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Episode 009: Born to Eat with Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RDN and Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN, CSSD

Episode 009: Born to Eat with Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RDN and Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN, CSSD

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Meet our Guests:

Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RDN:

Wendy Jo is a nutrition and wellness expert who bounces between California, Texas, and Europe. She is a master’s level registered dietitian, nationally recognized speaker, and culinary nutritionist. Wendy Jo co-authored Born To Eat: Whole Foods From Baby’s First Bite, Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies, and Adrenal Fatigue For Dummies. When she’s not whipping up new recipes, hiking, or hanging out with her family; you can find Wendy Jo using her social media channels to deliver science-based, lifestyle and wellness messages with a dash of sass. To learn more about Wendy Jo, visit http://www.justwendyjo.com/

WHERE TO FIND WENDY ONLINE:

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/fuelinroadie

https://twitter.com/borntoeatbook

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/fuelinroadie/

https://www.instagram.com/borntoeatbook/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/BornToEatBook/

https://www.facebook.com/Edible-Nutrition-166587667266/?fref=ts

Product:         Born to Eat Book

 

Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN, CSSD:

Through her years as a dietitian and nutrition expert, Leslie has practiced in many settings including infant nutrition, general pediatrics, and children with special health care needs. In addition, she focuses her own private practice on counseling families, those of all ages with disordered eating issues, and professional athletes and performers. With her warm, compassionate, and entertaining personality, Leslie been featured in Women’s Health, BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, USNews, and HGTV.

She is also the co-founder of RDs for Body Confidence, a non-diet and healthy body-image initiative for registered dietitians and nutrition students throughout North America and Australia. She owns Schilling Nutrition, a private nutrition and wellness coaching business and an online dinner menu planning service. When she’s not counseling, writing, cooking, or hanging out with her family; you can find Leslie using her social media channels and speaking platforms to deliver science-based, non-diet lifestyle and wellness messages with a dash of humor. Her most recent endeavor was coauthoring the book Born to Eat.

WHERE TO FIND LESLIE ONLINE:

Website:

www.LeslieSchilling.com

www.BornToEatBook.com

Social Media Links:

https://twitter.com/borntoeatbook

https://www.instagram.com/borntoeatbook/

https://www.facebook.com/BornToEatBook/

Episode Summary

Wendy:

  • In this podcast,Wendy shares about her difficult pregnancy, a big move from San Diego to Germany and her family’s adjustments while raising a toddler, living in a different culture, and finding time to work and write.

Transition to Motherhood:

  • Wendy shares about her long journey before getting her daughter Anya.She struggled with years infertilityand also suffered from hyperemesis during her entire pregnancy.
  • Wendy shares how difficult it was to deal with hyperemesis and how often other people did not understand what she was going through. She shared how grateful she was for the support from her husband —

                “Men, was he my rock during that time.” ([05:37])

                “And really, at that point, you didn’t wanna see anybody because you just, ‘I felt horrible.’” ([05:46])   – Wendy 

               “I mean, not until my 39th week, did I actually start to feel good. And it was never food. Food never made me sick. It wasn’t the idea of eating that made me sick.“([06:31]) –Wendy

  • Just few days after giving birth, Wendy had to face another challenge – the deployment of her husband. It was a tough time for Wendy, who, at that time, didn’t received much support in those challenging days. On a brighter side, she highlights the one precious gift she had from her pregnancy

                   “Breastfeeding for me was easy.” [08:44]

FEEDING and BABY-LED WEANING

  • Wendy explains what baby-led weaning is about and also the process that comes along with it. She says:

            “It’s whole foods from baby’s first bite.” And what that means is we basically ditched the idea that we needed to puree foods unless the food is naturally pureed or puree-type texture, and the baby’s self-fed.  ([26:55])

  • Wendy added that the big thing with baby-led is identifying choking versus gagging on a child’s ability to self-feed and self-regulate.

            “The biggest thing I love about baby-led weaning is that you are at the plate with them, eating and enjoying the same meal. They are watching and learning from you – the language you’re using, describing the food, embracing the food, enjoying the moment, and early on they’re watching you chew. ([29:12])

Leslie:

  • Leslie shares about her experiences with moving from Nashville to Las Vegas and the uncertainty of their move. Currently, Leslie is in Las Vegas doing sports nutrition, just co-authored Born to Eat, and is doing some nutrition counseling.

Transition to Motherhood:

  • For Leslie, she feels she was lucky to get pregnant easily. At 27 weeks Leslie began to face some serious challenges. She experienced preterm labor and ended up in the hospital and was put on bed rest. She explains in her story how her preterm labor resulted in magnesium toxicity.
  • She also shares about her Caesarean section delivery that resulted in her losing a large amount of blood due to complications caused by fibroids. Her blood pressure sunk and it was a near death experience for Leslie. Thankfully, the baby was delivered safe and Leslie was saved. However, the pain block didn’t work for her and she woke up from a Caesarean section with no pain medication. Leslie is grateful for the advancement in medicine because it allowed she and her daughter survived.Due to this intensely traumatic experience, it has been a long road of recovery for Leslie and we’re thankful she was willing to share her story with us.

FEEDING and BABY LED WEANING

  • Leslie and her husband started feeding solid foods to their daughter and using baby led weaning to enhance the innate ability of their baby to self-regulate and to establish autonomy when it comes to self-feeding.
  • She also mentioned that you can watch the child’s behavior and cues as their way of telling you when they are ready to eat or when they’re also finished. Those are innate cues that the baby is trying to tell you and as parents, you need to be able to support that.

          “But really it’s about fostering their ability to self-regulate and self-feed, so they can gain their own skills and their own body trust.” ([33:33])

          “But I think it’s our job as parents and adults to teach children how to use all foods regardless of the nutritional value in a healthy way.” ([37:13])

          “Let’s teach them how to deal with it. Yeah, are there foods that have different nutritional values than others?Absolutely. But it’s our job to teach them how to deal with foods in a healthy way.”  ([38:05])

About the #BORNTOEAT book

  • Leslie mentioned that in the Born to Eat Book, they try to pair the convenience foods together with the whole foods. They don’t want anybody to feel like they’re doing wrong.
  • The book encourages readers to have their eyes open about diet culture in our own food industry. They discussed about being aware of the diet culture and using our own filters to protect and educate our kids.
  • They did a great job of teaching people how to create a dialogue with all caregivers and all people that may be around the plate with your child.

Referenced in the Show:

www. BornToEatBook.com

(Some of these links could be affiliate links which means that if you make a purchase I get a little thank you from the company. It does not impact your cost.)

Episode 007: DRESS FOR THE BODY YOU HAVE TODAY.

Episode 007: DRESS FOR THE BODY YOU HAVE TODAY.

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MEET OUR GUEST:

Natalie Hughes is a personal branding stylist and fashion trend expert who specializes in dressing female entrepreneurs. Natalie believes women’s wardrobes should mirror their ambitions and build on the inner confidence and clout they use to run effective businesses.

Natalie started dressing women fifteen years ago in a high-end clothing store. Her instinctual approach and keen eye to style built her a book of regular, diversified clients. Wanting to grow her business, she started her own personal styling service, Individual Style by Natalie Hughes.

Natalie believes there is a unique style for every woman that can best represent her inner power. Allow Natalie to share her gift so you can get back to yours: building a thriving company.

WHERE TO FIND NATALIE ONLINE:

Website:           www.istylebynatalie.com

FB Group:        bit.ly/successwithstyle

Instagram:       @istylebynatalie

Twitter:           @istylebynatalie

Episode Summary:

Natalie Hughes is a Personal Wardrobe Stylist specializing in dressing women entrepreneurs. In this episode, Natalie shares about her philosophies, how she started dressing either in personal or virtual basis. She also shared a lot of things she had learned over the years of her styling career.

Natalie learned that she learns a lot about women when they feel good about what they’re wearing – and that is going to look different for every woman. This made her fall in love with fashion, personal style, and dressing women because she finds it to be a way to help empower them to feel really good about themselves.

  • She believes that as a woman we need to celebrate the body we’re in and treat it with respect.
  • Natalie shares her thoughts about using clothing as a way to express our inner self to the world. She believes what you feel inwardly is affected outwardly by your clothing and vice versa.

                       

Clothing is a very powerful tool that we can use to portray who we are and how we’re feeling. ([08:25])

 

DRESSING WOMEN DURING PREGNANCY:

In this episode, Natalie provides advice on how to dress during times of body change – like pregnancy & postpartum. She emphasizes that during any time of transition, buying clothing & accessories that can serve multiple purposes can help with budget. She encourages listeners to shop intentionally and to purchase items that will bring a little bit of joy.

WHAT IS A MINIMAL WARDROBE?

Natalie talks about having a wardrobe capsule by taking basic pieces and maximizing their use – taking each piece and making sure that you’re using it the maximum amount of ways that you can.

            “The more items we have in our closet, the harder it is to find something to wear.” ([26:59])

Natalie encourages women to let go of items that don’t fit them or to put them in storage until they’re ready to let them go. Keeping clothing that doesn’t fit in dressers and closets not only clutters the space, making it more difficult to make a decision but can also be triggering for anyone dealing with negative body image.

PRODUCT:

The Fashion Fixer Membership Program – 

Referenced in the Show:

Website:

www. istylebynatalie.com

STACY TUSCHL: https://shesbuildingherempire.com/

MOMMIES HIRING MOMMIES: http://mommieshiringmommies.com/

Episode 006: Helping Moms Thrive After Birth + When Returning to Work with Elaine McGhee

Episode 006: Helping Moms Thrive After Birth + When Returning to Work with Elaine McGhee

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MEET OUR GUEST:

Elaine is a Working Mom Support Coach on a mission de-stress maternity leave and propel a nation of thriving working mothers. From her own emotionally traumatic return-to-work with her first daughter she founded ThriveMomma where she now coaches new moms back to work. She consults with corporations on paternity leave planning and work-life integration policies that help them retain working parents. Check out her motherhood musings on her blog and at FairyGodBoss.

WHERE TO FIND ELAINE ONLINE:

Website:          www.thrivemomma.com

Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/thrivemommaelaine/

Instagram:       www.instagram.com/thrivemommaelaine

Email:             elaine@thrivemomma.com

Transition to Motherhood:

As Elaine reflects on her transition into motherhood, she describes herself as naive, as I think many of us can relate. Becoming a mother and and then a working mom, led to a major shift in her life that she did not anticipate. As a mother, her priorities in life had changed and going back to work while caring for a small infant was an emotional experience. Elaine felt compelled to start ThriveMama in her second maternity leave and to start a community and a conversation about how to support moms, particularly with their transitions back to the workplace.

“I felt like I was called to be of service and to really focus on this little window of helping moms go back to work.” ([03:05])

 

Episode Summary:

THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT MOMS NEED TO CONSIDER:

Elaine created the 3B’s of going back to work-

  • Your baby – preparing for and acquiring childcare
  • Your boss – talking to your boss about having space to pump or to breastfeed, and what you need before you go out on maternity leave to make sure that he/she is prepared or sensitive to the new need that you’re going to have.
  • Your brain –  how do you deal with feelings of being overwhelmed or scared about this new phase of your life.

RETURN TO WORK TRANSITION PLAN:

Elaine recommends openly discussing with your boss your transition plan in getting back to work. Set expectations with your boss before you go on maternity. Take a look at your budget, talk to a partner, discuss the number of days you can go to work per week, or if you could negotiate flexible time or part-time maybe in the first year of baby’s life.

“WORK-LIFE BALANCE”

With all the pressure that women have these days, it’s so easy for moms to fall into the trap of doing everything just to meet everyone’s expectations and needs. According to Elaine, the balance is about choosing your time, being intentional with your time, and defining what makes sense for your family. According to her:

“Being intentional with your time is balance.” ([23:08])

That would certainly mean that you set boundaries with your work and set boundaries on your family time. Elaine gives emphasis about learning how to say “No.” Balance for her is being intentional with your time and defining your priorities.

Referenced in the Show:

Website(s): www.thrivemomma.com

PRODUCTS:

Time Management for Busy Moms – Essentials toolkit found at www.thrivemomma.com/books-services/ebook

Episode 005: STRESS LESS, LOVE MORE with Alexandra Hughes

Episode 005: STRESS LESS, LOVE MORE with Alexandra Hughes

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MEET OUR GUEST:

Alexandra Hughes launched In Essence Coaching, LLC in 2011 after training with the International Coaching Academy to become a Certified Professional Coach.

Prior to this, Alexandra dedicated 18 years of her professional career to social change as an international development researcher and practitioner. She got her BA in Environmental Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and her MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the U.K. She’s lived and worked in Africa, Europe, South and North America, and speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
In Essence Coaching, LLC is Alexandra’s private coaching practice dedicated to helping mothers suffering from stress, to find balance, joy and self-empowerment. You can find her at calmjoyfulmom.com where she shares her heart-on-her-sleeve blogs.

Alex also hosts a Stress Less Facebook Community and a free Stress Less | Love More Challenge for busy mothers suffering from overwhelm. She also offers on-line Calm Mom Project to mothers everywhere, and works one-on-one with a small group of women.
Alexandra loves her coaching projects second only to her three mischievous and vivacious children and her loving (ever patient) husband who are about to embark on their fourth international move to…Brazil!!

WHERE TO FIND ALEXANDRA ONLINE:

Website:           http://calmjoyfulmom.com

FB Group:        https://www.facebook.com/groups/clearmindpresentmama/

 

PRODUCTS:

Stress Less | Love More Challenge – http://www.calmjoyfulmom.com/ditchoverwhelmchallenge/

TRANSITION TO MOTHERHOOD:

Alexandra shares about her journey to motherhood that involves a lot of moving into various countries and also their story of adoption and becoming pregnant at the same time. She talks about giving up her job as a consultant to be a full-time mom and housewife.

They moved to the UK and struggled in adjusting to the new environment, parenting, and also trying to make their ends meet after giving up her job. She decided to go back to work and she later found out that she got pregnant with their third child. Admittedly, Alexandra was totally burnt out. She was losing her time with her family and becomes totally disconnected not only with her family but also to her own self.  After a thorough reflection, Alexandra decided to retrain herself to become a life coach.

As for her, he early motherhood experience led to where she is today and she has used all of the lessons throughout her entire journey to support women that she is working working with today.

Episode Summary:

CHANGE  MANAGEMENT AND TRANSITION:

According to Alexandra:

           “The funny thing about life, change is the only constant.” ([12:03])

With every change and transition, there comes a certain degree of resistance and emotional mayhem, and fear. She shares about how we are naturally wired to resist anything that can take us away from our safety net.

The principle is about ensuring that the child feels safe in whatever change is going on, ensuring that they are able to express their emotions. Being well enough and calm enough to be able to manage that expression of emotions from a grounded place without teaching them to repress or suppress. Investing time with your child, whether in a big transition or a smaller transition, it does pay back because kids feel safer.

          “Mindfulness is about being in the moment, but it’s ok to plan too.” ([16:16])

STRESS AND MOTHERHOOD:

Alexandra shares her thoughts that stress comes from the pressure we put on ourselves by trying to protect our kids against the things we’ve been through when we were younger. Added to that are the various standards being presented to us when to comes to parenting. So it’s a matter of external and internal pressure where a mother’s stress comes from.

She thinks that the certain disconnection, whether it is about your relationship with food or your relationship with your children ultimately reflects to the relationship that you have within yourself. According to her, “Life is about doing and about being. It’s about brainstorming, pondering, and reflecting.” She said that being able to cognitively analyze the relationships that we have and emotionally process it enables you to neutralize it, move through it, and this will stop the stress from governing you.

STEPS YOU NEED TO DO TO MANAGE STRESS:

  • Get to know yourself by observing yourself, observing what stresses you out and when, observing what happens to you when stress triggers you. Learn to observe what is going on in your body. Learn to observe your feelings and label it. Assess your values and see whether you’re living in alignment.
  • Love yourself through self care. Do yoga or take some time to meditate. Do something that can make you feel connected to your innerself.

ALEXANDRA AND HER COMMUNITY CAUSE:

  • Alexandra is running a free Facebook Community called “Stress Less, Love More” Facebook Community. This is a group of open-minded, real, and honest mothers who talk about their challenges and are committed to stressing less and loving more.  Alexandra offers E-coaching in her Facebook Group.
  • She also offers a “Stress Less, Love More 5-day Challenge” which is about helping women in determining what are the things most important to them, and what are the things taking up your energy and headspace.

Referenced in the Show:

STACY TUSCHL – She’s Building Her Empire  https://shesbuildingherempire.com/

WEBSITE: http://calmjoyfulmom.com

FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clearmindpresentmama/

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