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Doctor Yum

For the next 8 weeks, Doctor Yum will feature guest blogger Stephanie Maldonado, office and events manager at Fredericksburg Parent & Family. Stephanie lives in the Massaponax area with her hubby and 3 children, Julia, Tyler, and Aiden. She is a self-proclaimed unhealthy eater and says that if Doctor Yum can convert her, she can convert anyone!


I was standing in line at a local convenience store one morning and for some reason paid particular attention to the purchases of the two young men in front of me. One had a can of Red Bull and a pack of cigarettes and the other a large case of beer and a tin of chew. As I stood there, I wondered if I was any different from them. Not that I am judging the purchases of these men; I looked at it as more of a reflection on myself. Here I was, quietly and secretly buying food that I knew to be unhealthy and against the meal plan that I had set for myself and my family. I was paying in cash so as to avoid my spouse having knowledge of the items that I would quickly devour in my car and when I was done I planned to find a trash can while out and about to dispose of my wrappers and such.

Wasn't I too fighting a daily battle to avoid putting harmful things into my body and failing miserably at it day after day as maybe these men were? For so long I have struggled with issues surrounding food known only to myself, my spouse (at the times that I choose to share with him) and my Higher Power. Having a degree in Psychology I know all too well that the addictions surrounding alcohol, drugs, nicotine, and gambling are ones that require a complete and solid abstinence to have a successful outcome. But how does one abstain from food - the very thing needed for survival and daily sustenance?

I was presented with an opportunity to be a part of a class being held by an organization that I deeply respect and look to for guidance and direction regarding healthy eating. The Doctor Yum Project was presenting an 8-week instructional class for parents on Parenting for Wellness that would incorporate healthy eating habits, recipes for on-the-go families, and tips and techniques for bringing joy back to the kitchen. What a great opportunity this could be for me to increase my knowledge and give me a kick-start to a healthier lifestyle!

Our first class was absolutely amazing! I left inspired and ready to start my life anew. I had visions of replacing dinners of chicken nuggets and French fries with those including fresh produce and organic, local products. My reality quickly came crashing in around though when I realized that I was going to need much more than a change in eating habits - I was going to need a complete change of heart. How could I expect my family to grow in their tastes and become excited about food when I held all this anxiety and deep-rooted emotion about it? How could I change them without first completely changing myself?


My hope with this blog series is that I will be able to sort through all the reasons that have led me to have such a bad relationship with food and share how I am working to overcome this both individually and with the help of a class that is built to uplift and encourage people like me.

Now let's get cooking ☺

For more information on Doctor Yum, visit www.doctoryum.org 

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The snack of the evening

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Not so sure!

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It's pretty delicious!

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About Doctor Yum

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Nimali Fernando, MD is a local pediatrician and mom who is passionate about teaching families about feeding kids nutritious foods. Follow her blog to find out about local healthy food finds for kids, recipes, and how to make feeding kids an enriching family experience. You can also check out her website, doctoryum.com for more great ideas on feeding children healthy foods.

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