Now that you have had your baby and you are all settled in, you are probably really excited and motivated to get out of those maternity clothes and into that super cute little number that has been sitting in your closet for the past 9+ months.
Let’s face it… those first couple of months are really hard. You don’t always have time to eat a full meal as a new mom and if you do you might not even remember eating it.
There are so many diets and programs out there to choose from (too many for me to even name). You can find anything from low carb, to high fat diets. Diets that have you counting calories or macros. Diets that restrict certain foods and diets that have you eat weird things you never even knew existed. (Trust me I have tried them all!)
But lets be honest, you know that you need to eat a balanced diet. You know that eating fruits and vegetables are important for your body. You know that eating too many carbs is not good for you and if you choose to eat meat that you should probably stick to lean meats.
Does this mean that you need to restrict yourself from having any treats? Does this mean you shouldn’t have any dairy in your diet? NO!!! Researchers have found that the lack of calcium actually triggers fat cells to store fat and get bigger. Dairy products are known to be a great source of calcium. Nutritionists are looking into how dairy affect our ability to live a healthier lifestyle. This is excited new for someone like me that really likes ice cream.
You might be thinking, “This all sounds great but how do I find the time to eat health when I am exhausted all the time?”
Here are a few things that me make eating healthy possible:
Ordering Groceries: I don’t know about you but I really dislike grocery shopping. I feel like when I go into the store I am always spending so much extra time searching for those one or two items on my list that I need but just can’t find. Plus I am always tempted to by that yummy looking cake or that candy bar on my way out. This past year I have been sitting down at my computer every Friday morning with my nutritious menu and recipes and ordering my groceries. I have found that this not alone saves me time but lots of money too because I am not buying that extra treat or the salad dressing that I forgot I had.
Meal Prepping: Some people are much better at meal prepping than I am but I like to do little things that make preparing a meal easier and faster. I always wash my fruits and vegetables as soon as I get home from picking up my groceries. In the past I have even gone as far as having containers for each day in my pantry where I put in all the dry and canned ingredients along with spices separated out for each meal. (I really liked this method, but I found that it took up a lot of room I need for my kid’s lunch stuff.) This may sound like a lot of work as a new mom, however you can hire a postpartum doula (such as myself) to come over and do meal prepping for you. (A postpartum doula does other awesome things like cleaning and folding laundry too!)
Menus and Recipes: I love to make up a weekly menu. I hang in on my fridge so that I know every morning what meal we will be having. By doing this I tend to remember more often to pull out any meat I may need for dinner that evening. I also try and keep my recipes for the week on my little stand next to my stove for easy access. This way I am not searching for a recipe come dinner time.
Keep It Simple: I make simple meals with not a ton of ingredients. I have found if there are too many things to prep or pull together that I get frustrated and it takes too long for me to make the meal and it just doesn’t seem as enjoyable when I finally get to sit down and eat it.
Being Real: I have a HUGE sweet tooth and I love my desserts. Some say I can get a little crabby if I haven’t had a treat at least once a week. I try my hardest to only eat one treat a week. Sometimes this is easier than others. Now this doesn’t meal I go all out and get a gallon of ice cream and go to town. (Although some days may call for this…. I try not to do it.) I try my hardest to keep this to a reasonable size treat.
Exercising 3-5 times a week for 30+ minutes is a good idea too. I will go into this more in another blog.