The One Thing Every New Mom Should Know

The One Thing Every New Mom Should Know

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The One Thing Every New Mom Needs to Know

When you are a new mom, absolutely EVERYONE is full of advice. From the lady checking you at at the grocery store to your friend who had her first baby a few months before, people are bombarding you with what you should be reading, or doing to care for your bundle of joy.

And though it is mostly well meaning, it can be incredibly overwhelming. You are reading everything you can and listening to all the advice and you are wondering if you are even capable of all this.

So who do you listen to? What do you do? Answer: You do what’s best for you and your baby.

Revolutionary, right? It certainly can feel that way when several voices claim to have “the right answer” for everyone. And then it turns out “the right answer” doesn’t actually work for you.

Best advice for new moms and moms to be.

So you feel like a failure.

But you are not! Truth is: there is no one right answer.

But think about it. Your baby is unique. You are unique. Your situation is not like anyone else’s.

When you add it all up together, it makes sense that there is absolutely no way there is a one size fits all approach to raising babies.

What works like a dream for one person, may be your personal nightmare. 

You should definitely research and ask for advice. But then trust yourself to make the best choice for your baby. The only thing you have to do is keep you and your baby happy and healthy. So whatever path that takes just so happens to be the best thing.

 

You will become the expert on your baby.

From the moment your child is born, you are learning everything about your baby. You are around your baby 24/7. Which is why by about week 2 you are pretty delirious.

As your baby continuously communicates through his body language and cries, you become fluent in your baby. You know what he is saying. From “I’m hungry” to “put me to bed now,” you really do become the expert on your baby.

But you still need guidance. That’s where research and getting trusted advice comes in. Get a solid base of information, and try things out. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it!

For example, Dr. Ferber’s book How to Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems pretty much saved my life.

Sleep deprived and pregnant with my second child, I picked the book up at the recommendation of my pediatrician. Within the first chapter, my mind was blown. I devoured the book, and instituted his method and within a week, my husband and I felt human again and our baby was a happy little delight.

But I know other moms who don’t feel comfortable with sleep training of any sort. That’s great! You have to do what works for you, your philosophy, and your life.

Super Simple Parenting Formula:

  1. Research everything you can. Read the books people recommend. Talk to moms you admire and get their best tips and tricks.
  2. Then, you do you. No one person has the same set of circumstances or personality as you do. Couple that with your unique and wonderful, never-before-seen baby, and you have a 100% new and unique situation and YOU are the expert. So you do what’s best for you. 

Have confidence in yourself, mama.

As a mom, you truly are the expert on your baby. You may feel overwhelmed and inadequate. In fact, I don’t think there is a new mom who doesn’t experience those emotions!

But, trust me, you are the expert on your child. You know when he’s hungry, or tired, or uncomfortable because you have been around him 24/7 his entire life. You are inherently the expert on your baby because you’ve been learning from the moment he was born. So, with some great information, you are most capable of figuring out what is best for your little family.

You’ve got this, mama!

 

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11 Tips to Surviving and Thriving 4 Kids 5 and Under

11 Tips to Surviving and Thriving 4 Kids 5 and Under

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11 Tips to Surviving & Thriving With 4 Kids 5 & Under

Whether you have 1 kid or 6, being a mom is tough. The moment you become a mom, suddenly your entire existence revolves around caring for your child. How you sleep, eat, and live is suddenly completely at the mercy of this tiny little person. 

And that’s just one kid.

So how do you manage multiple kids without losing your ever-lovin’ mind? I’m here to tell you that not only can you survive 4 kids 5 and under, but you can actually thrive.

I know that look you’re giving me. It’s the look I get every time I go to Costco with my gaggle of small kids. While every day is not unicorns and rainbows, raising 4 kids 5 and under can actually be an absolute blast.

But it doesn’t just happen on it’s own. It takes discipline, planning, and prioitizing YOUR health and selfcare. 

11 Tips to Survive Motherhood of Small Kids and Avoid Overwhelm
Being a mom of 4 kids 5 and under can be REALLY tough. These tips for moms on not only surviving, but THRIVING with small kids can help make you days happier, healthier and more balanced!

Surviving and thriving with 4 kids 5 and under

11 TIPS FOR SURVIVING & THRIVING WITH 4 KIDS 5 AND UNDER

 

1) Make your health a priority.

This is most important thing you can do, and yet it’s the first thing to go when overhwlem hits.

When you get on an airplane, the flight attendant always goes through that spiel where they remind you that in case of an emergency to put on your own mask before helping anyone else.

This absolutely applies to motherhood.

So many moms put their needs last, afraid to take care of themselves thinking it will take away from their kids. But it’s not a win-lose game where if you are focusing on yourself, your kids are missing out.

It’s actually the opposite: The better care you give yourself, the better equipped you are to take care of your family.

In other words, it’s win-win.

You can’t give your kids everything if you are running on empty. Take care of yourself mentally and physically and you can become even better.

2) Get enough sleep.

Okay, stop laughing. It actually is possible. But it’s not going to happen on it’s own. It’s gonna take some effort (here’s some strategies to get better sleep).

Have you ever been so exhausted after you put the kids to bed that you can’t do anything but sit and stare? So you sit in front of the TV and binge-watch a show for 3 hours (because you can’t muster the energy to actually go to bed). Then, the kids wake you up the next day and you are totally crabby because you are exhausted?

Oh boy, been there and done that.

Or have you ever stayed up late to clean because it’s the only way you can keep you house from looking like an episode of Hoarders? That’s productive, right?

Let’s break this down: sleep is 100% linked to basically every part of your health (weight, energy, level, skin etc). It’s also directly correlated to the amount of patience you have.

Think about it: if you were bleeding profusely, you wouldn’t be like “Oh, let me just finish these dishes and then I’ll go get something to take care of this bleeding.” You would take care of the bleeding immediately.

If you are seriously sleep-deprived, sleep is the most important thing you can do.

3) Wake up before the kids.

Waking up before your kids will supercharge your productivity and give you important “me time” when you are energized.

Call me crazy, but I wake up at 4:00am most mornings. Oh, and I am NOT a natural morning person. But once I started doing this, it changed my whole life.

I find that waking up early, exercising, and getting a few thing done before my kids are awake honestly makes me feel like there are more hours in the day. For tips to wake up early, check out these 9 fail-proof tips.

4) Set your intentions in the morning.

You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. This is especially true for moms. You’ve got a million things coming at you at once and little people to keep alive.

So how can you manage your home, family, AND prioritize your health? At the start of your day, you’ve got to determine what the most important things you can accomplish today. Where will your focus be?

This can take many forms:

  • to-do lists
  • visualization
  • journaling
  • talking it out with your spouse

The key is to decide, right off the bat, what is important in your day.

For example, if my goals for the day are to be an attentive mom and to get some meal prepping done, then a dirty house or an unexpected phone call wont throw me off. I’ll snuggle my hurt child and know that I’ll get to the house on another day. I’ll find a way to end the call and get back to making meals.

5) Exercise.

Exercising does wonders for mental and physical health. It boosts your mood and gives you more energy throughout the day. Even 20-30 min a few times a week can make a huge difference.

As a mom, your average day is like an olympic event, so working out is like conditioning to mentally and physically handle your long busy days. For ideas on exercising, check out these 6 Gym-Free Ways For Busy Moms to Fit in a Quick Workout.

6) Pick your battles wisely.

Every day, you are faced with a million different challenges. But you decide which are worth even dealing with.

You can’t do it all, but you can do what is important and valuable to YOU.

For example, I do not battle over my kids clothes and hair. It does not affect my happiness one bit. Instead, the fact that they dress themselves from about age 2 and on makes my life considerably easier.

Do they look like they were dressed by someone dropping acid? Sure! But they love having control and autonomy over how they look. And I skip any battle over brushing their hair or making sure they match.

(Note: We do “brush our hair for Jesus” so they look presentable at church.)

On the other hand, I am really concerned about creating healthy eating habits. Therefore, I put a lot more energy and effort into preparing healthy foods and encouraging them to like things that are good for their bodies.

Pick your priorities and let go of the rest.

7) Shower & get dressed everyday.

Showering and getting dressed for the day will make you more productive and efficient.

Mind you, “dressed for the day” does not mean you need to be ready for the Oscars or Instagram. It means you are clean, clothed (in not pajamas), and have brushed your teeth.

This shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Remember, dry shampoo is a busy mom’s best friend! 

8) Give individual attention and snuggles to each child daily.

Having 4 kids 5 and under means that this takes some thought. But this goes a LONG way to creat a happy home.

Lot’s of snuggles make happier kids. And crabby kids make for a crabby and frustrated mama.

Remember, most crabby kids don’t need a lecture: they need a good long hug. More snuggles usually translate into a happier day.

9) Live by 1 minute rule

This is simple: If a task will take only 1 minute or less to complete, do it right away.

Whether it’s putting something away, responding to a text, throwing away junk mail, or making a doctor’s appointment, do it immediately.

This gives you 2 boosts: you get the satisfaction of getting something done plus it creates momentum to accomplish more tasks. And it keeps small tasks from building up and becoming overwhelming.

10) Use the “10 minute clean” philosophy.

When you have huge messes to clean and no time (i.e. every moment of your life), this strategy is perfect. Especially when you’ve just put the kids down for bed.

Muster whatever strength you have for just 10 minutes and do a whirlwind clean. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in 10 minutes of focused effort.

It’s usually enough to get areas of your house in good enough shape to feel fine moving on to an essential task or going to bed (see #2).

11) Declutter, declutter, declutter.

The more things you have, the more messes you have to clean up. So the more clutter you have, the more time it takes to manage it.

My favorte decluttering stratiegy: Marie Kondo’s The Magical Art of Tidying Up

This book literally changed my life. Not only did we get rid of 1/3 of our possessions and make hundreds of dollars selling stuff, but it made my home a million time easier to manage (and more pleasant to be in!).

Four Kids 5 and Under is totally doable

Having 4 kids 5 and under doesn’t have to mean living in survival mode. Making small changes to your routine, prioritizing your health, and focusing on what’s important will allow to to actually enjoy life.

You’ve got this, mama!

 

Happy Mama Hack: Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary

Happy Mama Hack: Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary

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Happy Mama Hack: Make Your Bedroom and Oasis

When I became a mom, I finally realized why my parents had brown carpet growing up. Life with kids means EPIC messes. Messes that you can’t always get to before the end of the day.

But when it’s time for bed and you are exhausted, a messy home makes it hard to truly relax and unwind.

So how can a mom get some true peace and relaxation without staying up all night cleaning? With a modest effort, you can make your bedroom a sanctuary, free from clutter, toys and the like.

You don’t have to light incense and meditate to create a room where you can relax, clear your mind, and unwind at the end of a long busy day. Just taking some simple steps can transform your bedroom into a place of refuge from stress and an oasis of peace in your home.

 Find peace as a busy mom by creating a peaceful bedroom oasis.

Create apeaceful bedroom for moms 

 TIPS TO CREATE A BEDROOM SANCTUAR

 

1) Ban toys from your bedroom

Keeping all toys out of your bedroom (or well out of sight) goes a long way to creating a relaxing enironment. Your day is full of toys strewn throughout the house. Keep them out of your bedroom.

Personally, this was a major source of annoyance. My girls love to play in our bedroom, but stepping on small toys while getting up for a midnight pee was testing all my patience.

So I told them that no toys were allowed in my room and when they inevitably tested me, their toys ended up in toy jail (a plastic bin in my closet). After doing extra toys, they earned them back and stopped leaving toys in my room!

2) Limit screens and artifical light sources

The light coming from screens and other artifical light sources mess with your circadian rythyms and negatively impact sleep quality.

Take a look at your room and watch out for all the light sources coming from your various electronics.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Put your alarm clock across the room to avoid the light coming from the digtal time. This has the added benefit of making the snooze button a thing of the past.
  • Keep your cell phone out of the bedroom. Not only will you get better sleep, but you will not waste time scrolling through something mindless.  

3) Avoid clutter like the plague

Perhaps you can’t keep your entire house decluttered at all time (I sure can’t with 4 little whirlwinds). But you can manage one room.

Keeping your bedroom clean and decluttered will go a very long way to creating a relaxing and peaceful oasis for you. Discarded clothes, shoes, and other items can usually all be put away in a few minutes if you are doing it regularly.

4) Make your bed every day

This takes just a minute and gives you an immediate boost and sense of accomplishment.

I admit that I used to find making my bed entirely pointless. But oh boy, has that changed. I get an instant boost making my bed first thing. Then, every time I see it during the day, I get small little jolts of happiness. And plus, sliding into a crisply make bed at the end of the day feels oh-so luxurious.

5) Add relaxing elements

What can you add to your bedroom that will create your own little oasis? New throw pillows for the bed? A scented candle? A new paint color? Bedding?

What will make your room more relaxing?

For me, this meant creating a reading nook in my room. Which was basically just a comfy chair. Creating a space where I can relax and read has been such a delight. Instead of just taking away annoyances in my bedroom, it actually adds something that brings me a lot of joy and fulfillment.

Create Your Own Sanctuary

Everyone’s idea of a relaxing sanctuary is going to be a bit different. But these principles can guide you to create your own little oasis in your home, free from mess and clutter. No need to spend hours cleaning your home to finally be able to relax.

What do you want in your perfect bedroom sanctuary?

 

 

 

Loving My Post-Pregnancy Body

Loving My Post-Pregnancy Body

 Learning to Love My Post-Pregnancy Body

I was right in the middle of running a 10K turkey trot on Thanksgiving Day 2015 when the way I looked at my body completely changed.

It was then that I began to truly love post-pregnancy body for what it was–not just for what it could be on some magcial day when I got my act together and miraculously looked like a fitness model.

My 3 kid bod

I had just given birth via c-section a few months earlier to my third child in just 3 years. While I had a full marathon and about 7 half-marathons under my belt, I hadn’t raced since before having children.

Honestly, I was just trying to finish without walking or needing an ambulance. My body was easily carrying 30+ extra pounds from the last few years of perpetual pregnancy.

And like many with the postpartum “mom bod,” I was not particularly thrilled with what I saw when I looked in the mirror. And like many women, I put qualifications on when I could love my body.

I would say and think things like: I’ll be happy with my body when I lose 30 lbs. Or 40 lbs. Or when I fit into a size 6 again.

Learning to love my post pregnancy body #selfllove #bodypositivity  #postpartum

Learning to love my post pregnancy body
loving my post preg body

The Race

When I began the race that crisp Thanksgiving morning, just praying that I could finish, I did not feel comfortable in my own skin.

But there I was, lumbering along at about mile 3 when to my surprise, I realized that I was actually passing people—people who looked far more fit than me. People who were not carrying around all this extra baggage.

That shocking realization sent a flurry of thoughts racing through my mind and I began contemplating this ol’ body of mine.

My body had gone through 3 pregnancies and 3 c-sections in 3 years. It miraculously provided food and comfort for my babies and kept up with 3 small kids. My body could pump milk while making dinner and keeping a 2 year-old occupied. It could (and often did) snuggle 3 kids at once.

My “imperfect” body was AMAZING

With these thoughts, I couldn’t help but see my body in a new light.

My body was not terrible. My body was actually freaking amazing. It was incredibly resiliant and capable. .

I mean, I was 4 months post partum and running a 10k, for Pete’s sake!

Like a jolt, I was filled with an overwhelming gratitude for this body of mine that was doing so much for me and my family. I was immensely proud of my body for what it was and not what it could be.

That’s when it REALLY hit me:

How could I have anything but love for my body that did so much for me and for my family?

I was immediately ashamed of the past feelings of discontent with my body. How unfair and short-sighted I had been!

Running amidst a mass of people in the Turkey Trot, I was fighting back tears of both gratitude for my amazing machine of a body and regret for not loving my body in every state as I should have.

So why don’t we love our bodies in every state they are in?

There’s a growing movement to accept our bodies in every state. I’ll admit, I used to think those in the fat-acceptance movement were delusional at best and dangerous at worst.

But you are morbidly obese, I’d think. You are not healthy. How can you be happy with yourselves? You should want to change. Perhaps it was jealousy that these people could love their bodies when I couldn’t love mine. (An interesting read by Lindy West about fat-acceptance and her experience that I recommend.)

But now, I am so ashamed of that line of thinking.

Because no one is saying that fat = healthy. What they are saying is fat/skinny/whatever = deserve to be loved by self and others.

Having a body that is not idolized by the media does not mean one is deserving of public ridicule and self loathing. No matter what unrealistic expectations for society says, our body size and our worth have literally NOTHING to do with one another. 

And why shouldn’t everyone love themselves? What good does hating your body serve anyway? When I see people fighting back against fat-acceptance, I get so frustrated. Think about it: how does hating our bodies help us in any way?

Hating your body will not be a gateway to greater health. But loving your body as it is, is certainly a gateway to better health, both mental and physical.

Honestly, once I started loving myself, suddenly making healthier choices was actually EASIER.

Why We Should Love Our Bodies, No Matter What

But what can loving our bodies do? It can improve our mental health and happiness. I love my post-pregnancy body, stretch marks and all.

And folks, that’s 4 whole pregnancies in 4 years which DID NOT leave this body unscathed (for more on my postpartum health journey, click here).

To be honest, before when I would hear or read about mothers who “loved their stretch marks,” I thought they were absolutely full of crap.

How can a person love stretch marks?

But there I was, in a street full of panting runners, and I finally got it: my body bears scars of love. My c-section scar, my stretch marks, my loose soft skin, all bear the signs of carrying the greatest joys in my life: my children. I would never want to erase the signs my body bears from such beautiful experiences.

Sure, I want to be healthier. I want to be trim and run faster and have firm shapely muscles. But I love myself as I am now. I love and respect the miracle that is my body.

3 Steps to Loving Our Bodies as They Are

If you struggle with this, here are just a few ways that you can start to see your postpartum body in a new light.

1) Recognize all your body does for you

Get a piece of paper, a pen, and somnversation to be depressie mental juices and start listing.

Don’t focus on what it looks like, focus on what it does.

Think about all your daily tasks over a 24 hours period. Think of what your body means to and does for the different members of your family. When one truly considers how amazing our bodies are and all they do, it’s hard not to be grateful for them.

2) Stop Negative Thoughts About Your Body

When negative thoughts creep into you head about your body, dismiss them and instead think about something from your list of all your body does for you.

We can’t always keep thoughts from popping in our heads, but do not lay our the welcome mat and invite them for coffee. Send them packing and focus on positive thoughts.

3) Change How You Talk About Your Body

How you talk about your body effects how you feel about yourself and how others feel about themselves.

If you start complaining about your body in a group of people, you are inviting the conversation to go down Depression Avenue. You may even invite others to subconsciously start being more del-critical of themselves.

It’s not an uplifting subject. Instead, change that discussion into discussing something you are excited about for improving your health. As always, be very careful how you talk about your body around kids.

National Eating Disorders Association has an extensive guide of more ways to love your body.

We All Deserve to Love Ourselves

Your body is a complex and amazing miracle. Your body, warts and all, is a gift.

Learning to truly love my body has not only brought me so much peace and gratitude, but it’s also helped me to make better health decisions. Instead of a blight I want to change, my body is a miracle I want to honor and respect by taking care of it.

I hope you are on a journey to love your amazing body, mama. 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermittent Fasting & Breastfeeding: My Experience

Intermittent Fasting & Breastfeeding: My Experience

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional nor am I advocating Intermittent fasting and breastfeeding without your doctor and pediatrician’s consent and support. Everyone’s situation, needs, and health are different. I am simply sharing my experience while I was under the guidance of a doctor.*

Intermittent Fasting & Breastfeeding: My Experience 

I have a really hard time losing weight while breastfeeding. Like instead of losing weight, I gain it. While other women waste away while breastfeeding, I’m voraciously downing the last cupcake.

One thing that helped turn this around was practicing intermittent fasting (IF) following my 4th pregnancy and birth.

Honestly, it was perfect for me. No I didn’t lose a ton of weight quickly (because that would not be healthy or easy to maintain), but I reversed the trend of all my previous pregnancies and have slowly and continuously lost weight (here are my top tips for intermittent fasting while breastfeeding).

The Struggle is Real

After each birth, I would resolve to finally lose the weight. But I always had trouble losing while breastfeeding. In fact, I usually would gain 10 lbs before then getting pregnant again.

But since breastfeeding is amazing (and I really do love it), I refused to let my weight interfere with what was best for my baby.

After the birth of my 4th and last child Dec 2016, I was bound and determined to lose the weight. I was going to finally overcome my inability to lose weight while breastfeeding.

So after getting the okay from my doctor, I had joined a gym, hired a personal trainer, tried to eat healthy, and worked my butt off for weeks and weeks. But my weight did not budge.

It was so incredibly depressing.

Then, I came across intermittent fasting while researching healthy eating, which was my main struggle. It was a revelation. There are so many health benefits to IF, it’s unreal (e.g. fat loss, increased lifespan, lower ideas risk etc).

I wanted to do it, but couldn’t find anything substantial about intermittent fasting AND breastfeeding. I didn’t want to risk my milk supply or quality, but I also didn’t want to wait a year to lose weight.

But then I thought: women throughout history have successfully breastfed with limited food supply and in various circumstances. How could a couple extra hours of fasting a day impact my milk supply?

My experience with intermittent fasting and breastfeeding.

Talking to the Doctor

At my baby’s 3-month visit, I decided to ask the pediatrician about it. My milk supply was well established and my baby and I were in a great routine.

My pediatrician has always been very involved in my nutrition when I am breastfeeding, making sure I am getting all the vitamins and nutrients I need so my babies get what they need. She is very current on research and very concerned with healthy living. So I figured she was the perfect one for me to talk to.

I honestly figured that she would say “no” out of extreme caution. But to my pleasant surprise, she was really supportive of my plan to fast daily for 16 hours (half while sleeping).

I was going to eat between noon and 8:00pm each day while focusing on drinking tons of water and eating healthy.

I started the very next day.

Managing Intermittent Fasting and Breastfeeding

I woke up around 7:00am and got busy taking care of my kids. I wasn’t going to eat until noon, so I tried to stay busy. Honestly, that’s not hard as a mom, right?

After the morning routine, we went to the gym. By the time I got my kids checked into the kid’s center, worked out, gathered up my kids, and drove home it was almost noon!

By then, I was definitely ready to eat and prepared a nice big meal. Then I ate 3 meals between noon and 7 and made sure to be done eating at 8:00pm.

I continued this and by about day 4, it was seriously no big deal waiting til noon to eat. In my experience, it was really easy to adjust to IF. Eating during an 8 hour window is so doable!

Plus, I found that feeling “empty” in the mornings helped me have more energy to take care of my kids and get stuff done around the house.

MY RESULTS

Milk Supply

To my pleasant surprise, my milk supply was unaffected by the fasting. I had plenty of milk and I noticed no change in nursing whatsoever. My baby didn’t seem affected one bit.

At times when I’ve lost weight more quickly–months after beginning IF–I have noticed a slight (and temporary) drop in supply, but that seems unrelated to IF and more to do with rapid weight loss. As of right now, I have a very healthy still-breastfed 15 month old.

Weight Loss

The weight immediately began to come off at about a pound a week (my breastfeeding sister has seen similar results), which is perfect.

Other than the first few days, I never felt hungry. I have lost 35 lbs so far.

I wasn’t necessarily drastically changing what I was eating right off the bat. But the best part of intermittent fasting is that it helped me get in control of my eating–which was key for me on my weight loss journey.

Since beginning IF, I have changed my eating habits a lot. But it’s been a really natural and gradual progression which means that it’s a change that has been easy to maintain.

 

 

Best Result of IF: Changing Habits

I never struggled to exercise–I love it. But you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet. And breastfeeding makes me feel like I am starving ALL THE TIME. It was hard to control my eating because I want to eat everything in my sight.

With intermittent fasting, I felt like I took back control of my eating habits. It became easier to start making better food choices.

Calorie counting has never worked for me. I’ll be dedicated fore about a week before I lose track and then eat whatever I can get my hot little hand on.

But as I gained more self-control through IF, I started to be more mindful of my true hunger cues and really listening to my body. Listening to how food actually made me feel. 

As I gained more self-control, I read some fantastic books on nutrition that helped shape the foods I was eating. Here are a couple of my favorites:

  • The 10 Day Detox: This book was really helpful in conquering my sugar addiction and cleaning up my eating. 
  • The F-Factor Diet: This book really helped to start eating healthy fiber-rich foods that filled me up without adding loads of calories.

With IF and continued nutritional education, I began to finally stop the cycle of gaining weight while I breastfeed my babies.

Intermittent fasting while breastfeeding was the answer for me.

 

Overall, intermittent fasting is simple (no counting calories or tracking food) and has been a miraculous way for me to build healthy eating habits. It was an important tool for me in taking back my health and losing 35 lbs of extra weight from you pregnancies. 

If it interests you and you are breastfeeding, be sure to consult with your doctor/pediatrician first. (And check out my top tips for intermittent fasting while breastfeeding).

Also, I created a free printable intermittent fasting log (see below) where you can track your food, hours fasted, weight, and milk supply.

I’d love to know how it goes for you! 

Good luck, mama! 

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