Pinterest Win: Lactation Cookies

Not everything on Pinterest is easy. In fact, 90% of the things I’ve tried end up being much more difficult than just buying it or hiring someone else to do it. But what’s the fun in that, right?

As my baby is eating more and more regular foods, my milk production has dropped a little. My plan was to nurse for at least a year, so I was looking for some ways to increase my milk production. This led me to lactation cookies. I found some that I planned on buying online already made but  a friend of mine suggested I check out her Pinterest board for breastfeeding. She had recipes for all kinds of things, so I picked one and gave it a go. Surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I thought. 

 Here’s what you do 👇🏽

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. flaxseed meal
4 tbsp. water

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla {I like to use a little more for that extra flavor.}

2 cups all purpose flour 

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. *Brewer’s Yeast {This was hard for me to find. I ended up going to a vitamin store like The Vitamin Shoppe to get it.}

3 cups quick oats

1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375ºF. 
Mix together the flaxseed and water and let sit for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, cream together the butter and sugars.

Add eggs one at a time and mix well.

Add flaxseed mix and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, combine together flour, baking soda, salt, Brewer’s Yeast, and oats.

Add to the butter mixture 1/2 cup at a time.

Once the dough is mixed together well, add chocolate chips.

Bake for 9-11 minutes. (I did it for 10 minutes.)

– recipe from Lifestyle Hunting


This recipe made so many cookies. Well worth it to make instead of buy. Pinterest=win!!

Not only did the cookies taste good, but it worked. 


Check it out! ☝🏽The milk was a-flowing! 

So for all you breastfeeding moms who are looking for things to try to increase milk supply, I highly recommend this recipe. I also used Traditional Medicinals Mother’s Milk tea (tea and cookies, what could be better!)

I’m always open to hear what you did to help with milk production. 

But first, coffee

I’ve found a new summer drink…and it’s perfect for anyone who loves iced coffee and somewhat healthy drinks! 

A couple of days ago, my husband brought home Cool Brew decaf coffee for me and Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Tea for himself. I’m nursing still so I try to limit how much caffeine I’m taking in to either just decaf or one 8 ounce cup of regular a day. Well, that day I decided to mix the two and see how it tasted. It’s heaven! And it’s got 9 grams of protein. It’s not perfect though. There is a bit of sugar but it’s still a better option than that Starbucks you would have normally picked up. 

Yum!

Try it iced or hot, you won’t be disappointed! 

The Ever Changing Post-Partum Body

In an earlier post I talked about some of the things I was doing to workout post baby. Now that’s it’s 8 months later, some of those things have fallen by the waste side. I always feel like something else is in the way.  I blamed the holidays, Mardi Gras, the rainy weather. Not to mention when you live in Louisiana and there’s crawfish season and festivals approaching, procrastination is inevitable. 

However all is not lost. I’m making some progress…this is me at 6 weeks, 11 weeks and 6 months post partum ( I can’t look 👀):

This is me today. Compared to the other pics on the right.

I haven’t done a traditional workout in about 6 weeks but I am very active around the house and in my garden. I’m trying not to be discouraged! And for those that are breastfeeding, it really does help shed some pounds. It’s not as drastic as a cleanse or anything, but every week I drop another pound or so. However, I feel like I’m stuck in a rut, so I need to step my game up. Everything I do now is such a hassle though. Jumping in the car and going to the gym requires a week of planning…pumping, packing a bag for the baby if I’m dropping him off at my mom’s or making sure there’s enough milk and/or baby food. Whew. It’s enough to make me give up on leaving the house. So I’m coming up with some things to do at home along with some fun outings with the baby. 

Play date in City Park once a month with another mom friend

 

The main thing is finding my motivation and not giving up. As a “pre-pregnancy” fitness professional, how can I help others if I’ve given up and won’t help myself? Every time I put on leggings (because I refuse to buy jeans since I can’t fit the ones I used to wear), I think “ugh, it would be nice to switch it up”. And every time I put on my maternity jeans (yes, I can still wear them and it pains me to look at them now considering I’m NOT pregnant), I think “ugh I shouldn’t be wearing these”. So that’s my motivation. I’m taking each day as a new start. Summer is coming and it’s too hot in Louisiana for leggings. I’m not giving up on using my treadmill everyday either. It’s a goal that I haven’t stuck with because it seems so daunting. Our workout room has become baby storage center and it’s not very conducive for exercise motivation. The treadmill still works though and it’s been staring at me and giving me the evil eye. So I’m setting a small goal for just 30 minutes everyday where I can adapt as I go along. 

Being with my baby these past months has been amazing and I wouldn’t trade a second of it, but now it’s time to get back to my old body. If I can’t do anything about the giant breastfeeding boobs, I can lose the 5 month pregnant looking stomach, right? It’s not entirely unrealistic. You just have to be patient and take your time. It took 9 months to get there and you can’t lose it overnight. 

What are some things that have helped you lose the baby weight? I’m always open to hearing new things. 

Stay healthy!

Garden Therapy

Whether you’re a new mom or not, everyone needs an outlet for stress and relaxation. While I was pregnant and not working as many hours as I was used to, I decided to start a garden. It was rocky at first considering the fact I didn’t have much experience and I started it while it was still cold, but I have to say it’s getting better with practice. And with the help of my mom, Mrs. Green Thumb. 

Bell peppers 🌶Tomatoes 🍅 and Cucumbers 🥒


I never gave much thought to why people enjoyed gardening and planting flowers. I’ve always loved getting flowers for any occasion but planting things was never on my radar. Growing up and starting a family has made me want to be a healthier person and in turn provide a healthier lifestyle for my new family. Growing my own vegetables and having to tend to plants and flowers is fun and exciting but it’s also good exercise. Not to mention it’s something to do with your children and other family. 

I’ve found gardening can make any space more homey and welcoming. It’s aesthetically pleasing and good for the soul as well. It’s a bit time consuming and you need to be diligent just like anything you care for on a long term basis but the outcome is so rewarding. 

My flower box 🌺

Going out and starting a garden isn’t going to solve all your problems or instantly make things better but it’s helped keep me active and it’s become enjoyable. I tried something new and it led me to a new hobby and also to finding out new things about myself. 

My flower box #2 🌸


Be well!

XOXO 

Out With the Old, In With the New Year’s Resolutions…

It’s a new year and you know what that means. Giving up something, making resolutions that you don’t keep and busy gyms across the country. This year, instead of making empty promises, I’ve decided to work on making myself happy and improving my health no matter how long it takes. It will be an ongoing resolution that I won’t feel bad about making because I’m going to work on it everyday, every year.

The first thing I’m working on is taking out all those preconceived notions from my head about how my body should look and what I should be doing to get there. Having a baby is no joke and everybody’s situations are different. Some people bounce back to their old bodies after 3 months (although I’m not sure I believe it) and others take years to get there. I need to stop comparing myself to others and do what makes me happy and what works for me.

The second thing is to take things slow and not to feel bad when I have setbacks. And by setbacks I mean taking a nap in the middle of the day instead of working out for an hour in my workout room which is now a baby storage room of bouncers and swings. It’s ok to take time out to be with your little one, right? Yes. The answer is yes and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You had a baby come out of you, you’re going to need a minute.

So what am I doing to jump start my path back to myself? Well, as mentioned in previous posts, My Fitness Pal and my FitBit are my best friends right now. I try to get my steps in whenever I can and since my baby’s sleep schedule is still a little off, wearing my FitBit while I walk him to sleep is one of the best ways to get it in. Walking and carrying a 15lb baby around is a good start. Also, it helps keep track of my water intake. It’s important as a nursing mother to drink plenty of water but sometimes I’m multitasking too much I forget to eat and drink. These apps and devices are a lifesaver. And since my workout schedule is pretty inconsistent, meal planning and making healthy dinners and snacks are key. I wasn’t happy with how slow the baby weight was coming off in the beginning but now that I’m more careful about what I’m eating, the weight is falling off little by little. I didn’t gain 75lbs overnight and unfortunately it doesn’t go away overnight either. Believe me, no matter how much you wish, it doesn’t.

Working on making yourself happier and healthier should always be an ever changing work in progress. Despite the challenges that I’ve been faced with lately being a new mom and a stay at home at that, I realized that I’m on no one’s time table but my own. In fact, I have all year. Bring it on, 2017!

 

Stay healthy,

Nola Fit Chick

XOXO

 

 

Dressing for Your Post-Partum Body

Now that a rhythm is being established between me and the little one, I’m motivated to get my body back to the way it was, or better! The hardest part is looking in the mirror and seeing this body that doesn’t look or feel the same. It’s upsetting that it’s 4 months after the baby and I can’t fit any of my pre-baby clothes and I can still wear my maternity shorts! So as my mother always says, you have to dress the body you have now. But one thing I won’t do is buy new size “whatever” jeans. Can’t do it. So like many of you out there, leggings have become my new best friend. I decided if I was going to wear them then I would invest in some. But not just any leggings: I stumbled on a brand called Blanqi (www.blanqi.com) and found their nursing leggings. They’re amazing!! They are soft, comfortable and high waisted. In fact, they go all the way up to the bottom of your bra so that you can nurse without your stomach showing. You can wear them to workout, to shop, to work or just to lay around the house with the baby!

 

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I wish I had known about them when I was pregnant because they have maternity support wear as well which I definitely could have used. I highly recommend checking their site out if you are pregnant or nursing. And what’s even better than the product is the great customer service, which to me is just as important. I had an issue with my leggings that I purchased and they sent me a replacement pair with no problem. And because the leggings will adjust to my changing body, these are perfect for pregnancy and after.

So the tops that I like the best to go over these leggings: the Piko top. I got mine from a local boutique here in New Orleans called Blink (shopblinkboutique.com, @blinkboutiques). However, these tops are nothing new. They’ve been around but until I was pregnant, I didn’t know too much about them. In the early stages, when you look more like you have a food baby instead of a few weeks pregnant, I was in search of something comfortable and loose fitting but still cute. These tops and dresses are a bamboo blend and in my opinion the most versatile item you can get for the changes your body will undergo.

piko

piko2

These are 2 of the trends for moms-to-be and moms on the go that work the best for me but as long as you’re comfortable, wear whatever you like!

Stay healthy,

Nola Fit Chick

XOXO

Health & Beauty Post Pregnancy

Ever since I found out I was pregnant it felt like there was a never ending list of “Can’ts”. There are so many things you can’t eat, can’t wear and can’t use. It can be daunting, but the bigger picture is you’re doing this for a much bigger purpose: your child. And it’s totally worth it. Now that I’m breastfeeding, well, the list continues. I find myself still battling the hormone changes that I felt while being pregnant, so I’m looking to more all natural alternatives. Researching on the internet, you would be surprised what’s out there. I find a lot of people are moving back into a more holistic approach to life. There are a lot of DIY and “all natural” products out there and they’re inexpensive and easy to do. They may be a little time consuming but I feel like it’s better in the long run and worth trying.

So what I’m going to do is test them out and see what works! I used to go to a dermatologist for breakouts and had a few prescription face products that worked amazingly but since being pregnant, I couldn’t use them anymore and I decided if there was even a small chance it could harm my baby or be transmitted through breast milk, I wasn’t going to chance it. There was one that both my doctor and dermatologist said was safe but I was still too nervous to try it. So that got me thinking of alternatives. I recently stumbled on an Instagram page of a girl who has tons of DIY hair, skin and makeup tutorials and I became hooked. Check her out: @farahdhukai. I’m in the process of trying out a few of her beauty regimens to see how they work for me and I’ll be chronicling my progress. My hair and nails having been growing steadily since I’m still taking prenatal vitamins but my skin is still breaking out. It could be all the craziness of my hormones and the fact that since I’m breastfeeding my cycle is inconsistent to non-existent and I’m taking birth control pills (not really because I want to but it was recommended by my doctor). Not to mention I’m not really on a regular schedule since there’s a little 3 month old that dictates everything I do now. The first thing I’m going to try is her fenugreek mask for face and hair. Fenugreek is used as an herb, spice and vegetable. It can be ingested in pill form and is great for increasing your milk supply or you can take the seeds and blend them, which is how I will be making the mask for my face. The other one is putting 100% pure carrot juice on your face to get rid of dark spots, dry skin and acne. She also sprays the juice in her hair. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!

So what about the inside? Well, dieting is not really an option since I have to eat at least 1800 calories while breastfeeding. The hard part is making sure I limit the things I crave which are the sweets and the salty. I have to up the water intake which for me isn’t too hard because I actually like water but I also need to up the fruits and veggies because I’m still eating for 2. To make sure that I get all my veggies in even I forget to eat a salad, I’ve been drinking the V8 fusion drinks. They are a good way to get your servings of fruit and veggies while you’re on the go. My faves are the V8 Fusion Strawberry Banana and the Harvest Green Vegetable Juice. I even like to mix them together. Using My Fitness Pal which I talked about in a previous post, I track what I’m eating and use it as a guide to help me stay on the right track. I’m still drinking decaf coffee and staying away from soft drinks. I try to eat snacks of fruit and nuts and granola bars because the baby eats constantly and so must I.

Stay tuned for how I’m stepping up my workouts post-partum and the DIY beauty tricks.

 

Be Well,

Nola Fit Chick

XOXO