This post was sponsored by Nestle – I don’t regret my decision.
Over the last few months, I have been on a wellness journey with Nestle and honestly, I have learned so much that I don’t want to stop.
I had decided that it was time to change our lifestyle completely – especially our eating habits. This change was necessary as the kids have allergies and eczema. I really don’t want to stop breastfeeding Kirav right now – so I don’t have any other option. However, I don’t regret this decision.
We had a month of everyone getting sick at home. This was a big wake up call for me – since I had the flu twice!
I need to make sure that I am eating properly to get the energy I need to breastfeed two kids.
Learning about balanced meals and serving sizes during this campaign has helped me put together a meal plan for my family and this is making the transition a little easier.
It has been tough though especially for Kitana.
I have had to limit her intake of all her favourite foods – especially food that have soy sauce and wheat. This means that she can’t have a lot of sushi anymore or enjoy a slice of toast every morning. However, I didn’t cut it out totally yet – as suggested by her dietician.
We are doing a little test at the moment to see what aggravates the allergies more and what can be eaten in moderation.
As for me, I had to cut down on dairy, eggs, and fish completely to see if any of these are causing Kirav’s eczema to flare up. At first, it was hard because I love dairy but now I am getting used to it and have found some alternatives.
I’ve also been drinking lots more water (I keep a water bottle with me all the time), trying to sleep earlier (still a bit of a challenge because of my working times) and scheduling my day so that I can spend more time being active with the kids outdoors. I also decided to invest in products that will help save me time in the kitchen – like a good grill for meat and a steamer for veggies.
I’ve become smarter when it comes to reading labels and shopping from certain brands. I think that it is important to know where your food comes from.
Changing our diet wasn’t cheap, so I had to get a few tips from friends and family on how to save a few rands here and there.
There’s so much more to wellness that I think we all need to understand.
Wellness isn’t just about eating healthy, it is also about making sure you are active and in a good head space that allows you to be happy.
I have learned the hard way that wellness is also about remembering ME and taking care of ME so that I can take care of my kids.
Happy Mommy = Happy babies.
Here are some tips for you.
I have been an emotional wreck and I think that a lot of it has been because I’ve been stressed about trying to juggle work and home. Trying to be a work from home mom with 3 kids is hard!
I am trying to practice positive thinking by learning to be more conscious of my negative thoughts. Walking around the block with the kids to get some fresh air helps me feel so much better after a stressful day at work. It also brightens up the kid’s day as they love being outdoors with mommy.
Making little changes can have a big impact. This includes everything from understanding serving sizes to keeping active to effectively managing stress. It is a holistic journey which requires you to Eat Smarter, Move More to Live Better.