A Helpful Guide To Feeling Good + Being Healthy While Taking Care Of Children

If you’re a mom you’ll know how it is; between school runs, charging around after a toddler who’s into everything, and finding time to keep the house clean, cook meals, and make sure you’re dressed before leaving the house, there can be little time left to actually look after yourself. When was the last time you thought about you for a change? Put down that leftover cheese sandwich, step over that recently discarded diaper, and be prepared to look after number one – rather than someone else’s number twos.

Food as fuel

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While many of us moms will grab the kids’ leftovers instead of a proper lunch, think about the easiest meals to make in between chores, or turn to takeout as the easy option, none of the above really bode well for a healthy lifestyle. The idea of sourcing ingredients, cooking a healthy supper, and actually having time to finish a meal may seem like a luxury, but it can be relatively simple to alter your diet without sacrificing any more of your own time to the slave-driving kitchen.

First thing’s first; you, and your family, need a healthy diet. Think fresh fruit, vegetables, foods rich in protein and ‘good’ fats, dairy, and snacks that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Not only will these foods help you to keep in shape and lose weight, they will also act as rocket fuel to help you get through even the most challenging of days. Think not about the foods that are easiest to prepare, but those that will set you up for whatever life wants to throw at you.

For example, instead of tucking away chips, chocolate bars, and peanut butter sandwiches, choose vegetable sticks and dip, cereal pots, and pitta bread – and the same can be said for your lunches and evening meals too. Aim to cook in bulk so there is always a healthy meal in the freezer when you’re feeling too tired to bother in the kitchen, and experiment with quick, yet healthy recipes whenever you’re feeling creative. That way you’ll easily learn a few basic meals to serve up for your family, which will come in handy on your busiest days. Caffeine and alcohol should be kept to a minimum, but make sure that each and every one of you drinks plenty of water every day. Oh, and it’s important that you keep a treat cupboard for the days when you need a pick-me-up – simply fill it with healthy snacks, whole fruit, and yogurt-covered berries instead of candy.

Repairing mind, body, and soul

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Eating and drinking well is one thing, but what about fitness and exercise? Surely you haven’t got time to fit that in, right? Wrong! Completing a daily workout doesn’t need to mean heading to the gym as soon as your cherubs are in bed, or sacrificing your time to the treadmill, but is about changing your habits now; ensuring that you stay active will encourage your kids to follow suit. For example, could you go for a run before you begin the morning routine, nip to the pool or a class on your lunch break, or take the family dog for a long ramble as the tea cooks? Whatever you decide to do, make sure you’ve got the right equipment, and clothing, for the job, as you risk doing yourself more harm than good if you’re half-hearted. Compression clothing, including leggings and vests, can be a great way to regulate your temperature, support your body, and improve circulation as you move, and companies such as Tommie Copper produce fantastic workout clothes for women; just check out their product list if you don’t believe us.

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4 Ways To Jump-start Our Healthy Journey This Year

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My desire to lead a healthier life is not only fueled by my intention to live longer for my little man, but also by the fact that he looks up to me as his role model and would most probably imitate the way I lead my life on a daily basis. That is why each year I make an intention to choose healthier alternatives and live a healthier life in the hopes that my little man will be inspired to do the same and carry this throughout his adult life. Of course, I would also love for Jared’s dad to be inspired to be on his toes and stay in good shape and be healthier.

I must admit, opting to live healthier is rather tricky especially when it is easier to succumb to fixing myself a cup of coffee in the morning instead of sitting down to have a proper meal. It is also never easy to choose between a considerable amount of zzzz over pressing work deadlines. That is why I am making a conscious effort to lead a healthier life this year, not only for myself but more so for my family.

Here are a few ways on how I plan to jump-start our healthy journey this year:

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Retrying The 52-Week Money Challenge

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One of our main goals for 2016 is to save up so we can finally have enough for a house down payment. Yes, it may be a hefty amount to save up for, but with constant discipline plus frugal-living, not to mention a sufficient amount of prayers, am sure we can realize this goal within this year, or at least start with something substantial as the year ends.

One of the most effective methods for me to save is joining my sister’s cooperative/paluwagan at work. I have been doing it for several years now and it is really effective. I pay Php500 every 15th and 30th of the month, and by the end of the year, I managed to save up Php11,500 plus the interest my money earned over the course of the year. For 2014, my money earned Php800+ and there is no way it will earn that much if I kept it in the bank. The money I get towards the end of the year is spent on gifts for the family, some of my wants that aren’t too expensive, while I deposit half of it to the little man’s bank account. The money I saved up last year will go to the little man’s 7th birthday fund later this year. This year, the amount I will save will all go to our savings for our future dream house!

In order to save more, I am eyeing to do another round of the 52-Week Money Challenge. I have tried doing this 3 years ago, but I only managed to keep up until half of the year. Hopefully, I can follow through and finish the challenge this time around. I printed a copy of the spreadsheet using Mommy Levy’s 10-Peso Excel File, since I thought it was the most reasonable amount for me to save. Mommy Levy shared 2 more denominations for those who want to save more. I printed 2 copies of this table so Jared’s dad can do the challenge with me. I put my copy on my tin box where I plan to stash the money until it is big enough to be deposited to the bank. If I finish this, I will be able to save Php13,780 towards the end of 2016! I sure hope I can follow through and finish this challenge until the 52nd week! :yes:

If you plan to save up this year, you may want to try the 52-Week Money Challenge, too. And if you want to share other methods of saving, I would love to hear all about it!

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