As new mothers, it’s so easy to fall into the habit of putting ourselves last, especially when we have little ones to care for. But the raw truth is we cannot give our children the best care if we always feel drained and depleted.
Between breastfeeding, sleepless nights, and changing too many dirty diapers to count, post-childbirth is NOT easy. And it’s most definitely not the time to neglect ourselves or put our health on the back burner. In fact, It’s time to do the exact opposite. But how?
I know what you are thinking... “I barely have time to shower—how do you expect me to prepare healthy foods on top of it?”
The answer is simple: The Green Routine®. Flood your body with green juices and smoothies loaded with vital nutrients for postpartum recovery. And the best part is we deliver straight to your door, so you can thaw, sip, and recover like the super-mom you are—no hassle or mess necessary.
The Importance of Nutrition As a New Mom
As pregnant women, we tend to be neurotic about what we eat during that time—and rightfully so. We follow the rules, avoid certain food groups, research prenatal vitamins, and spend countless hours reading up on pregnancy diets in hopes of having a healthy pregnancy. It seems like obsessing about healthy food for pregnancy is almost a full-time job!
But once the baby is born, one of two things happens: All care for healthy eating goes out the window, or we race to restrict calories to lose the baby weight as soon as possible. As a holistic nutritionist for over two decades, I can tell you both extremes are unhealthy.
Restriction never works, especially for breastfeeding mothers. As new moms, we should never restrict calories or nutrients. Instead, it’s the time to add extra calories from healthy sources to our diets. Think of the pregnancy mentality of eating for two. We need extra energy to produce milk, and calorie restriction can significantly reduce those energy levels .
Our bodies work hard for us during this time, and the body and baby need extra support for high-volume and quality milk production.
Post Partum Nutrition
What if I told you that you could nourish your body without restriction AND fit into those pre-pregnancy jeans? Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, a healthy diet is crucial. Our little ones need us in good health, and there’s no better way to do that than through proper nourishment with whole foods.
Revamp Your Postpartum Palate
Our baby’s growth and brain development rely heavily on nutrition from breast milk, which is why the quality and volume of your breast milk are so important. . To ensure a plentiful supply, incorporate generous servings of nutrient-dense foods like fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains into your diet.
If you want to include animal protein, try incorporating grass-fed red meat or lean meats like chicken and turkey, which are a source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin D, potassium, folic acid, and other B vitamins, which are crucial for a baby’s brain health . Wild-caught salmon is a low-mercury option rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are vital for preserving DHA in breast milk and crucial for an infant’s retinal health . Pastured eggs are an ideal choline source, as they are vital for the immunity and intestinal health of your baby .
Nutritionist Tip: Keep in mind that if you’re trying to lose weight, have these foods as a dinner option with some leafy green vegetables. Eat “light-to-heavy” by saving your fats for later meal times.
This is no time for carb restriction. Don’t be afraid of healthy carbohydrates. Good sources of carbs like fruit, potatoes, or brown rice should be included frequently and in large volumes—Your body will thank you for the extra energy.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, and highly processed foods like sugary breakfast cereals, soft cheeses, or hotdogs. They often contain additives, refined added sugars, and other not-so-good-for-you ingredients that can lead to weight gain and other issues. Limit high mercury fish like swordfish, mackerel, and tuna.
Incorporate a balanced diet and include more of these foods:
- Oatmeal and raw oats
- Baked sweet potato
- Coconut & Our Truly Raw Coconut Water
- Lentils, chickpeas & other legumes
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Brewer’s yeast - Try blending it into any Green Routine ® smoothie
- Pastured hard-boiled eggs
- Grass-fed red meats
Nutritionist tip: While healthy fat is vital to restoring your hormonal balance, it is best to limit it to your last meal of the day if you are also trying to lose weight. Stick to uncooked healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, avocado, raw nuts and seed butter, coconut, and olives. Keep the beginning half of your day low-fat but high in healthy carbohydrates.
Navigating The Challenges of Motherhood with The Green Routine®
As new moms, it’s important to make mindful dietary choices because our babies depend on it. And while diet is important, it’s not always easy to get in essential vitamins and nutrients with a new baby at home.
After childbirth, our bodies face an increased demand, putting new mothers at risk for nutritional deficiencies. If we are nutrient deficient, our breast milk, the primary source of nourishment for our babies, will also be deficient in nutrients . This can negatively impact our baby's health, hindering growth and development.
The Green Routine® perfectly aligns with the challenges of motherhood, addressing every aspect with its powerful blend of nutrients. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, rebalance your hormones, flood your body with nutrients, or need an extra energy boost for those nighttime feedings, The Green Routine® is an ideal solution for new moms. Here’s how it works...
It’s no secret that nutrients play a critical role in a baby's brain development, immunity, and overall health. Vitamin A is a critical vitamin for infants. If we are deficient in vitamin A, our babies will be too. Vitamin A is an essential vitamin necessary for vision, growth, immunity, and overall development . The Green Routine® is a good source of vitamin A due to its unpasteurized, leafy vegetable content like kale and spinach . These dark leafy greens are also high in calcium and folate, an added bonus for milk production .
Extra Immune Support
With a new baby at home, getting sick is out of the question. Flood your system with chlorophyll to strengthen your immunity. Chlorophyll is the vibrant green pigment in leafy greens that works wonders for your immune system. Believe it or not, about 70% of your immune system is in your gut . Dark greens help immune cells in the gut to function properly (unlike those gimmicky vitamin C supplements). Take care of your gut by adding green juices to your diet daily. It’s the key to keeping immunity strong postpartum.
Lose Baby Weight The Healthy Way
Not only does The Green Routine® strengthen immunity, but it cuts cravings, too. Fewer cravings mean losing that baby weight with ease. These carefully crafted vegetable and fruit juices were designed to help overcome cravings. By flooding your system with fresh fruits and dark, leafy greens, you can fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes in no time— no restrictive diets necessary.
Boost Energy Levels Naturally
First-trimester morning sickness and third-trimester heartburn are things of the past—now, let's talk about the new challenges mothers face...Sleep. Being a mom means a lot less sleep. Fruit and vegetables are nature’s energy source and are the most efficient source of energy we can ingest. The more healthy carbs we take in from fruits and veggies, the more energy we’ll have to power through those late-night feedings.
Motherhood is a crazy, beautiful experience. We witness the incredible resilience of our bodies firsthand as they create, nurture, and bring life into the world. While this is undoubtedly beautiful, there's also an ugly side. Sleepless nights, adapting to the changes in our bodies, and even finding the time to wash our hair can be a challenge—let alone prioritizing our health.
The Green Routine® isn’t a gimmicky supplement. It’s the answer to supporting your hormones, boosting energy, and flooding the system with nutrients for you and your little one. Its carefully curated, nutrient-rich ingredients not only support you but can also fortify your breast milk, ensuring your baby receives a good start.
The Green Routine® truly is a “jack of all trades” when it comes to postpartum wellness. Recover, nourish, energize, and flood your system with abundant nutrients from green juices and smoothies during this new phase of life.
Always consult a healthcare professional or dietitian for personalized advice. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and should not replace professional medical guidance tailored to your individual health needs.
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