Meal time madness…begone!

Meal time madness…begone!

As carers and parents, we always seem to be busy, always seem to be racing the clock to ensure that we have everything done that needs to be done.  Quite often it can get to 5 or 6 pm and we have either forgotten to take something out for dinner or just haven’t had time to start the evening meal. Often things have a way derailing us don’t they?! So I thought, why not share some of the time (and money) saving strategies I try to employ in the kitchen.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect and this doesn’t always happen.  But, I find with a little forward planning, it can make a huge difference to my week.  Especially when I am tired and simply can’t think. MEAL PLANNING There are so many benefits to planning your weekly meals.  Some of the benefits include: Saves you time and money Time as we know is not on our side. By taking just 10-15 minutes planning your weekly meals, you are avoiding costly quick trips to the convenient supermarket down the road.  This is normally super expensive, costs you time and money to get there and of course you avoid the “quick grab” impulsive purchases like the chocolate bar (or 5) on special!  You are also saving time by not having to make decisions about what to have, if you have enough ingredients etc. More nutritious meals through the week and less not so healthy take-away foods It goes without saying, the healthier you eat the healthier you are.  Avoiding deep fried and heavily processed take-away foods will...
Body talk

Body talk

Image supplied by Kate Heaslip Photography When I was growing up, in fact until I had children of my own, I knew very little about the human body and almost less about my own.  There is probably a combination of reasons why: disinterest; lack of guidance; not being in the school curriculum; and of course being preoccupied with social life, dancing and drama (I wanted to be an actor/performer when I was younger). Background – I knew nothing! When Matthew was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) he was 4 weeks old and like most people I knew NOTHING about CF.  Naively I thought that CF had something to do with some sort of physical disability similar to that of Cerebral Palsy.  We walked into the first appointment where various members of the hospital team went over the basics of what CF was, the mechanics of it, how to manage it, what to look out for…. You get the drift! Overwhelm to action! I was totally overwhelmed.  I knew little about the human body and my overwhelm was intensified by the immense grief I was going through. It made me realise if a person has little idea about the mechanics of their own bodies, how can they make informed decisions?  It starts with us right?! As the years went on I learnt more and learnt to listen to my own body.  Did you know your body talks to you?  It does! And if you listen carefully and pay attention it can tell you a whole heap about how you really are! Matthew was 3 and Joshua was 4 months old when I started to study Naturopathy. ...
The Overwhelm Trap!

The Overwhelm Trap!

Overwhelm (verb) “bury or drown beneath a huge mass” I was recently asked “what are the ‘signs’ of burnout/overwhelm?” Great question! Often as parents and carers we are so busy caring and doing our job that we aren’t mindful of our own behaviours and emotions OR we ignore them.  Before long, they can become unmanageable and out of control. For many of us, the chaos that comes with being a caregiver can become our new “normal”.  With strict care regimes and the necessities of treatments, medications, physiotherapy, appointments, specialists and other therapies there doesn’t seem to be much time for anything else. We can come to accept the emotional ups and downs and take them as a “given”, that this is just “part of the job”.  Just a few years ago, I found that I was putting my needs last and had accepted the fact that what I wanted and needed didn’t matter anymore.  I was not in a good place at all.  I had lost my sense of self.  It is so easy to arrive in this place and can sneak up on you without you realising it. BUT. It doesn’t have to be like that AND you don’t have to settle! After seeking support in many different forms and over time I was able to turn that around and you can too! What are some of the clear signs that you are headed down the road of overwhelm or burnout?  Maybe you are already there? In my experience, characteristics of overwhelm and burnout are different for everybody but can include: Tiredness/lethargy Hyperactivity Mood changes / mood swings Emotionally unstable...