Fitness & Nutrition

Post-partum regimens and recipes

My body is running on fumes.

In other words, you know you are completely exhausted when you have to fuel your body with obscene amounts of coffee.  Maybe not obscene for most, but my intake daily is about 3 cups now.  I need it first thing in the morning after I chug 16 oz of water.  I need it before lunch, again after I chug 16 more oz. of water.  By mid afternoon I need it to face homework time and the rush of dinner, baths, and bedtime.  My body is very sensitive to caffeine, so that is why I really make a point to drink a lot of water before and after I have a cup.  It keeps my body stable and prevents a caffeine crash…because that would be way worse than a tired, moody mama.

I don’t think the mood swings have been so bad this time around.  I made it a point to research post-partum hypothryroidism, in addition to post-partum depression.  I came up with a concoction of vitamins that really make me feel good.  If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I’m more of a “get your vitamins from your food” type of gal, but with something as extreme as pregnancy, I’ve learned I have to supplement to be sure I’m getting everything I need.

My daily regimen is as follows:

Chug 16 oz. of water, followed by coffee if needed.  I am only using skim milk as a creamer, although when I have it, I use coconut milk.

Breakfast is a variety of shakes.  The past three days I’ve been in love with this one:

  • 1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3/4c. nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple cored
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. spinach (optional and of course it tastes slightly different with it, and slightly more like a heavenly dessert without)

It tastes like apple pie for breakfast and keeps me full all the way until lunch, although I always eat between meals, whether it is a handful of almonds, 1/4 pumpkin seeds, a hard boiled egg, or something along these lines.

Then I take my vitamins.  I am currently taking a prenatal, a fish oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin E.

Lunch varies.  I’m obsessed with my vitamix again, and with limited time to tend to myself, it’s just so easy and resourceful in nourishing my body quickly.  If I go the solid food route, it’s typically a homemade salad with lots of veggies and a protein (chicken, egg, leftover sirloin, ect.) or my favorite go to food…the egg sandwich.  I pan fry an egg and while it cooks I smother it in cayenne pepper, black pepper, a dash of sea salt, and cumin.  I top that with fresh salsa or a few slices of avocado and eat it on a low carb tortilla or light english muffin.  Lately, I prefer the Vitamix route.  My lunch smoothie will look something like this, depending on level of activity:

  • 1 c. spinach
  • 2 leafs of large red kale
  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 6 or 7 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 c. organic orange juice
  • 1/4c. fat free cottage cheese

It’s just such a simple way to consume a ton of vitamins and minerals naturally.  You just have to watch because the calories can add up quickly and when you can drink a smoothie in about 5 minutes, you could sabotage yourself while your motives are pure.  That being said, I’m not a strict calorie counter.  In fact, the more I read about caloric intake the more I’ve decided that by wisely choosing foods that fuel and help my body to thrive, calories are pretty much irrelevant.  If I’m choosing foods that aren’t nutritionally dense and maybe even lacking any value at all, I should expect to gain weight.  I should expect to feel like crap.  And I do.  Trust me, I do feel awful when I eat foods that are heavily processed or preserved.  My vitamix drinks leave me feeling energized and clean.  And if I learned anything from the times in my life when I followed a strict calorie diet to lose weight, I’ve learned it makes me miserable and personally my results were terrible.  To an extent, I think that dwelling on every little thing you put in your mouth and counting every stinkin calorie might be one in the same with the effect that stress has on your body while trying to get pregnant.  Stress is one of the number one reasons a couple has trouble conceiving and likewise, I think that stressing over calories makes it terribly hard to lose weight when you are trying.  I would like to emphasize the word stress.  Being aware and being stressed are two entirely different mind-frames to be in.  Additionally, I will also choose to blame sleep deprivation as a contributing factor in my weight loss plateau, since sleep is a huge factor in a healthy lifestyle and your body’s ability to burn fat.

Regardless, I really don’t care because once I start exercising without restrictions it will all be fine:)  Our baby will be one month old in a few days and since I worked out nearly every day of my pregnancy right up until the day prior, I am giving myself my own green light to exercise without restrictions.  After all, how can my restrictions be the same as someone that didn’t exercise at all?

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Katie April 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I went back to running after Lucy at 4 weeks–granted, I sorta did a walk/run and my mileage was a lot lower but it felt good and I knew my body could handle it. Just a couple more weeks and you’ll be back at pump! 🙂 yay!

    • Reply Michelle April 20, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Well that’s good to know! The discharge nurses always act like you’re going to die if you attempt any of the activities they’ve given restrictions for. I will see you at pump soon enough! I started doing the squats, tricep, and bicep tracks at home, courtesy of YOUTUBE, but it is very very boring.

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