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Being a mother, it has been really difficult for me to take care of myself as I should be. What priorities that I had as a 20 year old has definitely changed at this early 30s point in my life. It had been difficult to stay fit post baby and the low metabolic rate was not helping either. However, there came a point when I had to sit straight and decide that no matter what, my health matters and if I had to take care of my baby, I had to take care of me first. It was still difficult to follow a strict exercise regime. There would always be something or the other that came up and I have never been able to stick to a routine. But what was in my control was to eat clean. And this did make a huge difference to my health and body in general.
I didn’t have to put quite an effort there, because I have always mostly been a clean eater. I do not have a sweet tooth and hence, cutting out sugar was easy. What was difficult for me, though, was not reaching out to the packet of chips, kachoris and similar other fried items. I am someone who loves munching on something while I work or read. Hence, snacks formed a major part of our meal plan and I had to alter it to make it healthy. Now, I still do keep munching while I work, but it’s a lot different from what I had been eating. A few of my healthy snack options are:
These snacks have helped me lose and maintain the weight without much exercise post baby. I’ve come to love the fresh taste and this has helped me with my ‘eat clean’ goal too. With a little boy to take care of, this matters a lot to me as we usually have our meals together and he prefers to eat what I eat.