My son is 3.5 now and still doesn’t consistenly ‘sleep through the night’. It’s funny how that’s a ‘thing’.
Recently a few of my friends had their second child and some are, again, experiencing sleep deprivation. I say some of their children are because one of my friends has babies who sleep. I think it’s a miracle – either that or she’s drugging them.
Anyway, its made me think about how I coped with the long days of no sleep and very short nights of interrupted sleep. I’m sure you’ve all seen those facebook captions which say that you’ve now become excellent at maths since you started counting the amount of hours of sleep you’re not getting per night? Well that was me.
Before I had kids I wanted to be ‘Super Mum’. I don’t know about you but I feel so much pressure and expectation to be a ‘Super Mum’. Couple that with the fact I’m a type A personality it causes me significant distress if I don’t feel I’m doing it all the ‘right way’.
Whilst I was pregnant I didn’t know that my vision of being a mum was in fact a ‘Super Mum’ and yet these are the images I carry with me.
I wanted to be the best I could possibly be. I wanted to absolutely own it – be the mum all the articles and books told me I should be. I had exceptionally high expectations of myself.
In retrospect they were too high.
But while I was figuring this out I became so tired. So exhausted. I felt myself becoming a little puddle of my former self. I had no motivation, no patience, no happiness. I was tearful and sad. I began to comfort eat – a lot. Not only to make myself feel better but because I was so tired and I would crave sugar. I put on even more weight.
When my son was 4 months old I discovered that his eczema was due to a dairy intolerance and since I was breastfeeding I made the choice to cut out dairy from my diet. Thankfully his skin cleared up completely and I made some very interesting discoveries. I noted that my skin had also cleared up, I had far less phlegm, I was less tired and had more energy.
Weird, I thought.
So I read up on dairy and its affects on my body, which led me onto reading books about Plant-Based nutrition.
I began making and drinking green smoothies made from almond milk and spinach and ripe fruits. I then started to get so much more energy, sleep more deeply (when I was allowed to sleep), my colds disappeared, I felt so much less lethargic and more awake, my mood improved dramatically and my positivity returned.
Everything I was reading told me that my body would function so much better if I had just one green smoothie per day, and it was true!
Green Smoothies saved my life.
I’m now a Health Coach and I’m training to be a Clinical Nutritionist. And although I still feel like I put myself under a lot of pressure to be a ‘Super Mum’, I now know that as long as I’m feeding myself the right stuff that everything feels so much easier and happier.
My mission now is to help other mums and women to feel better about themselves. Feel sexier, happier, loads more energy, clearer skin, get rid of the baby weight and just feel AMAZING!
Because as we all know, happy and health mums = happy and healthy families.
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