Hi, I’m Shelby, and WELCOME to Fit As A Mama Bear!
I’m a Canadian mama to two absolute cuties (though I’m probably biased), a fitness junkie and a classic, though totally lazy, foodie.
In the real world, I’m a certified strength coach and a certified nutrition coach and I have clients from all walks of life (you can check out my training business here) <– seriously, I even used to coach figure competitors!! I’m certified through the following companies:
What seems like ages ago, I was a restaurant manager, smoker and fast food junkie. I started my journey to health about ten years ago but it was a crazy big process. No major “moments” over here.
However, becoming a mama took it to a whole new level. I now live for sweaty workouts, fueling food and natural living. It’s a role I never thought I’d be in. But it’s a role I love.
Fun Fact Though: While I adore healthy food and creating recipes, I’m lazy AF in the kitchen. As a mama to two I don’t have a whole lot of time (you don’t say…) and do if you notice, there’s a trend in my recipes: they require very little effort haha Most are no bake or throw into a bowl or a pan.
Simple keeps you sane friends <– words to live by.
The struggle of being a busy mom is real. I have a training business, this lovely blog, my podcast and I also do recipe creation for other blogs. Life is chaos, but it works.
Which is why I thrive on helping other busy moms find ways to squeeze in workouts, make healthy food practical and all raise healthy kids… without spending hours a day in the gym or kitchen!
On Fit As A Mama Bear you’ll find fitness advice geared towards moms, healthy (and tasty!) recipes, some parenting tips and of course my attempts (and fails!) at creating a holistic, natural home.
I want my daughters to grow up strong, confident and full of laughter each and every day. But I also wish this for the mamas 😉
I believe that fitness should be fun, food should be deceivingly healthy and parenting will never be easy so you might as well enjoy the stumbles!
Currently I train part time and the remainder of my week is geared towards recipe development and food photography.
I’m totally a workout addict but most of my clients come to me in a bit of a different mindset.
My biggest goal is helping busy moms stay fit with fast but effective workouts as well as tips for pregnancy, specific goals and why you need to stay fit if you’re chasing kiddos!
I am a firm believer that fitness should be fun! Dreading & despising your workouts won’t get you the results you’re looking for. Instead, experiment with different workouts, laugh and enjoy the journey – it’s a hard balance so don’t take it too seriously!
There are a lot of resources in the Get Fit section I also share specific workouts on my youtube channel and I also send out free weekly workouts for busy moms. Hopefully you can find the tips, tricks and advice you’re looking for but if not.. contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org)! I truly always love hearing from readers.
Who doesn’t love tasty food? And as a nutrition coach, food is one one of my absolute passions! I really do live to eat. But I also believe that food is fuel and thus I aim to create nutritious meals.
You won’t find any processed sugar in my recipes and some of them may push you outside your comfort zone. But what you will find are tasty and nutritious meals (and snacks) full of quality ingredients that are sure to boost your health, your immune system and your taste buds.
Plus, they probably won’t take too long to make. Again, I’m lazy.
Check out more of the recipes on the menu tab but you should probably begin with snacks, busy moms need snacks.
Mommin’ ain’t easy. A truer statement has never been spoken. Each day is an adventure and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I believe that all moms are just trying to do their best for their little ones. No matter what your parenting style – rock it. Seriously, only you know your babe best so trust yourself!
As a natural mama I have chosen to do the parenting thing a bit differently than some and the mamahood section is dedicated to my experiences, what I’ve learned and why I make the choices I do.
Naturally, as a Nutrition Coach I am a chronic foodie. Seriously, I love it! Playing around in my kitchen is one of my favorite pass-times. But I don’t always agree with the advice given surrounding food.
I believe that the focus of food shouldn’t first be the amount of calories but the nutrients in it instead. My personal goal is to make food fun, healthy and tasty all at once. I want my daughter to grow up enjoying food while at the same time getting the fuel she needs to be an active kid.
In other words, you should be able to have your cake & eat it too … though in my cakes you won’t find any processed sugar. On the blog I’m sharing all sorts of my healthy tips to help make food, practical and nourishing.
Over the last few years I’ve worked hard to make some big changes in my household and beauty routine (read about that holistic journey here). And much of that has been making my own diy products! Partially because of the research I have done regarding harmful ingredients & sensitivities and in other part because I’m Dutch and thus, classically frugal.
While many of our household products are now homemade, I am constantly trying new recipes and ideas. Some of which are epic fails and some glorious successes. Regardless, this section is here to help you make some of your own holistic home changes and hopefully bring out the DIY’er in you.
Being pregnant is kind of it’s own entity! Especially for a fit mama, that belly can come with some big challenges.
Throughout both of my pregnancies, I aimed to stay as fit and healthy as possible. Not only does staying active help in labor but truthfully, it also keeps you sane.
If you want to learn more about having a fit and healthy pregnancy, you’re in the right spot! I cover a little bit of everything here including; what I struggled with during pregnancy, how I arranged my activity, postpartum help and anything else you can think of.
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