Ask me any day of the week, lets take Tuesday for example, what’s my little one having for lunch? Oh that’s easy, I’ll prepare a veggie omelette packed full of greens with a side of fruit, I’m thinking strawberries and blueberries. Organic pot of yoghurt and he’ll wash this down with some freshly squeezed orange juice, (okay skip that last part he prefers water)! And if any of that ends up on the floor, well of course there’s back up plan A, B and yes C! Oh and me? I’ll gulp that cold coffee that I poured at breakfast time, because that will keep me going, right?
My point is, as a Mum, a huge section of my day goes into meal time for my little one. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is carefully thought out and prepared as best I can daily. Motherhood has a lot to answer for (though I really do disapprove blaming bing a mum on anything). Priorities change, time is sacred and even on those days where I feel like I’ve got this, every once of energy is zapped by more consuming immediate needs, never my own needs. I get it, us Mum’s come last. The thing is, I’ve kind of had enough of running on empty and I really do miss tasty nutritional food.
When I left school I briefly studied Nutritional Therapy in the hope that it would lead to my dream job. Turns out it was more of an obsessive fitness phase and not my chosen career path, either way I learned heaps. I’m no professional, however I am fully aware how food impacts the bodies functions, I’m mindful that you have to nourish to flourish.
At the end of last year I became rather unwell. Nothing too series but basically December was pretty tough. Colds, flu’s and sickness bugs, I was so run down and bed bound at a time that should have been magical. Then I lost my baby at 12 weeks pregnant. Now I know I will never know the exact reasoning behind that but I do know I wasn’t looking after myself as best I could. I was pouring from an empty cup. It was a heartache that helped me realise all that love and care I give out freely, well it was time to care a little for Mama, it was time to focus more on myself.
2018 has been a wondrous start. I’ve made a conscious effort daily to fuel up first thing in the morning and keep an eye on my energy levels throughout the day. I’m loving eating tasty nutritional food again and already I’m feeling the benefit of having more energy, my little guy is 15 months, I’ll take all the energy sources I can get. I’ve jotted down a brief summary of how I’m caring a little more for me these days… go grab a cuppa, go on!
This week I’ve had the pleasure of teaming up with Deliciously Ella, a brand I’ve been in love with for quite some time. Allow me to tell you why I admire Ella and the team so much, it’s not solely down to how happy they make my tastebuds! I first discovered the brand back in 2015 when I was training for a marathon and living on high protein foods. What grabbed my attention was Ella’s story. Ella has a remarkably inspiring story behind the brand being born. I then learned of Ella’s values which sealed the deal for me. Natural, simple and honest. That’s exactly what every bite is, wonderfully created plant based ingredients blended to make the most amazing oat bars, energy balls, granolas and muesli. What I love the most is the transparency of the brand. I know what I’m getting, no hidden surprises, no fads just simple, nutritional foods. The best bit, you can have a go to create your own ball of delightfulness. There are 5 Deliciously Ella Energy Ball recipes available online, I mean it doesn’t get more simple or honest than that.
For days when I’m on the go with my little one, which are often the culprit days for missing meals and running low on energy, I make sure I pack nutritional goodies into our backpack. I’d say I pack one but secretly I bundle in a selection, my personal favourites are the Deliciously Ella Almond and Coconut Oat Bars and equally I can’t resist the Hazelnut and Raisin Energy Ball. Sit down lunches aren’t always possible and some mornings we’re up and out early enough to need that mid morning pick me up, these high fibre, gluten and dairy free eats are perfect.
I’m also finding meal planning is another win. I use a weekly planner to set out lunches and dinners throughout the week. We don’t need to religiously stick by them because I’m okay with life happening and plans clashing at the last minute but I also like to know what I’m heading to the supermarket (or online) for. I already spend too much time on Instagram but a real winner for me is looking through some of my favourite accounts for some dinner inspiration, HelloFresh has to be one of them.
For those not familiar with the HelloFresh concept, long story short, tasty, nutritional ingredients are delivered (fresh) to your door, with a handy recipe to whip up the most delicious (and instagramable) meals in a flash. I’ve tried out the RapidBox and seriously it’s a game changer. The RapidBox does as it says, tonight I cooked up a beef chow mien in around 14 minutes, it’s that good. I was apprehensive about the whole idea of food being delivered, I’m just really fussy and questioned just how fresh will the ingredients be. HelloFresh has completely changed my mind. The ingredients are fresh, fresher than those you’d pick from a supermarket shelve and most definitely of the highest quality. The food is well packaged and all round really well put together. I’m a huge fan and believe me when I say, I’m a fussy one when it comes to my food! More importantly it works. It works for my busy life. Cooking up a mouth watering meal after a manic day is what I’d call winning at life, and winning I am.
Another must that is working wonders is having time out. For you Mama’s whose heard sleep when the baby sleeps a million times by now, okay don’t sleep, but go sit down. Give yourself a breather, give your head space a rest. I often find if I switch off for 5 minutes I’m more likely to pick up on how I’m actually feeling. Some days are so manic that I don’t listen to my body. Having that 5 minutes out is so important, take the time to check in with your mind and body. Maybe you’ll go for an unplanned afternoon walk because fresh air suddenly seems way more appealing than powering through that to do list.
I’m finding these small additions to my everyday life are allowing me to resume a place in my world again. I wouldn’t have life any other way, I really do cherish being a Mother and adore our busy family life. It’s a very simple yet effective saying, you can’t pour from an empty cup, and being the leader of our little tribe, that saying has never been more relevant. I’m enjoying my cup being filled to the brim, it feels good to be looking after me again.
I’d love to hear if you make any changes to your daily routine after reading this. I’m finding he smallest of changes are making the world of a difference, who doesn’t want that extra spring in their step. Be kind to yourselves dear friends.
In Collaboration with Deliciously Ella. https://deliciouslyella.com