hey: my little guy Connor was born 6 weeks prematurely and totally rocked our world upside down (in a good way!) daddy and i just weren't ready for the early christmas gift, and now we're trying to take care of him, get his nursery ready, deal with cats who aren't adjusting well, and trying to stay sane. i had eaten so well during the pregnancy and worked out a few times a week, plus did prenatal yoga almost daily and now i can't even make a pot of tea without being paged from the little man. needless to say, my diet has gone downhill rapidly and i'm lucky if i eat 2 meals a day - usually its been all processed, fatty, meaty (i'm a flexitarian primarily) sodium laden foods that are no good for me or my son (i'm breastfeeding) because thats all the time or energy i can muster to get myself fed. any suggestions for a quick, healthy alternatives that i can at least snack on?? any moms that can feel my pain and can offer suggestions of sanity savers?
first of all, don't be so hard on yourself! even if you eat not so great for a while, it's okay, it doesn't have to be forever. I can sympathize, my son was 6 weeks premature (6 years ago), and I also now have a 4 and 2 year old. While I know it's not that same as your situation, it does always seem to be something making it hard, sleep deprivation, sick kiddos. If you haven't already, buy a rice cooker, I got one for xmas and love it. just throw rice,quinoa, oatmeal whatever in and it cooks it to perfection and keeps it warm until you want it. make a big batch of your fave grain(s) and maybe fall back on frozen veggies (mine can steam right on top of my rice cooker), open and rinse canned beans and warm with shoyu and parsley, quick and easy. get some cartons of veg. stock and warm it, stir in a little miso, simple little beverage to get you through. I've started loving kale as a salad, chop it up and add anythign you want, craisins, nuts other veggies whatever, make a vinaigrette sweet with a little agave. If you cut the kale up, make the dressing separate, it lasts awhile actually and you can munch on it all week for your greens. so many of the other ones wilt so fast. snacks are tougher for me too. maybe some kashi puffed wheat and soymilk, I love granola from whole foods, alicias recipe for bread toasted, topped with mashed avocado and saukraut, sprinkled paprika, and just have fruit. I"ve decided it's such an easy snack, and while it's not superhero, I find that if I can't feel good about grabbing and apple and nut butter, bananas and what not, I end up eating processed junk so what's worse. and really, just remember that you need to get through this time and please enjoy it with your son, eating perfectly (or imperfectly) is not the end of the world right now. just do your best. realize keeping yourself relaxed and happy is important to your new baby right now and will help him too. good luck!! sorry for the length
Hi Jdoc! Congrats on the new baby! I am not a new mom, but I do have a 2 year old and a 4 year old. Sleep deprivation is a big stumbling block for me, too. I always end up on a refined sugar rollercoaster trying desperately to get energy, but always crashing in the end. When I was a new mom, I made a big mistake of trying to do too much and refusing to ask for help when I needed it. Remember to be kind to yourself...it doesn't all have to get done. Nourish yourself and get as much sleep as you can, because your health is so important. Someone once told me that you aren't worth anything to anybody unless you take care of yourself first! I am still trying to learn this one! LOL! :) If you have family in town (my husband and I do not) you may be able to have someone watch the baby while you make some healthy meals to store in the freezer. Soups are great to freeze. Also, anytime you have to cut up some veggies, cut up extras to store in the fridge for a quick snack. Believe me, things will settle down eventually. Just relax and enjoy your little miracle. Good luck to you!
Congratulations on the new baby! What a crazy time it is having a newborn. It really does rock your world in every way. I can certainly remember how hard it is to even grab an apple and eat during the sleepless fog that is new motherhood. Do you have a Whole Foods (or equivalent) near you? What about just stocking up on healthier versions of all those convenience foods you are talking about. Amy's makes tons of different organic, vegetarian and vegan frozen dinners. While you're adapting to your sweet new babe maybe you can give yourself a break and just pop one of those into the microwave. Obviously its not ideal for the long term but if it gets you fed nutritious food then I say go for it. Another really quick, calorie dense snack is those peanut butter and almond butter packets. Have you seen those. You can literally just grab it and squeeze it into your mouth, then grab a few whole wheat pretzels or crackers or an apple and your done. Try to cut yourself some slack though, and enjoy these sweet moments with your little one. You'll emerge from the haze soon and you'll miss it just a tiny bit.
thanks for the suggestions guys, i appreciate them! i did make up a big batch of brown rice and quinoa, which is great since i can mix them into things and make dishes (ie stuffed cabbage) from them as well, or add to a tortilla with avocado and tomato for a quick burrito....i'm trying to cut myself slack, but i can't help but try to be super- everything!! you're right, in the short term its fine; i'm just afraid it will become the norm, which is what i'm trying to avoid. i know i need to just sit and enjoy my son because i will never get these moments back with him, i just want to have the most energy to do that. i do have a whole foods kinda nearby (20 miles or so) that i need to visit again, so i can stock up on some stuff.....the only thing is, is that some of these things are expensive and we just found out that my husband was laid off...happy new year!! so now i have to eat healthy, but cheaply....if all this isn't a test of sanity, i don't know what is!! it can be done though, so thanks again from your own wisdom....
So sorry to hear about your husband's job. I'm sure that you don't need the added stress right now. I'm sure that there is something perfect waiting just around the corner for him! :) You're in our thoughts and prayers! Peace! :)
Well being laid off is horrible, but if you're trying to eat cheaply, going vegan is the way to do it. Dry beans, rice, and other whole grains, and fruits and veggies are the cheapest things in the grocery store! It's the packages of meat and the bags and boxes of "stuff" (even vegan stuff) that make your grocery bill go up up up. And Thank GOD you can breastfeed! You're saving thousands of dollars doing that.
My crockpot and my breadmachine are indispensable to me. I inherited my crockpot and bought the breadmachine for $20 on Craigslist. I make bread, rolls, pizza dough, way cheaper than buying them, and all it takes is 5 minutes of my time to measure out water, salt, flour and yeast and press a button. The crockpot is awesome too. You can throw something together in the morning and forget about it until dinnertime.
And when I'm starving and need something quick I always reach for a can of vegetarian refried beans. Smear some on a tortilla, add some salsa and guac, roll it up and scarf it down. I've been making my own salsa (in my food processor, another fave appliance) but I buy the 100 calorie packs of guac, from a company called "Wholly Guacamole". It's in the refrigerated section of my produce dept. Little snack packs of guac, LOVE them.
I also recently had a baby (not pre-maturely). She is almost 8 weeks old and I completely understand how easy it is to steer away from eating healthy. I got off track about 6 months into my pregnancy simply from being lazy and having a job that keeps me on the road constantly. I told myself that rather than beating myself up for it I would just do the best I could. I tend to eat at least one Luna Bar a day. It is somewhat of a processed food but really helps add some energy without having to really cook. I am also obsessed with Wholly Guacamole but have not seen the 100 calorie packs so now I plan to go in search. Another great idea is what Hippie Chick said. When my husband is home to help with the new bambina I make a couple of soups refrigerate some for the next couple of days and freeze the rest in single serving tupperware. My favorites are Lentil Stew Mulligiwatamy (may have mispelled that). I can get the recipes for each if you are interested.. and remember that the fact that you are aware of it and are attempting to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle is amazing and really sets you apart from alot of moms in America!!!