If you have read my bio page, you might know that I majored in Nutritional Science in college. I almost went on to get my Masters and become a Registered Dietitian, but instead I became a momma. Sometimes I feel like I have forgotten everything I learned in school when I’m heating up chicken nuggets for the kids or agreeing to let them watch just one more show. But then I realize that it isn’t that I have forgotten it- I’ve just gotten out of habit! So I think that the best way to try and start living up to what I know is to pretend I am my own dietician. If I were to consult myself- what changes would I advise myself? The four lifestyle changes I am working on are remembering my multi-vitamin and adding natural probiotic to my morning routine, increasing my water intake, swapping snacks, and moving more.
As a chronic migraine sufferer, I am a big advocate of popping pain pills, but when it comes to preventative pills like probiotics or multi-vitamins, I am kind of terrible. I forget to take them all the time! This year I have been working really hard at remembering to take my multivitamin and have also tried adding in a natural probiotic, Insync Probiotic. My nutrition classes in school taught a lot about the benefits of taking a probiotic. They help to balance out the good vs. bad bacteria in your digestive system. I’m not a big yogurt eater (I can’t stand the texture) so I don’t get a lot of good bacteria in my diet. Taking a daily probiotic is a great way to keep things in balance for me.
I really, really, really need to work on this. Thank goodness for my sweet husband who picked me up a new water bottle a few weeks back. He bought it because of it’s easy close mechanism in hopes that I would stop leaving open bottles around the house for him to spill. But I love it because it has a small mouth but it still carries plenty of water.
2. Swap Out Snacks
I have been trying to consciously swap in healthier snacks for my kids and for myself. My kids and I tend snack on a lot of crackers and fruit snacks. While my boys are really good fruit and veggie eaters, I need to put in the time to cut them up and put snacks together for them.