I wish I could say that my diet has been impeccable since the arrival of my sweet pea on October 24th, but the reality is it has been a mess. There are good days and bad days (even a good week here and there), but unfortunately eating ice cream for lunch or deciding to reach for the bread basket while dining out have become far more commonplace than I would prefer. Oddly, I don't feel terrible -- but I am dealing with some fairly painful joint inflammation in my hands. I'm convinced that cleaning up my diet will help alleviate the symptoms.
I attribute the onset of this two-month quasi-hiatus from paleo to my own poor planning. I did not prepare freezer meals for those first chaotic weeks in advance of our baby's arrival. Carl wanted to, but I thought everything would go to waste. Plus, I don't really like re-heated frozen food and I really didn't want to cook while I was pregnant anyway. I guess I just thought that since we had a bunch of meat and chicken in the freezer it wouldn't be a big deal. Big mistake. It started a vicious cycle.
With a newborn baby in the house there is absolutely no time to even think about taking chicken out of the freezer. No time to go to the store to buy veggies to go with said chicken. And cooking? Haha! I think we managed to cook one real dinner (spaghetti squash) during our baby's first two weeks. The fact that Carl was recovering from a bad case of kidney stones at the same time I was recovering from childbirth added a whole new set of challenges. So, I found myself eating toast or cereal at 3am instead of a normal dinner or breakfast (because when you are up all night with a baby, you just go for whatever is quick). We went out to dinner and I ordered pasta (garlicky pasta, which my baby did not like -- she cried for hours that night!). I didn't say to no to dessert. It hasn't been everyday-all-the-time, but it has happened more than enough. I wake up every morning with the best of intentions, but at least a few days each week I do not make it through the day without at least one indulgence (this weekend it was the Nutella cookie -- trust me, you do not want the recipe!). It has gotten better recently, though. The baby is sleeping LOTS at night and we are getting into a routine, which gives me more time to prepare healthy meals. I'm hoping it won't be too long before I break the bad habits.
I know, of course, that a healthy paleo diet is super important right now. I want my baby is get the best nutrition possible and that it will not happen if I continue to allow sugar, grains and other junk to creep into my diet while I am breastfeeding. I've already determined that she is sensitive to dairy -- when I was in my ice-cream-for-lunch phase a few weeks back, she broke out! It was a pretty bad case of baby acne. Not surprisingly, when I quit the ice cream her skin cleared up within two days. No more ice cream for me!
So anyway, that is where I am at right now. I need to re-focus my efforts and get back on track before I wind up starting from scratch (and gaining back the pregnancy pounds I've lost).