When you’re pregnant, tons of focus and attention is showered upon you to ensure that you and the baby are healthy and thriving. As it should be – it’s an incredibly important time. You and the baby are worth it!
Then you have the baby and all the focus goes to the sweet bundle of joy, ensuring that he or she grows healthy and strong. And attention on your health and wellness… all but disappears.
And yet, it’s also a crucial time for you as your body undergoes all kinds of hormonal and physical changes.
Bottom line: if you get sick frequently, the hidden culprit may be the sugar in the foods you eat.
Think of the colds and viruses you get as a helpful warning sign of potentially bigger issues like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer down the road. You CAN turn your health around. Remember that with each thing you put in your mouth, you’re choosing to FUEL disease, or to FIGHT it!
So today, that’s what we’re going to focus on. And we’re going to do it in 2 phases – the postpartum phase as you’re recovering, breastfeeding, and healing, and then the “getting back to normal” phase.
Phase 1: Postpartum
The time after you give birth is full of changes – what you feel capable of changes day to day, your body is changing rapidly, hormones are swinging wildly, and your baby has different needs minute by minute.
It’s a lot to adjust to. Go easy on yourself during this time.
Make self care as much of a priority as you can, but don’t sweat it when you can’t. Here’s what to focus on to feel better day by day.
- Eat 3 solid meals a day. This may sound simple, but a friend of ours told us recently that after her first baby, she often wouldn’t get to have lunch until 4:00 pm. She’d be starving and wonder why until she realized she forgot to eat. You can’t do that when you’re breastfeeding. Make meals a priority.
Aim to eat as much chlorophyll as you can because it literally washes the body of anything toxic. Green chlorophyll-rich juices, smoothies, soups, and greens (especially if they include healthy fats) cleanse the liver of those toxins, and – here’s the really cool part – the fat leaves with it. As always, talk to your doctor, but if there’s one thing all diet perspectives and health experts agree on, it’s eating more greens.
- Get your body moving! Do as much as you feel up to and it doesn’t have to be a full-on workout. Walking is a great form of exercise you can do with the baby in a carrier or stroller. Just get moving and this becomes a foundation for everything else.
- Take a quality fish oil supplement. I can’t stress how important this is for you and your baby. The average adult needs 3,000 mg of omega-3 fats every day. And add to that the needs of the baby, whose brain is rapidly developing, and you know how essential this is before, during, and after pregnancy.
And yet, many women are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids in the first year postpartum. This deficiency is linked with postpartum depression, and the research backs that up.
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Phase 2: Getting Back to Normal
You’ll know you’ve transitioned to this phase once you’re no longer breastfeeding, your body has recovered from giving birth, and you’ve started saying things like, “I’m ready to feel like myself again,” or “I want to get my body back.”
If you breastfeed for a year or two years, that’s great – you can start to transition to these tips once you’re ready and feeling up to it.
This is also the point at which you might have started to slip from taking care of yourself. Maybe you have a baby on the move or a toddler running around, you might be back at work, and there’s a good chance you still aren’t sleeping well. One of the first things to slip is how you eat.
This plan will help you get out of that pitfall:
- Aim for 80/20 or Better
In addition to eating lots of chlorophyll-rich foods like we talked about part 1, you’re going to aim for the following proportions at every meal:
- 50-70% healthy fats (avocados, raw nuts and seeds, good oils, healthy nut butters, and quinoa)
- 20% vegetables (whole food organic vegetables, other than potatoes), as much as you want – keep eating lots of chlorophyll-rich foods as they will remove bloating
- 10-15% protein (plant-based, plus wild-caught omega-3 fish)
- 5% fruits and starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes
- Utilize Intermittent Fasting
This is a powerful tool for losing belly fat left over from pregnancy. What often happens when you’ve got little ones is that you end up snacking all day. It makes sense because you’re busy. But what you may not realize is that it dumps insulin into the blood, which triggers fat storage and increases inflammation.
So at most you want to eat 3 meals a day to stop that near-constant insulin response. If you can skip eating first thing in the morning and gradually narrow the window of hours you eat per day from 12 down to 10, and 10 down to 8, that’s even better. That will make a huge difference in your weight-loss and belly fat-loss goals.
- It’s Time to Sweat
While you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet, you can sweat out toxins that help prevent you from losing weight. Find an exercise you enjoy doing that feels like self care to you. Lots of gyms have great childcare even for babies, so look at this as much deserved “me time.”
- Fight Inflammation
Continue taking a good dose of Daily Omega-3, which will fight inflammation and keep brain fog at bay – a common problem for moms of little ones. But you might want to add one capsule of our black seed oil, Daily Cumin3x.
It’s the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory and when you take it at same time as fish oil, there is a synergistic effect at reducing inflammation anywhere it strikes. For new moms, this is often back and muscle issues that develop from constantly carrying and lifting little ones, shoulder and neck pain from slumping while breastfeeding, and chronic, low-grade brain inflammation that leads to post-partum depression. This one daily supplement can make all the difference.
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