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Meet Our New Mom Crush!

Posted on November 12 2018

Meet Our New Mom Crush Robin Barrie Kaiden,  Licensed Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, and Mom of Two Boys!
Robin in our "Moss Button Down"

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’ve lived in Westport, CT for the past year, after spending 17 years in New York City.  Growing up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, I was the daughter of a healthfood-loving Mom who cooked dinner every single night (I was the one who had the “weird” healthy chips and cookies in her lunch at school before they became the norm).  I found a love for dance at age seven, and started working AND working out at gyms in high school and throughout college and grad school. 
Good food and exercise were always a big part of my life, and I knew I wanted to go into this field before I started college.  I received my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Cornell and Columbia Universities.  I now specialize in pediatrics, weight loss, sports nutrition, allergies, cardiovascular health, pre/post natal, and other areas of clinical and lifestyle nutrition.  I provide in-office, concierge, remote, individual and group Nutrition Counseling.  In addition to my private Manhattan and Westport, CT-based practice for adults, children and families, I appear regularly in various news, lifestyle, and entertainment stories for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, Parenting, Golf Fitness,Vogue, People.com, Forbes.com, and other media outlets.

           

When I’m not working or playing chauffer or chef for my boys, you can catch me at a Soul Cycle class, working out at Equinox, enjoying lunch or dinner with friends, or cooking dinner in at home with my family.  I’m often at the beach in the summer, skiing with the boys in the winter, and traveling whenever we can find the time!

What career path were you on before kids and did that change at all after becoming a mom?

I’ve been a Registered Dietitian and Personal trainer since graduate school and I am still in the same career.  But instead of working FOR hospitals, doctors offices and gyms, I decided to do SOLELY private practice work once I got pregnant.  After having my kids and suffering many sleepless nights, I decided to cut back a bit on the Personal Training hours that used to start at 6 am and sometimes end at 9 pm.  I needed to get rest in somewhere!

 Although I have always specialized in pediatric and pre- and post-natal Nutrition and training, having gone through it all myself and living through the everyday realities of feeding picky kids has only improved my skills and knowledge as a Dietitian and Trainer to Moms and children.  Real life experience is the best kind to have!

How do you balance work & motherhood? Any tips?

Since I work for myself and have my own business I DO feel like I have a great balance.  Now that my kids are a bit older and are both in school, I can spend the time that they aren’t home seeing clients and focusing on work.  My computer is off and my phone is down in the morning when I’m getting them ready for school and in the late afternoon when the kids are home and I’m making dinner.  I resume working oftentimes after they go to bed at night.  I DO admit that with this balance my sleep often suffers.

My biggest piece of advice would be to carve out separate work and motherhood/family times.  Do whatever works best for your schedule. Don’t get me wrong-it’s VERY hard to fit it all in and my kids have definitely told me to put down my phone and pay attention to them.  The best advice I once got from a member of my “mama tribe” is that, as a working mom (or just a mom in general), you have to accept that at the end of each day/week/month/year your “To-Do” lists will often not be fully completed.  You just have to prioritize and sometimes let some things go…..for the time-being. 

What are your top 3 health/wellness tips for women?

1. Take care of yourself: If you don’t feel good (physically, mentally, or both) then you can’t best take care of your kids/family or work up to your potential at your job. Take all the time YOU need (every mom is different!) to make sure you are eating right, exercising, and taking care of your emotional/mental health.  If you don’t, you, your family, and your work will suffer. I know it’s hard for us Type-A Moms who want to do it all and have a hard time slowing down, but when we end up sick (and yes, it does happen to the best of us especially in the winter months) nobody wins.   Ask for and take advantage of help when needed, be it a grandma, babysitter, husband or friend. Nobody can do everything on their own!

2. Hydration is key: Aim for 3-4 liters per day of water (on the higher side if you workout/sweat a lot).  When we are hydrated our metabolism, digestion and skin and hair health improve.  Not to mention, 75% of the time we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty.  Maintaining proper hydration may help lead to deceased caloric intake and weight loss. 

3. Eat all of your meals: Skipping meals can lead to low blood sugar, low energy, mood changes, increased cravings, and overeating later in the day/evening.  Whether you are cooking, eating out or picking up food, be prepared to not go more than 3-4 hours without fueling your body and brain!  Keep healthy snacks handy, and always plan and be prepared for your meals.  And “spoil” your appetite with snacks instead of saving up calories (drink and food) for night-time meals.  This style of “bottom heavy” or “pyramid” eating can lead to weight gain, since calories can’t be burned off while you sleep.  Try to have your last meal three hours before bedtime. 

Tell us the truth, are your kids good eaters?! What is their favorite healthy meal that you make?

Yes!  In general, I do think my kids are good, healthy eaters.  They are big, growing boys so they eat a good amount of food (sometimes more than me!).  Do they eat perfect and consume everything I give them at every meal? Nope.  Are they each picky in their on ways? Indeed.  Do they enjoy pizza, cake, and ice cream, especially at birthday parties! OF COURSE!   Would they prefer macaroni and cheese or pizza every night of the week for dinner? Probably!

My kids eat well because I keep good food in the house, model proper eating behavior, AND involve them in grocery shopping, meal prep and cooking and baking whenever I can.  They learn just from hanging out with me: They know that the SKU of organic produce starts with the number 9 (non-organic starts with 4 FYI!). My older one can even pull out all of the ingredients for our favorite healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe from memory.       

Taco night is one of the kids’ favorite in my house.  They each like theirs a bit different of course, but everyone loves Mexican foods here.  I often use ground chicken for the meat (you can use beef or turkey, or even tofu as well), and Siete brand (gluten-free, grain-free) tortillas.  You can find the recipe here on my blog Taco Recipe

Do you have a mama tribe and if so what does it mean to you?

I do indeed have a “mama tribe”!  It means that “I get by with a little (sometimes a LOT) of help from my friends!  My “mama tribe” consists of all the Moms in my life who help make ME a better Mom.  These are my friends from college, New York City, and now Westport who are all Moms.  Those who have older kids have given me advice. Those who we have known since before kids are now like family, and all of our kids have known each other before birth.  I have new friends who are great resources, perfect for kid play-dates, Mom lunches/dinners out and help with pickup if I am running late from work, and old friends with whom I plan annual girls’ trips and birthday dinners.  My “mama tribe” even includes my mother and mother-in-law who are often there for advice, support, and sometimes babysitting.  Each member of my “tribe” is so special to me. I make it a point to be there for them just as they are there for me. We are all sounding boards for one another and help keep each other sane along this challenging and rewarding role we call motherhood!

Robin in our "Maddie" double layer top

Describe your mama style?

My personal style is like a chameleon at times, due to the fact that I am a part-time working Mom. I may start the day in work out clothes to hit the gym, shower and change into a dress, skirt, or pants and a blazer to see a couple of Nutrition clients.  I may still be in work clothes for pickup.  Then later in the day, I’ll throw on jeans and a T-shirt or sweatshirt to head to soccer practice with the boys and make dinner, and then I’m back in sweats/leggings to personal train an evening client. Although I love to keep up with current fashion trends, I often stick to classic styles that I (at least hope to) keep in my closet for multiple seasons/years. I do have a lot of black in my wardrobe (I’m only out of NYC one year!), I also love wearing color, especially jewel tones.  I love to have fun with my workout gear, which is probably the “loudest” / most colorful part of my wardrobe.  Although I do love wearing high heels, especially at night and on the weekends, my weekday wardrobe has a lot more flats, shorter/chunky heels and comfy sneakers/loafers now that I’m a Mom. 

What are your favorite styles from the Jolie Gotique Womens Collection?

I love so many of the Joliegotique styles because they are so versatile and perfect for #momlife.  Some of my favorite styles are:

  1. Maddie Double Layer top: I can wear this with pants and a blazer to see clients, throw on jeans and sneakers for a weekend soccer game or birthday party, or add leather pants and heels for a Saturday night out to dinner.  Plus grey goes with all colors.
  2. Spymaster Cutout Sweatshirt and Monsoon Sweatshirt tank: I love these both with jeans and sneakers for a casual look, but they can also be thrown over workout gear to head to and from the gym, with an added stop at the grocery store.The bright colors are great.
  3. Ursa Silk top: It’s black so it goes with everything from jeans to pencil skirts in any color. The silky fabric and bare shoulders make it fun and dressy for evening.  Throwing a blazer on top makes it an easy day to night transition too.

Learn more about our mom crush Robin Barrie!

Website info: www.robinbarrie.com

Instagram handle: @RobinBarrie

rkaiden@robinbarrie.com

 

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