This month we spoke to the amazing Erika Lundy, a Certified Holistic Health Coach whose mission is to help pregnant and new mamas discover the tools to live their healthiest and happiest life during this exciting (and sometimes daunting) time. We asked her everything from her best self-care tips, to her holistic path and her motherhood style!
What inspired you to start your holistic path?
I’ve always been into fitness, health & wellness, but it wasn’t until the past few years where I started to feel healthier than ever - mentally, physically and nutritionally. I’m really passionate about helping others feel empowered and like the best versions of themselves.
How was it trying to balance nutrition and cravings while pregnant? What do you suggest for moms-to-be to be able to find this balance?
During my first trimester I was SO nauseous and some of the only foods I could stomach were bread and cheese. I couldn’t even look at a vegetable, so being nutritious wasn’t in the cards for me. I had to completely surrender to foods that I wouldn’t typically eat. This was really hard for me mentally, as I’m usually someone who has a well balanced diet. Once the nausea subsided, I was able to incorporate healthier foods into my diet, which I was so excited about! After the first trimester I was able to eat pretty normally (except for some aversions), and I definitely gave into my cravings! That meant listening to my body and eating salt & vinegar chips, grilled cheese and dessert when I wanted.
It’s a myth that during pregnancy, you’re eating for two. You’re really only supposed to consume about 300 more calories a day when pregnant and 500 more calories a day when breastfeeding. I believe in everything in moderation and the 90/10 rule. Try to eat healthy, nutrient dense foods 90% of the time and treat yo self 10% of the time to whatever you’re craving. To find the ultimate balance in your diet, mamas should eat real foods, give into their cravings in moderation and think about nourishing themselves AND their babies.
Your style is effortless. How would you describe your style?
Thank you so much! Most of the time I can be found in athleisure wear and comfy clothes, but overall, I would describe my style as classic, sporty and a touch of boho.
"Seriously obsessed with this Marni set! Have worn it 3x in a week!"
What are some tips for self-care during pregnancy and motherhood?
I’m such a self-care enthusiast and am a huge believer that you should do something every single day to fill your cup up. When your cup is full, you can show up better for others. Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s ESSENTIAL! It’s anything that you enjoy doing. Pregnant or not, here are some ideas: movement, fresh air, meditation, mani/pedi, facial, listening to a podcast, taking a bath, massage, cooking, date night and the list goes on! During both pregnancy & motherhood, self-care can also mean saying no when it doesn’t serve you. A happy mama = a happy baby.
What are some mommy and me activities you’re looking forward to the most?
Definitely postnatal yoga! I observed a postnatal yoga class as part of my prenatal yoga teacher training and it was the cutest thing ever! One of my favorites was when you lay your baby on the mat and kiss them on the bottom of your chaturanga (high to low pushup). I’m also looking forward to taking Levi to music classes and on walks.
Which postpartum exercises are you practicing now?
Since I’m still recovering from a C-section, I’m taking it easy. I definitely don’t want to overdo it! I’m continuing my pelvic floor and transverse abdominis breathing exercises (see my blog post here) that I did during pregnancy to help restore my pelvic floor and ab strength, as well as some light yoga stretches. I look forward to getting back into reformer pilates, vinyasa yoga and cycling in the coming months!
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