Healthy eating tips for new mums
Eating healthily can be quite a feat with a new baby to look after right? Follow our quick tips to boost your diet plan and have your family eating better in no time!
Don’t jump the gun and be too hard on yourself when trying to lose weight or eat healthily after having a baby. Your body will have gone through significant changes so give yourself time to heal and feel comfortable before thinking of a new diet plan. If you are sure that you need to lose weight, speak to your GP and look at reducing your fat and sugar intake. Whatever you do, don’t crash diet. This is not a long-term solution and while it might be a quick-fix, you’ll see the weight pile back on when you slip into old habits. We follow NHS guidelines which recommend a healthy weight loss of 1-2lbs per week - no faddy diet approaches on our watch!
Breastfeeding burns extra calories so we wouldn’t recommend doing anything consciously to lose weight until after the second month. This gives your body enough time to successfully establish a healthy milk supply that is less likely to be adversely affected if calorie intake is restricted. Breastfeeding actually burns an average of 200-500 calories per day so you are losing calories without even realising.
Make small changes to the way you are snacking or look at what you are buying at the shops. Focus on stocking up on raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and crudités. If you are then forced to eat on the go you have a stack of healthy food choices in the kitchen. Say goodbye to calorie ridden carbohydrates and sugary snacks.
Stock your fridge, pantry and freezer
Frozen fruit and vegetables are so handy when you’re pressed for time or are feeling too tired to make a creative meal. Just pop them on the hob to steam or boil and they will count as one of your five fruit and vegetables portions a day. Another low calorie, quick meal is to prepare a tasty salad. We advise buying rocket or mixed lettuce, cucumber, pomegranate, tomatoes, tuna, chickpeas or lentils and enjoy putting combinations together.
So you’ve grabbed an hour to cook a meal? Why not cook a double portion and freeze the leftovers? Some meals like chilli con carne and curries taste better the next day as flavours infuse, so happy cooking!
Lean on others
If a friend or your family wants to cook for you or invite you over for a meal, take them up on it! You will need extra support at this busy and challenging time, plus a home-cooked meal always tastes so much better when you're the guest right?