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20-Minute At-Home-Friendly Stroller Workout

With school dismissals and shelter-in-place orders continually going into affect throughout the country — and world — it’s crucial to listen to local and national government to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing, limiting social interactions, washing hands, and disinfecting high-traffic surfaces. That being said, movement and exercise is more important than ever, as staying home can absolutely make you stir crazy. Your mental health needs a workout more than ever, so we created one you can still do with your kids in a stroller, while social distancing. (You can also do all of these moves solo, without a stroller as well.)

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7 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes To Cook This Week

If you’re buttoning down the hatches this week then you’ll be looking for some high protein, family-friendly meals that can be cooked in bulk and frozen. Get the slow cooker out and keep reading. Here are some delicious slow cooker recipes for you to get your teeth into.

1 Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

from our website: Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Bolognese cooked in the slow cooker is an easy way to create a very rich, delicious, high protein meal. You know how mince dishes always taste better the next day once the mince has had a chance to absorb more of the flavour from the sauce? Well cooking mince in a slow cooker gives you that delicious, rich taste on day one, straight out of the pot.

BONUS: Download a FREE SLOW COOKER recipe ebook with 3 more delicious recipes

2 The Best Crockpot Meatloaf

from The Chunky Chef

The Best Crockpot Meatloaf is a great way to enjoy classic comfort food, with less stress, and dinner is ready when you get home!  No more waiting over an hour for meatloaf after you get home from work.

3 Slow Cooker Cuban Pork

from The Magical Slow Cooker

Citrus and garlic cook all day with a pork shoulder, this makes a tender and flavorful shredded meat.

4 Slow Cooker Asian Pork Casserole

from our website: Slow Cooker Asian Pork Casserole

The original recipe for Asian Pork Casserole is in the 3rd High Protein Handbook. It’s not one of the most cooked recipes but it’s delicious and should get more acclaim, that’s why we’ve done a slow cooker modification for you. It’s very easy to make and it’s got a delicious rich, spicy flavou

5 Slow Cooker Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Tacos

from Slow Cooker Gourmet

Why not switch up your taco night and enjoy these Slow Cooker Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Tacos this week!

6 Slow Cooker Irn Bru Chicken

irn bru chicken

from our website: Slow Cooker Irn Bru Chicken

Whisky sauce, haggis, porridge, neeps and tatties and a deep fried Mars Bar are some ‘traditional’ Scottish delights you will certainly have come across. However, you’ve probably never seen a recipe that features our favourite drink – Irn Bru – until now……

7 Slow Cooker Chilli Beef Brisket

from Slow Cooker Club

If you’re a spicy food fan but fancy trying something a little different, then you’ll love this recipe.

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BONUS: Download a FREE SLOW COOKER recipe ebook with 3 more delicious recipes

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Is HypnoBirthing Effective?

HypnoBirthing is a new buzz word going around that is leaving women asking is HypnoBirthing effective?

So, I have a few follow up questions to ask you:

  • When you imagine your ideal birth, what do you see?
  • Are you too nervous to think about it or can you allow yourself to visualize your perfect experience?

More often than not, that visualization is inhibited by fear. We’ve been conditioned to believe that birth can be painful and even traumatic. The mothers who had a natural, unmedicated experience are believed to be the exception, not the rule. But HypnoBirthing challenges these notions. 

HypnoBirthing is based on the belief that birth is natural and doesn’t have to be painful!

How Is HypnoBirthing Done?

If we can trust our bodies to breathe, we can trust our bodies to bring a baby into this world. HypnoBirthing classes guide expectant mothers through the instinctive process that is birth, thus dispelling the myths that often surround it. We learn that fear initiates the release of restrictor hormones that slow labor and make it painful. Alternatively, remaining relaxed encourages the release of endorphins that create a more pleasurable state. When your systems are free to function optimally, you can more easily embrace an empowering, calm birth.

As intuitive as these processes are, the skills taught in class help prepare your mind and body for the special day. HypnoBirthing focuses heavily on breath, deep relaxation exercises, visualization techniques and light touch massage, all of which become second nature after some practice. These fundamental and impactful tools are always accompanied by a thorough, evidence-based educational portion that teaches the science of how your body works beautifully through the birthing process. With this comprehensive approach, the mother gains even more confidence in her abilities.

What To Expect From HypnoBirthing

During the five weekly 2.5 hour classes, as the mother awakens to what her body knew all along, her birth companion learns how to be the support that she needs. This aspect was the most meaningful for me personally during my birth. The insight and practice that my husband received during the course ended up making all the difference in how my twins were born and saved me from unnecessary medical interventions. 

My Birth Story 

When I went into labor at 38 weeks and 5 days, I thought it was going to be quick and easy. I had visualized the birth that I wanted, but that was threatened the minute I entered the birthing center. None of my regular doctors were on call and a fill-in doctor was there instead. She disregarded my birth preferences that the other doctors had agreed to and decided that she would perform a c-section. Completely shocked, but still confident in my body’s ability for a natural, unmedicated birth, I remained in my relaxation bubble. My husband also took on the role that he had prepared for and relentlessly spoke with the staff. He managed to convince them to call another doctor who agreed to arrive for the birth itself. That is exactly what happened! After only 4 hours of labor, my son and then daughter were born!

HypnoBirthing was not only paramount in shaping the outcome of my birth, but it also empowered my postpartum journey. The emphasis on bonding with your unborn baby (or babies) made the first few days less terrifying. The relaxation techniques that I learned helped me more easily breastfeed.

Although there is no one size fits all birth, and sometimes interventions can be necessary, I can share firsthand that the more prepared, relaxed and confident you and your birth companion are, the greater the chance that your baby can be born as you imagine. I truly hope that all expectant mothers give themselves the opportunity to learn more about HypnoBirthing and reclaim control of their births!

Gal Shyli became a Knocked Up Fitness® Exercise Specialist after her positive experiences with the Knocked-Up Fitness® prenatal membership and Erica Ziel’s postpartum Core Rehab program. She is also a Marie Mongan HypnoBirthingⓇ Childbirth Educator and hopes to empower women to achieve their ideal birth. You can find her on Instagram @galshyli or email her at [email protected]

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8 Fitness Experts You Must Follow On Instagram In 2020

Here are some of the top fitness accounts on Instagram, who don’t just post selfies and bootie shots….

1. Ben Carpenter (@bdccarpenter)

Ben constantly posts quality nutrition advice in the form of helpful studies (without the science babble), videos and the odd infographic. Worth a follow!

 

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2. Scott Baptie (@ScottBaptie)

Sorry, this is shameless but I can’t do a round-up without including me in it. Recipes, fitness infographics along with cute dog and baby photos.

 

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3. Nichola Ludlam-Raine (@nicsnutrition)

Nic is a dietician specialising in bariatric surgery but her IG feed is packed with tasty recipes and useful nutrition tips.

 

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4. Graeme Tomlinson (@thefitnesschef_)

Aberdeen lad Graeme has risen to fame with his excellent infographics dispelling myths left, right and centre. Watch out for his new book coming soon!

 

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5. Lucy Mountain (@lucymountain)

Previously thefashionfitnessfoodie – Lucy posts some beautiful graphics challenging clean-eating BS and challenges many other wrongly held ideas in the fitness industry.

 

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6. Dr Joshua Wolrich (@drjoshuawolrich)

NHS Surgical Doctor fighting weight stigma also been on the podcast chatting about celery juice: FFF 138: Calling BS On Celery Juice, Alkaline Cleanses & Raw Keto Vegan Paleo Carnivore Diets On Instagram – with Dr Joshua Wolrich

 

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7. Aadam Ali (@physiqonomics)

When a fantastic illustrator is also a fitness expert you can be guaranteed the IG posts are going to be superb.

 

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8. Megan Rossi (@theguthealthdoctor)

Dr Megan Rossi (PhD, RD, APD) is the queen of gut health. Her page is packed full of helpful info if you want to get that good gut feeling.

 

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Full-Body Babywearing Workout

Any mom knows it’s hard to sneak in a workout when you’re chasing after a little munchkin (or they’re chasing after you). With this full-body babywearing workout, you can wear your little one while adding some movement into your day.