Diet Dilemmas

by Kim on January 3, 2013

Remember when I signed up for the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge back in November? I haven’t really talked about it since then, so I thought I should give an update. (Now that it’s *cough* almost over…)

HBBC

To be honest, I didn’t get as much out of it as I was hoping. I think the main hold-up, for me, was that it felt like everyone else was really aggressive and motivated (some were doing multiple workouts a day at times!), whereas I was just looking for something fun to get involved in over the holidays. I wasn’t planning to crank up my workouts or anything, and I knew I’d take some time off over Christmas, but it felt like just maintaining my norm wasn’t good enough.

No, not all of the participants were going nuts in the gym every day-not even close. It just felt that way. And when I compared my weekly totals to others’ or read about their daily workouts (which we were supposed to post on the Facebook page daily), it was a little embarrassing.

But there is at least one thing I’ve gotten out of the experience: I’ve learned that I suck at eating fruits and veggies.

One of the ways we could earn points in the challenge was by eating 7-9 servings of fruit and veggies a day-and, let me tell you, it was hard. Harder than I anticipated. Most days, I wasn’t even in the ballpark-I was lucky to get 4 servings in.

I think I’m generally pretty good about not eating a lot of horrible food, but it’s become clear to me, through this challenge, that I need to work much harder on also eating more good foods. I think part of my problem, lately, has been that my diet restrictions have cut out a lot of the ways I used to get fruits and veggies. (Yeah, it’s an excuse, but it’s true.)

This whole realization is concerning to me not just for the obvious reasons, but also because I’m still breastfeeding. Which means that the little nutrition I’m getting through my “now and then/when it’s super convenient” fruit and veggie consumption habits is probably being rerouted to him anyway, leaving me high and dry. (I’m also taking vitamins, so it’s not really as dark as it all sounds, but it’s not as bright as it could be, either.)

So here’s what I’m thinking. In addition to working on being better about including Fs and Vs in my diet, I’m also considering taking Shakeology again. (If you’re not familiar, it’s a daily meal-replacer shake, aka a concentrated health bomb that tastes like a chocolate shake.)

Luckily, there’s a vegan option now, too, so I’d be able to take it while breastfeeding.

vegan shakeology

The only drawback, of course, is that it’s expensive, so I’m still stalling and avoiding pulling the actual trigger. But I’m getting closer to making a decision. I think it would help to put my mind at ease a little.

The other thing that’s been concerning me lately, nutrition-wise, is the amount of healthy fat in my diet (and therefore, in Mason’s). You’re going to think this sounds ridiculous, but I’m not sure if there’s enough.

Let me explain…

When you leave breastmilk sitting out (or in the fridge), the fat separates and rises, forming a darker-colored layer at the top. I’ve noticed lately, though, that the fat layer has all but vanished in my milk. (Problem: babies need fat for brain development.)

Again, it’s easy for me to blame the dietary restrictions for removing some of the sources of healthy fat I used to get (PEANUT BUTTER), but I know I’m more than capable of finding alternatives. That’s what I signed up for when I decided to keep breastfeeding through all the allergy drama.

Anyway, I’ve found a safety net solution to this problem too. I bought Mason some DHA drops, which he’s now taking daily in his food:

baby dha

I’m pretty sure he’s going to be a baby genius now. He’ll probably be completing basic math problems by 10 months or so.

(JUST. KIDDING.)

So that’s where we are right now, nutritionally. I still have a lot of work to do, obviously, but I feel a little more comfortable knowing that I have some backups in place until I get this diet business sorted out. (Of course, by the time I do that, I’ll be done breastfeeding and it won’t matter anymore, ha!)

Has anyone tried the vegan Shakeology? Thoughts??

Any other moms out there giving their kids extra DHA?

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Suzanne January 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

I feel the same you do. It was crazy to see that some people would log more points in a day than I would in an entire week. Last year I did terrible with the points for fruits and veggies and this year was no different. I have got to do better eating more fruits and veggies!

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Ashley Brown January 7, 2013 at 4:01 am

I hope that this product is good as it seems. Because there are many products out in the market that could even harm your health. That’s why i only prefer herbal products.

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Miranda January 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Not sure if you have ever heard of the “Green Machine” (everyone has their own variation I think) but it helps get your fruits and veggies in your day like crazy! Then you would not have to buy those shakes either?!
Here is an example of one…
http://cookingwithcatherine.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/yogurt-breakfast-shake-easy-3/
Mine is similar but I use mostly frozen fruit (almost any frozen fruit too… berries, pineapple, bananas, etc), and I use a large handful of spinach, also no honey (I use a little V8 fruit juice to sweeten), throw a little PB2 powder in there and some protein powder and it is a great after workout drink too!
Not sure what all of your diet restrictions are but I am sure you could find a way to make it yours :)

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Kim January 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Thanks Miranda! I have done green smoothies before, and you’re right, that’s a great option. Maybe laziness is the true problem. :) Although I’d say Shakeology has even MORE great stuff in it!

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Karey @ Nutty About Health January 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I think it’s great that you’re so concerned about both your & your son’s nutrition. Shakeology sounds like a decent option. I don’t think it sounds ridiculous at all that you aren’t getting enough healthy fat in your diet. I think many people are lacking because they’re afraid of it. Healthy fats do so many good things for our bodies, plus they really help in satiety & taste. Great job on adding the DHA supplement for your son too. :) Good luck with sorting out all of your nutrition stuff… that must be so hard w/all the allergies!

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Kim January 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Thanks Karey! I appreciate the support. :)

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