As the co-founder of Raising Sages Pediatrics, a holistic and functional Medicine Pediatrics practice, I see so many parents come in who are tired and completely zapped of energy. Many of our parents are taking care of children who are extremely sick; asthma, allergies, adhd, gut and immune issues. Taking care of children, especially sick children is a full time job and can be extremely exhausting.
I remember when I was a new mother and my daughter had extreme reflux. The endless nights of carrying her upright to avoid medications really took a toll on me. My husband was a medical resident at the time and worked over 100 hours a week. I was alone and exhausted. I started forgetting things due to lack of sleep. I remember he would do the night shift with her on Friday nights when he came home and I would just sleep for 13 hours straight.
In spite of all this, I was determined to make healthy homemade organic meals/purees for her. But while I was feeding her homemade healthy meals, I put myself on the back burner. As most mothers do, we put ourselves last and put our children first. I even skipped meals so I could cook for her or sleep. I didn’t realize that I needed to take care of myself if I wanted to be here for them.
My second child came and of course the exhaustion grew greater. I still didn’t have any systems in place. I did everything for them; best homemade foods and nutrition, baby classes, my undivided attention as they were my total joy. BUT I neglected myself……..and soon I was always exhausted. I put my food habits second so I could make the best for them.
One day I realized that if I didn’t take care of myself, I wouldn’t be around to take care of them. I researched every book about nutrition and babies but not for me! I was too exhausted to cook for myself. I needed simple systems in place. That was 15 years ago. Since then I have helped so many people reverse and prevent so many diseases over the years.
Who am I? My name is Sapna Fliedner, a certified holistic health coach and co-founder of Raising Sages Pediatrics; a Holistic and Functional Medicine Pediatrics Practice. I was formally trained in allopathic medicine as a nurse practitioner and have seen and witnessed first hand many families torn apart by death and illnesses that could have been prevented.
Over the last 15 years, I have researched health and wellness modalities. I am trained in eastern (Ayurveda, Pranic healing) western medicine, and alternative medicine (pranic healing- energy medicine, essential oils, functional nutrition ). Not only have I learned different nutritional theories ( Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Paleo, Ayurvedic, Weston Price), I learned that not one size fits all. Every body is different and you have to do what’s right for you. This is called bio-individuality.
I created the Nourished Parent Detox to help parents be their best. It is something I wished I had when I first became a parent. I am a mother of two and I get it. I know how busy you are! School, homework, activities, friends/playdates. I know you want to create the most nutritious foods without sacrificing time spent in the kitchen. We all have hectic schedules!