A lot of women eat healthy through their pregnancies, but tend to neglect their bodies postpartum.
This can be due to lack of time, energy levels being low and or giving into cravings.
Breastfeeding combined with a regular exercise routine and a balanced healthy diet will assist in a healthy weight loss.
Try to avoid fad diets, as most of them tend not to work long-term.
Choose a range of foods from the 5 food groups to help ensure you eat a well balanced diet:
Choose low fat options. Low fat milk, cheese and yoghurt are all rich in calcium and protein.
The benefits of eating Dairy:
Choose low fat options such as turkey, skinless chicken, fish, lean red meats and eggs.
The benefits of eating Protein:
Eat a variety of fruit and vegetable daily.
Pick fruit and vegetables from a wide color spectrum and eat the skins too if possible.
The benefits of eating Fruit and Vegetables:
Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy well balanced diet.
Choose whole grain options such as whole meal breads, whole meal pasta, brown rice and high fiber cereals
The benefits of eating grains:
Although fats are not technically a part of the 5 food group, healthy fat is important for our well being.
Good fats can be found in foods such as avocado, olives, fish, coconut, eggs, seeds, dark chocolate, cheese, olive oil, yoghurt and nuts.
The benefits of healthy fats:
The key to a healthy existence and weight loss is everything in moderation, which means eating a variety of foods from the different food groups.
The secret is to combine exercise and healthy eating into your lifestyle and to build a good relationship with food.
Avoid over processed foods and opt for fresh options. Healthy cooking does not necessarily take longer nor is it hard.
Lastly and most importantly, it is important to remember that your body is recovering postpartum so you do need to be patient.