Healthy snacks, moderated
I've been posting about my healthier eating goals, but I should backtrack just a little. During my recent (4th) pregnancy, I ate fairly well, but I also ate a lot of food, since I was always hungry (and I love to eat and I love my cooking... which is not always a good thing!).
By the time little Moshe was born, I weighed a good 50 pounds heavier than my ideal weight. Even though I lost about 15 pounds in the first 3 weeks after Moshe's birth, I still only had a couple skirts that fit (the stretchy ones; not the size 16s!).
I also hit that point where as a breastfeeding mom, I was always hungry, always eating and always reaching for the "quick" and "easy" snack -- a granola bar, some homemade bread, a bowl of granola, or a big handful of nuts.
Eliyahu (4) builds log cabins with the cheese sticks I cut
The weight loss stopped... and then the numbers on the scale started going back up. With the thought of needing to lose 30+ pounds, the task of eating responsibly seemed too enormous. After spending all day tending to my four children (and varying degrees of disasters and emergencies!) the only thing I wanted to do each evening was to sit down with a bowl of ice cream or eat the last two (or three) pieces of cake!
My heart cried out to Yahweh. I can't do this. I need Your strength! Help me be a good mom to my precious children... and please, help me to eat enough but not too much!!
God sent lots of encouragement my way. The most significant encouragement was that Joshua hopped right on board with me (even though he was already eating in moderation) and got us into eating lots of salads. He's been doing the grocery shopping and has been bringing home loads of fresh vegetables and fruits! I am so blessed with a husband who cares and is willing to help make my life as easy as possible.
Along with eating a huge salad for lunch on weekdays, I've been enjoying a variety of healthy snacks -- again, in moderation. My food scale makes this very easy, and I can know just how much I'm eating. I want to eat enough to lose weight in a healthy way and counting calories makes it easier for me. No more "I'm hungry. I guess I'll eat a cup of almonds!"
Here's a breakdown of the snacks pictured:
Banana: 121 calories
Cucumber slices: 15 calories
Orange: 87 calories
Roasted almonds: 170 calories
Cheddar cheese: 110 calories
I've been eating 3-4 protein snacks (like almonds, peanuts, cheese, or cottage cheese) and 3-4 fruit servings throughout the day, which seems to be a good balance.
My sweet friend Ashleigh is co-hosting a healthy 10-week weight loss challenge, and if the Number on the Scale is something you struggle with, you'll want to read her heartfelt confessions and ponderings.
I also recommend Ashleigh's post about self-sufficiency (or not). Praise God for His strength, His love, His people!