7 Simple habits to healthy eating for Crazy-busy moms
Being a mom at any age means that you quickly realize that your time is no longer your own. How many times have you reheated that one cup of coffee today? Tried to take a shower? Tried to get the bathroom cleaned? Tried to just go to the bathroom? To just have to restart, restart, restart because you face constant distractions and trying to meet the needs of the other creatures you are now responsible.
Whether it's changing a diaper, reading a book, helping with homework, playing counselor after a bad day in middle school, or helping to fill out college applications. Our time is not our own. For many of us, our eating habits can go right down the drain.
When my kids were really little I swear I lived on their scraps, potato chips, and chocolate. I was worn out, I had no plan, I was tired, and I was literally "living on a prayer" every day. I came to a point with my health that I knew that I could no longer continue this. A lack of exercise, poor eating habits, and no time for me left my tired, aching, and depressed.
Eventually, I realized that I was going to have to take time for my health. I was tired of not feeling well. It didn't all happen overnight, but as I came to the epiphany that it was time for me to take control of my health, I started to incorporate new habits that made healthy eating possible. An improved diet is going to be a key to weight loss, improved energy, and decreased brain fog.
Here are some things that I started to do along the way and things I still do today:
1. Make a Plan
Having a meal plan is literally life changing. Now, there are weeks around here when it doesn't happen, because I don't claim perfection. But when I fail to plan, I seriously plan to fail. The weeks without a meal plan can be ugly and frustrating. Not only do we eat poorly, but I get irritated when my people walk in the door and want to know what's for dinner and I have nothing to offer.
And sister, you have time. I'm telling you, it will free so much time in your week when you take 30 minutes to meal plan on a Saturday or Sunday and then grocery shop. You will have the food you need, you don't have to think about it, and everyone is happy, fed, and sane.
2. Clean Your Produce
So I find that unwashed produce ends up rotting in the fridge. If I bring it home and immediately wash it and cut it or whatever, that it is much more likely to be eaten. With tight schedules, it's so nice to just have it ready to grab. And again. This is a time saver. I come home from the store, clean my sink, fill this sink with vinegar and water, and just fill it with my produce. Dry it, place in containers, and you're good for the week!
(On a side note, while you're doing this, you can also prepare rice or quinoa in the rice cooker and hard boil some eggs).
3. Eat Breakfast (And I don't mean waffles or Captain Crunch)
Listen ladies, eggs and oatmeal...as long as they are in your home (and of course they are because you just went to the store), these things take 5 minutes to prep in the morning. They are a good, healthy start to the day. Smoothies are another good option, but make it healthy. It's not hard, just be prepared. Our bodies love a little protein in the morning and it helps to get us through the day. Maybe even throw a little healthy fat in, too and it will help get you through the morning! You will have amazing energy if you start strong!
I will talk about this over and over because when I realized how drastically different I felt when I was properly hydrated, I realized that was the root cause of much of my lack of energy, brain fog, and even contributed to my increased hunger. Not a water drinker? Try tea (freshly brewed), add some flavor with fruits like lemon or your favorite berries, or add some flavor with one of my favorite products, which you can find here. Go for 64 oz. There are varying thoughts on how much water you need, but if you some it all up, this is a good number to aim for.
5. Eat a Balance of Fruits/Veggies, Healthy Fats, and Protein
While the majority of your diet should be veggies (and a lesser amount of fruit), do not be afraid of fat! Coconut oil, nuts, seeds, avocados, fatty fish. Balance it out. I grew up in the era of fat free everything and I was always hungry (and it tasted bad!). I'll leave it to the pros to give you all the benefits of healthy fats (you can read more here), but it will leave you satiated and just healthier. I carry nuts with me (almost) all the time. Just a few can really help to curb my appetite and they are super portable.
6. Supplement Well
Unfortunately, no matter how well we eat, we have to face the fact that our food is not nearly as nutritious as it once was. In order to get the proper vitamins and minerals needed, we just supplement. We supplement daily with fish oil, probiotics, vitamin D, and a wholefood/superfood based "multivitamin", which you can find here. You should try to find a whole food supplement rather than a synthetic vitamin. Your body can actually absorb the nutrition in them rather than just excreting it because it is like a foreign substance.
7. Let Go of Perfection
Don't ever expect perfection, allow for foods you love, and don't give everything up. If you eat healthy 80% of the time and leave 20% of your eating for splurging a little. If you anticipate perfection you will end up failing miserably. Food should also be enjoyable and sometimes the "healthy" choice is comfort food. Let it go, but don't "fall off the wagon". Just give yourself grace.
Being a mom brings on many new challenges and can make it really difficult to find the time to take care of ourselves. The most important thing you can do is to feed your body well. It will not only make you feel better, it will will help you think clearer, increase your energy, and help you get through the chaotic days. Take the time to prepare for the week and take your health into your own hands!
Disclaimer: I am simply a mom who has taken great lengths to restore her own health and that of her family. I am not a doctor nor a certified health practitioner. I'm simply a well read and self educated momma who loves natural health and wellness and who fully believes that we have the power to take our health into our own hands.
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