Monday, 12 September 2016

My Tips For Keeping Healthy as a Mum

As a parent, I am constantly thinking and making sure that Zachary and Charlotte are getting all the nutrients they need to maintain a healthy body and mind. They have the occasional treat but mostly they have a pretty varied yet balanced diet. Because I'm always thinking about their food needs, I often forget to think about my own. But it's equally as important to look after my body as I get older. And the same goes for Husband.

Barchester are a healthcare provider who specialise in top quality care, with care homes all over the UK, and they have developed a really informative nutrition guide to help us get the best out of the foods we eat to help maintain a healthy body. Of course I'm not that old yet, even though the kids would tell me otherwise, however, like anything in life, the earlier you start taking care of yourself, the better it is in the long run. These are just some of the things I've been doing to try and make sure I'm getting the right nutrients into my body:

Drinking lots of water

I don't drink juice and I very rarely drink more than one cup of tea or coffee a day; sometimes I don't have one at all. But I drink so much water because I know it's the best thing for your body. As soon as I wake up, I have a pint of water. Apparently this kick starts your metabolism for the day. Whether that's true or not, I'm not sure but at least it gets me started early on my water quota for the day. I drink as much water as I can throughout the day and drink at least a litre before I go to bed. And yes, I'm constantly at the toilet!

Eating oily fish once a week

I'd eat fish every day if I could but buying fresh fish can be expensive so I keep it to once a week. Our favourite is salmon or tuna, served with potatoes and steamed veg or with rice and veg through it. We also eat whitefish such as cod or haddock once a week but this is usually in batter and out of the oven so it isn't quite as healthy.

Smoothies for breakfast

I struggle to eat lots of fruit throughout the day. I'd sooner eat nothing than to snack on the likes of grapes, raisins, nuts etc. The easiest way I've found to overcome this is by making up a batch of fruit smoothie and keeping it in the fridge to drink every day through the week. My favourite has to be strawberry, banana, kiwi, mango, orange and passion fruit.

Taking multi-vitamins 

Vitamins are something I've always taken. My Stepdad worked in pharmaceuticals for years so taking supplements was just part of our every day routine and it's something I've carried on into adulthood and instilled on Zachary and Charlotte. I take a supplement that contains iron because I have been known to be on the verge of anaemia and I feel they do make a different as I notice I feel more tired f I miss them.

Everything in moderation

I allow myself a treat every weekend and if there are biscuits or chocolates doing the rounds in the staff room at lunch time, I'm not passing on one; I certainly wouldn't eat the full pack or box. I think, definitely for myself anyway, if I were to deny myself something, I would end up wanting it even more.

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