EXPLORE, SAVOUR & THRIVE WITH DINA TOTOSEGIS, RD

EXPLORE, SAVOUR & THRIVE WITH DINA TOTOSEGIS, RD

ABOUT SPROUTING FOODIES

Helping overwhelmed mamas
find joy and confidence in
feeding their little ones

Helping overwhelmed mamas find joy and confidence in feeding their little ones

hey mama

I’M DINA.

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.

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Food was pure joy.
It was the most sincere
expression of love.

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 then something came along that changed everything. Her name was Zara.

As I stepped into my new role as mom to this curious, energetic little girl, my passion for food deepened. My perspective changed. There was something so magical about her natural curiosity at the table: carefully observing her first slice of avocado, her hands diving into a bowl of oatmeal,  or squishing sweet potato between her fingers as she brings it to her mouth … every moment was amplified sure, it was messy. but in those  moments. it became clear hat food was  so much more then simple nourishment.

This was the beginning of her
lifelong food journey, and I was
determined to make it as rich,
rewarding, and delicious as possible!

This was the beginning of her lifelong food journey, and I was determined to make it as rich, rewarding, and delicious as possible!

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.

I soon realized I wasn’t alone. Many families had struggles of their own at the table.

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 knew I could help them eliminate the stress and bring the joy back to family mealtimes.

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

When I’m not busy helping mamas, you’ll find me exploring new cuisines, stirring up fresh flavors in the kitchen, staying active with HIIT workouts, volunteering in my community and discovering the world through my daughter’s eyes.

Ready to make meals with your little
one something to look forward to?