As a mother, it’s imperative that you look after your body, and we’re not just talking about doing high intensity exercise to shed a few pounds. It’s more than that. Perhaps one of the most important parts of our post-baby, body healing, tummy fixing journey, is what we’re putting into our bodies. Nutrition should be at the forefront of your mind when you think of postpartum health and wellness.
Food is so incredibly powerful and has a massive impact on our overall wellbeing. It can help us to heal, give us energy, relax us, make us stressed (if we eat the wrong things) make us happy, help to regenerate cells and tissues… the list goes on. Your body is trying to heal, so why not give it a little helping hand by feeding it healthy, natural, nutritious and healing foods. Here’s a few of our favourites…
All the rage right now but our grandmother’s grandmothers have been making this for years! Made by simply boiling bones with leftover veg for at least 12 hours, this broth is packed full of essential nutrients, minerals + vitamins and here’s the best bit, collagen. That’s the stuff that binds together the front of your abdomen… Rebuilding collagen is really important in healing your diastasis recti. Vegetarian or Vegan? Click here for Jessica Drummond’s tips on alternatives.
Green veggies like spinach, kale, brussel sprouts + broccoli are all rich essential vitamins and minerals that will help your body do it’s thing when it comes to healing. So make a salad, serve steamed on the side with any meal, chuck in smoothies or just enjoy raw. We don’t care how you eat your green veg, just eat them.
The benefits to eating oily fish are endless. This kind of fat is GOOD fat, so eat it at least twice a week and reap the benefits of vitamin D and B, protein and omega-3.
More Good Fats
Despite what we’re told by the latest faddy diets, fats can be good…In fact, essential good fats are vital! No we’re not talking about processed fatty foods, we’re talking about nuts, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil and seeds. These are all good immune system strengthening fats.
Protein rich foods
Meats (preferably grass fed and organic), fish, pulses and beans are all packed full of protein which plays a huge part in tissue recovery. Eggs are also a great source of protein and double as a natural energy booster with vitamin B12! Great for those days where you’re surviving on a couple of hour’s sleep!
Simple, cleansing and detoxifying water. The BEST thing you can be drinking to benefit your body in recovery. It’s detoxifying, re-hydrates tissue and boosts circulation. Find out our top tips on drinking more water here.
Foods that hinder recovery
If you want to give your body the best chance of recovery, then avoid the following foods. Processed foods, refined sugars, trans fats, caffeine and alcohol. All will inhibit your ability to heal and make you feel pretty bad too. The rules are simple. Foods that are from a natural source are the best for your family dinner table.
We’d love to see what healthy foods you’re cooking at home for you and your family. Share your photos and tag us using #MUTUFood on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram for a chance to feature here. Don’t forget to visit our Pinterest MUTU Food Board for some nutritious inspiration.