Breastfeeding. Attachment Parenting. Gardening. Cooking. Family Meals. Mindfulness. Yoga. Gratitude.
First and foremost, I identify myself as a parent. Above all my other roles, I see this as my most important one. And just like you, I want my children to eat well, and grow into healthy confident adults. As a nutritionist, breastfeeding counselor, and parent, I have spoken with countless mothers, fathers, grandparents, daycare providers and teachers for over 20 years.
I have listened and have heard what your concerns are. And I get it!
I know that we all struggle at some point with our family’s food and eating. Of course we do! There is so much information out there, and not all of it is coherent. How do we decide whose advice to follow? Even I had my questions and doubts as a young mother, despite the fact that I was already a nutritionist!
Since my studies to become a registered dietitian-nutritionist, my passion has been the health and wellbeing of families. Even way back in graduate school, my thesis work looked at how diet and exercise affected pregnancy outcome and lactation (believe it or not, I made poor little rats run on a treadmill!). I started to study for my PhD, but then….when I should have been writing my statistics exam, my baby girl was born (that’s her aged 3 and that photo is now the cover of my first book)!
The birth of my daughter changed everything for me. I stepped back from studies, became a full-time mommy, and volunteered with La Leche League as a breastfeeding counselor. Since then, I have worked with HeadStart preschools as a nutrition consultant and kids’ yoga teacher, volunteered for food pantries, been a clinical pediatric nutritionist at community health clinics, spoken at daycares and schools, and offered many workshops for educators, parents, and teens. For many years I coordinated a program for disadvantaged pregnant moms, where we cooked together, and talked about health and nutrition for their families.
My years of experience have solidified my beliefs.
I believe that eating is one of life’s pleasures.
I believe it’s all about nourishing the body and spirit, not just feeding nutrients. When it comes to teaching this to our children, I believe in a holistic, simple approach that is adaptable to our individual, possibly changing, family situation. Personally, I know what it’s like to be a married co-parent, a single mom (I was widowed shortly after my daughter’s 8th birthday), and more recently, a step-mom. I have successfully seen my daughter settle into her own apartment, with the skills and knowledge to cook for herself, and most importantly, a healthy relationship to food and eating. The best part is when I go visit her and she cooks me a great dinner!
If you are questioning how to nourish your family, I’m certain that you will find many answers here. Given a little more information, you will figure out what’s right for you. Read some of the articles I’ve written, look at my books, and if you still need some guidance, contact me to work one-on-one. I’d love to hear from you, and would be honored to accompany you in your personal journey of empowerment, so that you can be the role model you want to be for your children. Then you will be able to enjoy some lovely connection time with your family as you garden, shop, cook, and eat together.
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If you like what you’ve read and think we’d be a good fit and work well together, get in touch.
Katja Leccisi, MS, RDN
Katja is a registered dietitian-nutritionist in both Canada and the United States. A graduate of McGill University, she has more than twenty years of experience working with families and educators in clinical, community, and workshop settings in both countries. Her career also includes ten years as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a La Leche League Leader. She writes regularly for La Leche League International’s publication Breastfeeding Today, and her work has also been published on Mothering.com and PeggyOMara.com.. She lives in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, where she enjoys yoga, meditation, music, gardening, cooking, and a very active outdoor life.