Introducing our SayBayBee Nutritionist Jaime Windrow RD!
When Sae La asked me if I was interested in being a guest blogger for her new website launch I was honored. I love chatting about nutrition, and even more so, nutrition for mom’s, moms-to-be and those cute little bundles of joy. Although not the primary reason for getting into this field, I found the topics of pediatric nutrition and maternal health fascinating while in graduate school at New York University. Specifically, pre-natal and post-natal nutrition had my attention. As I sit here and write this, I keep peeking over at my beautiful 5-month old little girl and I cannot help thinking, “I grew her”. It still blows my mind! And I know the choices I make everyday, especially the food I eat, has a little something to do with that.
If you’re going to read about my nutrition topics I post, I might guess you want to know a bit more about me? So lets take a little peek! I met Sae La during my 12-year career as Radio City Rockette. Ahh… those were the days! Dance was my very first passion in life. I knew when I was young girl that I wanted to be up on a stage in the big apple, and I can still remember those day trips to the city to see the Christmas Spectacular. Oh how I wanted to be one of those ladies! It was during this time period that I connected the dots between proper nutrition and the benefits towards performance, injury prevention and body composition. Due to the high physical requirements of up to 6 performances a day, I wanted to do everything I could to stay healthy but I found the information on nutrition frustrating. (This was when popularity of the Aktins Diet and Zone Diet were at its best.) I threw out the diet books and took matters into my own hands. I marched right down to Hunter College and put in an application into their Nutrition program. And that chapter is history!
Now retired from the professional dance world, I am lucky that I had another athletic passion in life: triathlon. I am sure most of you reading this know that we are talking about swim-bike-run, but I can tell you that when I got involved in this sport many years ago, no one even knew what that word meant! It was a great way to balance my life in the city, and got me to shift my thinking of “working out” to “training”. Training with a goal in mind and something to achieve and be proud of. In a nutshell, I’ve been coaching for over 5+ years and racing triathlon for about 13 years - from sprint distance to full Ironman’s. I work as a triathlon coach and I’m the Nutrition Programs Director for QT2 Systems and The Core Diet. Using the knowledge I gained from being a professional dancer and a nutrition expert, I provide athletes and fitness enthusiasts with all the tools needed to compete at the highest level possible or achieve personal goals. I love my job!
But the best job of all is one I am pretty new to, and that’s being a mother to my baby girl. In a few short weeks she will be 6 months old and I have no idea where the time went! I’m not really sure how to describe myself as a mom, but a few things about me:
I’m eco-conscious as much as possible (recycle, reuse, repurpose).
I buy organic foods and try to avoid anything I think might have GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in them.
I continue to exclusively breastfeed.
When I introduce solids soon, I will be making my own and it will NOT be cereal.
I cloth diaper all the time, even when traveling!
I work from home, which is awesome but also brings about its own challenges.
Be sure to read Jaime’s detox article Put a Little Spring in Your Step!
Eat well. Train smart. Live life.