I haven’t been too happy with my eating or my weight, and I really want to set a good example for my boys. So I asked their pediatrician for help and he hooked me up with a wonderful nutritionist named Nicole. Here are some of the tips she gave me:
- Eat three meals and two snacks a day
- A meal should consist of at least three food groups: a protein, a grain, and a fruit or vegetable
- A snack should consist of two food groups: a protein and a fruit or veggie or whole grain serving
- My job as a parent is to provide healthy food, and Alex’s job is to decide how much he wants to eat
- I had grown weary of Cheerios and oatmeal, so we had open boxes of Reese’s, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cookie Crisp by the time I saw Nicole. It seems obvious, but she suggested we have only one sugary cereal as an option, and also recommended I give Kashi Mighty Bites a try. (It’s not bad, and Alex likes it.)
- I’m an emotional eater, and I’ve been eating a lot of chocolate since Tyler was born because that’s one of the major ways I cope with stress. So Nicole suggested that instead of reflexively reaching for chocolate, I pick a time during the day when I can sit down and actually enjoy and savor a treat. It’s working pretty well – I still eat a little chocolate or other sweet during the day sometimes, but I eat a lot less knowing that I’ll be able to enjoy something at the end of the day.
- I already knew that I need to find another outlet for stress, particularly in the moment – something I can do instead of eat. I’m still working on this one, but I’ve discovered that if I can put Tyler down and pick up the Gameboy, my hands are too busy for me to eat.