**this post contains lots of hyperlinks to previous posts of mine. Please do check them out if you’re curious…
Since announcing that I’ve completed the first draft of my book I have been inundated with questions along the lines of ‘how do you fit it all in?’ With three kids aged between 6 months and 5 years old, two blogs and being on GAPS my life is more manic now than it has ever been before – see here for a typical morning. I guess I do have some secret weapons though. Here’s what they are…
Hubby and I are quite far along with our ‘real food journey’ and we eat exceptionally well. This has happened gradually though – in 2002 I went dairy free; in 2007 we both started moving away from refined sugars and processed carbs; then in 2012 we went one step further and eliminated all grains. Between this and the combined food sensitivity list of our family I’m forced to make almost all our food from scratch whether I like it or not (fortunately I love it). We buy quality ingredients too – organic farmers market veg, grass fed meat and local seasonal fruit. It doesn’t cost us the earth either, see here for my tips on buying the best for as little as possible.
I’m only human though and have had plenty of wobbles. When I was pregnant with my son I went off salad and craved Pret ham and cheese croissants. Not good for a person with a deep rooted dairy intolerance! I stayed away from refined sugars, but totally overdid the home made treats. I paid the price and was exhausted while I was carrying him. Totally incapable of anything over and above the bare minimum towards the end of pregnancy and in the first weeks of his life.
I honestly don’t think it’s a coincidence that since prepping for and being on the GAPS Diet I have noticed a huge increase in my energy levels and overall productivity. I started the diet when baby boy was 6 weeks old, and I’ve felt mostly amazing since. Even through severe sleep deprivation, and five broken hours per night becoming the norm. Even through exceptionally challenging behaviour from my 5yo. It’s a well documented fact that a good clean diet will boost brain power. Each day I take strong probiotics which aid gut health, and are also said to stimulate the mind.
In addition to my diet I get plenty of exercise by walking everywhere (within reason) and carrying baby in the sling. Often pushing the toddler in her buggy at the same time, whilst sometimes dragging 5yo on her scooter as well. I’m hoping for buns of steel rather than jelly by the time this year is out! I’ve also recently started having colon hydrotherapy again, which I cannot advocate enough. A good old internal clearout is another way to boost the body and mind.
My other secret? I try to remain as positive as I can, and don’t sit around dwelling on what could have been. I concentrate on today and tomorrow rather than get upset about yesterday. It hasn’t always been this way, but I’ve worked hard to heal myself over the years and truly make peace with my past. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t walk around in a bubble of fake smiles, but I do look for the good in situations. It’s not always easy but I find it helps me get through the day.
I also use my limited time as productively as I possibly can which makes me feel good about myself. Ensuring that I do small things each day that I enjoy means I never feel as though I’m about to disappear somewhere between being a mummy and a wife.
So there you have it, the secrets of my success are: diet, exercise and PMA. What are yours?