Ep 14 - Improving Chances For Natural Conception Through Holistic Nutrition with Guest Barbara Rodgers

September 18, 2017

Hi everybody and welcome to another episode of the health begins with mom podcast. The place where moms and moms to learn about health & wellness for women and children and even more so, how to bring the message of health into our homes in a sustainable and practical way. As always, you are welcome to join my FB group called Busy Moms Get Healthy, where we expand the conversation after each episode, and where you can get a direct access to me and other moms who are on the same journey as you are. You can ask me questions, comment on posts and share tips or recipes that you like and work for you.

Today on the show we are talking about infertility, and specifically how to improve the chances of natural conception through food, nutrition and lifestyle changes. I know many people, including some very close family members who have struggled or are still struggling to conceive. Luckily, my husband and I got pregnant fairly quickly, however, we know people who have gone through painful treatments, hormones, medications and one heartbreak after another, so my intention with this podcast is never to open wounds or make someone feel guilty. I did this interview to show people that there is something they might not even know available and works, which is nutritional and lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, the conventional medical community is not educated about this, so I hope this will shed some light and this message will get to the people who need to hear it. Since this is an extremely private and sensitive topic it is hard to tell someone you know is struggling to conceive what you've learned, instead just forward them this episode and say something like: "You know I love you dearly and want to see you happy, I've come across this show online and wanted to share this with you, I think you'll like what they talk about. Free free to pass that along". Remember, you will never truly know how it is to be on the other side, and if you really want to help do that with kindness, empathy, and compassion.

Alright, now let me introduce you to today's guest.

Barbara Rodgers is a certified Nutrition Consultant and Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. She is an author, educator, and strategist for individuals and organizations who are interested in improving health through holistic protocols. In her private practice, Barbara works one-on-one with clients dealing with autoimmune disorders, fertility, chronic fatigue, and stress. The goal of Barbara’s work is to elevate the level of awareness among the masses that integrative, holistic healthcare options are often effective as a treatment for chronic and severe illness. She is a living proof that even “incurable” diseases can be managed without toxic medical or pharmaceutical interventions.

Show Notes: 

Is Poor Nutrition Linked to Infertility?

Free download - Six months before conception: two steps for optimal health and fertility prior to conception

Barbara's website: www.nutritionlifestrategies.com



Ep 13 - How To Deal With Mom Guilt With Guest Tamar Spilberg

September 11, 2017

Mom-guilt is a destructive feeling which creeps in all of us across the board, but it is really important to remember that it is a feeling. And what we all have to remember is that feelings are temporary and do pass. So if you have a mindfulness practice and you do allow yourself to take the time, breathe and let the feeling rush through you, eventually it will pass. I love this quote: "This too shall pass..."

Today on the show I am talking with Tamar Spilberg, who is first and foremost a mother and a family therapist and we talk about mom guilt. What causes it, why it happens, our core beliefs, and how to manage ourselves when this feeling strikes.

Tamar Spilberg focused her entire career on cultivating skills needed to help people who are suffering. Tamar has helped children and adults dealing with all kinds of mental health afflictions, including anxiety disorders, social issues, eating disorders, depression, and self-esteem problems. She has helped repair dysfunctional family units, rekindle waning relationships, and re-open lines of communication among individuals locked in conflict. Tamar has extensive experience in helping those in abusive relationships, as well as people dealing with divorce, separation, and parenting, in a safe, and attentive therapeutic environment. Her space encourages profound sharing and communication.

Tamar's personal life has also given her an intimate and experiential insight into family dynamics. Tamar lives happily in Richmond Hill with her husband and four children, and her lifestyle embodies the balance she strives to share with her patients.

Show Notes 

Tamar's Website

Ep 2 - Stop looking for work-life balance, cultivate harmony instead!


Ep 12 - Raising Boys and Understanding The Men In Our Lives With Guest Janet Allison

September 5, 2017

Ohh boy, it is so difficult to raise boys!!! I can definitely tell you that the complaints I hear from parents of boys are totally different than complaints of parents of girls. I myself have three girls, so I am definitely not an expert on raising boys. Today on the show I have Janet Allison, a parent coach who helps parents understand their boys better and bring out their best.

Here are the things we discuss:

  • How do boys/men communicate, play and listen?
  • How boys' brains are different than girls' brains?
  • Some tips on feeding boys?
  • How to praise boys?
  • How does testosterone work in males' brains and how can we, moms/women, make the best use of this knowledge and understanding with regards to our boys and or our male partners?
  • How do you know your boy is thriving?
  • How to handle technology with boys?

Show Notes: 

Janet's website

Janet's Facebook Group 

PeaceMakers Cards 

Ep 5 - Cultivating Emotional Intelligence With Suzanne McDonald Tucker 


Ep 11 - The Importance of Tummy Time For Babies with Guest Wendy Rohin

August 21, 2017

Hi, everybody!

Today on the show I am interviewing Wendy Rohin, who is a pediatric physical therapist and has been specializing in prematurity and infant development for over 10 years. She is the one-woman-show behind the blog everythingbabies.org. She has recently started offering online services for parents and babies to get help without leaving their living room!

We are talking about why is tummy time so important for baby's development, including some of the most important milestones a baby goes through and atypical development. This is a must listen if you have a newborn! This will help you stress less and understand what is happening more.

Show Notes

Registration for "How to Pack School Lunches in Less Than 10 Minutes"

Wendy's private FB group Preemie Power 

Blog post - Why Is Tummy Time So Important For Baby?

Gross Motor Milestones Checklist 

Wendy's website 


Ep 10 - Preventing Bladder Infections With Reusable Menstrual Products, an interview with Madeleine Shaw, co-founder of lunapads.com

August 14, 2017

Hi everybody, 

Today I am super excited to introduce you to Madeleine Shaw, co-founder of lunapads.com, a company specializing in manufacturing reusable menstrual products. 

In my coaching calls with women, who are moms and have been through pregnancy, birth & labor the issue of recurrent bladder infections has been coming up a lot! There are so many reasons why bladder infections might be happening, and today on the show I have someone who has personally struggled with infections and as a result, created this wonderful company. 

Here's a bit of info about Madeleine's company, lunapads.com

Since 1993, Lunapads has been making their signature collection of menstrual products, Lunapads and LunaUndies. Lunapads were created by Madeleine Shaw, a fashion designer who realized she needed something to solve her own health concerns about using disposable pads and tampons.

Switching from tampons to cloth pads brought her the unexpected benefit of discovering a deeper connection with her body, and she set out to bring this gift to others in the form of starting a business. She wrote the first business plan for Lunapads in 1994, and in 1995 opened a store and small production facility. By 1998, Lunapads were available in health food stores across Canada.

In 1999, Madeleine met Suzanne Siemens, a Chartered Accountant, at a Community Leadership course they were both participating in. Realizing that they shared a vision for better health for people and the planet, they combined their skills to fully develop Lunapads' potential. Lunapads are now used by thousands of customers worldwide: as a result, 2 million disposable pads and tampons are now being diverted from landfills every month.

Show Notes

Register for my healthy school lunches webinar

Join our Private FB group Here 

Lunapads.com - use coupon code MAKETHESWITCH to get 20% off your purchase 


Ep 9 - Introducing Solid Foods to Baby with Baby Led Weaning/Feeding with Guest Didi Tonev

August 6, 2017

So many of you ask me about feeding babies, introducing solid foods, there are a lot of you who have older children who are still stuck on pureed food. So today, I have brought on a guest who is a specialist on feeding babies and has created an online program called Baby Meets Food (use coupon code DORIT10 to get 10% off your purchase price). We are going to talk about milestones, baby led feeding, how to help our children feel successful about feeding themselves.

Researching this approach I’ve learned that this approach to feeding promotes healthy eating, a positive relationship with food and also prevents picky eating later on! So many of you struggle with picky eating, so this approach can help with promoting

Feeding can have a powerful influence not only on the physical health of children but also on their social and emotional health. The feeding interactions used by parents can support or hinder their children’s healthy development and can affect parental satisfaction with parenting. A positive feeding relationship is essential for a child’s proper nutrition and growth. Interactions related to feeding have a powerful impact on how children feel about themselves and the world. As I always say, feeding is parenting and it is our responsibility as parents to help children have a positive relationship with food. So, today’s guest, Didi Tonev is going to talk to us all about feeding baby.


Didi is a growth seeker. I love her YouTube Channel Called, Smart Parent Stories, where she supports parents to raise happy and healthy children. She is the creator of Baby Meets Food, an online feeding program. She is also the founder of a Montessori nursery school based in London, UK.

Show Notes: 

www.babymeetsfoods.com – use coupon code DORIT10 to get 10% off your purchase price!

Didi’s YouTube Channel – Smart Parent Stories

15 Tips For Successful Baby-Led Weaning 


Ep - 8 How To Connect More and Yell Less with Guest Kelly Hutcheson

July 31, 2017

Hi guys, 

Today we are talking about a topic that I personally struggle a lot with - how to yell less. I am a very emotional and sensitive person, plus I grew up in a home where both my mom and dad yelled so I guess for me it is sort of a double problem. Over the years I have done a lot of work on myself, but yelling is still something I struggle with, so I am super excited to learn from Kelly! 

Kelly Hutcheson is a former teacher and child counselor who helps parents learn how to connect more and yell less to have more fun with their precious children. She believes our children are hand selected by God to teach us about our undeveloped self and their throbbing spirit teaches us about where we need to grow. She currently resides in Wellington with her daughter Lily, 8 and son Grady, 6 and husband David where she works from home as a Beachbody coach to help moms feel comfortable in their own skin.

Show Notes: 

Register to 'Healthy Snacks For Kids' Webinar here

Join the Health Begins With Mom Village (our private FB group) here

Join Kelly's parenting boot camp here (it's FREE): http://tinyurl.com/ParentingBootCampFun


Ep 7 - Courageously Design The Life You Crave With Guest Heather Chauvin

July 24, 2017

Today's conversation is very special to me personally, as I get to interview my own personal coach and mentor, Heather Chauvin.

Heather's mission is to crack women open to their deepest potential and lead the life their soul craves. She reaches thousands of readers and listeners worldwide and leads innovative retreats and coaching programs that teach women to succeed in their most sacred work in parenting and business. Heather’s the creator of the Mom Is In Control Podcast and has been featured on Oprah's network, Huffington Post, TV outlets and others. With wit and wisdom, Heather inspires a global community of women to take back control of how they want to lead, work, play, and parent.

I have never shared this here on the podcast, but I think it is important I talk about my experience because some of you might be experiencing the same struggles, and I want to help you avoid it as much as possible.

So before we dive into the interview, here's a little background. I think like most women I have always wanted to be a mom. I had this beautiful fantasy of holding my baby in my arms for hours and that everything would be like in a fairytale. And it was, for like a day or two. But after physically birthing three human beings into the world, I felt depleted, empty, void and numb to my own personal goals, aspirations, and purpose. I felt like all I do all day is - cook for them, clean for them and take care of the house. I have chosen to work part-time from home so no one to blame here, but I didn't know how to get out of this rut I have put myself into. With time, as my kids grew and I became less busy with taking care of them I have imagined myself 5 years older and could not live with the image of who I was becoming. I was becoming bitter, unhappy, barely laughing, smiling, making jokes, feeling luscious and vibrant - all that, while being a coach in the health industry! I was becoming the mom I teach other moms not to be!

I went through a serious identity crisis and did not recognize myself in the mirror! Who is this person, this is not me! I used to be fun, energetic, contagious, magnetic. People were drawn to my energy and wanted to be around me. I was turning into this woman who locked herself in her home, rarely socializing, feeling lonely, craving some serious connection, all the while supposedly raising healthy kids.

How much longer could I lie to myself?

So I knew I had to do something. I knew I had to take back control of my life.

I have been playing the martyr game for a long time, sacrificing every bit of myself all in the name of being a good mom, and it was time to change that.

That was when I've decided with lots of fear and hesitation to ask for Heather's help. I have been following her for a long time and with every podcast episode or email I've read, it felt like she speaks to my heart.

I will never forget that phone conversation, when Heather said: "Dorit, imagine yourself standing at the edge of a cliff, it is high and steep but you know you need to jump. Success, freedom, and possibility are waiting for you but you need to jump. You can do this. You've got this. I am here to hold your hand. Jump.

And I did.

So without further ado, here's my interview with the person who is holding my hand through it all. Heather Chauvin.

You can find the show notes here: http://healthbeginswithmom.com/ep-7/

Heather's Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/momisincontrol/

Interested in Heather's Mastermind? Here's the link to join: heatherchauvin.ontraport.com/t?orid=3352&opid=2


Ep 6 - How To Eliminate The Post Baby Pooch With Guest Stephanie Sibbio

July 16, 2017

Stephanie Sibbio is a holistic health coach, specializing in fitness and nutrition for new and expecting moms. She is the creator of Glowing Mama 101, an online program that assists new moms in the post-birth recovery process.  Today's topic is very near and dear to my heart as I have been personally experiencing it for the past eight years and that is the post-baby pooch. Now, before we jump into today's call I want to make it very clear that the intention behind bringing Stephanie on today is not to add to the feeling of overwhelm and

Today's topic is very near and dear to my heart as I have been personally experiencing it for the past eight years and that is the post-baby pooch. Now, before we jump into today's call I want to make it very clear that the intention behind bringing Stephanie on today is not to add to the feeling of overwhelm and self-sabotage we often experience as mothers. And personally I am tired of seeing personal trainers and other experts calling moms out to fix themselves or get back to their previous bodies as though we can ignore the fact that our skin has stretched back and forth (for me it was three times), our spines are messed up because we were carrying a heavy baby for nine months, and we can't seem to lose that 5-10lbs of excess weight. I believe that nothing is lost. The body you and I have now is our vessel to carry out our purpose in this life, whatever it is for you, but I do not want us to hate our post baby bodies. Rather I want to invite you to own your stretch marks, or that post-baby pooch, or that cellulite and decide that you are seeking help not because you want to look different but because you want to feel better. I am all about being intentional and deliberate with all aspects of our lives, especially our health. And you know what, even if you decide not to do anything about your post-baby body, I totally understand where you are coming from. It all boils down to priorities and timing. If now is not the right time, then be it. I love you and I want you to love yourself even if your belly is spilling out of your jeans. So today I am inviting you to listen in and learn how you can decrease or eliminate (if that's even possible) that post-baby pooch while understanding how your hormones work, what's the ideal diet and what you can do in terms of exercise.


Ep 5 - Interview with guest Suzanne Tucker founder of Generation Mindful

July 9, 2017

Today I have a super interesting interview with a friend of mine who has created a great product for mindful parents. I talk a lot on this show about how many times ideas and theories are really hard to implement especially when we are in the trenches, making dinner or trying to get everyone ready and out the door. Many times, mindfulness is the last thing on our minds. So today I have brought Suzanne on to talk to us about her website and the products she has created to help us parent from the heart.

Suzanne Tucker is a physical therapist, mom of four, parent educator and founder of GenerationMindful.com. a website that OFFERS TOOLS, TOYS, AND PROGRAMS TO CONNECT THE GENERATIONS (PLAYFULLY!), while NURTURING THE HUMAN SPIRIT. Suzanne leads regular Infant Massage and Positive Parenting classes in St. Louis, Missouri where she and her husband have a holistic outpatient rehabilitation center. She is also the founder of My Mommy Manual, an online community inspiring parents to “look inside themselves for instructions”.

Show Notes: 


Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

Mindful Parenting 12 Point Checklist