#DearCinnaMoms Oct '21


Did you receive your CinnaMoms invitation?

As ever expansive as the virtual world has become, I still find it astonishing that with a click of a link or a tap on a screen, we can all be instantly transported through cyberspace and arrive at a singular place. We lead busy lives; some of you rarely even have time to sit down and eat. You, the parent on the go, with appointments to keep, places to be, and then there are those little ones that always want to eat. Worry not, CinnaMoms can go with you! Gone is the era where your physical presence was a requirement to obtain any form of assistance. Standing in line for hours at a time and possibly losing your place during a bathroom break. Our daily lives, as unpredictable as they are, why do we bother planning? The world continues to evolve and grow around us (both virtually and in real life). We are in luck because in this age, we really can be in two places at once.


On the Go

We are all welcomed in this inclusive space! The only ask is to remember; though participation is encouraged, it was never mandatory. I know how uplifting it is to log in and see so many beautiful families coming together and in support of one another. We also understand that sometimes, you simply cannot. Will you listen in? Airpods, earbuds, or your car stereo, why not play CinnaMoms as loudly and proudly as we do our favorite tunes? Is that not the advantage of being mobile? Besides, when was the last time we did something for ourselves? Or a better question: When was the last time you nourished your soul?


Eat Good to Feel Good

Our first October gathering began with two presenters: K'Lynn, RE and Rhonda, CLE, and Peer Counselor for PHFE-WIC, as they tackled a complex topic: Mind and Body Health. Most of us are familiar with the importance of fruits and vegetables as part of a daily diet. Maybe even to some extent, that not all whole grains are created equal. In this CinnaMoms event, our breastfeeding and nutrition professionals explained dietary patterns and the importance of nutrient-dense foods. We discussed food content vs. nutritional benefits and were shared a few links that included recipes and the WIC Moms Cookbook.


https://wicmomstrong.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/WIC-Cookbook-2020-FINAL-1.pdf


https://cachampionsforchange.cdph.ca.gov/en/recipes/Pages/default.aspx


https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/NEOPB/CDPH%20Document%20Library/300006SoulfulRecipesEN.pdf


The Mind-Gut Connection

So what does it mean to eat healthy? It is more than just eating fruits and veggies. A healthier lifestyle?