Super-Moms need super-fuel!
From the moment of conception, your body is changing. It is a 9-month-long journey that doesn’t end there. Birth is akin to a marathon and breastfeeding, especially long term breastfeeding (and the World Health Organisation, WHO, recommends at least 2 years) is akin to being a super-athlete! It should come as no surprise then that super-mom’s need super fuel in order to shine.
Super-Mom’s have Super-Powers
Oxytocin is the hormone released when you reach orgasm. It is known as the love or bliss hormone. It is also present during childbirth, as well as every time you breastfeed. Consider yourself in a perpetual state of after-glow when you are breastfeeding. It’s the hormonal super-power we are gifted as mom’s to counterbalance the sleepless nights and consistent energy demands of motherhood. It is no wonder mom’s (even tired ones) have an unmistakable radiant glow about them.
The demands of growing your baby and then the continued demands of nourishing your baby from your breast are all-too-often overlooked. You’re burning hundreds of calories and you’re doing it multiple times a day.
Super-mama’s ARE super-athletes and as all good super-athletes know: you have to take in top quality nutrients if you want to perform at your best!
♥ TOP 5 Superfoods to super-fuel your Super-Mama ♥
My baby is just over a year and these have been my TOP 5 go-to superfoods to keep me feeling strong, energized and happy throughout pregnancy, birth, post partum and the first year.
I start my day off with 500ml of water and 10-15 spirulina tablets. The importance of hydration and protein requirements throughout the pregnancy, post partum and breastfeeding years cannot be overemphasized. I like to make sure I get off to a great start so I’ve made it a habit to get at least 500ml of water in straight away along with my spirulina protein boost.
If you start your day off with high quality, easily absorbable protein such as spirulina, it helps to curb sugar cravings. Whilst you need to keep your calorie intake high for good milk production, if you want to protect your waistline it’s best to avoid the sugary-treats. Whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding you are growing a baby, so you need good quality protein.
The Green Alkaliser is a combination of wheatgrass, barleygrass, moringa, baobab and hemp protein powders. I love the Soaring Free Superfoods (SFS) Green Alkaliser and chase my spirulina intake with a glass of this energising super-fuel. I take 1-2 T either plain in water or juice. The green powders are excellent for alkalising and energising the body, providing the body with a broad spectrum mineral base from which to draw upon, as well as baobab for good calcium and prebiotics, plus more readily absorbable protein in the form of hemp protein powder.
For breakfast I have Super Chia with hemp milk. Not only is Super Chia loaded with 8 different superfoods giving you a wide range of vitamins and minerals essential to growing a healthy baby, including protein, calcium and those important omega 3’s; but it has one extra special feature that tops all the rest and is essential for busy super-moms: it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare! All you do is add water or your favourite nut/seed milk to your Super Chia. Stir until well mixed and wait 5 minutes to thicken.
Hemp seeds are probably the most versatile of all the superfoods I eat and I use them daily. Why do I eat them? Growing a baby and breastfeeding a baby requires a LOT of good fats – i.e. essential fatty acids or EFAs. Hemp seeds provide omega 3 and 6 EFAs in a unique, near perfect ratio for human nutritional needs. They contain all 20 known amino acids and contain 30% pure digestible protein as well as being a good source of lecithin which supports hormone balancing and building baby’s brain, as well as being the essential antidote to Mom’s ‘baby brain’ fuzz. I usually make a hemp milk and pour it over my Super Chia or use it as a base for smoothies. I often make a savoury hemp sauce and pour it over veggies or as a salad dressing.
Berries are low in sugar and high in antioxidants providing the perfect energy boost when you need it. Antioxidants help keep you looking and feeling young so you can keep up with your lively little ones. My favourites are our Goji Berries, Golden Berries and the new Berry Delight Super Shake. I generally snack on gojis and golden berries whenever I need a pick-me-up during the day, and I love making a Berry Delight smoothie to enjoy with my family in the mid afternoon, to keep us going until dinner. The pure, delicious zing of strawberries, raspberries and acai powders awaken the senses just when you need it most.
♥ Baby’s first superfoods ♥
Babies learn what foods to eat based on what they taste in utero, then via what they taste in mom’s breastmilk, as well as watching what mom and the family eats. It follows then that most of the list above, which I ate during pregnancy and continue to do so now while breastfeeding is also what our baby has been introduced to in her first year.
- A little Green Alkaliser in juice
- Hemp milk
- Chia seeds with hemp milk
- Berry Delight smoothies
- Guacamole with a little wheatgrass powder added
♥ Top tips (other than superfoods) to recharge the fuel tanks ♥
Your baby and any older children need your love, energy and attention throughout the day and along with all the other life commitments, it’s very easy to feel like there is ‘no time for you’ once the demands of motherhood really set in. One of my number 1 tips for not only keeping your sanity, but to actually thrive, is to set aside 10 minutes a day for some sort of mindfulness practice. 10-minutes of sitting quietly in the garden is super-fuel for the soul.
There is no place like nature to bring a sense of peace and calm to a tired mama who is feeling stretched too thin. Everyone needs fresh air and exercise, so although it may seem like an effort to get everyone dressed and ready for a walk, when in doubt get out. Take baby and yourself for a walk and allow mother nature to nurture you as you nurture your baby.
Moms need people too!
Just because you are a mom, doesn’t mean you are only a mom, nor that you are in this alone! Moms and babies alike need community. It takes a village to raise a child and children thrive on being surrounded by people who love them. It’s all too easy to become isolated in our modern parenting realities, believing we are being social by posting some pictures of our baby on social media! Whilst we all need quiet time to recharge, we also need each other. Nothing beats quality time spent with people you love and people who love you.
Every day in every way you are making a difference ☺ To all Super-moms out there whether you are digging deep or flying high it serves us to remember that every day in every way it is our presence, love and caring that is making the difference.