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And guess what? You can still have chocolate (and wine!)

Comfort eating has become a trend nearly all of us have gotten into. And boy-oh-boy do we deserve it.

We’ve enlisted the help of healthy living gurus MUTU, an NHS-approved online exercise programme for Mums, as they share their easy-to-follow healthy eating rules with us.

“We need to stop calorie counting and focus on being happy, and mentally clear – because for many women, stress, anxiety and lack of sleep can all lead to comfort eating and sugar addictions. Losing weight is as much to do with the mind as it is the actions we take,”

MUTU Founder Wendy Powell.

Your easy-to-follow healthy eating plan

The general ethos of MUTU is to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, more good fats and protein, fewer grains and NO processed foods. But here’s a little more detail…

  1. Avoid processed and refined foods.
    Keep your food as close to its natural source as possible. If you can’t identify a natural source, don’t eat it. This means NO ready meals, commercially baked pastries, biscuits, cookies or cakes, take-out food, sweets, white bread, bagels, cereal bars, packaged cereals with added sugar and fizzy drinks.
  2. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
    At least three times a day, eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Try to eat raw veg and as many green vegetables as possible.
  3. Drink lots and lots of water.
    Drink lashings of purified water as well as herbal teas, very diluted fruit juice and green tea.
  4. Eat protein with every meal.
    Limit dairy-based protein and add more fish, pulses or beans to your diet. When eating meat chose organic free-range eggs.
  5. Upgrade your chocolate.
    Yes, you can have chocolate. But make it higher quality with a greater percentage of cocoa and lower amounts of sugar. Organic dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids is the best and no more than a couple of squares.
  6. Limit caffeine and alcohol.
    Ok, this might be hard, as we often live for our morning coffees and wine-time (especially when home-schooling). But don’t worry, you can still drink one cup of coffee a day and enjoy one glass of wine no more than three times a week.
  7. Eat these things at least twice a week
    Oily fish (like sardines, salmon, or mackerel) good oils, a handful of nuts and seeds (like hemp, pumpkin and sunflower)
Are Fats good for you?

“When looking towards our postpartum diets, fats aren’t the problem, but sugar, stress, processed food, not enough good fats and not moving might be”, says Wendy Powell founder of MUTU. She adds, “For years we were fed the ‘low fat’ mantra of losing weight – there was something so simple about it: fat makes you fat. This was entirely misleading because we need fats! Natural, healthy fats like those in nuts and seeds, oily fish like mackerel or salmon, avocados, eggs, and good olive oil, are important for us”.

Approved by NHS digital, MUTU is a medically recommended online exercise programme for Mums.

For more expert guidance, and information on the MUTU plan, head to www.mutusystem.co.uk

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