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I lost 20kg of baby weight in 6 months asking these 3 questions. Without fad dieting or an exercise program and all while healing my gut.

Losing Baby Weight: 3 Questions You Need To Ask

Vision board goals…

Carrying weight is like a report card everyone can see.

Mine tends to read something like this…

Victoria is an enthusiastic and non-discriminating consumer of gluten-free, grain-free treats. She displays her carbohydrate intake on her thighs and butt. Her breasts don’t get a look in. She is pear-shaped overall.

For me, the mirror is a literal reflection of my choices over the past few months or years.

But also, my weight gives me a good idea about my microbiome and gut function.

Like an embarrassing friend, gut microbiology tells all.

To learn my gut healing principles for losing weight after having a baby

Hello Pregnancy Weight Gain

And pregnancy throws mine all out of balance.

Probably because my gut microbes are a precious bunch already.

The onslaught of pregnancy hormones skews my pH, body chemistry and microbiome right out of whack.

  • I get pimples. Face. Body – front and back-ne.
  • Suffer awful morning-noon-AND-night sickness.
  • Grow hair. In. ALL. The. Places.
  • Catch colds.
  • I become all righteous and take-no-BS-ittutde.
  • And I gain weight.

Then I gain even more after birth. That’s when I get stretch marks. I’m backwards like that.

But in both my pregnancies I’ve reached about the same size.

Clothes don’t lie.

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This is me in the same dress, on the 21st of November 3 years apart.

My babies had the same due date. Crazy huh!

And both times I’ve lost all the weight doing the same things.

Only it happened much faster this time.

Twice as fast.

Getting My Body Back

I have no idea how much I weighed right before giving birth to my second baby 7 months ago.

So I can’t tell you my pre-birth weight.

I refused to look at the scales after 24 weeks.

Not even when the terse midwife, asked, “Did you put on this much weight with your first?”.

“Not sure” I mumble. “I didn’t look.”

When pregnant I always refuse to look at the scales

I just don’t want to know.

So when I finally weighed myself after having my baby boy, I was horrified to see I was still 20kg over my pre-baby weight!

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This is me 6 days post-partum celebrating my daughters 3rd birthday. I even made the cake with beetroot coloured icing!

I was 83 kilograms. Without placenta, baby and fluid.

20kg! Holy hell.

That’s too many kilos to lose! I glared at the 83. Dumbfounded.

I remember trying to factor in the swollen milk boobs. Mentally subtracting. They had to be at least 1kg each.

Surely. Not really.

Fast forward 7 months. I jumped on the scales. Suspicious but hopeful.

My granny undies had started sagging. So I knew something was up.

And sure enough, there it was.

I had reached my pre-baby weight

63kg.

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This time I was only 6 months post-baby.

It took a whole year with my first

The difference?

This time I knew what I was doing.

I had a formula.

AND in case you’re wondering, there’s no BS unattainable regime lurking here.

Nor any quick fix potions, magical essential oils or other trickery.

That’s another rant for another day.

A Quick Note On Goals

Just quickly, I believe weight-loss should NOT be a goal all by itself. Especially while breast-feeding.

Rather, when you strive to be healthy, and support your body to wellness, the weight will follow.

Bodies wants to be healthy. They know how to be healthy. Even with a baby in the house.

We just need to stop confusing the process. With bad food. And bad advice.

You’ll arrive at your unique ideal weight with the arrival of health. If you force it the other way around it won’t stick.

And you’ll yo-yo back.

OK.

That said. Here we go.

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My Post-Baby Weight Loss Questions

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge that losing weight after having a baby is a WHOLE OTHER THING!

Standard advice just doesn’t work. Advice like this…

  • Get enough sleep. Ideally 8-10 hours per night. Umm. Yeah. Sure…
  • Avoid stress. One mum. Plus or minus toddler/s. Newborn/s. Husband. Grandmothers. Enough said?
  • Exercise daily. Does having a 10kg baby strapped to you all day count?

And that’s not including the dietary advice. Everyone has an opinion.

But my stance is this, you are STILL growing a human especially if you are breast feeding. It’s a lot like being pregnant nutritionally, they still get the best of you. Nutrient-dense is best.

And you shouldn’t be hard on yourself. You just made a human!

Keeping all that in mind, here’s how I approach it.

With these 3 questions.

#1 I Tune In. What Does My Body AND Baby Need?

This is SO important.

Because we are all so different. Something that helps you may not help others.

We need to listen to what foods OUR body needs and eat those ones. No one else knows you better than you.

Doing this, research suggests you set up a lifetime of health. With practice, you read how your body feels before you even eat the thing.

And there is science behind it. Lots of science.

Eventually tuning in becomes an invaluable tool in all areas of your life. Not just food.

Here’s How It’s Done

  1. Tune into your aversions and cravings. See if you can tell your needs from the wants. The wants are often our naughty bad bacteria calling out for their food. And in return dump toxins into your system.
  2. Notice how does your body feels before you eat a particular food. Then compare it to after. Are you left feeling well or bloated and sluggish? Do you get headaches, joint aches or feel foggy?
  3. Keep track of what makes you feel good and what doesn’t. A piece of paper on the fridge worked well for me. It also reminded my fiancé what I wasn’t able to eat. And don’t be discouraged if your list changes day-to-day. That’s normal. Your body is constantly re-adjusting.

Tuning in takes practice. And commitment.

It takes time to undo habits. Your body and bacteria are used to eating a particular way.

But I’ve found, a settled baby is brilliant motivation to not eat that chocolate.

This is a lesson I learned the hard way, with a very “colicky” first baby.

And lots of trial and error.

#2 Focus On Gut Healing Not Weight: Does This Nourish My Gut?

More and more research is showing the link between microbiome health and weight loss. And general health and wellbeing for that matter!

Basically as you change your bacterial community to the ‘good’ bugs your body responds by functioning better.

So gut health is my top priority for myself, my baby and our family.

Consequently I make choices to reflect this.

If you’re not sure where to start read 5 Simple Things You Can Do Today For A Healthy Gut.

What I Do

  • Increase fat intake. Healthy fats. This may seem a lot scary at first. Especially if you were part of the low-fat fad a few years back. But fat doesn’t make you fat.
  • Reducing gluten. For many reasons. But it also doesn’t agree with my babies.
  • Make loads stock. And eat more soups and stews made on our homemade organic stock.
  • Take cod liver oil (CLO) and magnesium (Mg) supplements. CLO is rich source of vitamin A and D. Both essential for good health. And in omegas for baby’s development. And Mg is amazing for everything but also critical for absorbing vitamin D.
  • Maintain probiotic foods and supplements. I choose ferments that agree with me and avoid those that promote yeast growth. I talk about this in When Should You Avoid Fermented Food Or Drinks?
  • Continue to learn. I’m always learning more about proper nutrition and gut healing – you never know it all. Ever.

What I Don’t Do

  • Cut ALL carbs. When breastfeeding you need some carbohydrates. But I tend to avoid grains most of the time. But not always.
  • Follow any particular diet plan. We use GAPS general guidelines but change things to suit our particular situation. How we eat is somewhere between Primal and Paleo.
  • Nor did I regularly exercise. I’m totally aware of the importance, benefits and warnings about adequate exercise. BUT with a toddler and a newborn it’s often not possible to regularly exercise. So I did what I could. Which meant gentle walking every now and again.

#3 Detox All The Things: How Was This Processed And What’s In It?

Making better food choices is a big part of gut health awareness.

It also allows your body to detox. As you aren’t adding more toxins.

And as you detox your body readjusts and functions better. You are more likely to lose weight too.

But detoxing goes way beyond just learning to read labels for additives, colours and preservatives. A trap I fell into early on.

Everything you come into contact with has been processed in some way. And it’s up to us to decide whether we are happy with HOW it’s been processed.

Here’s a look at how I do this

  • No processed, ready to eat food in a packet. I simply don’t eat it. The only packaged things we buy are ingredients for food preparation.
  • We buy organic where we can.
  • Over time we’ve swapped out personal care products and household cleaners for no-tox or low-tox alternatives.
  • We cook all our meals at home.

Here’s The Summary

Asking myself these 3 questions about my food choices and everyday activities have helped me lose my baby weight and feel healthier.

And in a relatively short time. It has worked twice for me.

  1. I tune in and feed my body what it wants to eat.
  2. Gut health takes centre stage and I eat to support and nourish my microbiome.
  3. Reducing toxins in food and our home helps our bodies naturally detox too.

We can all only do as much as we can do.

And small changes over time makes for big leaps down the road.

Be kind to yourself mama. You are doing the best you can.

 

Victoria x

 

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