If you are trying to eat healthily then Easter is a pretty tricky time of year, in fact it can be downright hellish. Between myself,my husband and my son we generally receive our bodyweight in chocolate and, although there is nothing wrong with a little indulgence, it can be difficult not to completely derail our diets.
The fact is that chocolate doesn’t have to be bad. In fact chocolate can provide us with health benefits. If you want to find out more about these benefits you can read an article on Fresher Beauty here.
Chocolate can have a role in a healthy diet and, to prove it, I have searched Pinterest and found 10 mouth-watering, healthy chocolate recipes. Just click on the titles to be taken to the links.
I hope you enjoy some of these recipes. Thanks for reading 🙂
3 years ago today!
Today is my son’s third birthday (seriously where have the last three years gone!?). I thought I would honour it by talking about one of the most rewarding things I have done as a mother, which at the same time was also one of the hardest, or at least it was initially. When I was pregnant there was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted to breastfeed. I had heard that there could be problems, particularly when it’s your first child, but I had read up on it and felt that if a woman wants to breastfeed then she breastfeeds, right?
Actually no, as it turned out it wasn’t so straight forward. Despite all my swatting up before hand my son wouldn’t feed and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Because of the feeding issue I had to remain in hospital for an extra night and, I must admit, I felt like a failure.
There wasn’t much in the way of breastfeeding support in hospital. One nurse mentioned I should try holding him like a rugby ball which, for someone who doesn’t play rugby, really wasn’t too enlightening. The best piece of reassurance I received in hospital actually came from the woman in the bed next to me.
She gave birth after me, had no problems with breastfeeding and, at the same time I was being told I had to remain in hospital until I could feed properly, she was being discharged. I remember feeling awful and thinking ‘what am I doing wrong? Why can she do it and I can’t?’ Before she left she came to see me and said, “I know exactly how you feel. This is my second child and I really struggled with breastfeeding with my first just like you, but you’ll get the hang of it.” I felt so relieved to hear that I was normal.
After our initial struggles we got there in the end and I’m very glad I persevered. I feel I should mention that I’m not anti-bottle feeding. The evidence is enough to tell us that breast is best. However, many woman cannot breastfeed or, for whatever reason, choose not to and bottle feeding is a viable alternative. I have a friend who wanted to breastfeed and, for a medical reason, couldn’t. She tried for days after the birth and was completely distraught about it, crying each time the baby wouldn’t feed. The nurse said to her, “ultimately a stress-free bottle feed is better for the baby than a stressful breastfeed.” I don’t believe in making women feel bad about decisions they make as mothers; as long as we make them in the best interests of the child then I’m sure we are doing the right thing.
I have put together some of the parts I found most challenging about breastfeeding and how I overcame them.
1) Getting Started
2) Breastfeeding in Public
This can seem very daunting and is an issue that puts many women off breastfeeding.
(If anyone does have a problem with you breastfeeding your child then remember that this really is their problem, not yours)
3) Everyone is an expert
This can be the case with motherhood in general but it suddenly seems that everyone knows what you should and shouldn’t be doing. As a first time mum I welcomed advice but sometimes it was a little overwhelming, not to mention frustrating.
4) The whole weaning issue
I breastfed exclusively for six months and then weaned which is in line with UK government advice. However, I did this because it worked with my baby but all babies are different.
You may look at these breastfeeding difficulties and think why bother? Apart from the well publicised health benefits for both the baby and you, it is an amazing opportunity to bond with your child. It’s all over far too quick and those moments really are precious.
As mothers there will be plenty of times when we will second guess ourselves or feel guilty about decisions we’ve made. I’m certainly a believer that if you are acting in the best interests of your child then chances are you are doing the right thing, even if it’s not the same as the person next to you.
What are your thoughts on breastfeeding? I’d love to hear about your experiences. If you want to be alerted of future posts don’t forget to subscribe. Thanks for reading 🙂
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Whilst attending the BBC Good Food Show (read about it here) one of the experts mentioned that we shouldn’t eat in front of the television because it is bad for digestion. This got me thinking about the relationship between the television we watch and our health.
The image of the ‘couch potato’ is of someone who is obese and sits around watching TV all day and eating junk food. Most of us probably wouldn’t put ourselves in this category as it is rather extreme but is it possible that simply switching off the TV before we eat could have an impact on our weight and our health?
Generally speaking I like to eat at the table with no TV. I try to get my toddler to talk to me about his day (I’m making the most of it before he becomes a teenager and stops talking to me all together), but also I find it more relaxing. I like to sit and eat my dinner peacefully after a busy day without the television blaring. This isn’t always the case and I admit that we have a Saturday night tradition where I don’t cook and we eat in the living room and watch a film. I’m sure you will all find this admission truely shocking and I must reassure you that I am not obese and my digestion is fine.
However, here are 6 reasons why eating in front of the TV should be sporadic instead of a regular occurrence:
Does this mean that I will never again on a Saturday night eat dinner in front of the TV? No, it doesn’t. I’m still a firm believer in everything in moderation, and there are many factors which make up a healthy lifestyle; eating at the dinner table isn’t a magic cure for obesity. I sometimes eat in front of the TV and I am not obese and don’t have digestive problems. However, saying that I certainly think it does us some good to tune out of the TV sometimes and tune in to our food and families instead.
How do you feel about eating in front of the TV? Do you think it matters? I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you’d like to subscribe then pop me your email address and I’ll send healthy posts to your inbox. Thanks for reading 🙂