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Mum of 1

I weighed myself tonight and I've put on a stone since having my son five months ago. I know I eat too much junk and bread is a convenient breakfast and lunch staple when the little one is kicking off so I don't really have anyone to blame but myself. But I don't know what is quick and easy to have instead. Any suggestions welcome.

You're not alone: my baby is nine months old and I have only just started losing weight (2kg since birth) but anything is something. I’ve found that just having salad prepped, putting frozen falafels in the oven, eating hummous as a dip is really filling and healthy which is helping.

Mum of 1
Mum of 2

Being mindful of what we put into our bodies is so so tough when we have all the demands of the day from our little ones. Also do not underestimate the power of hormones! You’re still only five months postpartum, and your body is craving to be nourished.

What has helped me in the past is to list out all the foods I enjoy eating that are good for me. Buy some cool books or look on Pinterest for inspiration!

And each week, set some time for yourself - it doesn’t matter what day or time it is, just some time you can salvage for yourself and batch prep some food for a few days that you can warm up and eat instead of grabbing toast! The planning is key so you have all the ingredients in your house. Do food deliveries to make your life easier.

The other obvious tip is drink water - lots of it!! And get out of the house and walk walk walk. If you can be consistent with these changes you’ll feel great in a month and be motivated to take it up a notch! I’m sure you look great!

It’s so hard having time to make proper meals so don’t feel bad for snacking and not eating that well at the moment.

I would say try to prepare more meals when you can, or get your partner to help too if possible.

In the morning maybe try Bircher/overnight oats which you can make the night before and add fruit.

And for lunch could you try and make leftovers from dinner the night before so it’s already made?