AD// At the end of February, I started actively trying to lose weight. You can read all about the start of my postpartum weightloss journey here. I was 3 months postpartum and although I was exercising again, I was still eating way too much!
As I’m breastfeeding, I didn’t want to reduce my food intake too much. I know that producing breastmilk burns about 500 calories a day. So I was careful to make sure listened to my body and ate when I was hungry.
I haven’t been tracking my calories, but I did track the odd day here and there to make sure I was eating around 2000 calories a day. I find that tracking for a few days is really helpful in allowing me to recognise what’s in the foods I eat regularly and if I’m eating the right amount.
I’m happy to report that so far, I’ve lost about one stone (which is 14lbs to those of you not in the UK!). I have aimed for about 1b a week, a steady loss. I always think steady losses are better than shocking the body by restricting too much, or doing diets like keto or other things that result in more water loss than actual fat loss.
I’m really not a fan of Keto diets. But that’s a story for another day.
One thing I’ve really struggled with is getting into a routine with eating while taking care of a baby. Babies are demanding and unpredictable. The lack of sleep and poor nights means we’re up at different times each day. There are times when I don’t get a proper dinner in and just seem to snack. Which is bad.
This is where Nutribuddy has helped me out. I don’t ever intend to replace meals with shakes, because I’d much rather EAT food than drink a shake. But Nutribuddy allowed me to ensure that I was getting a boost of high-quality, nutritious whole foods that haven’t been processed when needed. This was usually when I look at my watch and it’s 4 pm and I hadn’t had dinner.
That seems to happen quite often. Or sometimes before I take Leo swimming, I realise I’ve not had anything yet!
What I like most about Nutribuddy is the glass jars and scoop. I’ve used lots of protein shakes and other supplements that come in this kind of bag and I hate them. They just seem bulky and you always end up making a mess when using them.
I poured my items into the jar and recycled the packets as soon as I got them. I actually think the jars look quote stylish on my shelf in the kitchen!
This made things so much easier to make my drink up as I wasn’t faffing with packets and trying not to spill the powder everywhere. As my Nutribuddy products were on my kitchen shelf, it made simple to make my drinks and remember I had them.
Nutribuddy Breakfast Shake
I picked the chocolate crunchy breakfast shake with Crunchy Flaxseeds & Coconut Flakes
The ingredients are simply: Gluten-Free Oats, Ground Flaxseeds, Cocoa Powder, Desiccated Coconut, Chia Seeds, Natural Flavouring, Stevia
It has 125 calories per serving (if made with water). I used semi-skimmed milk to make mine.
So, how does it taste? It’s a lovely sweet taste that does taste like chocolate but it’s not a very strong chocolate taste. You can taste the coconut and there are bits in the drink.
The reason for the bits is because they don’t use chemicals that are used in other shakes to give a smooth texture. I don’t mind the texture but I know some would. I would liken it to pure orange juice with bits in. I’d much rather have an all-natural product that hasn’t been processed.
When I used the Nutribuddy breakfast shake:
- When I got up and was hungry, but planned to have breakfast with Leo after his first nap, I would have a shake to keep me going until then, then eat breakfast with my baby as I’m trying to eat with him during weaning.
- When I forgot to have dinner a bit too late. There are times when I would look at my watch and realise I’d not eaten dinner, but we would be having tea soon so I didn’t want something heavy, I’d have a shake and banana.
- As a snack – it was just a quick thing to have when I wanted a sweet snack. This was so handy in the heatwave because I didn’t want tea or coffee, just had this instead!
These can be used as a meal replacement, but I used them in a similar way I would use a protein bar or cereal bar. Something to stop me from reaching for a packet of crisps or chocolate bar.
My primary goal for using Nutribddy was not to accelerate my weight loss but to help me continue my steady loss of 1lb a week by giving me a healthy option to turn to when I didn’t have time to prepare something nutritious.
Revolutionary powdered vegan milk blend made from gluten oats, salt and stevia. Simple!
Ingredients: Gluten-Free Oats, Salt, Stevia
I mixed this with my Nutribuddy breakfast shakes a few times and you couldn’t really tell a difference in taste between the eco-plantmilk and semi-skimmed milk. The only difference was the temperature. The milk made it much colder as it had been in the fridge.
Over all, I liked my experience trying Nutribuddy. I’d love to try the cereal and hot slim drink as I eat a lot of cereal and love hot chocolate! You can see what products and learn more about Nutribuddy here.