Since I’ve had my daughter I’ve really struggled with being healthy. I make sure I know exactly what my daughter eats and drinks and am very strict with making sure it is not full of preservatives and nasties. My health, however, has taken a back seat; and now that I’m doing a half marathon, I really need to get my butt into gear! So I’ve come up with a few little tips for all us mums out there for how we can lead a healthier life when we’ve got small children.
1. Look after your diet.
This is one I’m very guilty of, I graze and eat rubbish because I don’t have time to cook and prepare healthy meals for myself when I’m looking after my daughter. But, now I plan my meals in advance I am finding I can buy healthier options ready for the lunchtime dash. I’m addicted to avocados at the moment, they have so many healthy properties that I don’t feel guilty eating a (relatively) high-calorie item, as I’m kept fuller for longer and get a vitamin boost as well. For me, it’s as simple as knowing what my lunch will be rather than dashing to find anything in the 10-minute window I have to eat it, invariably that will always be chocolate!
2. Go for walks with the buggy.
This is free and means that your baby/toddler gets some fresh air as well. I try to walk as much as possible as my daughter loves being out of the house and it keeps me entertained too. Even a short half hour walk refreshes me and burns off some calories, pushing a buggy can be really tiring! Add a couple of hills and you’ll be doing a bit of cardio as well.
3. Cut out your vices.
My vices are cake and caffeine, I can’t live without either of those; but what vices do you have? We all have something and it’s not always a problem, but making sure you are minimising the impact your foibles have on your body is essential. Do you drink alcohol? Make sure you’re within the weekly recommended limits for the unit intake and also try to have a few days alcohol free (no new information there really). Do you smoke? Of course, everyone will be telling you to quit, including me, however, research shows that changing to vaping may improve your health. You’d be cutting out the 43 carcinogens and the 4000 chemicals in a cigarette and instead just satisfying your nicotine craving. You can then cut down the strength of the nicotine in the e-liquid (what goes in an e-cigarette) until you are on 0% nicotine. You can get starter kits from e-cigarette starter kit Vapelux amongst other places.
4. Be kind to yourself.
It’s far to easy to beat yourself up daily about x,y or z. Whether that’s a parenting problem or the fact you’re annoyed you didn’t clean the house again that day, it doesn’t matter. You need to be kind to yourself or you’ll never get healthy. Treat your body like a temple (I’ve never understood that phrase) and make sure you look after it properly. Take care of your skin with a face pack, have a bath bomb and soak in the bath one evening (if the kids allow); anything, just do something that makes you happy, because you’re then less likely to reach for the comfort food and be more empowered to live a healthier lifestyle.
5. Accept the blips and move on.
It’s all too easy to have a cheat day and then decide there’s no point continuing and giving up entirely. The strongest willed person will still falter and have a sneaky cream cake ever so often. Get back on the horse and carry on, I always think it is easier to give up and then tell myself “if I look that way in the mirror I look fine, I don’t need to be healthy” then gorge on a bar of Dairy Milk. But I know that’s not the right thing to do. Try your best to power through and carry on, even in the face of adversary.
Is there any tips you would recommend for being healthy when you’ve got children? Share them below, I’d love to know how you all do it.
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