Most of you will know that I have really missed exercising and generally being healthy, so I was really excited when I got the chance to take part in the Mission Clean & Lean Mama plan. This is a 3 week plan designed specifically for new mothers who are 6 weeks post natal. Exercises are gentle 10 minute pilates based workouts focused on the toning of core and pelvic floor muscles and participants are encouraged to follow a “clean” eating plan.
The eating plan isn’t really a diet as it isn’t about calorie counting. I don’t believe in calorie controlled diets or going without, so clean eating appeals to me. Caffeine, sugar and processed foods are eliminated from the diet, instead participants are encouraged to use fresh and natural foods, with one “cheat” meal allowed each week. This may sound strict, but very little is excluded from your diet and it’s about making healthy choices. I actually eat very little in the way of processed foods anyway and I can count on 2 fingers the number of times a microwave ready meal has made it into my kitchen. My downfall is more of the peanut butter Kit Kat variety…
I began the plan yesterday, which started us off with pelvic floor exercises. These aren’t just for pregnant and post natal women, they really are important for everyone to do. The video provided for participants to follow was clear and easy to follow and also contained a good dose of humour, always important when exercising, I reckon! The Facebook group has been supportive and friendly, with suggested meal plans provided.
Just for information, my meals yesterday were as follows:
Breakfast: Yoghurt, blueberries, oats
Lunch: Carrot & sweet potato soup, rye bread
Dinner: Brown rice, mixed vegetables, slice of pork
As you can see, nothing especially complicated or time consuming, with the exception of the soup. I made enough of this to enjoy for lunch for a few days. It’s delicious and perfect if you want something sweet.
Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup Recipe
Peel and dice 1 large sweet potato. Dice 6 carrots. Add to large pan and add water until vegetables are covered by about 1cm of liquid. Sprinkle in a dash of black pepper and garlic. Simmer until vegetables are soft. Blend and season to taste.
Couldn’t be easier!
I’ll be blogging a couple of times a week about my progress on this plan. I’m hoping at the end of the three weeks I’ll feel more energised and less tired. I’m also hoping that the gentle exercises will help me to regain some of my strength, so that I can then ease back into half marathon training.