For a major part of my life, I have been a weight conscious person. In my twenties when I was working –studying-working away from home, I didn’t eat healthily and eating outside every day became a norm. Being younger I didn’t get too affected and I encashed on all the health reserves that my mom’s nutritious food had created on my body.
After marriage having children was an exhausting physical experience and a mental burden. I faced numerous health issues resulting from deficiency of essential nutrients, constant limb pain, hair fall and skin pigmentation to name a few. Added to this was the responsibility to produce enough breast milk for the little one and the stress of managing a job alongside the role of a mother and a home-maker. Above all this there was this constant urge to lose the pregnancy weight which amidst the other problems seemed to be a big task.
After 8 years of marriage and two kids, I realize that health is not just about exercising and maintaining the right weight. A healthy body is also a result of a balanced diet that meets all the nutritional needs. With a lifestyle that calls for eating out in parties or otherwise atleast thrice a week and two kids running around me atleast 14 hours a day, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is as difficult as it is important. The only caveat is that there is hardly any time for exercise and only limited number of meals to balance out the extra calories. Yet I have incorporated some practices that have helped me put down my weight and have ensured sufficient nutrition.
Ensuring Physical Activity
- I run behind my 4 year old boy as he learns and practices on his first bicycle – upto 4 laps of 400m each
- Walk back alone from the my son’s skating institution – over 2 km every alternate day
- Kids’ Entertainment – When I run short of ideas to keep my kids busy, I put on some loud music and dance with them atleast for 15 mins everyday.
- For every high calorie meal I have at home or outside, I compensate it with a salad meal the next day.
- I follow the principal of ‘a kingsize breakfast and popper’s dinner’. My dinner is just meant to keep my hunger glands under control for the night.
- Focus on Super Foods that provide super nutrition without adding too many calories. For example nuts & raisins, seeds (Flax Seeds), fruits, dairy products etc. I have these foods as a my inter meal snacks.
- Choosing the right food products that are high in nutrients such as Omega 3, Vitamins, Iron etc. For Example – we use Saffola Active cooking Oil as a healthy way of deep fried cooking.
- Anger Management– Every time I feel like I’m losing control on my temper I take to climbing up and down the stairs of the 3 storied building in which I live. Given that I stay in a household with 10 adult members(domestic help included) and 3 kids, the number of rounds varies.
- Mental Refuge – I have identified not one but two psychological refuges for myself. These are reading and writing. Reading a book or writing my blog posts takes me away from an entire day’s madness. All my stress and worries literally melt away.