Category: Eating Habits

What’s the Most Important Meal of the Day? All of Them!

Recently a mom posted on a mom-based support group I am a part of, “How do you find time to eat during the day with your baby?” She was greatly struggling to balance the new-ness of being a mom, taking care of her baby, and taking care of herself.  I read this and thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, been there.” In the early days I struggled to find time to take care of myself. With no family nearby, my “downtime” was when my husband would come home from work and I had chance to take care of myself. This included making dinner, going to work out, and preparing meals for the next day. No naps for this exhausted first-time momma! Does it sound much like self-care? Probably not — but it really was.

I was able to prepare meals for the next day, because I, much like this woman I spoke about, knew what it was like to find myself ravishing midday and not having snacks or meals prepped. I would go workout, and even as tired as I was, going to work out meant taking care of myself and allowing myself to feel good in my new, post-pregnancy body. I learned that if I wanted to be able to take care of myself and my baby the next day, I needed to prepare while my husband was home, even though napping was much more appealing. It was a steep learning curve for sure.

Suggested tools for your first time momma toolbox:
  • Plan your meals and grocery shop for the week.
  • Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. Have it all in your house. You will be able to refer back to your list and when you are super hungry and in the midst of the chaos you can grab something healthy that you have already prepared.
  • Have simple, healthy, and easy-to-eat snacks available and ready to go.  If you are running out the door, make sure to have granola bars, fruit, and vegetables (already cut up and in containers).
  • Give yourself GRACE! You just had a baby, and you are learning and growing together.
There is a learning curve to being a new mom — YOU GOT THIS!

 

Jenny Wegner, MS, MFT

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Dear Kerry: “Sick of Sweets”

Dear Kerry:
One of my 4 year old twins is sugar-obsessed. He goes throughout the day waiting for and thinking about his next chance to eat something sweet. He ends up begging and negotiating for it all day long which I can’t stand. Any tips?

Thanks,
Sick of Sweets

 

Dear Sick of Sweets:

I have a client who had the same problem. She implemented “Sunday Fun Day” which is when the kids can have more sugar than usual.

The family plans and makes special desserts on Sunday Fun Day. They enjoy their sweets and all the “fight” for sugar melts away. Then, when her kids fuss for sweets on the other days, she reminds them that “Sunday Fun Day” is coming soon and they’ll get plenty of sugar that day. They seem to go for it and it and stop with the hassling. I’d love to know how it works out for you!

Warm regards,
Kerry

Kerry Stutzman, MSW, LMFT
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Head & Heart Parents is owned by Kerry Stutzman, MSW, LMFT, a Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Love and Logic Parenting Instructor. In addition to private therapy and parent consulting services, Kerry offers parenting classes and workshops in Denver and the surrounding areas for toddlers, elementary, and teenage children.