I guess a good place to start is a history of my nutrition lifestyle. It did not start good. Once that lovely metabolism slowed down after I went through puberty, I gained a bit of weight and I was actually oblivious to it. I thought to myself that I could lose a few kilos, but didn’t think I was overweight. It wasn’t until I lost 15 kilos that I realised.
I decided to calorie count, just to see how it would work. A college at work and I did it together. Within 2 or 3 weeks, I saw results. It was amazing, but it became an obsession. I counted every single thing that I ate or drank for almost a year. I was exhausted and not healthy at all (meaning my food-mind relationship).
A few months before my wedding, I just stopped! It felt great. I understood food. I understood how much a body needs and what types of food are nutritious.
Then, here comes the baby! Wow was this a tester. It was really hard to see my body change after all the work I had done in the last year and a half. I ate intuitively, I continued to eat the food that I knew my body needed. I didn’t over indulge. But when those crazy hormones came in and said “You need a vegemite sandwich now!,”“You need popcorn NOW!” or “Where is my chocolate donut with sprinkles?!”, I let my body have it.
The one thing that is dangerous, is to restrict yourself. You need to have a healthy relationship with food. You don’t need to feel guilty every time you eat a chocolate. If you are feeling guilty, you are more than likely going to binge eat and end up eating all those hidden chocolate that you have hidden from the kids. 😉
I would recommend checking out this website. It has all the nutrition recommendations for you, and even how they change when you are pregnant and breastfeeding.
Don’t go on a diet… I never thought I would say that typical saying, but it is honestly true. Change your lifestyle. Change the way you see and think about food. Understand the nutrition of food. And the great thing, since you aren’t on a “diet”, you can eat those naughty foods. You just need to be reasonable. Food is meant to feed your body and give it the nutrition it needs.
It is obviously a lot easier said than done. I still go through times when I find myself slipping back to old habits. But every day is a new day. Don’t bet yourself up.
My image is me at my starting weight in 2012. The next image is 6 months later. Then the last month of my pregnancy and my current condition, running around after my little boy!