I had an epiphany this week. Several times I heard/saw/read references to people cutting back on carbs to assist with postpartum weight loss. Hmm, I’ve done the Atkins diet before – definitely not my thing with my love of fruit – but they were not preaching drastic low-carb, just eliminating unnatural sugar and reducing starchy foods like bread, corn, and white potatoes. I also just started reading “Eat Right for your Type“, a book about eating foods that are ideal for your blood type, and it listed grains and corn products as the biggest hindrance to weight loss for my B+ blood type. Really? Interestingly, I ate very little of these foods before I got pregnant. I was on a mostly pescatarian diet (lots of fish and veggies), but during the nauseating first trimester, simple carbs (hello Fruit Loops!) were the only thing that appealed to me, and I’ve been eating more of them ever since. Even though I’ve been counting calories, I have noticed recently that a whole lot of my calories are coming from simple carbs, mostly because they are easy and having a baby doesn’t leave me a lot of free time. After my weekend popcorn binge, I was feeling incredibly bloated Monday. Since then, I’ve drastically reduced my carbohydrate intake, getting it mostly from the fruit in my daily smoothies. Even with little time for workouts, I feel much better after just a few days of carb-cutting!
A decade ago, the diet buzzword was “Atkins”, now it seems to be transitioning to “Paleo“. They are very similar in that they promote more protein and low-carb, but Atkins (at least the modern version) allows for processed foods as long as they are low-carb, while Paleo is all about eating naturally. Seems to me that was Dr. Atkins’ intent as well before commercialization took over and the company needed to sell more than just books, but I digress. So is eating a “caveman cuisine” safe while pregnant or breastfeeding? I found an interesting blog (click here) that explores this topic. To summarize, yes, and it could actually be very beneficial.
I am not, and will never be, a lover of meat. I could go the rest of my life without another piece of steak or chicken and be totally fine. In fact, I spent a couple of years eating almost exclusively vegetarian and the only thing I really missed was fish, and the occasional cheeseburger. Plus, after sampling just about every diet out there over the past decade, I’ve learned to just eat things in moderation and still get in the best shape of my life leading up to my pregnancy. That being said, I DO think it’s time for some diet tweaking. Just counting calories isn’t enough; it’s time to return to nature and re-adopt a more Paleo-friendly approach. Only time will tell if I helps heal my body while still nourishing my baby!