The first month after Fae was born I was HUNGRY. So hungry. Famished. Not as bad as when I was pregnant when I felt like I was going to vomit or die if I didn’t eat, but almost there. There was never a time when I felt like “oh no, I’m fine, no thanks.” I was always like “FOOD? YES PLEASE.” It was distracting, honestly. And a little stressful when, especially in the first TWO months, my hands were full of baby and not food on its way to my maw.
I needed to find ways to eat well, complete, and in a way that satisfied me. My drive by chip/cracker/chocolate lunches while I walked the baby to and fro were not cutting it and leaving me feeling gross… and still hungry.
Maybe you are feeling this way? Maybe you will in the future. In case you need some eating tips while nursing a million times a day and also trying to lose 50 lbs/fit back into clothes/eat more vitamins than what live in tortilla chips – I have some thoughts.
For breakfast: Oatmeal with brown sugar and the Trader Joes mixed fruit and nuts. I like this combo the best because the nuts are unsalted and there are a variety of almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc. Plus! dried blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, and the like. Oatmeal is also is good for milk production, so perks!
When I don’t have time for oatmeal I have peanut butter toast and then around 10 I’ll have a fiber one granola bar.
Lunch: Avocado with sea salt and crackers or toast (depending on how much time I have to sit and eat or how many hands I have… toast = more hands and more time).
Vanilla yogurt and frozen raspberries.
Carrots with lime and chili for snacks.
Pasta with parm and walnuts.
And by the end of the week when our fridge is nearly empty: half a sandwich with salami and cheese. Drive by crackers still happen, but way less often and I don’t finish half a box in a day. So: WIN!
Dinners: We try and have vegetables as the main part of our dinners (vs greens or meat) and only have meat maybe twice a week at max. That’s not really a moral choice, mostly a time and health choice. For me, including so many veggies in our meals has made a huge difference on maintaining weight, staying full, and reducing our grocery budget. So our most common dinners for the end of summer/beginning of fall are …
Veggie quesadillas, open face style with corn, acorn squash (or asparagus when they were in season), bell peppers, onion, garlic, carrots. A little cheese on a smaller corn tortilla. (Plus lots of salsa and some guac.)
Polenta with roasted broccoli/carrots/cauliflower/brussel sprouts/sauted green beans (one or all depending on our meal plans for the weeks).
Roasted spaghetti squash with parm and walnuts, onions and garlic.
Homemade burgers with lean ground beef, and cabbage slaw.
Chicken sandwiches with corn salsa, swish cheese, and aioli.
…other things as well, but they are less on my list lately as we cycle through seasons and my level of food boredom.
I’m always trying to eat smarter, not eat less. With breastfeeding this time around battling hunger and doing it efficiently. Lunches are my biggest hurdle no that I don’t have as much prep time. If I was at work and able to eat sitting, quietly, with a fork every day things would be way easier.
What do you eat for lunch? All snack/meal suggestions welcome! Help a hunger sister out.