Postnatal Essentials

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New mothers are faced with a difficult challenge. On one hand there is an immediate desire to lose fat and restore vigor and physical appearance. On the other, there is an essential need for nursing mothers to eat an abundance of nutritious foods to make sure breast milk is rich and nourishing for the infant. Although this task is simple and easy, when books, doctors offices, universities, magazines, and television are saturated by misinformation ranging from partial truth to absurdity, it becomes quite a difficult task. The fact that nearly every American has nutritional deficiencies in varying degrees, particularly menstruation-aged women and pregnant and nursing mothers, the need for proper nutrition is desperately needed. To restore vibrant health while supplying an abundance of nutrients to your child, it is mandatory that you eat nutrient-dense foods, especially those rich in vitamin A and D in fat soluble form, minerals, enzymes, and other cofactors. Here’s how:

The second step is to eat foods that nourish both you and your baby. Mother’s milk is a potent source of fat soluble vitamins, minerals, enzymes, healthy microbes, cholesterol, saturated fat (particularly lauric acid), and natural sugar. These are nourishing to all humans at all times of life. Everyone knew this and sought after rich sources of these foods until 1930 or so, when modern foods began their slow eclipse of nutritional instinct and intelligence. No whole food in its natural state that humans evolved eating and cherishing in abundance is the culprit of modern disease and degeneration.

Best sources of fat soluble vitamins A and D:

Cod liver oil
Organic liver from pastured animals (pastured meaning that the animals live outdoors and eat a truly natural diet)
Egg yolks from pastured birds
Raw butter
Fish eggs
High Vitamin butter oil

Best sources of minerals:

Whole milk and raw cheese
Cooked leafy greens like collards, kale, spinach, mustard greens, and chard
Soaked and sprouted nuts and seeds
Homemade bone broths from fish, chicken, beef, duck, etc.
Celtic sea salt

Best sources of enzymes and healthy microbes:

Raw foods, especially ones high in calories
Lacto-fermented vegetables and beverages
Kefir and yogurt

Best sources of cholesterol:

Organic Liver
Organic Egg yolks
Shellfish (in moderation while nursing)

Best sources of saturated fat:

Organic Extra virgin coconut oil (highest source of lauric acid)
Fat and skin from organic pastured animals
Raw butter, cream, cheese, and whole milk

Best sources of natural sugar:

Brown rice and whole grains that have been sprouted or fermented (sourdough)
Raw honey
Maple syrup
Fruits and root vegetables like sweet potatoes, beets, and carrots

In addition to these foods the diet may include:

Other vegetables, salad greens, and fresh legumes
Unpasteurized juices
Organic meat from any animal
Wild caught fish in moderation
Whole food supplements and nutritional oils (flax, primrose, borage, etc.)
Soaked, sprouted, and cooked dried beans and other dried legumes

The diet should definitely not include:

Soy
Packaged and processed food, including whole grain cereals and most organic products
Non-organic meats and dairy products
Artificial sweeteners
Caffeine (especially coffee, black tea, mate, guarana, dark chocolate, diet pills, energy drinks, diet sodas, sodas, and medications)
Alcohol, drugs, etc.

The question you may be asking yourself is “yes these are nourishing foods, but how can I eat all of these heavy, calorie-dense fatty foods and lose weight?” Instead of getting into the science of weight loss, metabolism, fat storage, etc. or going into the details of how I ate unlimited amounts of these foods and lost 2 inches in the waist with a drastically reduced exercise routine, I’ll simply point this out:

Prior to modern food practices people would have asked the question, “How can I eat like this and gain weight?” At that time this is how many people ate, heart disease and many other modern ailments were more or less unknown in people that ate like this, and most importantly, nobody eating a diet like this, as noted by leading nutritional researcher Weston A. Price, was overweight.

For more information on having a healthy kid, read this book about raising your metabolism.

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  1. Hi, Matt, just going through your archives and stumbled upon this. My son is 10 mths old and I am still nursing him. I lost the 40 pounds I gained at about his 6 mth mark. I have not limited calories at all. Eat a lot of local eggs and honey, oatmeal with gelatin and coconut oil, make bone broths, hate liver, but eat a lot of meat and cheese and organic veggies from down the road. I have never limited my calories one time during this time and I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I even would argue that my fat is becoming more proportionate (not as much in the lower stomach, but is all in the breasts and butt and thighs). I do feel like a 'success story' — because I feel great and love to eat too. I am about a size 8, but I feel that now that I am a mature woman, I realize that Women's bodies aren't supposed to look like teenage boys bodies. Blessings. And thanks for all you do.

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