Motherhood has sure changed me in more ways than one. It started as soon as we found out we were pregnant in 2004 and I have not once paused. I may have slowed down a bit but my default has become to always be intentional. It probably came with my nature to nurture in the way God has designed me in my femininity.
Now that I think about it, they say “mothers know best” for a reason. We care so closely for our own, like second nature. I have been called doctor mom, frowned upon by my non-conventional ways and even unpopular choices of using BabyWise as opposed to positive parenting. I’ve researched my way into getting my son thrived through Dengue on out-patient daily platelet monitoring and 3x a day Papaya leave juice extract shots. Some days, I’ve also been called a quack, but who cares, for as long as I see that my family is thriving and benefiting, I don’t see a reason for me to stop.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the launch of Sarah Lahbati as the new celebrity endorser of Nido 3+. Sarah has experienced for herself challenges as she nurtures her own son, Zion. She learned that it is important to research for herself and check the labels for options and choose what’s best for her boy.
Sarah Lahbati lends her voice and support to Nido 3+’s campaign to #CheckTheLabel
NIDO® 3+ launches #CheckTheLabel, an educational campaign to encourage mothers to read and have a better understanding of food labels, so they can make smarter and healthier choices for their child. By checking the label, moms can verify nutritional claims, compare brands, and choose which one offers the best value for money.
How to Read Food Labels
When checking food labels, take a look at the ingredients which are listed in the order of highest to lowest quantity. Watch out for health-sensitive ingredients such as sugar, salt, saturated fat, and sodium. When it comes to these, moderation is always key to better prevent the risk of obesity, diabetes, and other lifestyle-related diseases.
Next, review the nutrition facts. It is important to go through each one to determine whether or not a particular food product meets the daily nutritional requirements of children, especially during their crucial growing-up years. Knowing the nutritional content can determine if a child is eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Everyone will have opinions on what will be best for your child. The way we do it as a family, that has worked for us in rearing our son this past 12 years (including the time that he was still in gestation) is for me to research. Our resolve is to always ask for the Lord’s leading for anything. We strongly believe that nothing is too trivial with God. Believing in folk tale is out of the question, let alone superstition, I want what makes sense, what’s nutritious and without compromise. We #CheckTheLabel, then I talk things over with my baby daddy (Hi Jeff!), in the event that we have opposing opinions, we weigh the odds, deliberate and come up with a decision. While as mothers, we tend to have the upper hand when it comes to family nutrition, it is also of utmost importance to get the father involved, and later on, team work with the children – when they’re old enough and have learned to embrace good food values. Because at the end of the day, we will share the same dishes as a family, either suffer through illness or enjoy good health together, depending on decisions made as a family and for the family.