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I had gained 31 pounds during pregnancy. When I weighed myself a few day ago, I had already come down 22 pounds...for a 4lb baby. Anyway, I haven't gotten back on the scale yet, because Im scared. I have been eating non stop. I'm the type of eater that eats when I am tired...and now I am tired all the time. Now I eat ALL THE TIME, and I have to say, I am not eating the best, I am eating quick foods that will keep me awake for the bf sessions. Are you bf moms eating healthy, what are your tricks?
Also, I would just like to say, that I love this ddc. I have stalked you all for a while, I wish I had just joined earlier, I had the feeling I was going to have a June baby anyway.
We are a pretty close knit group - this is the first time I've been in a DDC, even though this is my second baby - but from what I understand, it uncommon to have such a kind, friendly, drama-free group as ours is. I love these ladies, I'd have had a much harder pregnancy without them!
As far as the food issue goes, my best advice is to just not have junk food around. It's quick and easy, but its not good for you or the baby. My trick is to buy tons of fruit and veggies. I hate wasting food, so if I buy it, I HAVE to eat it. I do my shopping on Monday, and then at some point during the day while Finn is napping, I wash and prep all my produce for the week. That way anytime I want to snack, I just have to grab a baggie of carrot sticks or a bowl of watermelon chunks, or a nectarine, or whatever. If there's no junk food, I can't eat it, and if there's tons of fresh produce I have to eat it!
I buy lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and then prep once a week. It is just as easy to grab a handful of carrots as it to grab a handful of chips. I also keep low calorie "snacky' foods - air popped (no butter) popcorn, rice cakes, shelled pistacios etc. for when I just want to mindless munch during nursing sessions.
I also track all my calories because BF does make your insatiable! It helps me to see how many calories I have eaten and how many I have left in my daily allotment. I will think twice about a junk food snack if I only have 500 calories left for the day.
I agree with keeping lots of easy fruits and veggies handy. Also, keep a big cup or jug of water with you at all times. Whenever I want to eat something terrible for me, I grab a piece of fruit to eat and drink some water first. That way if I still go for the junk, I'll eat just a little bit instead of too much.
I have also been eating like a maniac. I did when I was pumping for Anna, also. I still dropped a ton of weight then bc the milk production takes a ton of calories. The problem I had was not changing my eating habits when I stopped. That's when I packed on the pounds. And it took me over a year to get motivated enough to lose it. I have decided to try and put on the brakes a little bit this time and stocked up on fruit and snacks like cheese and whole grain crackers. I did get a big box of ice cream sandwiches and a pint of Ben and Jerry's... for emergencies.
My oldest son loves junk food and gains weight easily. Therefore I do not buy it often. When I shop I buy loads of fruits and veggies weekly. Then I cut it up RIGHT away when I get home. That way the easiest snack is cantelope, honeydew, grapes, etc. I find it helps. I have to cut it right away though or otherwise I dig for junk when hunger hits and I am tired.