Ways Motherhood Has Changed Me

January 14, 2014

This post isn’t about all the profound ways I have changed after becoming a mom. Rather, it’s about the everyday habits and health changes that have manifested since I gave birth over 16 months ago. None of these changes has been intentional. They are changes that come with the different lifestyle I lead providing meals for two all day and chasing around a toddler.

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I’ve Been Eating Full Fat Dairy

Mazen drinks/eats full fat milk and yogurt. I have always enjoyed 1-2% milk and yogurt myself to shave off a few calories but still get the flavor and body of the fat. But once I started buying full-size milk and yogurt for M in combination with the fact that I have been eating eggs + toast a lot more than oatmeal + smoothies, I realized I could no longer finish off a whole half gallon of my own milk. Plus there is more and more news about full-fat dairy that reports it might be better for us than low-fat {read here and here and here and here and here}. Thus, we have been sharing. Interestingly, I haven’t really noticed any difference. No drastic weight gain or incredible satiety, but then again, I don’t eat a ton of milk and yogurt at a time (I’m not the one chugging sippy cups of it!)

I Eat Lunch And Dinner REALLY Early

I used to eat lunch at noon, sometimes 1pm, and dinner at 7. These days, we often eat lunch at 11:30 and dinner at 5:30. I actually really like it! If we go out to dinner with Mazen, we have to be sitting down at 5:30 to be home by 7. This is nice because it leaves the whole evening open for entertainment. On the old times I would be starving from 5-7 unless I had a big snack, which often spoiled my appetite for dinner. And after dinner it was time to get right in bed. (Some things never change – I went to bed by 10 before and after!) So this is a change I’m liking a lot!

I’ve Been Snacking Off Of Mazen’s Leftovers

I’ve definitely fallen into the mom trap of eating bites off of Mazen’s plate. WASTE OR WAIST I remind myself all the time. But sometimes it is too tempting – like when he refuses to eat some organic berries. I will not let those go into the trash! But yeah, I don’t need to take a bite of his half-eaten cheese stick! If my lunches look at all smaller to you it’s probably because I have had a bite or two of Mazen’s snack or lunch. I am well aware this can lead to mindless weight gain, so I’m trying to compensate by having a little bit smaller meals (lunch, mainly) or using a few bites of his snack as my own tide-me-over snack instead of in addition to one.

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I Am On The Move!

Back when I was blogging three times a day, I used to sit at my computer all.day.long. These days I am lucky to get in an hour or two at naptime. I move a LOT more in my daily life. Playing with toys, assisting with climbing on furniture, or pushing M on his bike in the yard. Heck just picking him up 20 times a day is a workout! I leave the house a lot more than I used to so I’m moving more. Hopefully that has balanced out the extra snacks!

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I Eat Really Fast Again

I spent years focusing on slowing down my eating and these days I am a speed eater once again. As a parent you never know how long you have to eat until you’re needed again. Ever smelled a dirty diaper mid-bite of your lunch? Even if I am by myself after bedtime, I find myself wolfing down food. This. Is. Not. Good! I miss the days of savoring a bowl of oatmeal over the course of 20 minutes. Or sipping coffee slowly before deciding what to make for breakfast. Ahhh those were the days.

I Never Drink Water

Back when I sat at a desk all day I drank lots of Ball jars of water. These days I am never near a glass. And the thought of lugging a heavy water bottle around in my diaper bag makes my shoulders ache. Plus Mazen’s cup takes up the bottle pouch! I don’t feel thirsty that often, but I know I need to be drinking more. LOTS more. Working on it!

Food And I Are Taking A Break

And finally and most dramatically, I feel less connected to food. I’m still debating whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. Back in the day I called myself foodie. I wanted to make everything from scratch and develop recipes and spent hours dreaming up what I might have for breakfast. But now my focus is elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong – I still love to eat and cook. But whereas I used to “live to eat,” I now feel more drawn to the “eat to live” half of the spectrum. I am slowly getting a bit of a groove back though, and I thank Cook Smarts for the extra kick to get me going!

Happy birthday to the best husband + dad!!

KAY-0020

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1 Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties January 14, 2014 at 8:23 am

I don’t have kids but I can totally relate to some of these with my nieces! If we’re having a meal with them and they don’t finish their plate, it’s so sad to see all that food wasted! So even if I’m full I might grab a bite from their plate… but I shouldn’t do that! And I feel ya on the water, sometimes it’s so tough to lug around the big water bottle- and I don’t even have a diaper bag to worry about! haha

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2 Sanaz@runforcake January 14, 2014 at 8:24 am

I totally relate to this post! This is how I feel too. My 13 month old has definitely changed me for the better I just wish I wasn’t eating all the food and snacks she leaves behind ;)

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3 Meghan January 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

What an interesting post! I’m only a 20 year old kid and am still in college, and I feel that I’m definitely more connected to food. I would consider myself a foodie, for sure! I hope that when I have kids I can balance my life like you have!

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4 Livi January 14, 2014 at 8:29 am

I definitely feel the on-the-move thing! I don’t have a baby but I babysit 8 hours a week and feel like it’s my most active time!!!

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5 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 14, 2014 at 8:57 am

So interesting to see the new patterns in your life. It’ll also be interesting to see if over the next 16 months things will change and you’ll be able to start savoring again. :-)

Happy Birthday Matt!

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6 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner January 14, 2014 at 8:59 am

I loved reading about all these changes; it was a really interesting insight. I wonder if you will get more connected to food as Mazen gets older, especially if he wants to help you cook in the kitchen. I love having my niece help me cook (she’s two) and seeing her reaction to the different foods she’s eating. One time she picked up a whole onion and took a huge bite out of it without blinking an eye!

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7 Elizabeth January 14, 2014 at 9:06 am

Happy Birthday Matt!
This was a great post and a great look at how other ways motherhood has changed you. I am saving all of these posts your write to re-read when I start to have kids!

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8 Julie Rosene January 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

I can relate to a lot of these being a mm to a 6 month old. I’ve never eaten so fast in my life. It’s hard to really enjoy food when you’re scarfing it down so fast. I also eat lunch and supper earlier than usual because I would be starving if I waited until after his bedtime! I still live to eat though. Nursing makes me so hungry! And I certainly don’t drink enough water!

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9 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 14, 2014 at 9:26 am

It’s neat to see how your life changes over time. Happy birthday to Matt!

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10 Jackie January 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

Thanks for sharing Kath!

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11 Valerie January 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

I hear ya, sister! I’ve started to become a fast eater, too, keeping up with my husband who is notorious for inhaling his food. I try to slow down when the baby is asleep, and I have a brief minute to myself.

That is THE BEST picture ever of Mazen and Matt. Love it!

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12 Alex @ Kenzie Life January 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

Happy Birthday to Matt! This was a really cool and interesting post to read, Kath! It was a totally unique take on motherhood and one I haven’t heard before. Hope you all have a great day!

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13 Emily | The Guest House January 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

Full fat dairy all the way. Take out the fat and all that’s left are carbohydrates and most of us are definitely not lacking for those in our diets! Lovely post – seems like you did a good check in with yourself.

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14 Shel@PeachyPalate January 14, 2014 at 9:46 am

Great insight in to how motherhood has changed your relationship with and approach to food! Especially the meal times. My mum is still on the “motherhood” timescale. She has no young kids but dinner is ALWAYS between 5 and 5.30…somethings just stay with you! :)

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15 meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles January 14, 2014 at 9:52 am

I totally relate! When my son was first born, I began eating super fast and barely even had time to think about what I may cook for dinner. I never knew when I would be “needed” which I swear felt like every second. I ate holding him so often and limited so many vegetables from my diet because I was convinced it gave him gas (I was nursing)…Over the years lunch time was super early (before 12) and dinner, to this day, is super early – which I have learned to really like! I try not to pick off of his plate but never let the fruit go to waste.

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16 Pamela January 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

Great post! I have done the same with the milk thing. No more skim for me! And I haven’t seen a weight change at all! And moving around all day is so much better than sitting by a computer :)

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17 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

Always love your honest thoughtful posts that you choose to share. THAT hasn’t changed!

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18 Amelia @i_heart_kale January 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

Awwww… This was a great post. I’m not a mama, yet, but most things you describe remind me of my days right after college when I nannied for 12hr+ days. Oh yeah, much rather change that dirty diaper over enjoying lunch.
Happy Birthday to Matt!! :)

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19 Stephanie January 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

I can 100% relate to all of these points as a dietitian, foodie, and (relatively) new mom! My daughter is now almost 4 and I’m expecting in March. By about Mazen’s age, things started to normalize in terms of family meals since my daughter was eating the same meals as us/with us by that point. And by age 2-3, the need to constantly chase/redirect/carry/etc decreased as did the physical demands of caring for a toddler. Also by age 2-3 she was able to follow directions much better. Now age 3-4, I feel like we are just two peas in a pod. I can take her anywhere, anytime, and she is up for anything. She loves to help cook, is very interested in food, and is a great eater. I also have adjusted fully to the “new normal” of our lives and am back to being able to cook great meals at least a few times/week. I remember the days I was working 4 days/wk at a children’s hospital and caring for a 9 month old, my dinner would sometimes be whatever random thing I could grab to prevent me from passing out from low blood sugar! Well, I’m about to jump back into the world of having a baby so we’ll see how things go this time around. Nice post :)

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20 Katrina January 14, 2014 at 10:44 am

Birthday Twin!! Happy Birthday Matt!!

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21 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon January 14, 2014 at 10:52 am

Happy birthday Matt! I feel like these are all beautiful ways that Mazen has inserted himself into your daily routine. Hopefully you can get back on the H20 bandwagon!

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22 Jesse January 14, 2014 at 10:54 am

i’m in a very similar place; especially with the water, the dairy, the snacking and on the constant moving that these toddlers dictate:) i’ve never been happier though and it shows! as it does on you, lady!

http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/01/not-sad-desk-lunch-i.html

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23 Stacey January 14, 2014 at 11:16 am

I don’t have (human) children, but found this very interesting!
Question: Have you found it difficult to scale back your calories now that you’re done breastfeeding? Or do you just stick with intuitive eating? Curious :)

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24 KathEats January 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Actually the opposite – I think I’m maybe a little bit less hungry so it’s been easier to cut out those calories and lose a little.

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25 Abby January 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

This post spoke to a lot of what I feel as a mom of an almost 3 year old and 18 month old! The water thing…I put 8 pieces of colorful duct tape on the fridge handle to remind me! The cooking thing from scratch is super hard. I do feel proud that we can sit and have all 3 meals at the table together everyday. And I also feel good when my daughter holds up her pepper and asks if it came from our CSA farm. :). Guess there are trade offs! Keep up the amazing work Kath!

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26 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

I’ve found I do better with early meals as well, so it’s definitely something I’m trying to work on. Going to bed full usually upsets my digestive system!

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27 Mary Beth January 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

Long time reader and infrequent commenter over here, but today I felt compelled to share. I’ve long been a foodie but in the last year I’ve faced a similar change in my approach to food, though due to a demanding grad school program than having a child. Now I eat to live and if I get in three relatively balanced meals and don’t go crazy over seminar cookies, I count myself as good. My meals aren’t as creative but they’re nutritious and fast, which at this point in my life is more than good enough.

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28 Molly January 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

So happy to see the full-fat dairy links! That’s where all the good stuff is! I’m glad the idea is becoming more pervasive.

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29 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Ah yes, I can absolutely relate to almost all of these! Especially the last one “Food & I took a break” – it’s interesting because it’s no longer at the forefront of my mind like it used to be. For me, I think it’s been a really GOOD thing because I used to be a little too obsessive about it all. It’s interesting how motherhood changes your habits and perspective in life!

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30 Jess January 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I think this is what people….mostly…mean when they tell you that things change after baby. I doubt it’s rarely meant as a dire warning, just a “ha…I remember the good old days!” reminisince of the time before life turned a bit upside down. I remember back when you posted something about thinking life wouldn’t be much different after Mazen was born; at the time, I admit I had a bit of a chuckle because the reality is that life DOES change. It doesn’t mean the changes are all bad (though some of them can be difficult to get used to!), but wow – are there ever changes! I’m curious to know if your opinion is any different now? If you were advising a soon-to-be mom in the present, would you be telling her that life doesn’t change after baby (or that it doesn’t need to), or do you feel a bit differently now that you’ve lived life on the other side of the fence?

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31 KathEats January 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

The point in that post (which I just re-read here) wasn’t that I didn’t think things would change. I said in the post I knew we were in for a huge one. My point was that people always give you warnings about the negative and don’t express excitement and optimism about all the wonderful things that happen when you become a parent. My life has changed for the better, and I tell new moms all the time: “I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!”

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32 Jess January 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Gotcha. To be fair, in my experience, most of the warnings came from parents of tweens or teenagers, and I realized a lot of the “just wait”s (always accompanied with a smile or laugh, though) were in regards to what was coming later on. And I do have to say, with a young teenager in the house, I can’t say a single person was wrong about the challenges kids bring as they get older!
I think people are happy and excited, and doubt any comments are truly meant as negative commentary on where your life is headed…these people all have their kids and love them dearly. I tend to chalk it up as them remembering their own naivete, and wanting to pass on wisdom from experience. There’s no doubt that parenting is tough, challenging work, and the one thing I think all new parents have in common is that the changes are often a surprise – things you think won’t change do, and things you might have expected to change may not. There are SO many things to love about being a parent, but I also think it’s OK to acknowledge that it can be really frustrating and so, so hard at times.

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33 KathEats January 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Yes it’s definitely really hard at times but that’s not what I’d choose to tell a pregnant woman :)

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34 Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog January 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I loved reading this post. I’m not a mother yet, but want to be someday in the not-too-distant future. I often wonder about how my health habits would change and what I can do to make sure health is still a priority for me and my family. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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35 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles January 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm

My experience has been exactly the same as yours…except I ate too fast before baby also. Hubby has noticed a weight gain on the whole milk, although he has a habit of steeling large bowels of Reed’s cereal in the middle of the night….

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36 simple green moms January 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Love this post! Experiencing most of the same with a 16 month old little guy at home too… amazing how much it changes your life and day to day habits =) thanks for sharing!

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37 Janna January 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Good post Kath! Babies definitely change us inside and out. It was so long before I was able to eat a hot meal or remember to eat at all. Now I have a “picky” eater and I have to get a little creative so a lot of my energy goes into figuring out what things I can put chia seeds into to get my toddler a little more nutrients. We eat a lot of oatmeal.
I still have to spend time on the computer working from home so I have to structure my time better so that we both get naps on days where nighttime sleeping has been lacking. I have to structure her time so that I don’t become one of those moms that lets their kid watch tv all day long. I have to pay attention to little details like that green crayon that mysteriously appeared and colored all over the wall while my head was turned.
Whew!
Good work Kath – you are adapting while Mazen is growing!

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38 coco January 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I particularly agree on the last point… i used to be a food blogger, now I can only say I’m a mom blogger. ;)

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39 Tracy January 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Happy Birthday, Matt!

As a mom of 4 teens, I went through the same changes when they were young. I feel like now that they are independent, I’ve reverted back to my former ways!

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40 Mom January 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Happy birthday to my wonderful son-in-law! Hope there’s cake around the corner..

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41 Nikki January 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I am not a mom, so these are only ideas I have to share from an objective perspective…

You could keep a little containter in the fridge labeled Mazen’s Snacks and whenever he doesn’t finish what he is eating, just pop it in there and use that next time until it is finished, then you won’t feel as tempted to finish it for him in effort to prevent waste. I think that being able to chose and prepare your own snacks would result in more satisfaction – just my thoughts.

As for the early supper – do you have a bed time snack? I don’t really eat set meals, I just eat all day long, but if 5:30 pm were to be the last time I ate before going to bed I would be starving. I typically have to eat immediately before going to bed or I will either be too hungry to fall asleep, or wake up in the middle of the night and need to get up to eat something in order to fall back asleep.

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42 KathEats January 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I think you’re right about my own snacks being more satisfying…

And I don’t normally have anything in the evenings, but dinners are pretty hearty most of the time

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43 Amelia @ Eating Made Easy January 14, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I am in love with this post. Probably because I can relate so much :)
p.s. Full fat dairy is the best & I’ve been doing the same since having Lucy. I find that calorie-wise though, it’s not much worse, and if it’s organic & grass-fed, I feel good about the extra heart-healthy fat.

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44 Lauren Paradis January 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

This was a great post! I added it to my page

“my favorite posts!” http://fooood4theheart.wordpress.com/doggy-business/

Happy Birthday Matt!

I hope to see more posts like this one!

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45 Liz January 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Great post! I completely relate as I have a 12 month old of my own. We used to eat dinner at 7 and now eat at 5pm on the dot every day. I find it hard to keep from snacking in the evenings though!! That’s by far my biggest downfall. I miss being able to spend time preparing a meal too. Now so many meals are prepped quickly at naptime or thrown in the crockpot in the morning. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I do miss being able to sip a glass of white wine while stirring pots and searing meat on the stove.

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46 Ali January 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I totally agree with you on all of these points. I am no longer connected to food – it just goes in my food for the sake of nourishment. I could really careless what it is as long as it’s healthy most of the time. I also snack off Aiden’s plates. I love your WASTE or WAIST saying! So true. Water is hard to come by as well.

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47 ARPL January 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm

My youngest child is the same age as yours and I nodded all the way through while reading your post – and chuckled about speed eating. It’s crazy true.

My only addition is I also have a 4-year-old who requests various things like ketchup or dip or a spoon to eat his peas or more to drink which has me leave my chair 12 times during every meal.

I thought about anticipating his every need but I don’t want to eat every meal with a bottle of ketchup on the table. If he sees it, he wants it on…something.

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48 Amanda January 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I get you girl. I feel the same way. When I was pregnant, I was soooo sick and couldn’t think about food, but food was my passion and I couldn’t practice it. In a way, it was a forced detox. Now, food just isn’t as important as it used to be. I touch on it at the end of this post on my blog. http://www.bushelsandbarrels.com/blog/2013/12/26/love-your-body-movements

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49 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) January 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I agree with you on so many of these. My water intake is abysmal most days and I wolf down breakfast and lunch (boo!).

I can only imagine how crazy things will get when baby girl #2 arrives in May, but I’m enjoying the ride :)

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50 Elisabeth January 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I don’t have any kids, but this was a really interesting read!

Happy Birthday, Matt!

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51 Paula January 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Great post! I’m not a mum but I found this really interesting :)

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52 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Having kid’s changing everything ;) All in a good way. The older my girls get the more activities they are in and the busier our schedules get. Meal planning is key for me. Getting the most (nutrition wise) in a quick way is so important for our family :)

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53 Jess January 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Yup. Nodding my head at this because I can so relate. And frankly, am relieved to hear I’m not alone in some of these habit shifts. ;) I recently had an afternoon to myself (rare treat!)…and I think my favorite part of that little break was getting to eat lunch BY MYSELF! :)

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54 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Interesting post — it’s kind of neat to see how things change at different stages in our lives!

Happy Birthday to Matt!

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55 Jeanie January 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I used to be a foodie, too, but those days are gone. I subscribed to food magazines and had (still have) sooo many cookbooks that I used to read like novels, to use a cliche. I think I’m pretty much over it because I don’t really have anyone around who appreciates an elaborate meal or anything different, really.

Happy birthday, Matt!

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56 Kate @ Indulgent Wellness January 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I totally hear you on the drinking water thing which only complicates matters when pregnancy #2 comes along! I’ve been just as thirsty this pregnancy as I was the first time, but actually drinking the water is so much more complicated (open cups that a 2.5 year old wants to sip from, extra trips to the bathroom!) than when I used to sit at a desk. Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to!

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57 christiana January 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm

I have a quick question for you. I noticed you have the UppaBaby umbrella stroller and I was curious if it is the Glight or the Gluxe? We have the Uppababy Vista and love it, but I’m pregnant again and need something more light weight to get in and out of the car. Are you happy with it? Thank You!!

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58 KathEats January 15, 2014 at 6:29 am

It’s the G Lite and we like it a lot

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59 Brian January 15, 2014 at 8:42 am

I had the same problem with fast eating as you. Now, I take at least 15 minutes for my meals. You should do this too.

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60 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food January 15, 2014 at 8:55 am

I am right there with you on the whole dairy products (which I’m super glad about anyway) and taking a break from food. It just seems harder to be inspired to spend hours in the kitchen. A friend told me once the kiddos are older the love will come back, it’s just hard at this age and stage.

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61 Sarah [My Full Home] January 15, 2014 at 10:18 am

This is so, so true! My daughter is 22 months and before she was born I’d make all these wonderful meals every night. For probably the first 18 months of her life we had baked chicken once a week because it was just so easy and my husband likes it. I’m starting to really cook again but it’s taken almost two years to get back into it. My crock pot also was my best friend for the first year of her life.

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62 chris January 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

Happy Birthday to Matt! Not to worry about the foodie thing, like everything in life there is an ebb and flow.

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63 nancy January 15, 2014 at 2:13 pm

When my kids were little our meals were very simple made with foods that were whole and recognizable. As they grew I found I did not change that up very much. Once in a while I will make something more complicated but we still stick to the basics since that’s how my kids are used to eating. One of the new things in our meal rotation is your spinach meat ball recipe. My kids call them “scary meat balls” because of how they look :) but they eat them just find with a side of pasta and a veg. Our simpler approach to meals is something that worked when they were little and still pretty much works for us today. And I LOVED the long evenings we used to have once we got everybody bathed and put to bed. My husband and I used to so enjoy that time together. Now that they are teens they stay up way later than I do. I find that the evening routine of bath/prayers/bed followed by a long evening of couple time is what I miss most about those early years. Enjoy this special time :)

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64 Lisa C. January 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Thank you for those dairy links. I have debated with myself on and off about whether dairy is a healthy food we (my husband and I and our 4 kids) should be consuming.

We eat a vegetarian (+fish) diet mainly for the health benefits (as well as animals and environment…but that’s another topic)….and I just can’t seem to decide about dairy.

One study says it contributes to CVD and cancer and another says it decreases risk. Frustrating!

Happy birthday to Matt, btw. I hope it was a great day!

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65 Caitlin January 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Happy birthday, Matt!
My good friend Kat has an 8 month old girl and I can recognize a lot of what she has said in this post. She always mentions how she has to eat quickly if the baby is around and she really never thought she’d be the kind of person who forgets to eat but – suddenly she is! She’s just so busy!
I tend to eat late on weeknights because I hit the gym after work, but on weekends if I eat late I get that same issue as you used to where you end up eating a snack and potentially spoiling your dinner. Sometimes it’s a source of anxiety for me, so that’s why on Saturdays and Sundays I prefer to eat an earlier dinner so I can eliminate that pre-dinner snack. Also, I’d rather have an after-dinner snack later in bed with my book!
This was a very fun post to read!

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66 Jess @ Cook Smarts January 17, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Thank you so much for your honesty in the post Kath. We are entering the phase of considering a baby and I was so happy to read your thoughts.

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67 Carol @ It's Baby Time January 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I will never understand why people won’t eat meat and dairy. ( Not to step on anybodies toes). Animals like cows and pigs were put on this earth by God for use to eat and their is an abundance of these animals. I don’t agree if they are treated badly but we still should eat meat. Meat has iron, magnesium and protein that helps your body maintain its lean muscles and help carry oxygen to the major organs. Also, dairy is full of vitamin D and Calcium that helps your bones stay strong especially during menopause when you lose estrogen and bones start breaking down and can break easily. The media had made these the bad guys and they are not. Look at what is really in these like meat lean meat like a Ny strip or chicken is so good for you.

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68 Steph February 2, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Re your first sentence, read Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation (if you would like to understand). He also examines the speciesism that is evident in your third sentence.

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69 Amy January 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Great post…but I do worry having children will put my love for fresh food on the back burner. Maybe once M gets a little older he can help you cook your meals from scratch? Lol, it’s a thought!

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70 char eats greens January 22, 2014 at 8:13 am

I shovel food into my mouth now too. Sometimes you gotta do it if a baby is on the move, but I totally want to slow down too!! I eat leftovers off of the highchair too, but it’s always nice to see an empty tray so that doesn’t need to happen haha

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71 Danielle January 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I love this post! I have a two year old daughter and can totally relate to everything you said, especially the part about wanting to have a cup of coffee and taking time in the morning to decide what to eat for breakfast. It’s amazing how much life changes with a little one, isn’t it?

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72 Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 29, 2014 at 6:58 am

Thanks so much for such a thoughtful post. These types of posts are some of my favorites, the “this is my life” type of posts. We can all relate! :-)

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73 Melanie March 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

I can’t believe how much this relates to me exactly!!!! Every single bullet point. I just discovered your blog this morning after my YMCA coach recommended I check it out. I love your writing and your sensible, real approach to eating, fitness and lifestyle. Thanks for sharing with us!

Melanie
Atlanta, GA

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74 KathEats March 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Welcome!

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