10 Health Tips for Our Reboot Moms

By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

We all love our moms and want them to be healthy and happy at every age.  As a busy mom juggling family, work and a long list of to-dos we often attend to our own needs last and sometimes they fall by the wayside.   In order to best take care of our loved ones it’s important to remember to put your own oxygen mask on first.  Whether you want to help your mom stay healthy or you’re a mom in need of some TLC, check out my top 10 tips for keeping mom healthy all year long.

1.) Drink at least one juice or smoothie a day.  You’ll get a burst of energizing, immune supporting nutrients plus an energy balance that can help promote a healthy weight.

2.) Sleep! Sleep not only helps us look and feel brighter but plays a key role in maintaining a healthy metabolism.  Read all about why When you Snooze you Lose (and that’s a good thing!).

3.) Stretch.  Maintaining flexibility is tough as we age and poor flexibility can lead to problems with daily aches and pains.  Check out these Reboot-friendly fitness tips that are good for every age.

4.) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink plenty of water.  Staying hydrated is key for beautiful skin, energy levels, keeping a healthy weight and just plain feeling great!

5.) Walk.  Walking is one of the best exercises and it’s always available!  An indoor walk can work on a cold, snowy day.  Women who walked 3-5 hours per week were 40% less likely to have their breast cancer return compared to women who did not walk.

6.) Make time for friends.  Social time that allows you to connect with peers and friends is important for overall health.  Support from others is essential for your well-being.

7.) Avoid the clean plate club. Don’t finish your own or your kids’ meals if you’re not hungry.  Even those small bites can start adding up over time.

8.) Meditate.  Go to yoga or try a quick meditation to help focus, calm, reset and support your immune system.

9.) Laugh.  We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine and turns out, it’s true.

10.)  Carry healthy snacks.  Nuts, fresh fruits and veggies, homemade granola bars make great snacks for energy on the go.  Eating more often can help to keep appetite, blood sugar and cravings in check.  Of course healthy choices are important.  Check out these ideas for more.

To all the wonderful mothers out there, have a happy and healthy Mother’s Day!

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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