One question I get asked a lot is, how do I do it? How do I manage gym, a baby (that has never slept through the night by the way, I’m sure it’s something in my milk), a puppy, a husband (trust me these creatures can be hard work too), the housework and then all the other things I do? The answer is I do, and I don’t. If I manage it really does come down to one main energy source. And the weeks I don’t, it’s because I’ve slipped up and manage none of this (cue – husband comes to rescue). The answer *drum rolls please* – FOOD.
Food, glorious food. More importantly eating the correct food. As busy mums, I’m sure you know too well the feeling of literally never having the time to sit down to a meal, it’s more like ‘I’ll shove whatever food I find lying around in my mouth and let’s go, oh those leftovers from my 15 month old look good!’. As much as I am guilty of doing this, I do however make sure that I get in all the necessary foods into my diet (plus all the cake, chocolate and coffee – okay in moderation). What I’m trying to say here is that we do not need to stick to a strict diet regime however, we do need to implement all the correct foods to keep our vitals up, our electrolytes in balance and giving our bodies the correct sources of energy. If you do manage to accomplish this then you will see that the cravings will disappear by themselves, you’ll no longer grab a chocolate bar as a quick energy source, and with that will come moderate weight/fat loss (if needed) with almost zero effort.
You’ve probably heard before and is very true – tiredness and lack of sleep are one of the leading causes of obesity. As mothers I’m not sure if we’ll ever get that sleep back, but we can ensure that we are feeding our body as much external energy from food sources as possible, this way, keeping our minds, bodies and hearts healthy and happy!
For some reason super quick ideas, here are just a few of my favourite energy filled food sources which I eat every day:
- Dried fruits and nuts
- Sweet potato
- Peanut butter
To happier, healthier & energy filled mommas!