Balance. Time. Exercise. We could all use a little more of each. Impossible,
right? Not at all. As WebMD's team of experts proves, it can be done.
Two busy moms looking for tips about how to eat more healthfully, work
fitness into their hectic schedules, and better manage their lives so they have
time for their kids, husband, house, career -- and themselves -- shared their
stories and struggles with our expert trio: a nutritionist, a fitness trainer,
and a life coach. The experts gave them simple, real-world advice they can put
into action right away -- advice that can also work for you.
Michael Lin, certified personal trainer and co-owner of Verve Health &
Fitness in Washington, D.C.
Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, registered dietitian in Atlanta, and co-author of
The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous!
The life coach
Tevis Rose Trower, founder of Balance Integration Corp. in New York City,
certified creativity coach, and author of the "Life Works" blog at WebMD.
Four Kids and a Sweet Tooth
Heidi Swanson, 37, Minneapolis, Minn., stay-at-home mother of four boys
ranging in age from 2 to 12. Heidi is 5 feet 7 inches and weighs 164
I've been a full-time stay-at-home mom for two years and need help
prioritizing my time. I get so busy that I lose focus. I can't remember the
last time my husband and I had a date that wasn't work-related. And I have a
terrible time getting to the gym enough to stay healthy.
My biggest problem with my diet is that I love to bake for my kids -- and I
love to eat what I bake. I also seem to have this idea in my head that I need
to clean my kids' plates when they don't. I do sit down for all of my meals,
but at lunch, for example, I eat what I make for the kids, like mac and cheese
and hot dogs -- although there is always a fruit and a veggie with this meal,
and with dinner, too. I would love to know portion control for someone who's
37. I think I'm not supposed to be eating like I did before, because my
metabolism's changing -- and I don't know what that looks like. I just eat
until I'm full.
Exercising is tough. I want to work out four times a week, but I usually end
up going to the gym just four times a month. Things just keep popping up. If
we're out of groceries, for example, I have to go to the grocery store instead
of working out. I can go to the gym when the kids are home because there's free
child care there, but sometimes just the sheer responsibility of loading four
people in the car to go with me is daunting. And sometimes I just feel too
tired to work out.