It’s a good practice to disconnect with the world and reconnect to yourself by disconnecting from everything and spending time with ourselves.
  9. Don’t let other’s opinion bother us:Handling hatred and negativity is difficult but don’t let other’s opinion about you bother you. What matters the most is your own thoughts about yourself.let go off people who make you feel bad about yourself or who think they don’t need you
  10. Appreciate yourself for all the good things you have done for yourself in life: Write down your achievements on post its or sticky notes and paste these love notes in different place visible to you.Treat yourself with encouraging words even if you fail, like you would treat your best friend who lost a competition.

Hope you found this article helpful, I would love if you share your Self Love rituals or challenges. Please show some love to my article by leaving a comment ,liking and sharing it.

Believe and good things will happen to you!

Lokah Samastah sukhino bhavantu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 hacks for New Mom to have some Me Time| How to take out time when you are a mom?

My family, my kids, my husband come first and then it’s me! Right?

Did all of you say“ YES” in a chorus ? Then I might need to break it to you in a polite but unapologetic tone that “ NO”

 

They definitely are ones’ I love the most in the world, but there are times when I put myself ahead of all .It’s important to keep yourself sane.

Try to understand this” You can not pour from an empty cup”

So, all I wan to say is ” It’s alright to leave your baby for a while with anyone you can trust and have some time for your own.

You deserve some ” Me Time” After so many hours of sleepless nights, feeding and caring!

These are few things you can do:

  1. Use their Nap time for yourself:  The only happy hour we get to ourselves as new moms is their NAP time. Make a list of the things you wanted to do and utilise this time when your baby is sleeping.
  2. Try getting earlier than your kid: I know it is little difficult if your baby keeps you awake at night. You can do it whenever you can. It will give you time to have your coffee when it’s actually hot (LOL). You can just relax and set a tone to a great day ahead.
  3. Draw out from chores your partner can do: Things like keeping clothes in the washing machine, arranging the sofa, keeping away the plates etc. are very simple chores and can be done by your partner or any one of your family members as well. So withdraw from such chores, it will give you some time for yourself.
  4. Batch meal plan, grocery list, online order etc : Try to get as much as possible done in one go. Start batching similar chores like making grocery list, meal plan or laundry, folding clothes etc.
  5. Take your baby along if you need some outing:  Stop staying indoors forever. Try going out whenever possible. You may go on a coffee with another mom and take your babies along.
  6. Know what you really like doing/Have a me menu: Have an agenda or list of thing you love doing, food you love eating, people you love talking to, and hobbies at on place. As and when you get time, you should know what exactly you would like to do.
  7. Start small:  Taking out time for yourself might seem extremely overwhelming when you have a baby. Start with the smallest possible thing you can do for yourself, even if it is for couple of minutes.

You can do a lot better if you feel happy and content. Taking even fifteen minutes everyday can be very helpful.

Hope you found this article helpful, I would love if you share your Me time rituals or challenges. Please show some love to my article by leaving a comment ,liking and sharing it.

Believe and good things will happen to you!

Lokah Samastah sukhino bhavantu!

Maternity Law in India| What are your benefits in Indian Maternity Law ?

What is Maternity Law?

The Maternity Benefit Act 1961 is an act that allows women to go on a paid leave during and/or after pregnancy to take care of her baby.

Eligibility:

As per the act, in order to be eligible for Maternity Leave, you must have been working in the organisation for past 80 days.

 What are your benefits?

  • You can avail paid leave up to 26 weeks.
  • You can start your leave 8 weeks before your delivery date and remaining can be taken after delivery.
  • You can avail only 12 weeks of leave if it’s your 3rd
  • You can enjoy work from home if the nature of your work allows so. It requires your employer’s consent.
  • Any organisation with 50 plus employee must provide you a Creche facility.
  • You will be allowed to visit the creche 4 times a day, including your rest intervals.

 

 

How to stay healthy in your late 30’s?| Health Care tips for Woman in their late 20’s or 30’s

 

Your 20s is the time when you can experiment with your hair colour to your dressing sense. Eating junk to skipping meals to eating as many chocolates as you want. Once you hit your 30s, it’s time for you to stop experimenting and start settling to a healthier lifestyle.

This is my list of health care for women in their late 20s or 30s:

  1. List out simple traditional home food that you totally love: Homemade food is a treat you can enjoy every day. Creating a list of your home food will help you to avoid eating out every other day. It is especially helpful if you are someone who stays away from family or have young kids at home.
  2. Find out a work out you love: You must have been through experiences where you enrolled yourself to a gym class or aerobics classes but backed out as you could not enjoy it or were too lazy to go to the classes. If that is the case with you, please find out easy workout routine like simple walk in the park or even dancing every day to your favourite music.
  3. Go for regular body checkups: Make it a habit to go for regular checkups. Know a doctor you trust. Do regular breast examination yourself. Ensure you take the supplements prescribed on time. Maintain healthy routine as advised by your doctor.
  4. Say no to chemicals: Say NO to chemical base skin care products. Start using natural products as much as possible. Ditch costly chemicals based facial products and use homemade facials products like besan ubtan, alovera pack, multani mitti .It will not only save you money but also keep your skin healthier forever.
  5. Move More: Develop a habit to avoid sitting as much as possible. Stand up and move whenever you can. Sitting is terrible for your health. Be mindful to make a move if you have been sitting for long. Get up from your office desk, walk across the floor, to the water station or even to your friend’s desk.
  6. Learn from your family’s health History: Understand your family’s health history and maintain your lifestyle accordingly. If your family has a history of diabetes, lower down sugar intake. If there had been weight issues, work out. Being little aware can make a huge difference.
  7. Deal with stress: Ignoring stress can affect you adversely on your quality of sleep can cause depression and can lead to several diseases in turn. Seek help from friend and family. If your job or particular thing is causing you stress, leave it, don’t be scared of not getting any other job, you will find something better.
  8. Take calcium supplements: In your 30s, you lose more bone and muscles than you produce. Take proper supplement for calcium. It will save you from any unwanted bone conditions. Your doctor can suggest you the right quantity of supplements required.
  9. Get yourself some sunlight: Getting enough of sunlight will ensure that you get right amount of Vitamin D and it will also keep your hormone in check. Sunlight is known to activate happiness quotient your body and make you more active and energetic.
  10. Drink a lot of Water: Start your day with a glass of lukewarm water. Water will keep your skin, your digestive system healthy. It will flush out toxins from your body. It will reduce unwanted hunger and maintain your weight. Make your water bottle your best friend.
  11. Take care of your teeth: No matter how you have been treating your teeth in your 20s, it’s time that you start taking care of your teeth.Say no to excess sweets and candies. Visit your dentist regularly, brush twice and floss regularly.
  12. Reduce your screen time: Life today is occupied with screen time ranging from laptop at work to TV to mobile phone. Please unplug and start enjoying the real life. Reducing screen time will help you to save your ideas and your brain.
  13. Stop binge watching: Eat mindfully. Quit the habit of eating while you watch Netflix or check Facebook. You need to know what and how much you are eating. So now that you are in your 30s, how about actually sitting down on your dining table and eating your food.
  14. Value your relationships: I am sure you have now realised that the most valuable possession you have are your relationships. Please take care of people who really matter to you. Make them your priority. Take out time and spend quality time with your parents, partner and kinds.

Start taking care of yourself as much as possible, even small steps goes a long way. What are your favourite Health Care tips or rituals? Please show some love to my post by Liking, Sharing and Commenting.

Believe and good things will happen to you!

Lokah Samastah sukhino bhavantu!

 

2019 New Year Resolution|How to successfully implement our new year resolution?

 

 

Every year gives us an opportunity to write a fresh chapter of our life.This is the time when we try to learn a new skill, start a healthy eating habit, start going to gym or start getting up early.Its almost everyone’s’ thing to buy a new notebook , make a long list of changes we want to bring in. keep it somewhere safe and never touch it again.

Its time  again and I am going to find out my favourite notebook and clean up the dust from it.

I know its little early to be announcing my new year resolution.This was required as I have made new year resolutions every year but failed being consistent with it.

So even before I started making a list I wanted to make a difference this year by finding the actual reasons I failed in implementing my goals every year.

I brain stormed and found a few reason due to which I wan not able to implement my new year goals.

Lets see what they are:

  1. I forgot what my goals were: The biggest reason I could not achieve my goals was I never remembered what they were.I would write them but never get back to them. This year my goals will be always in front of my eyes. I am going to display it on a place its visible to me.I will ensure I check it first thing in the morning every day. Something like a vision board will be great.
  2. There were too many to do’s on my list: I had too much on my plate.I made such a long list that got overwhelming for me.Its confusing to prioritise which one is important and which one is not.  Moreover, it’s a human tendency to give up if  thing to do looks so complicated.So this year I am going to keep my list very short.
  3. My yearly goals were not leading me to actual goals:Most of the things on my list were leading me nowhere.They were not aligned to my goals or who I wanted to be. It was not really helping me in achieving anything that could improve my life.So this year , I will first analyse my vision for life and then make a list which gets me closer to my ultimate goal.
  4. I was never emotionally invested in my list:  A lot of thing in the list were not important for me.I was not emotionally attached to them.If you do not feel for your goals , you will not feel bad in missing them. This year my list will have things which really matter to me.It will be something that I really want to achieve.
  5. I wanted it easily: I always assumed that  once I have created a list , I will start doing them all without any effort. I forgot, a change is never going to be easy. I have to be little tough on myself. So this year  I will just get up and do it. It’s important to be tough on yourself sometimes.This year,I will keep my goals realistic and be little tough on myself.

Hope this is the year of your dreams! Please show some love for my article by liking ,sharing and commenting on it. I would love to hear what your New Year Resolutions are and how you are planning to achieve them.

Believe and good things will happen to you!

Lokah Samastah sukhino bhavantu!

20 Tips Which Will Make Returning to Work After Maternity Leaves less painfull

“Your child fills that empty place in your heart, which you never knew existed.” If you are a mom, you know what I mean. So now that we are deeply in love this new wonder we have created, we dread leaving them even for a few hours. Even before you are aware the so called maternity leaves will be over. It is not easy to be back to work after baby .

I know you are sad and low and really scared of leaving your baby and working after baby is born. I hear you! I feel You!

I have been exactly where you are right now.

Scene 2 months back:

My extended maternity leaves were over and I was sad, low and unsure about things going on. I didn’t have any idea about how my baby will adjust with my mother in law as she was used to my mom. I didn’t know, how will she stay when I am not around.

I was upset and top of that people around my commented sarcastically about my choice of working after my baby that too when she was so young.

Ladies, this is all going to happen but first of all you have to start being logical.

Please know that god forbid but if things don’t work as you expect” you can leave your job at any point of time” So relax.

These are few of the things which helped me overcome going back to work after baby anxiety. This can improve the tone of  any mom’s first day back to work.

 

List out your reasons of work: Please take out a notebook and a pen. Yes please! Literally get yourself a pen and paper and list out your reasons to work. For example for me the reasons were: Being Sane and productive, being able to support my family, having an aim every day. I know yours might be different. My mom told me something that really helped. She said that babies are very adjusting, they adjust very quickly. Trust me it’s absolutely true.

 

Overcome your idea to quit: I know you have real big reasons to quit but hear me out before you make your mind. Your baby must be 6 months now and in 18 months she will be big enough to start going out to a play school. That means just in 18 months which is not too far, she will be away from you for 3 plus hours every day. If you consider sleeping hours of a child, she will be alright without you for another 2 hours. If you have an early shift, she will be on her own for another hour. Babies need some outdoor time, may be one hour. So over all a baby of 2 years and above needs 5 hours plus time away from you already. Ok so, how many hours of away time do you have now? May be 4 hours. They can easily spend those 4 hours with their grandparents or in some activity.

 

 

Start going out at least a month before joining back: I was extremely emotion, a month before going back. I could not sleep with the idea of leaving my baby. I was literally forced by mom and my sisters to go out for shopping or parlour. Sounds familiar? But that’s a bad idea, Go out.  Going out for couple hours will help you gaining the confidence that your baby will be fine while you are way. Most important of all, your baby will get used to other faces as well. So start this drill a month before you are planning to be back to work.

 

Ask your family for baby care: I know every, then you one in your family have their own lives and they cannot leave everything for you. If you have your family in the same city, you must be smiling at this one but for me, who has her family in a far city it was a challenge. So all of you, who have your family away, just make an alternate arrangements for you and your spouse parents to stay at home for a few years. Even if they stay with you for 6 months each, baby will be 2 even before you realise.

 

Introduce your baby to the person taking care of the baby: Once you have decided, who is staying. Please take some time to help the baby adjust with this new person in your presence. This will not only help the person understand the habits of baby but also help you understand if you can trust the person, baby is going to be with. This transition will be smooth in your presence

 

Try moving near office: I was staying in a rented accommodation so moving near was easy for me. If you have your own house, I am not sure if it is possible. My husband and I stayed in an area which was equally distant from both of our offices. For me moving near my office has been the best decision ever. Hear out the way it has worked for me. Amy travel time has reduce by 3 hours every day. That means I am at home, for these extra 3 hours with my baby and I am not tiered. I can go to home and feed my baby during lunch break. So that gives me one more hour of time with my baby.

 

Find a job which has employee friendly environment: For major time in my career I have worked with offices with very un-adjusting schedules where taking leaves was considered a crime. If you have a similar work culture, I would request you, please walk out of it.Extend your leaves and look for a better place to work. I am so grateful about the support I got from my work place, my boss and colleagues. I am blessed. I can take leaves. I have my working hours as per my convenience and can take early day off when and where ever required. Please don’t worry if you don’t have one, right now, keep trying, you will get one.

 

Consider work from home: If your work permits, talk about working from home for a few days before or after returning to work. If your organization is friendly, it should not be a problem. I have learned one very important thing in a few years of my work experience that “ Asking for help is very important” You need to let people around know what suits you best as a new mom. Think and plan a schedule that works best for you.

 

Talk about flexible hours: Discuss the possibility of flexible working hours, for example, I have opted to work from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. I have also discussed one hour of time with my baby during lunch. You can work in late or earlier hours if that works better for you. Talk about time out to feed your baby if your house in nearby or pumping if required.

 

Return to work slowly: You must start working slowly, once you have joined, try working for 4 day or 3 days a week and stay with your baby or work from home other days. This will help you and your baby to understand and get used to this all. It might be a matter for a day or two for your baby to adjust but it’s a lot more difficult for you.

 

It’s ok to slow down at work: Slowdown in terms of responsibility at work. Take time for relearning the process. Request some mentor time as you have been away from work for long. Please do not accept a lot of work initially. Set realistic expectations. If you are finding it difficult to be focused initially, it’s alright. If someone is judging your work, accept the feedback. It’s all matter of time. Be vocal about your challenges.

Bring your baby to work once: If possible, introduce your baby to your collegues. It will give them a real idea of what your challenges you have as a mom. It will develop an emotional connect of your collegues with your baby. ( And you know how your baby can spell a charm on everyone)

Keep it calm at work: It’s alright to talk about your baby at work or think about them .You only have to avoid taking too much about them. If you feel stressed or angry then just pause and count 10 before you react. It’s a great way of controlling your emotions at work. If you end up reacting someday, move on.

Start back mid-week: I started working on Thursday that gave me 2 days of off after joining and helped me and my baby warm up for the next week. Staying away from your baby all of a sudden will be too much of away time from your baby suddenly. Also if possible take a day of in the next week or may be a work from home.

Hang in there: There will be good days and not so good days. Live your day as it comes. Know it at back of your mind that your baby is your priority. The days when your baby needs you, let there be no reason or no responsibility that stops you from being with her. The days when it’s alright give your complete focus at work. Set your expectations from day one, and people will start respecting it.

Set time aside for mommy time: Once you are back from office dedicate your complete time ton your baby. Outsource cooks and workers if possible. If it is not possible, seek support from your spouse, keep the chores waiting but not your baby.

Find support in working moms: As unnecessary as it sounds, it has proved out to be the best steps I have taken for my baby. Reach out to real moms going through same phase or someone who is doing well at their work. Stay in company of happy moms. Please avoid people talking negative about working after baby. Read  related articles like returning to work after maternity leave blog.

Take a LOP or sabbatical if you are getting second thoughts: If you still don’t have any support yet or you are not yet comfortable. Please don’t yet leave your job. You can talk about extended leaves like I did for 2 months. You can take it for 3-6 months. If that is a job you don’t want to return to, use this time in skill building and job searching. Return late but return well.

Steal some me time: Try taking out some time exclusively for yourself. Being a mom can be completely exhausting and draining. Your me time can be sitting quietly to sip your coffee, meditation time, sleep time or quality time with hubby. Do it once in a while. If you are not well and happy nothing can work well.

Eat well and take care of yourself: The new role you are in is not going to be easy. It will take a lot of your mental and physical strength. Don’t expect to be a super woman. Let things be imperfect at times. Take good rest, call your friends at home. Have all your post- natal supplements. Soak in some vitamin D as it can help against going back to work after baby depression. Enjoy the moments with your little one.

Bonus :Make a to do list of unavoidable baby related stuff- Set alarm if you have to, to check your diary of to dos .Please make a note of medicines, vaccination dates.  Note recipes, find some home remedies for the baby. This will prevent you from missing anything essential for the baby.

 

 

I hope you found this article helpful.  Let me know what were or are your challenges in getting back to work. I would love to know what worked for moms who are already back to work. Let’s help each other by sharing ideas. It might be just an article for you, but for some it’s a medium to overcome their most stressful time of their life as mom.

 

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Believe and good things will happen to you!

Lokah Samastah sukhino bhavantu!

 

60 Effective weight loss tips for post pregnancy weight.

Dear Beautiful ladies,

Journey to pregnancy is both beautiful and challenging. We go through a lot of changes physically, mentally and emotionally.

Not a long ago , a lady looked at me and said congratulations looking at my tummy(LOL).That happened months after giving birth to my baby. You might have heard similar comments like” you still look pregnant “a lot of times and felt disappointed too.

So my dear ladies even before we start a journey to weight loss, lets lose all the negativities around weight gain. Our aim should be a healthy body and rest all will fall in place in time.

I have tried these 60 sure tips to lose post pregnancy weight which has worked very well for me
(still going on).

  1. Drink Water in a right way: I was always advised by my doctor, friends and almost everyone to drink water and did that. However I never understood the “Whys & When’s” of drinking water. Understanding the reason behind drinking water is very important. Drinking water boosts your metabolism and detoxifies your body. Drinking a right amount of water helps body to remove extra water from your body which helps to lose weight gained by water retention.

 Points to remember:

Other important thing to understand water consumption is the temperature. You should consume water either at a lukewarm or room temperature. Refrigerated water or hot water is a no-no.

You should have water in any form (preferably lukewarm) first thing in the morning. Drink water an hour before your food (Lukewarm is a good idea) as it will leave less space in your stomach, reducing the chance of over eating.

Avoid drinking water immediately after or during your food consumption.

Credit- International Camelbank.com: How much water should you drink?

 2.  Get sound sleep- Sleeping for at-least 6 to 7 hours is extremely important for ones sound health and mind. Research shows that lack of sleep causes increases level of hunger causing hormones called Ghrelin.

I understand that getting enough sleep can be really difficult, if you are a new mom. How-ever a few strategies can help like sleeping when your baby is sleeping and asking for help from family.

If you feel anxious while sleeping, try sleeping in a colder room and try on a heavy blanket.

Listen to light music

Meditate or take a light walk

Have a glass of warm milk

Don’t use your phone. 

This article published on USA today can help you more.

 

3. Eat six times a day: Eat small meals 6 times. Please note that it doesn’t mean that you will have 6 proper meals but have 3 meals and 3 light and healthy snacks. Avoid having any carbs or processed food like chips, burgers.

Include salad, fruits, juices, homemade snacks. Small and light meals are easy to digest and decreases the chances of over eating.

I came across this wonderful article on Woman magazine.

 

4. Don’t diet: Most of us aim at rapid weight loss after pregnancy. Your ultimate goal should be getting a healthy body rather than just weight loss. Dieting, is assumed to be one of the quickest ways to lose weight after having a baby but the fact is it includes very low calorie as well as low nutrient food to lose weight soon. But dieting that too after delivery can cause long term harmful effects. A low calorie diet food will leave you weak and tired and it will be difficult for you to take care of your baby and feed her.

5. Breast feed: I know this has been told to you time and again. Breastfeeding has a lot of benefits including baby’s good health. It includes the nutrients which helps baby grow and thrive well. It enhances baby’s immunity strength, Lowers the risk of any diseases in infants and not only that, it also reduces chances of any diseases in mother. Along with all these benefits, feeding also helps in weight loss as a lot of calories goes out when you feed.

 

6 . Have 30gm of protein within 30 minutes of getting up: You must take 30gms of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. It can be any form of natural protein like eggs, sprouts, legumes, nuts, dairy pulses etc. Your metabolism improves in a great way by taking protein rich food. Proteins make you feel full as it secrets fullness hormones (GLP-1,PYY , CCK) and decreases intake of unnecessary food. The reason protein is a recommended food is its “Thermic effect” it means, body has to spend more energy to digest it.

I found this beautiful article on Health line.

 

7.Avoid refined sugar and carb: You must reduce your intake of sugar and eliminate refined carb from your food immediately. Refined carbs includes every packed item and proceed eating items like chips, burgers etc. Avoid having packaged juice items for health sake. Carbonated drinks or any packed food items do no good. Remove white sugar from your diet and replace with Jaggery which contains a lot of iron. Don’t buy anything that you should not eat.

 

8. Eat food high in fibre: Fibre is another very important part of a healthy diet. Soluble fiber helps reduce appetite. A study published in Annals of Internal medicine suggests that something as simple as eating 30 gm of fibre a day can help us to lose weight. Soluble fibre is found in oats, peas, beans, apple, citrus fruits, barley and psyllium.

 

9. Stock up healthy snack: Ensure that your food rack is filled only with healthy snack items. It can be seasonal fruits, fox nuts, dry fruits, puffed rice, oats, Dalia, Quinoa etc. Not buying any chips, chocolates and any fired items at grocery item will help you avoiding eating them. Yes, just don’t buy what you don’t want to eat.

 

10. Avoid junk/fast food: You must leave your habit of hogging over fast food items or any deep fried items from your market. Especially burgers, cakes, anything made of all-purpose flour must be avoided strictly. Fast food is high in sodium, sugar and highly saturated trans-fat. It causes obesity and high risk of heart attacks. So even when you are full with thee, your body lacks and craves for more food leading to over eating

 

11. Know what you eat by food journal: Anything that gets measured and noticed, gets improved. So if you notice and know, what is going inside your body then you can improve it. Keep a small note book handy to just mention whatever you ate for the day and go back to it, once a week to understand the development areas.

You can view this one i got from this site

 

12. Avoid alcohol: Alcohol is high on calories with no nutritional values. It can cause weight gain and belly fat. It can also cause reduction in milk production. It can have bad effect on your liver and hamper proper digestion. Alcohol has  sever effect on liver and can lead to weaken the digestion system as well.

 

13. Start light exercise: You need to work out a bit shred that extra pound, but that does not mean any tedious heavy exercises. It can be a light walk, yoga, and breathing. Going out with your baby and little stretching. If you had C-Section, exercise is not allowed for 6 months. You can slowly start walking after the delivery and do slight nasal breathing exercises. Ensure you get your doctor’s advice about it.

 

14. Wear a maternity belt: It is really recommended that you wear a maternity belt in your initial days as your stomach is extremely loose and it can help you in tightening the stomach muscles.It gives a structure to your suddenly loosened belly after delivery and prevents it from becoming your permanent body structure.

 

15. Have warm water at least 3 months of delivery: You must ensure that you drink only warm water during first few days of delivery. Refrigerated water is a complete no. You can add ajwain to the water if you want. If you could not do this before. It’s never too late to start.

 

16. Home Chores: It’s a fact that you cannot work out for 6 months if you had a C-section but gradually, doing few of home chores can be very effective. Avoid any chores which involved weight for 6 months and can get back to it after 6 months. If you do your chores regularly, your body will remain fit. But do not rely on yourself completely, getting someone to help is a must do.

 

17. Do the baby weight training: Lifting weight for 6 month is a strict no, but you can always lift your baby and you will realise that as your baby will gain weight your capability to lift her will increase. Go out with baby, walk around with baby in your arms.

18. Make mindful choices: Make a habit of healthy snacking. Replace your candies, biscuits and cookies with dry fruits, nuts and fruits. Don’t eat chips, cod drinks or sugar based items.You can refer to  post pregnancy weight loss diet plan here. This is one of the videos I watched .

I found this article useful.

19. Lower your stress levels: Please do not stress. Whenever you are stressed, your body responds like we are about to be harmed ,leading to release of hormones like cortisole,which causes body craving for unhealthy food like sugar and fat. This can lead to gain of fat in our body. Stress effects our metabolism, insulin level and blood flow.

 

You can refer to this amazing article

 

20. Dance: If you don’t enjoy work outs, dancing is your go-to thing .It will make you move and sweat, without letting you feel that you are working out. Zumba is one of the coolest way to lose weight. You don’t even need to spend a penny for this. Download any of good Zumba routines and copy them. You can make your baby a part of it.

This is my favourite Zumba dance

 

21. Healthy dessert: If you have sugar cravings try fulfilling it by having healthier sweets like dates, Jaggery, yogurt etc. You can also opt for healthier options like fruits .Stock your fridge with naturally healthy items and this way you can skip the habit of eating unhealthy sweets.

 

22. Don’t binge watch: It’s very important that you eat at a proper place and relish your food. Observe what you are eating. Avoid netflixing ,chatting or anything else while eating Eat with people you love and ensure you feel happy while eating.

 

23. Cut out on refined oils as much as you can: Anything with refined as a prefix is a bad idea. Start reducing use of refined oils. Used natural oil like olive oil, coconut oil and other natural oil. The easiest way to reduce it is by reducing the spoon you use for the poring the oil.

 

24. Early dinner: You must avoid late night eating at all cost.Have your dinner, as early as possible. I have made it a point to have my dinner and go to bed as soon as my baby sleeps. It would give ample time for your body to digest the food. It will also give you at least an hour of extra rest that is required for you.

 

25. Walk as and when you can: Walk it out. Walk, when and where ever possible. Walk in office, in your living room, to your kitchen, in the park, in the mall. I know it’s extremely difficult, especially after C-section, as body is too weak, you can build your stamina slowly.

 

26. Give yourself time: Please take yourself first. Lots of nutrients, calcium etc. has gone out of your body, first of all get them back. Eat your post pregnancy medicines and eat well. It’s alright if you fell hungry, eat properly.Don’t be in a hurry of losing weight.It takes time to lose weight and it is absolutely normal.

 

27.Don’t buy anything else which is not in your list: Make your grocery list on your own. You can do the audit part if your partner makes it for you. Be very careful while making the list, ensure no unhealthy, sugary, fried or refined items are on the list. Now make a very restrict rule that no one can buy anything out of list. This way you can fight your temptations.

 

28.Eat at home: Eating out is fancy but it effects two things very badly, your pocket and your health. Do it once in a while but avoid it most of the times. Have your stomach full before going out. Yes, that’s exactly what I do. It would save you from all the temptations of unhealthy food.

 

29.Carry your box: Fill a box with dry fruits or makhane and keep it in your permanently in your bag. If you feel tempted to something unhealthy just eat from that box. You will instantly be out of that temptation to eat any junk or unhealthy food.It will save you and your wallet from bad health.

 

30.Stay motivated: You might have heard, several remarks like, “you still look pregnant”, “you won’t lose weight after c section, body doesn’t remain like before and what not. Please just ignore them. They have no idea what they are talking about. It gets all fine. I think it just gets better. You just get better after becoming a mom.

 

31.Stretch: Do as much stretching as possible. You can do it while sitting down or while sleeping. It’s very easy and it increases the flexibility of your body and tightens the loose muscles. This will not only help you lose weight but also strengthen your muscles.Any kind of stretchering activity ,helps you lose weight.

 

32.Never be negative while eating: You should never be unhappy while eating else it can do no good to your body. Respect and feel blessed to be getting food. Never sit for office gossip or discuss how worried you are about eating that butter chicken. Just enjoy while you eat. You food absorbs the vibration so stay very careful while eating .Saying a thank you before you start eating will be great .

 

33. Body and belly massage: If you had a C-section like mine, you need to wait till 4 months before starting. Even after that go easy on belly area, just a light circular massage will do. Proper massage will tighten the lose muscles and shape out your body.Getting massage will nourish your bones and give it strength required.

 

34.Ajwain is a boon:  If your concern is ,how to lose weight after cesarean delivery? Ajwain water is your answer. Try having it as much as possible .Keep a sipper on your side and keep sipping it throughout the day. It cues you from inside and helps in reducing the belly fat up to a great extent. It is known to heal the wounds caused during delivery.

 

35.Stairs: Once you feel that your strength is back, you can start using stairs. Start slow, like taking stairs even for one floor is a great join. Trust me this small step can go a long way.It is a good exercise for muscles and your heart.It is an excellent way of getting light work out.Do not take stairs for more than a few minutes.Excess of anything is bad.

 

36.Eat your pinniyan or the traditional dry fruit methi ladoos: I never knew the benefits these home based, old aged things have. They completely heal you from inside for once and for all. It will give you physical and mental boost required. It will increase your milk supply and enhance the amount good cholesterol in your body.

 

37.Eat green: You still need all your greens. Please continue the good habits you have learned during pregnancy. Even I am still maintaining my good habits. Eat salads and try having smoothies if you can.Eating your vegetable will keep your stomach full and save you from any cravings for unhealthy food.It will also give you the nourishment required.

 

38. Start going out: I know that you are going through a lot, sleepless night, weakness and what not. Going out will help. Take a friend along and of course your baby too. You can even walk alone to the nearest park, to a mall, to a friends’ house, a neighbour’s house or even to your campus, just walk out. It will make you more active and positive. Remember every single action you take, counts!

 

39.Restart your outdoor hobby: Recall if you like doing anything that involved outdoor activities like badminton, running or anything else. Once you have completed six months just go for it.If you can, play with your kids or just walk around the corner,walk to a temple.Any form of outdoor activity will help.

 

40. Work for your dream wardrobe: I know every one of us  wants to look beautiful. Post pregnancy weight gain, however leads to lack of confidence about our looks. If you are feeling demotivated as clothes don’t fit you any longer and you think you aren’t looking great. Just go online and create a dream wardrobe. Work out for that ladies. I know you can do it.

 

41. Do not eat at late night: I have been guilty of eating late nights during pregnancy. If you are going through same, please ensure that you don’t. You can stop that gradually. If you really feel hungry eat something light like soup or dry fruits.Eating late can lead to indigestion.

 

42.Portion control: Talk to your doctor after 6 months to understand if you have been over eating. If yes, slowly go for portion control/Eat well but reduce the quantity.You can eat everything if you eat it ina correct portion. Replace them with healthier substitutes like cucumber salad, curd or milk

 

43. DO NOT skip meals:Skipping your meals the most dangerous of all. Starving yourself means, starving your baby, moreover it can lead to low glucose and sugar levels leading to hypoglycemia. Apart from that starving leads to over eating at the end of day.

 

44.Go for yoga: Yoga is a holistic approach which aims at cleansing and rejuvenating the human body from outside as well as inside. Yoga manages stress and reduces the chances of stress eating. It creates an awareness in us about our body and emotions, which in helps reducing the need of emotional eating. It creates an awareness in our mind, results in mindful eating.

Read this beautiful article on yoga.

 

45.Don’t give in to body shaming: It is good to accept compliments and work on feedback. Genuine suggestions coming from your people, matters but do not let everyone comment on your body and make you feel bad. If you let them do continuously, it might even effect on your confidence. Be assertive and calm while responding back to such people.

 

46. Replace your coffee and tea with green Tea: Green tea is great for weight loss as flavonoids and caffeine in green tea can help in strengthening metabolism. Green tea helps in weight loss but excess of anything is bad, don’t have it more than 2 cups a day. It contains many nutrients including antioxidant, anti-cancer and brain health ingredients.

You can refer to this informative article here.

 

47. Cumin-ginger-lemon drink: This is one of my favourite  home remedies for weight loss after delivery. This is a high energy, metabolism booster drink. Take 2 glasses of water, 2 tablespoon of Cumin, grated ginger extract. Keep it for boiling for some time. Take it out once the water has reduced to half. Add half a lemon and some honey if you like. You can have it once it remains luke-warm.

 

48. Fix your meal time: Our body has a natural defined clock for eating and sleeping .Eating and sleeping at random hours lead to slow down of our body metabolism. Eating late nights or at different time every day can lead to bad digestion and over eating.

Refer to this article

 

49. Light dinner: Eating light and early at night can help your body to digest the food properly, you will not feel heavy. It also helps to maintain a good metabolism. Never skip your dinner as it can lead to over eating at late night or even lower down the sugar leave due to starving your body for the entire night.

Read this article for reference

 

50. No carbs with non veg: Eating non veg with rice and chapattis, is not a good idea. Carbs on Carbs ultimately leads to difficult digestion. All the carbs breaks to sugar and , the more the sugar ,the more the weight.

 

51. Eat as much vegetables and fruits as possible: Fruits are best to lose belly fat. It also protects you from some types of cancer and chronic diseases. Fruits are rich source of fibre and many other vitamins and minerals. High fibre diet leads to good digestion, which means a healthy weight.

You can refer to this article

 

52. Replace your white rice with brown rice: People who eat whole grains like brown rice have lesser weight in comparison to those who eat white rice. White rice is a processed version of brown rice. White rice has lesser vitamins and minerals in comparison to brown.

 

53. Juice up: Juices are rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Juice is a liquid diet and hence it is very easy to digest. It also detoxifies your body. It can work as filler between main meals. Avoid packed juice as it is rich in chemical preservatives and sugar. You can chose to take a glass of fresh vegetable or fruit juice and stay healthy.

 

54. Have your post pregnancy supplements: Different deficiencies can be reason of your high food cravings or irregular sleep time leading to weight gain .If you have been advised to have certain supplements, then continue having them for the prescribed time.

 

55. Get your check-up done: If you have done everything and still putting on weight, please don’t feel sad. See your doctor and get proper medications. Pregnancy and post pregnancy period is full of hormonal changes. It may be due to some kind of imbalance. Take medicines, exercise and relax, it will all be fine.

 

56. Sweat out: Once you have completed your 6 months post C-section, start slight exercise. You can start with running, skipping, planks, go to a gym or chose any of your home chores like mopping and cleaning. Get your self-involved in some physical activities. You can refer to post pregnancy weight loss exercise here.

 

57. Find a support group: If you have been feeling too low or feeling less confidant due to weight gain, try joining communities of moms. Ladies who have been through same can suggest you things that work for you. They can help you regain the confidence. You will realise how normal it is to be going through this phase and it will be easier for you to lose weight.

 

58. Be realistic: Please don’t expect any magic to happen over-night. The weight gain has taken time, so will the weight loss. You have all the time of the world. Just be slow but consistent. Don’t lose hope if you missed your schedule or diet one day, just start again. The key is to keep trying till you succeed.

 

59. Make a gratitude journal: If you are feeling too low about  your weight, pause a second and count the blessings you have.Thank god every day for giving you such a beautiful life. Be grateful for what you have and accept yourself the way you are. Every individual is unique and it’s time for you to celebrate yourself.

 

 

60. Love yourself: Last but not the least, show yourself some love. There are so many people who love you a lot .You are a wonderful and beautiful woman, the way you are. Your people are going to love you the way you are. Wear your favourite clothes, pamper yourself with some spa and do what make you happy.

 

Bonus: Include turmeric and ginger in your diet as they are good for your gut and digestion.

 

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