Whether it’s your first baby or your fourth, the effect of pregnancy on your body is sometimes not so pretty. Here are a few post pregnancy dieting tips to reclaim your waistline.
A lot of new moms are so horrified by their bodies immediately after childbirth that they vow to survive on carrot sticks alone until they can fit into their favorite jeans. Eating healthy is a very important part of losing the baby weight, as is eating the right amount. If you are nursing, it is especially important for you to eat the right kinds of fats to support your growing baby’s needs. Try to eat small, healthy meals throughout the day, and don’t starve yourself!
Serve Your Family as Well as Yourself
Portion sizes are tricky business. Our society has come to embrace “large, larger, and largest” size portions, and it is important to know what a serving size actually is. For example, an adult woman age 19-50 should be eating 6 oz of grains, 3 of which should be whole grains. A one ounce serving can be one slice of bread, a half cup cooked rice or pasta, or one cup of ready to eat cereal. When you serve yourself or your family for dinner, dish the plates up for everyone, so that you can get used to seeing the right size portions on your plates. There are many online resources, including MyPyramid.gov that can help you find the right serving sizes.
Eating high fiber foods is a great way to feel satiated and to keep yourself from getting hungry too often. High fiber foods include fruits, vegetables and whole grains. When you go to the grocery store, buy your produce for a couple days or the week if you can. Take them home and spend some time chopping, washing, and dividing your produce into individual portions. This way your’re more likely to snack on them during the day rather than let them sit and go bad in the drawer of your fridge. Try sneaking veggies into your regular meals, like pureed carrots in your kid’s macaroni and cheese, or some spinach in your lasagna. Often, your family won’t even know the veggies are there, but they are getting the benefits of the nutrition vegetables bring to their diets.
Eat At Home or Bring It With You
When you’re a mom on the go, it’s hard sometimes to be healthy with food choices. Driving up to the window sometimes seems easier than trying to pack a lunch before you go. If you must go to a fast food restaurant, make healthy choices when you’re there, such as a grilled chicken salad with low-fat dressing, or a grilled chicken sandwich with fresh tomato and lettuce, and skip the mayo. You can also try and pack the lunch the night before, so when you’re running around trying to find shoes in the morning, you can grab the lunch and go.
These small diet changes can make a big impact on your health. Coupled with some exercise, you can gain that trim physique you want.