As a mom entrepreneur (or mompreneuer as we so affectionately call ourselves), you know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge. But don't worry, with a few simple tips, you can stay healthy and balanced, even during the most stressful times. Here are five tips to help you eat nutritious foods and maintain a strong mental and emotional balance while building your business.
Plan Ahead - The Secret to Success
Planning ahead is the key to maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle as a mompreneur. Don't let a busy schedule prevent you from living your healthiest life! Take a few minutes each week to plan your meals and snacks. Make a grocery list of healthy foods that you can prepare quickly and easily. It's not the simplest task to create a sleek menu that will meet the pallet of everyone in the house; however, with a little work, lots of practice, and probably a few too many helpings of quinoa thrown in the trash, you'll be able to save time in the kitchen, ease into a proper budget and find yourself making healthier food choices. Pro Tip: Head over to Pinterest and start saving some delicious recipes and meal prep ideas. Try making something new at least once a week. Find something (almost) everyone loves? Add it to your cook-often list. Repeat until you find enough healthy meals to replace your old options.
Make Healthy Food Fun!
Eating healthy doesn't have to equal plain salads and rice cakes. There are tons of delicious & nutritious meals out there. Be adventurous and try a new recipe.
Mix up your salads with colorful fruits and vegetables. Make a smoothie bowl for breakfast or snack time. Eat breakfast for dinner. Create a taco bar (dare we say lettuce wraps?!). Try ala carte meal options - where you eat a little bit of everything like you're creating your plate at a Whole Foods hot bar!
Regardless of what you do, make an honest effort to make mealtime fun and exciting for both you and your family. The better the dining experience, the more likely you are to stick with it and the less chances you have for anyone to object to it.
Pro Tip: Ask everyone to compile a list of their favorite food items. Create healthy versions of them to add to your lists.
Take a Break!
As important as it is easy to eat a healthy meal, it's just as important to take some much needed mental staycations. Being a mompreneur is hard work; it's important to take breaks throughout the day to ensure we don't get overwhelmed and burned out. This will help you recharge and stay focused. Take a short walk or do some stretching exercises. Meditate or read a book. Turn on some music and have a spontaneous dance break. Taking a few moments throughout the day to do something that you love will help reduce stress and keep you feeling balanced.
Get Your Family Involved
One of the best ways to ensure that you are consistently making healthy eating decisions is to get your family involved. Teach your children the importance of a healthy lifestyle and involve them in meal planning and preparation. This not only helps your family bond, but it also creates a support system that can help you stay on track when stress levels are high. The less your little one begs your for chicken nuggets and french fries, the less you find yourself pigging out on a burger from a fast food drive through.
Pro Tip: Don't completely throw out the idea of eating pizza and burgers and fries. Some of our most delicious meals include oven-baked flat bread pizza, turkey burgers, and air-fried sweet potato fries!
Treat Yourself - You Deserve It!
Last but not least, remember to treat yourself! Celebrate your successes and milestones with healthy
treats like dark chocolate or a smoothie. Don't deprive yourself of the things you love; instead, find healthier ways to enjoy them.
Pro Tip: Share these desserts and yummy foods that you would normally eat all by yourself. Sometimes just a taste of your favorite cheat meal is enough to put the craving at bay.
In conclusion, as a mompreneur, you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and balance even during the most stressful times. With some planning, creativity, and self-care, you can have your cake, your health, and your business too!
P.S. Leave a comment below with some of your favorite, healthy, easy-to-make recipes. We'll pick a few of our favorite to be featured on our Instagram. BONUS: Let's see who reads this far: If you'd like to see a blog post full of our "Editor's Nutritious Meal Picks", comment "Marline's Meal Picks" on our Facebook page. Until next time.