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Nicole and Amir welcome baby Kaliope


Dear friends and farmily, Thank you for being a part of Nicole and Amir's village! We are excited to welcome this new little human into our tribe. We can’t think of a better way to support the new family than ensuring everyone is nourished by healthy meals during those first few weeks. We would actually like them to start slowing down and getting ready for Kaliope’s arrival ahead April 24th, so if any Farmily members want to prepare and bring freezer meals for the April 13th work party that would be much appreciated. Below you will find some thoughts, suggestions, and general considerations for this powerful community initiative. Additionally you will find below some requested recipes AND the link to sign up for a day that fits your schedule!!!!! Nicole and Amir have decided not to have visitors inside their house until June 6th. So if you sign up for food during their "First Forty Days of Deep Healing," we ask that you drop it off into a cooler they will place at door. After June 6th, visits might be welcome when you drop the food, but best to keep them short, like 20-30 mins. If you want to help around the house, Amir and Nicole will likely have a list of things that visitors can help with - mostly putting dishes in dishwasher and maybe helping with a load of laundry into washing/drying machine. **HELPFUL TIPS FOR BRINGING FOOD AND CARING FOR NEW PARENTS** - Label your containers if you want them back. - Making enough for leftovers is a plus! But having at least enough for 2-3 people would be great! - Take-out food is okay! (For ex: rotisserie chicken, Indian food, Thai food, and Pho :) - Label the food if it’s meant to go in the freezer, or label with any specific heating instructions. - Leave a note with any kind words of love and/or encouragement. - if you need to swap your scheduled weekend to drop off food with someone else, please contact me at Julie Singer: 778-879-6600 or reach out directly to the person you'd like to swap with.

Special Notes

From Nicole and Amir: Requested Recipe Suggestions: - Please find some of our favorite recipes for the postpartum period HERE : ********** AND we will love any and ALL meat stock/broth!!!!!!!! and fermented foods/drinks!!!! (if you don't want to make any of the recipes above, we have pasted below some general food guidelines) Dietary preferences: **Basically what we are hoping to receive are foods that fall into the category of slow-cooked fatty protein awesomeness!!!!!!!!!! **Please NO: Chickpeas, Tofu, shrimp, fish of any kind, smoked meat, or heavily sugared options. (dairy and gluten are ok in low quantities) Here are our guiding principles!!: - Soups, hearty stews, and curries made with broth. These warming comfort foods supply collagen-building amino acids (glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline—all key to supporting perineal and pelvic floor healing), electrolytes, and many micronutrients. This group of foods is the #1 most common tradition you see repeated in different cultures across the globe. - High-iron, high-protein foods, such as slow-cooked meat (think pot roast or pulled pork) and organ meats, such as liver, kidney, and heart. Remember that you can hide liver in many recipes, as I do in chili, meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, and meatballs. - High-fat foods, like pork, butter/ghee, fatty fish, nuts/seeds, etc. These help keep full and can actually enrich your breast milk with slightly higher fat content. - Foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as eggs, and grass-fed beef. These foods also provide choline, needed in higher amounts while breastfeeding, key for baby’s continued brain development, and benefit your brain health as well. - Iodine-rich foods, such as seaweed-infused broths (this can be as simple as adding a piece of dried kombu to your batch of bone broth). Roasted nori “seaweed snacks” are a convenient high-iodine food. - Soft-cooked vegetables (instead of raw veggies or salads), as these are easier on digestion. - Well-cooked grains/starches, such as oatmeal, rice, sweet potatoes, plantains, etc. (eaten alongside plenty of fat and protein to provide enough energy and stabilize blood sugar).* Beyond the Google Drive with Requested Recipes, here are some other food ideas: Soups! Chicken broth soup with vegetables Lentil soup (or other bean soups) Hearty veggie soups, or squash / sweet potato Chicken meat stock/broth Premade smoothie bags Egg, spinach and cheese breakfast mini frittatas Overnight protein oats Hearty nut and fruit gluten free breakfast muffins for the week Curry with brown rice Convenient freezer meals (veggie/turkey chili, squash soup + bone broth, burritos etc) - packaged to not take up too much space Healthy snacks are also veery welcomed!!!!! Date almond balls (or any other protein ball), fruit, nuts, cut up veggies, yogurt parfait, hummus, lactation cookies

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