This post probably contains affiliate links, to items I am in love with, and I am confident you will too! For any health advice I give on nutrition and wieghtloss, make sure you check with your doctor, as I am not a health professional. I am just a mama with lots of health and fitness knowledge and experience.
I’ve lost over 25 pounds of baby weight for each pregnancy, and bounced back to my pre-baby weight around six weeks. I have some secrets to doing this, which I wrote about in a free ebook you can grab! I also love a great protein powder and health smoothies. I wrote a post on the best protein powders for breastfeeding moms. I wanted to go over a few options, which with all that research led me to the protein powder I know talk a lot about and love as a tool to increase milk supply and help you lose the baby weight.
I also have a unique and specialized program called, The Postpartum Cure launching next month! I am so excited because this program really focuses on healing and nutrition, rather than weight loss. I take you through a 12-week program that is designed to first heal your body through very specific and intention activities/movements to repair your pelvic floor and core. I also take you through a nutritional program designed for breastfeeding! Whether you just had a baby, or had babies years ago and you still need some fixing, this is for you. Find out more, or sign up to be notified as soon as it is launched!!
I found out about Ora Organics while doing more research on clean protein powders comparable to my previously favorite brand, IdealRaw. I am ALWAYS hunting for nutritional products that are cleaner, higher quality and made from amazing companies. I still love IdealRaw, and I highly suggest is, but the Ora Organics protein powder is my absolute favorite. I waited to try and test it for a few months before proclaiming my love, and it is official. This protein powder is wonderful for both breast milk production and weight loss because of how clean and pure all the ingredients are.
Let’s take a look at what we have as far as ingredients in the Ora Organics Vanilla Protein powder because that is my favorite. I tend to stick to vanilla flavors because I can always add cocoa powder to make it chocolate.
Let’s start with the protein: pea, sprouted rice, organic cranberry and hemp. All of these are great sources of plant protein. Hemp protein will add some great omega-3 fatty acids to your milk, which I talk more about the fat content in breastmilk in this post.
The Superfood and Greens blend is wonderful!! All of these fabulous fruits and veggies that supply all the nutrients necessary for milk supply. Blueberries, broccoli, blackberry, kale, strawberry and TUMERIC!!! So, very, very good for you!! Just Google the benefits of Tumeric and you will find tons of information. Just see my list of foods for breastfeeding success and weight loss for more information on fruits and vegetables that aid with milk production.
I love that this protein powder is sweetened with Organic Stevia, Vanilla Bean and Monk Fruit. All of these are way better than chemicals like Sucralose, and I am actually allergic to Sucralose.
And there’s more: What has really sold me on this protein powder is the complete amino acid profile and the digestive enzymes.
Shakeology is the only other protein powder I’ve tried, love and will suggest that also offers digestive enzymes. Shakeology is one step above in that it also has probiotics and prebiotics, where as Ora Organics has an additional supplement for your good bacterias. Digestive enzymes are ESSENTIAL to good gut health and actually ABSORBING the nutrients you are putting in. Your money is going to waste if your body can’t absorb what you are feeding it.
This protein powder has literally rocked my world. At 21 grams of protein per 120 calories, and only 5 grams of sugar, this is exactly what you need if you are trying to lose the baby weight or stay lean. I talk more about a protein-centered diet for postpartum weight loss, and why that is a great route to go if you want to lose weight. This protein powder is a fantastic tool to do that because it isn’t just protein. It is full of phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins in addition to digestive enzymes to keep your gut healthy and happy.
Seriously, it’s so easy to whip up a smoothie in your blender. Hopefully you’ve got a good one that can blend everything smooth. Quick and easy ways to get a lot of nutrients in at once is so important as a new mom. The extra protein powder will help your body build muscle back, and the vitamins and nutrients will encourage your body to produce a healthy milk supply for your baby. It’s a win win for everyone. I also have my postpartum fitness routine you can add to your smoothies, which will help you start gaining some muscle back slowly. In the article I link some great workout videos I like and talk about how I workout with a new baby.
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!