Week six is a turning point for me, not just in the means of being more active, but in motherhood and beyond. I have gained more confidence in these areas:
- A better understanding of my baby's cues, schedule and needs.
- Ability to leave the house with baby and all of her needs packed.
- Resuming pre-baby activities with and without baby.
- Producing breast milk enough to satiate baby.
I understand that it took nine months to put on the weight, however I am not excited about it being said to take nine months to take off the weight. With that I am resuming my healthy eating and active lifestyle. You will find me riding my bike (how young can I attach a baby to the back of my bike?), in the yoga studio, walking, and on the soccer field. You will not find me eating cupcakes or sweets, except for once a week. Sweets were among my biggest craving during pregnancy, well basically anything I did not eat very often prior to pregnancy.
I will leave you with a recipe for a healthy organic juice that I am drinking daily this week. It has protein, omega-3's and fiber from 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies. Combine the following ingredients into a blender (I have a Blendtec which juices, otherwise you would use a juice machine), in the following order, and run the juice mode:
3 organic kale leaves
1/3 organic pear;
3 stalks of organic celery
1/4 cup soy protein isolate powder;
2 tbs. flax seeds
Handful of organic baby carrots
Water - fill to cover half the ingredients
Cup of ice
This recipe makes ~40 ounces or 5 cups of juice. You can also substitute water for coconut water. Or optionally add 1/4 tsp. of ginger powder and 1/8 cup of nutritional yeast. Flax seed and nutritional yeast are said to improve lactation.