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What diet for when you constantly want chocolate

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tomanyanimals Sat 10-Jan-15 17:32:50

I had my ds 3 weeks ago I am breastfeeding not particularly after dieting as such but really need to readjust my tastebuds as all I want is carbs and sweet stuff has anyone managed and have some tips struggle to eat fruit and veg while I cant have my antihistamines (my head feels like it's crawling strange I know had it since pregnant ) I really don't want to pile weight on when I only put on two stone whilst pregnant and tummy is practically flat now.

bakingtins Sat 10-Jan-15 19:26:36

Please don't do any sort of diet whilst your milk supply is still being established. Give yourself a break!
You really need some extra calories at the moment and hormone changes and tiredness, plus dependent baby, make it difficult to make good choices.
The only thing I'd suggest at the moment is make sure you are drinking plenty as bf makes most women enormously thirsty, which can be confused for hunger (it does make you extra hungry too).
I have porridge (microwave sachets) for breakfast, with some added milled seed for omega fatty acids. Oats good for filling you up and for milk supply, and means I'm not hungry all morning.
Baked potato is good for lunch, again filling without being high calorie and not too time dependent if baby is demanding at lunchtime. Some sort of protein for filling, tuna, cheese, mackerel etc.
batch cook stuff like chilli, bolognese sauce, fish pie for tea and freeze half so you have something healthy if you have a difficult day and no time to prepare anything, will keep you off the takeaways.
I find evenings difficult, we eat our evening meal early with our older children and I'm starving later on, often have another bowl of porridge to avoid eating a load of crap. However, I am 7m in and at your stage was not even thinking about it, so advice to cut yourself more slack remains in force!

yumyumpoppycat Sat 10-Jan-15 19:56:48

Agree with baking tins, maybe your body needs lots of carbs to make milk because you put little on during pregnancy? Maybe try not to have chocolate in the house but chop up some fruit and veg and leave it in the fridge for snack attacks? Im not saying to ban chocolate just don't have lots of biscuits and chocs around as that is what you will grab when tired and hungry. Maybe buy some tubs of humus, little block of cheese, mixed nuts, tinned makerel anything quick and easy. Could you or a dp make a green smoothie the night before and put it in a jug or glass the night before so its ready as a way to add more fruit and veg?

I wouldn't worry too much though...maybe just do a weekly weigh in to reassure you you are not gaining.

Dowser Sat 10-Jan-15 20:30:17

Protein. Plenty of protein fills you up.

kaykayred Tue 13-Jan-15 22:54:18

Don't cut out carbohydrates. It's the bodies main supply of energy, and you need energy to produce milk. If you are that worried about weight gain, then work out how many calories you need to be consuming a day as a breastfeeding woman, then simply try to fit your cravings into your calorie allowance, and in a sensible way.

For example, if you are craving sweet stuff, then try having a cup of low calorie hot chocolate instead of a chocolate bar. It really helps with the craving, and is a fraction of the calories. Or get some very dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), which has much less sugar in it, so you only need a square and you're done as it's so rich.

Try having porridge made with milk or water in the morning, and have some raisins and honey in with it.

For vegetables, it doesn't get much easier than just cutting up a bunch of veg and shoving it in the oven with olive oil and rosemary. You can have it as a side serving to pretty much anything!

You are only three weeks post partum. Your body needs energy, which might explain your cravings. If you are genuinely THAT worried about your figure after not putting on excess weight in pregnancy, and presumably starting at a healthy weight, then I genuinely suggest you speak to your doctor about it, as it's not healthy to be that obsessive at the expense of your health and recovery.

yumyumpoppycat Tue 13-Jan-15 23:28:09

listen to Kay...really good advice! Although the fact toomanyanimals hasn't posted again prob means she isn't too worried hopefully grin

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