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I thought it would be fun, if at the beginning of every month I gave my readers a wellness challenge. Nothing crazy! No weird starvation diets, funky juice cleanses, or difficult exercises. Just something that we as moms, can work towards to help improve our own health. We are all busy moms and finding time to take care of ourselves is important, not only for our individual health, but also for the entire family. Think of my wellness challenge as an activity you are trying to complete with your best friend. No one will judge you, and you don’t have to report to anyone, unless you want to. Just one simple task that we tackle together every month. This month I want to challenge you to improve your mom diet!
I don’t know about you, but in my family meal time is usually pretty hectic. We try to sit down and eat dinner together as much as possible, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Someone usually has golf practice or a baseball game, so we end up eating at a different times. The kids will eat earlier, and then my husband and I will eat later. But on some nights, we are so busy I just whip something up for the kids and end up eating their leftovers for my own dinner. Hello macaroni and cheese! Sound familiar?
As a busy mom, I don’t always think about what I am eating, but instead just feed myself whatever is lying around. This isn’t the best practice, I know.
Also, I must confess that sometimes I don’t even eat lunch if I don’t have to feed the kids. This is usually because I am too busy with other tasks to take the time to feed myself properly. Does drinking Starbucks coffee in the car between errands count as a lunch? Nope!
So last month, I decided that I was going to make a better effort to eat healthier and get my mom diet under control!
Part of the reason I wanted to challenge myself was because I was feeling so tired and sluggish over the summer. I don’t have the time to work out and play tennis the way I do while the kids are in school, so I needed to try something to make myself feel healthier again.
I personally try to avoid gluten. I don’t have celiac, but wheat really does bother my stomach. Sometimes I fall off the wagon, and that was one of my problems this summer. Can you blame me? It’s really hard to pass up pizza on family movie night! Or subs for lunch while on the go with the kids.
My Wellness Challenge
So for my own wellness challenge I picked two tasks to try and accomplish this month.
One was to get back on the saddle of my gluten free diet. Whether I was at home or at a restaurant, I needed to make healthy choices for my stomach. No more intentional slip ups!
My second task was to make myself actually eat a real meal at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not just whatever I could find in the house. No more grabbing a granola bar and calling it a meal, or thinking that the chicken and broccoli bites left on my son’s plate was enough for dinner.
So how am I doing??
You know what, I have done really well with my diet this past month. I have been eating breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. I don’t always eat a huge meal that takes a long time to prepare, but I make sure my plate has some variety. A protein, some fruits or veggies, and healthy fats so that I am consuming a well balanced diet. I have also done great avoiding gluten. I really don’t miss it as long as I have food choices around me that I enjoy eating. I am also thankful for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour which makes banana bread and pancakes taste so good, my boys don’t even notice it’s gluten free.
Your Wellness Challenge
Now that I have shared my story, I’d like to challenge you to fix your mom diet this month. Pick a simple task that you have wanted to accomplish in your personal diet. Maybe you want to give up soda, or maybe you want to stop eating red meat? Choose an activity and pick a goal for the entire month. Challenge yourself to getting healthy and improving your overall wellness.
I believe that starting small with one activity a month is the way to truly become successful in making changes to your diet.
Busy moms, put yourselves first in the food department this month! And really challenge yourself to accomplish your goal!
I promised up above that you wouldn’t have to report to anyone with this wellness challenge, but I’d love to hear about your successes in the comments below, if you feel like sharing.