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If I had a dollar for every time I forgot to eat lunch, I’d have a lot of dollars. I’d still be hungry, but I would be rich! I love food. Can’t get enough of it. It’s just that as a busy mom time seems to go so fast. By the time I’ve take my daughter to camp, get the baby fed and down for a nap, and work on my business, the day is gone. Over the last few weeks, missing meals was starting to affect me. I couldn’t concentrate, had little energy, and was barely getting my work done. Apparently one needs food in order to sustain their lifestyle. Who knew!
I finally decided to implement some of the tips I’ve given other mom friends for making sure I eat lunch. Yeah, that’s right. I’m always advocating for my friends to take care of themselves, but haven’t been listening to my own advice. The tips are really simple, too. It takes a tiny bit of planning, a little bit of help, and voila—this mama is eating lunch regularly.
Ask for help.
My 8-year-old daughter is incredibly helpful. Ayva is always willing to step in and make sure I have what I need. Over the last year she’s taken over making her own lunch, but I never thought to ask her to make mine. When I brought the idea up, she was totally game! I make sure to keep the kitchen stocked with easy to prepare foods to make things simple for her. I recently tried Starkist Tuna and Salmon pouches. They come in easy to tear pouches, and are ready to eat without draining, or the need for a can opener. Because we can just tear, eat, and go, these pouches are perfect for my kid made lunches.
Plan meals out.
Ayva makes a list of things that we’re going to have for lunch every week. When I go to the market, I pick up whatever she’s selected. The key to this is making sure your child knows the importance of a well-balanced meals. She knows that the 13+ grams of protein in each Starkist Tuna and Salmon pouch means that she and I will have enough energy to make it through the day. She always adds lots of veggies and fruit, grains, and cheese. Our lunches are the best, y’all. So good thanks to my Ayva!
We don’t reinvent the wheel every day. Ayva and I have a few favorite lunches that we just repeat over and over again. A few revisions like changing up the type of greens we use in a salad, or adding apples instead of strawberries, can make a lunch feel fresh. Lately, we’ve been enjoying the 21 varieties of Starkist Tuna and Salmon pouches that are available. My favorite flavor is the Tuna Creations® BOLD Thai Chili Style. It takes a lot for me to switch it up and try the different flavors, but I do. Sometimes. Ha!
If you have children, put them to work. Your well-being is just as important for them as it is for you. If you have no energy, who’s going to drive them to practices and playdates? Seriously, though, I wouldn’t let my children go without lunch, so it’s not right for me to do that to myself. I’m grateful I have a daughter who is willing to help, and that I’m modeling caring for myself to her. One day she’s going to grow up and be a mom. I want her to see that it’s important for her to take care of herself as well.