How to Keep Fit and Healthy During Pregnancy My Baba 5 October, 2012 Features, Planning, Pregnancy, Stages Pregnant or not pregnant you should never count calories. The word ‘calorie’ comes from the Latin ‘calor’, which means heat. A calorie is a measure of heat. We should think of our bodies as furnaces that require fuel to continue burning. Just as a car will not run without the right petrol, the body cannot function properly without the right food. With good food you feed the body’s natural furnace and keep your metabolism running fast. When you eat and what you eat makes all the difference. Perhaps a low fat chocolate cake has fewer calories than a steak with sweet potatoes and salad, but the two meals definitely do not have the same nutritional values: the cake will give you an initial buzz before a crash that will increase your sugar craving, whereas the steak will feed your muscles, and will not reappear on your hips or thighs. Pregnancy is not an excuse to start binging, but it’s also not the time to start dieting. Optimal nutrition becomes the key for the perfect health of you and your baby. Pregnancy is not an illness; it’s a wonderful journey of unselfishness and unconditional love. During pregnancy try to keep a healthy eating habit. Nutrition is extremely important, without the right fuel your body won’t function to its optimum. Eat the right food, often and in small portions. Eating every few hours helps your metabolism. Avoid sugar drops by keeping your blood sugar level stable, this really is the key to avoid over-eating; never arrive hungry to a meal. These little tips should decrease your heartburn, a very common side effect in pregnancy. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO KEEP YOU AND BABY HEALHY FIT: Eat whole grains: quinoa, millet, oats, brown rice, and whole grain bread, full of fibre that will keep you full longer, increasing your energy levels. Root vegetable: sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, squash; those orange fleshes vegetable are food for Gods, full of antioxidant, get all the necessary nutrients that the little one needs in order to be born strong and healthy. Animal Protein: chicken, turkey, lean red meat, white fish and salmon. Those proteins are important for cell growth and for foetal brain growth in later pregnancy, plus it will take care of your muscle tone helping to speed up your fat lost after the baby is born! Vegetable protein: chickpeas, beans, peas, full of fiber and vitamins, rich in iron and calcium, for stronger bones. Fruit and vegetable are a real boost for your immune system and for the baby too… it seems that during pregnancy results are doubled, if you do it right it pays you well!… Good Fat: olive oil, avocado, nuts are full of fatty acid for you and your little miracle. That will also help your skin to glow, your cells to grow stronger, help digestion, decrease inflammation in your body. WATER: drink plenty of water, especially before and after exercise. Remember that the water will flush away all your bad toxins, keeping you and your baby hydrated and fresh all throughout the day! Exercise: Yes, you heard correctly! As I said, pregnancy is not an illness or an excuse to stop moving. Just make a few adjustments to your current workout programme or ask a specialist trainer to tailor a programme right for and your bump. In health and fitness, FG www.fgpilates.me ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REGARDING ANY MEDICAL CONDITION AND BEFORE STARTING ANY NEW DIET OR EXERCISE REGIME.