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The Healthy Way to Shed Baby Weight

Avoid these 7 new-mom food traps for quick and effective weight loss.

Issue: You Avoid Certain Foods Due to Breastfeeding      New-mom solution: It’s an old wives’ tale that you shouldn’t eat cruciferous vegetables or spicy foods because they might upset your baby’s digestion. Deprive yourself of these foods and you lose two helpful weight-loss tools. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, fill you up for very few calories, while spices add loads of flavor with no calories at all.

Plus, nursing moms especially need extra calcium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6 and folic acid. By cutting out specific foods, you may miss out on some of those nutrients. If it seems like last night’s B6-rich cauliflower didn’t sit well with baby, Behan says it’s most likely coincidence. Wait a week and try again.

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Author Bio: 

Debbie Koenig is the author of Parents Need to Eat Too (William Morrow Paperbacks). She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband and son.

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