1.Breastfeed! You naturally burn calories each time your body prepares to breast feed. More importantly, your baby benefits tremendously from breastfeeding.
2. Stay hydrated. Drink at least 3 litres of water daily. Hunger and thirst cues are very similar, so staying hydrated can prevent mindless eating and actually help to give you a feeling of “fullness” in your belly. If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding any of these: cucumber, raspberries, lime, lemon, mint.
3. Stay on your pre-natal vitamins. Most women feel that they can get all their nutrients through their food, but guess what, it is really hard and almost impossible! Mineral deficiencies can slow down your metabolism and zap you of your energy.
4. Move, move, move. It doesn’t matter what you do, but get active. I suggest doing something daily such as walking with your child. I recommend you try lifting weights at least 2 times a week. Building muscle is a sure way to keep your metabolism pumping while giving you a very much needed break from the home routine.
5. Rest. I know what you are probably thinking. “How can I rest with the erratic schedule of feeding and sleeping. Well, you have to go with the flow and when time allows, use it wisely. What would you rather do..the dishes or put your feet up and snuggle with your baby? You will benefit your body and mind if you do the latter.
Dr. Jen Cisternino, Naturopathic Doctor, Holistic Weight Loss Expert