A mother of three creates national brand to fight childhood obesity.
I recently sat down with Debbie Blacher of Wholesome Tummies. She is a mom who was frustrated with the growing childhood obesity rates in America. With that in mind and a motivating passion to change the way children eat at school and camp, she wanted to provide parents with an affordable and time-saving, flexible program to offer nutritious lunch options for their kids. Thus, Wholesome Tummies was born.
How did you find yourself in the position of starting Wholesome Tummies?
I was a pregnant mom of two boys and entirely frustrated by the lack of healthy choices for my kids' foods outside the home. I wanted to at least be able to outsource school lunch and feel good about it, but the only options that existed in my community were heavily processed and no better than fast food. I decided to do something about it, and began building the business.
What do you want people to know most about the initiative in creating better food our children?
That changing our current food supply in this country is going to take the efforts of all of us. We each have a voice and we can all make our voices as loud as we want, so the decision makers have no choice but to bring in healthier choices for our children. We are each empowered to make change and these kinds of massive changes take a village, but there is strength in numbers and change can happen!
What do you do within your own family to stay healthy?
We eat a lot of vegetables and my fruit bowl is always full. We start our family meals with salad so the kids eat their greens when they are hungriest, minimizing the battle! We talk a lot about choices and consequences so they are equipped to make good food decisions when they are outside the home. We eat dinner together every night. That's my favorite part.
How do you balance career and momship?
Very delicately! I am fortunate my job is flexible so I can take them to school and pick them up from camp. I live around my family so lots of local support to help us with all the sports and extracurricular activities. My husband is a rock star and without him none of this would be possible.
What are some easy things any mom can do?
Be the CEO of your own kitchen. You control what food is brought into your home what your family is exposed to. Be highly selective when choosing processed foods and always, ALWAYS read the label. Go fresh over processed whenever possible so your kids get the nutrition they need to grow properly.
Be a role model for your kids. They learn more from what we do than what we say. Even if you are not proud of your own food preferences, fake it in front of your kids! Like it or not, they grow up to be just like you. Grow a garden. Visit local farms. Be a part of the local fresh food movement in your own community. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world!"