So the countdown to our new baby begins, we only have ten weeks to go! It's so exciting, but at the same time daunting! lol! I'm hoping our experience with our first, Ever Gabo, has us prepared.
I've gained all the baby weight I need to have a healthy pregnancy -30 lbs.- and as of last week, I've started having to be really careful about my lifestyle so I don't continue to gain unnecessarily; which is not healthy for me OR my newborn.
I'm really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child (75 lbs.) because I have to be ready to start filming "Resident Evil- The Final Chapter" in August of this year and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously (get ready wardrobe department for Alice's new "easy mama access" costume;)) so I don't want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to "action hero" mode! Saying that, I've started taking long walks to keep my metabolism in high gear and working on a game plan with my trainer, Harley Pasternak https://www.facebook.com/5factor to come up with the ideal daily diet for me.
Just so you understand, when I say diet, I'm not talking about losing weight, I'm talking about what I'm eating on a daily basis. I don't want to lose ANY weight right now, because at 170 lbs. I'm at a perfect pregnancy weight for my height and build. I want to maintain where I'm at; my ideal being 175 all together (with a total of 35 lbs. gained over all through out my pregnancy).
I also want to be the healthiest I can to ensure the easiest delivery and no stress post birth when I have to establish a nursing routine, as well as, slowly getting myself and my family ready to move halfway across the world to make a big action movie with a lot of stunt work! Phew!
I thought I could share the last leg of this journey with you all because I think it's interesting and potentially inspiring for other moms-to-be! I will start tomorrow by posting the number of steps I'm taking at the end of everyday, as well as, pics of the food I'm eating and the proportions I'm having! The main thing I'm adding to my diet is smoothies. I normally make fresh juice every morning out of fruits and veggies, but I realized that because all the fiber is taken away when you make juice, you end up drinking loads of sugar that your body doesn't need. My trainer, Harley, has an amazing book called "Reset Diet Cookbook" that has great recipes for smoothies in it which I'll be trying out as well! Other than that, I'm just going to really control the amount of "white" foods I eat i.e. bread, rice, cereal etc.. and replace it with whole grains. Obviously no junk, meaning nothing that comes out of an airtight bag, sealed box or drive-thru (until the weekend)! lol! But that's ok, cause I love to cook at home and that's the only way to control what you're consuming. Restaurants are for special occasions anyway, not for practicing great nutrition! So here is the number of steps I took today on the beach! Because it's a holiday, I got to go an extra long time which was amazing, it's not everyday that you can walk for over two hours! lol! Till tomorrow everyone! -m
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Hey Everyone! That article about RE: The Final Chapter going in August below is so cool, right?! It's going to be such an amazing experience, especially for me because I'm going to have a tiny baby on set with me this time around!
That's why it's been so important for me to stay healthy during this pregnancy. I'm going to be pulled in many different directions once we start production, but motherhood is the most important thing in the world to me, so I want to be so strong, full of energy and stamina to be able to not just "get through it" but "rock my way through it"! With our first, I just ate whatever I wanted, but this time around I really thought about what my responsibilities are and have been making sure to not put any extra stress on my health. After all, my energy is already going to be drained by the new baby, our oldest and the movie, the last thing thing I need is a bunch of junk food draining me as well. I realized that I need my diet to nourish my body and give me strength, not just satisfy my cravings for donuts (though I allowed myself to have my fair share of those during my 1st and 2nd trimester, believe me! lolol!).
Saying that, now that we're really counting down the last 10 weeks before delivery, I decided to go that extra mile (literally) and step up the amount of good stuff I'm putting in my system and rev up my metabolism in preparation for all the excitement I'm about to experience! For the last 3 weeks, I've been keeping track of my steps and taking walks and hikes to get at least 10k steps in every day and am making fruit and vegetable smoothies to keep me full, so I won't be as tempted to have loads of snacks with sugar in them which just bring me down and do nothing for me except make me more tired.
This morning I had my usual bowl of steel cut oats for breakfast and then made a smoothie that would keep me going until lunch. I'm reading Harley Pasternak's book " The Reset Diet" to get inspiration for how I should eat everyday and found an awesome recipe called a "Blackberry Grape Smoothie" that I used as a guideline. I added spinach and kale as well, which did nothing for the color, but it gave me the extra veggies I need to get my days requirement, so who cares, plus all the fruit covered up their taste! lol!
For lunch we went to an amazing Japanese restaurant called "Boss" where I ate one of my favorite dishes ever: cold Soba noodles. They are made of buckwheat instead of regular wheat, so they are very low calorie, but super nutrient dense and great for the skin, cartilage and bones. I had to sneak in an eel and avocado roll as a special treat though!
I made a few servings of the smoothie this morning so I could keep it in the fridge and drink it as a snack between meals to keep me full so I wouldn't be tempted to snack on empty calories.
I used the leftover steak from the Thai steak salad I made last night to make a quick steak and vegetable strip-fry for dinner. I threw in some cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, red peppers and soy sauce for a wonderful and really healthy meal.
So there you go! Its really great, because once I've taken a few trips to the store to buy the fruits, nuts and veggies, some olive oil and simple sauces (like asian fish sauce and soy sauce) it becomes so easy to make nutritious and delicious meals on a daily basis. In the end, veggies can be eaten raw, so you don't need to cook them very long and then it's just a matter of what meat you want to add for the extra protein! If you take some time to plan ahead, things get that much easier. Everything tastes amazing and my energy level is really high, especially for someone who is two months aways from giving birth! lol! Have a great night everyone and I'll keep you posted on my progress tomorrow evening! All the best! -m #countdowntodelivery #fooddiary #millaskitchen #ladiary
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