All the whey!!!
One of the biggest adjustments I had as a dad was how you all of a sudden go from Greg to
Etta’s dad. Not so much the being called Etta’s dad, I don’t really have a problem with that but more that seismic shift in your brain that your role as Greg, taking care of yourself gets shifted to a distant second behind being all things you need to be for your children.
I always put them first, so does Alice and often to our detriment, I don’t work as often as I should as I want to give them the one thing you can’t buy…...my time. Three kids and five years later I have made so many mistakes trying to strike that work / life balance and how to stay healthy while having a busy lifestyle as a dad. But the good news is I really think I have cracked it.
Working with WheyForLiving.com, I’ve come up with these top tips for staying healthy and happy.
1. Wake up early, let the kids sleep in and have a work out before they wake up: Starting
the day right with a work out always make me a better human for the rest of the day. I
get an hours work out between 6am and 7am and then make it home to pick the kids up for the school run. If I don’t work out early I always find things to do that stop me going to the
gym, not because I don’t want to but we all have to-do lists as long as our arms.
2. Eat well, not just for your body but for your mind: We have all been told we are what you
eat but we have noticed a correlation between what we eat and our mood and in turn
how that affects our outlook on life. Eat well and we are a pair of happy positive people
that get things done, eat processed junk foods and it's the opposite, the same is said in a huge way for our children. Keeping a food and mood diary helped me to see the
correlation. Trust me invest the time to see what makes your mood down and learn to
turn that frown upside down from the inside out. A top tip is to ensure you get enough protein in your diet. Whey protein is a great way to do so – it’s one of the easiest ways to get your essential amino acids.
3. Intermittent fasting: I struggle to be productive on a full tummy no matter how good the
food is that goes into me. 5 days a week I eat my first meal at 2pm followed by dinner
with the kids at 6pm and then some healthy snacks at 8pm. I fuel myself through the
morning with coffee and a protein shake after my workout and it helps to keep me
focused and positive.
4. Find a way to walk: I have only just learnt to drive… yep 37 years young and a month
before Alice gave birth to Eesa I passed my test, it was out of necessity rather than
wanting to do so. I have always been happy to walk and jump on public transport, it's
been a conscious decision since my teens for the climate, my wallet and my health.
Even with being able to drive and having bought a car I use it only when essential, I
even split the big food shop into two so that I can walk down with the kids and the buggy.
A by-product of this is that I only have enough space / hands to carry what we need
rather than what I want from the supermarket.
5. Find a way to exercise with your family: One of the greatest gifts we can give our children
is to give them the gift of loving sport and exercise. We run together, Etta and Ezra have
tiny little weights that they lift with me when I do kettlebells at home (they love this as
they get to have a muscle drink aka a mini whey protein shake!) and lastly, we yoga
together on the roof Saturday and Sunday mornings and any school break mornings.
6. Go for a run when your stressed: Having your headphones in and running off into the
sun when the kids are sleeping helps me think through all sorts of money, work and life
problems. Alice taught me that it’s a great way to put things into the right place in your
head, when she was studying and had a mental block she always ran to help her think
better. We hope to instil this into the kids as a proactive way of dealing with any school woes.
7. Lastly make a healthy lifestyle your friend, own it, put it first and see how it can ripple
through life and make you a better person. And in the great words of Yoda, “there is no
try there is do or do not)
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