Always a busy mum, I was so tired of cooking an exciting meal, only to have noses turned up right, left and center that I simply gave up. I turned to frozen and pre-packaged food as a way to get dinners eaten and peace at the dinner table.
What I found though, was that eating healthy at breakfast, lunch and snack soon turned into eating healthy at breakfast and lunch, then just breakfast until I opened my pantry and saw nothing that any nutritionist worth their salt would even call food.
It was the wake up call I needed. I looked in the mirror and saw how I truly was- frumpy, bumpy and sad. I was tired and just didn’t feel well. I felt guilty that I wasn’t providing proper meals for my family and they were suffering in their health too.
I began to look online for healthy alternatives to the types of food we were used to- healthy hamburgers, nuggets and chip recipes were a dime a dozen, I soon found, so I set to work. As we had slowly slid into unhealthy eating, I knew we couldn’t just change our diet overnight- the whole reason we were in this mess was because of fussiness-so one meal at a time it was.
The first change I made was to begin baking again, and to choose lower fat and sugar recipes. Slow and steady changes as well as involving the kids in cooking worked better than I could have dreamed.
We now are almost back to where we were, and I am so happy- I have energy, my skin is clearer and Ive even dropped a few kilos. Best of all, I really feel like a ‘good’ mum!
Posted by kate_reid, 12th July 2013