Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.
When I started working as a registered dietitian I was surprised by how often I heard people say, “I know WHAT to do, I just don’t do it.” I found people struggling to fit nutrition and health advice into their lives in rewarding and sustainable ways.
I became obsessed with helping people get over this hump and started digging into the research. Bit by bit, I became convinced that we have been doing “health advice” all wrong. We can’t just tell people WHAT to do and expect them to do it. No, we need to teach them HOW to do it in ways that work for them.
Because I traced my clients struggles to what they learned about food as children, I knew starting young was important. I vowed to help parents — including myself — get it right early on. After having my second child in 2009, I created Raise Healthy Eaters to share best feeding practices and soon turned my attention to writing books.
My first book, Fearless Feeding, was traditionally published but the rest are self-published by choice: From Picky to Powerful, The Family Dinner Solution, How to Raise a Mindful Eater and my latest (and first children’s book), What Does Your Tummy Say?
In 2016, I created my new site, MaryannJacobsen.com, which includes my original content from “Raise Healthy Eaters.” Whether I’m blogging, working on a book, or podcasting, my goal is the same — to teach families HOW to bring healthy habits to life in powerful and sustainable ways. I call this The HOW of Healthy, and it’s the difference between giving a man a fish and teaching him how to fish so he can thrive for a lifetime.
Most importantly, I live this approach with my own family and understand the benefits. I know that once people start focusing on the HOW instead of the WHAT, they stop struggling and start finding real solutions. It’s liberating to finally learn what it really takes to keep your family healthy and happy, instead of trying to live up to some ideal.
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I also blog on a regular basis, sharing my own challenges, sneak peeks from my latest book project, and what my family is eating for dinner. Don’t miss my new “Healthy Family Podcast,” where I pick the brain of top experts to provide you with small steps to empower your family’s health and well-being in new and refreshing ways.
There’s more to keeping your family healthy than meets the eye. If you’ll stick around, I’ll show you HOW.
More About Me
I’m a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. I’ve worked my share of jobs: outpatient counselor, clinical dietitian, nutrition educator, and corporate dietitian. Midway through these jobs, I discovered my love for writing and secretly hoped to be a writer someday. In 2009, this dream was born and now it’s what I do professionally.
I’ve written for Cookinglight.com, The New York Times, Huffington Post, WebMD, MindBodyGreen, She Knows and have appeared on Good Morning America. Through it all, I’m committed to my writing career through my blog and books, and do not work with industry. That’s why I call myself “The Indie Author RD.”
On a personal note, I have two kids (Big A who is 10 and Little D who is 8) and a husband who prefers I don’t write about him. I enjoy running, hanging out with friends and family, and practicing mindfulness. I believe emotional health is as important as physical health and love chocolate as much as I love salads. I’m late with learning how to cook and still feel insecure about it; although sometimes I catch myself thinking I’m a really good cook. My friends and family call me Mare (rhymes with hair), and my most important ― and hardest ― job is being a mom.
I focus on families because I think good health should be spread to those we love most, and doing so is an art that needs to be learned. I am a lifelong student of this art, and my goal is to share all that I learn with you.
I’m glad you’re here!