For moms food often comes last. There are so many things that need to get done and so in most cases you simply grab whatever is available, and it is not necessarily the healthiest option. The attention is often focused on what the kids need to eat and so we tend to overlook that we, too, need quality food so as to keep our energy levels up, maintain good health and stay in shape. So in order to help you achieve all of the above here are some great tips for busy moms to stay on the right nutritional track.
You don’t have to do everything on your own
Getting the kids ready for school, preparing them breakfast, snacks, and thinking what you need to get to cook lunch it can be a bit overwhelming, So much so that you forget to eat, or don’t take the time to prepare yourself a healthy meal. Well the good thing is that you don’t have to do it yourself, just take a page from the well organized Aussies, and opt for quality healthy ready meals in Melbourne and other major cities. That way they still get all the important nutrients, keep healthy and finish up their daily workload without a visit to a fast food establishment. If they can do it so can you.
Learn how to prepare in advance
This might be the most important tip of all. Use your weekends to plan out your personal eating itinerary, one that fits your needs and is not connected to your family’s. So get some plastic containers and start preparing the food and vegetables you plan on using each day, that way you’ll have ready ingredients at hand whenever you need them. You can even freeze several different dishes and simply reheat them during the week. It will take you around two hours each weekend to get this ready, but in return you will save time during the week and ensure you eat healthy meals each day.
Stay away from your kid’s snacks
Get your own. Often we tend to finish up what our kids don’t eat, it might be a bag of chips, some candy or cookies. This is not a smart option, as we are introducing unnecessary fats, sugars and carbohydrates into our body just because we don’t want it to go to waste. First thing’s first, it is time to kick this habit and get some snacks of our own. Have a trail mix, or some nuts in your bag at all times, they are great for keeping your hunger at bay and maintaining great brain and heart function. Of course, having some fruit can’t hurt and you will be upping your vitamin levels.
Set a timetable for your meals
This might seem hard, given the amount of obligations that you have every day with your work, kids and family. However, creating a timetable will ensure you get in all the meals you need, and will prevent you from eating late in the evening when everything tends to stick to our tummy. The first few weeks will be a bit hard but as you get used to it you will see that there will be no more cravings, you won’t go on hours on an empty stomach, and your energy levels will be optimal.
Treat yourself from time to time
The key to healthy eating when you are short on time is not limiting your options completely. Preparing meals and sticking to a timetable is important, but there are situations when you simply can’t do it. So in those cases it is ok to give yourself permission and eat whatever you want, within reason, of course, so mind the amounts. It can be a form of treat for a job well done. But don’t do it too often so that it doesn’t turn into a daily routine.
There you have it, no more excuses for unhealthy eating. Even the busiest of moms need to take care of themselves and stay healthy in order to achieve the impossible day in and day out.
About The Author
Peter is a lifestyle writer and a recent newly wed living in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a fashion stylist and also as a freelance writer for few local magazines in Brisbane. Besides writing, he loves shopping, cooking exotic meals and traveling around tropical destinations with his hubby Josh. His future plans are in creating his personal lifestyle blog about everyday life-saving tips. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter.
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