'They' say that breastfeeding helps you lose weight but sadly, that's never been my experience. Although I always lose weight during pregnancy (35kg with my first pregnancy and 15kg with each of the next two), I maintain or gain during breastfeeding. I have to assume it's partly due to spending so many hours (many, MANY hours) sitting down feeding and partly due to forgetting to eat until I'm starving and then reaching for whatever is quick and easy, which usually means processed and unhealthy.
Of course, it's not just a matter of maintaining my shape (which is round. Definitely round, lol). I am my baby's sole source of nutrition so it's important that I'm getting enough nutritious food to be able to pass on the good stuff to him.
So okay, I've eaten a ridiculous number of muesli bars from the kids 'school snack' box in the pantry and okay, I ate a teaspoonful of Nutella last week (we had run out of bread. As if that excuses it, haha. But I swear it was the best thing I've ever eaten). But I've also been making a huge effort to eat my fruit and veg. About two-thirds of my fridge contents are salad ingredients, mainly pre-prepped so I can throw together a salad quickly.
And I've been making fruit platters for after school when the kids are starving. Chopped fruit seems to get eaten more readily than whole fruit- that applies to adults as well as children!
Here are a few snaps of some of the things I've eaten this week (not including the muesli bars and Nutella binges, lol)