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Breastfeeding, Paleo, and Weight loss

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm sure this question has been asked a million times but I am having issues finding a straight answer on it. I switched to a paleo diet a few months ago to incorporate a healthy diet into our family's lifestyle. At first we were all doing great. My husband still insists he will eat oatmeal but that's about the only grain left. My 3 year old occassionally has some as well but not much. Her attitude has increased drastically and everything was great. The problem is, that I am breastfeeding my son and I run a lot. I lost the weight quickly changing my diet and exercising but now it won't stop and my energy is gone. I feel weak a lot and I can no longer run the distance I used to. It feels like my muscles are constantly starved. THen I got the stomach flu and lost more weight I couldn't afford to. Now I don't eat as much as I normally do and my weight won't bounce back. I feel like I have no energy and can't focus now (as I'm sure you can tell from this post.) I am tempted to incorporate some grains but would like a different answer since my allergies and asthma have become nonexistent since switching over. Do you have any advice! Thanks in advance!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on May 16, 2013
at 12:38 PM

You might be interested in this: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet/. They are still considered "paleo" although they allow in more foods like dairy, rice, etc. The book is awesome too.

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on May 16, 2013
at 01:17 AM

Thank you very much for the information! I'll have to be better about that then. I didn't even think about the carbs when I switched; I just assumed it would be fine. I took your advice though today and I definitely felt a lot better. Thank you for the response! :)

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on May 14, 2013
at 06:10 PM

Up your carbs from all other non-gluten sources. Some options:

-potatoes (mashed, baked, homemade baked fries)

-sweet potatoes (mashed, baked, homemade baked fries)

-plantains (I love these "crou-tains", and on same site, smashed plantains and plantain fries).

-winter squashes (spaghetti squash is the old standby; I also love a lasagna made using butternut squash as "noodles")

-rice (experiment and see how you feel - a lot of people can eat it without problems. I'm not one of them...)

-bananas (a lot of people on here are banana haters, lol, but if you are trying to gain milk weight, I say go for it!)

One thing I do to feed all my kids is boil a bunch of potatoes at the beginning of the week. Then I can dice or slice them and whip up hashbrowns, fries, etc, during the week.

Most people - when they go paleo - accidentally go low carb even if they don't mean to. It just takes some adjusting to figure out what you're going to eat, and if you are already thin AND nursing, you need to focus on getting those carbs back in.

Ed95e5a19e4446a7a77a7fb53da53435

on May 16, 2013
at 01:17 AM

Thank you very much for the information! I'll have to be better about that then. I didn't even think about the carbs when I switched; I just assumed it would be fine. I took your advice though today and I definitely felt a lot better. Thank you for the response! :)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on May 16, 2013
at 12:38 PM

You might be interested in this: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet/. They are still considered "paleo" although they allow in more foods like dairy, rice, etc. The book is awesome too.

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