This week’s meals….

We’re well and truly into the weaning – and I’m well and truly back into my old jeans. I’m back to 59’ish Kilos (I’ve never been a big fan of weighing) and in the last six weeks have lost 4.5% body fat. I’ve done this by eating lots of lean protein, green veg, good fats and working out 4-5 times a week. I said it before, and will say it again, it’s all about consistency. If you are eating well and exercising regularly, then you will lose fat. It helps that I’m getting more sleep these days as that stops those awful sugar cravings when you just need an instant hit of energy and I’ve really found that stopping eating in the evenings helps. Nowadays I have my dinner, then usually have a few spoonfuls of almond butter and a herbal tea before shutting the kitchen door and leaving it at that. It’s too easy to say ‘The baby is in bed – this is my time’ and eat food for comfort in front of the TV. The thing is I don’t find it comforting the next day when I’m beating myself up! I’d rather wake up full of energy and without a food hangover so I can get my workout in before Lacie wakes. I tend to do all her bottles and food in the evening too, which keeps me busy and organised for the next day….which leads me on to Lacie’s food.

So far, we have only been doing lunch. She has a feed usually around 6am and 9am, and then lunch is served at 12pm.

So far her favourite meal has to be banana, avocado and spinach, she can’t get enough! I’ve also tried other concoctions like sweet potato, butternut squash and carrot. She is also a big fan of pear and apple and tomorrow she has courgette, carrot and apple – just something I threw together. Could be interesting!

She’s also a huge fan of a little pudding after lunch (who isn’t?) I tend to blitz some organic berries with CO YO dairy-free coconut yogurt and chia seeds. This makes it nice and thick and filling, and I love chia seeds because they are full of omega 3 fats, protein, antioxidants and dietary fibre. They also hold water so will help keep Lacie’s tummy fuller for longer. She’s definitely a fan…and so am I!

She then tends to have a nice sleep (with a full belly), then has a bottle at 2:30ish, another feed at 5:30 and then a bottle before bed at 7:30. She’s certainly sleeping better (touch wood) now she’s on food and filling out a bit and even happier than before.

To say I was nervous about weaning is an understatement, but do you know what it’s great fun and I love being creative in the kitchen and giving her the best start I possibly can.

I will let you know how breakfast goes next week. I’m thinking colourful smoothie bowls, porridge with mashed banana and cinnamon and overnight oats, fruit and maybe even some scrambled eggs!

chia

 

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How to get a flat tummy after giving birth

The fifty dollar question after being pregnant for nine months is ‘Will I ever have a flat stomach again?’
I questioned it more then once, especially in the later states of my pregnancy, it just felt so out of reach. But by the way, it’s not!

Just 12 weeks after giving birth to my beautiful baby girl, I’m back to flat and although I don’t have a raging six pack (not that I want one), I can see some muscle tone shining through. I’m happy with that, as it still looks feminine but also looks like you work out and look after yourself too.

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 post baby – 11 weeks later.

So how did I achieve this? Well for one I certainly haven’t been in the gym for hours on end. In fact I’ve been to the gym once since Lacie. I’ve been doing home workouts and lots of walking instead. This means I don’t have to leave Lacie and we still spend quality time together.

I’ve also be wearing a corset and compression gear a few hours a day to help my tummy muscles knit back together and help gently push my uterus back in. I started with the Gowri wrap, which I wore just a few days after the birth, then tightened as my stomach shrunk and I also wore MACOM, compression gear that is designed to provide the comfort and support needed to restore the abdomen’s natural shape. Basically by compressing the stomach, your muscles will  join together more easily, allowing for your natural shape to be regained at much faster than without it.

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I think breast feeding also helps a great deal when it comes to losing your mummy tummy. In the early days I could feel my uterus contracting as I fed Lacie. It was a really weird sensation and according to experts breast feeding can burns anything from 200 to 500 additional calories a day. Last year, an epidemiological study of 36,000 Danish women also found that the more a mother breast-feeds, the less weight she retains six months after birth.

There’s a few key exercises I’ve been doing too.

The first one is the cat/cow, which releases back tension, whilst helping to suck the abs back in.

And the other is superman, which gently works your core and helps restore your balance and help work your abs again but very gently.

As I’ve got stronger, I’ve also started doing the plank but on an incline or on knees to stop putting so much pressure on my abs. When doing a plank I’m really conscious of really pulling my belly Button up towards my spine as I do it, which helps activate your TVA and core whilst sucking all the muscles up rather than letting them all hang down.

If you need a hand with your Mummy Tummy, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. I have a list of goods that can help flatten your tum, whilst making you feel good and I can design personal workout programmes that you can fit in around the baby and do in your living room. My email address is miller82uk@yahoo.co.uk.

http://www.macom-medical.com/post-natal/post-natal