This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrimom. All opinions are 100% mine.
Hi, friends! I’m popping in this afternoon to share an update on my experience with Nutrimom! I love that some of you have already expressed an interest in this very cool program after reading my first post. It really is a wonderful healthy living resource for women (and for their children)!
In case you missed my initial explanation, I was invited to participate in Nutrimom’s beta program to test out the service, offer feedback, and share my opinions with all of you. I had no idea what to expect when I originally signed up, but over the course of the past few months I have loved my experience.
Here’s the basic overview: Nutrimom is a brand new program designed for moms and moms-to-be whose mission it is to help moms make informed choices about nutrition and wellness during the first 1,000 days of baby’s life. BUT, it’s also just as appropriate and relevant for moms of older kids (like me!), who are not pregnant or nursing, but who want to lead a healthy lifestyle for themselves and for their families.
Research in the emerging science of Early Life Nutrition suggests that the majority of your baby’s lifelong wellness can be positively shaped by the nutrition and environment that you provide during those first 1,000 days of development from your first day of pregnancy to age 2. The program supports this mission by offering moms and moms-to-be trustworthy nutrition and wellness support via a desktop or mobile experience (meaning, it’s INCREDIBLY convenient – even for women who are juggling multiple kids, babies, jobs, and other crazy schedules).
Perhaps the most important aspect to the Nutrimom program is the one-on-one support that you receive from your Personal Coach. Because of this close relationship with an expert, your Nutrimom experience will be designed specifically for YOU.
My coach Andie has spent a great deal of time learning about my interests, my lifestyle, my family and home environment, my background, and my current challenges. As a result, she has helped to answer some of my pressing concerns, she has designed a manageable fitness routine to meet my goals, and she has acted as a “cheerleader” on the journey with me.
While there are 7 pillars to the Nutrimom program, I have chosen to focus my sessions with Andie on just a few areas that are most important to me right now: Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Sleep!
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Andie is a personal trainer, so she has been a great resource when it comes to designing a flexible workout template for me. She understands that on most days I’m lucky to squeeze in 20 minutes of structured Exercise. That means that I need to make the most of my short workouts! Andie has given me strength training workouts, bootcamp-style interval training workouts, walking, and yoga suggestions to make sure that I have a properly balanced routine to keep me healthy, happy, and stress-free.
Her suggestions are manageable with my schedule, and I don’t feel pressured to do more than I am comfortable with right now. This goes back to Nutrimom’s personal approach. It’s not a one-size-fits-all program, and that’s what I love most about it!
Tip: I loved Andie’s suggestion to use the jump rope to get in some very effective cardio in a short amount of time! I have started working this affordable, portable, and FUN piece of equipment into my home workouts and it has been a great “change of pace” for me and a true challenge!
NUTRITION: I’m always on the lookout for new and inspiring ways to feed my family a well-balanced and healthy diet. As a Registered Dietician, Andie is up-to-date on the latest Nutrition science (which is SO helpful), but she’s also a mom to two young kids, which means that she “gets” it! She understands that it can be difficult to find easy meals and simple make-ahead snacks that appeal to a houseful of discriminating palates!
With help from Nutrimom’s digital library of easily searchable, science-based nutrition and wellness information, Andie has provided me with recipes and educational content to help keep me and my kids on the right path! Some of the recipes include Homemade Granola Bars; Frittata with Potatoes, Peas, and Cheddar; and a Beef Shepherd’s Pie.
Andie and I have also discussed the Harvard School of Public Health’s Healthy Eating Plate. Since I’m not interested in counting calories or measuring anything, this is a great way to get a sense for whether or not I’m consuming enough of the good stuff (and not too much of the not-so-good stuff). In fact, when I was serving my dinner plate this evening, I made sure to fill at least half of my plate with the broccoli and cauliflower (grilled salmon and roasted sweet potatoes made up the other half)!
Tip: When I was asking Andie about the latest research in cooking oils, she encouraged me to use coconut oil even more than I already do. It’s her personal favorite for so many reasons! I didn’t realize that coconut oil is a medium-to-high heat oil, so it works really well for sautéing meat and veggies. Now, instead of just using it in my favorite granola recipe or the occasional baked good, I’m pulling out my coconut oil to sauté balsamic mushrooms, kale, and almost everything else I toss in a skillet!
SLEEP: Ugh…this is a hard one for me (and for many other moms, I know). I just never feel like I’m getting enough rest! Even though my boys have been sleeping through the night for years, it can be a challenge for me to get the recommended 8-hours-per-day to feel my best. Instead, I stay up late reading, watching t.v., working on the blog, etc. There’s just never enough time in the day!
After discussing some of my specific personal challenges with my bedtime routine, Andie had some very concrete suggestions to help me wind down at night and get to bed earlier. And you know what? Just focusing on this aspect of my life and prioritizing my sleep has already worked WONDERS towards getting the shut-eye that I know I need. I’m still a work in progress, but I can honestly say that I’m getting more Sleep now than I was when I started the Nutrimom program…so that’s SUCCESS in my book!
Tip: I loved Andie’s suggestion that when my “bedtime” rolls around, I should not focus on the long list of items on my to-do list that I didn’t get to finish. Instead, I should just imagine that I am putting those items “on a shelf” so that I can return to them tomorrow. They’re not going anywhere, and I can tackle them the next day when I’ve had more rest. It’s amazing how a simple analogy like that can really resonate…and so I remember this each evening when it’s time to close the computer and head to bed!
As you can see from this (looooong) post, I’ve obviously gained a ton of new information and support through my involvement with Nutrimom.
In addition to the Personal Coaching, Nutrimom also offers ongoing messaging with the team of Early Life Nutrition experts, master classes, group coaching sessions on topics from lactation to physical activity, and help with setting and tracking goals.
And, for those who are interested, the Nutrimom program offers a specialized line of nutrition products to help ensure you’re getting the nutrients that you need at every stage of your baby’s development. The products and dietary Supplements, combined with a healthy diet, are designed to help support moms and moms-to-be throughout the first 1,000 days of baby’s development from your first day of pregnancy to age 2.
Do yourself AND your family a favor: take care of YOU so that you can be the best mom possible. Nutrimom is ready to help!