KYF #031: Nourished Baby with Heather Dessinger

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Nourished Baby by Heather Dessinger

In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, I’m joined by guest and friend Heather Dessinger, The Mommypotamus and author of Nourished Baby and DIY Organic Beauty Recipes. We’re talking about the oh-so-important topics of nourishing mama and baby during pregnancy, birth, and baby’s first years — pregnancy diet, nursing diet, what to do when mom can’t breastfeed, baby’s first foods, preventing and reversing tooth decay, and more!

Did you know that feeding our children “sacred foods” often prevents the need for braces? That it can also prevent — or even heal — cavities, increase intellectual capacity and improve their moods? Did you know that how we nourish our daughters in the early years of their lives can even help determine whether their hips are wide enough for an easy, complication-free labor? More info in the book Nourished Baby. Save 20% on Nourished Baby through May 31, 2013! Use coupon code KNOWYOURFOOD during check out.


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About Heather

Heather Dessinger, aka The Mommypotamus, is a wife, blogger, and mom to two amazing kiddos, both waterborn at home. She loves all things fermenty, talks to sock puppets, and dreams of owning a backyard flock of chickens. She is the author of two eBooks. Nourished Baby is a simple guide to introducing real food to little ones, and DIY Organic Skin Care is a collection of 50+ beauty and personal care product recipes that really work.

Plus she’s a sweetheart!

Heather’s Daughter’s Teeth

One of the things Heather and I discussed was how her daughter’s tooth decay was reversed through diet. Heather emailed me these three photos that show the healing and transformation. Wow! I’m including Heather’s notes with each, as her words will help you “see” the significance of each photo.

Heather: Here is one that was taken a couple months after Katie’s tooth broke.


Heather: This one was taken quite awhile later. As you can see, her incisors became very porous and brown over time. If you’re looking closely you might also notice her front tooth appears to have partially grown back. This is because despite how bad things look, her teeth had actually begun to heal. I didn’t realize it because I was so focused on the discoloration, though!


Heather: And here she is after the dentist cleaned up the dead outer crust on her incisors. You can see her front teeth are even, and unlike the first picture the right tooth extends below the tooth directly next to it.


Doesn’t she just melt your heart? What a sweetheart, and what a transformation from “weak” teeth to healthy and strong! I love these stories. God is good, and His food is good!


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What’s Coming Up!

My Kid Eats Everything by Susan L. Roberts

Next week on my podcast, my guest is Susan L. Roberts, an occupational therapist and author of the (fantastic) book My Kid Eats Everything! We’re talking about picky and problem eaters, autism, and getting our children to eat everything!

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  1. Kimberly Jernigan Tidwell via Facebook says

    I need to do this now, but have NO access to raw butter, I live in one the “control” states. What can I do instead? Add more Green Pastures’ butter oil?

  2. Kimberly Jernigan Tidwell via Facebook says

    I’ve had a hard time finding it, but will try again. looked at Whole Foods and could not find it.

  3. Kimberly Jernigan Tidwell via Facebook says

    sorry to ask another question, but is there a toothpaste you recommend? I make ours now, but didn’t know if Earthpaste, etc. might be better.

  4. says

    I was wondering what Heather feels about preschool-aged children who refuse to eat certain healthy foods. My little girl is nearly 3, and she has very strong opinions about food. I’ve given her a lot more latitude than I do her older sisters, primarily because she hasn’t weaned herself yet. I know you have written about allowing children to eat a lot of particular foods that they crave, but does that also include declining foods. Is there an age it is outgrown?

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