This week and last week I have been feeling a little sluggish and a little bit less than sparkly. I was wondering why, and I now realise that when my children are at home my usual routine goes out the window, and I wondered if any of you had the same, whether it is kids off school or when you go on holidays. Why does it spell disaster for all our good intentions!
The kids have been of for a week and a half now, and I have grazed my way through most of those days, and been having more wine than I normally would, which is great and fantastic but as I am still working and actually am busier with the little darlings at home and I am not liking this hazy feeling!
I have also noticed that my skin looks tired and I generally don’t feel full of beans. So what to do about it?
Firstly, you need to be gentle with yourself, and remember small steps that accommodate changes in circumstance are essential, you can’t be too rigid or you will miss all sorts of thing along the way!
Secondly, remember that children are growing, they need more fuel, more often, than we do, sometimes in my house it is like a non stop cafe! But for us we are generally not as active, nor are we growing so try to cling onto your normal food intake, a lot of snacking will get you into a lot of trouble! Children’s blood sugar levels need to be supported, so healthy snacking is actually advised but for us we need to take care. I am 40 now so my metabolism is a little slower than it used to be, I am going to be going for vegetable and fruit snacks if I can’t resist, nothing like a simple carrot to fill a gap!
Don’t eat when you are making their food…. I am sooooo bad at this, when I was doing their packed lunches all last week, I would ‘taste test’ everything. When you are preparing their meals don’t eat throughout the process (like I have been and do), make the meal and then all eat it together.
Do a good shop, you won’t eat what you don’t have! And children will usually go for the sweetest saltiest food available to them, they are not known for making good choices.
The reason I wanted to write about this is because I work hard and need to feel full of energy and feel fit, unfortunately I have realised that at the first sign of change all that goes wrong, and it is so unnecessary, be prepared and with a little self discipline you can do it all, have wine, have lovely holiday, have some delicious meals and not return in September feeling worse than before you had a holiday!