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I have several questions and am hoping to ask them all in one thread. We have an almost 4 month old baby and he's only breastfed right now and probably won't have solids introduced for a couple more months.<br><br>
We're vegetarian. *Almost* vegan, but not quite. Occasional cheese and yogurt. Since my third trimester, our previous really healthy foods slowly were replaced with less healthy, processed and junk foods (such as fake meat, frozen meals, soda <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) because I was too tired to cook. We're still really busy (4 kids and dh works until 9pm) but I've recently come to the realization that things aren't going to get less busy ever, only more and I don't want that to be an excuse to keep eating crap. It was okay when I was on bedrest and then had a newborn, but no more.<br><br>
I really want to lose weight. I'm pretty sure if we stick to a diet with few processed foods, I'll naturally lose weight without needing to restrict things too much. I don't want to diminish my milk supply.<br><br>
Does anyone have tips for quick and healthy and filling snacks? I seem to be hungry all the time. I could probably eat a small snack hourly actually. At work, I'm at a desk for four hours and end up eating the mini candy bars and bags of chips. Horrible. I want to take some things with me but don't know what things would be good.<br><br>
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Since you are exclusively breastfeeding and are hungry all the time you definetly shouldn't try to limit your eating - your body is hungry for a reason so feed it! But yeah the chips and candy need to go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Fruit is really filling, low cal and will satisfy the sweet craving - maybe try packing an apple or orange to bring to work when you want sweet? You should also bring something salty to satisfy that type of craving, pretzels are filling and low cal - rod pretzels I've found to be really filling.<br><br>
Good luck, it's so hard losing weight.
 

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When I was working I kept nuts in my desk. Cashews really helped a lot to calm the cravings.<br><br>
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I munch of wheat crackers, hummus and pita, granola, toast, chips and salsa or guac... quick at home fixes are garlic toast with marinara for dipping, avocado sandwiches, I always try to make extra for leftovers.<br><br>
DS is almost 4 months and the weight has really fallen off! I almost fit into PP jeans- one more size to go! I just try to eat healthy and I go with my cravings.. even sugar <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: I am not normally a sweet tooth so I figure I need it.
 

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you just totally made me hungry... I know what I'm making for a snack now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Things are going to be really busy for a while, but not forever! Here are some of my old tricks. My youngest is almost 5. I lost the weight and kept it off.<br><br>
Try batch cooking. Take one day a week where you just stay at home and cook all day. Make meals and freeze for the week. Also, start making baby food right now while fresh produce is still in season.<br><br>
Take a walk everyday with the baby in a sling for 30 min. to an hour. Start with less time each day if you need to.<br><br>
Eat to your hearts content! Eat a huge salad with dinner. At night when you get hungry eat a bowl of frozen veggies microwaved.<br><br>
Stick to whole foods. Raw more often than cooked.<br><br>
If you do these things the weight will fly off! Good luck with your lifestyle changes.
 

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Don't limit what you eat - eat as much as your body tells you to - just choose lower calorie, healthier foods... i.e., choose some veggies over chips, choose a fresh smoothie over soda. Lower calorie foods are great, and also healthier foods are better, even if a healthy snack you choose ends up ith the same calories as a not-so-healthy snack - your body will work better with the healthier one and will use it up much better.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Since you are exclusively breastfeeding and are hungry all the time you definetly shouldn't try to limit your eating - your body is hungry for a reason so feed it! But yeah the chips and candy need to go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Just breastfeeding can help you lose weight as long as you eat healthy. My fave snack is veggies (especially red peppers) & hummus. When I was working & preg (hungry ALL the time) I kept almonds at my desk so I could grab a handfull whenever I needed. Smoothies are a great healthy quick snack/meal too. You can load them up with just about anything. As for family meals have you tried cooking extra meals on weekends & freezeing them? Or even healthy snacks like muffins can be made in big batches & frozen.<br><br>
Recently I have also become a big believer in getting lots of good fats. I use tons of olive oil & I am loseing more weight than ever. Could be a coincidence, but healthy fats are still really good for you especially when breastfeeding.<br><br>
Make sure you are getting enough iron as well. I went through a stage when DS was about 5 mo & exclusively breastfed where I felt sick/weak/exausted all time unless I was eating. It turned out that I was lacking in iron. I started takeing Floridix & don't have to eat as often & feel lots better. GL!
 
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