Diet is always an interesting thing to bring up. People are either happy, sad, angry, resentful, guilty, in denial, or a myriad of other emotions. Talking about the food that you put in your body gets our emotional juices flowing!
Here’s the thing – and I know you might not want to hear this – what you eat makes a difference to your parenting … NO SHIT!
What you put in your mouth and how you cope with certain foods impacts in a big way. Are you gluten intolerant but love bread? Should you cut back on the coffee, but you need it to start the day? Does a wine at night help you feel in control but it also causes bloating and stops you sleeping? Do you crave sugar, but it causes acne, and gets you down about your appearance?
Life isn’t too fair about some things, and for me I have suffered with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for over 15 years – it came about for me as the result of getting glandular fever while I was at University, and is predominantly brought on by stress … and fatty foods … and coffee… and too much alcohol.
There’s a few other things as well, but none of the other stuff impacted on me in the same way. I love coffee … like the taste, enjoy the hit, and love the camaraderie that I get from having a coffee with friends – herbal tea just doesn’t quite feel the same. But I know that too much caffeine and it can turn me into a completely ineffectual parent. Cramps, grumpiness, insomnia, odd bowel movements … ok too much info … my point is that drinking too much of the dark stuff effects my parenting in a negative way.
I’m not suggesting that you suddenly identify with MY problem and diagnose yourself, but getting some diagnoses may not be a bad idea – get your head out of the sand and figure out if you have a problem with a certain food, or type of food.
A year ago – January 2014 – was the perfect time for me to get some blood tests done to actually get a medical about any allergies or intolerances I might have had – lucky for me I didn’t, and the knowledge gave me control, and then the ability to listen to what my body was telling me in other ways.
Here’s an example of what I mean: So, I didn’t have an intolerance to gluten, but the reality is I often feel sleepy and lethargic after eating bread at lunchtime. So, no medical problem, but I should probably limit it through the middle of the day … tiredness, and grumpiness if I’m flat and not coping is not my best side…
FYI – Tired mums don’t make the best Parenting decision.
So check in with yourself this week – is food a problem in your parenting?
Oh … and the coffee problem I have – I have one REALLY good coffee a day about 9am, and I savour it. Bliss and practicality…
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