When I began this blog nearly six years ago, I wasn’t exactly sure where it was going. But I knew this: I wanted to keep it real. I had read too much on the internet that made feeding kids sound so easy. But it’s not always easy. I wanted to be honest about that.
Since then, my blog has grown and my kids have phased out of diapers and tantrums. I’ve become passionate about things I hardly knew existed when I was a brand new mom, like snacks on the sidelines of youth sports.
But one thing hasn’t changed. My goal in writing this blog is and always has been to share my triumphs (and tragedies) when it comes to feeding my kids and myself, to tell you what works for me (and what doesn’t), to admit my mistakes (and usually laugh about them), and above all, to create a space where moms (and a few dads) can feel understood and never judged.
So I took it hard this week when someone on my Real Mom Nutrition Facebook page left me this comment:
I think it’s sites and blogs like yours that claim “real mom nutrition” that contribute 100% to the problem in making mothers feel bad about their food choices with their families.
Then it occurred to me that the name of my blog may be misinterpreted to be a nod to the “real food” movement. Some people may think that by labeling myself as a “real mom”, I’m passing judgement on moms who don’t buy organic food or implying that you’re only a real mom if you’re, say, GMO-free.
That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
When I named this blog, the “real food” movement had not yet hit the mainstream. People were not classifying food as “real” or “clean” as they are now. Pinterest was not full of recipes for clean pumpkin pie cookie dough balls. Pinterest didn’t even exist.
I called this blog Real Mom Nutrition because I want you to know that I’m grounded in reality, that I’m not going to gloss over the hard stuff or pretend that it’s all easy and fun. I want you to know that I’m a real mom living a real life with a budget. That even though I’m a dietitian with a bunch of initials after my name, I still struggle with things like a wicked sweet tooth and children who don’t always eat their vegetables. And that sometimes, I still feel conflicted and confused about what to do.
So if you’re new to my blog, know this:
- I encourage and strive for a diet based around mostly whole foods, but I also use packaged convenience foods.
- I don’t judge anyone who spins through the drive-thru on a busy night.
- I don’t think food should be labeled “toxic” or “poison”.
- Our decorated Christmas cookies are usually a mess, but they taste good.
That’s the “Real” in Real Mom Nutrition. If you like it, I hope you’ll stick around for more.