It’s hard to get energy as a new mom. You’re lacking sleep, you might not be eating right, and if you’re nursing you likely haven’t taken back up the caffeine habit. Thankfully, you can eat the right food and get more energy.
* Eat a Green Smoothie Every Day – Green Smoothies are quick to make, just throw some fruit and some baby spinach into a blender and blend away the tiredness. Try 1 frozen sliced banana, 1 big handful of baby spinach, 1 frozen sliced peach, 1 cup vanilla almond milk for a sweet start to your day.
* Don’t Say No to Fruit & Berries – Your body needs hydration, and glucose for energy. Fruit is the best thing that you can eat for both. If you have blood sugar issues eat low glycemic fruits and berries and high fiber citrus. Otherwise, feel free to indulge on all the fruit you want instead of other forms of sugar.
* Carb Up – The myth of high protein diets are running out of steam. Most people actually get way more than the recommended. You only need about 0.36 grams of protein per pound that you weigh. What you really need is to eat a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet full of whole grains and low starch veggies. Try adding wild and brown rice, beans and lentils to your diet, as well as all the raw fruit and veggies you can eat.
* Avoid Junk Food – The worst thing you can eat when you are trying to eat high energy foods is to eat junk food and empty calories. Potato chips, pop tarts, and highly refined foods are not good for anyone, but especially not good for a new mom.
* Don’t Add Caffeine – The problem with caffeine is that you have to use more and more to get the same effect. Plus, if you have a day where you don’t get any you could wind up with a terrible headache due to withdrawal. If you are nursing, the caffeine is not good for your baby and can add to agitation and sleeplessness.
* Stay Hydrated – While not really a food, drinking enough water, or eating enough water-rich foods can help you stay more energetic. It’s easy to get dehydrated when you are busy, especially if you’re nursing. Dehydration can make you feel lethargic and tired even more than you already are.
* Eat Enough Calories – If you’re nursing you need to add 500 to 700 calories a day over your normal caloric needs for your desired height and weight. If you’re not nursing you may still need to add a couple hundred calories due to your lack of rest and use of more energy while you’re healing. Cut back junk, but not nutrition.
Eating well for energy is an important way you can add to your quality of life as a new mom. You are going to be tired and sleep deprived. That is a natural function of lack of sleep and most new parents lack sleep. But, you can help yourself heal faster, be more energetic by eating the right foods.