Once upon a time I already wrote this blog post and then my iPad shut off and deleted it. #iwantedtopullmyhairout.
I couldn't get myself to sit down and rewrite it right away because of my crazy frustration, but I finally found the time to start over again. (I apologize for the delay after I mentioned on Instagram it would be up in a week)! Better late than never I always say, unless we are talking menstrual cycles and then I say, "better never than late!".
Nutrition and health have always been important to me, not that I'm always healthy, but I do have a subconscious voice in my head that keeps me from putting oatmeal pies in my shopping cart and scolds me for the heaping bowl of Moose Tracks I devour before bed. I don't eat completely clean 100% of the time, but I do put some effort towards it 90% of the time. The knowledge is there, it's the willpower that gets me. You feel me?
After Maddox was born I was told I couldn't workout for 6 weeks so immediately I knew I was going to have to focus on my eating if I wanted to make losing my baby weight even the slightest bit easy. Luckily childbirth and breastfeeding do AMAZING things for dropping weight, (as in 25lbs in 2 weeks), but I still have access skin on my belly and cellulite on my thighs. Of course working out is going to help me take care of that, but focusing on my eating to keep from gaining more weight is helpful.
So what do I eat? I follow a few simple guidelines, which I'll mention below, and I also will share a typical days meals to give you an idea. I have followed Tone It Up for years now. I gain most of my knowledge I am mentioning below from following them and their nutrition plan. I LOVE them and their approach to creating a healthy lifestyle, not just following some fad diet that makes your body suffer.
please note I am not a licensed nutritionist, I am simply sharing knowledge from experience. You should always consult your physician when it comes to your health.
5 MEALS, EVERY 2 HOURS
The idea is to keep your metabolism going. Skipping meals causes your blood sugar to dive and your metabolism to slow down. Eat well portioned meals every 2-3 hours. Meal one, three and five should be your main meals with a protein and a veggie. Meals two and four are your snacks so keep it light with fruit or a Lara Bar.
LEAN, CLEAN & GREEN
It's as simple as it sounds and it's a TIU basic. Eat lean proteins, clean, unprocessed foods and always incorporate a veggie with every meal. I swear you will notice the biggest difference in your body if you eliminate processed foods. How do you steer clear of processed foods? Stick to the outside perimeters of the grocery store and if you can't pronounce half of the ingredients on the back of the product, put it down!
TIU says to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day to keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration slows down your metabolism and causes cravings. I keep my "sippy cup" up above with me all the time. That's why I call it my sippy cup because I take it everywhere. I also keep wedges of lemon in the refridgerator to add a squeeze to my water. I occasionally add Mio to my water too when I need a little something else!
** If you are a soda drinker ( I totally am ) a great way to kick the habit is with a La Croix! They are a flavored, carbonated beverage so it's similar to soda without the nasty fake sugar and syrup. I also love Kombucha!
PRENATAL (OR MULTIVITAMIN)
I'm still taking a prenatal because I'm breastfeeding and I need a high dose of folic acid, but a multivitamin for the non-preggo/non-breastfeeders will do. It's important to give your body all the vitamins it needs to do it's job efficiently. Sometimes we don't always get it in our meals so it's helpful to have back up :)
A TYPICAL DAY IN MEALS
9am •• yogurt with flaxseed, cinnamon and sliced almonds OR an egg scramble with veggies
11am •• one piece of fresh fruit and a handful of almonds
2pm •• Flatbread with sliced chicken, avocado, spinach and mustard OR dinner leftovers
4pm •• Carrots and hummus OR a hard-boiled egg and fruit
7pm •• This varies a lot! Chili, salmon, chicken breast with a veggie and quinoa.
If I want dessert I shoot for a piece of dark chocolate, 1/2 of a dark chocolate milkyway is my favorite!
I hope this helps! Just remember to give yourself some grace, you just had a mini human you carried for many, many weeks! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below or email me at email@example.com. I'll be happy to answer them the best I can!