What I Eat In A Day: Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding + returning to working out + working + taking care of a four-month-old requires A LOT of fuel. Here is what I usually eat in a day:
I like to start the day with warm foods + hydration. I often prep overnight oats for the week with 3/4 cup gluten-free oats + 1 1/4 cups water + 1/4 cup of Ripple Unsweetened Pea Milk (for added creaminess) + 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds + a heavy shake of cinnamon. Each morning, I add a little hot water to warm it up and then a couple extras depending on what I am craving including 1 small sliced banana, unsweetened shredded coconut, berries, coconut flakes, ghee, or collagen.
I also make a warm drink. If the night was rough, I might make a matcha with 1/2 teaspoon matcha + 1 tablespoon coconut butter + 1 scoop collagen peptides + hot water. If I don't need the caffeine, I opt for 1 tablespoon cacao powder + 1/4 teaspoon ashwagandha (helps soothe my adrenals, which work on overdrive as a new mama), 1/4 teaspoon chaga mushroom powder + 1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil + 1 scoop collagen peptides.
As soon as I am finished, I start on my first mason jar of water and take my supplements (prenatal vitamin, cod liver oil, and moringa). I prefer to drink my water between meals rather than with meals because I find it helps my digestion.
Some days it feels like I have just cleaned up from breakfast when I am already getting hungry again! I do not follow any timing rules when it comes to eating - if I am hungry, I eat! Breastfeeding requires more calories than pregnancy, and small, frequent meals can help keep blood sugar (i.e. energy) stable. Today's snack was two brown rice cakes topped with unsweetened sunflower butter + strawberries + hemp seeds + a drizzle of honey.
Lunch is always a bowl - easy and fast to make! During meal prep, I prep the bowl components so during the week I can just throw it together. Today's lunch was quinoa + arugula + half an avocado + organic chicken sausage + a healthy drizzle of olive oil.
The afternoons are a bit crazier than the mornings. It is usually the time Ellington and I get out of the house if we want or I'm playing catch up on work/laundry/pumping/etc. Today I had a Maca Mocha Rebbl. Other days I may have some sardine salad, beet chips with guacamole or hummus, golden milk with ghee, or potato chips (when the craving hits!).
My husband and I eat very differently, but we would like to work towards family meals especially as Ellington joins us. But for now, I throw together a quick dinner for myself right after my husband gets home (while he catches up with Ellington!). I like to rotate eggs and fish for my dinner protein, and add plenty of non-grain carbohydrates (to balance out a grain-heavy lunch) and fats. A usual dinner is veggies + eggs all sautéed in ghee for that fat!
I sip on water throughout the day and aim to drink to thirst. Most days I have at least 96 ounces (3 full mason jars) and on hotter days or days I exercise I have more. Since I pump about 30-32 ounces of breastmilk per day, staying hydrated is key!