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 


Ep 4 - Big Life Journal & Growth Mindset with guest Alexandra Eidens

June 25, 2017

If you listen to this show you most likely have children and you are also looking for ways to engage them in positive, constructive and beneficial activities that help them think and contemplate about their lives as human beings on this planet, and teach them that as human beings they have the potential to make the world a better place. I believe that with the essence of my soul. But, if you are like me, surely this concept is not an easy one to carry on yourself, let alone teaching it to your kids.

One of my challenges as a mother is implementing the theories and ideas I'm learning in my daily life with my kids. How about you? Do you find that challenging? How do we teach big ideas that convey the message that our children can change the world for the better, that they need to dream big, take risks, take action and believe in themselves? I think we can all agree that preaching about it or giving examples of other people is not enough. It all comes down to mindset and today's guest has created a great product which can help us guide our children to achieve that goal. Alexandra Eidens is the creator of Big Life Journal which is a guided journal for kids ages 7 and up. I am so excited for you to meet her and highly recommend you get the journal for your kids as well. You can use promo code DORIT to get 10% at check out.

Now, without further ado, Here's my interview with Alexandra, enjoy!


Ep 3 - How To Raise Good Kids In A Crazy World with guest Jennifer Brimhall

June 20, 2017

Today I am interviewing Jen Brimhal, the founder of raisethegood.com which is a collection of inspiring resources for families that EDUCATE THE HEART in fun, easy, and meaningful ways.

Most parents want to raise good kids. But we live in a crazy world and we have our own weaknesses to deal with as well! Jen is a mother who is passionate about gathering inspiring resources for intentional families and giving parents the tools they need to raise the good in this world.

Jen lives in rural Arizona with her husband Ammon, her 5 children and lots of dark chocolate.  With a background in education and history, she loves being able to guide her children's education in a variety of ways, including at times, homeschooling. She is a natural resource gatherer, and inspirational resources make her especially happy. An avid reader, she enjoys reading historical and business classics with a side of clean Regency romance. She is also a volunteer and occasional contributor for the organization Power of Moms.

I brought Jen on the show because I think she is doing something wonderful for those of us who want to do a great job at raising good people. As always, information and theoretical concepts are nice but I am interested in the how! So without further ado, here's my interview with Jen.

Ep 2 - Breaking the myth of work life balance

June 12, 2017

Hi mamas. welcome to the second episode of the health begins with Mom podcast. My goal with this podcast is to empower and inspire all of us, women & moms to LOVE being a woman, to learn the God-given superpowers we have, to own them and make use of them in our daily lives as women, wives, and mothers. When it comes to supreme health we have to see our lives from a holistic perspective and consider ourselves as ever changing beings rather linear individuals.

today we are going to cover a topic which is near and dear to my heart and that is the constant chase after what is known in the mainstream as balance. I often hear moms and women looking for balance, they want to find balance, or create a work-life balance. They are chasing after balance like it is something that is lost. Are we playing hide and seek here?

We want to feel fulfilled as women, human beings and as mothers who raise a family. This duality lives in each and every one of us, and all of us crave that feeling. But here is the problem.

Balance in the way it’s held in our mainstream culture is not possible, or even what we truly desire. Balance can’t be found because it’s not lost.

Let's do a little imagination game together. Put both of your hands in front of you (please don't do this if you are driving!), then close your eyes. Now imagine your work being out on the right side, and then your life being put on the other. Now life is a huge category and it consists of so many things like raising a family, marriage, relationships, your passions, hobbies, self-care, and so on and so forth. Do you see why work/life is the wrong equation? Our lives don't comprise of only two things. We are not two things. We are many things. No wonder we feel like we don’t have enough time or space… we are trying to stuff everything we care about together in 50% of this equation. Seeing it this way show us that Work/life balance as an equation for life's success is the wrong equation. It cannot solve the stress, tension and overwhelm we feel.
By considering only these two parts, we create a “duality reality.” In duality realities, the two forces are constantly pulling at each other like a tug of war – which is why when it comes to ‘balancing work and life’ we often feel stuck in an internal tug of war. Work is pulling at life. Life is pulling at work. And we are caught in the middle. That feeling is not fun. I think you know what I mean.

You crave a fulfilling career which encompasses all of your talents and allows you to bring your share to the world, but you also want to raise amazing kids who you would be proud of and will grow up to be people we need more of in this world and have a great marriage and partnership. Both of these "jobs" are equally important and I see how this duality reality is literally sucking the life force out of us.

Now here is where our feminine Wisdom comes in… When you keep running after the same faulty equation as a model of success or living, you will keep coming up with the same problems. 

In this case, feeling overwhelmed, stretched and burned out. No matter how many green drinks or smoothies or hours of sleep you get, you can’t break the patterns of burnout and overwhelm because you are trying to work and live within systems (your work, education, healthcare) that were not created for human harmony but to maximize what those in power could take from human potential and effort.

This model could work beautifully if we were machines, but we're not. We are women, driven by feminine energy which we don't really understand or appreciate. I am going to talk about femininity vs. masculinity in a later podcast, for now, I want you to choose to live in harmony as opposed to chasing work-life balance.

I think you and I are both tired of hearing or reading magazines and articles that are titled as "The 10 steps to creating a happy life", there are not steps because our life is not linear. Human beings are not designed to view life as a straight line where you go from point a to point b. Rather, we move through life in cycles. Imagine it as a circle, or a spiral which moves in a round form, constantly regenerating, replenishing itself, always coming back to home base. As women, we are aligned with the moon and seasons, which are cyclical and repeat themselves again and again.

So now I'd like to introduce you to the concept of the feminine super power of harmony. When you live in harmony you feel in harmony. wise women seek and cultivate harmony we don't chase balance.

what is The Feminine Super Power of Harmony? Well, it's “The ability to create a rhythm to your life – your days, weeks, months & years – that supports and sustains you and allows you to be graceful, powerful & flexible in how you interact with, lead, and respond to all parts of your life. Your life is like an orchestra. Each part is like a section of your orchestra, you are the conductor, and the Divine is the inspiration, energy & tune that plays through you. ” 

What does it mean to live in harmony? There are eight aspects of our lives as humans and in order to feel in harmony we need to get into the habit of checking in with ourselves on a regular basis and ask ourselves are we in harmony or out of harmony in that particular area. So now I'd like to do a little guided meditation process with you. I am going to name the eight aspects of human harmony and I want you to answer for yourself, are you in harmony or out of harmony in this particular area.

take a deep breath...

Are you ready? Let's begin.

Sacred work & Career - are you in harmony or out of harmony?

Romantic Relationships - are you in harmony or out of harmony?

Family & Friends - are you in harmony or out of harmony?

Physical Health & Vitality - are you in harmony or out of harmony?

Financial Flow & Wealth - are you in harmony or out of harmony?

Emotional Health & Happiness - are you in harmony or out of harmony?

Creativity & Self Expression- are you in harmony or out of harmony?

Spiritual Practice & Connection - are you in harmony or out of harmony?I hope this was helpful and you got some insight out of this exercise. I'd love to hear about your findings! Share where you are feeling in or out of harmony with me, you can either email me at dorit@heal or find me on facebook.

I hope this was helpful and you got some insight out of this exercise. Remember that your life is not linear and you can never master being in balance. When it comes to health we need to take a more holistic approach which takes into consideration all aspects of our lives, not only what we do for a living and our lives at home. Give yourself permission to see the full picture and then take action to replenish the areas you feel out of harmony.

I would love to hear from you! Where in your life do you feel in harmony, where do you feel out of harmony? You can send me a private message on facebook, I go under dorit palvanov or send me an email at dorit@healthbeginswithmom.com.

until next time I am sending you much love and many blessings!