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.
By Jenn Sturiale
Meditation is not a team sport. There are no teammates to help us sit on our cushions, and there are definitely no finish lines or cheering fans. Most often an intensely solitary pursuit, meditation takes us on a personal, inward journey. So then, what's the deal with meditation retreats?
"In modern life, with all its disparity and emphasis on intellectual education, talking and materialism, it's rare to pause long enough to allow another focus to deepen and come into view,"...
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 pounds.
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.