Stephanie Hudson, 35, of Charlotte, owns and operates an in-home childcare business. The mother of two boys, she knows the importance of a healthy home and as such, she makes it a priority to live a healthy lifestyle for herself and her young clients.
“I love teaching the kids the importance of healthy eating and moving their little bodies,” she said. “We regularly practice yoga and physical movement throughout each day, along with healthy cooking and meal prep. They love cooking with me and trying new foods.”
She said she works out at least 30 minutes a day by running or using a strength and cardiovascular combination workout.
“Spending time doing something for myself has many benefits and not just the physical perks that exercise brings, but the mental benefits as well,” she said.
Hudson incorporates many foods into her diet, relying on moderation to stay healthy. “Portion control is important for me,” she said. “I’ve had the best success by eating veggies, lean proteins, complex carbs, healthy fats, and fruits. Also eating every two to three hours has helped me to not always feel hungry. I try to drink half my body weight or more in water daily.”
She said her diet has also helped curb any cravings she might have.
“I’ve realized that, if I fill my body with all the good foods, my cravings are less,” she said. “If I do crave sugar or sweets I brush my teeth. They don’t sound as good with the taste of toothpaste in your mouth.”
She said fitness has changed her life for the better.
“I just want to feel my best, feel strong and healthy,” she said. “Heart disease and cancer run in my family and if I can do anything to prevent them, I will. Also, helping and working with other busy moms who want to get fit and healthy has become a passion. I want all those mammas to know taking time for themselves and nurturing their bodies is not selfish. It’s essential when running a thriving family and giving them our best. We have to fill our cup before we can pour into others.”