Eating is hard during pregnancy. There are aversions, heartburn, nausea and a stomach that is squished into oblivion.
However, the MOMENT the baby is outta that belly I am a different person completely. I suddenly love coffee again, the smell of meat doesn’t nauseate me and I pretty much NEED chocolate every day.
We were incredibly blessed to have meals provided for us for three weeks after Ida was born. I’m still reeling from the amazingness of that and what a huge help it was. I made our breakfasts and lunches but a lot of the lunches were leftovers from the dinners so that was easy.
Our last meal provided came on Monday and now I’m on my own!
Part of recovery eating is NOT cooking and the other part is what you actually eat. We did make a few meals throughout the first weeks though and alongside the wonderful (and generally very nutritious) dinners, I felt pretty amazing despite just having had a baby.
A few days after Ida was born we had this fantastically beautiful day and Shane decided it’d be a sin not to grill.
I made home fries and a salad to pair with his perfectly grilled pork chop. We used a steak rub on them and it turned out really delicious.
The weather has held up pretty well and it wasn’t but a few days later we were grilling again! This time steak. I made some sweet potatoes (from my parent’s garden, obviously), and a salad out of my garden (cilantro, parsley, kale, radishes, tomatoes and lettuce) and we called it a meal.
Shane is an expert steak griller. I mean like, the best. It was phenomenal.
Pretty early on I started eating super veggie heavy lunches since I’m pretty sure that’s the best way to recover along with taking probiotics.
I’m a carrotaholic. It’s a disease. I generally eat two to five pounds of carrots a week or so. The majority of that is for lunch. This lunch was a big bowl of leftover sweet potatoes, avocado, cauliflower, and carrots. Then I heavily doused it with hot sauce.
I know that right now I need lots of protein so adding to super large spinach salads every day is important. Beans, quinoa, cheese (unnecessary but so tasty) and carrots…for texture. Then I doused it heavily with hot sauce.
Of course most of my lunches were leftovers of the meals people have been bringing us.
Chicken fettuccine, steamed broccoli and salad.
chicken and white bean soup (really really yummy) with some grapes!
This quinoa, black bean and butternut soup was so incredibly delicious! It was really nostalgic for some reason. Probably the bean and tomato part of it. We were given a crock pot full of this and I ate it like it was my JOB.
So my recovery plan is basically, lots of veggies, eat breakfast and try to keep my chocolate cravings under control.