Since, it is Wednesday I am linking up with Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday. After last weeks postpartum post I have been getting a ton of emails asking more about my diet throughout the last 13 months. So, I thought I would give you a little more specifics. I must tell you I am not crazy strict with my diet but I do eat healthy about 80% of the time. But, I do this without even thinking about it. I never feel like I am depriving myself. If I want something not so clean I simply eat a few bites of it. I have learned I don’t label food as bad or good. Sometimes I will simply think I don’t want that good right now. I can have it later. I never think in terms of never!!
Anyway, for the first 6 months after McKenzie and McKayla were born I didn’t monitor my eating at all. I mean I ate healthy simply because that is just who I am, but I was very inconsistent. I was tired!! But, I will tell you I was not one to eat junk all day I did want to make sure I ate healthy to keep my milk supply strong for my babies, but I wasn’t strict. I would say I ate anywhere from 2500-3000 calories a day for the first 6 months while I was exclusively breastfeeding. I was hungry all the time, so I ate often.
Once the babies were 6 months I started working out more consistently. I also started consciously eating more protein and monitoring what I was eating a little bit more. I am the type of person that when I workout I eat healthier. If I am going to take the time to exercise I am going to feed my body appropriately; I don’t want to waste a workout. At this time McKenzie and McKayla were beginning to eat solids. So, I was not producing as much milk, therefore my body was not working as hard and I was not as hungry. So, at this point I would say I was eating about 2000-2500 calories a day.
Once, McKenzie and McKayla turned 1 years old we started weaning from breastfeeding. At this point my body did not need as many calories to keep up the milk supply, so my hunger level dropped tremendously. This is also when my body began dropping more fat. My body doesn’t hold on to pounds while breastfeeding, but it does hang on to a little extra fat (I am a little softer). At this time I began roughly eating about 1800 calories. I try to eat at least 100 grams of protein, if not more per day.
Egg and Sausage Muffin (I need to make more of these ASAP; these are a great snack)
Turkey, carrots and hummus
Fruit, fruit and more fruit
In the Comments Below:
- What are some of your favorite healthy foods?