The Healthy Parents’ Five-a-Day Rule

Home / The Healthy Parents’ Five-a-Day Rule - January 28, 2015 , by yvettelamb

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We all know the importance of a balanced and healthy diet and the impact this can have on a person’s wellbeing. The inclusion of five-a-day in your diet is essential because; healthy body, healthy mind, yes? Then of course, as parents, it must be even more important to eat and drink the right kind of things to maximise our health, because we can’t take sick days. Added to that the requirement to lead by example and have a positive influence on the diets of our children, it’s pretty clear that making the right choices and living within the rules when it comes to healthy eating is a no-brainer.

I appreciate it isn’t always easy to stick to every rule laid out on what to eat and in what amount, and that treating your stomach like a temple can be costly. But now is the perfect time to start afresh and move towards a healthier you. What’s more, following this healthy five-a-day plan could not be simpler.

Finally: a diet that fits with your busy lifestyle and makes every kind of sense for a healthier you.

One: Sugar

Sugar is the main staple food group for parents (and also elves), due to its ability to give an instant hit of energy just when you feel the need to curl up in the freezer aisle at Asda and have a snooze next to your tantruming toddler. In these circumstances, it is deemed acceptable to rip into a custard slice from the bakery section whilst shopping, so long as you present it at check-out with a mumbled explanation of not being able to wait. The staff have seen it all before so there is no need to feel ashamed.

As well as being essential to health, sugar can also be enjoyed as a social bonding ritual between parents in the form of biscuits and cake. Examples:

“Come over for a play date, I have many biscuits.” 

“Shall we take the kids to soft play? They do nice muffins, which we can inhale while our offspring are stuck in the ball pit, wailing.”

Two: Caffeine

This is the most important of your five-a-day intake. I know it is hard to remember everything once you become a parent, but don’t forget this bad boy, whatever else may slip your useless mind. First thing in the morning, before you do ANYTHING (just explain to the baby you need a few minutes – they’re usually cool with waiting), provide your body with the fix it really needs.  A popular method of administering caffeine is in liquid form, such as tea, coffee or Pepsi (absolutely normal at 630 am before you ask) which also provides the opportunity to consume sugar too – combining common sense and healthy living – perfect.

The main benefit of caffeine is that it gives you the ability to carry out arguably vital tasks such as thinking, caring for your children and managing to leave the house.

Three: Paracetamol

You know the drill. You’re up for the day even though it’s still legally classed as the middle of the night. Last night your kids either wouldn’t go to sleep or wouldn’t stay asleep, or both. Now they are up at an ungodly hour and being far too loud. You have had nowhere near enough sleep, your head is banging, your back is aching (kids are heavy!) and you feel like you have caught a virus (you have – parenthood). Some might say a glass of water and a brisk walk is exactly what you need to blow away the cobwebs and feel fresh, but obviously, knocking back some painkillers and curling up in a ball on the sofa for as long as your children allow – maybe 2 minutes – is the correct solution.

FYI, Calpol is a good substitute if you are out of ‘adult sweets’ and it actually tastes pretty good too. Don’t let your child see you though – they  may not wish to share their junk.

Four: Wine

Wine works differently to caffeine, in that it is best consumed in the evening rather than first thing in the morning. Although it is still an essential part of the five-a-day health plan, its benefits are best reaped after 7 pm (or whenever the feral in the family rest their heads). This can be waived in special circumstances, like when enjoying a meal out – I use the term enjoying loosely if your children are present – or to toast a happy event. The benefits of wine consumption as part of your five-a-day are relaxed muscles, reduced stress levels, and the ability to guiltlessly choose a night of television over cleaning the kitchen or tidying up.

Five: Gin

Unlike wine, gin can be consumed at any time of day, just let your sound and rational judgement guide you on essential usage. So long as you are not operating heavy machinery, I’m not aware of negatives and it certainly doesn’t ruin any mothers, as far as I understand.

N.B. I am of course being a little tongue-in-cheek here so fret not. I would NEVER actually tuck into a custard slice before paying. The rest is okay though, right?

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38 thoughts on “The Healthy Parents’ Five-a-Day Rule”

  1. tastehitch says:

    Nothing says ‘good morning world’ like breakfast gin.

    Great post 🙂

    1. It’s the only way to start the day!

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Nodding vehemently along to all of these. Caffeine deserves more than one spot in my list today (maybe I can replace the gin… *twitches*). Great post!

    1. Haha! Gin twitches are normal though, yes? 😉 You’re right – caffeine is definitely the holy grail of all that is important in parenting.

  3. I am printing this out and sticking it to the fridge! 😀

    1. Haha, what a good idea! Because what a nightmare it would be if ever we were to forget one of our vital 5!

  4. I’m with you sister! Bring on the Gin 🙂 #PoCoLo

    1. The gin is ON! Cheers! 🙂

  5. I LOVE this! How I would survive without wine, coffee and sugar I have no idea! #binkylinky

    1. I just hope we never have to find out! Thank you 🙂

  6. hahaha this is the best diet ever 😉 x #PoCoLo

    1. Yep, so easy to stick to yet healthy too! 🙂

  7. Ooooh gosh – I think caffeine is my number 1! I think….. I do love gin though 😉 x

    1. Hmmm, it is hard to choose between the two – luckily we don’t have to 😉

  8. Tarana Khan says:

    Awesome list! I simply cannot do without the first three 🙂 #PoCoLo

    1. Thank you and same here – First three all consumed / inhaled by lunch time at the latest 😉

  9. Astrid says:

    Lovely! I don’t drink alcohol so #4 and #5 are out fo rme, but I agree about the others. I’d add chips and black liquorice (the typically-Dutch kind) though.

    1. Chips is definitely a good sub – I’ll make that my back-up for the days I’m out of wine 😉

  10. alanaperrin says:

    Great diet! Can I substitute gin with rum?! #binkylinky

    1. Of course! The diet is nothing if not flexible 😉 Rum is a good call, I might sub it later today now…

  11. So a swig of coke from the fridge when heating a bottle at 3am is normal – thank goodness for that! x

    1. Completely normal – obviously 😉 x

  12. Some days (EVERY day) I need IV tea, straight into a vein! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    1. Ha, IV tea – I love it. You should take it to the dragons! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  13. I’m with you almost all the way here but actually try and keep the sugar to a minimum. I just don’t sleep enough to handle the crash! I’m guessing I’m fine to sub in extra coffee and vodka instead?

    1. Yes definitely – adding a vodka replacement is a wise and healthy choice! You are right – sugar crashes aren’t good especially on little sleep. I guess it’s one of the risks we take to maintain such a healthy lifestyle 😉

  14. Brilliant! The other great thing about Gin is that it looks like water…so no one will ever know! 😉 Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

    1. Thank you and Ha ha – very true! Another point for gin! Thanks for hosting 🙂 x

  15. I’m tee-total so can’t relate to some of the points, but paracetamol and sugar – yes! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    1. Thanks for hosting Emily and remember you can replace alcohol with extra sugar – it makes healthy sense! 😉

  16. I’m knocking back 2 paracetamol with a can of G&T on a train as I write this. It’s 9 am and I’m not ashamed!.on my way to a wedding sans kids!!!
    Woman after my own heart! Cracking post!
    Next up: a slab of cake from the buffet cart!x

    1. Haha, brilliant! I admire your style – not a second of child-free time wasted! Hope you had a fab time at the wedding and managed to tick off all of your 5-a-day several times over 😉

  17. Leann says:

    Wine can also be administered via iv if necessary!

    1. Oh really? That’s great because at the moment, I definitely feel it is necessary! 😉

  18. landers says:

    Gin! I’d forgotten all about gin! That’s what 6+ years of sleep deprivation does to a person. No wonder l’m not feeling tip top. A ginning l shall go…

    1. Yvette Lamb says:

      A ginning I shall go – what a perfect expression! Happy to have jogged your sleep-injured memory and ‘Cheers!’

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