Jun 13, 2011
This seven day meal plan is for all the new moms out there, just like me, who are finding it hard to sit down and eat healthy during the first few weeks with a newborn. Over the past few weeks I have been doing my best to make the freshly prepared foods that I adored before pregnancy, but with little time on my hands I’ve been forced to get creative. On some days, all I have time to do is heat up a TV dinner and toss it on top of some pre-washed salad greens. But I feel good knowing that even on these days, I’m doing my best to ramp up my intake of naturally restorative foods. Fresh foods including fruit, uncooked veggies and salads are naturally restorative and cleansing foods. You might be surprised how even gradual upgrades to your diet of this kind can lift your mood, your energy and help your figure. I have found that when I eat better, I usually always feel better too. While there is nothing super fancy here, sometimes it’s just nice to have some quick ideas in front of you to keep the candy bars and bags of chips for lunch to a minimum.
This seven day menu plan is based on the following themes:
Note: A rough calorie guide is included to help beauties new to clean eating become more aware of portion sizes. While calorie counting is so yesterday, portion awareness is always in vogue. Each day on this plan, calories will average ~1400. Use this as a rough guide. Your individual calorie needs will vary depending on your weight, activity level, and also on how much you’re breastfeeding. Breastfeeding beauties should add an additional 300 calories per day to this meal plan in the form of raw, steamed or roasted veggies and lean proteins if desired. Really try and differentiate between true hunger and emotional hunger as a way to find the right amount of food to satisfy you each day. Maybe it’s just me, but with all the post-pregnancy hormones I’ve found myself craving more comfort foods.
* Sprouted grain bread and brown rice tortillas are located in your grocer’s freezer. I recommend Food For Life brand. Can’t find sprouted grain toast? Use good quality whole wheat bread and toast it well.
Postpartum Rejuvenating Diet For Weight Loss
Glass of water with lemon and a probiotic.
Breakfast (~200 calories each)
Enjoy one of the following for breakfast:
Note: 1 small cup of coffee ok with breakfast. (Upgrade options: Decaf coffee or tea).
Mid Morning Tea and Snack (~200 calories)
Enjoy herbal tea with lemon along with one of the following snacks:
Lunch (~350-400 calories each)
Afternoon Snack (~200 calories each)
Dinner (~400 calories each)