We recently sat down with Paediatric Nutritionist and author of Wholesome Child Mandy Sacher. Her book was titled the bestselling independently published health and nutrition book of 2017 and she has established herself as an authoritative voice on children’s sustenance.
As a mother of two and a successful businesswoman, she is a great inspiration for all parents wanting to form a healthy lifestyle for their families.
Tell us a little about Wholesome Child and how you started the brand?
When I had my son, I realised how much help and guidance new parents need around family nutrition. I became increasingly aware of the lack of appropriate information out there – and what was available was often very conflicting and confusing. Wholesome Child was founded to provide simple and effective strategies to guide parents on how to give their children the best nutritional start in life. As my consulting practice grew, my focus shifted from my one on one Wholesome Child clinic consultations to include group workshops and last year, I published Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook in an effort to reach and help more families.
When did you decide you wanted to be a Paediatric Nutritionist?
I’ve been involved in the health and wellness industry for around 20 years. Nutrition has always been a huge passion of mine. Around 15 years ago, I co-developed the MEND program in the UK which is about empowering children who may struggle with weight issues. It’s the world’s largest healthy lifestyle programme for overweight and obese children and backed by the largest amount of evidence. It focuses on the importance of boosting self-esteem to shift the emphasis from food, to what our amazing bodies can do. Seeing the incredible results from this and after having my son Aaron spurred me on to move into the Paediatric Nutrition space in an effort to support and guide families around appropriate nutrition.
Was the book a natural progression after you started gaining a large social media following?
Yes, and also on the advice of my GP and mentor, Dr Jeff Jankelson, who told me to mortgage my home and write a book based on the feedback he was getting from patients who had attended my workshops and my consultations. The incredible feedback on social media from parents inspires me and motivates me to do more. I truly love what I do and feel delighted to be able to help guide families to optimal nutritional health!
How do your workshops run and what can we expect to learn at them?
My Wholesome Child interactive workshops run periodically (generally 2-3 times a month) and a feature a range of different topics, strategies and information depending on the workshop. This includes: Introducing Solids (a guide for new parents around optimal infant nutrition), Fussy Eating (strategies, tips and guides around how to reduce food refusal and to nurture healthier, happier toddlers) as well as Lunchbox Solutions (practical nutritional tips around ensuring children’s school lunchboxes are nutritionally balanced and varied). Participants all receive comprehensive handouts and a visual product display of recommended food brands and products for families with children.
I also run corporate workshops, daycare and early learning parent workshops as well as regularly speaking at events. I thoroughly enjoy these and it’s always such a pleasure to meet families and offer up guidance that will make such a huge difference to their family’s health.
What is your favourite meal to cook at home for your family?
Now that it’s getting cooler, we are really getting into our curries, stews and soups. Our favourites at the moment are Chicken Drumstick Casserole, Minestrone Soup and Coconut Fish and Vegetable Stew. All are loaded with nutrition and are an absolute hit with both my little ones and husband.
In the last year or so navigating business, have you faced any challenges?
Being a Mum to two young children, as well as an entrepreneur and a small business owner means that there are ongoing challenges every single day! The sense of reward, achievement and making a positive difference in the lives of so many make it very worthwhile.
The long months and insane hours of writing my book and trying to successfully juggle full-time work, family and fighting off relative insanity were most definitely challenging. Challenging, yet so rewarding – especially when I receive emails from families around how the book has made such a positive impact on their health, nutrition and wellbeing!
If you could give one piece of advice to someone wanting to start a career in nutrition, what would it be?
Figure out what you are passionate about and follow that with determination and resilience.
Who inspires you?
Lady bosses who are in control of their own lives. Arianna Huffington is incredibly inspiring and reading her book “Thrive” has enlightened me on so many levels – rescuing me from dark moments of self-doubt and entrepreneurial angst.
One of my favourite quotes from her: “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”
What does balance mean to you?
It’s about working out how to be the most content person that you can be in each moment. Perspective is very important, as well as not feeling pressurized to do or follow anything extreme. I work off the 80/20 rule. It’s important for us to be aware of our wellbeing and to listen to our bodies – rather than to push through and risk exhaustion and imbalance.
Describe your typical day in a life:
6am – business calls with US / PR answering emails
7am snuggles and cuddles in bed with my children. Then trying to coax them out of bed!
9am after school drop off – back to work, emails, workshops etc
1pm…lunch – I try to catch up with friends at least once a week – as they are so important to me and with such a busy lifestyle it’s hard to find time in the evenings and on weekends. Lunch is a perfect excuse!
MANDY in a flash:
Coffee or tea? Definitely tea.. I’m a huge fan of herbal teas.
On your bedside table we’ll find: My Himalayan salt lamp and my doterra oils
Favourite flowers: Sunflowers are my favourite – they make me feel happy!
Book you are currently reading: I wish! Things are a little too busy right now. I’ll keep you posted!
Signature scent: Diptyque Do Son
5 can’t-live-without handbag contents: headphones, wallet, mobile, rescue remedy, flaxseed crackers from my book for emergency pangs of hunger
Visit the Wholesome Child website to learn more about Mandy Sacher. Her book “Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook” is available to purchase online and through iTunes. Connect with Mandy on Instagram and Facebook. Or, for more information contact Mandy Sacher.