Thursday, 19 March 2015

Healthy Eating for Stay-At-Home Moms

For anyone who spends a lot of time at home knows how difficult it is to resist temptation of grabbing a snack in the kitchen. So for moms who are homemakers, imagine the seriousness of the situation. Seriously, go ahead and imagine!

While you are spending all the time planning and creating meals that your whole family will enjoy and benefit from, what are you eating when they are not around? Are you snacking unnecessarily? Are you having a hard time fighting off a craving? Do you feel guilty once you have eaten something? Don’t get too worked up if your answer to these questions is a ‘yes’. There’s nothing wrong in wanting to satisfy a craving but how do you burn off the calories you are consuming? Ever thought of that? 

If you are snacking through the day, you must find yourself too full to eat a whole meal with the family. What are you left with – stomach full of calories and a side dish of guilt. Let’s see how to prevent this from happening:

1. Ideally your snack food items should have fruits and nuts. Keep away from packaged foods. Cut down on fizzy drinks completely- even the ones that say ‘Diet soda’.

2. Always, always, always eat a portion of salad with each meal for better digestion and absorption of food.

3. Always carry a water bottle so whether you are doing laundry or watching the television, the water bottle sitting next to your hand will remind you to hydrate every now and then.

4. If you want to snack on those cheese-bites or nachos, just grab a handful into a bowl. NOT the whole pack otherwise you will have no hold on yourself.

5. Don’t get on a strict diet. Since you are surrounded by food all the time, you are often are tasting it to check for salt or spice. Why put yourself through that torture? Control your portions instead of cutting down on everything.

6. When you are feeling low and want to grab a cup of tea or coffee, drink green tea instead. Before you whine, add lemon juice and honey to make it interesting. Grab a small snack along with it – toast with hummus or peanut butter for instance.

7. Only if you are in control will your children learn to do the same. Having said that, there is a difference between being obsessed and having control over things. Don’t get worked up if you have eaten an extra portion of something in a meal. Just plan your next meal accordingly to balance it out. If you know you are having people over for dinner or it is a special occasion the next day, plan your meal intake so that you don’t eat beyond the limit.

8. Go easy on yourself especially on weekends. Plan a date night with the hubby to a special restaurant of your choice. Enjoy the food but be sure not to go overboard. You don’t want to undo what you trying to achieve through the entire week! 

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