This year's nutrition month focused on the numerous benefits of food. Food is powerful. It has the potential to fuel, let discover, prevent, heal and bring us together.
Over the next few months, I will be focusing on the different potentials of food and discuss them in more detail.
Who else looks to food for energy? I know that I did. And breastfeeding made me constantly look to food for energy and to satisfy my hunger.
As a new mother, you will probably find yourself emotional, exhausted, in pain, and stressed out - all at the same time. Your hands are probably tied between keeping a little human alive and attempting to feed yourself (and sometimes the rest of the family!). Oh and you're probably trying to get through that endless to-do list... Okay, let's not talk about that.
Try to get the most help you can during this difficult stage of life. If someone asks how they can help, dont be shy to ask for home-cooked, ready-made meals or snacks! Good food is so important for you right now. It will help you re-energize and heal.
If you don't have many people you can depend on, eating healthy is still possible. Make a grocery list of the things your significant other can purchase.
Things that go in the oven are so much easier : Tilapia filet with frozen veggies and sweet potato (washed, as it is) - just put them in a pan into the oven sprinkled with oregano, salt and a little bit of olive oil. And how about a banana, milk and peanut butter smoothie for breakfast. For lunch, a fried egg on toast with dijon and a cup of milk. Whatever you make for dinner, make extra so that lunch is ready for you tomorrow. Keep dates and walnuts by your bedside for a nighttime snack before bed. And don't forget to hydrate -especially if you're breastfeeding.
Sarah Hamdan Registered Dietitian.