If you set a New Years’ resolution to get your eating act together, I commend you. But I warn you – are you doing it out of self-love? Or self-hate? Diets often come from a place of self-hate.
I often share this research finding when moms are thinking of working with me but they feel guilty about spending time (and money) on themselves. The reality that showing yourself a little self-love is actually loving your children too. As the saying goes, you can’t give to others if your own cup is empty. Taking steps to feel power over food and your body is an investment in yourself and your kids.
- Snacks are for Adults Too. One of the key ways to eat better is to not allow yourself to get super hungry. Once you’re in that starving mode, you’ll naturally be drawn to sugary, fatty, salty, processed foods. It’s a physiological drive left over from our hunter-gatherer days. While it served us well back then, it is our undoing in our modern world where we’re surrounded by highly processed food choices. It’s a losing battle to try to make healthy choices once you are in this “hangry” (hungry + angry) state. The solution is planned snacks. Plan to eat something healthy about every 4 hours, ideally something with fibre and protein and/or fat that will keep you full longer. An example: an apple and a handful of cashews.
- Beware of Mild Dehydration. The average woman needs 2.2 Litres of fluids per day. That’s 9 glasses (yes, the old myth of 8 glasses isn’t true). If you’re extra physically active or in a hot place you’ll need more fluid. Breastfeeding mamas need 3.1 Litres of fluids daily. The symptoms of mild dehydration are lack of energy (lethargy), crankiness, even headache. In other words, drinking enough fluids can be one of the easiest ways to have more energy. What counts as “fluid”? Anything that isn’t super sugary or that contains alcohol. This includes water, coffee, tea, herbal tea, vegetable and fruit juice. Even whole fruit counts. Yes, you read that right – coffee is hydrating (coffee being dehydrating is a myth).
Dietitian Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD, bring the JOY of healthy eating to women and picky kids. And, powers women to LOVE our bodies. Kristen has 20 years experience studying and practicing nutrition to help find the sweet spot where eating is healthy for body, mind, and soul. Kristen created 40 Days to a Healthier, Happier You women’s weight loss program for busy women who are ready to make real lifestyle changes and stop the dieting cycle.
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