After having my second child a few weeks ago, it’s come to my attention how hard it can be to make time for healthy eating. Healthy eating looks different from person to person, of course, but I didn’t realize how big a difference there would be for me going from one child to two.
Even though our second is still mostly eating and sleeping, the life-shift that you go through from one child to two adds a whole new layer of stress (not to mention the return of sleep deprivation and a breastfeeding appetite) that made it more challenging for me to plan meals and to cook. The week after our daughter was born was filled with way more takeout turkey clubs and chocolate chip cookies than fruits and vegetables.
In the past, I would have set a goal to “eat clean” or get more strict with my Paleo diet, but honestly setting a goal like that right now would add even MORE stress to my life. And I’m all about taking the stress OUT of eating– for myself and my clients.
SO instead of setting that kind of goal, I gently reminded myself how good I feel when I’m eating the healthier foods that I love. And I’ve worked to crowd out some of the chocolate chip cookies with high-quality protein and vegetables. I opted for making one small change rather than further stressing myself out by setting rigid food goals. And I feel pretty darn good about both the veggies and the chocolate chip cookies.
When you’re under a lot of stress, sometimes NOT adding anything to your figurative plate is the best approach. We often feel that in order to get control of our lives, we need to get control of our diets, but getting this control usually adds more stress and backfires.
Be kind and gentle with yourself and allow yourself to slowly make small changes when you’re under stress. Your body and brain will thank you.
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