You are excitedly preparing for the birth of your baby. You want to eat healthy, be prepared, and not have to rely on others to help you with cooking after the baby is born. So naturally, you cook like a mad woman and prepare oodles of freezer meals, ready to be eaten after the baby arrives. Seems like a great idea, right? Lots of people do it – so it must be good. Think again. Many women have a hard time postpartum. Maybe they have the baby blues, suffer from exhaustion, insomnia, constipation or have to endure the hardships of baby colic. All of these troubles stem from a lack of proper postpartum care. Many new mothers just don’t receive the proper rejuvenation that their body needs in order to recover their balance. Eating a rejuvenative postpartum diet is essential to avoid these postpartum problems. Eating “healthy” freezer meals, even if they are home cooked and organic, are not part of a healthy postpartum diet and can contribute to postpartum problems and a lack of vitality. Here’s why.
4 Reasons Why Eating “Healthy” Frozen Meals Isn’t Healthy
1. Freezer Meals Are Hard To Digest
If you want to have a problem-free postpartum recovery, do not overlook your digestion. It doesn’t matter who you are, or how strong your digestion normally is – after you deliver your baby, your digestion will be compromised. Even more so if you birthed by cesarean. It is important to realize that your digestion is just as sensitive as your newborn’s. Just as you wouldn’t give your baby frozen lasagna as their first food, you should take the same care building up your own digestive fire. Eating a simple postpartum rice porridge is a good start.
2. Fresh Food Is Nourishing – Frozen Is Just Not
Frozen food by nature is not fresh. It is inert and lacks the vital life force that only fresh food can provide. Take a potato, for example. If you leave it out on the counter, it will sprout in no time. This potato is full of life force. What happens if you put a potato in the freezer? Once it thaws, it gets all mushy and gross. It’s life force has been zapped and it will no longer be able to sprout. Frozen food that lacks life force and vitality just isn’t going to give you the nourishment your postpartum body needs. Fresh food (less than 6 hours old) is necessary to rebuild stamina as well as to regenerate healthy tissue and fluids.
3. Freezing Infuses Food With Rough, Dry and Cold Qualities
After birth, new mothers battle with increased Vata dosha, They have lost a lot of fluids, expended a tremendous amount of energy (heat) and may have painful wounds that need healing. Because of this, they are experiencing the rough, dry and cold qualities of Vata in their bodies. Eating foods that possess these same rough, dry and cold qualities, such as frozen foods, will only create a greater imbalance.
4. Frozen Food Is Degenerating In Nature
After birth, it is very important to take action to rejuvenate your body. Eating a nourishing postpartum diet that is regenerative and builds healthy tissue is a necessity for a healthy recovery. Unfortunately, frozen food falls under the category of degenerative foods, which in fact discourages the rebuilding of healthy bodily tissue. For optimum postpartum recovery, frozen food is best avoided.
Health-Promoting Alternatives to Postpartum Freezer Meals
- A programmable slow cooker. My favorite is Vita Clay. It is made out of natural clay and is fully programmable. It also cooks food twice as fast as a regular slow cooker, as well as preserves vital nutrients.
- Scheduling friends and family to bring you freshly cooked meals during your postpartum window. Meal Train is a great resource for organizing and scheduling your family and friends to bring fresh meals.
- A pressure cooker – cook beans and legumes in a fraction of the time it would normally take on the stove-top. Cooking under pressure speeds up the cooking process exponentially. An asset to have in any kitchen.
- Hire a postpartum doula (preferably with Ayurvedic training) to help prepare meals.
If you are still planning to incorporate freezer meals into your postpartum care plan, here is my advice to you: freezing simple, well-spiced soups is the best option. Even though they were frozen, once heated up, they will be soft, well cooked, hot, oily, and soupy. This will help counteract those dry, rough and cold qualities that are inherent in frozen food (and your postpartum body). In order to build up a strong digestive fire, heavy and frozen foods such as casseroles, pot pies and lasagna should be avoided at all costs. This 6 week postpartum window is such a special time, with so much potential for great healing and connection. Please honor yourself and your baby with healthy, fresh foods and excellent postpartum care. 😊