A little over two years ago, my gorgeous bestie passed away suddenly. Devastatingly, her death was soon followed by my mother’s passing two months later from Parkinson’s Disease. These were two of the most important women in my life. But I’m not going to give you a story of woe – because I believe we all have the innate ability to “change our lives”- it is totally up to us!!
That is exactly what I did, eventually. For one year I wallowed a little and threw myself the biggest “Itty Bitty Life is Shitty Party” but what did I achieve? Nothing, zero, zilch.
So when the one year anniversary of mum’s passing came around, I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself, I wanted to remember my mum in a more positive light, so I went surfing. I haven’t been on a board since I was a 20 year old. I honestly thought to myself “who am I to think that I could surf again, I’m a mother now, I’m not as young as I use to be, what will people think?”. But I had always wanted to get back on the board again so I did what I wouldn’t normally do, and pushed the Negative Nancy talk in my head aside and did it anyway and bloody hell did I have fun!
This fleeting moment changed my world and got me thinking.
Our life is made up of so many components that we have the ability to adapt, our lifestyles, our mindsets and habits, any exercise (ha ha if we make time for it), and thank fully our nutrition choices; what we feed our systems.
I am a qualified nutritionist, having completed a Bachelor Degree of Health Sciences (majoring in Nutritional Medicine) but don’t worry I still love Tim Tams and hot chips (eek is that bad??). Over the years (and there were many, many years of study believe me!) I learned the truth is it’s all about healthy balance. I don’t eat a packet of Tim Tams in a night (although that could easily be done) but I will enjoy one every now and again. We are busy BUSY mums, we don’t have time for ourselves, to sit and enjoy a ‘long lunch”, half the time we don’t even have time to make our own lunch. Most of the time our lunches consist of the crusts of the jam sandwich we made for our three-year-old!
BUT- let’s get real and let’s think healthy thoughts for ourselves so that we can set a good example for our kids and be the healthiest version of ourselves we can be.
We all consume food to fuel our bodies. Can you imagine if you put water into your car’s petrol tank; is that car going to run? Hell no! So, why would we put, let’s say, McDonald’s into our system (our petrol tank), and expect to receive all the nutritional goodness from a Quarter Pounder. UMMMMMMM… no.
If we are putting the “GOOD STUFF IN” and consuming a diet rich in vitamins and minerals then guess what we are going to receive in return? An improved quality of sleep, increased energy levels, mental alertness, a decrease in illness and disease, increased sex drive, a healthy happy body in harmony with itself. But most importantly, for us mums, is that when we feel better within ourselves, it totally reflects to our kids. We have more energy to play, run around, be free spirited like them, to be the “Fun Mum”.
Our bodies want and need good sources of nutritionally dense foods in order to run at their best. We all know what good foods looks like; colourful, vibrant, energetic, alive. One simple trick is to try and shop around the border of the supermarket, the deli, the fridges, groceries, and a little freezer section (don’t be mistaken, it’s not just for ice-cream!).
Here’s a little list OF THE GOOD THINGS
Some Simple Nutritionist Tricks to help us move towards our healthier Mummy goals;
So #MayisforMe mama’s it’s time to stop making those excuses, and find that healthy happy balance for ourselves. It’s doesn’t have to be a crazy fad, it just takes you having the will power to make these healthy simple choices, each day, every day, and you will be surprised at how you begin to feel.
Totally “hastagable”- #invigorated #sleeping #energetic #motivated #inspired. And the best bit is when we start living our best lives, becoming the best version of ourselves, we may in turn be that person who inspires someone else to do the same… How cool is that!
Briana Cadd, 34, is a Mornington Peninsula mama of two to Zali, 5, and Lawson, 3.
She’s also a qualified nutritionist and a remedial therapist.