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Diet During Pregnancy

39weeks + 30lb

Since I’ve been pregnant I noticed how many women in my shoes try to keep up and not gain any weight during this period. Like former Miss Universe contestant, Chantal Duncan. I think that might be a little extreme. You should Gaining 25-35lbs is normal. I see women 38-40 weeks pregnant and still going to spinning, bar class … etc. and I just don’t understand why is so important to stay skinny? This time of your life is not about you, it’s about your baby. I know it’s important exercise, but to an extreme? This is not the time of your life where you should look the best, it’s okay if your thighs and arms are not as toned, you will have plenty of time to get back in shape. It is okay to get a little bit puffy. No one is going to judge you.  You might judge yourself.

For New York women, who always have so much pressure on how they look there is a demand to not gain any weight, besides the baby. For us big city women, especially here in New York, the way we look after pregnancy is also pressured.  It’s a race, everyone trying to get back in shape after 1 month from birth. Believe me I feel you. But this is no competition – I do get this feeling sometimes, when other women, who just had a baby, ask how much I gained, and I can see them roll their eyes. But after I put my ego on the side; I just laugh J. This is my body. I know that I am doing the best to take care of me and my beautiful baby.

I don’t believe you should gain 40-50lbs and eat crazy, don’t get me wrong. That’s the other extreme. Eat whatever you feel like, and stop when you feel full. You know your body and what your baby needs. Some women think this is the time they can eat whatever they want (what did you do till now, suffer???) and nobody, not even their partners, will care how they look. I think this is a lie. First of all, you should always eat whatever you want! It’s about knowing when to stop. Stop when you are full, and yes get the dessert, but after few bites, when you have satisfied your cravings, put down the fork. Also your partner not saying anything right now, but believe me if you keep your eating habit and your weight gain 1 year after birth, then he will say something. And is not a healthy thinking just because you have a baby you stop being that beautiful, sexy women you were before. NOOOOO! Now you have a baby and you want back the sexy feeling too. So eat healthy then soon as you feel you ready (not when your society tell you) go back to work out. Because like my husband would say “nothing sexier then a sexy mama.” 🙂

This is the hardest part of listening to our bodies. Before I was pregnant women would tell me, “Viki, you don’t know how it feels, so don’t tell me what to do.” So I stopped telling them what to do. But now I’m pregnant, and I’m in the same situation, and I feel like it is okay to give some advice. Because I know that when I feel full, I can stop. It is just listening and controlling your body and mind. Easier to said than done? Maybe, but with 2 weeks of practice you will see how much you can do and you will not feel hungry. This is not a diet during this time of your life this is just healthy eating and nutrition so you will have a healthy pregnancy and develop a healthy baby. These are the two most important things right now.

Smoothie for 2 days

My doctor told me when I was only 22 weeks that I had already gained 20lbs. I have to slow down, because the baby will be too big and I can have a complication during labor. I have narrow hips so I did get scared, I don’t want tears (I will do perennial massage during my labor, hope that helps). So since December I only gained 10lb (It is end of March now, I’m 38 weeks). After she told me, I really started to watch what I eat. Again, it’s not like I ate bad before, is just in the first 4 months only bread would ease my nausea, and besides walking to work I did nothing else. I couldn’t. So I promised myself I will eat more nutritious foods and cut out the starch. This is also better for the baby. I started cooking every day (before because I stayed at work I ate from the food carts around my studio), and eating mostly stir fry vegetables with chicken or beef. Sometimes I ate rice or potatoes, but I was making sure for a few days before I go to the doctor and she weight me I only eat healthy, with a little chocolate for dessert.

Like I said it in an earlier blog, I don’t have any cravings. I eat pretty balanced, so I don’t feel like I have to eat the box of ice cream. Sure if you put 2 doughnuts or cupcakes front of me from Dough or Sprinkles, then I will eat them in 5 minutes. It’s not that I crave it, it’s just I love them and if I see it I eat it. I can’t control that one.

Also I chose to eat less carbs because since January my bowel movements have slowed down soooooo much, sometimes I cannot do number 2 for 2-3 days. Nothing is more uncomfortable than that. If you have been pregnant you know what I’m talking about. My doctor gave me a gentle laxative, but I’m not a fan of medicine, so I do not take it. I try to drink a smoothie in the midday (recipe here), and every other day I eat ½ spoon flaxseed. It really helps. I notice if I eat rice or potatoes 2 days in a row, then nothing can help. So now my eating habits have changed because I want regular number 2s in my life, and after labor you really don’t want to mess with that J.

Nyami

So my typical day looks like this: (I do eat something every 3 hours)

For breakfast I eat cereal. And only the special K Chocolate Almond can satisfy me (before I was pregnant I never ate cereal, but now it’s the only thing that can keep me full for 2-3 hours).

Then I drink my smoothie, if I’m not home I take it with me. Get some nuts with it too (love the omega mix from Trader Joes).

For lunch I go back home and make stir fry vegetables with chicken. For dessert I eat 4 square milka or few spoon fulls of ice cream.

Usually I eat the leftovers for dinner and afterwards I eat yoghurt with nuts, and some fruit.

That’s it. Sure some days I eat chicken pita form the souvlaki greek food carts, or skip the smoothie and eat the Dough doughnuts, but I need that. I need a cheat day. But again, when I do that I know is a chance I won’t go to the bathroom. Everything has a price.

 

Let me know how food effect your pregnancy,

Love,

Viki

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A YOGI’S GUIDE TO STAYING ORGANIZED

We live in New York City a place that affords many opportunities all crammed into a tiny space. Living in New York, just like living in many places, it is important to stay organized, and even more important to stay motivated to keep up with organizing time, life, and—well—all of our stuff. Because in small spaces even a small mess looks bigger!

Here are the top 8 tips from our yoga instructors to keep you motivated and organized the yogi way.

  1. Simplify

This is my mother’s best advice, and it works. Most of the time when I feel like things are getting too hard to organize, it’s because I have too much stuff. It’s always a sign, before I go any further to check in and see what stuff I really need and what stuff is just holding me back and making it hard to stay organized. Of course…I have a weakness for clothes and bags.  I can’t throw them out even if I havent worn them in  5 years. Because you never know 🙂 Our apartment comes with a small basement, and so I have been keeping my clothes, shoes and bags that I don’t use there. Hoping one day I will have a closet big enough to keep everything.

  1. The rule of 8/8/8

This is a tip that one of our students told us. She said that the rule of 8/8/8 keeps her from over working or procrastinating. “The main idea is that there should be 8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for work, and 8 hours for you.” Thanks for that pro-tip. So leave your work at work and take 8 hours for yourself. It’s good to feel relaxed.

  1. Breathe

Remember it’s just stuff. “When I take a moment to breathe in and out, I find that I do have the strength to attack that pile of dirty clothes that I’ve been meaning to wash, or fold.” I just need break sometimes. So in my schedule I do the bathroom first, after sit down 5-10min, then do the kitchen sit down….. Take a break and breath is very help full. Just don’t start to watch your favorite show, because you will never get of the couch. I usually listen to music from spotyfy (love latino and RnB music, it gets me in the mood 🙂 ) or turn on the news for some background noise.

  1. Trick yourself

Another method is to trick yourself into staying organized. “If I notice that I’m putting clothes or things on the chair, or the floor, or anywhere it’s not supposed to go, I pick everything up and put it on my bed. That way I know before I go to bed I need to put everything where it belongs.” Says Viki, “It’s helps me put things away even when I don’t feel like it.” Great trick after a big laundry day, so no excuse you really have to fold them 🙂

  1. Remember it’s a lifestyle not an event

“Being organized, is a way of life. It’s not just a one time event. It’s based on a bunch of small decisions I make every day. I don’t just wake up thinking, ‘oh I guess I’ll stay organized today.’ Rather, when I wake up I make the bed, then I but my pajamas the top of my pillow, I make my morning coffee/tea, eat my breakfast then I wash out the coffee pot after I use it, place the bowl/plates I ate to the dishwasher. It’s all these little choices that make life organized, not just one action.” I like to clean after my self right away. Believe me my husband can eat his breakfast from 3 different bowl and drink from 2 different cups. So many times I’ve asked him WHY? never got a worthy answer.  So If I don’t clean up after us right after, by night it will look like a nightmare.

  1. Be in the moment

“I tend not to think of it as getting organized, but rather living life. It’s like that quote from Thich Nhat Hanh ‘when doing the dishes think only of doing the dishes’ when I stop thinking of organizing as chores I can start to appreciate the ways that I experience life during any given activity. And it works, I can focus on how my body moves and enjoy throwing myself into whatever activity I am lucky enough to enjoy…even doing the dishes.” Be honest I do enjoy cleaning and organize my house. I can turn off my brain and just focus on the cleaning. Great meditation.

  1. Exercise

Yeah, as a fitness studio we might be a bit biased, but google it. Staying active helps. In almost all aspects of life. When you stay active it actually increases your energy levels so you’ll have more energy to put into keeping yourself sane.

  1. Sometimes…embrace the mess

There is a time for everything. There are some times and places for a mess, and knowing when those are and being able to accept it and not berate yourself, is a skill worth learning. Everything in its place, even disorganization. I tend to be a little more of a clean freak and that’s not good either. For instance, after I host house party, even if everybody leaves by 1-2am, I cannot sleep till I clean up everything, vacuum and wash the floor. I know it is insane, but I like to wake up to a clean apartment. I’m learning now to let it go. It’s fine to clean the next day. But I still hve to tel myself “Viki it is fine to let this go.” Still soooo hard 🙂