Quick Start Guide: Eating Clean for Postpartum Weight Loss

Ready to lose your baby bump, and bring sexy back?

I know. Duh! Who isn’t right?!

Well, if you’re serious, you’re gonna wanna keep reading, because 80% of what you need to do to start losing weight postpartum is detailed below.

Postpartum Weight Loss Guide to Eating Clean

Eat 5-6 meals a day

This sounds like a lot and even counterproductive, but if you eat less at each meal it’s totally doable.

When you’re not eating a bunch of fat and junk, and you space your meals out every 2-3 hours, your body is less likely to go into starvation mode throughout the day.

Starvation mode tells your body that you’re not getting enough nutrients, so it sends red flag signals out to store more fat for a “hungry” day.

This is why it’s never a good idea to skip meals when you’re wanting to lose weight, or ever for that matter.

This way of eating also curbs cravings, so you’re less likely to get the urge to eat the whole box of a dozen Krispy Kremes.

Eliminate sugar

Sugar is the devil!

No really, sugar is seriously a drug, and if you have kids like mine, that bounce off the walls and throw fits when they don’t get their next fix, then you know exactly what I mean.

Sugar, whether it’s refined or not, white or brown, has no nutritional value. It’s just empty calories, which has no place in a clean eating plan. EVER.

I’m not exempt from cravings every now and again, but a wise person once told me to think about what can be found in nature when the cravings sneak up on me, and reach for what my ancestors had no choice but to reach for…fruit.

But don’t go ape-shit with the fruit either.

Drink the right amount of water, daily

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Drinking enough water is another one of those counter-intuitive things when it comes to postpartum weight loss, especially when you’re already feeling big and bloated.

Weeeell, it’s true!

Drinking more water actually helps reduce bloating and swelling and the overall feeling of heaviness.

It’s the same as with eating more meals. When you drink more water, your body doesn’t hold onto water (water weight) thinking it needs to save you from dying of thirst.

Reduce or eliminate processed foods

This goes hand in hand with the last tip.

Foods that are processed are not “clean”. They have ingredients, many times artificial ones, added to them.

If a food has a label, is in a box, or in a can or bag, it’s been processed in some way.
I suggest using an app like “Eating Clean” while grocery shopping, or before consuming any foods.

This app allows you to scan the barcode of any product, and it will alert you when it detects any additives or ingredients you want to avoid. It’s really cool, and so far it’s been mostly accurate.

Eat whole foods

Well if you’re not eating processed foods, what’s left?

Foods that haven’t been tampered with, or natural whole foods. Foods that are straight from the source.

Foods like whole fruits or veggies, nuts and seeds, and even some whole grains.

Like the title suggests, this is by no means the end all be all to eating clean for postpartum weight loss, but it’s definitely a good and solid start.

Start implementing these principles today, and you’ll soon start noticing the fat shed away.

Which eating clean principle makes you most anxious? For me it’s eliminating sugar. Your turn. Comment below.

 

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5 Creative Ways New Moms Can Make Sure You Get Enough Water Daily

Are you struggling to get enough to eat, figure out the breastfeeding dance with your little one, wash your ass, and keep your eyelids open long enough to do the laundry…

…on top of trying to remember how much water you need to be drinking, let alone remembering to actually drink it?

Yes?

Well you’re in the right place, because I was there once, and I wrote this post for new moms like you, to share my top 5 creative hacks for making sure I stay hydrated throughout the day.

It’s super important to stay hydrated as a new mom to help get your body back to normal hormone and energy wise, but it’s also critical in losing that baby bump, and bringing sexy back.

Use any or all of these 5 tips, and watch your water intake skyrocket. For best results, choose a strategy that resonates with your personality.

Tip number 3 is personally the best for me!

Number 1: Add some flavor

creative ways to get more water
Let’s face it!

You’re drinking something throughout the day, unless you’re part camel, and can get through without any liquids at all.

So what’s the real reason you’re not drinking any or enough water?

It’s because you don’t like it, which is kinda odd seeing as though it has no taste, but I digress.

If taste is your issue, add some flavor.

You can add fruit, veggies, and even herbs and spices.

What issues do you have as a new mom? Hormones out of whack? Breast milk not abundant enough? Skin breaking out? Exhausted? Do you have low or no energy? Wanting to lose some weight?

Do some research to find out what fruit, veggie, or herb can help with an issue you might be facing, and add it to your water.

Win-win.

Just be sure that you sometimes get plain ol’ water in too.

Number 2: Alternate

So since we know you’re not part camel, and you’re in fact drinking something, how about alternating what you’re drinking.

If you have orange juice or coffee with breakfast, have water with your mid morning snack or lunch.

If you drink water with breakfast–as if. Who does that? Then, have it again with your afternoon snack, or with dinner.

You get the picture.

This works when you’re out and about too.

Out for dinner?

Ask for water in addition to your wine, and alternate sips of water and your beverage of choice.

Out socializing with friends?

For every drink have a bottle or glass of water.

Number 3: Use an app

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This is my favorite way of making sure I get enough water, because I found an app that I absolutely love.

It not only alerts me throughout the day (next tip), but it also calculates the exact amount of water I need based on my weight and other factors, such as the fact that I’m breastfeeding.

On top of that I tell it how many ounces my bottle is, and it lets me know how many bottles I need to drink in a day.

The best part, which speaks to my competitive side is that it grades me each day, and provides an overall grade as well. I have a C right now, which is not so hot, but that fuels me to do better so I can bring my grade up.

There are lots of apps out there, but the one I use is called Water Your Body! I did upgrade to be able to access all the features, and it’s now compatible with the Apple health app.

Number 4: Set reminders


You can always simply whip out your smartphone, and set alarms or reminders to get alerted at specified times throughout the day.

Depending on the frequency of your alerts, you can either down a certain amount of ounces of water, say a full glass or whole bottle, or you can simply take a sip toward your next milestone (more on that in tip 5).

Number 5: Make your mark


Making your mark is about creating milestones for your water intake, and making them visible.

* Figure out how much water you need a day.

* Choose a container to drink out of, and determine how many of them you need per day in order to get your total amount of water in.

* Figure out how much water you need to consume (milestone #1) by certain points in the day (milestone #2) and literally mark it on your water bottles.

This works best with disposable plastic bottles.

So there you have it!

5 simple and creative and fun ways to make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day.

Just because we’re not pregnant anymore doesn’t mean we’re off the hook with getting our water in. If anything, it’s more crucial that we get it now, especially when breastfeeding.

So tell me, which of these tips do you like best? Which tip are you gonna implement today? Comment below.

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The Verdict is Out! Pre-workout Supplements (While Breastfeeding)

Over the past 3 weeks my Instagram account has increased by over 500 followers.  I’ll write about how that happened in a later post.

Anywho, an overwhelming majority of my new followers want to know the same thing…

Do/Did I use any supplements in conjunction with my fitness/workout plan?!

I hadn’t been at all, but I decided to do a bit of research on some of these popular supplements (creatine, glutamine, etc.) to see if they might enhance my workouts/results, since people seemed to think I was already using them.

Here’s what I experienced after I decided to try a preworkout drink.

Preworkout Supplements While Breastfeeding

Like almost all of the supplements I’ve ever taken, I went straight to Vitacost to see what they had available in terms of creatine, glutamine, protein, and a preworkout supplement.

I love Vitacost, because they mostly carry brands that I would get from my local natural foods stores or co-ops, but sometimes as much as 70% off.

I came across a new line of fitness supplements (Aro) by Vitacost, and decided to go with that.

So, this post is by no means my take on ALL preworkout supplements as much as it is specifically about the Vitacost brand.

Aro by Vitacost: Pre Workout Drink (Pink Lemonade)

My first reaction was DELICIOUS!

I took it about 30 minutes before doing my squat challenge workout for the day.

I pumped some breastmilk prior to just in case I felt weird about nursing Awesome with it in my system.  The package says that nursing/pregnant women should consult a physician before taking it, because one scoop (and it’s teeny tiny) is equivalent to about 2 cups of coffee.

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preworkout supplements while breastfeeding

I’m not a coffee drinker at all.  

Even my green tea that I drink regularly is caffeine-free, so naturally I had some concerns, but if you know anything about The Squat Challenge, you know it’s no joke, and some days I could use a little boost to get me through.

So, I gave it a try.

Here are the pros:

  • Again.  It was delicious, and tasted just like pink lemonade.
  • If I hadn’t experienced the cons (listed below), I could totally see how this supplement could give anyone the boost they needed to finish long and hard workouts. (I haven’t taken it since the first time.  It has become my husband’s, and he LOVES it!)
  • After stopping my workout (more about why I didn’t finish below), I wasn’t sore at all.  I actually felt like I could keep going.
  • I was definitely pumped up and energized.

& The cons:

  • My lips got super dry after a few minutes of consuming the drink.
  • I felt really jittery (remember, I’m not a regular caffeine consumer though).
  • I had an overall “crackhead” feeling.  My mind was racing, and I was really forgetful.  I would be counting out my reps, and totally forget what number I was on ( I’m sure I did more than necessary a few times).
  • I ended my workout prematurely, because I just felt too jittery and off
  • After about an hour of consumption I felt really hot inside
  • After 2 hours of consumption I started to feel REALLY cold
  • And the worst of all 😦 I had to bottle feed Awesome for the first time EVER since he’s been born. (This broke my heart, and is the main reason I decided that this supplement isn’t for me).

Overall, I give it a B+, because it actually did work, it’s just too much for my system.

If you’re looking for a good supplement to give you enough energy to get through a workout, that’s fairly natural, and you’re not pregnant or breastfeeding, I would go for it.

If you’re pregnant/breastfeeding, but consume caffeine regularly, I say run it by your healthcare provider, or your good ole intuition to decide if everything else in it is okay for your little one(s).  If you feel good about it I say why not?!

preworkout supplements while breastfeeding

So, the verdict is out (on Vitacost’s preworkout drink), but meanwhile I still haven’t found anything to really give me that extra boost to get me through my workouts.

What are your suggestions, or advice on supplements that would be good for a non-caffeine-drinking breastfeeding mom?  

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