On Sunday morning, I returned to Mermaid Maternity Retreat on the King’s Road to review their nutrition workshop. The session was a one-to-one, which I was looking forward to.
Following the birth of baby boy, my mother had lived with me for two months. That’s two months of home cooked meals and not having to think about going into the kitchen, let alone think about what I was going to have to make myself. My meals were delivered on the dot because that’s what mummies do; they look after their little ones.
Needless to say, since my mother’s departure back to sunnier climes, the memories of her home cooked meals now seem like a luxury.
Nowadays, I grab what I can when I can. And for someone who never used to skip a meal, I’ve been finding myself having lunch at 2pm, 3pm and even 5pm. That’s right, as a mummy, I’m thinking less of me and more of my little one.
But after this nutrition workshop at Mermaid, I realised that this has to stop. This and the just grabbing anything I can lay my hands on at the time. Why? Because what goes into my body affects baby boy.
The food I eat could help to calm down his eczema for example and to satisfy his appetite, it’s about the amount of nutrition not the volume of milk he consumes. So the more goodness that’s inside me, the happier and healthier he’ll be.
I also learned about the importance of planning ahead. I know this is something that a lot of people do without a baby to care for. But if you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you’ll also know that I like to eat out. I used to cook lots as a teenager but for one reason or another, the excitement of being outdoors replaced the fun in the kitchen.
So now I’ve realised I have to get that fun back because there is plenty to discover and enjoy. Like chia seeds in my porridge for protein with my complex carbs and like smoothies and soups: goodness knows my soup machine and blender need to be used at some point.
But all in all, I remembered that during these formative years of a newborn the value of breastfeeding cannot be underestimated. And in order to stay on top of that game, I also learned that I need to consume 3 litres of fluids a day. 3 litres!
With so much to think about, it’s no wonder breastfeeding ran more smoothly when my mother was around. But after my nutrition workshop I’ve learned how to put myself back on track. And surprisingly, it’s not as time-consuming as I’ve assumed it to be. It just takes knowing what to pick up at the supermarket and health shops; and throwing it all in a blender.
Vicki Edgson, the nutrition consultant, made a smoothie for me. It contained coconut water, almond milk, blueberries and avocado. It was sooo good and of course, it was a nutritious meal in a glass. Thank you Vicki!
To find out more about Mermaid Maternity Retreat’s workshops, see their website.