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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! …

5 Steps to Increase the Fat and Nutrients in Your Breast Milk

Breastfeeding has been a part of my life for years now. I’ve researched everything on keeping milk supply high, full of fat and nutrient dense. I am still breastfeeding my toddler, which I will write on soon because I didn’t breastfeed my other two boys into toddler hood. Improving the quality of your breast milk is just as important as your supply, which is sometimes overlooked because new moms are more concerned about the amount they are pumping or feeding. What took me some time to learn was the fat content in breast milk. I wrote a post on the keto diet and breastfeeding to help guide mamas interested in losing the baby weight with the keto diet, and in that post you can read more about the fat content. Before you work on increasing the fat content and nutrients in your milk supply, you want to have a base…

How To Eat Carbs and Lose The Baby Weight

Carbs are a huge part of my life postpartum, even while losing the baby weight. With the keto-craze happening right now, it seems to me that everyone is scared of carbs. Carbs are amazing, and you can totally eat carbs and still lose weight. I am a carb-eater, and with breastfeeding and running, I need them to function. If I switch to low carb, I want to die and scream for days. If this is you, DON’T WORRY! You can eat carbs. Your body might like to run off of carbs, and feel terrible in ketosis, so don’t force it. Let’s go over how to eat carbs and still lose the baby weight. First, you want to eat as many healthy carbs as possible. Most of the foods on my 5 best foods for milk supply and losing the baby weight are carbs. They are amazing for milk supply and…

6 Things You Have To Grab in Your Last Trimester To Make Breastfeeding a Breeze

Breastfeeding was a huge priority for me with my first baby, and I was fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed successfully, with a healthy supply, all my babies. I am still breastfeeding my 16-month-old, more because it’s easier than necessity. I even started working on my milk supply in my last few weeks of pregnancy. There were just a few items I really suggest to help you with your milk supply and breastfeeding, that you should have ready to go. If you are totally clueless on breastfeeding, like you have no idea about let down, when your milk is richest, how to help your baby latch and more, I totally recommend this little ebook. Literally a very affordable resource with massive amounts of knowledge!! My friends over at Mom Smart Not Hard created it, and I read through it to make sure it has lots of detailed information. Totally…

How to Train for a 5K with A Stroller

I finally started consistently running again, after being pregnant or nursing for over 5 years. I had three babies in just over three years, and I am just finishing nursing my third baby now. It is really hard to get into a fitness routine once you have kids. I struggled the most after my first baby, and I really didn’t get back into a fitness routine much. With my second I was a little better, and now I am finally back to running again. I can actually say I’m a runner, and it makes me so happy! I run with my stroller, with two of my kids most the time (the hubby takes one), but sometimes I pile all three in, and rarely I go with one or by myself! If you follow me on Instagram, you will see all my running adventure stories. Sometimes it’s the baby and the…

8 Amazing Protein Powder Recipes For Milk Supply and Losing The Baby Weight

As a breastfeeding mama, who’s gained and lost the baby weight (over 25lbs) three times now, I can vouch for the importance of protein to help you lose the weight, but also keep your milk supply up. I actually have a hard time eating a lot of protein. I just prefer carbs, and I don’t like meat much. Now, carbs get a bad rap these days with the Keto diet craze. I think if that works best for you, do it, but if you love carbs like I do, you can totally achieve your goals by eating carbs. The thing is, our bodies are designed to either use carbs (first choice) or fat (second choice) as fuel. I’ll go into more detail on this in another post, but no matter how you are eating, protein is necessary. If you are like me, you need some quick, tasty protein. That’s where…