Eating healthy becomes increasingly difficult when you have a little one whose needs seem to come before yours. However, taking care of yourself is crucial because the healthier you are, the better mom you are going to be to your little one. Here are some tips that may make it easier to eat right.
1. Feed your cravings. Be smart about it though – if you crave sweets, try a square of dark chocolate. An ounce of this yummy treat contains heart healthy flavonoids. (antioxidants that fight free radicals that can lead to heart disease and cancer).
2. Eat your water and drink your veggies. I got this great tip from a friend of mine. Basically, eat a lot of raw fruits and veggies, as these will help your body hold onto water longer. Plus you get all the great benefits from them, like fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants. This is especially important if you are nursing. Your body needs to stay hydrated to keep milk flow up. Drink your veggies by using a yummy greens drink. This will not only keep you hydrated, but increase your chances of getting the necessary 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies per day.
3. Avoid pre-packaged foods. These tend to be loaded with sodium, sugar, artificial colors and flavors, as well as preservatives. I don’t know about you, but when I see that a can of peaches has an expiration date 3 years from now, it freaks me out! There are a lot of options for easy-to-carry foods that can be thrown into your purse or diaper bag. Think bananas, nuts, oranges, cheese…You will feel better after eating an apple than a bag of chips.
4. Feed your brain. By now everyone has heard of 0mega 3’s and how important they are for your eye and brain health. But these essential fatty acids also play a role in hormone production and heart health. Wild Alaskan salmon is a great source and is very easy to prepare. When you aren’t in the mood, a quality supplement can provide you with your daily dose.
5. Plan ahead. Having to make a quick meal decision when you’re hungry and tired usually leads to bad choices. If you plan ahead and have the ingredients for healthy meals in the house ,or some pre-made healthy options in the freezer, it’s easy to eat well and keep your energy up.