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How To Strengthen Pelvic Floor Muscles For a Fast Postpartum Recovery

Many of us read that kegels are essential for tightening our pelvic floor muscles for a speedy recovery postpartum, but there is so much more to the story than a few kegels. Our pevlic floor muscles are a whole group of muscles that are connected to our diaphragm. Many factors in addition to pregnancy and delivery go into weakening the pelvic floor muscles, which means we need to do a lot more than kegels to fix our pelvic floor. I’ve finally decided to focus on my pelvic floor muscles, three babies late, but better than never. Incontinence while running is not fun as a runner. I’ve never been able to do jumping jacks or sneeze without a bit of an accident, but since I’ve made myself really focus on my pelvic floor strength, things are much better. The good news is you don’t have to suffer embarrassing moments, the bad…

The 6 Safest Protein Shakes for Breastfeeding Mamas That Help Lose The Baby Weight

Protein shakes are my secret weapon for postpartum weight loss. The key to postpartum weight loss is really nourishing your body properly, more than how many calories you are eating. If you give your body amazing nutrients, your body will let go of fat, produce lots of breast milk and ultimately function properly. It is a natural process to use stored fat to create breast milk, and if your body is properly fed, it will do what it is designed to do! So many protein powders are way more than protein powders. They are nutritional supplements full of gold. These powders are so full of micro and macronutrients, super greens, super fruits, good bacteria, digestive enzymes and more, it is a no-brainer to add them to your diet postpartum. I talk all about the power of protein for your postpartum diet in this post. Please remember that I am not…

7 Top Foods for Losing The Baby Weight and Maintaining Milk Supply

Food should be your number one focus to lose the baby weight and maintain milk supply. Let me tell you, I’ve had to do it three times now. After three kids, I’ve been able to find the foods that are the most powerful for burning fat, but also providing the nutrients necessary for breastfeeding. I’ve got a complete list of 7 foods, so hopefully you will be able to choose some you can eat daily, and not get tired of to encourage your postpartum weight loss, without having you worry about your supply! If you are struggling with milk supply while trying to lose weight, check out this post on the best milk boosters, or how my sister and I increase our milk super fast!  Let’s get to the list of foods for losing the baby weight while maintaining milk supply: Fenugreek Seeds: I know this doesn’t actually sound like…

Shakeology For Breastfeeding Moms and Postpartum Weight Loss

Let’s take a look at Shakeology, minus all the Beach Body stuff for breastfeeding moms working hard to stay healthy and lose the baby weight. I’m sure you’ve wondered if it is a good choice, but been afraid to ask because sometimes one tiny question leads to a spew of salesy answers. I did my research because I am passionate about finding the top, cleanest, most nutrient dense products for breastfeeding moms. Nutrients are the key to a healthy supply and weight loss. Your body NEEDS nutrients, and it won’t let go of fat easily if it thinks nutrients are scarce. You can encourage your body to function well and let go of fat by providing a lot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and good bacteria. Focusing on those things rather than calories goes a long way. I did end up signing up to be a “coach,” but that was so…

Nutritional Supplements That Change The Game For Breastfeeding and Postpartum Weight Loss

Nutritional supplements can really be a game-changer for breastfeeding mamas trying to lose the baby weight. It is hard to eat enough to keep your supply happy, while still lose weight. Constant sugar cravings don’t help either! Nutrition is one of the building blocks for healthy and sustainable milk supply, so I’ve put together a very special lists of nutritional supplements that are amazing for milk supply. I have a very popular post on protein powders for breastfeeding mamas, which is a great read if you are struggling to get protein in your life. The key to losing weight while breastfeeding is to consume lots of nutrients. Your body wants nutrients to build and produce milk. Here’s where you can help your body get the nutrients it needs! Plant-Based Omega-3: It’s been proven that the fat you eat enters your breast milk. I wrote a detailed post on how…

Post-Pregnancy Protein Diet For Healthy Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

A diet high in protein for post-pregnancy weight loss is super effective for breastfeeding moms. If you are breastfeeding, your body requires extra nutrients and protein to help sustain milk production. This is a large topic on my blog because mamas like you are coming back to me time and again for new smoothie recipes, information on choosing protein powders, and which ones are the best for breastfeeding, workouts and more. There are thousands of readers a day coming here for this information, and the one thing I haven’t gone into detail about is why a high-protein diet is perfect for post-pregnancy weight loss. Now, I don’t focus on weight loss as fast as possible. For me, I was able to lose it all by 6 weeks postpartum, but that is because my body was used to shedding the weight. I felt great, and had an over abundance of milk…

5 Tips To Lose Weight After Baby Number 2 Or 3!

I’ve had to lose the baby weight 3 times now, with super close pregnancies. My boys are 2 years and less apart, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to bounce back before getting pregnant again. I’ve finally started running consistently again after taking years off. I’ve also just started really repairing my core and pelvic muscles. Just this month I’ve stopped peeing while running.  There are a lot of factors that go into why losing the baby weight after baby 2, 3 or more is difficult. The weight creeps on, then you become used to it and so does your body. Our bodies adapt with a higher fat percentage. This makes it hard to start using fat as fuel, even while breastfeeding. Our bodies naturally store extra fat and water while pregnant to make breast milk. But, if there is excess fat left over that stays until the…

The 5 Magic Foods To Stop Sugar Cravings While Breastfeeding

Sugar cravings can come on so fast while breastfeeding, and before you know it, you’ve eaten 12 pieces of licorice and 5 packs of your toddler’s gummies (please tell me someone else does this too!). There are many reasons we breastfeeding mamas crave sugar. I wrote a whole post on it that I encourage you to read and save. It is super important to understand how mineral deficiencies, sleep deprivation and lack of protein play a role. If you are struggling getting enough protein, here are 5 quick ways to get some in, or I HIGHLY, highly recommend this protein powder to make yourself some nutritious shakes that are fast and easy. Read this post for all the ingredient information and how it increases milk supply.  Back to the foods list. These are foods that can really help (and help me!) with sugar cravings. They are healthy, so you can…

8 Amazing Lactation Snack Ideas For Milk Supply and Weight Loss

As a breastfeeding mama, I am a snacker. I literally could just non-stop snack to my heart’s content if I wanted too. There’s actually not anything wrong with that, if your body likes a constant fuel source. Breastfeeding mama usually crave sugar. There are lots of real reasons behind this, and I think snacking is a great way to tame those sugar cravings. Snacks keep our blood sugar from dropping, which is part of the reason we get sugar cravings. With the expenditure of calories from breastfeeding and working out if you are trying to lose the baby weight, to the long nights, it is a perfect storm for the sugar monster. Here are amazing, high-protein snack ideas to keep you from giving in to the sugar love, and eating a healthy, nutritious diet to keep your milk supply rocking. Low-Sugar Trail Mix: Trail mix is so easy to make…

How I Stopped Peeing My Pants While Running Postpartum

I had an embarrassing moment the other day, after a hard run, and I decided to share it on my Instagram stories because I knew there were probably many other moms experiencing the same thing. After running a few miles and doing some sprints at the end, I totally peed my pants. It wasn’t just a small leak, I full on, let it go experience, with no control. I realized how much work my core and pelvis really needed, despite all the time I’ve spent getting back in shape. I’ve talked about my Diastasis Recti and small umbilical hernia, and my plan to repair it without surgery. It was from my Insta strories that Amanda at Empower Your Pelvis reached out to me with her program. Read on to learn about the program, and save the code: JOY20 for 20% if you think it is a good fit for you! …