Picture My name is Laurie K. Meher.  I am a holistic nutritionist in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have a passion for family planning. I help couples with supportive nutrition as they plan for a family, after baby arrives and into the school years.

My husband and I live in Roncesvalles, a  community in the West-End of Toronto, Ontario.  We have a son who was born late February 2008.  I have made his baby food from the start.  Some people think it’s a little over the top that I make my own Goldfish Cookies and feed my son rapini, spelt bread and blueberries.  I am hoping that by giving my son a large variety of foods from the very beginning he will develop a love for good whole foods.  I am sure there will be a time when he wants McDonald’s, but you can be sure I won’t be the one taking him there!

I hope with this blog I can share information on baby and toddler food and some recipes I have developed and found.  If you are looking for specific information, just send me a note I would be happy to help!  If you try any of my recipes and they work or don’t work, please let me know so I can improve upon the ones that didn’t work so well and share the successes!Print

For information on individual or family nutritional counseling, please visit my website: www.lkmnutrition.ca


10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Heather Boyd  |  April 21, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I saw at Midwife Alliance that you offered a nutrition seminar in March “Eating Well in Pregnancy”. Are you offering this again? Is there a vegetarian slant by any chance?

  • 2. connie muia  |  July 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Great cereal recipies for babies. Wondering what your opinion is on what baby’s first food should be, grains or fuit or vegetables.

    • 3. lkmnut  |  July 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm

      Hi There! I don’t think that there is ONE food that should be given to your baby first. If you want to start with cereal I would recommend making your own and would not recommend store-bought cereals as something to start with, as they all contain additives. If you would like to start with fruit or vegetables I would recommend avocado, banana or sweet potato, because they are sweet yet neutral (similar to breastmilk). Whether you are breastfeeding or bottlefeeding your baby, your baby is getting all of the nutrition necessary from breast/bottle. When you introduce food you are letting your baby learn how to eat and explore new tastes and textures. There is a lot of discussion these days about what is better first; but I think that as long as it is a whole food and organic (if you can) your baby is off to a good start! Look up my posts on first foods and allergenic foods to see what should be avoided and some ideas on how to start! And have fun! Cheers!

  • 4. Cindy  |  July 24, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Great blog. I’m also in Toronto, a little more south than you.

    We have a 7.5 month old baby girl and we are doing Baby Led Solids and everything is going great. She is still nursing on demand, so she hasn’t been needed lots of food yet… I look forward to trying out some of your recipes, especially the cheese diamonds!

    I’m starting a Baby Led Solid blog, just trying to play catch up on it before sending out link, life is a little busy with a baby!


  • 5. Elaine  |  October 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Hi! I attended one of your baby food making seminars at the Sorauren Park Field house. It was super helpful. I am in a bit of a quandary now. I tried barley cereal when my baby was 9 month old and she had a terrible reaction (diarrhea and severe diaper rash) so the doctor said barley and the like (wheat) can be hard on babies’ tummies and that I should avoid it until 12 months. Of course, I was avoiding wheat but now it seems that she has trouble with the gluten from other sources. I, too, am tired of rice type things for her (Baby Mum Mum’s are made in China so that concerns me) but I have a hard time finding other suitable snacks. Do you have any advice?
    Thank you very much.

    • 6. lkmnut  |  October 3, 2009 at 9:32 pm

      Hi Elaine, Thanks for getting in touch. I am actually going to send you an e-mail with some suggestions, but for any other readers here is a link to a website that has an extensive list of foods that does & does not contain gluten

  • 7. Lisa Detwiler  |  February 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Hi there, you have some great info and i loved your newsletter and molasses cookie recpie….
    I wanted to ask you your opinion on one year olds starting on rice, versus, almond, versus soy milk versus goats milk….
    is there a concern with almond milk about allergies to nuts for a one year old?
    I hear goats milk is better than cows but stil some say no dairy for various reasons
    Also is there a benefit of rice over soy milk ( i hear soy has esterogen)
    Thanks so much

    • 8. lkmnut  |  February 15, 2010 at 11:29 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      Good questions! I wrote about nuts in my ‘Nuts to You Baby’ post (http://wp.me/psSjv-2b). You should wait at least a year to add any nut product, milk included, but it also depends on allergies in your family. My son got almond milk in a smoothie a little earlier than a year becasue we have no nut allergies in our families.
      As for milk, I addressed it in my The Deal on Dairy post (http://wp.me/psSjv-3c), both goat and cow’s milk should nnot be introduced before a year, unless it is cooked (then 10 months).
      Finally…. rice vs. soy. You can introduce rice milk early because it is pretty neutral, as for soy milk wait until at least 10 months. The only soy milk I recommend is Eden brand because it is better formulated. Soy does have estrogen and I would caution about using it primarily. Ideally it would be best to rotate rice, soy and almond milk (one week soy, the next rice, etc), this way your child is getting a good mix of nutrients, because they all have something different and nutritious to offer!
      Thanks again for the terrific questions, keep them coming!

  • 9. Ashton Stefina  |  April 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Hi Laurie,

    My name is Ashton and I work for a Public Relations agency and we always have great stories, pitches and news releases that we like to send out to bloggers. Would I be able to get your contact information (email/telephone number) to send you some of these materials?

    Thank you,
    Ashton Stefina | Account Co-ordinator | Holmes Creative Communications
    19 Duncan St., Suite 403 | Toronto, ON | M5H 3H1
    T: 416-628-5609 | E: astefina@hccink.com
    http://www.hccink.com | holmesink.blogspot.com


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