I by no means have a perfect diet. Enjoying life is extremely important to me. For me that translates to trying to make good choices most of the time, and not beating myself up when I don’t. Being mean to yourself, and beating yourself up about indulgences is, in my opinion, just as detrimental to your health.
When you love yourself that translates over to all aspects of your life. At times loving yourself is easier to do than others, but making a conscious effort to be nice to yourself, and not making negative comments about yourself in your head or out loud is important. We all do this, but the more aware you are of it, the more you can stop yourself, which in turn leads to greater happiness. The happier you are the more you have to give in all your relationships.
Here are some things I do to help live a healthier lifestyle:
When I was in college I did NOT like coffee. I didn’t even like the hot chocolate at Starbucks because of the coffee aroma in the store. I thought it made the hot chocolate taste like coffee.
When I started working for a great friend who opened up a coffee shop, things began to change. The more I tasted the coffee in order to become a better barista, the more I started to like it. Coffee did not become a daily indulgence for me until after the birth of my second child.
What I decided to do every morning is to have a full glass of water, before I allow myself my coffee indulgence. This has been a good trick for me to drink more water. Before indulging in any less healthy choices, I try to tell myself having a glass of water first is a must.
Here is a picture of my daughter picking out what vegetable or fruit she would like next from the fridge.
When cooking, I sometimes get a case of Mommy brain. For example tonight I was making buffalo egg sandwiches. I accidentally poured the hot sauce into the pan for cooking the eggs. Normally I make the sauce in a different pan and add it to our sandwiches afterwards, not the kids. Sometimes my son will want to copy and have hot sauce on his, in which case we put a tiny swig on it.
Not wanting to clean the pan twice of course, I dumped out most of the hot sauce but still used the pan to cook the eggs. Meaning it was a buffalo version tonight for everyone.
Warning: Mommy brain can happen even when pregnant. For me this was a big sign I was pregnant both times. I started to do things like leave my purse in an unknown location when I was pregnant. This is something I don’t normally do because of my dislike for that horrible feeling in your stomach when you can’t find it, and everything important is in there. If you start forgetting things you don’t normally do, it may be a good time for a pregnancy test. I like to think it is because the body is focusing on the baby, over your brain.
Those are a few of the things that I do to try and make healthier choices. What are some of the things you do? I am always on the lookout for new ideas, and would love to hear from you!
Along the lines of food, and cooking, I couldn’t resist throwing this in.
I love cook books!
To end things I’m including a picture of my son’s artwork from this evening.
Normally he is not allowed to color our bowls.
Goodnight and good eating!