By Lisa Barnes
A new baby can be overwhelming for the whole family. The last thing on your mind is cooking for yourself or eating a healthy diet. However this is the time you really need to eat right. Whether you’re breastfeeding and need the extra calories, want to increase your stamina against the sleep deprivation or are starting to think about losing the “baby weight” – a healthy diet can really help with your energy level and overall outlook. Here are a few tips for how to eat healthfully during this exciting time.
1. Say “yes, please!”. Friends, family members and neighbors will ask if you need anything. Allow them to help by bringing you a meal or picking up some groceries. They really do want to help and allowing someone to cook for you is a labor of love and kindness. Friends who do not cook may want to bring you a prepared meal from a grocery store or your favorite restaurant.
2. Fuel yourself while you’re feeding your baby. Have water and healthy snacks such as fruit, cut veggies or granola bars within your reach during breast/bottle feedings.
3. If you do want to cook – make large quantities. Use your freezer to stock left-overs and make your own convenience foods for a day when you don’t feel like cooking. Good options include: lasagna, chili, vegetable soups, stews, roasts.
4. Order groceries online. If you don’t feel like going out – you can still get your groceries. Many stores offer delivery of whole foods as well as other staples and toiletries.