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9 Reasons Dieting While Parenting A Toddler SUCKS

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dietBack in 2007, I swore I’d never go on another diet. That was right before I got pregnant with my first child. I was sick of diets ruling my life and making me miserable.

The first time around, I found it easy to lose the baby weight. This time, I’m having some trouble with the last six or seven pounds. It may not sound like a lot, but it’s just enough to keep my jeans from feeling comfortable. I’ve been an intermittent runner since 2009 and I’ll admit I haven’t since our babysitter left town for the holidays, and uh, she’s been back for a week.

So, in an empty nutshell, I’ve started to feel just a little bit disgusting. While I normally consider myself  a moderately healthy eater, I felt like my eating was in a rut, and like my toddler, I was eating the same 10 things, even if they were healthy (plus a bunch of other things that may not be classified as healthy).

So, I’m attempting a bit of a cleanse for just seven days to see if I can get back on track. . This has involved eating a STUNNING number of fruits and vegetables, both cooked and raw. Although I’m only on day two, I already feel “cleaner.” However,  the lack of protein and carbs has been a bit on the challenging side when parenting the toddler.

I think I’ll make it through, but for future reference, maybe a cleanse while chasing a toddler and a preschooler is not the best idea.

Enjoy some reasons why, while you stare at some unhealthy toddler food favorites, plus other treats.

  • Toddlers snack 500 times a day. 1 of 9
    Toddlers snack 500 times a day.
    I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm ALWAYS in the kitchen, getting another snack.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Toddlers like to feed their parents. 2 of 9
    Toddlers like to feed their parents.
    I love you, but please stop shoving that graham cracker in my mouth.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Toddlers never finish the food on their plates. 3 of 9
    Toddlers never finish the food on their plates.
    ...Thus leaving it available.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Toddlers like comfort food. 4 of 9
    Toddlers like comfort food.
    This is probably why the term was invented.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Toddlers try the patience of those who have consumed adequate calories. 5 of 9
    Toddlers try the patience of those who have consumed adequate calories.
    So if you've only eaten fruit and vegetables all day, you might be a little testy.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Toddlers like pizza. 6 of 9
    Toddlers like pizza.
    Just try to get my kids to eat take-out salad. I dare you.
    Photo Credit: Flickr"
  • Toddlers often demand dessert. 7 of 9
    Toddlers often demand dessert.
    Damn, that ice cream looks good.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • No Nightly Beer. 8 of 9
    No Nightly Beer.
    My one source of decompression is noticeably absent.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Cheese. 9 of 9
    Cheese.
    'Nuff Said.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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Photo Credit: Diet by Gideon on Flickr

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