I prepared a lot for my body changing during pregnancy, and was very proud of my ability to roll with all the changes that my body underwent while growing my daughter. I would be lying, however, if I said that accepting my postpartum body was going just as well. I *thought* that I had prepared myself, but over the last four months I've seen that diet culture definitely got a hold of me while I was my most vulnerable. I wanted to share my experience in the hopes that it helps one postpartum mama out there that is feeling the same way I was (and continue to feel some days!).
I originally wrote this to Maren, as a way for us both to remember the events that surrounded her birth. However, after writing it I received a lot of requests to share it - I guess a lot of people love reading birth stories as much as I do! To save time, I didn’t rewrite it, so it is still directed towards Maren. It’s a long one that I am splitting up into two parts, so buckle up and enjoy reading about the 3 day induction, pain medication-free birth of my Christmas baby..
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the myth that eating a “bad” food after a workout “cancels” the workout out. Or that a workout must be done in order for there to be “room” for a “bad” food that day. Or how about the thought that putting butter on your veggies “cancels out” the “good” of the veggies. Basically…all comments centering around the idea of calories in < calories out = weight loss.
Often, when you start digging into intuitive eating, everything makes sense until you start thinking about intuitive eating in the setting of chronic illness. I mean, that was my first question too, especially because I work with pregnant women with gestational diabetes. How in the world can you tell someone to eat what they want when they want, when their body is having a hard time doing what it is supposed to do?
Hi! I’m Arielle, a Registered Dietitian who believes that healthy eating involves both donuts AND brussel sprouts. I want to help you free yourself from diet rules and shame so that you can fully do YOU. I’m glad you’re here!