Eating well/ losing baby weight

Natalie - posted on 06/25/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I gained alot of weight during pregnancy (59 pounds) and since I had a very difficult delivery my doctor will not allow me to do any sort of exercise for atleast 8 weeks. I want to get this weight off in a healthy way but I am having a terrible time finding time to eat, I wake up to my son (1 month) crying and in the blonk of an eye its dinner time and I have not eaten all day. I'm wondering if anyone has ideas for quick eat and run snacks or meals?

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Laurie - posted on 06/26/2010

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Natalie - you do need to remember to eat as if you don't you will not be getting enough calories in the day and then your body goes into starvation mode to conserve what energy you are bringing in. I did not gain a lot of weight (about 20-25lbs) but was a bit overweight to start with. So I have been trying to lose weight. I found it came off naturally after my first child - with breastfeeding (Valerie I would tend to disagree with you there) and not changing my eating habits I dropped the 20 pounds or so I out on plus another 10 pounds that I had been carrying around from before the pregnancy to get to the bottom of my normal weight range. With my second child it did not come off as easily. I waited until my daughter was about 7.5 months then altered my diet to try something that my husband swears by. It is basically eliminating most carbohydrates from my diet. Flour, sugar, rice, sweet fruits etc for the most part. I found I went a little too far as it reduced my milk supply so I had to reintroduce the carbs a little bit (fruit etc) then that solved that problem. I find that I am not hungry while doing this as it is the carbs that convert to easy sugars which spike your blood sugar and then make you feel hungry again quickly. I am down about 13 pounds since I started two months ago and still feeding my daughter as much as she needs. I am alomost at the lowest point I hit after my son was born and plan to continue until my weight hits the nomal range for some one of my height (another 15 pounds or so). I can maintain this indefinitely if needed as I do not feel deprived although it may be interesting to see what happens when my daughter is weaned as I produce on the order of 30 ounces of milk a day for her (pumped so I know how much is being made) which requires some 700 calories a day extra in my diet to produce. Which is why I disagree with Valerie's statement that breastfeeding does not have any effect on weight loss. You will probably find however that your milk supply does not get that high for a couple months though - at first your child simply doesn't drink that much.

Alice - posted on 06/26/2010

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Natalie,
I used a meal-replacement / vitamin shake while pregnant and afterwards, it helps curb hunger and was better nutritionally than taking my multivitamin (I kept throwing the multivitamin up).
I'd suggest healthy snacks like fresh/frozen fruit, veggies (I love carrot sticks), or any snack without fake stuff in it. Watch out for "low fat" snacks because they usually contain tons of artificial ingredients that keep the weight on. Hydrogenated oils are like glue (biologically, they are twisted so your body can't break them down and they just sit there for up to 18 months! ick!) so try to avoid them.
Also, if you eat small meals/snacks throughout the day you will help speed your metabolism and burn more of the food you do eat. Make sure you get enough vitamins for you (and your baby if you're nursing)! Try just putting some healthy snacks in a dish on the counter or in a open bowl in the fridge, then they are easily avaliable and you can just grab a little whenever you see them.
We make oat and bran bars and other healthy "cookie" type snacks (they are hand-foods like cookies) so they are easy to eat and put them in a cookie jar so they are easy to get to.
Hope this helps!

Danielle - posted on 06/26/2010

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i keep alot of quick but nutritional things around, yogurt, trail mix, cereal, cheese sticks and lots of fruit and veggies. and i try to remind myself to eat something every couple hrs to keep my energy up. i also tend to boil eggs and have ready made salads available to me too. most important is to ask for help. ask a friend or husband/sig other to hold the baby while you boil chicken to put in the fridge or made a quick trail mix. trust me, once i learned to ask for help, i found it much easier to get those quick snacks in!

Valerie - posted on 06/25/2010

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When my son was born 6 months ago, it seemed like I never had time to eat! But as soon as he takes a nap, eat some breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day because it gets your metabolism going. Oatmeal will definitely help. Also, I tried to eat fruit because it's easy to just wash and eat, and then gets some nuts to munch on. By the way, breastfeeding does not have any affect on weight loss.

Keila - posted on 06/25/2010

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Drink lots of water. It helps to curb your appetite. Lulu's 7 weeks old now and breastfeeding has helped me loose most of the weight. My personal fave was Jello. Fruits, veggies, yougurt and bars. Smoothies..Besides, It took 9 months in the oven. Give yourself some time and follow your doc's advice. Good Luck!!

Stacey - posted on 06/25/2010

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I always ate nutrition bars during the first few months. I had the same situation, my doctor didn't let me do anything till my boy was 12 weeks! At that time I lost weight by eating nutrition bars (easy on the go!) and ate fruit.

Nicole - posted on 06/25/2010

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Keep little things around that will remind you to eat. Granola bars, fruit, etc... If you know ahead of time you won't have time [or energy] to cook during the day make some little meals the night before to keep in the fridge or freezer that you can microwave as needed.

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