Losing the post-pregnancy pounds may not be a walk in the park but the good news is, there are key foods and exercises that will catalyze the whole process. In this two-part blog series, we are going to look at the top five foods and exercises that will help a new mother get back into her old favourite jeans and a pair of Knixy knickers!
Today’s post: what food to eat
Contrary to popular belief, losing weight is not so much about calorie restriction than it is about avoiding nutritional deficiencies. This is because nutritional deficiencies lead to cravings and consumption of more food than necessary. Given that processed “food” is extremely low in nutrients and its consumption leads to nutritional deficiencies, we want to focus on unprocessed, nutrient-dense food. As it is extremelycommon for new mothers to be nutrient deficient, it is very important (not only for the mother but for the breastfeeding baby) to ensure that the following five foods are apart of your regular diet.
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There is no such thing as a perfect food but wild salmon comes extremely close! High in protein and healthy anti-inflammatory fats, salmon has been shown to help shed fat in recent studies. As well, salmon is loaded with a type of fat called DHA, which is crucial for the development of a baby’s nervous system and helps prevent post-partum depression! Although the FDA warns mothers to avoid consuming more than 2 servings (or 12 oz) of salmon per week due to the high mercury content, there are ways around this. Adding selenium-rich foods such as brazil nuts, cilantro, or cooked broccoli to salmon will reduce the effects of mercury within the body. This way, it is safe to enjoy 3 or 4 servings of wild salmon every week!
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Coconut oil is a great example of a food that is high in calories and “bad” saturated fat but helps people lose weight. This is because the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil promotes thermogenesis – an increase in the body’s metabolic rate – that leads to more energy burned and thus more weight loss. As well, coconut oil helps control blood sugar levels which helps to avoid those afternoon energy crashes that inhibit your ability to exercise! Start with a daily teaspoon of coconut oil and increase your intake gradually.
Wild Organic Wakame Seaweed
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If wakame seaweed is not apart of your diet, I recommend making the change! This is because wakame is packed full of nutrients, such as magnesium, iodine, calcium, iron and vitamins A, B2, folate, C, D, E, and K that all help increase metabolism and function of absolutely every cell in your body. It is also high in fiber, which will help regular blood sugar and promote bowel movements. Simply soak it in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes and add to salads, stir fries, or soups. A week should not go by without consuming wild organic wakame seaweed! Purchase it at your nearest health food store today.
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There is nothing like a bowl of fresh mixed berries! Not only are they extremely tasty, but they are packed full with nutrients and relatively low in sugar. When you consume berries, the high fiber content slows the absorption rate of sugar and this results in a steady energy level and sense of satiety throughout the day. As well, the antioxidants in the berries act like little bodyguards that protect cells from damage, which can lead to inflammation, weight gain, premature aging and disease. Enjoy mixed berries in smoothies, with yogurt or in salads!
Don’t have any ideas for dinner tonight? Why not have a wild salmon steak (check out last week’s Poached Salmon recipe) with a side of broccoli and fresh berries for dessert?