For as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about food discovering where it comes from, how best to prepare it, how it impacts our health, and how it brings us together. I’m also a mama, so I suspect we have a lot in common! I invite you to read the story of what inspired me to start Sprouting Foodies.
Growing up, my family gathered around the table to enjoy flavorful Mediterranean dishes. My childhood was filled with vibrant food memories…
The taste of a sun warmed cherry tomato from our garden bursting in my mouth. The rainbow of produce at local farmers’ markets. The comforting aroma of my mom’s Avgolemono wafting through the house.
Not surprisingly, I decided to pursue a career in food, earning Bachelor Degrees in Physiology as well as Dietetics and Human Nutrition from McGill University.
After graduating, I worked as a dietitian in wellness clinics and fitness clubs, helping people of all ages achieve healthier lifestyles.
I loved seeing the concrete positive impact that my work was making.
But raising an intuitive little eater is no easy task… When we discovered Zara’s dairy allergy. I had to shift gears and adapt our family meals to her needs. Even as a trained dietitian, I found myself falling into occasional self-doubt as I strove to give my daughter the healthiest start possible. And sometimes, despite all my best intentions, things just didn’t go as planned!
Welcome to motherhood.
Picky eaters, weight worries, children who had trouble sitting still…
Meals that should have been filled with warmth and smiles were instead a source of frustration and disappointment. Moms were confused by all the conflicting information out there. They didn’t understand why something as natural as feeding their child was such a challenge. They felt judged and criticized when their children weren’t “naturally good eaters.”
Mamas were overwhelmed. Burnt out. Frazzled. Feeding their young children was taking a serious emotional toll on the whole family
I created Sprouting Foodies to empower mamas to cultivate positive, purposeful food experiences for their little ones. My goal is to support you in raising a child who explores a variety of foods, listens to their body, and shares memories and traditions with others at the table.
I continue to refine my expertise as a pediatric dietitian and stay up to date with the latest research on early childhood nutrition and evidence-based feeding approaches .I’m trained in Dr. Kay Toome’s SOS Approach to Feeding, and I’m a current member of the International Starting Solids & Picky Eating Networks