The Food Doula Cookbook eliminates the guesswork of what to eat during pregnancy, empowering expectant moms to be nourished, energized, and confident — from preconception through the three trimesters to postpartum.
Author Lindsay Taylor’s positive attitude of no rules and no guilt, balanced with her focus on nutritious real-food choices, permeates the book. In addition to 90 plus easy-to-follow recipes for delicious, nourishing meals best suited for each trimester and postpartum recovery, Lindsay also offers helpful advice on how to build a prenatal pantry, make the best food choices, and engage in effective meal planning and prepping, leaving the expectant mom time to relax and enjoy her pregnancy.
About the author
- Winner, Taste Canada 2022 Gold Winner for Health and Special Diet Cookbooks!
LINDSAY TAYLOR loves food, and promotes real-food nutrition for health and wellness. She believes strongly that eating healthy can be fun, easy, enjoyable, and rewarding for everyone. As a mom, certified culinary nutrition expert, and doula with a background in public health and academic research, Lindsay understands the impact of pregnancy and motherhood on women’s lives. She knows the importance of eating wholesome, nourishing food to optimize the well-being of both moms and their babies — hence this book. Lindsay delights in sharing what she knows about how to cope with the ups and downs of pregnancy and new-mom life, and the benefits of real-food choices. She creates easy-to-follow recipes for cooking up nutritious meals, and includes practical tips and tricks to enhance the prepping and cooking experience. For Lindsay, writing The Food Doula Cookbook has been a commitment — and a labour of love.
Excerpt: The Food Doula Cookbook: A Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and a Nourished New Mom (by (author) Lindsay Taylor)
YOU’VE JUST FOUND OUT you’re pregnant, and you’d like to eat well for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Questions swirl — Where do I begin? What can I eat? What should I avoid?
This feeling of uncertainty and confusion can be overwhelming. I studied nutrition, and yet I was overwhelmed by prenatal nutrition and the application of it in my real life — especially during my first pregnancy. When I looked for information on what to eat, I kept finding prescriptions and charts about the science of nutrition and how much of each macro and micronutrient I should be consuming in one day. None of that helped me at the grocery store when I had to decide what to buy, or in my kitchen when I stared blankly into the fridge wondering what to eat. I came to realize that I didn’t need to learn about nutritional science as much as I had to be comfortable choosing, cooking, and eating real food.
Knowing what to eat during pregnancy and in the postpartum months can be daunting, and I want to help make it simple and practical, hence this book. As a mom of two, I know you need easy, healthy, and balanced meals, snacks to keep in your purse, and a trusty chocolate treat to keep you going until nap time. I also get that you need a book designed for real life. It is vital to me that this cookbook takes the pressure or guilt off you to do things the “right” way or to always eat the “right” foods. If at times you feel the urge for ice cream, that’s okay. I too had a bowl of ice cream on top of the table that was my belly. Sometimes that’s just what mama needs. There is no one right way of eating. Just as you are the expert when it comes to your pregnancy and baby, you are also the one who knows best what foods make you feel good.
This cookbook focuses on real food for real life, every step of the way. Whether you are feeling good and inspired to prep healthy meals for the week, or you are feeling terrible, have nausea or heartburn, and can’t eat much, you’ll find a big selection of recipes here to light up your taste buds, satisfy your cravings, and provide essential nutrition for you and baby, plus loads of advice and tips for food prep, meal planning, choosing the most wholesome foods, and cooking up nutritious, delicious meals.
Being nourished sufficiently through pregnancy can significantly impact how you feel, how your baby develops, and how your body heals postpartum. A happy, healthy mother is the most important thing in the world to a baby. As a mom and postpartum doula, I firmly believe that you need care and attention as much as your baby. You deserve to feel good, to receive love and support, to be honoured and appreciated, and to have time to bond with your baby.
Throughout pregnancy and in the first few months postpartum, your nutrition is key to your staying well — mentally, emotionally, and physically. The Food Doula Cookbook is organized by trimester and offers you real-food solutions to meet your needs as you experience the ebbs and flows that happen in real life from preconception to postpartum.
Do you want chili for breakfast, pancakes for dinner, or soup for an early morning snack? No judgment here. Who needs strict mealtimes when you’re feeling nauseated or if you are hungry every hour because you’re breastfeeding around the clock? Go ahead and reach for what fuels you and makes you feel your best, no matter the societal norms about what foods suit which time of day.
Good nutrition is key, and what your body needs, what you feel like eating, and what your life looks like will have more to do with what you’re going to put on your plate than the time of day.
“I was initially drawn to The Food Doula Cookbook for the recipes, but Lindsay’s comforting words and sage advice stayed with me long after I was hungry. Following the birth of my second child, I was often so exhausted and sleep-deprived that opening the first bag of chips in sight seemed like a good idea. Wrong! That’s when I took Lindsay’s words to heart and started eating nourishing food. The recipes are beautifully laid out and organized, making it easy for my husband and I to plan meals and snacks that helped me keep my health and well-being a priority. I will continue to revisit this cookbook long after my babies are grown.”
— Evanka Osmak, Sports anchor, SPORTSNET, and Co-host, Moms in the Middle Podcast
“The Food Doula Cookbook should be required reading (and cooking) for all mothers-to-be. It is, hands down, the best pre- and post-natal culinary nutrition-infused cookbook out there. The evidence-based insights, nutrition guidance, menu inspiration, and nutrient-dense, easy-to-make, delicious and beautiful recipes make it an incredible guide for optimal nourishment for expectant mothers. And I have no doubt the recipes will become family staples and favourites long after baby arrives. The Food Doula Cookbook is now my go-to recommendation for all expectant moms.”
— Meghan Telpner, Bestselling author, The UnDiet Cookbook, and Founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition