I started Food. Mama. Baby. on social media after the birth of my first child...first, as a creative outlet and second, as a means of sharing with others what I was learning. As a cook, it felt totally natural to prepare food for my son right at home. I thought it would be easy. In truth—it was a task...a new brand of learning about food that I had yet to meet in my culinary life. And after having a second child only twenty months later, it became even more difficult to navigate the daily feeding. I found that lots of moms struggled with the task of feeding relying on shelf stable store bought products, microwave quickies, and "things" in a box. Food. Mama. Baby. was my way of connecting and sharing with other parents interested in preparing more meals at home and to serve as a source of education for families seeking to navigate the feeding domain. It later became a necessary community resource as I would come to battle the four big A’s with my children: Autism, ADHD, Allergies, and Asthma. I quickly learned that food was the key to mellowing their bodies’ response to these conditions. It became my mission to not only aide my own children, but also children in my community as families navigate the confusing and torrid waters of overall health and nutrition.
As far as the body is concerned, food equals fuel. What you eat can move the needle in your life from simply surviving to significantly thriving. The sooner we embark upon a healthy food journey in life, the better off our health outcomes will be in the future. And, the more exciting the journey the better.
Humankind begins in the womb of the mother. The condition of her body plays a huge roll on the health outcomes on her children. Nourishing the mother with healthy foods also nourishes the baby she is carrying and such healthy eating habit are more likely to carry forward after birth if established early.
It’s all about baby, right? How we treat baby’s feeding from the time they are in the womb to the first stages of solid foods has a direct impact on how they will choose to eat later in life. Establishing patterns of healthy eating early on could upend those chronic health conditions typically associated with social determinants of health.
The photo featured in this section is old. It represents a moment in time that feels like a far off distant memory now that COVID-19 has put a full stop to mostly everything we enjoy doing outside of our homes. It’s a huge pill to swallow. My sister shot this photo of me sipping an espresso overlooking the Potomac River on DC’s waterfront on my first official #momcation. I later posted a formula for it and implored other mothers to consider a “day-off” locally and get their #momswagger on. But it’s 2020 and we’ve been on lock down since March. I wrote in the original post that mothers need to commit to themselves a regiment of self care. I still mean that. But, it looks different now. You’re not going to get off work at noon and dash away in an uber with your spend-the-night bag in tow to some swanky hotel to dine, wine, and sleep (because sleep is the point) then wake up and grab the fluffiest ever pancakes for breakfast that someone else cooked for you. Instead, you’re at home trying to decide which pair of pull on stretchy palazzo pants to wear today. But, I declare for you that not all hope is lost. The river is still there and you can still go. You can prepare yourself a meal for one, grab a few cans of wine (don’t judge canned wine, trust me), and your air pods and roll. I usually take the last five magazines that have come in the mail to finally read. You can still relax. You can still get away. It feels like all is coming to an end. I promise you that is it is not. Outside is still open. #redefineoutside