You may have read that I am training for a half marathon! Wahoo! I am less than six weeks out, and yesterday I ran my furthest yet, 10miles! Which is also the furthest I've run since having my son, 9+ months ago! I am also currently still nursing my son, and don't have any plans to discontinue doing so at this point. Now I have heard many people worry and fret about working out too hard, or training for something while nursing because they didn't want it to affect their milk supply. So, I felt like today, since it's #MommyMonday, it would be great to chat about this!
Yes, you do lose calories when you are breastfeeding, they estimate 500calories per feeding. And yes, you shouldn't go on some extreme diet where you are eating only 1,000 calories a day, or taking diet pills. All this would affect your own nutrition, which would have an affect on your milk supply, and diet pills could be bad for the baby all together, so let's just stay away from them. BUT, I don't think this is an excuse to eat everything in site, or to henge on junk food/high calorie snacks, even if you are training for a race. So, here's a few small tips on how to have good NUTRITION WHILE NURSING, specifically when you are working out a lot, and/or training for a race:
1) Eat full meals! This does't mean just eat a sandwich. This means eat a meal that has lean protein, good fats, some carbs, and lots of yummy veggies that are full of goodness!
-This is what I ate before I ran today. Almost an entire chicken breast, sweet potato chips (real ones! The only ingredient is sweet potatoes), and half of an avocado. Honestly, this would've been even better if I would've had a nice green veggie with it, but it was a late lunch, so I was a slacker.
2) Make sure you have good pre-/post training fuel that restocks a lot of nutrients that you burned off while sweating!
-My newest favorite post run fuel is a LARABAR. These things are super yummy bars, and not like normal bars that are full of all sorts of stuff, including lots of sugar! Nope, these things are made with what's in them! Check out the ingredient list on this Cashew Cookie Larabar, which is the exact one I had today. They are naturally sweetened with dates, and have other great nutrients packed into them!
3) Drink a lot of water. If you are nursing, then you may have experienced the "OMG! I'm dying of thirst all of a sudden. My mouth literally feels like a desert, and if I don't get water quick I'm done." feeling while nursing. So, this means when working out/training, always have water with you. Drink plenty of water BEFORE, and AFTER working out!
Pregnancy & Post-Pregnancy Workout
Now, while we are on the subject of nursing, and pregnancy, I thought I would share with you a great workout that is good for while you are pregnant, post-pregnancy, or hey any time! I do these workouts now. I'm just saying though, when you are pregnant or recovering from giving birth, obviously you can't worry about your abs much, so why not focus on your legs, and specifically your arms! You can definitely still tone those babies while you are prego!
What you need: Elastic Band
10 sets of each exercise x 3
This is a great workout that can be done at your own pace, while pregnant, or after your doctor releases you to workout again post-pregnancy.
My motto is...My belly may be big, but my arms can still be tone!
Just kidding! but I think I might adopt that next time I get pregnant, I mean why not have nice arms, and legs for that matter!
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MOMMY & BABY GIVEAWAY
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What I'm loving about their gear now days, is that they have BABY STUFF! Now who doesn't love putting their baby in some super cute fitness gear!
I love the "Lift Something Heavy" onesie! Such inspiration from such a little guy! Latitude Gear RX shirts are such great quality! I love the women's tanks! They fit awesome, are super soft, and my favorite type of tank to work out in! And of course I love the onesies because my son looks adorable in them!
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