I recently started a new job as a breakfast host of SmoothFM here in Perth which has been a dream come true but it’s come with some big adjustments. The very early mornings in the studio means I’ve got to have early nights but with festive season here that’s proving to be a little difficult! It’s all about finding a balance and working out which events you need to attend/want to attend and the ones you can probably say no to. Since becoming a mum I’ve had to learn the art of saying no and now being 30 weeks pregnant I’ve needed to learn even more but with staff parties, launch nights, client dinners, Christmas functions and all the fun things coming up its hard but it’s doable! It’s just about being prepared and taking care of your health in the process. What I’ve found hard is keeping my energy up and trying to find outfits for my growing bump! But, I’ve found some secret weapons and routines to help me through the event season which will also help you whether you’re pregnant or not.
INNER HEALTH & SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE BUSY BEE DURING EVENT SEASON AND BEYOND!
- The Gut Co – The Multitasker vitamin! – I can’t express how much this has helped me. If you are juggling a lot this season, burning the candle at both ends and need something to boost that energy this multivitamin is for you. The Multi-tasker has been formulated with Activated B vitamins, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Kelp and Siberian ginseng which in basic terms means brain tonics, energy and stress support plus a little help with metabolism and hair – perfect for event season! Add it in to your daily routine and see the difference.
- Sarah’s Day – Body Bloom Beauty powder – I’ve tried many a collagen and beauty powder and struggle with both the taste of some of these and working out which one actually does anything. This has been a great add in! My skin has needed a lot of extra love since becoming pregnant and now the early mornings with work have added another level of stress too so I’m doing my best to not look like a zombie where I can! This powder promotes healthy, glowing skin, aids the digestive system and plays an essential role for collagen and keratin production and I’ve noticed a big difference in my skin and nails since I’ve started using this product which is perfect as I’ve now been able to grow my nails and paint them at home (it gets expensive getting them done for every event!) and my skin is much brighter than it use to be.
- Tropeaka Lean protein – A protein powder that finally tastes good! I’ve been in the fitness game a long time and have tried countless amounts of protein powders and this is hands down the best one I’ve come across. It’s backed with a 5 star health rating, its non-bloating, plant based and does everything a protein powder should do to aid in your training/ health goals. I stick to the natural vanilla flavour and have smoothie every morning for breakfast which is delicious and I add the body bloom powder in too (berry flavour). The smoothie is really filling and a great hit of nutrition to have the morning after a big event and also a great way to get you glowing in the lead up to one as well.
- Kate Mac’s Smoothie Recipe:
- 90g (or there abouts) of frozen mixed berries
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Half a banana
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 scoop (or 2 tablespoons) of Tropeaka vanilla protein
- 2 teaspoons Sarahs Day Body Bloom powder
- 60g rolled oats
- 190ml of nut milk of your choice
- Metagenics – CalmX magnesium combination powder – This I have every night with a glass of water. My daughter calls it the ‘unicorn drink’ as it starts off green but when you stir it it changes to pink! My sleep was really suffering in the early stages of pregnancy and then with the added anxiety of having to get up early for work I found myself not sleeping well at all which was affecting everything. I saw a naturopath about this as I refused to take the ‘over the counter’ sleep aids and this powder has given me the ability to function. If you are struggling with sleep I highly recommend going to see Remedy in Mosman park. Magnesium also helps with a hangover too haha.
So that’s the inner heath part covered on a day to day basis but I also have a few secret weapons & tips in the lead up to events too!
- Working out: I’m a big strength girl – I love lifting weights and it’s especially important with the pending arrival of my baby, getting a bit older and also its low impact on my body which is under a fair bit of stress right now. It also keeps me toned. When I’m not pregnant I like to lift heavier weights 3 times a week but in the week leading up to an event I cut right back and move to lighter weights (if any) and cardio. The last thing you want is to feel sore at an event and not only that, you don’t want to look swollen. When we lift weights our muscle fibres tear and swell which is part of the process of muscle gain as they repair but it can leave you looking bigger or swollen the day after if you push too hard. To look as lean as I can before an event I’ll always cut back the weights 3-4 days before and just do a brisk walk the morning of an event.
- Diet and debloating: After putting so much time and effort into your outfits the last thing you want to feel on event day is bloated and uncomfortable so about 4 days before an event I try to detox a little. This means avoiding alcohol & soda drinks, and foods that cause you to bloat aka processed foods, high fat foods, too much dairy, legumes, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale) which are actually very healthy for you and I highly recommend eating lots of usually! In the lead up to an event eat lots of fish, chicken, quinoa, asparagus but avoid the heavy pizzas and pastas!
- Treat yourself to a facial! Ok this might not always be doable before an event but I’ve found one that I try to squeeze in before the big ones so I feel just a little more confident! 5 Glyde in Mosman Park is my go-to place where about 1-2days before the event I’ll have an Eviron Cool Peel followed by an LED light therapy with a Hyaluronic Mask to really hydrate and enhance skin rejuvenation. It’s pregnancy safe and feels amazing, when I’m not pregnant I opt for something a little bit stronger but this one is perfect. No matter how tired or busy I am this seems to cover up the fatigue!
Lastly – THE BIG QUESTION – WHAT TO WEAR?? Now this is not my area of expertise, I like to think I have a bit of fashion sense but I think this topic is best left to the professionals and there is none better than the stylists at Claremont Quarter! Clare Ryan recently wrote a piece on what trends are happening this event season which you can find here: https://claremontquarter.com.au/discover/latest/spring-racing-style/
I highly recommend reading and then getting to Claremont Quarter for a good old shop! They have a every brand you could want for event season from Manning Cartel, Sass & Bide, Camilla and more – go on, treat yourself and let’s get excited for event season!