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5 Months Postpartum update and Sample day of Food

Well here I am again!  It's now been 5 wonderful months with my new baby.  I will admit that getting back in shape this time around is MUCH harder than it was with the first one.  In addition finding the time and energy to do everything with 2 kids has been more of a challenge.  I keep looking ahead and know that I will get to my goals, but have to accept that it's just taking a little longer this time.  Having the second C-section in 2 years does not help either!

Since I am constantly hungry, due to the nursing, it's important to have healthy snacks on hand at all times to keep me from gaining weight.  If I don't eat often I get very low blood sugar and even shaky.  I will not be sad this time when its time to stop nursing Chloe, since I'm ready to have a normal appetite again.  I have been asked by many to post what I am eating. Here is a sample of what I eat. It changes daily. There are several extra snacks than normal for me in addition to more carbs. This is intended for those who are burning lots of extra calories due to intense training and/or nursing moms. 

Breakfast -  1/4 cup Brown Rice Hot Cereal
      2 Egg whites with 1 yolk
     1/2 Grapefruit (with the white part on)

Snack  -   Handful of Trail Mix - Almonds, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Pepitas and Pecans

Snack  -  Mary's Gone Crackers, Carrots, and Hummus

Lunch -  4-5oz of Lean Turkey Breast, no sodium (not the processed deli crap)
              Large Green  Salad with Spinach, Kale, sliced peach, walnuts.
             Dressing is a mixture of Flax Oil (pesticide free), EFA oil blend, balsamic vinegar, squeeze of lemon and a bit of pepper. 
       1/2 cup Black Beans or Brown Rice Tortilla

(if craving something sweet I sneak a square or two of 85% Dark Chocolate)

Pre- workout meal  -   Sun Warrior Brown Rice Protein - 1 scoop of Vanilla in 8oz cold water
1/2 Banana
1 TBS of Raw Almond Butter
1 Tsp of Quantum Greens Mix Powder (Premier Research Labs)

Post-workout meal -  Coconut Water (prefer fresh, but not always available)
                                       Sometime another Brown Rice Protein shake or Fit 365 depending on how much time I have. I also carry Larabars with me. 

Dinner -   3-4 small Organic Chicken tenders
Grilled Red, yellow, and green peppers w/ onions
Grilled Asparagus

Snack (Dessert)  -  cut up Strawberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries with a dab of Whip cream.  8-)  or unsweetened applesauce.  Every now and again hot oatmeal before bed.  

There you have it!  I have had to put the Hot yoga on hold since I was losing way to much water, which again causes me to lose milk. Instead I am taking more power type yoga.  Still enjoying my intense, but short kettlebell and bodyweight workouts. 

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Karen said…
You look awesome, and your girls are beautiful! It warms my heart to see a mother nourishing herself and her babies. What you do now for your children's health will serve them for the rest of their lives! Glad to see you are not stopping breastfeeding even though it gives you some "discomfort"- it is soooooo important for the little ones!
Godiva Girl said…
Thanks for your blog, Lauren. It inspires me and I pass the link along to many others!

Kudos to you for hanging with the breastfeeding. Such a wonderful beginning both emotionally and physically! I nursed 6.

Thanks again for your posts and great instructional videos!
Franz Snideman said…
Looks too healthy!!

where are the cookies, ice cream and dairy queen shakes?

Just kidding!!!!
Anonymous said…
Inspirational as always! Especially so because I just got my BFP... can't wait to order your latest DVD! You look amazing-- and your daughters, oh my gosh, adorable!!!
Lauren Brooks said…

Thank you so much. I know how important breast milk is and I'm so lucky to be able to do it. I know this is just a short period in my life!

Lauren Brooks said…
Godiva Girl,

WOW you nursed 6!! Now that's inspirational. You deserve a metal for doing that so many times.

Hope you get some time for yourself as well.

Thanks for the beautiful words.
Lauren Brooks said…

Yes it's pretty healthy. But I have been to more 2 year old birthday parties this year than I can count on all my toes and fingers. It's hard to pick and choose when we eat a cupcake and skip it! They are all considered special occasions so I have to eat super clean at home since I know there are lots of social kiddie outings with forbidden goodies.
Lauren Brooks said…

Congratulations on getting you BFP!!! How exciting. Just embrace every moment. It's awesome.

Let me know if you have any questions. 8-)
Nancy N. said…
You look fantastic, wow!! And no wonder, your eating is just as fantastic. I admire your discipline in the face of mothering two little ones! If you have a chance, would you mind letting me know where you got that cute bra top? I'm big busted and find it tough to find cute crop tops; I usually stick with Champion's 34D for my 32DDDs. Thank you, and congrats on everything!!
Unknown said…
Thanks for posting your sample menu :-). Although I'm not a mother, I'm always trying to clean up and improve my food choices. You are an inspiration.

Birmingham, AL (USA)
Kristen said…
Hi Lauren,

You look great after those babies! I was wondering where you get good turkey breast that is not the deli processed stuff. Are you able to buy the good stuff already cooked? Thanks for any help!

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