October 13, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
When I first started blogging about food, I was unemployed and balanced my long days in the kitchen with routine workouts at the gym. Even when I went back to work, I started training for a half marathon and all that running kept the scale from creeping up.
But now, I’m a stay at home mom to a toddler. I’m cooking three meals a day for my family, in addition to developing recipes for BettyCupcakes. The bulk of my time at home is spent in the kitchen- cooking or doing dishes. I watch Food Network when I fold laundry and listen to The Splendid Table podcasts in the car. I read food blogs on my iPhone and edit photos of food all day long. I am surrounded by food and I love it.
Maybe a little too much.
Confession: I’ve gained 5 pounds since July.
Honestly, I’m happier in my own skin than I’ve ever been. I’m strong and healthy. I can keep up with the wee one, no problem. My clothes still fit. No one has said a negative thing about my figure in years. My husband still thinks I’m hot.
So what’s the problem?
I don’t want my food blogger 5 to turn into the food blogger 15 or 50. I want to get handle on how to balance healthy habits and food blogging so I don’t have to quit either. Moderation in all things, right y’all?
Reel in the BLTs
No, I don’t mean make smaller bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwiches. I’m talking about those pesky Bites, Licks, and Tastes. I’m the queen of licking the spoon, spatula, and bowl.
Strategy: Chew gum while cooking or just toss dirty dishes in the sink.
Regular exercising has fallen to the wayside which is not cool. I actually miss being sore from a hard workout. Only fix to that is to get up and get moving! Running, weightlifting, yoga, walking, dancing…anything that gets my heart pumping counts.
Strategy: 4 days a week of intentional exercise.
Sounds weird, right? Stay with me. I need to eat three regular meals a day. I often skip lunch because I’m busy with the wee one, writing, cleaning, or cooking. This leads me to snack even more on whatever I’m making that day, which is likely less nutritious than a true lunch meal would be.
Strategy: Even though I’m a stay at home mom, I’m going to start “packing” my lunches the night ahead to encourage me to eat something healthy mid-day.
Eat Dessert Once
I’m not going to cut out dessert, however, I definitely don’t need something sweet after lunch and dinner.
Strategy: Replace one sweet treat a day with fruit or a smoothie.
How do you balance healthy eating with food blogging?
What are your favorite healthy habits?