Nutrition For Busy Mums

Being a busy mum/parent or just busy in general means your nutrition is probably not what is could be. Misoteria nutritionist Anita Pugh (www.facebook.com/misoteria) runs workshops for mums which help teach them how they need to
eat to get the best out of their body while also looking after their whole family.

This is Anita’s advice for mums on the go:

‘Mums are renowned for skipping meals, eating on the run or getting by on
coffee only.  The best thing any mum can do for her and her family is to
eat regularly and remember the importance of protein.  It’s the amino
acids in protein that enable our bodies to grow and develop, repair and
detoxify. Our children have twice the requirement that we do so it makes
sense to incorporate the same principles for the whole family. Eating
sufficient protein can help ensure you don’t get those blood sugar lows
responsible for fatigue, mood swings, weight gain and those afternoon
sugar heists!

Start the day with some high quality protein – eggs or dinner leftovers
are quick. Good quality protein can be found in grass fed meats, free
range eggs, fish, free range chicken, nuts, seeds, lentils and beans.
Then make sure you eat every few hours, better to eat this way than go all day with no
food.

‘Giving your body no fuel to run on is asking for trouble.  In the short term it might just be fatigue and cravings that you feel, but you are laying foundations for disease in the body longer term.

‘Stress has
become a common issue as mums get busier with work and life commitments
and attempt to juggle everything that is thrown at them. In times of
stress the body needs more nutrition than usual and often we give it less.
Stress depletes magnesium and B vitamins, therefore affecting your
sleep and energy as well as many other important functions in the body.
It’s imperative that a busy mum feeds herself well in order to cope with
her busy days.

‘Along with the protein make sure you’re getting lots of
colourful vegetables, and the cruciferous ones are the most humble of the
super foods. Broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage are
capable of removing toxins from the body like no other food.

‘I am
very passionate about children eating well but I understand how
challenging it can be and offer only simple, fast and practical solutions
for busy mums. Nutrition can be very simple when you apply a few key
rules to live by.  I don’t do diets but we do discuss which dieting
principles work for long-term health and which ones don’t. I don’t
believe in counting calories. You don’t need to know how many calories
are in a food to make a decision about whether it’s good for your health
and in fact calorie counting often leads to poor food choices.  All you
really need to focus on is – ‘JERF’ Just Eat Real Food!’

Check out more nutrition tips and dates for Anita’s workshops at www.facebook.com/misoteria

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One For The Busy Mums

Here’s a snappy session I devised while cooking dinner last night. When you’re busy, which most of us are these days, you’ve got to work out when you can. And doing a small workout is better than none at all. In between slicing, dicing and boiling last night I squeezed this 10-minute workout in:

1min squat hold (against the wall)

10 push-ups

10 pull-ups with dumbbells

10 dead lifts

10 lunge-bicep

10 tricep extension

Then repeat from the top

**Modify each exercise to suit your capabilities and try to get a stretch in before and after as well. Get moving!!