During my postpartum period I opted for a very refined diet. As much as I wanted to help my baby transition into their body gracefully, I also wanted to remove as many obstacles as I could for myself. I knew I was going to breastfeed Daelu and I also knew how intense it could be to watch a breastfed child scream and cry when they’re hungry but not want to eat because of gas pains. I knew that would be really tough for me emotionally so it felt easier for me to limit what I consumed rather than trying to figure out what, if anything, was causing an issue.
There was another upside to this choice: physical energy conservation. I focused on eating easy to digest meals and, after being hospitalized, I basically ate the same 2 meals for the following 6 weeks. My body went through so much within the first week after giving birth and I really needed every single spec of energy I could find within myself. Eating easy to digest food meant that the energy in my system that would’ve gone towards digestion was now available for healing.
This is what I didn’t eat during postpartum:
Cauliflower & Broccoli
Super cold foods (like ice cream)
I’ve been gluten free for 7 years, already ate limited refined sugars, no soy, and had cut out nightshades a few months before birth. So, while this may seem extreme to some, it wasn’t that big of a leap for me. Plus, my husband was eating grain free already so our kitchen was well prepared.
This is what I did eat during postpartum:
Meats & Bone Broths
Nuts & Seeds
After being put on high doses of antibiotics, I also cut out fruit for a few weeks - which was super difficult for me. But I was really dedicated because I didn’t want to deal with thrush (yeast overgrowth) after already having so much on my plate. Once I finished all rounds of antibiotics, and spent about 2 weeks rebuilding my gut flora with lots of pro & prebiotics, I reintroduced fruit. I waited a bit to feel confident that I wasn’t so vulnerable to thursh and then I also added some grain free, refined sugar free cookies because this shit was emotional!
As you can see from my list of ‘yes’ foods, these recipes are not vegan friendly. Some are but most aren’t. Also, most of these recipes are not going to be vegetarian friendly, but you could sub your choice of veg protein in some dishes.