This past Friday, April 3rd, I finally gave birth to my son Ramsey Peterson at 8:48 PM. It was a long and very exciting day which I can easily call the best day of my life. Having a baby for a week now has made me think about the stages of my life that I have been through so far. Granted that the stage I am entering is motherhood, I still feel very young (only being 25) and not too much different than I did when I was in middle school and high school writing down my running goals.
When I was writing my goals down back then, I never would have thought as far out as having a baby, however it may not have been a bad idea. If I had not been healthy through my teens as a serious athlete, I may not be in this wonderful phase of my life of motherhood. Eating to fuel our sports helps us keep a regular menstrual cycle which then lets us absorb all of the calcium which makes out bones strong. If our eating doesn’t match your energy output, then our menstrual cycles may stop and our bones will weaken and having babies in the future may become more difficult.
Eating healthily and plentiful is the key to young athletes success for competition and also for our lives. Having baby Ramsey was a far better victory than any of the races I have won in the past. If it weren’t for good health and my eyes on the future when I was younger, I may not have been blessed with such a beautiful chapter that life offers us. Always keep life goals in mind when making athletic ones and be sure they go hand and hand to optimize your health and happiness to last your life.
Nutrition tip of the day: Replace those coffees and lattes with steamed milk. I find myself wanting a nice hot cup of coffee in the afternoon to go along with some sort of snack. Lastly however I have switched my cup of coffee for a nice cup of steamed milk. Drinking too much coffee and caffeine can strip our bones of calcium if we drink too much. By switching to steamed milk, you can still stop at your favorite coffee shop and enjoy a nice hot beverage, but this one will be full of wonderful nutrition for your body and bones!