Can I nurse In this?
Getting dressed these day's isn't as fun as it once was - say, 30 pounds ago . .
Once upon a time, I'd be faced with the burden of endless options when walking into a clothing store - nowadays, every potential garment must make it through a vigorous line of questioning;
"Can I nurse in this"
"Is this fabric breathable"
"Will this print conceal leaked milk?" "
Will this hide my postpartum pooch?"
"Will this be soft against Lola while she's in the carrier"
. . Blah, blah, blah
Than, once I find pieces that pass the line of questioning above - putting them together in an outfit, is like solving a nearly impossible mathematical equation . . Some things have to lift, other's hide - and the final few - highlight. . This is why most day's I can be found in my Dwell and Slumber dresses, because they swath me in an oversized bellowing jersey fabric . .just how I like it!
I Can't Eat Like a Teenaged Boy Anymore (duh!)
In all seriousness, I know a Mom complaining about her postpartum bod isn't something any of us haven't heard of before - it happens! I just recently came to the realization, that I need to do less complaining about it - and more DOING (something) about it . .
I know, I know - Lola's barley even two months , but I'm talking baby steps here . . You know, like changing my diet from a hormone driven pregnant lady's (aka, Teenaged boy diet - basically everything sweet & salty) - to that of a grown women's diet. .
Intermittent Fasting: The Effortless Way to Lose Weight (. . apparently!)
Step One in my, "Get My Bod Back" plan is actually the easiest - with huge fat burning potential, meet: intermittent fasting! Basically, you stop eating for periods of time to allow your digestive system to stop digesting, and start cleaning things up. . Yet not only does this help your body rid toxin's, but actually reset's your body's metabolism to burn fat for fuel.
I'm choosing not to eat from 8pm-8am , which is a total of 12 hours - but basically I'd be asleep for most of it, and only missing out on a late night snack (which is kinda the point). Most recommend 12-18 hours of fasting periods, but since I'm breastfeeding - I want to stay on the novice end of the spectrum.
Aside from weightloss, there are claims of many other health benefits such as;
-improved cardiovascular health
-reduced cancer risk
Obviously, nothing replaces eating healthy & exercise - which I am also incorporating into my plan , but I'm sure we're all very familiar with those ol' methods!
To read more about Intermittent Fasting visit Dr.Mercola's site - he's how I first discovered this method - and he's kinda my heath guru!
Fake It Till You Make It
In the meantime, I will be living in clothes that are both comfortable - and functional, while also camouflaging my problem areas . . because - I just had a baby people!
Que this outfit; Super comfortable oversized sweater in a beautiful pink nude + these amazing Old Navy jeans that I think would flatter anyBODY. They are straight and relaxed in the legs, and have a mid rise fit - concealing both hippy hips, and poochy tummies. Plus they are a super soft denim, that feel like you've had them forever. . Just how I like my denim!
Shop the look below, and let me know your secrets to hiding the postpartum pooch - or even better, how you lost yours!