Breastmilk is high is saturated fat and cholesterol, and new mums have the same needs as their newborn, so it is vital for new mums to eat plenty of saturated fat and cholestorol too! Not convinced? Skip to the bottom of this post.
If you want to lose your baby weight give your self a three month reprieve first. Sally Fallon has found that you actually need to eat fat to lose weight. Ironically good fats will help your body gain weight if that's what it needs to do. Once breastfeeding is established and you are feeling more comfortable in your new role as a mum then we can get into the love-your-new-body stuff (which isn't only about losing weight!).
New mothers burn up massive amounts of energy through breastfeeding, so the extra calories will not be stored for later. And eating lots of good fats can help build you milk supply too.
Good fats are grounding, juicy and nourishing for new mums. Cholesterol is needed for needed for creating certain hormones. Good fats are saatvic, meaning they promote harmony and balance in the mind, and they help new mums to relax and sleep more deeply.
If you are ready to enjoy eating fat without guilt then here is the shopping list for you. Choose a few fats from the enjoy list that you could easily eat on a daily basis, and stock up before the baby is born.
Choosing organic is really important for fats, because plants and animal store toxins in their fat cells. Really good quality fats are best eaten raw, unless specified.
Fats to enjoy:
- Ghee (cooked is ok)
- Sesame oil
- Coconut oil (cooked is ok)
- Olive oil
- Linseed, walnut, or almond
- Animal fat raised on grass not grain
- Unhomogonised full fat milk
Fats to avoid:
- Refined vegetable oils
- Trans fatty acids
- Deep fried
If you are still not convinced about eating saturated fat here are a few more examples:
- Saturated fats have been used by human societies as the MAIN form of cooking oil for thousands of years – lard in China, butter in Europe, ghee in India, coconut oil in the tropics – without causing any harm.
- In France the rate of heart disease is less then half that of the USA and their staple foods include butter, cream and eggs.
- In China, the rate of heart disease is significantly lower in regions where they drink full fat milk.
- An Eskimo diet includes up to 60% fat from cold water fish and seal meat and they have some of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world.
- In modern times, the rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other degenerative diseases began to shoot up AFTER people started to eat less saturated fats and switch to polyunsatured vegetable oils, as well as artificial fats like margarine, which contain harmful trans fats.
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Ayurvedic recipes to heal your mind, body and soul after childbirth.