Looking after your health and getting enough nutrients when you are expecting or caring for a new baby is paramount – we all know that – but let’s face it, it can be hard when you are so exhausted! Seriously, you don’t even know what real ‘tiredness’ is until you are pregnant or getting up to a baby throughout the night, do you? My youngest child is now six and even when I hit that proverbial brick wall at 3pm and day-dream about how wonderful a nap would be, I always cast my mind back to those early weeks (who am I kidding for me it was months) when I felt like a walking zombie.
I’ve always been a healthy eater (and by that I mean I eat a balanced diet with lots of fresh veggies, fruit and lean meat) but I’m sure if a real-life, bona-fide healthy-eater nutritionist type of person opened up my pantry and saw all the jars of sauces I use they might well disagree. (Sodium overload, anyone?) But, that aside, thinking back to my new-mum days I was so dog-tired that I relied on any kind of pick me up I could find in the kitchen cupboard in between nappy-changes, feeding and nap-times. (Theirs, not mine unfortunately). A handful of biscuits here and a chocolate hit there were my quick snack-grab go to’s. By the time dinnertime came around and my husband was coming home from work I’d either eaten my body-weight in Tim Tams in a futile attempt to sugar-fuel my body and mind into resembling a human, or was so exhausted from general baby-related tasks throughout the day, or so overwhelmed with trying to calm a cranky, overtired or colicky baby that I didn’t know what day it was, let alone that it was dinner-time!
It sounds like a pretty bleak image I’m painting. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the baby-stage, as exhausting as it was. But like many women I lacked family support. Just trying to time a grocery shop around my baby’s naptimes sometimes felt akin to organising a mission to Mars!
For the past fortnight I have been trialling a meal delivery from Thomas Farms Kitchen and I can’t help thinking how amazing it would have been to have used a meal delivery service like it when my kids were babies. Basically, you choose from the menu options on their website which meals you’d like to cook (there is a new menu each week) or select a weekly meal plan so you don't have too think about it each week and then they deliver the fresh, locally sourced ingredients with easy to follow recipe cards to your door ( Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane) so you can whip up a delicious healthy meal in around 30 minutes! No preservatives, no additives or any of that other crap – just good wholesome farm-fresh ingredients directly from the producers. (And we all know how important it is to support our local farmers!)