I can't tell you how many clients I've had that are parents and seek my advice regarding nutrition.
It's a lot.
Here's a bit of a confession though....
I don't feel qualified to give them advice.
Why do I feel that way?
I'm not a parent.
I'm not a parent, but I have a very healthy respect and appreciation for what parents go through. You have a life(or lives) that are reliant on you. To have to manage all the things that any other adult would have to manage PLUS one or more other lives on top of that is something that I can't speak to having personal experience with. I have gone through similar struggles with managing my lifestyle in the past though and at times it was very difficult, but again, I'm managing that with no children.
I can and do definitely provide guidance. I can put together a meal plan for you. I can educate you and stress how important your protein intake is, how much sleep matters, and how getting physical activity in on a daily basis will help you lose the weight that you want to lose, but how do we craft that into a lifestyle that can be unpredictable or even if it is predictable it is very demanding with very little time for yourself?
It's tough, but doable.
And there's been quite a few parents that have blown my mind with how much they're able to progress while managing a career, a home, and multiple children.
For those parents (Shannon, Matt, Andrea, Honor, Mark, Lori to name a few) you inspire me.
For parents out there who are struggling to find better solutions for their health & fitness, hang in there. It takes time and experience to figure this stuff out, but if you need any advice, then shoot me a question and I'm happy to do my best to help you out.