Kate your funny, you like the textures and chewing etc... LOL
Jodi, I agree with what everyone else said to you about writting down what you eat. I have been doing this for the past two weeks and I find it helps. I eat very well anyway but on those not so good days I don't actully feel bad or put my self down for eating a chocolate or something naughty because I look back on what I have previouly eaten and it makes me not feel guilty and makes eating properly easier because I know I can afford to eat something "bad" once in awhile.
Have a look on the motivation subject discussion because mimosa8 wrote some fantastic things. Its true how she says when your shopping to stick on the outside of the isles, that's where all the nutrious foods are.
I have a little one also, she will be one on monday 12/11/07. I didn't breastfeed so I don't know much about it however i do know that the healthier you eat the more your little one will benifit and seeing as though you are still breastfeeding your little ones well being is EXTREMLY important to you. (even though I didn't breastfeed my little ones well being is also VERY important to me. I have since started a nutrion course just to make sure she grows up with proper eating habbits).
I eat 5 times a day. Here's an example of what I'd eat in a day. This is what I had today.
Breakfast. 50grms of sanitarium granola cereal with skim milk. (the ceral is wholegrain which is low GI. Longer lasting energy)
2 wholemeal crackers with some spreadable chedder chesse. Green apple
( crakers= low Gi for energy and chesse is protien which helps with muscle development and helps you fill full). The more muscle you have the more fat you'll burn. Apple is a good source of fibre.
Wholemeal pitta bread with ham and chopped up red and green capscian, carrot and cucumber). Strawberry fat free yougert (which helps me with sugaur cravings cos even though its sweet I'm getting calcuim) again, bread is low gi, ham is protien and vegies are extra nutrients/vitamins. and calcuim for your teeth and bones.
Choc base nut bar.
Choc not so good however I get my fix in a real small doseage so i don't indulge later. Nuts (almonds), good for omega 3, protein, vitamins and healthy fats (which out baby needs).
Grilled Fish (skinless frozen fish) Broccolli, Cauliflour, carrots.
This meal provides omega 3. Essential good fats. Vitamins. Minerals. Antioxidants.
As for modivation. Stick a horrible photo of yourself on the fridge. I mean the worst possible looking photo you can find. So that whenever you look at it you say YUK. Only you have the power to change. You need to be in the right frame of mind and be sure that you are doing this for you.
Need more Motivation? Look at your child. While you are breast feeding your child is feeding off your food intake. You need to be sure you are fueling yourself with as many nutrients and vitamins as possible.
Also, you need to set a good example for your little ones eating habbits in the future. After all you dont want your little one to ever feel the same way that you do right now hey?...
I'm new to this site and so far I love it. I've already learnt alot and everyone here seems really supportive. Afterall we are all here for the same reason.