My baby is made of fried chicken.
I started my third pregnancy thinking I would not gain that much. You know, try to stay in the 25-35 recommended gain range. I really got off on the wrong foot though because the night before I found out I was pregnant I made my husband go pick up Popeye’s spicy thighs. It was just a snowball effect from there. Stews, BBQ, big batches of rich soups, more fried chicken, more ribs, 50 pounds- 6 1/2 pounds of baby.
I have now lost 56 pounds and recently worked with a certified health coach to correct some body issues I was having. (really bad joint pain, tiredness and just feeling like the life was being sucked from my bones because of nursing)
This is how I did it, but realize I am not a dietician. I have not done all the research. There is SO much false information and fad diets out there, so if these tips help you then that is great, but you need to do what works for your body.
1. Start walking
I walked during my pregnancy about 15 miles per week. I took a break after delivering for 4 weeks and then I started walking 4 miles a day 5 days a week. I went back to work and I was able to bring Phoebe with me so I just turned my commute into my exercise time. I hate public transportation and I won’t pay for parking downtown so my daily exercise kind of became non-negotiable. I wasn’t getting home unless I did the walk. If I didn’t have this commute to do I would probably find places to go where I had to walk to get there. It helps to bring the baby in either a baby carrier or stroller. Extra resistance and weight burns more calories.
2. Don’t “diet”- enjoy your food
Something I learned a long time ago is that you need to find a way to eat or diet that you would be willing to do the rest of your life. I know I would never be able to do Paleo, Atkins, HCG, vegan, or any other fad diet for the rest of my life. I hate dieting. What I am willing to do is eat organic meats, fruits and veggies and dairy with the occasional grain product and treats. That I can do.
The health coach I worked with explained to me that the feeling I was having in my bones was from a total mineral deficiency. There’s the old wives saying that with every baby you lose a tooth. Well I felt my body was really, really drained. She had me start making my own broths from beef and chicken bones or buying the organic high quality prepared broths. They helped immensely. She also had me drink a calcium magnesium drink that really worked wonders too.
4. No soy
I never realized that soy is in pretty much everything. EVERYTHING. I believe soy is bad for you in such large quantities. From the small amount of research I have done I know I do not want something that can send our children into early puberty and make my body produce estrogen and as well isn’t it one of the most genetically modified foods outside of corn? I have felt my hormones really steady out since cutting it.
The weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. You have to be consistent with healthy eating and exercise over a period of time. My husband and I started recording our weight on a piece of paper on the fridge every few days. (he had put on some fried chicken pounds too) It really helped to keep us motivated over a long period. Remember though, it is hard to be consistent if you are eating in a way that you hate.
I switched to mostly organic and I will never go back. Enough said.
7. No (or limited) wheat or grains
When I started with my health coach she wanted to address the problem I was having with my joints. I almost had a mild arthritis. She had me cut all grains and dairy and increase nuts, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, fish and veggies. I lasted about one week with no dairy. I pretty much dreamed of yogurt all day long. I had some yogurt with no adverse reaction so started eating that. Then one morning I had some processed oatmeal. OH MY GOODNESS. Within 15 minutes I was itching all over my back and scalp and my body felt like I had a dust bowl inside of it. My whole life I thought I did best on a diet heavy in grains and low in fat. Nothing could be further from the truth. Wheat and I are no longer in a committed relationship. We will just have occasional flings and only if the pastry or sourdough is really sexy.
8. Stay away from processed foods
Pretty obvious. The more they are processed the more the life will be cooked, altered, chemicalized and otherwise turned into something that is no longer food.
9. Eat for energy
This idea has helped me many times when I’ve needed to kick an ice cream or junk food habit that had developed. Get your mind focused on the idea of eating food for the energy it will give your body. Your choices will be different.
My husband and I love greens. Kale, chard, mustard greens. All of it is super yum. I think this is a holdover from our heavy indulgence in southern cooking last year. Greens, Greens, Greens. We have been doing them lightly sautéed, steamed, in soups, omelets, salads and anything else I can dream up.
I have also been doing Amazing Grass Meal Shake every morning for about 2 months. I do the chocolate flavor because I am basically a chocoholic and it helps me get my fix. It started my day off with a nice boost of energy that sustains and it’s cleansing.
I strongly advise if you are having any issues with losing the baby weight, your health or feel your diet needs some tweaking contact Jada. She really helped me in a non-judgemental and encouraging way. The pain in my joints has vanished and I really learned a lot from her. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there anything I missed? What about things that have really worked for you?