When a friend of mine and I were both staying home with our babies (she works full time now and I write for my blog/other publications part time), we used to text each other mid-day about whether we've eaten lunch. By about 5:00, we would both confirm that we did finally have PB & J. Some people believe that when you're a SAHM, there's nothing to do but make pancakes, meet up with lululemon-wearing moms at the park, and match and fold all the socks (oh, you have unfolded socks too? Bring them over! It's no bother).
But as it turns out, staying at home with the kids is unbelievably challenging. There's no ready-made structure, you often feel as though you're not accomplishing anything, and a deep sense of isolation can sometimes (oftentimes) follow you around the house as you go about your day. Then there's the shame that comes with yelling/constantly feeling frustrated with your kids, because you have no space or privacy or patience left.
So. Here are some things that helped me when I stayed at home, and still help me as a part-time SAHM: Get out of the house with your kids, even if just for a drive. Try to find a friend who "gets it" so you can text each other about how you haven't done the dishes in a week. And lastly, you need to eat. Somehow, it's gotta happen. Because hunger makes all the other emotions too much to handle. I'll wait here while you make some PB & J.
Okay, now, for you all moms out there (whether you work at a conventional job or as CEO of your home) who have trouble finding something nourishing to eat, here are a couple quick ideas that have helped me out in desperate times..
Homemade "granola": Mix your favorite healthy cereal (I like Kashi's Sprouted Grains), with almond slices, walnuts, and chocolate chips. Snack on through out the day to help curb hunger
A break from PB & J... Veggies on toast: My favorite is avocado with cucumber and tomato and a sprinkle of kosher salt. I love Angelic's sprouted breads
Healthy chocolate shake: Add 1 Frozen banana, 1 cup chocolate almond milk (I love the Silk brand), and 1 tbsp peanut butter to a blender. If you don't have a frozen banana, add a few cubes of ice.
I hope this helps even just a little bit. I know how hard it can be to take care of yourself when you're caring for your beloved kids and simply trying to "survive".
What other ideas do you guys have? Whether you're a mom or not, what food do you depend on to get through your day?