Aug
30

30 Day Detox

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Breastfeeding is nuts.

Apparently the amount of calories you burn whilst breastfeeding is equivalent to going for a 5km run each day! So needless to say I am hungry all.the.freaking.time.

However, the month of September is approaching at full speed and September has exactly 30 days in it – making it the perfect month to try out something new:

My ‘something new’ for this month is going to be my very own breastfeeding-friendly detox. I can’t do a traditional liquid detox because Mika needs my milk and to produce milk I need to keep eating. So instead I have invented my own rather unscientific but common sense breastfeeding friendly detox diet. I’m focusing mainly on cutting out coffee (eeeek), limiting sweet fruits, decreasing highly acidic foods (meat, eggs), and removing yeast, wheat, gluten, oats & barley. If you’re interested (or interested in joining in) here’s the ‘no go’ list:

  • coffee
  • milk/cheese/butter/icecream
  • white/brown sugar
  • potatoes
  • super sweet fruits (bananas, dates, mangos)
  • wheat
  • gluten
  • yeast
  • oats, barley
  • mayonaise, tomato sauce
  • chocolate

Once a week only:

  • meat
  • eggs

Usually the awful thing about any kind of short-term diet is that you end up focusing more on what you can’t eat more than what you can. So after outlining all the things I’m just not going to be touching for the next month – here are the things I am going to try and eat more of:

  • Sprouts
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Beetroots
  • Avocado
  • Lemon
  • Tomatoes
  • Buckwheat
  • Lentils
  • Spelt
  • Tofu
  • White beans
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts

Week 1 Menu:

Breakfast ideas:

Snack ideas:

  • Raw almonds + brazil nuts
  • Vege sticks + homemade hummus
  • Plain yoghurt + fruit & chia seeds
  • Cucumber + sprouts with lemon
  • Half an avocado

Mains:

  1. Lentil Salad with roasted pumpkin
  2. Carrot & Ginger Soup + Raw Broccoli & Mushroom Salad
  3. Creamy Cannellini Bean Sauce over Spelt Fettucini
  4. Spanish Bean Salad + Black Quinoa & Kale Salad
  5. Black Bean & Sweet Potato Soup + Green Sushi Salad
  6. Udon Soup with Spelt Noodles & Bok Choy + Millet Tabbouleh
  7. Green Sushi Salad + Stuffed Tomatoes

I’ll be starting on Thursday September 1st. Tomorrow I’m finishing my shopping so the fridge is stocked full with great foods (to distract me from the lack of coffee in my life mainly…)

If you don’t want to join me in my detox, perhaps think of something else you could do for the next 30 days? You have another day to decide and prepare…

  • http://mamaternity.blogspot.com/ Siobhan

    Sounds healthy! I did something similar and my milk supply dropped quite significantly. Probably something to do with changing what I was eating, my body began trying to compensate and it couldn’t. Good to eat healthy of course. Consequently I ended up stopping breastfeeding my little boy as he got quite frustrated with not having enough. It’s a hard thing, to be healthy yourself and supply for baby. Good luck!

  • Cousin Rachel

    go easy on the minimizing the protiens and yeast.. those are what help with the breast milk. Tomatoes I found agitated both the girls when I was breast feeding which really sucked! because I totally love a good lasagne.

  • http://www.practicallyperfectblog.com/ Jenny @ Practically Perfect…

    Love this idea :-) I won’t be able to start a 30-day challenge tomorrow, but I just bought ingredients for carrot + ginger soup on Monday and have bought some millet and other grains to try out, as opposed to relying so much on wheat. Thanks for the recipe suggestions!

  • http://www.alkalinesisters.com/ Julie the Alkaline Sister

    Way to go, good for you for being so aware of your needs and brave enough to dump the bad stuff. I would like to suggest that the number one thing that is really important to have lots and lots of is greens! I would suggest a daily green smoothie as either breakfast or a snack that is jammed with greens and low sugar berries. Calorie rich is good since you burn so much but greens are an absolute must for a healthy baby and a healthy you. Be sure to vary the greens from spinach, to kale, to chard etc to get a good variety. I have smoothie recipes on my site. I am honoured you chose so many recipes for your menu but want to be sure you maintain a good healthy balance. Also be sure to get a good dose of vegan protein a couple times each day. All the best:) and thank you for linking:)