Hi guys !
I’ve been having some weight issues – specifically, post partum weight loss issues since giving birth.
I know it sounds selfish to some mothers to obsess about my weight when I should be focusing 100 per cent on Sophie, but you know what, I am over that.
Simply because a happier mother = a happier baby. Recently, I’ve been feeling really depressed every time I looked in the mirror. Sure, I am now starting to be able to fit into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes but the weighing scale has not budged. I am still 9 kg away from my pre-pregnancy weight and it is stubbornly not moving.
Maybe a bit of background would help !
My weight about two months before conceiving was 50 kg. For 1.68, 50 kg is underweight. For some lucky girls, being skinny is no hindrance to conceiving but as I am big boned, my gynae informed me that if I hoped to conceive easily I would have to put on some weight so that my body is convinced that I am healthy enough to have a child.
So, I stuffed myself silly and took all kinds of supplements until my weight increased to 55 kg. At that point, I very quickly conceived Sophie ! During my pregnancy, I ate indiscriminately and put on a whopping total of 18 kg to hit a very gross 73 kg.
Post-partum, I lost 9 kg to drop to 64 kg but that is still, in my books, fat. People tell me that I look great for a person who has just given birth, etc etc but the truth is that I still feel disgusting and my self-esteem is at an all time low. My main issues are with my new thunder thighs and flabby belly – I know most post partum mums face this – which means that I stick to just flattering A-line dresses which cover up all my problem areas.
So I’ve been thinking of ways to remedy the situation
One, I could diet. But this is not possible because I am still breast feeding and so far even cutting a little carbo has resulted in my milk supply dropping drastically – and even worse is that I have not been able to bring my supply back up again 😦 This has made me quite stressed.
Two, breastfeeding. This was supposed to help me lose weight but nope, not happening. I’m just one of those unlucky ones, I guess. I get famished every time I feed Sophie and end up eating whatever I just burned.
So, I decided that I would have to find a way to both continue to give Sophie the nourishment she needs but also eliminating any fat-creating food out of my diet. No more sugary cakes, sodas or processed food like pasta. Rice would be just red or brown rice, and bread would have to be whole wheat.
To discipline myself, I have started to simply eat the same thing for breakfast every morning. With less variation, I can control what I eat better and I’m okay with eating the same thing over and over again as long as it tastes good !
So here’s my new every day breakfast – Overnight Oats
Its so easy to prepare, yummy, full of nutrition and super low in fat and carbs. Oats are also known to boost breast milk!
I adapted my recipe from standard Overnight Oats recipes on the net to suit my taste.
The jars are from IKEA and just $1.90 for one if I’m not wrong? One jar makes two breakfasts 🙂
Libby’s Super Chocolatey Maple Almond Chia Oats
3/4 cup steel-cut rolled oats
3/4 cup milk (I use hazelnut or almond milk as Sophie is lactose intolerant)
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Pure Cocoa Powder
2 tbsp Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
1 tsp Agave Syrup to taste
Basically, you just mix it all up and then leave it in your fridge, and voila, you have cold, chocolatey, creamy, nutty goodness waiting for you the next morning, no prep required !
I add strawberries and blueberries on mine if they are in season !
Here’s why I added chia seeds, cocoa powder, and almond butter :
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are packed full of omega 3, calcium, fibre and protein ! The benefits are quite enormous – check out HuffPost’s article on them here.
For me, they are tremendously helpful in helping me go to the toilet everyday and they really make me feel full longer, so I don’t find myself reaching for snacks that often 🙂 They are also a lot more palatable than supplements and all natural so why not?
Cocoa Powder: I love chocolate ! And pure cocoa powder is full of all those anti-oxidant polyphenols which fight free radicals and help you stay young 🙂 Cocoa is also a great mood booster – there’s a reason why I crave chocolate when I’m PMS-ing and sometimes all it takes is a Cadbury’s bar to make me feel better. Sure, Cocoa Powder can’t fight a sugary melty Cadbury bar but it does come close !
Justin’s Maple Almond Butter: Cos its FREAKING DELICIOUS. No really. Its amazingly nutty, buttery and spiked with maple. What’s there not to love? I would add peanut butter but peanuts are one of the most common allergens for babies so I decided to try this out and I’m hooked. Plus almonds have great health benefits too. I love that Justin’s doesn’t have any chemicals or preservatives (it can’t keep that long but I’m not intending to let it anyway) – just almonds, maple and palm fruit oil. I could eat this by the spoon. I have eaten this by the spoon.
With the exception of the oats and hazelnut milk, I get the rest of my ingredients off iherb.com – its so much cheaper than buying them from organic stores in Singapore ! And I don’t even have to lug bags of supplies back home.
Let me know if you try out this recipe, or you have your own to share !
Eat clean !