In today's society, unfortunately its far too easy to over eat during the day.
More often then not, Mum's are guilty of mindlessly eating the scraps off of their children’s plates in the rush of the day, I’ve been guilty of it before, and if you think you haven’t then you’re not being honest with yourself!
Not only are you not slowing down to listen to your bodies cues, I find often its the leftover cereal in the bowl, toast or sandwiches that are being consumed, the starchy, heavy food that we already consume too much of as a society...& even if it is something healthier, we can still overeat for our bodies.
This pattern sets us up to fail, because we are not adequately fueling our bodies during the day, and then crash at night and raid the pantry for the chocolate and lollies to give our bodies the quick release of energy its asking for...I know I’ve been Guilty of this! I always know when I haven’t been putting my bodies needs first... because you’ll find me in the pantry opening & closing those doors willing a delicious snack to appear! We’ve all done it at one point or another... whether we have kids or not!
You’re busy with life, rushing by, hustling to get things done. You think as a Mum, that you just keep putting your needs last...because the baby has to eat, then its play time, cleaning time, washing on the line, work to do, cooking dinner & homework with the older kids.... whew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it & writing it all down.
Mum’s, its time we flipped the switch & started re-writing the story. We matter... YOU MATTER. Starving yourself day in & day out only to binge at night isn’t doing anybody any favours. Not for your family, and especially not for you. Our bodies & hormones need FUEL to be able to work at our optimum... and that means fueling it with a wide range of protein, carbohydrates, fats & fibre to keep the engine humming like it should.
Now not every woman in the same, but every woman does have a sweet spot where her body is most happy. Your BMR (Basal metabolic rate) is a measurement of the number of calories needed to perform your body’s most basic (basal) functions, like breathing, circulation and cell production. You can calculate your own BMR using the the Harris-Benedict equation. While it is not perfect, it will give you a rough idea on how much food (fuel) you need to consume for your bodies basic functions.
BMR for Women: BMR = 447.593 + (9.247 x weight in kg) + (3.098 x height in cm) - (4.330 x age in years). This is for your bodies most BASIC functions... add a little extra if you’re physically active, or if you’re breastfeeding.
It’s time to start planning the foods you eat.... it may be a little overwhelming when you begin, but before you know it, you’ll be doing it as second nature. As a starting point, I like to suggest to women to have a food diary. Pay attention to the foods you eat. Pay attention when you seem to be searching for the sugary snacks for that energy hit. Pay attention to your emotions, your moods, and your food choices. Also pay attention to how MUCH food your are consuming, whether it is too little or too much. It all matters. Getting to know yourself intimately is the key to unlocking the story you hold around food — and then re-writing the story to make the changes to live a more balanced lifestyle.
Trust me, your body & your hormones will thank you for taking the effort to take care of yourself.
And remember... we are not all the same. What one woman’s body loves, another’s may not. So it’s important to find the right balance FOR YOU. This is your story of discovery.... are you willing to take the first steps?