Just in case you don’t know this about me all ready or haven’t gathered this information from reading previously, I am a personal trainer and health wellness coach. Was this groundbreaking information for you? I think not, but that is OK I am reiterating for the purpose of explaining where I am going with my thoughts. Not only am I a trainer and coach, but also business owner and other half of HellaBella Athletics, built and shared with my best friend Honestly Kelsey.
P.S. SIDENOTE you should “totes” check out her blog- (see what I did there… totes… yeah this is my sense of humor) if you haven’t because like me she gets on her soapbox with some pretty amazing information while keeping it real life and pretty damn funny.
At HellaBella Athletics we get to help some amazing peeps with nutrition, exercise and total body wellness to achieve their best bodies and life. As trainers we are also committed to our own fitness and wellness and obviously this is a huge priority in our lives. One fact about Kelsey is that she recently gave birth to a perfect tiny human! And by recently I mean RECENTLY… 14 days ago. If you know Kelsey you probably also know that at about day 5 of recovery… she was OVER IT! Wanting to get moving and ready to get her body back. Now most women at this point in recovery are just trying to stay above water with lack of sleep, navigating being a mom and recovering their body. Kelsey and I however amidst this chaos were talking about starting a Post Baby Body Challenge I mean why wait, right?! Now her doctor and many others might argue, but we are using our best judgment, conservative action and knowledge as trainers to start slow in an 8-week program and build upon that as her body progresses. Check out Kelsey’s Recovery Workout, Day 1 Back to the Gym here!
Starting this past Monday I have taken over her life with nutrition and exercise in an 8-week journey to drop off the last 12 pounds gained during pregnancy. We are pumped to be sharing it from both sides. I will be writing from the trainer brain, programming workouts and nutrition guidelines and of course writing about Kelsey as a client. She will be writing about how much of a pain in the ass I am and how much she is LOVING her program. (insert eye Kelsey eye roll here) HAHA!
If you are at a point in your fitness journey where you are ready to make a plan of your own, suffering from an exercise set back or needing some accountability then join in on the fun! Follow us both for the next 8 weeks! We are going to cover so many tools that wills help you be successful too!
OK moving on… One of the first strategy sessions we had getting ready to start this challenge was where to take Kelsey’s nutrition over the next 8 weeks. I am going to walk you through the thought process here.
Kelsey’s Post Baby Body: Nutrition Methodology 101
The are SO many different programs we could implement to get Kelsey to where she wants to be. We have all the tricks up our sleeve, so narrowing it down like we do with our clients was the first step.
Kelsey’s tiny human Max also has a tiny developing digestive system and anything that Mom puts into her body affects Max as well. Over the course of the first two weeks there have been many days where Max’s digestive system has said YEAH… NO to what Mom is eating. So when thinking about where I wanted to take her nutrition the first thing that came to mind was ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. Great for Mom, but also great for small baby tummies. Within this parameter there are many options and taking into account the foods also suggested to be avoided in general during nursing the most aligned methodologies would be either full-blown Whole 30 or Paleo. Presenting these two to Kels we opted for a less restrictive Paleo option.
Remember girlfriend is still sleep deprived and might need to have a square of dark chocolate every once in a while to get through and well… #ryangosling! Maybe you can relate? By the way I am not suggesting that in order to be successful you HAVE to follow a Paleo diet or even follow an anti-inflammatory diet, as I said above there are a million way to get to a goal, but for Kelsey (and for anyone on one of these) there are many benefits.
- Prevents and relieves allergy symptoms (translating to baby Max as well)
- Improves Brain Function (much needed when you are a sleep deprived Mom)
- Supporting Digestive Health
- Balances Hormones
- Keeps you feeling full longer (If you have ever nursed, you know being hungry ALL DAY is a thing!, More healthy fat and protein keeps you satiated for longer than a diet high in refined carbs.)
- Helps you sleep better (well this one might just have to be a thought for a year from now… sorry Kels)
- The list seriously goes on forever here!
So it was a no brainer. Methodology DONE!
Some of you may not know what the Paleo diet is, so in a nutshell it takes nutrition to the most primitive times. Also known as the “caveman diet”, Paleo promotes the consumption of whole, natural foods that we as humans are biologically adapted to (aka nothing that man has “created”- sorry no everlasting Twinkies here) such as meats, fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds and unrefined vegetable oils.
So simple… even a cave man can do it. HA I am cracking myself up over here with these dumb jokes today.
OK so there you have it, Paleo it is. You have the what and the why… stay tuned for more on macros and meals plans! Add this to your own 8-Week Challenge knowledge and let’s get after it!