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All the Breakfast Foods + Mindful Eating as a New Mom

Get pumped for all the breakfast foods… because apparently that’s all I’ve eaten recently. Last night Matt and I decided on breakfast for dinner – we wanted something simple and fast and this fit the bill. I love breakfast for dinner – we hadn’t done it in too long!

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I hadn’t had an omelette in forever, so I hung out and fed Riese while Matt whipped one up for me. (Thanks, Matt!) He stuffed it with sauteed spinach, cheese, caramelized onions, and bacon. Plus some toast with almond butter on the side. Important question: are you team smooth or chunky nut butter? I’m team chunky nut butter, Matt is team smooth nut butter. This is clearly a huge problem in our home. ;)

But we didn’t have to worry about it last night because Matt went 100% savory with his breakfast for dinner choice – he made himself an epic avocado toast topped with bacon, fried eggs, cheese, caramelized onions, and a little spinach for good measure.

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It was pretty epic – he was quite proud of it. I helped him finish the last few bites and gave it two thumbs up!

MY OTHER RECIPES
 

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As for this morning, normally on Tuesday mornings I meet the girls for a workout but unfortunately they couldn’t make it today – bummer! Since it’s kind of stressful to time the feedings in the morning with Riese to make sure I get to a workout class on time, I decided that if the timing naturally worked out and I was ready/able to leave the house when I needed to to get to a workout, I’d do it. And if not, that was fine too. Riese was up at 5:45 to eat today, so I thought I might have time, but she took nearly an hour to eat and I didn’t want to rush her. Plus, I love our first feed of the day because it’s so cozy – I pull her into bed with us and feed her while lying down on my side, so it’s nice to cuddle and not hurry. I was still craving a little movement, though, so I decided that once I was done feeding her, pumping to save the extra milk, and had a snack (more of my Oatmeal Banana Coconut Cookies – obsessed) I would take Freyja for a quick run. Freyja was really excited about this decision. This is a photo from last week, but we looked the same. :)

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We ended up doing about 1.5 miles and ran most of it. It’s really nice out today – cold but sunny – so it was a great morning to be outside, and getting some fresh air first thing always sets me up for a happier day. I took time to do some light stretching when we got back before showering, which felt really nice too.

Post-run refuel was a big bowl of microwave banana oatmeal made with whole milk and topped with cottage cheese, raspberries, and sliced almonds. I also stirred in two big spoonfuls of ground flaxseed into the oatmeal before cooking it – apparently flaxseed can increase milk supply so I figure it doesn’t hurt!

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I did some work from home before feeding Riese again, and then right after she was done I decided to take myself out to my fave coffee shop to continue my workday. I meet my AnneTheRD nutrition clients out at coffee shops a lot, but I like working on computer stuff from them sometimes, too. It’s nice to have a change of scenery since I mostly work from home nowadays!

I hadn’t had any coffee yet this morning so when I arrived I got a whole milk latte, plus a roasted veggie quiche for a mid-morning snack. Yum! 

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I had a reader message me via Instagram recently asking about how I incorporate mindful eating as a new mom. And I was honest and I was like, “You know what, mindful eating has kiiiind of gone out the window.” My time is just so much more limited because I’m trying to either a) maximize work time in between feedings on days we have childcare, or b) eat while holding a wiggly Riese in one arm. I do think mindful eating is important, so when I find myself with a little more time on some days I’ll slow down and have a meal without distractions, but that doesn’t always happen and that’s fine. I think it’s important to be realistic with yourself – sometimes you are in a season of life where you may not be able to be as mindful while eating, and that’s totally okay. Just do what you can. I did have my oatmeal this morning without distractions, actually! But now I’m here writing this post and responding to emails while eating my morning snack (the quiche), and I’m okay with it. My one tip, though, is if you are multitasking while eating, try to at least stop for the second you are putting the bite in your mouth and chewing and recognize that. It actually makes a big difference and it doesn’t take any extra time, I promise. And even if you are multitasking, try to still eat slowly when possible. It’s been almost an hour and I’m still slowly snacking on the quiche. :) Both of those things can really help with your brain recognizing that you actually ate – and letting you know if you’re full, too.

Time to get back to tackling my email inbox and prepping for some client calls! I’m also working on (finally) writing a post rounding up some product recommendations for new moms – I have gotten a lot of requests for a post sharing our favorite items from these early parenthood days, so stay tuned for that in the next week or two! Any specific requests for things to include in that post?

I’ll see you guys back here Thursday when, speaking of food as a new parent, I’ll be sharing some easy one-handed snack ideas for new parents (or for anyone who is busy/on the go). Have a great day!

Comments

  1. 1

    Eggs for dinner has been my go-to lately. I had to finally admit to myself that cooking a full dinner more than 3-4 times a week just stressed me out even more. Something easy like eggs and toast are the way to go for sure!

    I am curious about how you meet with your clients virtually in the coffee shop? I would like to do the same, but I’m so paranoid about needing to talk to them and disturbing others in the coffee shop. How do you manage?

    P.S. I am crunchy pb all the way!

    • 2

      The key is just to find a coffee shop with lots of ambient noise (music, talking, etc.) and tables that aren’t awkwardly close together! The one I go to is full of people having meetings or on the phone or just hanging out with friends, and there is music playing too, so disturbing others isn’t an issue which is nice.

  2. 3

    We’re getting the baby Bjorn holder you’ve shown in previous posts. Curious if you have a swing or other holder? Our home is tiny so we really want to get the essentials only. I read maybe 1 holder for upstairs and one downstairs? Same with clothes – I honestly have no idea how many outfits this baby will need! Thanks Anne!

    • 4

      We have a swing and a rock ‘n’ play as well, but Riese hasn’t really taken to either of those. It kind of just depends on your baby – I know a lot of kids LOVE swings and rock ‘n’ plays so you never know. Definitely helpful to have one on each floor though, and a changing table on each floor!

  3. 5

    Looking forward to the recommendations post! I’m pregnant and am curious about breastfeeding pillows, diaper bags vs. backpacks, and bottles/breast milk storage.

  4. 7

    I am team crunchy nut butter as well, though I don’t typically turn down any nut butter.

  5. 8

    I think, though, you are practicing mindful eating. Maybe not in the sense that you are thinking about every single bite and focusing solely on the experience happening in your mouth, but it sounds like you are very in tune with your hunger and fullness cues, which is so impressive considering how crazy life is for you right now!

    • 9

      Thanks Nicole! :) It’s definitely not mindful like it was before, but you’re right, this is a new sort of mindfulness… gotta work with what we can, right?!

  6. 10

    I would love to hear more about how you would approach eating while breastfeeding as a new mum. As someone who is about to become a mum I want to make sure I get in enough food but am also aware of the pressure mums have to ‘get back in shape’.

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    Roadrunner says:

    A great tip, actually, about pausing to realize what you are eating, especially if doing so while working…. That is mindful! Thanks –

  8. 13

    When I had Mazen I had spent 5 years teaching myself to eat slowly and mindfully. After having a baby, all of that was un-done when I found myself trying to eat my whole meal in two minutes for various reasons related to caring for a baby. I don’t know if I ever fully recovered the mindful eating 5.5 years later!

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