One of my favourite quotes of all time is “taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your children” – as idealistic as this sounds, it’s a really difficult principle to apply practically to your everyday life, as you juggle motherhood, a career, relationships and your personal hobbies. I set some goals at the beginning of the year and I must say, I haven’t really been holding myself accountable to all of them, which is why I’m thankful that Alpen Muesli challenged me to discover “four ingredients to a healthier me”, a topic which is inspired by Alpen Muesli’s own natural goodness.
Ingredient 1: Drop the mom guilt
This absolutely has to be at the top of my list –you can’t pour from an empty cup right?! If I continue to neglect the other things that I enjoy or want to do, like writing more and spending time with friends, I’ll truly lose the essence of being ME. You’ll be proud to know that I finally registered to study further and my course starts this week – this is something that been on my agenda for 3 years. Although it will be hard to balance this with everything else I’ve got going on, I know that if I want to be the best mom I can be, I have to do more of what brings me fulfilment! Through this, I hope to inspire my children to know that being healthy is about being yourself – holistically.
Ingredient 2: A healthier me
My quest for good health is now bigger than my goal to shed the post-baby fat. I need to stop kidding myself and work towards the bigger picture – which is looking, feeling and BEING healthy for myself and my children. I want to be around for the everyday joys and key milestones. My appendectomy operation at the end of last year was a big reality check, I saw first-hand what actually happens when I don’t listen to my body and look after myself. This also means, no more skipping brekkie…
Alpen Swiss Muesli has everything you need and want in a breakfast. In fact, it’s Swiss precision when you need it most – in the mornings.
- High in fibre
- Low in sodium
- High in protein
Here are some healthy breakfast recipes you can try with your muesli to get you started on your own journey to a healthier, balanced YOU http://www.alpenfood.co.za/alpen/recipes
Ingredient 3: Wake up a few minutes earlier
My mornings are have become so reactive – after my battle with the snooze button, the big rush starts and it pretty much sets the tone for the rest of my day and it’s really not fun to be frantic all-day! What I’ve realised (while the kids have been away at my mom’s house) is that those few moments to myself in the mornings make a huge difference. Just being able to sit quietly in bed for a few minutes – to pray, to think about my day and plan for all the things I need to get to, is so amazing. Of course we’ll be back to regular programming soon and that will require some effort from me – to consciously choose to wake up a few minutes earlier to steal those blissful silent moments for mindfulness.
Ingredient 4: Hello date-nights
Over and above the me-time that I need so badly from time-to-time, I need to prioritise our date-nights again. I was quite good with setting them up while I was on maternity leave but fell straight off the bandwagon when work started getting crazy again. It’s so easy to lose your connection as partners once you have child. I really miss dressing up, putting on a red lippie and looking cute! Relationships can take a strain once a baby comes into the equation but let’s keep our relationships/marriages healthy too Mamas.
Since there are four base ingredients in the Alpen Muesli, which are rolled oats, wheat flakes, raisins and nuts – I would like to challenge you to join me in the quest for finding your four ingredients to a healthier you.
To enter for your chance to win a pair of running shoes, a fitbit and an Alpen Muesli hamper, leave me a comment on this blog post or on any of my Alpen Muesli social media posts, telling me what your ingredients are.
- Entries close on 13 April 2017
- Winners will be notified by email
- Prizes are not transferable/negotiable and may not be exchanged for cash
- This giveaway is open to South African residents only
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