The amount of times I speak to a group of new mums and watch them glaze over as I recommend eating three meals and two snacks a day, is ever increasing. For most new mums, eating becomes survival, not enjoyable as it once was. Now a notch or two down on the importance totem pole, mum taking time for herself is a thing of the past. Baby comes first.
Making another human and then breastfeeding him after can be to the detriment to a woman’s nutrient status and their reserves if her diet isn’t bang on. Pregnancy into becoming a mom is such a time of change for her mind and body. Being the main nourishment for a growing baby by making good breast milk takes good food and nutrients. Two things that don’t always make the grade. The needs and demands on a woman’s body while breastfeeding is higher than during pregnancy, for some nutrients. Unbalanced blood sugar levels are commonplace amongst most people, but especially for new mothers. Stabilized energy, mood and concentration come from constant nourishment, but it’s not always possible to pull off.
A couple of weeks ago, my interest peaked when I received an email about a new all organic and natural product that provides a natural energy boost, aids breast milk production and keeps energy levels on an even keel. So I asked if I could check it out.
While I’m not a new mom, nor am I breastfeeding, I’m always on the look out for anything that’s going help my clients be healthier. Now for Mothers Healing Mix is made up of ground nuts and seeds (almond, walnuts, pistachio, pine nuts, melon and flax seeds), grains of oats and wheat flour, sweetness from brown sugar, raisins and honey, and a dash of warming and blood sugar balancing cinnamon. I’m not usually one to advocate consuming sugar, but I have seen enough food diaries in my career to know that keeping sugar from the diet of a new mom can verge on cruel deprivation. These sweet tasting ingredients are far enough down the ingredient list and combined with some serious fibre, it’s not going to upset the energy roller coaster. In fact, it’s more likely to balance it out so she feels nourished and even full for longer than grabbing a two bite brownie (you know who you are).
I tried the healing mix out in a few ways –
First I mixed it with warm milk. The instructions on the back of the package suggests consuming the healing mix this way. I haven’t made warm milk since I was a kid, but I found it very warm and comforting. I used almond and coconut milk, so stirred in 1 scoop of the healing mix, whole seeds and all. I was surprised by how pleasant it tasted. Just sweet enough, the chewy seeds didn’t pose a problem being mixed with milk and with a quick stir before another swig, it meant all the goodness didn’t sink to the bottom. I chewed the seeds and knew that my intestines were grateful for all the extra fibre.
Next, I added the mix it to my smoothie. I always suggest smoothies for new mums. Do you know how much can get blended and then poured in a glass? Three to five different fruits, spinach, sprouts, fish oils and an alternative milk to ease off dairy (in case baby has a problem with it). My high-powered blender took what was a coarse-ish mix and made it to nothing. I felt fuller faster, so could have made less of my normal amount.
Lastly, I made up a snack of homemade greek yogurt, granola, frozen blueberries and a scoop of healing mix. Again, very pleasant tasting and it added some nice flavour to my afternoon snack. It certainly helped my afternoon crash and I wasn’t hungry until dinner.
All in all, my experiment turned out really well. The recommendation to mix and consume three times a day may become too much for some, but in the case of a client not eating enough during the day, I’d suggest she follow the suggestion on the back of the healing mix. I’d also suggest it for anyone with breast milk production concerns. The nutrients, fibre, good fats and the fact that it’s super fast to consume makes it a great new product in my books.
Check it out, ingredients and all here. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself. www.nowformothers.com
This post was generously sponsored by Now for Mothers Food Corp., but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit http://www.nowformothers.com/.