There is to be no overthinking on this. Let's acknowledgment that you believe this window of time should be filled with as much grace for yourself as you can muster.
HOW IT ALL WORKS....
THIS IS NOT A DIET. THIS IS AN APPROACH.
THERE IS NO FOOD SHAMING.
This has great side-effects. Confidence. You will be secure in your choices, understand the range of possibilities, trust your own innate tendencies.
Autonomy is important in all things.
If there is something you want to eat, eat it.
Rest assured that if you veer away from this approach, all is not lost.
This isn't all or nothing, nor restrictive and toxic . Conscious and thoughtful eating (any amount of it) will be of benefit to you.
You cannot fail.
This is an approach to eating that is geared to this truly unique timeframe in a birthing person's life. There is no other time in their life that mirrors what is happening in the postpartum body. This is meant to be a short lived (6 - 8 weeks) pathway with room for variety, flexibility and increased complexity.
This is a bit of a hybrid of personal shopping, professional nutrition, select farmers market offerings that will include raw, well-sourced, often local goods paired with postpartum recipes, pantry prep and postpartum guidance.
Purposeful Nourishment is available to pregnant people starting about the 32 weeks so there is adequate time for stress-free preparations. We aim to ride that magical nesting instinct for both practical prep to fun but simple creations.
The items delivered are meant to create a foundation for your postpartum kitchen. The bundles offered aren't meant to be a strict, inflexible meal kit. Personally, we find many to be a bit wasteful, limiting and expensive. The packs will complement any kitchen with plenty of familiar and well-sourced ingredients that offer flexibility. The recipes are not only geared to feed the birthing person, there will be plenty of raw goods leftover to make easy, healthy options for the rest of the family.
Be sure to take advantage of all the great resources available. Ask Meg for the full scope of offerings available to Purposeful Nourishment clients. While many of these are from local practitioners, many of the offerings are usable/active virtually where ever you are located. Lots of great education, information and support at your fingertips.
Lastly, as mentioned above, this is not a diet, this is an eating approach. The role of Purposeful Nourishment / Small Batch Wellness is to bring attention to changes in lifestyle and diet changes to foster an increased state of balance and health. It is encouraged to seek professional medical advice regarding any illness, disease,or ailment participants may have. These are not intended to diagnose or treat disease. Any concerns on health, supplementation, dietary changes should be done in consultation with a healthcare practitioner.
Mental Health is a very important part of life. The early postpartum is often full of ups and downs. We talk about it like a marathon - not a sprint. Postpartum Depression impacts 1 in 7 Moms and 1 in 10 Dads. There are local mental health practitioners that specialize in this type of care. So many of us need this kind of support. Have a conversation now about this.
Postpartum International is a great resource.
CONSIDER: If you are doing a meal train, leave a cooler out on your steps at all times with a little note letting people know it's there to use and to text when dropping off.