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  • Writer's pictureKate Killion

How to Balance Personal Nutrition and Parenting

Two adults making a meal with a young child

Parenting is a rewarding yet demanding job. Amid the whirlwind of diaper changes, school pickup lines, and soccer games, it can be easy for parents to neglect their own nutrition. However, it's essential for parents to prioritize their health and well-being to ensure they can provide the best care for their children. Here are some tips on how to find *your* perfect balance when it comes to healthy eating:

Plan and Prep Ahead:

As a parent, your schedule is often unpredictable. However, by planning and prepping meals in advance, you can make healthier choices more convenient for you and your kids. Plan your meals for the week, making sure to pencil in recipes that are actually easy. Be realistic here, and lean on foods that are already prepared or can be quickly prepared.

Create a Meal Template:

A well-balanced meal follows a specific ratio: about 1/2 a plate of vegetables, 1/4 plate of starchy carbohydrates, and 1/4 plate of protein. However, a balanced plate does not have to look like the classic American-style meat, vegetable, and potato. You can also use this template to plan a combined dish! For example, try a stir fry that is about 1/2 mixed veggies, 1/4 rice, and 1/4 ground turkey.

Make Family Meals a Priority:

Eating together helps both adults and kids. Sit away from distractions, and take the time to connect with each other and your own sensations of hunger and fullness.

Snack Smartly:

Have you ever gotten home from school pickup, only to realize that you were ravenous? It can be hard to make a healthy eating decision when you're this hungry. To avoid this common pitfall, carry portable snacks with you. Nuts, fruit, and whole-grain crackers are great options that do not need to be refrigerated and can easily be stashed in your car, purse, or backpack.

Remember your Why:

Prioritizing your nutrition is a form of self-care. Taking care of your own well-being enables you to be a more attentive and energetic parent. Don't be afraid to ask for support from friends, family, or a professional if needed.

Looking for support? Schedule an appointment with our family dietitian. Email us at or call (833) 516-0454! Scheduling is managed by LWell, Inc.

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