My very own “mummy tummy”

“How does my stomach look?” That was one of the very first questions I asked my husband after our daughter was born.  I don’t remember if we had even discussed her name yet – I was concerned about the appearance of my abdomen.  I felt pressure (either from myself, our society, or both) to get…

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“Mummy tummy”

Expert Kareen Lai of Mums in Sync shares why diastasis recti (or so endearingly coined “mummy tummy”) happens in so many women, evidence during pregnancy or postpartum: As your belly grows bigger, the soft tissue that runs down your mid section (the linea alba) relaxes and gives way. This allows your abdominal walls to stretch…

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A season of change

Just as our earth experiences change throughout the year, our lives experience change.  These seasons can challenge us and encourage us to grow and prosper in ways we never imagined.  Whether you are dating someone new, experiencing a breakup, planning your wedding, expecting a baby, losing a job, or starting a new one, your life…

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Remembering a great life lesson

When I was in eighth grade, I learned a great life lesson at an unexpected event: a volleyball tournament.  For some reason I kept missing my serves during a particular match, likely 4 out of 5 times.  My coach didn’t get angry — he was confused.  I was usually a consistent and precise server, but…

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Myth #6: Drink milk for strong bones

The dairy industry has been successful in convincing us to drink milk to build strong bones.  But strong bones isn’t the only plus-side of calcium.  According to WHFoods.com, “Calcium is a very important mineral in human metabolism, making up about 1-2% of an adult human’s body weight. In addition to its widely known role in…

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Myth #4: Don’t eat late meals

Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors didn’t have the modern conveniences (grocery stores, refrigerators, or packaged foods) that we have today.  Different hypotheses exist as to how our ancestors ate, but one hypothesis is that they had to hunt their meat and gather their vegetables, which took a substantial amount of time.  They would snack…

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Myth #3: Detox helps you lose weight

Most people sign up for detox programs or cleanses to lose weight quickly.  This will work if they are fine with likely short term weight loss in the form of mostly water weight.  If you imagine skipping a day without food, or at least cutting down your regular portion sizes, you would expect to lose weight.  But…

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Myth #2: Carbs make you fat

When I asked an audience for examples of carbohydrates, the answers were “pasta, bread, and rice”.  I expected these answers and pressed on, quizzing if beans and legumes were carbohydrates.  They replied with a resounding “no”.  “What are they then?” I asked.  They stared back blankly.  Vegetables, perhaps? This can be quite confusing, as it…

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Myth #1: Fat makes you fat

While it’s true that fat contains the most calories per gram (9 kcal/g) than protein (4 kcal/g) and carbohydrates (4 kcal/g), we need to get away from fearing calories.  Calories are our bodies’ energy currency.  We need energy to function throughout the day, whether you’re hitting the treadmill or burning brain fuel on a work project.  But not all calories…

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