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8/8/11 11:11 P

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Hi Everyone!
I am new to SP and am so happy to see such an awesome topic under the Clean Eating and Recipes team! I just wanted to say hi and to let everyone know that I am an IBCLC and if anyone has any specific breastfeeding questions feel free to send me a personal message....I'd be glad to help! XO Danielle

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8/7/11 10:27 A

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Real food, healthy, balanced meals will feed your body and your baby. The flab will eventually fade as you nurse and as you engage in whatever exercise you feel is right for you. Putting baby in the stroller and walking a couple of miles every day with energy and purpose will help strengthen those tummy muscles and give your baby a nice ride; great for those fussy times.

Funny, with each of all three of my babies the nursing pulled the weight off me so fast I had to make sure to eat ENOUGH! Wish I had THAT problem now...LOL! I was a BIG milk producer; had to wear double pads and even then I was a mess down the front all the time--small mams, big production! I even nursed my girlfriend's baby easily when she had to go to work. Sometimes I miss those physical maternal days--they seem so simple from this standpoint.

Blessings on the new moms and their little bundles. I'm jealous. Got to hold my infant granddaughter yesterday for a while; mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmsweet.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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8/7/11 5:38 A

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Good luck with it! I just had my little man about a week ago and my milk has come in and I am working up to the clean/intuitive eating with the breastfeeding. I don't have any desire to count calories or try to "lose weight" after having him. My main number one goal is to make sure I am producing enough milk for him, so that I can continue to nurse him.

I will be happy to get back to exercise, though!!

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7/28/11 12:04 P

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Thank you both so much for the input (and yummy sounding recipe!)

ALP, huge congrats! Being a mom is so much fun, even with the sleep deprivation and jiggly belly. I too did an intuitive eating plan of clean, wholesome food while preggers and grew a big, healthy baby (and stayed really fit through all of my 41 weeks). I was never ravenous during pregnancy, but this nursing thing is a whole different story! I have never had physical hunger like this except during marathon training.

I hadn't thought to incorporate full fat dairy. I eat a lot of yogurt and milk, but it's all low or full fat. I think adding fat that way would really help satiate me. Lean meats and veggies just don't cut it when someone is literally sucking the energy out of you (in a good way, of course!) Because nuts and nut butters are an overeating trigger for me, I think I've been having a hard time getting enough fat and thus have been hungry.

Thank you again for the input!!

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7/26/11 7:55 P

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Here's a really yummy treat that is full of healthy ingredients. It does have honey so you want to be careful not to eat the whole recipe yourself. Eating these will give you calories and nutrition.


Coconut Haystacks
From: www.carriedonthewind.com/2011/01/coc
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1/2 C. Peanut Butter
1/2 C. Coconut Oil
1/4 C. Honey
1 t. Vanilla
Sea Salt

2 1/2 C Unsweetened, Shredded Coconut



Chocolate Variation:
Increase honey to 1/3 C. and add 1/2 C. Cocoa powder

Melt the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and sea salt and stir until well combined. (Resist the temptation to eat this by the spoonful.) Remove from heat and add the shredded coconut; combine. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop onto a baking sheet that's been greased or is lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until firm, then remove from the pan and store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Yes, no problem getting lots of calories eating fresh, clean foods. Nuts, nut butters, avocados, fruits, full fat dairy products, whole eggs (organic, free range if possible) salmon. And don't forget lots of fresh green veggies along with the other colors.

Eat well, be well and you will produce lots of healthy milk for your baby.

There is NO way that unclean, refined and processed foods can contribute to the health of your milk. Stick to nature and you will nourish your little one.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Congrats on your little man!! Nursing is such an awesome opportunity and definitely takes priority over everything else, but I fully understand where you're coming from!

I am currently 38 (almost 39) weeks pregnant and have used a combination of clean eating and intuitive eating throughout my entire pregnancy. I fully plan on using this method throughout nursing as well. What I do is this: I eat clean foods, but I don't track my calories. I let my hunger be my guide (intuitive) and when I am hungry, I eat. It is a powerful combination because 1. the foods I eat. Clean, whole, healthy foods with heavy emphasis on raw, fresh fruits and vegetables, good proteins, whole grains. 2. I am not tracking my calories and therefore I am not telling my body when I eat. I am letting my body be my guide for when and how much I eat using hunger cues and satiety cues.

It is a win/win combo. Trusting that your body will let you know when it is hungry and therefore providing proper fuel to keep it going for your nursing. Your body cues won't misguide you, but the trick is focusing on REAL hunger cues, not the boredom, emotional kind if that makes any sense? Then when you do eat, you will be providing your body the best possible fuel to produce a good milk supply for your baby.

I hope that makes sense.... Good luck with it and congrats on your baby!! emoticon

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7/26/11 9:05 A

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Good morning all! I am new to this team and am looking for some advice. I just had a beautiful baby boy 3 months ago. I am dying to lose these last 12 pounds of baby weight, but am having a hard time while nursing.

Pre-baby I would always just do phase one of the south beach diet (which is similar to Cooler 1, just without the sweet potatoes). But if I restrict my calories that much, my supply goes down (and I'm having a hard enough time keeping up with my little hungry, hungry hippo as it is!) When I eat clean, I'm having a hard time getting enough calories. When I get enough calories, I'm eating junk, which then leads me to crave more junk and then I overeat. I've tried adding nut butters, but they are a big trigger for me... I can never just eat 2 tbl!

Obviously feeding my son is my first priority, but I certainly wouldn't mind losing this flabby belly! Any suggestions of ways to eat clean and get enough calories would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

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