I'm so tired.
August 25, 2013 5:22 PM Subscribe
How do I improve my nutrition and overall well-being in these circumstances?
posted by annathea to health & fitness (21 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a nursing mom to an 11 month old and a 23 month old. I'm the primary breadwinner in the family and don't have much available time off.
I don't get much sleep at night, I have an IUD that is causing me to bleed 3 weeks out of every month (which is not helping my milk supply) and finally, my baby has so many food allergies that my diet is very restricted (no milk, wheat, eggs, soy, nuts, shrimp, banana, coconut or beef, and we're still doing testing to determine the remaining allergy culprits).
I live an hour from the nearest city and decent medical care, so I've been having trouble getting time to see my midwife about the IUD issues, esp. given the time I have to take off to get my sons to their various doctor and allergist appointments.
I am EXHAUSTED. Bone weary. It's tough to stay on top of everything I need to get done, I am struggling to feed my family of 5 given the disparate tastes and allergy issues of everyone in the house, I am resorting to whatever junk food is available and contains the fewest allergens (I keep eating things with soy in them because it's damned near impossible to find prepackaged foods that don't contain it, even if they're allergy friendly in every other respect) and I'm mainlining caffeine even though the effects are minimal at this point.
I have found a couple of extremely helpful cookbooks and am slowly getting things together to make some allergy friendly meals ahead, but I keep falling off the wagon when it's the end of the day and I have hungry people demanding food. "Falling off the wagon" means whatever take out is minimally dangerous. I have some supplements but avoid my multivitamins because something in them (I think zinc) makes me nauseated.
What do I do to improve my health in this situation? Are there tests I need to ask my doctors about? What supplements are actually useful and not just junk? I need advice and I think I need to hear from someone who's been in a similar situation. My body has a lot of demands on it and I need to know how to fuel it.