I’ve completed a Whole30 while breastfeeding my newborn! Chris and I started it together a month ago, and yesterday, we made it through to the end!
You can learn everything about Whole30 here, but in a nutshell, you cut all processed foods, sweeteners, grains, and dairy products from your diet for 30 days.
Starting my Whole30 a month after giving birth to my daughter actually worked in my favor in many ways.
Giving in to one of my strongest temptations, the fast-food drive-through, would have meant wrangling my toddler and newborn into the car, and if we didn’t stop at a park on the way home, my son would have had a meltdown. With my daughter still a few weeks from getting her vaccinations, I would have had to be extremely careful with her outside, especially around other
germ factories kids. Needless to say, it would have been way more trouble than it was worth.
One of the best things we did was to throw out all our non-compliant food. That helped tremendously, because I never had to think about whether something I wanted to eat was okay or not – if I could see it, I could eat it. And because a full night’s sleep isn’t in the cards right now, my brain can only work so hard, and all of my effort has to be focused on keeping these crazy children out of trouble.
Because I’m nursing, I wondered whether my milk production would be affected. It was – I actually noticed it increase! I figured this was because I was able to eat as much food as I wanted as long as it was compliant – which meant snacking on several handfuls of almonds, bananas, dates, and hard-boiled organic eggs throughout the day, on top of the regular meals I was eating, and it left me very satisfied.
Surprisingly, I didn’t have many cravings for non-compliant foods. I thought it would be impossible for me to drink coffee without aspartame, but after a week, I didn’t miss it anymore. The three things I missed the most were milk, bacon cheeseburgers, and weighing myself on the bathroom scale. And the last one was BY FAR the hardest part of the diet to comply with. I had never realized what a slave I had become to that number – which is almost irrelevant to your health.
So how did it work out?
Well, besides my increased milk production, I lost 12 pounds and 5 1/2 inches around my waist! But more importantly, my insomnia is gone, which means that I’m not stuck trying to fall asleep for an hour after waking up to feed my daughter at 2 a.m. As soon as she has fallen back asleep, I can fall asleep too.
I would recommend a Whole30 for anyone who wants to get healthier! If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consult your doctor first – and if he or she gives you the OK, then throw yourself into it! You will be very glad you did!
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