I am FAR from the healthiest person: I love carbs (pasta all day, every day), I sometimes have a sweet tooth and I am a feen for chips and salsa! But, once I had my son, my health pretty much went out the window. In addition to barely sleeping (that’s a given), I wasn’t eating consistent, nutritious meals throughout the day. In fact, the older Liam grew, the worse my habits became. I was basically feeding myself like a toddler—and losing my mind, energy and drive in the process. My doctor even told me that I could potentially be at risk for anemia and diabetes! Luckily, I was able to kick my own butt and develop some positive habits that have helped me get back on track! Here, five of my most coveted “mom-approved” tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Habit #1: Always “go green” in the morning
I rarely have time to make a big breakfast, and when I do, it’s basically just for my son. I do like to have something of sustenance before heading out the door, such as oatmeal, an English muffin with peanut butter or an egg and spinach scramble. One thing I can always commit to? A green smoothie. Not only does a smoothie fill me up and provide me with energy for the day,
Habit #2: Prep your lunches
This is my most game-changing tip! As a SAHM, you’d think I’d have a ton of time to whip up a delicious homemade lunch every day. WRONG. I always take Liam out of the house between 10-12, then head back just in time for lunch and nap time, aka the most precious time of the day. The absolute last thing I want to during Liam’s nap time is to prepare a meal! I used to simply eat a few bites of whatever I made for him (big mistake!), then ended up snacking on something not-so-healthy later on. These days, I always try to have a salad at lunch. I do my grocery shopping on Monday, then I prep a huge Tupperware of kale or lettuce, or I buy a large pre-washed bag. I keep the rest of my salad ingredients, along with some easy protein (i.e. sliced turkey) in the fridge for easy access. That way, I can simply throw everything in a bowl with minimal effort. Some of my other lunchtime faves? Leftovers from the night before, sweet potatoes (they also work miracles on the skin–more on that here), sandwiches, an egg
Habit #3: Limit sugary snacks
I am not a huge snacker, but when I do want to munch, I tend to gravitate toward something salty, such as tortilla chips or crackers with cheese. And, when you’re on the go, it can be easy to nibble your kid’s snacks when you’re hungry. My solution? I don’t buy sugar-packed foods for Liam. Essentially, I try to fill his diet (and mine) with healthy, nutritious snacks he’ll love. If he isn’t eating sugary
Side note: If I do want to munch on some chips, I will totally allow myself. I believe “eliminating” something from your diet will actually make you crave it more. I do however strongly believe in portion control. Whatever I’m eating, whether it’s cheese and crackers, chips and salsa, or granola, it must be placed on a small plate or in a tiny Ziploc bag.
Habit #4: Keep your coffee order simple
This tip is for my Starbucks lovers out there. A while ago I traded in my go-to macchiato or latte for the Americano and I have never looked back! Unlike a latte or macchiato, which both contain espresso and milk, an Americano is simply espresso and water. Though it doesn’t sound that appealing, with a tiny splash of half & half, it tastes nearly the same as a latte—without the “heaviness” of the milk. Plus, drinking A
Habit #5: Allow yourself to indulge—in moderation
As you can tell, I believe moderation is everything. That’s why I allow myself to have something sweet at the end of the night or enjoy eating dessert out a restaurant every once in a while. But I ALWAYS portion out my food. (I seriously can’t stress this enough!) For example, do I finish a pint of ice cream in one sitting? Never! But I will have a couple of tiny scoops in a ramekin every few nights to satisfy my craving–sans guilt!
What are some of your healthy habits? Share below!