by Lauren Follett, BA, RHN, Registered Nutritionist
I’m back, and so much has changed since I last posted!
Here’s the short version: In August 2013 we moved from our 700 square-foot condo in downtown Toronto to the country, I had my first son, Jack, who was born in May of 2014, we sold our house in the country in June of 2015 (turns out you can’t take the city out of the girl) and we just bought a new house in Westboro, right here in Ottawa! … Clearly, my husband and I like to keep it interesting.
From a career perspective, I’ve been maintaining a few clients (as much as I can handle while looking after my son full-time), hosting nutrition discussions at my mommy and baby fitness group and trying to write on a regular basis.
My writing topics have changed a little since becoming a mom. My posts tend to be more focused on toddler nutrition, especially now that Jack is weaned. It’s my job to make sure that he’s getting all the vitamins, minerals and healthy macronutrients (carbs, fats and proteins) that he needs to grow and develop properly.
I’m also focused on teaching him to have a healthy relationship with food. For example, we don’t say, “You’re not leaving the table until you finish your meal” in our house. I want Jack to learn that it’s okay to stop eating when he’s satisfied.That’s a skill I think many people lack; the absense of that know-how can lead to weight gain and difficulty losing weight.
I also don’t “hide vegetables” on him. He needs to learn that vegetables are good for him, and what different veggies look and taste like. I give him a variety of healthy foods, and introduce specific foods at least 15 times before making the claim that he doesn’t like something. I also give him a choice of healthy options so he can start developing his own personal favorites.
Stayed tuned for my new Food for Life posts as I provide more health tips and recipe ideas for toddlers as well as busy families!