{mama mondays} the dreaded “f” word


mama mondays

Today I’m going to chat about a particular aspect of self-care that I really struggle with. The dreaded “f” word… food! I love food. I love good food, but I also really love what my mom and I calls the “ch’s” (which is fitting because my name even starts with those letters) – chocolate, chips and cheese. Now, I really am an advocate for balance. In fact, I might even dedicate a mama monday post to it someday. So, I believe that those delicious morsels can still be nice treats every now and then. Actually, to push that a little further…I don’t think there is anything wrong with a stressed-out mama running herself a bath, lighting some candles and enjoying her favourite bar of chocolate. Have at it!

But, I know for myself, that the balance has not been there recently. On more days than I can count, I would stumble out of bed and would find myself dragging my tired body around; always managing to make healthy snacks and meals for the kids, but rarely finding the motivation or time to prioritize what I was putting in my own mouth. Mostly, my snacking was particularly awful. I would eat a nice salad for lunch maybe but snack on a lot of junk the rest of the time. So, I am making a change. And if you’re serious about taking good care of your body…I would highly recommend you join me! We will never get out of the “zombie mommy” zone if we don’t pay attention to the food we eat. It’s half (maybe more) of the battle! So stay with me here…

I think food prep can be overwhelming for a lot of moms, because if you’re at home (and have children that eat constantly) you likely spend 60% of your day in the kitchen already. However, I’ve discovered a way to set yourself up for success!

Sunday night food prep with your husband (or a friend/family member)!

Working as a team, making healthy decisions as a family and preparing everything ahead of time is so satisfying. Plus, it can help you better budget for your grocery bill, save on prep time during the week and prevent the “I’m hungry but don’t want to make something” junk food grab. Win win win!

You can put on some great music and have quality time together while you chat and cut fruits and veggies. It almost felt like a mini date night for us 🙂 And if you’re doing it on a Sunday night, like we’ve now planned to do…it can be a lovely way to talk, plan and pray about your upcoming week.

Here is a little of what we managed in a couple hours.

carrots
carrots

celery
celery
cheese
cheese
homemade granola
homemade granola
chickpeas soaked overnight (hummus and crackers to come)
chickpeas soaked overnight (hummus and crackers to come)
strawberries
strawberries
cucumber
cucumber
pineapple
pineapple
radishes
radishes
snow peas
snow peas
watermelon
watermelon
roasted red pepper and squash soup
roasted red pepper and squash soup

And one more little challenge…I’ve been drinking ten cups of water a day and loving it. Add some lemon or mint or blueberries and it’s delightful! Go for it mamas!

waterLove, Christie


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