Hello! I’m so excited to be talking to you in this new format. Just in case you’re new to First Foods, let’s start with an introduction!
I’m Mariah. I’m a Registered Dietitian and a mom of two boys. My oldest is 4 and a half and my youngest has a birthday next week, he’ll be two! I’ve recently become a stay-at-home mom, which is a story I’m going to share in more detail here on the blog soon.
How I got here
If you’ve followed me on Instagram over the past few years, you probably already know that when I started this private practice, First Foods, my focus was a little different. I set out to teach methods of starting solids and help parents feel confident introducing foods to their kids. I still really love that area of nutrition. But, I always saw it as a deeper need than just figuring out what foods are high in iron. It’s about setting a foundation for a child to learn how to become a competent eater from the start of foods, to recognize that their bodies are good, no matter what size they are and that they can trust the signals their body gives them when eating. What I realized is that if a parent couldn’t do that themselves, it was nearly impossible for them to raise kids who could. So, I pivoted. I began to focus on moms and their relationship with food and their bodies. Think of it as starting at the source, if we can dismantle the diet mentality for mom, she will feel much more equipped and confident in raising kids who don’t hate their bodies and seek to shrink it for the next 20 years.
If we get super specific, my business offerings have changed a lot in the past year and a half too. I started out with just an online course. Then, I shifted to offering one on one virtual coaching sessions. Running a business wasn’t something I thought I’d be doing when I was in grad school. It’s not something I’m an expert at. I’ve done a lot of learn-as-I-go in business (literally doing that right now as I move to a new website that I don’t know how to use). I’ve also invested a lot of money in business consultants, which were helpful at the time, but I’ve really learned to trust myself in business over the past few months. Okay, let me rephrase that, I’ve learned to go to the Lord more in my business. I believe that He’s actually the only one who can bring this business success, and I spent a long time thinking it was all on me to figure that out.
I’m going to be re-launching a group program I had created sometime in the near future, making it an open-door program with no set ‘start’ or ‘stop’ dates, just simply a ‘join for as long as you’d like’ type of group. I’m still offering one on one sessions for coaching if that’s something you’re interested in, reach out to me.
I have some big dreams as far as where I’d like this business to go next. But, I’m waiting. I’m praying, I’m dreaming and I’m working behind the scenes on that. Blogging itself is something I’ve thought about for a long time, and I’m really excited to connect with you all on a more intimate level here. I’ll definitely be sharing more in-depth and vulnerable parts of my life and I’m excited to do so. Some of the biggest breakthroughs that I’ve had as a mom, as an intuitive eater and as a dietitian have come from reading other blogs and really feeling a sense of connection to them. I hope you’ll find the same here.
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