Hi, I'm Nina.
I was born and raised in Petaluma, California with my two older brothers and little sister. My father is a beef cattle rancher, and my mother stayed home with the four of us.
I grew up way out in the country, far from town and the possibility of many play dates, my sister and I kept each other very busy exploring the multitude of land just outside our door.
My Love For Good Food Began
Our large Swiss-Italian family introduced us to sorts of adventurous food like rocky mountain oysters, beef tongue, liver and onions, tripe, homemade salametti, and stinky cheese, and we enjoyed it all. Our family gatherings consisted of eating, talking about eating, or prepping to eat.
I never tired from watching and learning from the many women in my life I adore.Homemakers, unbelievable cooks, artists, florists and loving mothers. I naturally wanted to emulate them.
Now that I'm a mother I feel complete. I’m also a homemaker, artist, cook, and a retired hair stylist and florist.
I now live in the country on family land, with my two sons, Lucca (3) and Rocco (1) and the love of my life and husband, Ryan.We spend most of our time together at home, playing in the fields out from our backyard, and making homemade meals that we share at our dining table.
Food is personal to so many, as it is to our family. It is tradition and an expression of our cultural identity as we gather, share stories, find pleasure in what we've made, celebrate, and show our love and gratitude for one another.
I want to share the valuable information I've learned in the holistic nutrition field, along with traditional ways of preparation, and sensibly combining techniques and simple ingredients to make recipes for your babies and families.
Holistic nutrition focuses on your life as a whole, and everything that impacts it.
From your nutrition, to the air you breath, to the relationships you have, to the products you use in your home, your spirituality, self-care practices, your family, your boundaries and everything in-between.
Every aspect of your life impacts your health. All the components that affect your mind, body and spirit, also affect the health and well-being of our children.
Pregnancy Babies, and Postpartum Nutrition
Once I married and started having babies, a passion grew for pregnancy, baby and postpartum nutrition.
I had studied nutrition since my teen years, and now at 36 years old I'm still very devoted to creating the most nutrient dense and delicious meals I can. It’s a lifestyle. I know too well how amazing I feel when I eliminate toxins and feed my body whole foods.
The Value of Consulting a Nutritionist
There's so much conflicting, and outdated information out there. Through my experiences, I've realized that even after going to the OB/GYN office, and pediatrician visits, I'm left spitting out the sticks, and seeing how old routine information continues to circulate.
Consulting with a nutritionist during pregnancy and postpartum, or as you begin solids with your baby can be incredibly valuable in gaining confidence that your nourishing your body and baby the best you can.
Oh Baby School of Holistic Nutrition
I enrolled in Oh Baby School of Holistic Nutrition in 2019 which happened to be when I found out I was pregnant with our second son. This school is the only educational institute that focuses solely on holistic health for pregnancy, postpartum and babies.
I was able to apply all that I was learning about pregnancy nutrition to my own pregnancy and growing baby, and I gained a ton of confidence regarding labor, preparing for labor, and the postpartum season.
I graduated the next year, right before my second baby boy was born. What a difference the education made from my first pregnancy, baby and postpartum season!
I Can Relate
This past year with my baby boy has gone by so fast, and I know its because I didn’t feel like I was drowning. I know how it feels to be depleted, exhausted, anxious and depressed. I never wanted to feel that way again. Nourishing the mother is just as important as nourishing the baby.
I want to shed light on the importance of mothering the new mother, and ways us mothers can prepare, support ourselves, and really experience joy and sustained well-being.
Provisions; victuals; foodstuffs
Origin of Vivers
French vivres, plural of vivre, originally “to live”.
I started Vivers as a blog here so that I can help support mothers and their babies by writing posts on nutrition, holistic living, and providing recipes I’ve created in the kitchen.
Im a full-time stay-at-home mama, and as most of you know, its time consuming raising babies. I’m determined to give them all I’ve got, so, while I’d love to take a load of consultations, I’m just not able to right now.
I am connecting my schedule so that I can take a few at a time during the week while my children nap. When the day comes that I am able to take on more, and my children are not so young, I’ll be ready to open up my schedule and see more clients.
As for now, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, and I will get back to you when I can. I’m happy to answer some questions you may have, and point you in the right direction with some informal guidance.
For your pregnancy
Proper nutrition is essential for both you and your baby, but figuring out what to eat during pregnancy can be very confusing.
The nutrients that are supplied to your baby must come from the foods you eat, otherwise, they will be taken from your own body. This depletion of your reserves can have many unfortunate consequences on your own health.
With the support of a Certified Nutrition Consultant, it’s possible to reduce your chances of "morning" sickness (more appropriately: all day, any time nausea!), fatigue, constipation, heartburn, mood swings, pre-eclampsia, anemia, gestational diabetes, postpartum depression, and more.
Nourishing your pregnancy will help your baby build solid bones, a strong immunity, healthy tissue and organs. It’s also possible to reduce their risk of birth defects, low birth weight, allergies, conditions such as eczema or asthma, and many potential health problems later in life.
Providing your body with the proper nutrition will help provide your baby with the best start possible.
Nutrition consulting will empower you with the knowledge and confidence that you are doing the best for your baby and your body.
Postpartum Nutrition and Care
So much of a new mother's attention is focused towards her little babe in the beginning, but it's really important that a new mother is taken care of as well! Her health must be made a priority as well so that she has the energy and clarity for her new role in motherhood.
During pregnancy your body is completely devoted to your baby, but taking the time to be mindful of your own nutrition once the baby arrives isn’t self-indulgent, it’s necessary.
You’re well aware that your new addition has robbed you of a full night's sleep, but did you know that pregnancy and breastfeeding could also deplete your body's nutrient stores?
After pregnancy, you are more susceptible to anemia, osteopenia, fatigue, and depression.
A practical and individualized nutrition plan can help you safely balance your body while replenishing your reserves so you can feel your best.
If you're breastfeeding, what you eat can also directly affect the quality of your breast milk. Consuming a nutrient-dense diet will enrich your milk with the nutrients necessary to help your baby's brain and body grow and develop.
I really love working with postpartum women! Being fully nourished is an essential component of a new mother's health & happiness.
For your babies
I can assist you in finding an approach to starting solids that feels right for you and your baby — whether that's baby-led weaning, purees, or a combination of the two.
Nourishing the first 24 months has a profound impact on a child’s health and eating habits in the future.
Nutritionally speaking, these are the most impressionable years of life and it’s critical to understand which nutrients your little one needs for optimal growth.
I'll offer clear information on how to introduce age-appropriate foods for your baby that will best support their growth and development and provide the foundation for long-term health.
I'll also support you in navigating any challenges that arise along the way, such as allergies, food sensitivities, eczema, or constipation.