in the Person of interestWe talk to the people we notice about what they do, eat, read and love. Next is Jennifer Jolorte Doro, clinical nutritionist, postpartum chef, and co-founder and culinary director Nouri mama, a food delivery company that caters to every stage of motherhood.
When Jennifer Jolorte Doro was expecting her son, she relied on the wisdom of Asian postpartum food traditions to guide their pregnancy diet and recovery. Now as a clinical nutritionist and private chef after giving birth, she helps other expectant mothers do the same Nouri mama– a company she co-founded to support expectant families in New York and New Jersey with meals specifically designed to feed mother and child.
It is common in many Asian cultures to care for mothers before and after giving birth by preparing certain foods to promote their physical and mental well-being, as well as the baby’s development and long-term eating habits. Doro grew up in the USA, but experienced the practice in her extended Filipino family. She soon realized that many young mothers in America lack access to nutritional counseling, community support, and culturally inclusive resources.
With Nouri Mama, Doro hopes to play a role in changing that by preparing nutritious meals – like miso minestrone soup, ginger shiitake bone broth, and adzuki quinoa oatmeal – based on what Nouri Mama calls eastern Describes food therapy. Meals are prepared from seasonal, scientifically based ingredients to meet the special needs of pregnant and postpartum mothers. Nouri Mama creates a new menu that is prepared every week. Customers can pre-select meals and request dietary adjustments. Meals are delivered to customers’ homes and only need to be quickly warmed up before being consumed.
Here, Doro talks about life as a working mom, the impact eating can have on a pregnancy journey, and the Eastern traditions that have helped her own postpartum recovery.
Aftercare is a big part … of Asian culture. It’s about honoring the mother, honoring the process, making sure they are eating the right things and that they are being cared for. It’s very common sense, but it’s ingrained. Eating has always been a big part of my culture and upbringing. I was constantly surrounded by my aunts in the kitchen who prepared our meals or cooked for parties. We had our prescriptions for when someone was sick or had a baby – there was something for every stage of life.
When I was after giving birth, I ate … lots Light. My Filipino version is made from pork and is high in peppers, onions, and potatoes. Growing up I always felt warm and cared for. When I was pregnant I did it in a large amount so I knew that if I was busy feeding or sleeping after giving birth, we could just warm it up very easily.
I decided not to shower a week or two after giving birth … because being in warm water and then stepping out can cause a cold. When I didn’t shower, I stayed warm and comfortable after having the baby, which traditional Chinese medicine says is so important. Once you have a baby, your hormones will obviously fluctuate, but you will feel a sense of emptiness and cold, which is why it is important to keep the warmth on. I also drank a lot of ginger tea to get the warming effects of the ingredient. Chamomile and lavender teas not only kept me warm, but also helped with anxiety in the early hours of the morning when you were awake all the time. I also ate a lot of hot breakfasts when I was after giving birth; Millet was very helpful in keeping me warm in the morning, and I added turmeric to help with inflammation.