Staying Healthy When You Have Young Kids

Staying Healthy When You Have Young Kids

How to eat healthy when you have young children.

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When you have young children it can become really difficult for several reasons to eat and stay healthy. For one, you're exhausted. Having children takes a lot out of you and is mentally and physically exhausting. The last thing you want to do is to cook a healthy meal when frozen chicken tenders will take so much less time. Trust me, I've been there. I also knew that I didn't want my children to have the same struggles with food that I do. In high school, I ate one meal a day, usually a very small portion, in order to combat my weight. I wasn't taught the healthy way to lose weight. I just knew I wanted to be skinny. I don't want that for my daughters. I like to focus on fueling our bodies healthily.

In order to start them on the right path, I started early with vegetables. With my younger two, we did real vegetables from a young age. I started my oldest on vegetable baby food. We are a sugar-free household. Most drinks, foods, and snacks are made from scratch with minimal if any sugar. I'm not saying I don't occasionally let my children have chocolate milk and cookies, because I do. I just want them to know what they are putting in their bodies. I want them to know that moderation is key. I want them to enjoy every facet of life and that is harder to do when you don't have the energy for it.

We like to stick with a lot of lean meats. I love ground turkey for my chili and spaghetti recipes. We love things made out of chicken. You can make so many healthy and delicious meals at home. It doesn't have to be perfect. You just need to have more vegetables and protein than pasta. Every Friday night we have one of our favorite meals that don't have to be perfectly healthy. Due to my past eating issues feeling deprived and trying to limit too many things severely exacerbates my need to eat something to feel in control. Finding that balance is an everyday struggle.

Another way we like to stay healthy is that we are incredibly active as a family. Sunday we go to the track. We walk, run, play tag, and make it a family fun day. We love camping, hiking, and spending quality time together. Even young children can come along on these activities thanks to babywearing. We also love going out to eat as a family and finding new restaurants.

Having a schedule can go a long way toward being successful in a healthy lifestyle change. When I don't meal plan it's easy to fall back into the habit of ordering out because I'm not prepared to cook. When I don't say "This is the time I will go to the gym." It turns into, "I will go today at some point." Then I never go because I keep putting it off.

Weekends are for relaxing and having fun. We still love our movie nights with popcorn and hot chocolate. We love to bake cookies some Saturdays. We still enjoy those small things in life that aren't always healthy. I want my children to grow up knowing that balance. I want them to grow into confident adults without anything holding them back.

I am not here to tell you how you have to live your life. I am here to tell you how to manage to live this lifestyle if it's what you truly want. After my third child was born and I gained back my baby weight plus some, I realized I needed to make a change. I had children who were begging for junk food and sugar. I didn't have the energy to play with my kids. I could barely make myself get out of bed in the mornings. I still have a long way to go on this journey but I hope this helps someone find their way to the path. This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. It took me waking up one morning and really looking at myself in the mirror. This is how I realized that the changes I wanted to make could be realized by changing the way I look at food and learning to enjoy exercise.

I wish I could go back to my past self to tell them where these unhealthy choices would lead. I'm not even sure my past self would listen. Instead, I am looking toward the future and my children. I am teaching them to grow in ways that I never could. I am teaching them not to follow my path, but to walk beside me and go as far as they possibly can.

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12 Things Only Low-Maintenance Girls Understand

I promise we aren’t lazy, just easy going.
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Sometimes low-maintenance girls are looked at as lazy or sloppy. But in reality, I think low-maintenance girls are just so confident in who they are that putting in that extra effort isn't important to them.

Here are 12 things that only low-maintenance girls understand:

1. Leggings or sweat pants and a T-shirt is your normal everyday outfit

Why spend the day uncomfortable in some tight jeans or mini skirt when you can lounge around in some comfy clothes? We aren't here to impress anyone, we are just trying to sit back and chill.

2. Makeup is a special occasion

If you catch a low-maintenance girl with makeup on, take it as a compliment. We are trying to touch our face and rub our eyes as much as we'd like without makeup getting in the way. Not to mention, we wouldn't dare spend over $15 on some foundation.

3. We would rather stay in with a movie then go out for the evening

Something low-key and low stress always sounds better than spending the time, and the money, for a night out. I am perfectly content with taking advantage of my $7.99 monthly payment for Netflix.

4. You're always the first one ready

While your friends spend hours doing their hair, makeup and then finding the perfect outfit, you sit around and wait. Your 10 minutes thrown-together-look gives you time to nap while everyone else takes their sweet time.

5. When you say you "don't care what we do," you really don't care

Seriously, a date night off the McDonald's dollar menu is fine by me. I am not expecting you to wine and dine me on a big extravagant evening, I'm just trying to get a Big Mac in my mouth.

6. Your messy bun isn't a fashion statement, it's actually just your hairstyle

We aren't about to spend time curling or straightening our hair everyday. Every day is a good day to throw your hair up into a ponytail or bun.

7. The extent of your jewelry collection is one pair of earrings and maybe a necklace

Who needs more than one pair of earrings? Diamond studs match everything… right?

8. And your shoe collection is even smaller

Should I wear flip-flops or Converse?

9. Shopping isn't exactly your favorite thing to do

Who has patience for finding the perfect designer brands or finding the best fit? I am perfectly content with my T-shirts and leggings. One size fits all.

10. Your favorite gifts are the sentimental ones, not the expensive ones

A homemade card or a small gift that makes someone think of you is forever better and more meaningful than an expensive present. I don't want your money, I just want to know you thought of me.

11. You don't put in the effort to chase after a guy

I'm awesome and I know it. If a guy is worth it enough to be in my life, he can come after me. I am not down for any games or players. Just someone who embraces my low-maintenance qualities.

12. You are always the first person to help someone out

Giving your friends a ride or lending them two dollars isn't a huge deal. Just helping someone out gives you peace of mind. Everyone should have time to help a homie out.

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3 AMAZING Reasons To Cheat On Your Significant Other

It's super easy!

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Sike. Gotcha.

1. There aren't any

Seriously? You actually thought I would condone this pathetic, childish, immature, unfaithful behavior? Shame on you.

If you were actually looking for reasons to cheat on your partner, thinking this link would help you, shame on you.

2. Don't be a piece of shit

Don't do it. Even if you think they deserve it because they cheated on you or YOU THINK they cheated, don't lower yourself to that asinine level. Be mature.

But if YOU are thinking about cheating, or currently are in any way, you're an ass. She/he can do SO much better without you. The best thing to do if you want to mess around with people that don't matter is just to leave. You're already in a different mind set, not caring about your S/O's feelings, so why drag them on? Be mature.

3. Leave them if they do

To those who have been cheated on but chose to stay with them: you're an idiot. I don't care what the circumstances are. If they cheated, you know they are fully capable of doing it again. If anything, they just figured out new ways to get away with it better or longer.

Get out of that shitty relationship.

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