My name is Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen and I’m a registered dietitian, independent author, and family nutrition expert. My first book, Fearless Feeding, was traditionally published but the rest are self-published by choice: From Picky to Powerful, What to Cook for Dinner (with Kids) and my latest, How to Raise a Mindful Eater.
I created the blog Raise Healthy Eaters in 2009, to share what I was learning about feeding my own children. In 2016, I changed my site to my name, Maryann Jacobsen. I still write about kids and feeding — and all my original content is still here — but I wanted a broader platform to discuss family health and write more books.
I write to share an optimistic and inspiring story about nutrition and health. I don’t lecture people about what to eat or feed their kids, and I wouldn’t dream of using fear-of-food to motivate anyone. I am much more interested in empowering individuals of all ages to freely choose a healthy way of being because I truly believe it’s the better way. No need to force, manipulate or coerce people (especially kids!).
My books are all written with the intent of strengthening the health and well-being of families. I choose topics that are personally relevant to me and where I see a real need. For example, Fearless Feeding came from my frustration at the lack of a comprehensive and research-based book on feeding children.
I shy away from trends and unproven theories because I take the health and well-being of my family seriously (but not too seriously, if you know what I mean). If you are interested in research-based nutrition and health information designed to be extremely accessible for real families, you are in the right place.
To get started and get a feel for my approach, subscribe to my monthly newsletter. Being a subscriber will also keep you informed of my latest books, blog posts, and podcast episodes. To learn more about my books go here and feel free to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
I also blog on a regular basis, sharing my own challenges, the latest nutrition news, and what my family’s 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 stick around, I’ll show you.
More About Me
I’m a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. I’ve worked my share of jobs: clinical dietitian, outpatient counselor, 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 I 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 writing for myself through my blog and books. I’m not an indie author on accident, it’s because I’m fiercely independent.
On a personal note, I have two kids (Big A who is 10 and Little D who is 7) 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 mental health is as important as physical health and love chocolate as much as I do salads. I’m late to cooking and still 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!