Brigitte McRae has a passion for caring.
From supporting the smallest babies at BC Children’s Hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit, to assisting expectant mothers with high risk pregnancies, Brigitte knows the impact of care.
She also knows that an important aspect of care is what we put in our bodies. A registered dietician, Brigitte knows that what we eat is often the best pro-active way we can preserve our health. As a mom herself, nutrition isn’t just a professional pursuit.
We asked Brigitte what inspired her to venture out with Nutrition is Love.
You can check out all of Brigitte’s workshops here.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a mom + Vancouverite + Dietitian. I love being a mom, I love my city, and I love being a Dietitian. I love what I do so much that not only do I work full time as a Dietitian at BC Children’s Hospital, but I also do personal consulting and group sessions, as Nutrition is Love, on weekends and after my day job (…and once my baby is asleep!).
What is the purpose behind Nutrition is Love?
I started Nutrition is Love the week I went back to work from my mat leave. I really felt connected to my community during my mat leave, and just wasn’t ready to let that go. Working at the hospital, I am connected to my community and province in a broader sense, but it was important to me to maintain that familiar, small scale support and sense of community with families and caretakers.
Tell us about your different nutrition classes for babies and young children.
Part of maintaining that sense of community was to present opportunities for families to get together and support one another. That’s why I provide group sessions as part of my services. I offer different types of group sessions…
The nutrition class for babies focuses on the first year of life. A lot happens this year! Adjusting to a newborn, learning to read cues, breastfeeding, storing breast milk, starting solids, thinking about allergies… It can be such an overwhelming time, and there is SO MUCH information out there- that unfortunately can be misguided and confusing. So I have a workshop that covers all the basics, and gives families the confidence to feed their growing babies.
The nutrition class for young children is essentially the template for creating a happy and confident eater, and blissful (yes… blissful!) family meal times. I discuss proven strategies for eliminating meal time battles, and planning healthy meals and snacks.
What do you find is the most common misconception about feeding babies?
The most common misconception is that feeding babies has to be complicated & stressful. I believe the best way to tackle this misconception is to help families get the correct information so that they act on it in a way that is right for them and their baby.
What are you inspired by?
My son. He inspires me to be a better version of myself each and every day.