We have all been there….at yet another kid event telling ourselves “I am not going to eat the pizza or birthday cake this time. Well, okay maybe just one bite because my daughter isn’t going to finish her slice of pizza and I am alittle hungry. It is lunch time afterall and one bite will hold me over until I get outta this party and home for some healthy adult food.” We know what happens after that. A quick slippery slope that has us topping of 2 slices of pizza with the “oh, I couldn’t birthday cake.” Leaving the party we vow to never do that again and promise ourselves to plan better next time. And then it happens again and again. Not because we love kid’s party food ( although I do love Safeway birthday cake frosting or any frosting for that matter:) but because we, as women & moms, put ourselves on the back burner when it comes to planning and taking care of our own needs.
I witness countless numbers of women making a day of leftover waffles, Starbucks lattes, finishing off kids after school ice cream, wine, followed by a few french fries and crusts of grilled cheese sandwiches the kids left on their plate. I even had a friend tell me she ate goldfish crackers from her son’s high chair and wine for dinner every night becuase her husband worked late, so why cook? Any of this sound familiar?
And yet, women with young children are some of the biggest calorie burners out there ( read, constant motion) and still struggle to lose or maintain their weight. Those bites, sips and tastes add up quickly over time and sadly, we hardly realize we ate them. They are not satisfying, do not fill us up and leave us nutritionally out of balance.
Ladies, take advantage of this time in your life with your fast moving metabloisms. Don’t waste all of that bonus calorie “burn” on things like goldfish crackers and pizza you have tasted 100 times before…save the bites, sips & tastes for the special occasion great homemade food that is so worth the calories and enjoy every bite. Plan ahead before heading out to these events….eat BEFORE you go ( even it means you will arrive 15 mins late), bring an apple for the car or stick with the fresh veggie platter at the party. NEVER show up hungry…you know what will happen.
Put yourself first. Take care of your health and your family will forever benefit.