An Interview with Wellness Mama

So excited to introduce you all to Katie, the “Wellness Mama.”

She is a mom of four with a background in Nutrition. Katie is a  real food crusader, lover of books, kettlebell junkie, scuba diver, and coffee addict who can finally do a pull up. She blogs at about health, fitness, natural living, healthy recipes, and motherhood. You can find her on facebooktwitterPinterest and Google+.

We met at the Blissdom blogging conference, she sat next to me and nursed her baby during the session and we got to talk a little. I wish we could have talked more, because right away I knew we had lots in common and would be fast friends.

Do you ever feel like that too? You know what I am talking about, like when you see another mom across the park, and they have the same diaper bag and sling as you, and you see them doing something like breastfeeding or giving a healthy snack and you just want to run over and say, “I have that same bag! I breastfeed too! Let’s be BFF’s forever!! 

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{MBL} How do you balance it all? I feel like I have got home management and parenting down (most days!), but I only have one child. How do you do it with four?

To be completely honest, I find it is actually somewhat easier now than when I had one or two. There is more work, just because there are more people making messes, but I’m able to be more organized (probably out of necessity). The kids also entertain themselves pretty often, so I have time to cook and clean, which is actually somewhat of a stress relief for me.

I’ve also found that meal planning is absolutely essential, and that staying on a pretty consistent schedule makes things a lot easier. I certainly don’t keep a military regimen by any means, but when there is an expectation that each member of the family has certain tasks at certain times of the day, it makes sure we all have time to get everything done and it avoids the “I’m bored” complaint from the kids.

{MBL} What first inspired you to eat healthy? Have you always eaten and lived this way? What did your lifestyle look like 10 years ago?

Ten years ago…. I cringe to think of how I ate back then. I was young, could eat whatever I wanted without gaining weight and was playing sports often, so I didn’t think about the health aspects of food at all. It blows my mind now to think back and realize that I never questioned if eating hamburgers, pizza, french fries, and smoothies as the staples of my diet was healthy or not. I figured if I wasn’t gaining weight or getting sick from it, it was fine. I was actually studying nutrition, but the focus was absolutely on calories, whole grains, etc., and almost entirely focused on weight management.

Fast forward five years and I was married and pregnant with my first baby. I’d been working with clients and realizing that my traditional nutrition education of calories in vs. calories out and low-fat whole grain dogma was not actually helping any of them. Some would lose a little weight and be miserable and then gain it back when their will-power gave out. I was also encountering problems that were obviously tied to diet somehow, but none of the things I’d learned were helping at all. I spent that entire pregnancy reading for about eight hours a day and trying to find the answers.

As I learned more, a lot of the pieces started clicking into place and I was able to address some of the issues that clients had. I also had inspiration to start applying these things to my own life since I was pregnant and wanted to give my little one the best start possible. I’ve learned a lot since then and wish I knew it then so my son would have had then benefit of it all during my pregnancy, but I’m also just glad to finally have and be able to share answers that actually help. 🙂

{MBL}  I cringe too, I was a vegetarian back then, thinking that was healthy. But really that was the time of my life when I was malnourished. If a person could make one change in their lifestyle to live healthier, what do you think is the number one thing?

Stop eating things that come in a package or are made in a factory. It basically all boils down to eating real food, though some of us have done enough damage that we need some extra nutritional support during the transition to help heal.

{MBL} How long have you been blogging? What is your favorite part about making a living as a blogger?

I’ve been blogging for almost two years, and I wasn’t serious about it and didn’t post regularly the first year. Any money I make on the blog is pretty inadvertent, actually. I started as I was learning more about health and natural living because I was upset that the answers most people were finding were not helping them at all. It was an outlet where I could post recipes and address general issues that clients were dealing with, and it was incredible to see the community that developed. I feel incredibly blessed to have gotten to e-meet so many of my readers and to (hopefully) be able to help them on their health journeys.

As corny as it sounds, my favorite part of blogging is the emails from readers when something I write was helpful to them. Those are the emails that make the late nights and early mornings of blogging when the kids are sleeping worth it.

{MBL} E-meet! I love that term, I have never heard it before. I know what you mean. That is one of my favorite parts too. I love meeting like minded mamas online.

It was such a pleasure getting to know you better, I am sure my readers loved getting to know you better too. I loved that we were able to meet face to face at Blissdom and continue to stay in touch online.

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  • Veronica
    June 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I love Katie of Wellness Mama!!! I look forward to reading more of your blog 🙂

    • Stephanie
      June 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Isn’t she great? Glad you are here!