Soup Glorious Soup

Soup Glorious Soup

This November I had a thought: why not try eating the way mothers do in traditional postpartum diets – soup, soup, and more soup, every day, day after day, more soup. Let’s just do it and see what happens.

To my surprise, what happened was my getting incredibly filled with energy, being able to sleep better, and being more positive and optimistic in general. Essentially, what people describe happening with green drinks and celery juices has been happening to me with very many bowls of soup.

The recipe is simple (I love recipes that take no effort or brains to make).

  • I put water in a pot – about two quarts.
  • Then rinse off and add in some white rice, just a 1/4 cup.
  • I dice up whatever onion is left-over in the fridge and throw it in.
  • Then I slice in maybe two handfuls of whatever vegetable is begging to be used before it goes off – zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli.
  • And add a portion of whatever protein I have on hand: some fish, a bit of meat, a cut up hard-boiled egg, or legumes.
  • For flavoring I add a bay-leaf perhaps, a couple cloves of garlic maybe, about a teaspoon of sea-salt, and here’s the final touch: I also throw in seaweed, usually nori as it tastes the least like ocean water.
  • Let it simmer quite a while. The rice should be really soft, even “exploding” and the fats and juices of the protein and vegetables will permeate the water. Now it’s ready.
  • If you possibly can, don’t add any dairy or butter or other oil. Let the ingredients create the broth. If you want more taste, add a pinch of a non-GMO broth cube.

The main thing to watch for about this soup is that it is not thick like stew. It’s watery, light, drinkable. But so nourishing. And absolutely hydrating because the rice and the seaweed help to maintain internal hydration.

I do like lazy cooking. But most of all, I appreciate the way that this typical postpartum diet makes me feel: light but not hungry, energized without nervous energy. It’s easier to get going. I also find myself dancing through the rooms of the house. Too much information?

I like it so much, I wanted to share the idea with you. You don’t have to be a new mother to try this experiment. Maybe you are a nurse, or lactation consultant, or doula. If so, wouldn’t it be great to try out how mothers in traditional cultures eat to recuperate after childbirth?

If you decide to try the postpartum diet of soup, wonderful, soup – let me know how it goes. Find me on FB and write a message on my Mother Food page.

Aboard the Motherhood Train

As we grow up and become adults, we think we are arriving at a place where we are in control of our lives – like at a station or a platform where we can confidently gauge and react to what’s going on.

But then we have children, and slowly it downs on us that we are not actually on a predictable platform but that we have boarded a train, a train rumbling along of its own volition, coming to us from the foggiest beginnings of time and leading we know not where. And we become aware that whereas before we might have thought we were the pulling engine and the driver of our life, we are really just one car in a long sequence of cars – our grandparents’ car is close behind us, behind them all the previous generations, and before us is a line of uncountable cars of future generations. We don’t know where the train is heading, there’s no way to know. We only know it is our job to give the best we can now to our children – and to figure out what that is while meeting multiple hurdles and challenges. And that takes all our energy and then some.

We sometimes wonder how past generations ever managed, how humanity survived to today, considering how challenging and mysterious it all is.

This post is just my way of saying to new parents, and older parents, that the way may be hard and confusing, but one we know in our hearts of hearts, that it is worth it.

A Tour of my Galactagogue Garden in mid-Spring

It’s the end of May, and I’m letting weeds grow out so I can identify what grows here and learn how to use them: wild mustard, wild lettuce, horsetail, sow’s thistle and more. I put together this little film as a first try – if the summer fires allow, I’ll spend time showing how to harvest and use these common medicinals for breastfeeding moms and our babies.

Time for a Galactagogue Garden

Time for a Galactagogue Garden

SPRING is upon us! Tme for seeds and starting plants.

Galactagogue plants include leafy greens, lettuces, herbs weeds, flowers and trees.

They support a breastfeeding mom’s milk supply, and provide important nutrients.

I’ve written a book on these easy-grow plants, and this spring I’ll document the growth of my own and others’ galactagogue garden. Join us! Plant and report your results.

We can use big and small pots and containers on porches and balconies, or use space between bushes and roses in flower beds, or make beds for herbs and vegetables.

For more information, watch my interview with IBCLC and community herbalist Natalie Hessell. We’r both excited to get started.

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“Liquid Food” for milk supply

“Liquid Food” for milk supply

Sometimes drinking can be easier (quicker, less fuss) than eating after childbirth. Beverages that are “tweaked” with spices and ingredients that support milk supply have been loved by mothers around the world: lactation teas, grain-drinks, smoothies, nut-milks, coconut milk and a wide variety of soup. It seems as though getting your nutrition mixed into liquid has some special “magic” to it — kind of like mother’s milk, too! Read Mother Food for recipes and ideas. And don’t forget to pick up your Free Lactogenic Diet Handouts in English and Spanish!