For the first few months after giving birth to Itty Bitty Green (earlier this year) I was not eating well at all. We were relying on takeaway and microwave meals most nights to get us through those newborn foggy days. In hindsight I would never do that again! It made both my husband and I feel so much worse (on top of the standard sleep deprivation) and probably made my postpartum recovery even longer (even though I was lucky to have a relatively straightforward birth with no complications and very little pain medication required). The next time around I will do a little meal prep, and I will also purchase home delivery meals to see us through the first few months. There are some great organic options on offer nowadays, rather than your standard "lean cuisine" type junk.
Once the newborn fog had cleared us I started to take control of what I was eating again - back to healthy, natural foods that would nourish my body (aside from the one night a week we get to indulge in takeaway - everyone needs that one night!). I made a meal plan (which was especially important for myself, given that I was partially breastfeeding and often eating at home) and stuck to it.
Even though I have started gradual weaning at nearly 11 months postpartum (to prepare for my return to work), feeding bub still makes me extra hungry!
I thought I'd share with you what I ate today (Wednesday). I am a creature of habit, so for the most part this is normally what I eat every day - apart from lunch (if I am going out, and I also like to change up options every few days) and dinner (which usually changes each night).
Breakfast: Bowl of buckwheat cereal topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries and peaches and a dollop of organic vanilla yoghurt. Two slices of sourdough toast with vegemite. Small cup of grapefruit juice. One large cup/mug of green or peppermint tea.
Morning snack: Whole apple, sliced with organic vanilla yoghurt to dip. Wholemeal roll with almond butter or marmalade jam (no peanut butter in this household due to bubba's allergies). Half bottle of water.
Lunch: Bowl of quinoa with mixed vegetables, mini roma tomatoes, canned salmon and kidney beans (you can certainly have lentils instead if preferred). Cup of peppermint tea (optional). Bottle of water.
Afternoon snack: Half very ripe banana (other half for baby!). Handful of dried fruit (such as apricots or cranberries) and mixed nuts (cashews and walnuts are my fave! No peanuts in this household due to bubba's allergies). Half bottle of water.
Dinner: Spelt pasta served with tomatoes, spinach, zucchini, carrots, celery, green peas, chickpeas and a splash of balsamic vinegar (served with mince beef for husband's dish!). Bottle of water. Two squares of Lindt dark chocolate with almonds for dessert.