I’ve been wanting to write about this topic but have been a little hesitant because it can get controversial. I’ve been doing some research lately and have been changing my eating habits.
It all started after I had my babe. I don’t even share my weight experience with anyone because I would hear “Oh, I wish I had THAT problem.” It’s not something to even brag about because I didn’t lose my baby weight in a healthy way by any means, nor am I an expert on this topic. This has just been my experience.
After having a baby I went senile. No really. My hormones were way out of whack and to be honest I quit eating the amount of food my body needed because I was completely stressed at trying to keep a tiny human alive, not to mention I was forcing suicidal thoughts out of my own mind. It was miserable. By my second week postpartum I weighed 10 pounds less than I did before I got pregnant and almost 20 pounds less than I did in high school. I know every body is so different, but it wasn’t something I was super proud of. Mostly because I was in a really dark state of mind.
I tell you this because it has opened my eyes to what food I’m putting into my body. This was over a year ago and I’ve been able to keep the weight off not because I don’t eat certain things, but I focus on what I CAN eat. I think having a baby in general opens your eyes to what you eat and what you want your baby to thrive off of.
I’m not saying I’m “going organic”… but kind of… (don’t stop reading yet, all my fellow Oreo fans!)
Here are some changes I’ve done:
1. Instead of looking at how many calories are in something I’m eating, I look at WHAT I’m eating. I see how many ingredients that food item has – the less the better. This is my honest opinion, but I feel that my generation all grew up on the same food – canned foods, Mac N’ Cheese, Top Roman (nothing against our parents, it was just what everyone kinda did!) I’m learning to cut out processed foods and want to get to that point completely.
2. This year I’ve switched to eating healthy fresh foods 5 days a week (without cheating!) and then weekends are free game in moderation. If I don’t give myself those “free” days, I’d never do it, so this has worked for me!
3. I’m in the process of switching my pantry over and getting rid of temptation food. I’m a huge snacker, so instead of being tempted by the M&M’s on the counter – I send those with my husband to share at work and keep healthier options at home.
4. I avoid enriched flour. I’ve cut out lots of breads and noodles and make sure my proportions are just the size of my fist.
5. I find healthy snacks that I love. I keep those snacks ready for me at any moment (since I secretly eat constantly!).
6. I drink lots of water (with lemon is a bonus!) If I think I’m hungry, I take a drink of water first and realize I was just super thirsty. Sometimes we train our bodies to want to eat, eat, and eat, when really our body just needed water.
7. I use honey instead of sugar in some of the recipes I’ve tried and am amazed at how it will still taste just as good without it! You can also sweeten with maple syrup or applesauce in some recipes. (I’ll post some for you soon!) I have noticed by cutting out sugar I don’t feel as drained which is a huge bonus when you’re a mom!
There are other things I’m in the process of switching over, like the kind of yogurts, milk, oils, and eggs we are eating and a few things I’m still learning about. By no means am I a healthy Nazi. I will for sure still go out to eat and enjoy some DQ blizzards every now and then. In fact… I’m the “treat” girl in my family so there will still be tons of treats I will give recipes for still that are Sunday night must haves! I just want my family and life as a whole to be healthier. I don’t judge anyone for what they are eating or what they feed their kids, I just want the food that’s in my house to be healthy and tasty! It is definitely a work in progress, but something I want to continue working on and learning about.
It’s definitely a change you have to put effort in, but it’s definitely been worth it for me with feeling good!
Those are my two cents, peeps. Who are your favorite healthy blogs to follow? What things do you do to help you eat healthy?