So, I’m a vegetarian. I have been since I was 11 years old and I’m pretty strict about it, too. People assume that being vegetarian means that I have a healthy diet. Not so. I consume SOOOOO much cake, it’s unreal.
Since becoming a mother, so much of my socialising involves meeting up with other mums for tea and cake. It’s practically a law with new mums. Cake is a necessity.
For that reason, I’ve recently felt the need to improve my diet and really make sure that I’m taking in all of the nutrients that I need, both for me and for Baby J. I have a subscription to the BBC’s Good Food magazine, which often has new and interesting ideas. I also have a stack of recipe books (that I rarely open).
I tend to be an ‘all or nothing’ kind of person. I can start the day being healthy, but if I eat even one biscuit crumb, I write off the whole day and promptly devour an entire Madeira cake. Some balance is needed here. I’m working on that.
What I’m aiming for is a diet which contains:
- At least 5 pieces of fruit or vegetables
- 50g protein
- At least 1.5L water
- My breastfeeding multivitamin
After that, anything else is a bonus. This means that as long as I have ticked all of my healthy boxes, I shall happily continue to have my cake and eat it!