I have been working out 5 days a week for the last couple of months and I can tell that it’s having a positive effect on my life (of course)! I feel more confident, have more energy, and am just generally more productive. I know that working out is only one piece of the puzzle…so I found a meal plan to try that is breastfeeding friendly!
I was stagnant for so long after falling off the wagon and then getting pregnant for the second time…it feels really good to have sore muscles again!
This post is sponsored by WonderSlim®. Regardless, the following review and all of the opinions included are entirely my own.
One thing I have always struggled with is my eating. I just love food so much. I had been looking for something to help me out in that department when I was contacted by the folks at WonderSlim®.
I know all of the right things to eat. I know tactics that work for me and I know that portion size is key. I KNOW what to do, I just lack the motivation and follow through. When I looked over the WonderSlim® Nursing mother’s meal plan, I thought it would be a great way to try and kick start my healthy eating habits again.
I’ve heard of meal plans similar to this one. My mom used to be on a similar plan and I’ve had friends do them as well. I will admit that I was skeptical about this whole thing when I first read about it! Initially I didn’t think WonderSlim® would work for me since I’m nursing. Most diets and meal plans don’t account for nursing mothers, but WonderSlim® does!
This particular meal plan is high in protein and keeps you on track without making your milk supply dip or leaving you feeling hangry. There are lots of different options for each meal that leave you feeling satisfied.
The plan comes with a detailed list of grocery foods for inspiration on what to keep in your fridge and in your pantry. I did my shopping right when I got the plan and tried to buy a lot of the items on the list. You also get a guide that will tell you what to eat at each meal.
When I got my two week supply, I was impressed with how much it came with! You get breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dessert as well as a ton of protein mixes that you can either use in shakes or as puddings.
I was definitely a bit hesitant at first because all of these packaged and powdered foods can’t actually taste good, right?!
I started out on a Monday and decided to stick to the plan 100%. It wasn’t easy but I wanted to do it right for as long as I could! I had to consult the meal guide a good bit in the beginning but after a while I got the hang of things.
I think what I loved most about the food in this plan was the versatility of the pudding/shake mixes. The meal guide has you consuming one of these shakes maybe 3-4x a day. I thought that seemed like a lot as I drank my first shake, and it would definitely be excessive if you had to drink every one!
Here’s how I liked to do things:
I started my morning out with some WonderSlim® pancakes. I didn’t want to cheat the plan and I couldn’t find anything about toppings for my pancakes so for the first couple of days I ate them dry. They weren’t AWFUL but they were kind of boring to eat. So I got creative and made pudding out of the vanilla shake mix, and dipped my pancakes in that! Now that was yummy! The plan states to have a serving of fruit and an optional dairy serving at breakfast. I usually split something with my kids like an apple or banana. I’m never very hungry in the morning so eating that much was a challenge. I put the dairy in my coffee!
You’re provided with a meal log to track what you eat, too. I find any time I lose weight, I was tracking my meals. It can be a pain, but it’s effective! Your plan also includes vitamins (a multivitamin and DHA for the nursing mothers) and a shaker bottle.
A couple hours later when it was time for my mid morning shake, I liked to mix a chocolate one (or salted caramel) into an iced coffee! It tastes pretty yummy and I didn’t need any kind of cream or sugar which worked out perfectly.
I’m very put off by protein drinks that taste chalky and powdery, and these don’t have that taste, thank goodness! In fact, none of these products have that gross ‘protein’ taste that I hate, which was another fear of mine.
For lunch I chose between the zesty vegetable chili or the spicy cheese and pasta and I’d add a serving of a grain (so usually some whole grain crackers).
In the afternoon I would eat a bag of their pea protein snack chips or a protein bar, or some of their granola with milk or yogurt. All of those options are super high in protein! Oh, and they are all delicious!
At dinnertime you’re supposed to cook something from your own pantry, and just keep it healthy. After dinner was my favorite…dessert! They sent me double chocolate cake…it is actually really good! I liked to make one of those and put it on top of a protein shake made up as a pudding. Double deliciousness. It honestly felt like I was cheating when I ate that…especially the combination of the two!
The plan mentions that if you’re hungry at any point after following the plan, you can move the meals around, or have another shake or protein snack…but to make sure you’re always eating the full day’s worth!
Honestly, I never struggled with being hungry on the WonderSlim® plan. My biggest hurdle was actually eating it all in one day. I didn’t realize how often I skip meals or forget to eat…mom life is that way sometimes!
I followed this meal plan to a T for a whole week. It wasn’t all that difficult but I don’t think I could maintain that lifestyle for an extended period of time. I ended up going to my friends house out of town for a few days which threw me off and I never quite got back on the plan 100%.
Since I’m still going to the gym a lot and trying to be healthier, I am still drinking the shakes and I will replace a meal or a snack with a WonderSlim® option from time to time, but I didn’t go back to doing full days.
I do believe that if you followed this meal plan properly, you would see results. With anything, when you’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle it’s important to eat healthy and clean, drink a lot of of water, and remain active. Doing one thing by itself may get you some results but you won’t reach your full potential.
I think this meal plan would be a great option if you’re looking to do a ‘reset’, or if you need to take control of your eating during the day. It’s really nice to have so many healthy options lying around for meals or protein shakes. The options they have available are vast and if you were to do this meal plan for a long time, you wouldn’t get bored any time soon!
I can also honestly say that I genuinely enjoyed everything I tried from their meal plan, with two exceptions. The berry smoothie was a bit too tart for me. I did blend it with a couple of cherries, water, and maybe a banana…but it made my stomach hurt a bit because it was very tart! I haven’t tried it again but I think I’d change up my smoothie recipe next time. I also was not a fan of the toffee crunch pudding. I am not sure if I made it wrong or if it just wasn’t my cup of tea but it’s not my favorite. Otherwise, everything I tried was pretty good, considering it was all mostly powder before I prepared it!