By Megan Lott
Hi, I’m Megan. I’m a registered dietitian and a mom of three – 5-year-old twin girls and an almost 2-year-old boy. Five years ago I was the first of my close friends to have kids and I found myself with two infants and no idea what I was doing. It was overwhelming to say the least. If it weren’t for a close-knit network of other twin moms in my neighborhood I’m not sure I would have survived. It was the sage advice of these women – all who had recently been where I was or who were currently in the trenches themselves – that helped me find myself as a mom, and figure out how this new identity could merge with and coexist with my other roles in life – a wife, friend, and aspiring professional (among others).
I hope that through Mothership I can support you the same way these women supported me and be part of your village as you figure out what works best for you and your new family. I’m a firm believer that with nutrition and parenting you set the bar for your life and family based on the intersection of your goals – i.e., in an ideal world, where would you want to be – and your current reality. Depending on the day of the week, or my current load at work, sometimes this results in just trying to survive until bedtime! I look forward to sharing all of my tips and tricks for raising and feeding multiples, as well as dealing with food allergies in young children and living with food allergies myself (I have celiac disease and a tree nut allergy, and my little guy has severe dairy, peanut, and egg allergies).
When I’m not spending time with my family, I am typically working on my other passion – trying to shift policies, systems, and environments to make the healthy choice the easy choice for families regardless of where they live, learn, work or play. I currently serve as the Deputy Director for Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation based at Duke University, which supports research on environmental and policy strategies to promote healthy eating among children. Prior to moving to Durham, North Carolina, I spent 9 years in Washington, D.C. working on research, policy, and advocacy efforts aimed at improving the school nutrition environment, local food systems, and the lives of children and families.