Both Kate and Mike are qualified nutritionists, and Kate also a qualified naturopath and western herbalist. Through our studies, clinical and personal experience as well as personal values we have come to believe that while there is no one size fits all when it comes to diet, there are a few guiding principles that can be applied to get the MOST benefit from the food we eat, particularly during vulnerable periods such as the fourth trimester/early postpartum weeks and months. This is what has formed the foundation of our offerings:
- Food should be simply created from whole foods - that is food that is as close to its natural state as possible without unnecessary processing and refining.
- Food should be sourced locally and organic where possible - not only for the health of our bodies, but also for the planet.
- We will NEVER use additives, preservatives, MSG, artificial flavourings or poor quality ingredients. What you see on the label is what you get and we will not compromise on this. If you have any questions about our ingredients and where they come from we will be completely transparent. Some of our favourite suppliers are:
- Nurture your digestion with warming, cooked, soft and soupy foods. After growing and carrying your baby for 9 months, your digestive organs have quite literally had to move out of the way and can need some gentle encouragement to return to their full capacity. Meals that are prepared in this way are easier for the body to digest and assimilate in those early postpartum weeks - but are great at any time really! We include plenty of soups, congee, kitchari, mild curries, broth, warming spices such as ginger, turmeric and cinnamon, as well as coconut milk and ghee to support digestion, nutrient repletion and the return of warmth into your core.
- We know that many nutrients are depleted from pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding - each individual will have a slightly different requirement based on their previous health status and nutrient levels, supplementation, challenges through pregnancy and birth, typical diet etc. but some of the key nutrients that women need to focus on that we have consciously included into our meals are:
- Iron - leafy greens, lentils, quinoa, meat, eggs
- Calcium - leafy greens, nuts and seeds, tahini, sardines (with bones), seaweed
- Protein - legumes, tofu, nuts and seeds, eggs, wholegrains (in small amounts), meat, chicken fish
- Essential Fatty Acids - oily fish (salmon, sardines), nuts and seeds,
- Be open to and utilise the wisdom from traditional cultures. There are thousands of years of wisdom that we can learn from and incorporate into our modern lives. Kate has studied both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) through her naturopathic qualification and has worked closely with qualified practitioners in these areas to ensure that we are appropriately integrating the teachings of these modalities into the nourishing meals we create for you. There are so many lenses through which we can view food and the human body, but the teachings of both Ayurveda and TCM deeply resonate with us, and in many ways align with a Western naturopathic/nutrition approach.
Most of all, we encourage you to eat intuitively. Your body knows best, and while we are honoured to provide you with a foundation for your meals, if you feel you need to eat more/less, add ingredients, avoid certain foods or do something entirely different - then trust yourself mumma! Go gently, tune inwards, trust, surrender and reach out for support at any moment you feel you need it,