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Like many busy mums, I’m still carrying my ‘baby weight‘. With my first child it dropped off by the end of the first year but with my second, end being in my mid-thirties, the weight is still holding on; my daughter is almost two. (See my 10-month update below). The new The Healthy Mummy book, ‘The Busy Mum’s Guide To Weight Loss’, couldn’t have come at a better time.
You see, I’m one of those people that when it comes to trying to lose weight and meal planning, I need everything laid out for me; what to cook, what to eat, what exercises to do. Weight loss for busy mums like me is just one of the many things in my frazzled mind that I have to do and so having things laid out is one less thing to think about.
My experience with The Healthy Mummy
You’ll find loads of very positive healthy mummy reviews. I have been a long time user of The Healthy Mummy’s 28 day weight loss challenge app and Facebook support group as well as the delicious The Healthy Mummy shakes. I’ve always loved the convenience of being able to login to see the meals for the week and print out my shopping list, the exercise guides are great and the smoothies are perfect for when I want to replace a meal. But for those of you who are perhaps not ready to outlay the cost of the 28-day challenge just yet and prefer to try a month with the book first, The Busy Mum’s Guide To Weight Loss is the perfect starting point.
What I love about The Busy Mum’s Guide To Weight Loss
Meal and exercise plans
The book is split into four weeks. At the beginning of each week, there is a double page spread which outlines breakfast, morning snack, exercise, afternoon snacks, dinner and evening snacks for the entire week. It’s all done for you; you don’t have to think at all!
No more shopping lists, at the beginning of each week there’s a page that lists everything you need to make all the meals, just snap a photo of the page and take it with your grocery shopping.
It’s one thing having a reminder to do a 20-minute butt and thigh work out, but how on earth do you do a workout if you don’t know how to do it and without injuring yourself? The book has a comprehensive workout guide at the back which shows you how to safely and correctly carry out all the suggested workouts you’ll find in the weekly plans.
No fuss recipes
As a busy mum, I’m all for easy recipes that don’t have a million steps to them. I made this Mexican Lasagne from the Week 1 recipe; it was amazingly delicious and so easy to make.
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There’s no way a busy mum wants to be making multiple meals for the family just because they’re trying to lose weight, that’s why the recipes in The Busy Mum’s Guide to Weight Loss are fabulous because they’re suitable for the whole family. When I made the Mexican Lasagne, my almost two-year-old asked for seconds!
A meal plan for dummies
A meal plan for dummies, that’s me. As I mentioned earlier, I need something laid out for me otherwise a meal plan will simply not happen, that’s why I love this book so much!
I dislike cookbooks that don’t have a decent image of what the meal is supposed to look like. Not only do we eat with our eyes, I want to make sure that my meal looks exactly like it should!
I know I can get into the habit of cooking the same or similar meals week to week but, this recipe book offers plenty of variety and won’t have your kids saying, ‘spaghetti again mum?’ I also love that the recipe uses ingredients in ways I would have never thought of. An example of what I mean is things like swapping out cream for Greek yoghurt or the use of wholemeal tortillas instead of pasta sheets. There are also plenty of smoothie recipes too if you’re looking to update your morning smoothie.
I find the calorie counts on all the meals, particularly on the meal and exercise plan page very helpful. If there are times when I want to swap out a meal for another, I can easily match a meal with the same calorie count.
There’s no way I want to make a big batch of snacks for morning tea if they’re not going to keep in a lunchbox. This recipe book has loads of cookie, slice, bliss ball, dips and cracker recipes perfect for lunchboxes as well as lunchtime meals, too.
It’s not restrictive
Unlike some diets when you feel like you’re always hungry, on the ultimate 28-day challenge in this book, you’ll always feel satisfied. It’s not about starving yourself; it’s about making the best food choices and eating healthy. The Healthy Mummy weekly meal plan allows you to consume around 1400-1500 calories per day.
Losing the baby weight is often on many women’s mind soon after having a baby, I know it was on my mind and still is. It’s great to see postnatal exercise guidance in this book. There is guidance for women breastfeeding mothers, for women with abdominal separation, for women who have had a caesarean and information on strengthening the pelvic floor.
10 Months Later
I wrote this post in May 2018. In January 2019 I decided to get really serious about what I was consuming, overhaul my entire eating and drinking habits. I am extremely pleased to say that I have been using a combination of The Busy Mum’s Guide To Weight Loss book and The Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Challenge App and I stopped alcohol at the end of January and have lost almost 6 kilograms without exercise. I have gone from 74.5kg to 68.8kg in two mont
One thing to remember about The Healthy Mummy recipe book
As much as I love the 28-day weight loss challenge and this new Healthy Mummy recipe book, I was a little shocked by my grocery bill during my first couple of shops. My advice is to be prepared to outlay a few more $$$ initially to buy pantry staples such as dried fruit and nuts, spices, condiments, sauces and pastes. Once you’ve purchased these items, you’ll find they last a while, and you’ll only need to replace them a couple at a time in the future.
I think The Busy Mum’s Guide to Weight Loss is an excellent investment if you’re looking to kick-start your weight loss journey, or even if you’re simply keen to start adopting a healthier lifestyle and reach some fitness goals.
Where can I buy a copy of The Busy Mum’s Guide To Weight Loss by Rhian Allen?
The book has been out for a while since I published this post and it seems the best place to buy it is online. >>Click here to buy online at Booktopia
Disclosure: I was supplied a copy of The Busy Mum’s Guide To Weight Loss for the purpose of an honest review. For my disclosure policy, click here.