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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 weight loss. These are carbs like sweet potatoes, apples, oatmeal, bananas, berries, oranges and more. Healthy carbs are going to do a lot for you. They will fill you up with fiber. The fiber will make you feel full, which will help curb your appetite as a breastfeeding mama. Healthy carbs offer a lot of nutrient bang for the calorie buck. This is super important for losing the baby weight. You want to pump your body full of nutrients for producing milk and healing.
Second, protein is essential. I’ve mentioned the importance of protein, and how I love this protein powder many times here. Protein is going to help curb your sweet cravings. A lot of times our bodies signals us for protein by giving us a craving for sweets. I know it doesn’t make sense, but read this and it will help. My most favorite, delicious and clean protein powder is explained in this post, but basically it is the BOMB for breastfeeding mamas because it is all organic, super clean and full of milk-helping ingredients. The protein helps you feel full and feeds your muscles, while the nutrients will give your body all it needs to produce lots of milk. Check out my milk-producing green smoothie too! If you aren’t sure how to chose a protein powder, read this post to guide you.
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Third, allow yourself treats. You are going to crave sweets and want treats while breastfeeding. I believe in allowing yourself some chocolate, a cookie, or some ice cream. The key is moderation, and because you’ve been filling yourself with carbs and giving your body plenty of healthy glucose all day, you are less likely to binge on a whole pint of ice cream. Once you’ve deprived yourself of sugar, it can be very difficult not to totally beat yourself up for having some or just binge. Allowing yourself some every day, and incorporating it into your daily calories, you will be much happier. There are some great lactation cookies out there, and I have some healthy recipes linked up that are also great for milk supply.
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With any weight loss goals, you have to be calorie conscious. Even on the Keto diet, you need to be aware of how much you are eating. Finding the right eating style for your body is super important, then sticking to it and eating as healthy as possible on that program is only going to make you feel great, but also achieve your goals!