Celebrity chef Sara Snow has been a longtime supporter of an organic lifestyle. With her father being a pioneer in the natural foods movement, it is no wonder she hosts the Discovery Health show, Get Fresh With Sara Snow. The new mom opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys and challenges of motherhood, why organic is best and some of the ways she is raising an eco-friendly baby.
CBS: You are a new mom! Congratulations! How has motherhood been so far? What has been the biggest struggle? Greatest reward?
SS: “Silvia Arlene was born on June 22nd, two weeks past due but strong, healthy and so happy. Since day-one people have commented on how alert she is.
Motherhood is incredible. Nothing can prepare you for the intense happiness, love and (it’s unavoidable) tired-ness that floods you everyday.
Greatest struggle? I’m not going to lie. Breastfeeding is hard at first. Quitting was never an option for me but I am honestly so impressed that so many women stick with it. It’s well worth it for the baby, but it isn’t as easy as you would expect for something so natural.
Greatest reward? When she’s nursing and she stops to look up at me and stares into my eyes. There is a connection that happens in that moment that is beyond anything.”
CBS: Tell us more about breastfeeding. How long do you plan to nurse?
SS: “I am breastfeeding. She’ll start getting some cereal around 6 months in addition to breast milk, and then some other foods. Then I’ll probably stop nursing somewhere between 10 and 12 months, when I think she’s ready. I have a feeling she’ll find a way to tell me when she’s done. A good friend of mine told me one day around 11 months her little Kate just looked up at her like, ‘Mom, I’m over this.’ And Carolyn said, ‘Yeah, me too.’ And that was that.”
CBS: Considering your passion for organic living, did you have a natural birth?
SS: “My due date came and went but I waited it out. Silvia wasn’t born until 2 weeks, to the day, past her due date. I labored for 27 hours, it was long and painful, but I wouldn’t change a thing about the experience. I chose a doctor who was on board with my desire to have a natural childbirth.
The amazing thing is that when I look back, pain is not what I remember. I remember my strong, supportive husband there talking me through my contractions. I remember my mom holding me up as I dozed off on my feet. I remember the strongest rainstorm of the year rolling through, the lights dimming when the power went out five separate times, and I remember the minute they put my little girl into my arms and how she instinctively found her food. I remember that first full day when it was Ryan and me and our little baby girl. Suddenly we were a family. I wrote out my whole birth experience and you can read it on my website.”
CBS: Please tell us your plans to raise an eco-friendly and organic baby.
SS: “We already lived a really healthy, natural life so we didn’t have to make many adjustments to our home. But we are more intentional about things now because of Silvia.
We use gDiapers on her with the cloth insides, but sometimes the flushable inserts. And when she’s got a sitter or if she’s going to be out and about for a while, I put her in chlorine-free disposables. Earth’s Best are my favorites right now.
I use all natural cleaning products around the home and tend towards vinegar and water whenever possible. Laundry detergents are gentle and fragrance free or scented with essential oils. And I use baking soda and vinegar to help get her cloth diapers clean and smelling fresh.
Her nursery is outfitted with mostly second-hand ‘recycled’ furniture because it’s healthier; the majority of the off-gassing has already happened. And any new pieces have been finished with no-VOC paints and non-toxic finishes. Her mattress, by Nook Sleep, is natural and free of chemical flame retardants. And she wears a lot of organic cotton and bamboo clothes.
When she starts to eat solid food I’m planning to feed her a combination of food that I make myself, supplemented with some store bought organic foods. There are so many fantastic organic baby foods out there now.
She gets fresh air every single day which I think is so important for her brain, as well as her internal organs.
And I try not to schedule stuff in a day if I don’t have to. Right now I’m really focused on her sleep and making sure she is developing healthy sleep habits right from the start. So our days right now mostly revolved around eating, pooping and sleeping. And I tend to talk a lot about all three!”
CBS: On your show Get Fresh With Sara Snow, you advocated for organic foods. Tell us some of the reasons why organic is best. How did you get involved in the organic movement?
SS: “In a sense, I was born into it. My dad was a pioneer in the organic and natural foods movement. He co-founded a number of companies (Eden Foods, American Soy Products, Blue Horizon Organic Seafood) that have brought healthy, natural foods to people across the globe. So I grew up in a family where food was king.
I truly believe we are a product of what we eat. If we eat well, foods that will nourish and heal our bodies, we’ll be well. Organic food fits that equation. It’s better for the environment and better for us. Organic foods are, on average, as much as 25% higher in key nutrients; vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. As long as you’re eating an apple, you may as well get more bang for your nutritional buck and make it an organic apple!”
CBS: You are also a strong supporter of the Gaia hypothesis. Tell us about this.
SS: “Someone created a Wiki page about me that said that I am a “strong supporter” of the Gaia hypothesis. I don’t know if I would call myself that. I believe that it is our responsibility to be mindful of our impact on the things around us…the air we breathe, the water we count on, the animals who live around us because I believe that our actions directly affect each of these. If we use too many chemicals in our homes, the air we breathe will be tainted. When we spray chemicals on our fields, it affects the water we drink and bathe in. These are things we can control. And I believe it is our responsibility to do so.”
CBS: You are developing a new series. Please tell us all about it.
SS: “I’m talking with a number of networks about future projects, but right now I’m in happy baby land. It feels good to be home with my 3-month-old sweet baby girl and helping her to stay healthy and happy every day.”
CBS: You made an appearance on Jon & Kate Plus 8! Please tell us about that experience. Was it chaos in the Gosselin household? Was there tension on the set between Jon and Kate?
SS: “It was so much fun. I grew up in a semi-large family. There were six of us. So it was fun to be around all of the kids. My favorite moment was in the afternoon when I sat down on the living room floor to play with them and they just started climbing all over me!
No, I didn’t witness any tension between Jon and Kate. It was a few years ago so who knows what was going on with them. To me it just looked like two busy parents trying to raise a slew of kids!”
CBS: Do you do any charity work?
SS: “I am on the Board of Directors of The Organic Center, a non-profit group that is focused on communicating the health and environmental benefits of organic food and farming. It’s a really important organization and I’m proud to be a part of it.
I also sit on the Board of Advisors of the Holistic Moms Network, a great group that supports mom in their efforts to raise healthy, natural families.”View Slideshow »»