There is nothing unhealthy about educating youngsters about nutrition.
When I had my first child 20 years ago, I thought that I had a pretty good understanding of infant nutrition. In the postpartum period, I read all the popular books, trying my best to optimize my son’s health. I was committed to providing him with organic baby foods and limiting fast foods and too much processed sugar. I had many “discussions” with my well-meaning family members about how I was choosing to feed my son. While I feel like I made a good start, slowly however, as our second son was born and life became more hectic, more and more convenience food crept its way into our diet. At one point it was so prevalent in our lives that our son felt the need to add “God Bless Trader Joe’s” to our nightly pre-dinner prayers. These words were a clear signal something needed to change.
I slowly began to eliminate convenience food from our repertoire of dinners and replace them with real, whole foods. I started reading books by authors like Michael Pollen, who espouses a whole foods diet. The more I read, the more I wanted to know. I began to look for a place to formally study Holistic Nutrtion. My studies at The Wellspring School for Healing Arts offered me even more knowledge about healthy, tasty food to incorporate into my family’s diet. While shopping for and preparing a whole foods menu means I need to be a little more organized, it also teaches our boys healthy eating habits for life. I have learned a lot in this journey to healthier eating and I feel very passionate about sharing this knowledge with families to help them get off to a good start around food and nutrition.
Options for Healthy Family Change
Is your family still in the percolating stage? Are you newly pregnant or hoping to get pregnant? Let’s work together to formulate a plan to meet your and your baby’s needs during pregnancy and after birth. This plan will be based on your individual needs and tastes. We can discuss foods to eat during pregnancy, foods to nourish you in the postpartum period, foods to stimulate milk production and address any other nutritional concerns you may have. My New Beginnings Package includes an initial 1 ½ hour consultation and then a 1 hour follow up visit to ensure your plan is working for your family. You will be given written recipes and handouts about what we discuss. ($150)
Are you a new mom struggling with the demands of caring for yourself and your new family? Are you feeling overwhelmed, tired, stressed out, anxious, lonely or having trouble sleeping in this postpartum period? I would love to support you nutritionally and emotionally in this time of transition. My Postpartum Health Package includes an initial 1 ½ hour intake and then a 1 hour follow up visit to ensure your plan is working for you and your family. ($150)
Having a new baby is a time of great joy but can also be a time of great stress and change. This is the perfect time to decide what types of habits you hope to instill in your child. Your child is a blank canvas and you are the artist. You can help shape their tastes. Unsure about how to get the results you want? I would love to work with you to help craft a plan around your baby’s nutritional needs. This plan would include introducing solids and feeding into toddlerhood. My Healthy Start Package includes an initial 1 ½ hour consultation and then a 1 hour follow up visit to ensure your plan is working for your family. You will be given written recipes and handouts about what we discuss. ($150)
Do you already have some family habits you would like to change? As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have years of experience guiding families in healthy change. Are you looking for ways to reduce the amount of processed food in your family’s diet? Do you need ideas for quick, healthy dinner options? Are you looking to reduce power struggles around dinner time? Let’s work together to craft a plan about how to meet your family’s needs. You can book a one hour consultation for $75 or my Healthy Family Package includes an initial 1 ½ hour consultation and then a 1 hour follow up visit to ensure your plan is working for your family. You will be given written recipes and handouts about what we discuss. ($150)