6 Inspiring Podcasts For Moms

6 Inspiring Podcasts For Moms

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6 INSPIRING PODCASTS FOR MOMS

Motherhood is all the things: exhausting, wonderful, maddening, joyful, overwhelming, impossible, glorious.

In the throes of our daily challenges, it can be easy to abandon our personal dreams as we struggle through survival mode.

But motherhood doesn’t have to mean the end of personal dreams. Your dreams and your big goals matter. And podcasts are an incredible free resource for getting pumped up to pursue the life of your dreams.

As an avid podcast listener, I can say that listening to the following podcasts has not only been inspiring, but life-changing. All are hosted by charismatic and accomplished hosts who are sure to inspire and uplift through sage advice and awesome interviews.

Here are my favorite inspiring podcasts for moms!

podcasts to inspire moms

1) DO IT SCARED

Hosted by Ruth Soukup, this podcast is all about overcoming your fears and going for the goals that terrify you.

Her motto “do it scared” has pushed me to do things where I would normally hesitate. Like just this weekend, I conquered my fear of my Instant Pot and fell madly in love (OMG, I have been missing out).

Ruth’s story is incredible: she went form a depressed and suicidal college drop-out to massively successful blogger, New York Times Best selling author, and owner of a multiple 7 figure company. Kinda impressive, right?

Not only is she amazing and full of inspiring and actionable advice, but she interviews truly incredible people. I highly recommend getting started with episode 1 and starting your journey towards the life you love.

2) DON’T KEEP YOUR DAY JOB

I knew I was a fan of this show 5 minutes into the first episode I listened to. Cathy Heller, singer songwriter & entrepreneur, is like a walking ray of sunshine. Her bubbly personality creates incredibly dynamic conversations with her guests.  She is so upbeat and encouraging and the people she interviews are incredibly inspiring.

3) HAPPIER

Gretchen Rubin is amazing. Her books are among some of my favorites (like Better Than Before and The Four Tendencies).

Supreme Court clerk turned writer obsessed with happiness, she and her delightful sister Elizabeth (a Hollywood write) discuss very practical tips for creating a happier life in this podcast.

Occasionally, these very charming sisters interview other people doing amazing things and it’s always a delight. This is just all-around awesome podcast for anyone wanting to live a better life.

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4) SCHOOL OF GREATNESS

It was one of the episodes of School of Greatness that inspired me to finally start this blog, something I’d been merely thinking about for years. Not only is Lewis Howes himself inspiring, but he interviews incredible people who are doing a wide variety of amazing things.

5) THE CHALENE SHOW

Chalene Johnson does just about everything. She is a fitness expert, the creator of PiYo, an entrepreneur, and a podcaster among other things.

She is peppy, kind, and the perfect cheerleader to inspire your on your health journey. If was on her show that I first learned about intermittent fasting, a tool that I’ve used to lose 40 lbs and reclaim my health.

6) THE MARIE FORLEO PODCAST

Marie Forleo is pretty epic in her accomplishments (a trend among those on this list). Not only does Marie give so many quick and inspiring tidbits to live a happier, more productive life, but she interviews absolute rock stars who are accomplishing amazing things. I can’t imagine that it’s possible to listen to an episode of Marie Forleo and not feel inspired to do something great.

In the ups and downs of mom life, keep yourself inspired by these 6 inspiring podcasts for moms. Listening will lift you up and get you feeling ready to fulfill your potential.

So pick a podcast (or 6) and get listening today! And then tell me how it goes in the comments.

 

7 Things You Need to Know About Tongue-Ties

7 Things You Need to Know About Tongue-Ties

7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TONGUE-TIES

Having a child with a tongue-tie can be an incredibly frustrating experience. Between the breastfeeding issues and the conflicting medical advice, it can be a painful and confusing period.

At least it was for me.

And the thing is, it could have been 100% avoided if I’d had a bit more information.

I wanted to share my story of having two kids with tongue-ties (and one with a lip tie) in hopes that I could save other parents the struggle and frustration that we have experienced over the past couple of years.

If you have a child with a tongue-tie, here’s what you need to know about tongue-ties:

1) MOST MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AREN’T TRAINED TO DEAL WITH TONGUE-TIES

Though I had successfully nursed my oldest 2, I suddenly had difficulty nursing my youngest 2 girls.

Despite frequent visits with lactation consultants, nurses, and doctors, no one noticed their tongue ties (or the lip-tie) in the hospital. Or for their first several well-visits.

Once the pediatrician finally noticed Rosie’s (my 3rd child) at her 6 month well visit, we had pushed through the difficulties (and pain) and breastfeeding was going okay. So the doctor didn’t seem concerned. She was pretty small, but gaining weight.

Little did I know the problems that would arise.

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2) IF YOUR CHILD HAS A LIP-TIE, THERE IS PROBABLY ALSO A TONGUE-TIE.

According to specialists, f a child has a lip-tie, it is almost always accompanied by a tongue-tie. It is very rare that a child with have only a lip-tie.

My 4th baby was born with a lip-tie that I noticed when she was a few months old. Again, I had difficulty nursing and again I was told that it was nothing and that lip-ties don’t cause issues.

However, once we finally were able to find a specialist who addressed our concerns, we learned about her tongue-tie. Correcting both made immediate positive changes to nursing.

3) PEDIATRICIANS DON’T AGREE ON WHAT TO DO FOR TONGUE-TIES.

For many pediatric needs, there is great consensus among the medical community. Tongue-ties are not one of those things.

All along the road, different doctors told us different things.

Our pediatrician wasn’t concerned one bit, while I was. I knew nothing about tongue-ties and needed to understand how this was going to affect my child. So to appease me, he referred me to a pediatric ENT.

And $200 and a 4 minute visit later, I learned that while the tongue tie was severe the pediatric ENT wouldn’t do anything with a baby past 2 weeks old. He said we could revisit when she was two.

Another specialist we consulted with would do the procedure up until the child was 9 months old, but by that point my girls were 1 and 2 and both were experiencing issues related to their ties. She said we could revisit when they were 4 or 5.   

This was the most maddening thing of all. I just wanted to find someone who could give us the help and answers that we needed.

4) YOU NEED A SPECIALIST WHO CAN HELP YOU

Finding a tongue-tie specialist will make all the difference in the world. Instead of being left with concerns and unanswered questions, you will finally get the answers and solutions you are seeking.

Our fantastic pediatric dentist sent us to the specialist who would give us the help and answers we so desperately needed.

Not only were my girls thoroughly evaluated in order to fully understand the impact of their tongue and lip-ties, but we were able to get the procedures to fix them. Rosie was also able to get very specialize speech therapy by a speech language pathologist specializing in tongue-ties and feeding issues.

After having the tongue-ties overlooked or ignored for so long, we finally got answers and solutions with a specialist.

7 things you need to know about tongue-ties #tonguetie

5) TONGUE-TIES CAN CAUSE A LOT OF PROBLEMS IF LEFT UNTREATED

I didn’t realize the full impact of how the tongue-tie affected Rosie until after she was evaluated by a specialist and had the tongue release procedure. Very quickly and I saw the swift change that took place in her speech, face, and physique.

HOW THE TONGUE-TIE AFFECTED MY CHILD:

  • Her cheeks were sunken and her chin recessed as a result of her inability to use her mouth and muscles properly.
  • She had enlarged tonsils which cause her to snore and greatly disrupted the quality of her sleep.
  • Her speech was difficult to understand despite her extensive vocabulary.
  • She was underweight.

Within two months after the procedure (and weekly speech therapy by a SLP specializing in tongue-ties and feeding issues), she was a different kid.

CHANGES AFTER THE TONGUE-RELEASE:

  • Her cheeks became full and plump and her chin moved forward as she learned to use her facial muscles properly now that she had full use of her tongue.
  • Her articulation improved immediately and with speech therapy made huge inroads.  
  • She stopped snoring and waking several times a night, helping everyone get better sleep.
  • She immediately began to gain weight to look very healthy.

While I’m so grateful we found solutions, all the issues she had were avoidable. Had we been served properly by the medical professionals we encountered early on, we would have avoided anguish and a pile of medical bills.

6) THE POST-PROCEDURE EXERCISES ARE ROUGH, BUT TOTALLY NECESSARY

In order for the tongue to heal properly and not reattach, it must be stretched upward several times a day in the weeks following the procedure. It’s painful, but completely necessary.

I’m convinced that this is actually harder on the parents! But having a healthy child at the end of the 6 weeks is worth it.

7) TRUST YOUR GUT

You are with your child nearly 24/7. You know when something is off. Trust yourself. If your pediatrician dismisses your concerns, find the specialist who will listen and answer your questions.

And this goes for everything, not just tongue-ties. I know of concerned moms whose pediatricians kept saying their child is within the norm, only to later get diagnosed with autism.

I also know a mom who was concerned by her teenage son’s posture only to be told that it was just slouching and he needed to stand up straight. Turns out it was a serious genetic condition and he missed out on early intervention.

Trust your gut and find someone who will take the time to understand you and your child.

Luckily, my story has a happy ending. Through amazing specialists, we found answers and solutions. Both girls are healthy and doing really well. We’re delighted by the progress they have both made post-procedure. 

Hopefully, our experience can help you learn what you need to know about tongue-ties. Above all, find a tongue-tie specialist in your area who can answer your questions and find solutions for you and your child. 

You’ve got this, mama.  

 

 

Babysitting Information Printable

Babysitting Information Printable

BABYSITTING INFORMATION PRINTABLE

On any given day, I’m racing around at about a million miles an hour. (I’m sure you know the feeling.) Couple that with what 4 pregnancies did to my brain and I forget things.

Lots of things, in fact.

Which is especially annoying when I’m five minutes into a movie at the theater and I suddenly remember 3 things I forgot to tell the babysitter. So I have to be that person. The one texting in the middle of a movie and then constantly looking at her phone to see if the babysitter has responded.

As moms running from one thing to the next, it’s really hard to always remember to tell the babysitter everything.

And even when we feel like we remember to give all special instructions, we may return to find that the babysitter didn’t live up to unspoken common sense expectations.

Download free babysitting information printable #printable #parenting

Download free babysitting information printable #printable #parenting

WHICH IS WHY I CREATED THIS BABYSITTING INFORMATION PRINTABLE

Whether we’re at work or out with our husbands, knowing our babysitters have all the information they need allows us peace of mind when we are away from our kids.

It also gives the babysitter a helpful guide for when they encounter both the expected and unexpected in caring for your kids.

So I made this for moms to be able to fill out, laminate and stick in the diaper bag or on the fridge and have all the key information readily available for your babysitter. Whether you’re gone for an hour or all day, you can rest assured knowing that you’ve given the sitter all the information needed.

Ways to use this printable:

  • Fill out and laminate
  • Laminate and then fill out with a dry-erase marker
  • Put one in your diaper bag and on your fridge

Subscribe to my weekly newsletter below (which are full of helpful tips and resources for overwhelmed moms) and get your free babysitting information printable straight to your inbox! No spam and you can unsubscribe anytime.

Hope you like it!

 

14 Brilliant Time Saving Tips for Moms

14 Brilliant Time Saving Tips for Moms

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BRILLIANT TIME SAVING TIPS FOR MOMS

You’ve got 99 problems and having too much time on your hands is absolutely not one of them. From keeping your kids alive, maintaining a home, and working you’ve got your hands more than full.

In fact, you need to find more time in your day so you don’t go full-on crazy.

I feel ya. With 4 small kids, a busy house, and a job, I know exactly what it feels like to be drowning in responsibilities and wishing for more time every single day.  

Which is why I’ve made it practically my life’s mission to figure out how moms can save time and live with more peace and well being. So I’m here with the best time saving tips for moms with no time on their hands.

1) Make one dinner for everybody (even the picky eaters).

If you have picky eaters, you can feel like you need to make separate meals for the kids in order to make sure they each. However, research suggests that making separate meals only perpetuates picky eating and unhealthy habits. And it makes you run around like a chicken with your head cut off at every meal.  

But Mama, you don’t have to be a short order cook to get everyone to eat. Best thing for your kids and you is to make ONE healthy meal with a few food options.

After reading this book, I stopped making separate food for my picky eaters. Just one meal with variety. And guess what? Not only is my life easier, but my children have become less picky and much more healthy eaters. 

2) Stick to a couple stores.

I get wanting to take advantage of the best deals, but is the hassle of running around to a million stores really worth it?

I used to do this, hauling 4 kids 4 and under around town deal hunting. A lot of time and a lot of gas later (not too mention a fair bit of tears in the car), I decided to just stick to only ever going to 3 stores near my home. On any given week, I’ll only go to 1 or 2 of them.  

My advice? Pick 2-3 stores where you can meet about 95% of your shopping needs. For the rest, use Amazon and the occasional special store run.

3) Be careful with YOUR screen time.

We get concerned about our kid’s screen time, but what about our own. Between binge-watching Netflix or Hulu and scrolling through social media feeds, a lot of our day can get sucked away in the snap of a finger.

Don’t get me wrong. I 100% believe in having relaxing time everyday. And if that means scrolling instagram or watching a late night show with your husband, then so be it. Just make sure it’s intentional time and not a mindless endeavor. 

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4) Let go of the unimportant.

Okay, I’m probably going to get hate mail for this but I think that spending a lot of time on your kid’s hair is a complete waste of time (and I’m saying this as the mother of 4 little girls). I mean, if you get serious joy and satisfaction out of creating complex hairstyles on your kid’s heads, then knock yourself out.

But if you don’t. If you feel like you’re just trying to fulfil some outside expectation. Just stop.

This principle applies to anything you feel like you should be doing to meet outside expectations, but doesn’t actually get you anywhere. Maybe it’s needing spend an hour getting ready in order to let people see you. Or getting involved with projects with your kid’s school or at your church when you really don’t have the time. 

Decide what’s really important to you and let go of the rest.

5) Plan your meals ahead of time.

Do you ever get to dinnertime with no dinner planned and your brain simply refuses to think clearly for long enough to come up with something?

Mom brain at dinner time is the worst. But it can be easily avoided.

Simply jotting down your meals for the week is going to save you so much mental energy and time during the week (you can use these free printables).

First off, planning in advance means you can be sure to get all the ingredients you’ll need on your grocery lists, avoiding unnecessary trips to the store. Secondly, you won’t have to try and scramble to put something together for dinner when you’re exhausted and your kids are lying on the floor acting as though you haven’t fed them this week.

Tip: Have a routine weekly planning session over the weekend where you sit and plan your meals for the next week. I plan my entire week every Sunday afternoon including meals, workouts, appointments, grocery lists, and top priorities.

6) Stock your freezer with meal prep.

Engaging in any degree of meal prep during your week is going to save you time. Whether you make a big batch of muffins or waffles to freeze and pull out for breakfasts or you triple your batch of spaghetti and freeze the extra, you are saving oodles of time down the road.

Meal prep doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are 5 easy ways to fill your freezer with meals.

7) Keep running grocery lists.

You know those times when it suddenly pops into your brain that you are low on toilet paper or milk or body wash? Do ever then completely forget about it until after you’ve gone to the store? 

It happens to the best of us.

To avoid this, you need to have one central location that you keep your running shopping lists of everything you need. That way, when you run to the store you can see the list and know everything you need.

This could be using:

  • A list app on your phone
  • Your planner
  • A list on your fridge

Personally, I keep a running list for the 3 main stores I go to on our big family calendar. I’ve learned that if I don’t immediately run and put it on the list, I’ll probably forget and I’ll end up having to make a special trip to the store because we are down to 10 sheets of toilet paper.

Time Saving Tips for Moms

8) Use timers.

Setting timers is a wonderful way to keep both you and your kids accountable. Only want to browse Facebook for 10 minutes? Set a timer or it might end up being more like 45. 

Buried in laundry? Set a timer and do what you can in 15 minutes (and trust me, all you need is 15 minutes a day to stay up on laundry).

Want your kids to clean up? Put on some greats music and set a timer.

Timers can be a major time saver. We set a timer every evening with our girls. Before bed, they have to have the playroom and their bedrooms picked up. We set a timer for between 5-10 minutes, depending on the mess.

It used to take 40 minutes of us repeatedly nagging them to stop playing and clean before we started setting the timers on our phones. Now, if their messes aren’t clean before the timer goes off, they lose a bedtime story and song (our girls will do anything to make sure their get their story and song).

Now the messes vanish in minutes and our bedtime routine takes almost half the time. Timers for the win!

9) Make use of grocery pickup.

When I did grocery pickup for the first time (i.e. you order groceries online and then park at the store where somebody brings it all out to you) I swear the heavens opened and choirs of angels were singing.

Within minutes of arriving, everything on my lists was packed neatly into the back of my van. No dragging my kids up and down a store over the course of an hour with them begging to buy toys or candy. No tantrums mid-store where kindly passersby comment that my hands “sure are full” while my children cry and I fantasize about eating an entire box of Milkduds alone in my room.

Instead, with grocery pickup, shopping with kids is quick and easy.

I use Walmart’s free grocery pickup and it has been a game changer. You order the day before and schedule pickup (i always schedule the mornings because that’s when it’s the least busy in my area). You drive over, someone comes out and puts everything in your car, and you are on your way. I highly recommend it.

See if Walmart pickup is in your area. Follow this link and get $10 off your first purchase. You’re gonna love the convenience.   

10) Let your kids dress themselves.

This is one of those win-win scenarios. your learn independence and are thrilled to have control over their clothes and you don’t have to spend any time dressing them. Concerned about what people think? Review tip #4.

I adopted this more out of necessity than choice. Before I knew it, I was a mom of 4 girls 4 and under teaching college history classes part time. I couldn’t have dressed me kids if I’d wanted to. But once my girls hit 2, they’ve all shown a big interest in dressing themselves. So I’ve let them. They get to develop their own sense of style, learn responsibility, and also exert some control in their lives. All while I don’t have to do anything

11) Keep consistent routines.

When something becomes routine, it means it’s something that you automatically do and don’t have to think about it. If you don’t have a set routine to workout each week, then every day it’s a time-wasting battle to decided whether you will or won’t. Without set routines, you end up stumbling through your day and wasting time.

Routines are the key to a smooth and organized mom life. Everything you want to accomplish daily and weekly should be built into a routine to make sure it gets done whether it’s grocery shopping, self care, cleaning, laundry, reading, or working out.

12) Declutter. 

The fewer things you have, the less time you spend cleaning and organizing your home. While there are many methods to do this, I highly recommend Mari Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Before the birth of my fourth kid, I felt like I was drowning in stuff. How on earth was I going to fit another human in our house when it felt like we were about to spill out the windows and doors? Then a friend recommended this book. I devoured it within a couple days and immediately started implementing her strategies.

The result? We were able to clear out at least ⅓ of our belongings, make over $600 through Craigslist and a garage sale, and our home felt spacious and uncluttered. I spent far less time cleaning, while my house consistently looked and felt better.

Declutter your house. Donate your junk. And spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your life.

time saving tips for moms

13) Start your day with a plan.

Failure to plan wastes on average about 2 hours of time a day. That means if you just spend 15 minutes of your morning planning out your day, you’ll end up saving an hour and 45 minutes.

Things to consider when planning your day:

  • Your top priorities for the day. What are the most important thing you need to accomplish.
  • Meal plan
  • Scheduled appointments
  • Scheduled down time

I promise you, scheduling your day (and week) will save you so much time. Need more help? Download these free planning printables.

14) Use Amazon Prime.

You can get just about anything on Amazon. And usually within just a day or two. For the 5% of the stuff I can’t get at the 3 stores I typically visit, I go to Amazon for the rest. I can simply order online, and a day or two later it’s at my doorstep without having to drag kids around town and into a store where they will inevitably need to go pee as I’m waiting in a long checkout line.

Additionally, with their subscribe and save, a lot of household items are not only cheaper than many stores, but will come to you on a schedule so you don’t have to think about it. I love it!

SMALL STEPS LEAD TO BIG CHANGES

Even just implementing a few of these time saving tips for moms is going to make your life easier and give you more space for peace and well being. Saving time in your day will reduce overwhelm and give you time to practice self care and connect with your spouse and kids. Cut the wasted time out of your day so that you can enjoy the things in life that really matter.

You’ve got this, mama!

 

The Intermittent Fasting and Breastfeeding Meal Plan That Helped me Lose Weight

The Intermittent Fasting and Breastfeeding Meal Plan That Helped me Lose Weight

*This post may contain some affiliate links for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Also please note I am not a medical professional or a nutritionist. This is simply me sharing my meal plan that has helped me lose weight. Please talk to your doctor before starting any health plan.   

INTERMITTENT FASTING AND BREASTFEEDING MEAL PLAN 

I love food. Always have. And when I’m nursing, I used to have ZERO control. Even if I’d been sitting on the couch all day, I’d eat like a linebacker at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

But heaven knows I tried. I always tried to eat well, but I failed. And losing weight while breastfeeding was near impossible for me with my first 3 babies.

In fact, I would gain weight while nursing.

But after the birth of my 4th child, with steely determination and the go-ahead from my doctor, I started intermittent fasting while breastfeeding.

Over the past year, through intermittent fasting while breastfeeding I’ve managed to lose over 35 lbs and get to my weight from before having 4 children.

In sharing my success with intermittent fasting and breastfeeding, people have asked a lot of questions about the IF process, how I planned my meals, and what kinds of meal I ate etc.

And since my mission is to help moms live happier healthier lives, I wanted to share a bit more about my journey and the intermittent fasting and breastfeeding meal plan that has brought me the most weight loss success.

I also created an awesome intermittent fasting and breastfeeding printable pack with sample meal plans, fillable meal plans sheets, and a weekly log to track your results. Be sure and check it out at the bottom of the post!

The intermittent fasting and breastfeeding meal plan that helped me lose the baby weight #weightloss #mealplan #intermittentfasting

The intermittent fasting and breastfeeding meal plan that helped me lose the baby weight #weightloss #mealplan #intermittentfasting

PHASE 1: GETTING CONTROL

I first began intermittent fasting with a eating period from noon-8pm (and I’ve strayed very little from that over the last year).

At that point, I was less concerned about an exact meal plan as just getting some control over my cravings. While I was hungry before my first meal for the first few days, my body quickly adjusted, and the 8 hour eating window felt perfect.

The first couple months I noticed 3 things:

  1. I no longer felt like a prisoner to my hunger and cravings
  2. I was learning to recognize and listen to my bodies true hunger cues
  3. I was naturally tuning into how different foods made me feel

During this period, I went from just trying to gain a modicum of control to naturally moving towards intuitive eating and making better health choices.

Which is when I’d say I entered Phase 2.

PHASE 2: EXPERIMENTING & FINDING MY GROOVE

Once I felt like I had control and was listening to my body, I was able to start researching and experimenting with different meal plans.  

In addition to reading online research and listening to health podcasts, I read 2 heavily-researched books that have had a huge impact on me (and I highly recommend):

  1. The 10-Day Detox Diet by Dr. Mark Hyman: Though a bit restrictive, this plan hands-down gave me the most energy I’ve ever had in my life. 
  2. Why We Get Fat and What to Do About it by Gary Taubes: Heard carbs are bad for you, but not sure why? This book breaks makes complex scientific research easy to understand. 

Influenced by my research, I tried to eliminate or seriously limit white flour, dairy, and sugar. Which for me is like sawing off my own toes. As a sugar addict and lover of cheese and ice cream, sugar and dairy have been the toughest for me.

But as I followed Dr. Hyman’s 10 day detox, which eliminates all sugar, gluten and dairy and basically consists of a truckload of veggies, healthy fats, and lean proteins I not only lost weight, but I felt better than I’d ever felt in my life.

intermittent fasting and breastfeeding meal plan

PHASE 3: MY INTERMITTENT FASTING AND BREASTFEEDING MEAL PLAN

This is the general intermittent fasting and breastfeeding meal plan that brings me the best results. Not just weight loss, but actually feeling really great. The plan follows the general philosophy  of filling my diet with:

  • Lots of vegetables
  • Lean proteins
  • Healthy fats
  • Lots of fiber
  • Restricting: sugar, white flour, dairy

What follows is my general meal plan with 3 meals and a possible snack.

Please note that I do not calorie count. Considering breastfeeding needs and exercise, I find it’s best to listen to my body’s actual needs. Therefore, what follows (other than the breakfast shakes) does not give exact portions.

Also note that I do not follow this perfectly all of the time. I shoot for 80-90% perfection.

MEAL 1: HEALTHY SMOOTHIE OR ON-THE-GO OPTIONS

Often, I start eating for the day with a smoothie packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats. The result is that I an satiated, loaded with awesome nutrients, yet not weighed down by a heavy meal.

Since the smoothies I tend to make tend to be pretty big, I’ll slowly drink the smoothie over the course of an hour or so as I run around getting stuff done.

If I am in a serious rush and can’t bother with the blender, I will grab a homemade whole grain muffin or a protein bar and an apple.

Check out my 7 Healthy & Delicious Make-Ahead Breakfasts for my favorite healthy muffin recipes that can be made, frozen, and ready to eat after 30 seconds in a microwave. As for protein bars, these are my favorites as they are yummy and full of fiber and protein.

If having a smoothie, I usually will have one of these 2 smoothie recipes (click here to print smoothie recipes). The first is from The 10-Day Detox Diet, and the second one is my own invention.

Dr Hyman’s Whole-Food Protein Shake

  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen cranberries
  • ¼ organic lemon with rind (optional–but I like it)
  • 1 TBSP almond butter
  • 1 TBSP pumpkin seeds
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 TBSP hemp seeds
  • 2 raw walnuts
  • 2 raw brazil nuts
  • ¼ avocado
  • ½ TBSP coconut butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond or hemp milk
  • ½ water

If you can, soak all the nuts in the ½ cup of water at least 30 minutes prior to blending to activate enzymes. Blend all ingredients until smooth. With the lemon rind, you may need a second blend.

Note: I will HEALTHuts for like 10 smoothies and put them in snack bags which makes it really easy when I’m ready to make this smoothie.

Erin’s Chocolate Berry Smoothie

  • 2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup frozen berries (I do either a 3 berry mix or just blueberries)
  • 1 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1 TBSP coconut butter
  • 1 TBSP almond butter
  • 3 TBSP chia seeds
  • ½-1 cup ice (depending on your preference)
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup water (or more if needed)

Add spinach first to your blender, then the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Intermittent fasting and breastfeeding meal plan

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MEAL 2: SALAD WITH LEAN PROTEIN

For my second meal, I usually have a veggie packed salad with a lean protein (usually grilled chicken, flank steak, or canned salmon). I shoot for:

  • Between 5-6 cups of veggies between greens and chopped vegetables
  • Around a 6 oz. portion of protein
  • 1-2 TBSP of homemade dressing or salsa (depending on salad)

As a busy mom, I rarely have time to make a salad every single day for myself. So I am all about quick meal prep and mason jar salads. You can make a whole week of salads in under an hour that you just pull out of the fridge and enjoy. (Here are the mason jars that I use).

Here are my favorite make-ahead mason jar salad recipes:

MEAL 3: LEAN PROTEIN, LOTS OF VEGGIES, & BROWN RICE OR QUINOA

My last meal of the day is nearly always a meal I make for my entire family. Since my goal has not just been improving my health and habits, but also that of my husband and 4 kids, I don’t make a separate dinner. I mean, who has time for that? As a result, I tend to like to provide a bit more variety than I would if I was just cooking for myself.

Here’s what this meal usually includes:

  • Lean protein (usually grilled chicken or fish, but we occasionally indulge in tri-tip)
  • 2 veggie dishes (like a roasted veggie & green salad)
  • A whole grain dish like brown rice or quinoa 

Here are 7 Healthy Dinners you can make in under 30 minutes that a great. Also, for more ideas be sure and follow my healthy dinner recipe Pinterest board.

SNACKS

If I need a snack (like on heavy gym days), I generally shoot for fiber and protein in each. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Veggies with a dip (like humus)
  • Apple slices and almond butter
  • Nuts
  • Protein bar 

MY RESULTS

meal plan for intermittent fasting while breastfeeding

This is where I am after a year of IF and changing my eating habits. Trust me, if I can do it ANYONE cane.

COULD THIS WORK FOR YOU?

Well, there you have it! This is the general plan I follow to lose/maintain weight while intermittent fasting and breastfeeding. It leaves me satisfied and energized allowing me to work out daily, chase my kids, and make it through the day.

If you are interested in either following this meal plan or creating your own intermittent fasting and breastfeeding meal plan, you can download the printable pack (shown above) when you subscribe to my email list. 

You’ve got this, mama!