Empowered Nourishment: A Guide to Women’s Nutrition And Restoring Body Safety

by | Jan 22, 2024

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The key to unlocking vibrancy in women’s nutrition lies in understanding the profound connection between nourishment and restoring body safety.

As a mom, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of daily responsibilities, often neglecting your own well-being. However, prioritizing your health is not only essential for your own sake but also crucial for being the best caregiver to your family. Female physiology is rooted in safety, and in order for women to feel their best and BE their best, we first need to support the body in feeling safe enough to thrive. Just as the soil needs to be revived before good things can grow, women need revival through body safety through three fundamental pillars: eating enough, hydrating properly, and getting sufficient rest.

The Power of Women’s Nutrition: Eating Enough

Women’s bodies undergo significant hormonal fluctuations throughout various life stages. These natural shifts require sufficient nutrition and calories. As women, we want to have a regular menstrual cycle each month. This is a vital sign that our body is getting enough nutrients – it is prepared to create and sustain new life. Without adequate nutrition, this process will shut down out of protection to both mother and child.

Eating enough is also important to proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients. We need certain nutrients for digestion to take place, but we also need digestion to be functioning optimally to pull enough nutrients out of our food to be used by the body. Nutrients are needed for all body functions including liver detoxification, hormone production, iron recycling, blood sugar regulation, energy production, and brain function.

One common challenge for moms is ensuring they consume an adequate amount of calories and nutrients. Many find themselves putting their family’s needs first and neglecting their own. Eating enough is not just about quantity but also about quality. Here’s how you can ensure you’re nourishing your body with enough food and enough nutrients:

1. Eat balanced meals: Include a variety of food groups in each meal – lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats, and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. This ensures a diverse range of nutrients that support your energy levels and overall health.

2. Snack smartly: Snacks should be mini meals or a 4th meal. Opt for nutrient-dense snacks like Greek yogurt with berries, nuts, or high fiber crackers with cheese. These snacks can provide a quick, yet sustaining energy boost.

3. Listen to your body: Paying attention to hunger and fullness cues is important, but it is also common for women to eat to hunger and still under-eat, due to the adaptive response of metabolism and hunger on long term restriction. A good rule of thumb for eating enough is to be able to eat a full plate of protein, healthy fat, and fiber rich carbohydrates every 3-4 hours without feeling energy crashes, blood sugar spikes, or needing to snack or graze between meals.

Hydration for Radiance and Resilience in Women’s Nutrition

Hydration is a cornerstone of women’s health, influencing everything from skin radiance to mental resilience. Hydration is also critical to athletic performance for any woman pursuing fitness goals.

Proper hydration is often overlooked but plays a vital role in maintaining overall health. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, and decreased cognitive function. Here’s how you can ensure you’re staying hydrated:

1. Drink water throughout the day: Carry a water bottle with you and sip water consistently. Aim for at least 100 oz of water a day or 1/2 your body weight in oz per day, but adjust based on your individual needs and activity level. If you sweat a lot or are a salty sweater or have high activity levels, you will need more fluids and more minerals.

2. Include hydrating foods: Fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, and oranges, contribute to your overall fluid intake.

3. Be sure to add minerals to fluids: hydration is not just drinking plain water. Cells need minerals to function optimally, and proper hydration means also having enough minerals and electrolytes for that water to be absorbed and utilized well by the body. Each person’s mineral and electrolyte needs will fluctuate based on stress levels, activity load, and sweat rate. Adding a mineral mocktail daily can help support hydration needs.

Beyond Nutrition: the Role of Restorative Rest on Women’s Nutrition

Body safety goes beyond just physical nourishment to whole person well being. Getting quality sleep, creating a restful sleep environment, and embracing practices that contribute to both physical and mental renewal are also vital parts of nourishing the body.

Quality sleep is a cornerstone of good health, yet many moms struggle to get enough rest. Prioritize sleep hygiene and create a bedtime routine that promotes relaxation:

1. Establish a sleep schedule: Aim for a consistent sleep and wake time, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body’s internal clock.

2. Create a relaxing bedtime routine: Engage in calming activities before bedtime, such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing gentle stretching.

3. Create a comfortable sleep environment: Ensure your bedroom is conducive to sleep by keeping it cool, dark, and quiet. Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows.

4. Carving out time for awake, restorative rest is also supportive to getting enough sleep at night. Engaging in activities that allow the body to rest and recharge during the day supports both physical and mental well being and can include times of solitude, breathwork, creative pursuits, and time in nature.

Empowered nourishment serves as a beacon for women seeking to prioritize their health, restore body safety, and thrive in every aspect of life. By understanding the profound impact of nutrition, hydration, and rest, women can embark on a transformative journey towards holistic well-being. It’s time to celebrate the strength, resilience, and beauty that come from nurturing the body and soul.

Restoring body safety for moms involves a commitment to nourishing your body with the right foods, staying hydrated, and getting sufficient rest. By prioritizing these fundamental pillars of well-being, you not only enhance your own health but also create a foundation for being the best mom you can be. Remember, self-care is not a luxury but a necessity for navigating the beautiful journey of motherhood with strength and vitality.

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Hi, I’m Stephanie! I help everyday active women nourish their goals and fuel their lives.

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