My breastfeeding journey has been well documented on this blog. I’ve nursed three children and consider myself a pro at breastfeeding. The only thing I haven’t conquered is having a balanced diet while breastfeeding. Though I was eating healthy I was having too many unhealthy slip ups. This maybe why with my second child I had a hard time losing weight. Not only did I not lose weight but I had no energy and my depression was at an all time high.
I’ve decided on a different approach this time. I decided that right after the birth of my daughter I would jump back into healthy eating and creating a balanced diet. I know most experts say wait until you’ve established a your milk supply, but I know my body pretty well so I started my healthy eating journey 2 weeks postpartum.
I joined a “Mommy Makeover” group in which is hosted by my friend Erika who happens to be a Beach Body coach. I thought that this would be the best way to help me create healthy eating habits. I’m a following the 21 Day Fix (only the eating portion since I’m only 4 week postpartum). However, this post isn’t about 21 Day Fix, it’s about creating a good eating habits postpartum. Since I am overweight I decided it’s better to start sooner than later. You can also ready my post about being overweight and pregnant here.
Right now I’m focused on getting in enough nutrient dense foods to supply quality milk for my baby, and fuel for my body. I really need to make sure I feel my best daily for myself and my kids. I need to have enough energy to care for 3 children. My focus is also to make sure I keep postpartum depression away, and I believe I can do this by focusing on good nutrition.
My Meal Options
Since I am breastfeeding I bumped up my daily calorie goal. This still falls into the 21 Day Fix meal plan. Here are some of the foods I’m eating. I am trying to get in a variety of vitamins and minerals each meal.
Every morning I have a smoothie. Depending on what I feel my body needs for the day I will with drink my Very Berry Lactation Smoothie or a smoothie made with nutritional powder added. I also add fresh fruits and greens to my smoothies. I’m trying different types of nutritional powders to add to my smoothie, but right now I’m using Garden of Life Raw Organic meal replacement.
Baked Salmon with Arugula and Cucumber Salad
Spaghetti Squash with Gardein Ground “Meat” (Vegan)
Photo of one of my meal prep sessions.
Black Bean Soup with Brown Rice
Chicken Fajita with Brown Rice
Frittata with Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Feta Cheese and Bacon
Sorry for the crappy pictures, but I meal prepping with children is hard! So I just had to take whatever pictures I could get! LOL.
So far my supply has been great, and I feel great emotionally and physically. I’m still tired at the end of the day (this comes with parenting), but I do have enough energy to sustain me. I will update on my fitness goals and if I plan to start heavy lifting again.