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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 scarf them down without worrying about eating a lot of calories or ruining your diet too!
Almonds are a lighter almond, meaning they don’t have the intense amount of calories like cashews, so you can snack away on them, and they are full of wonderful nutrients that help stop sugar cravings.
These are genius for stopping sugar cravings because protein powders, like this super clean, healthy one I love, is sweetened with natural Stevia (no chemicals!), and you can pair it with a blend of naturally sweet berries! It gives you the cool, milk-shake sensation, and for me, a sugar lover, it really, really helps! Here’s some of my smoothie bowl recipes to get you started!
This is something you will probably have to order, but it is wonderful for sugar cravings. This is one of the best sources of tyrosine, which has been proven to help raise dopamine levels, which is what sugar does for your brain!
Apples hit that sweet spot while giving your body lots of both soluble and insoluble fiber, in addition to water. This fills your stomach, slows the absorption of natural sugars and gives you more energy! Apples have been shown to give you more energy than a cup of coffee!
Okay, this isn’t a food, but it is a great trick! It will give you the taste of sugar, without eating it. Sometimes those sugar cravings are so strong, and you need an extra helper to fight. Chewing gum, sugar-free, can really help tame those cravings until you can get home or to a store to eat something better!
These are the 5 magic foods that can really help tame your sugar cravings while breastfeeding. It can be a rocky road right after baby, with no sleep, but you can totally overcome and fight those cravings with the right foods and tools!
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!