Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How to keep healthy and sane while Mommying



As moms, it is really hard to remember to take care of ourselves. Some days you are just trying to make it out alive on the other side, with everyone fed and clothed. Not going to lie, often times my meals consist of eating the scraps of food that my children left on their plates with coffee as my only hydration. But with a little bit of effort, I've gathered some tricks to make sure that I take care of myself  throughout the day.

  • Drink water. This is so simple, but I often find that I am just chugging caffeinated beverages and not drinking enough water throughout the day.  I have a large water bottle with a straw (no idea why but having a straw makes me drink more) that I keep in my kitchen, another one on my desk in the office, and a stainless steel water bottle in my purse. I fill them in the morning and don't go to sleep until I have drank everything. Trust me, hydration does wonders on tired mommy skin.
  • Use your child as an piece of exercise equipment. I have used my boys at various weights for different exercises. When they were infants I would hold them out and do squats, put them in a carrier while I danced, lift them up and down for an arm work out, and do ab twists while holding them. Basically, they were used as medicine balls. They loved it and I fit in a workout. Now that they are older I give them airplane rides on my feet or legs for a great ab routine, bench press their bodies, do push up contests with them, play tag, and have raging dance parties. They get out their energy and I fit in some physical activity - a win-win situation. 
  • Meal plan: Ok, I am the LAST person who thought I would be able to do this, since I am not exactly a planner. But in attempt to not starve myself or my kids (oh yeah, and the hubs. He eats too.), I decided to take a stab at grocery shopping once a week and planning ahead. I have a bunch of super quick, easy, and healthy meals that I like to make.That means instead of opening up the fridge, staring for 5 minutes, giving up and ordering in pizza, I already know more or less what I am going to make. It also allows me to do some prep work during nap time or during the rare instances that my kids are playing quietly. 
  • Healthy Snacks: I stock up on not just snacks for the kids, but for MYSELF. Yes, you are a person too! I always have some yummy healthy snacks that I can grab on the go. Larabars, baby carrots, apples, whatever. And if my kid eats a fruit, I slice extra for myself. If I'm not prepared I usually end up munching on whatever random food I can get my hands on, so may as well have healthy options to grab.  
  • Carve out time for yourself: When my first son was about 4 months old, I had a major meltdown one day, screaming at my husband that I no longer had a life. Now this wasn't exactly true, but between the constant nursing and the lack of sleep, I basically felt like a zombie getting through the day. As a solution, we have instituted that one night a week is for ME. Just me. I get to do whatever I want.  I'll go to a yoga class, get my nails done, meet friends for dinner - doesn't matter, but I am off duty. It isn't always feasible that it is the same day every week, and some weeks are so crazy with plans or late work hours that it doesn't happen, but for the sake of my sanity, I need a couple hours to do WHATEVER I want. 
None of this is rocket science, but dealing with tiny humans gets crazy and taking care of ourselves falls to the bottom of the list. But as a wise momma once pointed out, just as you would on an airplane, you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before helping others - so make sure you keep yourself healthy so that you can take care of your littles.  

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