Susan Marie Photography 2012
Growing up, I was a terribly picky eater. I remember my mother pleading with me to please have “just one more spoon” of this or that. My mother went out of her way to sneak vegetables, healthy proteins and fruit into my minimalist diet. This daily struggle went on well into my teenage years.
Luckily, I eventually learned to appreciate good, healthy food and became an avid home cook. Then came my twins and they awoke my fears of having picky eaters just like me and so began the journey of providing them with delicious, healthy, all natural meals and snacks. While I make most of their food at home, I need some healthy on the go options as well for days spent at the park or at grandma’s house, but I struggled to find anything that I felt good about feeding my children. Even the products that claim to be “healthy”, “organic” or “all natural” were either high in sugar or had little nutritional value.
I knew that healthier options were possible, so along with a good friend and equally passionate mom, Katie, we created MySuperFoods, a food company that is committed to providing all natural, healthy, nutrient dense foods for children. As a mother of three young children, I am personally dedicated to ensuring that the products we create for MySuperFoods have the same nutritional value and quality superfood ingredients that I would cook for my little ones.
When I was six, I went to the doctor for a check-up and when he asked me what my favorite food was, I looked straight into his eyes and said, "cole slaw." He looked at my mom and asked, "is she serious?" Boy, was I. Perhaps he was amazed that I didn't say something like chips or cookies. All I knew was my mom made a mean cole slaw, and I wasn't afraid to advertise on her behalf. Truth be told, I learned a lot about food from my parents. I loved pulling fresh veggies out of our garden and watching pumpkins grow from leafy greens, to Cinderella sized carriages. I equally cherished the weeks leading up to Christmas, when we would cover counter tops every night with a new delicious cookie from scratch. While my love of food has not diminished, my appreciation for it certainly has. Between learning how to chop onions and properly clean chicken, I was often swirling my cereal spoon in pink milk, watching canned cheese pile onto a cracker, and pulling apart tiny rope after tiny rope in a package of licorice. My palate needed a major overhaul.
As I got older and realized what food was doing to and for my body, I drastically changed how and what I ate. I learned to love natural flavors and really taste all the sugar and salt that goes into processed foods. Food preparation was even more enjoyable, and it was already fun. After I had my twin daughters and became responsible for every bite that went into their mouths I became even more passionate about the taste, preparation and power behind every ingredient. Now that my two little people are forming opinions of their own, I realize it's important for them to have options that we both love. It doesn't just have to be fuel or entertainment. Healthy or sugar-filled. They should have good food that tastes good and (dare I say it) be fun!
When Silvia sat in my living room, talking about her amazing idea about a children's food company that was also a lifestyle brand, I was hooked. Merging delicious, nutritious food with a brand and energy that the whole family would enjoy? Well, that's why I'm here today.
I currently work as a certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach in my own practice and as a student health coach and advisor for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Being a Health and Nutrition Coach means I educate and empower children and adults of all ages to learn the true ins and outs of "healthy eating and living" so they can reach their greatest wellness potential. My work follows the mantra I created for my clients: "Feed your brain with knowledge about the best foods and habits for your body." Through many trials and tribulations of diets and different activity levels throughout my life, I can attest to how finally balancing out my life with proper, yet simple whole-food nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices made the greatest difference in me as a person. As a former teacher for nine years working in the education sector in various public and private schools across the country, I am experienced in how balanced health and wellness affects everyone - from every age, starting with our youngest populations. The most rewarding part of my job is being able to support, educate, and help transform the lives, health, and well-being of those I work with.
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. I have completed collegiate nutrition courses and currently hold credentialing as a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the State University of New York, Purchase and accreditation through the American Academy of Drugless Practitioners.
In addition to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I attended and graduated from Boston College, where I studied business, psychology, and education. I am an active athlete, having been a competitive swimmer in high school and rowing in college. I continue my emphasis on exercise with running, bootcamp workouts, Spinning, and yoga.