New moms are busy, and finding time to fit in nourishing meals can be a challenge. There are so many reasons to not eat or to not eat well: I'm too tired to prepare a healthy meal, my to-do list is huge and more important, or because sometimes I'd rather fall into an IG hole.
In times like this, I rely on one simple analogy. You know the pre-flight instructions that you hear when you’re on the plane waiting for take-off? When the attendants get to the part about the oxygen mask, they always warn parents that if the oxygen masks drop, you must apply yours before attending to your child.
It’s that simple – the mother needs to have oxygen to help the child. It's the same with food. If a mother isn’t feeding herself energizing, healthy foods then her body may struggle to produce milk for her baby. While this may not be a problem at first, it might catch up on mom sooner than she thinks, and her milk supply could decrease as a result.
As a general rule, I try to take advantage of every single second of nap-time by prioritizing and nourishing my body with a healthy meal. But as every mother knows, naps aren’t always as long as we like them to be, so preparing my meal needs to be fast and easy.
Over the past six months, I’ve developed a few time-saving tricks to make sure that even on the craziest days I’m able to stay fuelled and energized.