Thanksgiving has come and gone, our stomachs are settling, the left overs are dwindling, and we are eating a little less healthy these days’ Okay, a lot. It is nearly impossible to remain on track when there are piles of sides, stacks of cookies, and pies galore. Oh, the holidays! Maintaining healthy eating habits are not always easy, especially during this time of year. Tis the season for large helpings and broken diets. Some of us lose the willpower to eat in moderation so we tuck our scales away until January.
Honestly, I’ve never been much for diets. For me, diets were hard and they never worked. Some diets can be downright unhealthy. I struggled with quitting anything cold turkey and found better results when I limited the amount of sugar or ate certain things in moderation. Maintaining healthy eating, for the most part, has always been my go-to. This means I don’t restrict myself from enjoying some foods, but I limit the amount of junk I put into my body. At least I try to. Instead of counting calories, I try to choose a healthier option when I eat out. That doesn’t mean I’ve never had a weak moment.
My eating habits have ranged from piling the fridge with organic fruits and vegetables, to diving into a box of Little Debbies. For the most part, I’ve never turned my noise to a good salad, or fresh steamed broccoli. I always find I feel fantastic after a great, homemade, healthy meal. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t indulged in eating an entire pie of pizza. When I was pregnant, I had severe sugar cravings. I consumed more sweets in just nine months than I had ever eaten in my entire life. After the baby was born, my sweet tooth settled back to its original state.
As a new mom, I have struggled with eating as healthy as I use to. When I am home with baby, it is hard to find time to make a good salad or cook a decent meal. If I can find time to eat anything at all, it usually ends up being something I eat with one hand. Cookies, day old pizza from Sunday Football, crackers and chips. As I become a more experienced mom, I am considering this when I shop at the grocery store. I started buying granola bars, apples, pears, peanuts, or any other healthier option that requires less time and little work. Since beginning my postpartum challenge, I am drinking water after my morning coffee which has minimized my snacking.
With Christmas right around the corner and more holiday treats available, there are plenty of temptations. Yes, for some of us, it is hard to limit our intake, so we deny our cravings altogether. For me, the more I cut out all of something the harder it is for me to remain on track. So, I indulge in a piece of pie and snack on some cookies during family gatherings. It curbs my cravings and I am empowered to eat healthier. I am learning to cut myself some slack and not feel guilty. There is no shamefulness leading me into more treats and I can confidentially refuse any unhealthy snacks and make better eating decisions.
For the most part, I am proud of my eating habits, but I still have some work to do. Cutting down on the extra slices of pizza on Football Sunday, refusing that second glass of wine, and reducing my caffeine intake could be a start. I have discovered that slow and steady improvements work better for me rather than overwhelming myself with temporary diets. I am not nervous about the holiday feasts up ahead, but I know striving for and maintaining healthy habits will help get me through this holiday season.
Today, I move on to the next piece of my recovery journey; rebuilding myself, both physically and mentally, at my own pace. I still experience pain and discomfort and I will adjust my health plan accordingly. I will rip up the expectations of who I think I need to be and set new goals to become the new person I want to be. I will take my mental health seriously and indulge in practices that will improve my mental wellness. Join me Moms and Dads, in my Postpartum Recovery Series as I build a happier and healthier me. I hope I can inspire you to do the same.
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