Easy Ways to Stay Healthy
Whether you are a busy parent who is always on the go, or a mom with a newborn, healthy eating is one of the keys to living a better, balanced life. It’s a challenge to be mindful of what you eat, especially when all of your attention is on your little ones. Do you usually end up last on the family totem pole, neglecting yourself? Most parents do! But, if you spend just a few minutes each day focusing on your nutrition, you’ll have more energy to tackle the day (and more patience too). Follow these simple tips to eating healthy throughout parenthood:
Find a balance. Breakfast should not consist of whatever is leftover on your toddler’s plate and few cups of coffee. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you include three food groups for each meal and two selections for every snack.
Make sure you eat! Do you feel drained all the time? It’s possible you aren’t eating enough. And if you are breastfeeding exclusively, that’s an extra 500 calories being burned per day. Aim to eat 5 times a day; have a balanced breakfast, a snack, lunch, another snack and then dinner.
Plan your meals. The more your kitchen is stocked with nutritious items, the more likely it will be for you to make good choices. Schedule grocery shopping into your weekly routine. Write a list for the week that includes a variety of choices for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner. If you can’t get out of the house, make a detailed list for your spouse or another family member to help with the shopping. Of course, cooking at home seven nights a week usually doesn’t happen, so sneak in one night for leftovers and another for eating out.
Always pack a snack. Sometimes hunger strikes at the most inconvenient times — and usually a fast food restaurant is just a convenient drive away. Never leave the house without a healthy snack in tow for both you and the kids. This will help you save money, curb calories and maintain your energy levels. Consider wholesome options, like apples, bananas, trail mix, almonds or granola bars.
Learn to love water. We’ve all heard that drinking water is essential to your health. And when water is always by your side, you’ll end up drinking more. Invest in a durable water bottle that doesn’t leak and is compact enough to take with you wherever you go. Enhance your water with a flavorful twist by adding sliced cucumber, lemon or other fresh fruit.
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