The naughty eating habits of a busy Mum


Something has happened to me since I became a parent.

It’s to do with my eating habits.

Since I’ve had the twins something has happened to me – food-wise. Because I no longer eat three meals a day, at regular times of the day. Like I did before.

Pre kids – Hubby and I loved our food. We liked eating out, we would plan what to cook during the week and buy a variety of different cookbooks. However now, all that has changed. Drastically.

As a parent here’s how my ‘relationship’ with food is going:

The NTFAF (No Time For Any Food)

This stage of my life was when the twins were first born. I was experiencing tiredness beyond belief – struggling to even know what day it was. The pre-made stews and lasagnes that (whilst pregnant) I had stood and made, preparing and freezing, had now all been eaten. Going food shopping felt equally as complicated to that of sitting an advanced physics exam. Therefore the fridge was mostly bare – apart from containing all the baby milk.

Eating wasn’t really that important to us though. Mealtimes would pass without any thought. Lunchtime? Didn’t exist. Dinnertime wasn’t on anyone’s agenda. It got into the evening and Hubby and I might have a take away, or maybe just even have a quick sandwich. There was far more going on.

Did I shed loads of weight and have a body like Myleene Klass during this stage….errr no. Not at all.

The SCD (Sugar Craving Diet)

The twins aren’t sleeping for whatever reason (one is teething, or has a cough/cold) and so I wake up feeling like a zombie every day. You know those mornings when you get up and look forward to bedtime ALL day? You can’t stop yawning and your eyes burn? That. Anyway…I’m now trying to be good with food; I’m eating salads for lunch and making healthy choices for dinner…but those sugar cravings are hard work.

“Eat me” says the cake.

“Try me” says the biscuit – and at 3pm when you feel like you could literally close your eyes and sleep sitting up, a whole pack of cookies goes down no problem.

It’s this phase that I have started my addictions to diet coke, coffee, chocolate bars. Anything for a ‘legal high’. Just to get me through another hour; another game of hide & seek, or an episode of Peppa Pig.


The FBS (Food Bin Stage)

Right now, I’m currently here – going through this fun. Picture this. It’s Friday night, the twins are eating pizza for their tea and I’m having stir fry with Hubby later on when he gets home. Except that I had my lunch at 11.25am with them and now I am so hungry that the cheesy smell is actually making me drool. I’m hovering over them, willing them to eat and desperate to join them.

And then I do it.

When they’ve had enough and are finished I eat 3 pieces off Harry’s plate, and 4 off Lottie’s and then eat the 1 left on the chopping board.

This should be going in the food waste bin. Except that said bin – is now me. I used to scrape things into it, throw things away…now I shove them into me instead.

Then a few hours later, Hubby gets home and we have a stir fry.

TWO MEALS! No wonder I can’t shift this Mum tum.

It’s the same most days. I pick cheese that they leave, I eat their leftover toast. I finish their cereal. I munch on the cake they discard. I can’t bring myself to bin it. It looks so yummy. I know I shouldn’t do it, but….


I have no willpower.

I have no restraint.

Help me!

Mums' Days
Mami 2 Five


  1. February 6, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Haha uh oh I am lucky that Mr F comes home fairly early so we all eat together. Plus, the girls eat all of their food so there is no left overs to pinch!!

    • Jess
      February 6, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Very lucky! I need serious help 😉 xx

  2. Emma
    February 6, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    I was very much on the SCD! It is so hard when you have nice treats in the house for the children but then most of them make it into your belly. I am trying really hard to change my eating habits and have bought some healthy cookery books and have given up coffee and diet coke (I really miss diet coke!). I find it really hard on a Friday night when I can’t be bothered cooking and just want takeaway, chocolate and wine!

    Em x

    • Jess
      February 6, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Friday night is OK! Treat night. I’m with you there – trying to resist all the other times though is hard! xx

  3. Emz
    February 6, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    I’ve been through all these stages and am currently at the FBS!!! My baby is 10 months so I cook her meals, she doesn’t eat them so I do instead, argh! Great list x

    • Jess
      February 6, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Oh no!! We must step away from their plates…… us! Lol 😉 xx

  4. February 6, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    Haha you have double the food to pick at! To be honest my son never ever leaves any food and has even started finishing his little sister’s sometimes too! I am in a total sugar hole at the moment and can’t stop scoffing despite my best efforts. 🙁 xx

    • Jess
      February 6, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      Sugar is my major weakness too. Anything with sugar in, or on, and I’m craving it. Whoooops! Jess x

  5. February 6, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    This is so true Jess I remember doing them when the boys were little too xx

    • Jess
      February 7, 2015 / 11:05 am

      Very naughty isn’t it? I must try harder!! x

  6. February 7, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    this i me all over the 3pm biscuit cravings are the worst the custard creams don’t stand a chance! x

    • Jess
      February 8, 2015 / 8:48 am

      It’s either a nap – or biscuits!!! LOL xx

    • Jess
      February 8, 2015 / 8:46 am

      Terrible isn’t it? I am hoping that the running will work it all off! 😉

  7. February 8, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    All these phases resonate with me too huni! Great post. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • Jess
      February 8, 2015 / 3:42 pm

      Ha ha – so wrong, but so right! 😉

  8. February 8, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    The Food Bin Stage definitely sounds familiar!!! I’ve given up eating dinner with my husband when he gets home from work, I eat with my son at 530pm as I was doing the same as you! The only trouble is, having an early tea makes me a bit peckish later on in the evening….wheres that biscuit tin! x

    • Jess
      February 8, 2015 / 6:02 pm

      Oh yes me too – I end up either having two dinners, or I’m hungry late at night! help xxxx

  9. February 8, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    absolutely know what you mean! I’m definitely hungry by the time the kids have their dinner so I’m now having dinner with them. My husband comes home at about 8pm which would be way to late for me to wait! Sometimes I have a second dinner with later which I don’t even feel guilty about because it’s good to eat smaller portions more often! Having my dinner with the kids actually helped me to lose all my baby weight and more so maybe try it 🙂 and feeling guilty is the worst so don’t xx

    • Jess
      February 8, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      OK you’ve made me feel better!!!! Thanks hun xx

  10. February 8, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    This is so familiar! I am like this so much. My tummy would be so much happier if I didn’t like food quite so much. #sundaystars

    • Jess
      February 9, 2015 / 8:41 am

      Ha ha 🙂 xx You don’t have a tummy!

  11. Rachel
    February 10, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    I am so lucky my girls love their food so there are no leftovers. I don’t want for hubby to come over either. I eat with the girls, hubby reheats his later. We would so a stir fry when I know he is coming home early. I weakness Is peanuts and biscuits. Those are my 3.30pm pick me up until I have dinner. #sundaystars

    • Jess
      February 10, 2015 / 12:32 pm

      330pm is so tough!! My weakness – I agree! Thanks for the comment, Jess xx

  12. February 14, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Yes, yes and yes! One trick my mother told me to stop you picking at left overs is to get an empty bottle of washing up liquid and fill it up with water. Every time your kids finish eating, squirt the soapy water over the top. Soggy, soapy pizza is just not as appetising 😀

    • Jess
      April 7, 2015 / 12:54 pm

      Great idea. I’m doing it 🙂 x

  13. February 15, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    I am addicted to chicken dipper and fish finger sandwiches!
    Basically whatever little miss has for lunch on a butty.
    So wrong, but so right!

    • Jess
      February 16, 2015 / 8:41 am

      Ha ha!! I am basically eating all my dinners…and theirs! Whooops 🙂 x

  14. Betty and the Bumps
    April 1, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    I am experiencing the food bin stage this second. Gwenn has lost interest in tea so I just know I’m going to have what she has left. I can’t abide waste! I don’t drink alcohol at all so I crave sugar when I’m having the worst day (I think this at some point on most days!). Cake is my wine. Not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing really! x

    • Jess
      April 1, 2015 / 7:19 pm

      Cake is my wine too, but so is wine! I eat the cake and drink the wine. No hope for me!! x

  15. April 9, 2015 / 8:26 am

    YES YES YES – done them all. I have darted to either throw Marnie leftover food straight away or squirt washing up liquid on it! x This should be a handout leaflet to every new mum! ha ha

  16. May 15, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Oh my! I can totally relate to this. 9 months on and in still trying to get my food habits right with this crazy ever changing routine of motherhood! K x

  17. July 12, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    When I had three under 5, I forced myself to squirt a little washing up liquid on any leftovers so that I wasn’t tempted to pick at them… I don’t have that restraint now though(!)

    • Jess
      July 12, 2015 / 1:21 pm

      Ha ha yes good tip!! 🙂 I need to learn to do this xx

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