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Now that I’ve lost over 25lbs of baby weight three times now, I have some great tips, like protein shakes to help other mamas lose the extra baby weight. Protein shakes are a wonderful way not only to ensure protein, but also to get enough nutrition! For me, we are such a busy family, I don’t always get a chance to cook as much as I’d like. I can handle cooking dinner, but preparing other healthy meals is unrealistic, so protein shakes really help me.
Protein shakes, if you choose the right kind, offer protein and a range of other nutritional benefits that will curb sugar cravings, give your body nutrients and vitamins it needs, in addition to being quick and easy. I go over why protein is essential for weight loss more in detail in this post.
Basically, protein supplies your muscles, cells, skin, hair and other organs with amino acids. It isn’t stored as fat or used as fuel. If you keep your calories the same, but have a higher protein diet and lower carbs, your body will burn through the carbs quickly, then burn stored fat. This is the goal when trying to lose weight. Protein shakes are low in carbs and high in protein, and the brand I love is naturally sweetened, so I get to have something sweet and satisfying, while staying high in protein and low in carbs. Now that I’ve got this down, I lose the baby weight by my 6 week check up. I wrote more on how I do that as well.
Now that I’ve lost all my baby weight, I use the protein shakes for extra nutrition while running and breastfeeding. I am able to keep up my supply and run around 25 miles a week because I make sure I eat a lot of nutrients.
First, you want to choose the right protein powder for your shake. I personally like Vegan, plant-based protein powders because I don’t digest whey protein well. The plant-based protein powder that is my all-time favorite has a complete amino acid profile, which you want to find in plant-based proteins. The reason is because plant proteins don’t naturally have complete amino acid profiles like animal protein. That’s the one downside to plant based, but they can add the full amino acid profiles manually. In addition to protein, there are digestive enzymes, greens and fruits in the protein powder I choose.
I personally want to get as much nutrition in my protein powder as possible, and I wrote a post talking about the protein powders I think are best for breastfeeding moms because the extra nutrition is so important.
If you love whey-based protein powders, I suggest two that are super clean, organic and from grass-fed cows. Whey protein powders blend creamier, but they don’t always have the extra nutrients that the plant-based protein powders have.
Second, protein shakes aren’t meal replacements. Most protein powders have only 120-150 calories per serving. Not sure about you, but that’s a small snack for me. If I blend it with avocados and bananas, like in my minty green lactation smoothie, that helps beef up the calories a bit. You can use a protein shake as a meal replacement if you get the calories up over 300, but because you are drinking and not chewing, you still may not feel as satisfied as you like. I personally use protein shakes as an in-between. It is a super healthy way to tide me over until I can get to a better meal, or a sweet treat after a run, or even a dessert. It keeps my hands from grabbing chips, goldfish, crackers or other snacks completely void of nutrients.
When you snack on foods that don’t have any nutrients, your body will keep telling you you are hungry. If you keep putting nutrients in your body, your system will start to function properly, and you can just eat good, highly nutritious foods when you are hungry.
Third, you want your protein to be in every meal, with green veggies and carbs like sweet potatoes. If you are drinking protein shakes, then eating high fat or high carb meals, you won’t be successful. It is really important to stay focused on your protein and low carb intake. This will make sure that your protein shakes are a helpful tool, rather than just another treat.
Fourth, make sure you love your protein shakes. This is really important. I so look forward to my shakes because they are so yummy! I never feel deprived, and my sweet cravings are managed because I blend my protein with either cocoa powder and frozen bananas (makes chocolate ice cream!!), or frozen berries and almond milk, or avacado and mint! I look forward to drinking something so yummy, and sometimes it is thick enough to eat with a spoon, which I like too because it is like dessert. I’ve got some great smoothie bowl recipes you can try, and some wonderful protein powder snack recipes that will give you some inspiration!
You can check out my favorite protein powder, Ora Organics. It is a wonderful, clean and organic protein powder with various plant-based proteins, veggies, greens and even TUMERIC!! It also has digestive enzymes, so you can properly absorb all the amazing nutrients and digest the protein. They give you 10% off your first order, and offer an even better price if you like it and subscribe.
Here’s my video on why I love Ora Organics so much:
I will be launching a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength.I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a fitness and nutrition program to get your body back. This amps up your fitness routine into HIIT workouts, strength workouts and cardio to help you melt off those last pounds. I also walk you through proper food intake to encourage a healthy milk supply, while still burning extra fat as fuel. There is a very fine line to do this, but don’t worry, I’ve done it three times!!
I’m working on my edits to launch this program as soon as possible. I want it to be affordable, so all moms can heal there bodies and skip all the trouble I experienced. I didn’t realize, even with all my knowledge and training, how non-negotiable healing your postpartum body is before working on losing the weight.
Please sign up, so I can let you know as soon as the The Postpartum Cure is launched and ready!