I am seven pounds lighter than I was last week. Since going on the South Beach Diet a week ago, I have been eating nonstop and losing weight dramatically. The results have been downright amazing. I am glad I finally humbled myself and changed my diet and began exercising. I never had trouble losing weight before, but these last ten pounds of baby weight were not budging. Going on South Beach (and weightlifting) has gotten the scale going in the other direction finally! I did have to modify some things in order to keep up my milk production and to have enough energy to work out for an hour six times a week. According to Dr. Agaston, South Beach Phase 2 and 3 are safe for breastfeeding moms, but ask your doctor. [My baby is nine months old, but still nursing for nutrition.] I took 10 alfalfa tablets a day (increases milk production and helps keep iron up-ask your doctor!), drank more milk and tons of water, and on the fifth day starting eating a low carb protein power bar after I worked out. I simply wasn’t getting enough fuel to keep up with my workouts. I really tried to make sure I got at least 1800 calories also. Every woman’s milk supply is affected differently so I would closely monitor your supply everyday if you diet while breastfeeding- and of course ask your doctor.
I have to admit going gluten free prior to going on the South Beach Diet really helped me.
Food that is off-limits? I know that game pretty well.
Meal planning? Done.
Meal Prep? Can Do.
Cooking? Of course.
Going on any diet requires discipline, meal planning, meal prep, and some cooking. If you work full-time and are on a special diet, a lot of meal prep can be done on the weekends.
I suppose the results on South Beach will vary, especially if you are not exercising. I am working out five-six days a week now in the new home gym my hubby set up for the two of us. [He even did a mural on the wall]! I recommend taking measurements and “before” pictures to get you motivated. It is a humbling experience, but it was just what I needed to set my weight loss and fitness goals.
If anyone has a low-carb, no sugar, protein bar recipe please let me know! I have some gluten-free whey-protein isolate that needs to be used.
GF/Celiac Things of Interest:
Mike at Gluten Free Blog has a post about using whey-protein isolate in gluten free baking.
Tamar, a fitness model, wrote her story about celiac diagnosis and dealing with celiac disease on Bodybuilding.com. In the second part of her article she mentions several healthy choices for gluten free eating.
Breastfeeding and Dieting article at Breastfeeding.com.
My Gluten Free Menu:
Monday: Burgers Low Carb Style with Avocado and Red Pepper
Tuesday: Hot Greek-style Shrimp Broccoli Salad with Feta
Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin, Salad, and Veggies
Thursday: Mahi Mahi Mixed Greens Salad
Friday: Grilled Ginger Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
Gluten Free Sox Fan is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap this week and the ingredient of the week is cornmeal. I won’t be eating cornmeal this week because of my strict diet, so go find out what other gluten free dieters are dining on this week!
My Monday Mommy Brag:
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