Life as a Mom Will Make You Stressed Out
Before my special needs son was born, I ran all the time. I worked a full-time job, took him to school functions and tried to be exciting on the weekends. We ate fast food and I drank caffeine to make it through the long days.
After my special needs son was born, I drove to 3 doctor’s appointments a week that were an hour away. Some months we still drive 4 hours to and 4 hours back in one day to the doctor. That was always in addition to caring for a fragile baby and child, who required special medical attention as well as behavioral modifications. Although I dropped the fast food, caffeine was still my go-to for those long trips.
I finally found myself revved up on caffeine and exhausted. I adjusted what I ate on our drives to my son’s appointments and my other son’s functions. I tried to make it a pleasure trip, taking our time, and lowering our stress. But, the breakfast bar at the hotel did not have real food, or at least much of it, and the extra effort was no vacation. Then we always ended up at Waffle House for breakfast, Chick-Fil-A for lunch, and eating frozen yogurt on the beach (which was fun).
However, despite my special efforts, my body finally crashed and I gained weight I never had before.
I had to make some changes to my lifestyle.
I had to balance my hormones, which we off due to my poor traveling mom diet. I began reading Dr. Sara Gottfried’s book The Hormone Reset Diet, which is a 21-Day diet to help you reset your hormones and begin the journey to lasting good health. It was a match, and the first time I actually felt hunger in a year and I actually was able to kick the caffeine habit.
Since driving up and down the road sometimes with my special needs child is not something I can let go of (or being a mom, of course), I had to make changes in some of the foods I was ingesting. I tried to work out before the diet, but I couldn’t keep it up anymore since my diet and traveling life was keeping me exhausted.
What I learned was that some foods were making me sick, tired and drained. I had to let go of them if I wanted to both get healthy and stay healthy. And, the coffee addiction had to go. But, I made some other changes.
I learned a lot on this journey to a healthy lifestyle.
Gut health is really important, and outside of taking glutathione, which is primarily found in the bones and joints of animals, we can do the following things as moms to heal our guts and actually change how we eat.
1) The importance of bone broth or even beef gelatin, and its many nutrients, cannot be avoided, which contains glutathione, and can stabilize the thyroid and adrenals and actually heal a leaky gut.
2) We do not need to starve ourselves during a season of healing the thyroid and adrenals; we just need to break up our snacks and meals into small frequent intervals. Start the day with high protein, and include it in small snacks throughout the day.
3) Our thyroid needs selenium to help balance our hormones. I used supplements to help me through this hurdle.
4) Sometimes, we need extra doses of iron and copper to boost the thyroid.
5) Liver is super high in nutrients, and grass-fed liver is best.
6) We really need to eat grass-fed beef and pastured chickens and turkeys and eggs! The vitamin content the animals digest dramatically changes the quality of the meat. If you can’t afford it, you can take beef gelatin and get your meats from places like Zaycon Fresh, which is farm to table meat.
7) Most of the grains in America are tainted, but some of the grains in Europe and other countries are not. Skip the wheat if you can (or need to).
8) Make your own yogurt and fermented foods for good gut bacteria.
9) American soy has so many toxins, that skipping the tofu is a much better idea. Ask me about my soy experience as an older mom…never again.
10) I learned that your thyroid and adrenals are the push and pull of your body. When your thyroid drags, your adrenals try to pick up the slack, and vice versa. Going back to balancing your hormones and working to heal your gut will help stop this.
11) Eat leafy greens to help boost your iodine levels and eat sea salt instead of what I call fake salt.
12) Keep the red meats in your diet, which are rich in iron and only build your strength.
Since this whole thing started out with feeling stressed out….
Let’s face it, the Mom Life is not the easy life all the time. The kids don’t always behave the way they should…who told us this anyway?
Trying to eat healthy when we aren’t busy will help us stay healthier when we are busy and cannot eat well. Until we achieve good health, watching what we eat and managing our stress levels really helps our adrenals. But, taking time out to do those little things with our families will help us, things that we enjoy, like movies, games, walks together and more.
Plus, if you are on the journey to heal your thyroid and adrenals, you need to know that it is possible to heal. This is not a life-long journey that you will have to walk forever. Your body can heal and you can live a healthy lifestyle. And, trust me, you won’t be nearly as stressed out!