Reading time: 5 minutesPublished: June 11, 2018
Body update! I gained 5 stone in 9 months - and here is how I am going to lose it.
As many of you may know just 7 short weeks ago I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. She was born happily and healthily at 8lbs 3oz. For those that know me well, will know that I only eat organic plant based foods. I try to lead a healthy life style, I practice yoga everyday and try to get outside as much as I can to enjoy some country walks. Because of this, you may imagine that I had ‘the perfect pregnancy’. Like you, I imagined that whilst growing another human being I would be as healthy as I have ever been. I researched exactly what my baby needed each week whilst she was developing and made sure I had all the nutrients in my diet to give her the absolute best start to life!
Unfortunately, the reality was far removed from this ideal. I suffered from a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum for the full 9 months I was pregnant. This meant that I was physically sick, 30 times or more each day. I was literally unable to eat or drink; everything that went down simply came right back up. It got to the point where I was so weak, I had to be rushed off to hospital in an ambulance and admitted for about a week. It was only after being placed on a drip during my entire stay, that I had enough energy to move around and slowly begin to eat again. The doctors explained to me that my baby was happy and healthy in my tummy, which was a relief. It was only me who was suffering.
The hospital had done so well in stabilising me, but in order to do so I had to be medicated. It was unfortunate that my symptoms were so severe that I had no other choice. This did not sit well with me, it was a real struggle. Throughout my life I have always sought natural solutions. In this instance though, things were too intense and way too debilitating. I had to give in!
Once I had been discharged, my partner and I were extremely nervous. We didn’t want to have to go back to hospital. We wanted to do our best to be in control of the HG, and never again to feel the way I was before being hospitalised. Because of this we quickly learnt that whenever my stomach was remotely empty I would be sick. This would trigger the whole cycle of being sick 30 times per day again. As a result, I needed to be fed; constantly. Unfortunately, my healthy organic way of living had to be abandoned. I needed starch, lots and lots of starch. For 9 months, I lived off jacket potatoes and pasta and worse. In fact I was living off all the food items I had not eaten for years. These were the only foods that gave me any sort of comfort and filled me enough to avoid being sick.
We were so happy! Although I wasn't eating healthily anymore, at least we knew that the baby and I were well and keeping food down. We finally found a formula that worked!!
At the time, I was aware that I was putting on weight from all the starchy foods I was eating, however, if I am honest, I really didn't care. I was just so happy that my baby was healthy and at least getting food and water from me again. It was only after the pregnancy that I looked in the mirror and realised how big I had become. I had gained a whopping 5 stone (30kg).
Now, it was my job to get rid of it. I didn’t want to be a mum who just accepted that their figure would vanish after having a baby, I wanted to prove everyone wrong who says ‘you body will never be the same again.’ Only 7 weeks in, I am on a journey, a journey to get back to how I was, not just slim, but healthy from the inside out.
If you are reading this and patiently waiting to know how much weight I have lost so far, I am afraid you will be most disappointed, as this is a question even I don’t know the answer to. For my sanity, I refuse to stand on the scales and weigh myself every day. That is not healthy. For me it is not about numbers, it is about how I feel. I will know when I am happy with my weight again, and at this stage, for only 7 weeks post birth, I am ecstatic, in fact beyond proud of how far I have come.
Post pregnancy is seeing a rebirth of the old me. The me I know and recognise. I am now able to pick up my previous habits. I start my day with a homemade apple and ginger shot, followed by a shot of wheatgrass and a green vegetable juice. As I am breastfeeding, I sometimes need a little more, in which case I will have fruit with honey from the bee hives in our garden, sprinkled with whatever I have in the cupboard, be it almonds, mulberries, coconut flakes, or all of the above.
For lunch and dinner I will always have a vegetable based meal. This will depend each day on what I have in the house. Today, for example, I had homemade chickpea and spinach curry. For dinner I will be having steamed cauliflower steaks with mushrooms. The key here is not what I am eating, but rather the types of foods I am eating. I only eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Yes, that’s right, I will only eat fruits and vegetables. I won’t eat any meat, eggs or dairy, as they are very heavy foods for the body to digest. Post birth I want my body to feel as relaxed as possible, so it is able to let go of all the excess weight. So, I won’t be eating any rice, bread or pasta. No more, what I like to call ‘filler foods’ - foods that taste good with something, be it curry and rice, pasta and tomato sauce, ham and cheese with bread to hold it together. I have taken away all these ‘filler foods,’ and I have lost so much weight. I am ready getting back into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes, but more importantly I feel amazing! I have so much more energy and I no longer feel sluggish and tired. Each day that goes by I feel more and more like me again.
I didn’t want to simply lose weight. I wanted to make sure I was doing it healthily. I do not want to put my body under any stress. With work, having a newborn, and recovering from birth, I knew my body didn’t need to be under any more stress than it already was. This is why I haven’t had any shakes, meal replacements or detox teas. You see, every diet out there works, there is no question about it. It has been proven that calorie restriction works for weight loss, but it isn’t sustainable in the long term. The real question is whether you want to keep the weight off for life, not just for a season. For me, it is about keeping it off for life. We have all heard the story about the hare and the tortoise. Speed doesn’t always win the race. So instead of quick wins, let’s get focused on the long term benefits of getting it right. Our bodies are amazing and can achieve incredible things if we let them. We need to support them and eat right. Long term our bodies will thank us with abundant health and wellness. Isn’t that what true health is all about?
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Written by: Sasha