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This is the first time I have ever joined/posted to any forum. It has never really interested me to get into online conversations, but I have found a lack of support/information on breastfeeding and doing the Whole30. I think I have found one woman that blogged about completing a Whole30 and maintaining her milk supply. So here I am, ending Day 4 of my 3rd Whole30. Let me add that I have started many of Whole30’s since my first try/completion, but have only managed to complete it one other time. The last one I started I ended of pregnant (didn’t think we could have children) 9 months before our wedding date! My doctor advised me to quit so that I was not restricting the baby from a “balanced diet” and the stress of removing food. (To this day, I wish I wouldn’t have listened) I ended up going off the rails for my entire pregnancy and maternity leave. I ended up gaining 4o lbs (I do not know how it wasn’t more) I was already 10 lbs over weight when I got pregnant. I have yoyo’d back and forth with healthy life and then binge on everything I want life. I am from New Orleans and work on the French Quarter so temptation is EVERYWHERE. It’s culturally engrained in you to drink with family, friends, co-workers. It’s just what you do. When I am to go grab a drink, and I tell them I’m on the Whole30 you should see the looks I get! People try to talk me out of it, tell me I’m crazy, tell me how they absolutely could not give up drinking for 30 days. Honestly, quitting drinking and eating sugary treats, creamy coffees, and fried food- I have never felt better in my life. Probably the same reason I keep coming back to the reset. I recently started to listen to Melissa Hartwig’s book, Food Freedom, while I make my hour and fifteen minute commute to work. But enough about my back story! My current situation is I want to live a healthy lifestyle and not be emotionally attached to food and alcohol. I want to continue to breastfeed my child and worry about my milk supply tanking as a result. I wonder what other women are experiencing. Am I alone out there ? Anyone else trying our Whole30 while breastfeeding and working full time ?
What do you feel constitutes a workout? Would you classify a cycling commute as a workout? Anything that makes you sweat? Any sort of focused activity over a certain caloric threshold? I'm curious because whole I do some light hiking and bike commuting still, I've largely cut back on what I considered intense workouts, but I'm also thinking I may be slightly underfeeding myself with these lighter activities in mind given that I'm also trying not to snack. The kinds of commutes I have in mind are something on the order of 20 somewhat hilly city kilometers in about 50 minutes. It's not what I'd call a "lot" but it's not nothing, and the calorie calculators I've looked at in the past (not recently, I'm trying to balance this more intuitively and because they feel like a scale) called such a commute about 300 calories, but there are a lot of variables like bike weight (mine's light) or gearing. Should I consider activities like this 'workouts'?