A Healthy Eating Restart
When I was pregnant, I gave up a lot of unhealthy foods. After I had Emily I went on a little binge of all the things I gave up for 9 months. Then the sleep deprivation kicked in and I found myself craving anything with sugar (in large quantities). To top it all off, those cravings were combined with the insatiable hunger that comes with breastfeeding. In the beginning, I watch the pounds I had gained rapidly disappear and I thought I would be back to my pre-pregnancy self in no time…ha! The wight loss definitely bottomed out and then plateaued and then started to rise again after the first few weeks. Of course another problem with thinking I would be back to my old self in no time was the fact that my stomach was all stretched out. So here we are, 10 months later and I need to reboot myself in the health arena. I have a two part plan. First, I was reading All Things G & D (one of my favorite blogs) and saw the Whole Living Challenge. Perfect! This is exactly what I need to start over. It is a three week (four if you feel ambitious) healthy eating plan. It involves reducing your diet to the basics (fruits, veggies, lentils, and nuts) and then slowly adds things (fish, grains, eggs) back in. The part that scares me the most is giving up any added sugar (no candy or cookies or chocolate – ahhhhhhh). Caffeine is also off limits, but since I gave that up when I got pregnant, I won’t miss it. The second part of my plan starts on February 19th. I am taking a postnatal yoga class that targets all those areas that got stretched during pregnancy. It is a six week class, which will hopefully whip my core muscles back into shape by the time Emily is 1 year old.
Week One Starts now (as I sip on my mango and tahini smoothie – yum?)
Stay tuned to find out which recipes are keepers, and how I am doing.