Posts Tagged "Postpartum Weight Loss"

Gluten Free Weight Loss Brownies

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Corn Free, Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes | 0 comments

I’ve been making this recipe for quite a few years now and have tweaked it along the way. I swear whenever I eat too many of these, I will lose a couple of pounds…it is too good not to eat so many up! This is why I call these Weightloss Brownies. This is a winner among adults and kids alike. It is naturally gluten free and once you see the ingredients you can see why…it is more of a protein-fiber bomb, but who cares, it is a sweet treat you can feel good about eating and making.  The best part?  It can all be made right in your blender straight into your square glass dish.   Weight Loss Brownies  1 can of garbanzo or black beans (make sure to buy a brand that is BPA-free) Trader Joe’s beans are BPA-free! 3 large eggs (organic or pasture raised) 1/4 cup of coconut palm sugar 1/4 cup of Grade B Maple Syrup 1 tsp of corn free baking powder by Hain’s 1/2 tsp of baking soda 1 cup of dairy free chocolate chips (if you need it to be dairy free) 3 drops of cinnamon oil 3 Tbl of chocolate chips to sprinkle on top of batter Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 glass dish w coconut oil 2. Drain and rinse beans and place into the blender 3. Add eggs through baking soda and blend until smooth 4. Melt chocolate chips on stove 5. Mix melted chocolate chips into batter and blend 6. Add 3 drops of Cinnamon oil and mix with spoon 7. Pour batter into glass dish and sprinkle chocolate chips on top 8. Bake in over for 40-minutes Cool and enjoy! Now you can see why I call these weightloss brownies. The beans gives it the fiber to make you feel full, eggs for protein, just enough sweetness with the chocolate chips and the cinnamon oil to help stabilize your blood sugars. You can add 4 drops if you would like, it will taste more like a Red Hot candy. I don’t have to feel guilty with this sweet treat, in fact it is my daughter’s morning snack for tomorrow. And if you don’t think you can fool your kids, just ask my daughter’s class, they gobble these brownies right up and the teacher appreciates the power protein treat. No blood sugar crashes here!...

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Weightless Wednesday: How fast did you lose the baby weight?

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Healthy Eating, Postpartum Weight Loss, Weight Loss, Weightless Wednesday | 4 comments

I had a friend and local business owner recently post this on her Facebook page and the answers were honest, but perhaps a couple too honest. I take weight loss and being overweight seriously. Growing up an overweight child, I had my fair share of being on “diets” and adult body issues that stem from childhood. With recent public scrutiny Jessica Simpson is getting about her current pregnancy weight, I have no doubt she’ll get back within the year. Being a fitness professional, I trained pre and postpartum women. I teach fitness professionals how to train expecting and postpartum moms. I have dived into maternal and infant health journals the last semester of my graduate work realizing this is where I wanted to be involved with because I learned 9 years ago, B.K. (Before Kids) is postpartum moms are often forgotten about and postpartum moms are sensitive, tired and desperate to get back to where they were. I was like anyone else who went into their first pregnancy. I am going to eat healthy, exercise every day, I am going to stay in shape. HA! Nausea, vomiting kicked in, fatigued and eating gluten free for only 10m due to my health issues, I was desperate to eat carbs, like burgers, pizzas…I resisted, I opted to sleep and not workout instead. But being on lower carb diet, as gluten free foods were not that good 6 years ago, I found a few that I liked and survived on baked potatoes, popcorn and some brand of gf bread that was tolerable…in one month, I gained 10lbs due to extra stresses at work and finding some gfree goodies that I had missed and ate moderately…I was secretly depressed inside. I gained 45lbs my first time around, it wasn’t my plan, but reality kicked in at my 6wk postpartum check up realizing, I had to lose those last 20lbs. I cried when I looked in the mirror, having fond memories of my size 6 clothes. Well, I got into the gym and worked my butt off…I thought breastfeeding was going to help, it does, believe me, it came off fast those first few weeks, but I held on to the last 10lbs until I was done nursing my daughter, after that, the hard work paid off and was back within 3 months. The second time around, I gained only 35lbs, much better, but it was harder to lose, I’ll be honest. Not only did I have another c-section, my uterus ruptured during my VBAC (I’ll save it for another post). I had super surgery and had to take more time off. My son was exhausting, he never took a bottle from anyone, I was it. He didn’t sleep through the night until around a year old. Chasing my super active toddler, lacking sleep and motivation to get to the gym, I just couldn’t get there. I nursed him until he was 16m old. Knowing from my first experience, I knew once I stopped, it would just come right off..right? Yep, wrong and humbled again..I didn’t “work my butt” off like I did the first time. My son will be 2yrs old in 2 wks and I am now back to pre-pregnancy weight minus a few.. (yes super excited), but it took me 2 years! You see, every single mom is struggling a battle with postpartum weight loss, it doesn’t matter if you have 25, 15 or 5lbs to lose.. if your child is 6 months or 6 years old it still lingers for us. I find proud moms bragging if they lost it...

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