Mariam Bandarian, Basically food + Babies
I'm so excited for you guys to get to know my good friend and Mom Boss, Mariam Bandarian! Mariam and I go back to our days of working together in the beauty industry. We share a love and passion for women's health that's crossed over into our current careers. Mariam especially loves to help women overcome issues related to their bodies and food, and I love that.
Mariam Bandarian, better known as Miss Nutritionista, is mama to one boy (George Luke, 17 months) with another one on the way this August! She has dedicated the last seven years of her life to health and wellness as a board-certified health and weight loss coach.
She says that being a mom has changed her career in so many ways. Mostly, motherhood has helped her become more empathetic to and have a better understanding of what a woman goes through in her cycle of becoming a mom and how it affects her mind, body, and health. She feels a stronger connection with her mom clients because she can relate and provide them with more informed coaching and support.
Becoming a mom has also changed her work in other notable ways—like how she now schedules appointments and meetings accordingly to not take away her time from her son. She keeps work and life as separate as she can.
"When I’m working, I'm working. I know my son is in good hands and I’m focused on my work. When I’m at home with my son, I make sure to put away my phone and laptop and disconnect from the rest of the world for a bit to be able to get outside in nature, take walks, and play in the yard. It’s so important to be present and get our heads out of our phones when we are with our families."
And, on the more technical side, she lives by apps like Wunderlist to keep her to-do list front-and-center and the Tide App, which combines the Pomodoro Technique for time management with White Noise. (She also swears by Amazon Prime so she doesn't have to waste time driving and buying.)
I asked Mariam what she likes most about being a mom and she said, "To be able to experience unconditional love and joy on a daily basis. To be able to become child-like, laugh and play with my child."
She admits that her least favorite thing is the mental load—everything, from taking a shower to running an errand—requires prioritizing and scheduling.
If you're the type of person that has trouble disconnecting and unwinding, and who's mind goes a hundred different places, she highly recommends trying guided meditation. In less than ten minutes, you'll feel recharged!
She also loves doing doing homemade spa treatments (check out some of Mariam's favorite recipes here) and getting a manicure and pedicure when she's able. She also makes it a point to schedule date nights with her hubby a couple of times a month to keep that connection strong.
I asked Mariam to share a piece of advice with new moms, and she immediately said to not be too hard on yourself.
"I remember I was a nervous wreck leading up to becoming a mom. I was scared to be pregnant and go through labor and worried about how my life would change after having a baby. Would I be a good mother? Would I like being a mother? Would I ever get a good night's sleep again? Haha! It took me about six months to grasp motherhood and say alright, I’ve got this. Allow yourself time to adjust and know you’re doing an amazing job as you’re figuring out this motherhood thing."
As a health and weight-loss coach, she also has some health advice for new moms:
"Be gentle and patient with your body as it heals from pregnancy and childbirth. There is a solid 30-40-day postpartum recovery period where you should be taking extra good care of yourself just as you're naturally inclined to care for your newborn. Mothers and babies both live through what's called the "fourth trimester." During this time, nourish your body with protein rich foods and lots of healthy fats, drink plenty of water, and continue taking your prenatal vitamins. And, please prioritize sleep! Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest contributors to hormone imbalance and can lead to extended periods of baby blues or postpartum depression."
Check out Mariam's blog on post pregnancy weight loss tips here.
Thank you, Mariam, for sharing so openly and honestly with our community! To learn more about Marian and her coaching services, visit her website. Land of Mom followers can also receive a free 1-Hour Health Assessment by mentioning Land of Mom.
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