From Yawn To Yummy: Exclusive Mother's Day Guide Brings Welcome Relief For New Moms

TORONTO, ONTARIO | Thursday, May 05, 2005

Truestar for Women Presents New Mom's with the Keys to Finding a Healthy Balance

Overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed out: with an average of four hours sleep,* it's no wonder new moms are burned-out. Canadian women face increased emotional and physical demands with the arrival of their bundle of joy, including the tendency to shift focus away from themselves and neglect their own wellbeing. While a full night of sleep may be out of the question, new moms can make positive changes to increase energy levels and bring relief into their hectic lives. In time for Mother's Day and to help new moms achieve a healthy balance, Truestar for Women introduces From Yawn to Yummy: A Post-Pregnancy Guide to Getting Fit and Looking Great. Truestar for Women, are Canada's leading health and wellness centers dedicated to helping women find a healthy, balanced lifestyle "New moms are so overwhelmed by the sudden responsibility of caring for a baby that their own health and wellbeing takes a back seat as all their focus shifts onto their newborn" comments Terry Nason, President of Truestar for Women and herself a mother of three. "By ignoring their own body's needs for relaxation, exercise, sleep, nutrients and vitamins, they become exhausted, stressed-out and unable fully enjoy one of the most wonderful times in their lives. A few simple lifestyle changes can help new mothers attain a sense of balance in their lives, feel energized and look great," adds Nason.

� Form a new moms support group. Get together with new moms on a regular basis. Take this time to talk, reflect and compare notes. These sessions will act as a stress outlet and will allow new moms to share mothering strategies.

� Get some rest! New moms will sleep better if beverages and foods high in caffeine and sugar� this includes chocolate, coffee, colas and tea� are avoided. New moms can use simple meditation to end restless nights, take 15 minutes before bedtime to relax, clear the mind of stressful thoughts by focusing on breathing. � Exercise with baby! Take baby out with the stroller and attempt a 20- minute to 30-minute non-stop walk. Choose a route that includes some hills, for an aerobic challenge and to strengthen leg muscles. � Use a stroller as exercise equipment. When walking with a stroller, stop every 5 or 10 minutes and perform a set of squats, while keeping hands on the stroller. Perform this 3 or 4 times during a 30-minute walk. Once home, keep the child in the stroller and take 5 minutes to perform some hand-held dumbbell exercises or some exercises for the core. � Carry baby with a sling. The extra weight of the child can burn almost 50% more calories and is a great resistance-training workout for the legs. � Eat foods rich in essential vitamins and nutrients including iron, folic acid, vitamin C, zinc and B vitamins. These nutrients can be found in foods such as meat, beans, legumes, whole grains, leafy greens, citrus fruits, nuts and seeds and low-fat dairy products. � Fight depression with a diet rich in essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 fats. Food sources of omega-3 fats include flaxseed and fish oil; cold-water fish such as salmon, cod and sardines; and walnuts.

NOTE TO EDITOR AND PRODUCERS: Truestar for Women spokespeople from your area are available to discuss healthy post-pregnancy living for new moms. Exercise, nutrition, sleep, attitude and vitamin supplement experts are also available for interviews. For more tips and information on achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle log onto The Truestar For Women Nutrition and Fitness Centers philosophy is centered on the belief that optimal health and wellness can be achieved only through informed and proactive holistic, integrated health care. Truestar believes that overall health depends on wellness in all areas of a person's life and that healthier living is achieved through the balanced integration of five key areas of health: attitude, nutrition, sleep, vitamins and exercise.

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