Time and parenthood

Since I became a mother I have realized the importance of time..  or maybe more, the lack of time.. Actually, the biggest realisation was how they don't ever match up. "I need more time, I have less time" is an equation that simply does not work. 

 At work, I want the time to pass so I can go home to my baby. At home with my baby, I want the time to pass so I can get the house/lunch-boxes/laundry ready for the next day. At night I want the time to pass so I can get started the next morning and removing things from my never ending To-Do list. 

I know how important it is to be mindful and enjoy the little moments but it is easier said than done. I was overwhelmed with the lack of time and it resulted in me just.. checking out. I decided that time sucks, I suck, everything sucks, and that I was not up to more stress that day. I clocked out from work, took a long lunch by myself, ordered a dessert and ate it before my salad. I get now why you should not do that, the salad was definitely not tasting good after an amazing and filling carrot cake. But whatever.. I enjoyed that moment so much. And I noticed the benefit of taking some time for me for the rest of the day. I had so much more energy at work. I went home and played with my baby and enjoyed watching him banging his toys endlessly together. That hour way from everything gave me so much than an hour back in return. An hour for an hour is not an equal trade when it comes to wellbeing. 

-Linnea

Whole30 Round 1

A few weeks ago I decided on a whim to do whole30. I've heard so many thing about it and I think I was leaning towards trying for a while but couldn't fully commit. Finally I decided the day before Valentines day that we were doing it. Luckily Drew was on board...or it would have been a lot more difficult.

If you don't know the gist of Whole30- it's 30 days of only eating fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, nuts and some oils to cook in. 

Thoughts during Whole30

Day1; this is Easy. Delicious chia pudding for breakfast, salad with chicken for lunch with home made ranch dressing, dinner was a spaghetti squash bake (just okay if we are being honest.) But I felt on top of the world! And that the next 29 days were going to be a breeze.

Day 2-5; head aches alllllll day. I felt hungover and tired. Zero energy. I think this must be what it feels like to be a heroin addict going through detox. 

Day 6-16 AMAZING! SO MUCH ENERGY. NO head aches, this is the 'tiger blood' phase everyone talks about. Seriously never felt better. Or at least since becoming a mom almost 9 years ago. 

Day 16-now (21) Slightly over it. I'm in the 'okay, Ive already done this now. I get it. I CAN do it' phase. And I'm ready for cheese. I'm ready to quit, not because I'm having any major cravings, just because I'm bored and ready for normal. But a new normal. BUT we have made it this far, we will keep going. We have just over a week left and then I'm getting a big slice of Pizza. 

 

Some questions I've had during Whole30

Is it safe to do while nursing? 

-Absolutely safe. We are only putting good/healthy foods into our bodies. And it hasn't hurt my milk supply at all. I make sure to eat a TON of calories. I eat at least one whole avocado a day, if not two. 

Are the kids doing it with you as well?

-I'm making them the same things I make us. I'm nor a short order cook, what mom makes for dinner is what everyone eats. BUT if they want ketchup with the sweet potato fries I made for dinner, they can have it. Or sour cream on the 'taco salad' I made. And they have been eating oatmeal and yoghurt for breakfast most days. And Jasper helps pack his lunch for school and almost always has a sandwich or wrap, so that's all stayed the same for them. 

Have you lost any weight?

-So far Drew has lost about 10-11 pounds and I've lost about 8. So almost 20 pounds in 20 days between the two of us. I honestly can't tell a difference there though, but I took some measurements so we will see what the difference is next week! 

I think my favorite part of doing Whole30 has been making my own condiments such as home made dairy free ranch, mayo, and ketchup. This was definitely out of my comfort zone, but they have turned out so amazing, especially the garlic mayo I've been making. I don't think I'll ever be able to go back to store bought mayo again! 

Any one have any questions on how we have been doing whole30? Here are just some of the things we have been eating. 

This is my favorite meal so far. I didn't follow a recipe so I'm going to try to recreate it next week and if it turns out as amazing I'll make sure to blog the recipe! Drew couldn't believe it was dairy free, it was THAT creamy. 

This is my favorite meal so far. I didn't follow a recipe so I'm going to try to recreate it next week and if it turns out as amazing I'll make sure to blog the recipe! Drew couldn't believe it was dairy free, it was THAT creamy. 

-Darlene