Saturday, 21 February 2015

Tone It Up's 7 Day Slim Down ....while breastfeeding?

Many of my readers will know that I am a huge fan and follower of the gorgeous Karena and Katrina from ToneItUp.com. I have been following their workouts and blog since 2010 and purchased their Nutrition Plan in 2012. I love their lifestyle and balance approach to health, exercise, and eating real delicious food! I am have completed their "Slim Downs" a few times as a way to lean right before a trip or event.

As mentioned in a previous post, I completed Tone It Up's Love Your Body Challenge. This was a six week fitness and nutrition series to kick of 2015 strong! We ended the challenge with a 7 Day Slim Down. I wanted the challenge of strictly planning meals and snacks for one week and ensuring that everything I put into my body was Lean, Clean, and Green. I knew going into the Slim Down, that I would need to add additional calories, good fats, and protein to ensure I kept up with my milk supply, as I continue to breastfeed our then 9-month-old. I made my plan for the week of two-a-day workouts and planned my three meals with two or three snacks and posted the chart on our refrigerator. I kept track of "extras" that my body required and also my water intake. My energy was quite low mid-week and my milk supply seemed to drop a little on day six. For this reason, I did not complete day seven as planned. I was completely okay with this and was thrilled with my success throughout the week! Baby B is my priority and my milk supply bounced back in no time!

If you are interested in Tone It Up's Nutrition Plan, you can find details here. They have created an amazing community filled wit supportive and like-minded women striving for a healthier version of themselves.

Here is my breastfeeding version of the TIU 7 Day Slim Down:

For dressings and seasonings, I used combinations of balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, EVOO, Mrs Dash (extra spicy), black pepper, and garlic.

Please keep in mind that our baby is not solely dependant on breastmilk, as she eats three meals and one or two snacks of "solids" throughout each day.

Become an official member of  Tone It Up or full details on their Nutrition Plan and the details of their 5 and 7 Day Slim Downs!

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