So a couple people have asked me about the changes we have made around the house. The quickest way to say it is “I quit sugar.” It sounds a little like “I quit drinking” or “I quit smoking,” but I have never had issues with either, but sugar, yes, I can confess to having issues with sugar.
While I was pregnant with Linnea, I had minimal sweets. I just wasn’t interested. I could eat one cookie and be satisfied (maybe it was the impending heartburn, that kept me from eating too many), but I liked it.
Then comes life postpartum. Three times I have had babies in September, followed by winter and the holidays. You’d think I would have figured it out by now. I really haven’t and before I knew it, I was on a roller-coaster ride of sweets and caffeine (not too much, but it really affects me).
The combination of being sleep deprived, overworked, stressed out, nursing mother of 3, whose husband works too much, left me feeling drained all day. The easiest way to get a little energy was to eat something sweet or sip something with caffeine in it. I managed to gain 15 pounds after giving birth, more than I gained while pregnant.
Sigh, I will never be one of those moms who loses weight while nursing, at least not during the first few months.
Anyway, none of these changes are about my weight. They are about raising healthy kids and living long enough to enjoy their company. My motivation came from learning more about the foods I thought were healthy enough and that sugar is in everything and that maybe the calories we were consuming, did not give us sustained energy and furthermore, could eventually cause health issues.
It has been almost 4 weeks since I quit my morning cocoa and started making changes around here. The first 10 days were difficult, but I feel a lot more balanced now.
More specifics to come...
*gratuitous picture of my girl wearing pants I sewed for her and working on her tom-boy image