Sunday, December 9, 2012

Some Moms Are Damned If They Do and Damned If They Don't - Notes from the Jillian Michaels Show Podcast

Moms - Getting Criticized Left and Right

A woman put her seven-year-old on a diet and is getting a lot of criticism.  Jessica Simpson is also getting a lot of criticism for gaining weight while pregnant.  You don't need to lose the body at all.   You will gain 25-40 pounds when pregnant.  If you maintain your fitness during the pregnancy, your body will bounce right back.

Gaining excess weight makes natural childbirth more difficult.  It can be more difficult to place the epidural.  You are adding fat cells to your fetus.  Your baby smells the flavors of the foods that you eat. If you eat good things, it will make kids want healthy foods when they're older.  The foods you eat can have a dramatic impact on their behavior, the way they sleep, etc.  The better you eat, the better able your child is to develop health.  Excess weight gain is really hard on the mother, and a disservice to the kid.

We have so much pressure to be a size 0.  It used to be size 6, and now it's size 0 or 2.  But then, people say things like "you're eating for two."   People totally bash moms for all kinds of stuff.  Using formula instead of breastfeeding?  You will be criticized.  Use an epidural?  You will be bashed.  It's demonizing.  Pregnancies and parenting is unique in every situation.  We are so quick to jump on moms about being crappy.

Jillian talked about the interview in which she said she thought that being pregnant would ruin her body.  At the time, she was talking about IVF, but it was taken as being against pregnant moms.  She also didn't want to be puking all of the time, totally physically exhausted.  The concept of giving birth is also very scary.  It's okay to say you're scared or worried about it.  We need to stop judging each other. There's room for improvement for every parent out there.  Instead of being super critical, you should think of ways that you can support other moms.

Parenting and motherhood can be like a carte blanche for criticizing.  Solidarity, ladies!

New Disorders - Creating Awareness

If you notice that a friend might be suffering from one of these disorders, you might try to gently talk to them about it.  You can direct them to seek professional help.

Food is about control.  If you have an overweight teen, don't make an issue of it.  Some kids in nursery school won't go to the bathroom all day or they won't eat certain things to exert their own control.  Even as adults we're still controlling things with food.

  • Pregorexia - Some women try to not gain weight while pregnant although you are meant to gain 25-40 pounds while pregnant.  At least 6 pounds of that will be body fat.  Some women start to diet and work out more while they're pregnant.  It's a great disservice to yourself and your baby.  It's coming from a tremendous amount of social pressure, but it's setting the child up for an increased chance of birth defects.
  • Orthorexia - Obsession with healthy or righteous eating.  Only eat organic foods.  Or eliminate an entire food group.  Paleo and vegan people can fall into this category.  If you suggest that the diet might not be optimal, you may be threatening their way of life.  If you find that you are militant about a certain way of eating, there may be an issue.
  • Anorexia athletica - Someone that's addicted to exercise.
  • Drunkorexia - Drinking your calories.  You don't eat so that you can have alcoholic beverages.  Almost 30 percent of female college students exhibit this kind of behavior.  Risk of being compromised or unsafe, and liver disease.  Eat before you go out.

C-section rehabilitation.  There's a lot of emotion tied up with this.  Jillian thinks we psychosomatically hold on to weight in the c-section surgery area.  
  • Do high-intensity intervals.  Do something very metabolic.  Twenty to thirty minutes.  
  • Throw in a mat pilates DVD and yoga.  They are the best for rebuilding your core.  
  • Drink a lot of water, keep you sodium down.  Coconut water is good because it has a lot of potassium and will flush sodium out.  
  • Don't drink alcohol.  That will make a huge difference.  
  • Jillian is going to send her Making the Cut.  It's about shedding the last ten pounds.  
  • The more you think "this has ruined my stomach," the more you will use it as an excuse.  There are a lot of complex emotions mixed up with it.

I did my best to compile these notes from the show.  If there are any errors, please send me an email, and I'll try to correct it as soon as possible.  I am not a doctor, personal trainer, dietician, or anything that would remotely qualify me to give advice about health, medicine, or anything else.  Please consult a professional before following any advice.  This site is a summary of information provided on the Jillian Michaels Podcast that was compiled to the best of my ability.  I am not responsible for any inaccuracies or errors.

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