Hi there. I’m Heather Dessinger. You may recognize me from Mommypotamus.com, the health and wellness website I launched in 2009. I began sharing the results of my research on that website while I struggled to overcome my own debilitating health changes.
Many of you have walked through the past decade, learning everything I can about pregnancy, breastfeeding, motherhood, gut health, whole foods, natural beauty care, natural remedies, and so much more. It all began in a little kitchen in a suburb of Dallas / Fort Worth.
Here’s a little more about me:
I’m a mom.
I have three beautiful children that were born in my living room.
I’m a researcher.
Questioning the status quo comes naturally to me, which is why I rely on evidence-based research to guide my decisions on food, natural remedies, birth, and making my own beauty and cleaning products.
Why did I spend years of my life writing a blog?
You may have noticed when I introduced myself that I’m not a doctor or certified nutritionist. There are no special letters behind my name. I’m just a mom that’s passionate about nourishing my family in every way possible.
I wasn’t always this way, though. My husband Daniel and I were junk food fiends when we got married. Part of every dinner came from a box or takeout, and we were fine with that. But years of eating MSG, genetically modified foods, and hormone “enhanced” meat took its toll. About two years after we said our vows – just when we were thinking about starting a family – I developed a debilitating autoimmune disorder.
Blood tests also revealed that years of low-fat dieting had lowered my cholesterol to nearly undetectable levels – lower than those long distance runners who don’t get periods. It’s embarrassing to admit now, but when I first heard the numbers I thought it was a good thing! Um, no. Cholesterol is necessary for producing the hormones that sustain a pregnancy, I was told. “Don’t get pregnant, you’re not strong enough to carry a baby to term” were her exact words. Fine, then. I went home and drank 8 oz of oil straight up. (Do not ever do this! You will puke for 10 hours.)
I wanted cholesterol. I wanted a baby. I wanted my horrible acne, acid reflux, anxiety and chronic exhaustion to just GO AWAY. I wanted all of those things and more, but what I NEEDED was real food.
So, with Nourishing Traditions in hand, I hacked away at my old food habits until every single one was gone. No one else I knew was eating this way and honestly I kind of felt like the unabomber while concocting ferments in my kitchen.
It was frustrating, but oh-so-worth-it. Through nutrition and alternative natural therapies, I recovered my health, got pregnant, carried my baby not only to term but to the very last day of the forty second week, nursed for two years, got pregnant AGAIN, continued to nurse through my pregnancy, had another baby at 41 weeks. I now have three beautiful, vibrant children. That’s a far cry from not being able to carry a baby to term!
Homesteading in Tennessee
When my family moved from Texas to a little neighborhood near Nashville, I had no idea that the perfectly manicured, suburban lawn we played tag on would change our lives.
Two years into our 40 acre homesteading experiment, I, my husband, and one of my children tested positive for Lyme disease. I wasn’t symptomatic, so I focused my efforts on helping them recover. My symptoms took a few more years to become obvious, and then I faced one of the most difficult health battles of my life.
Life Near the Beach
For health and quality of life, we made a big life change and relocated to Florida, i.e. sandy beaches and intensified sunshine!
Okay, that catches you up on the first ten years of my wellness journey! I hope you’ve had a chance to look through some ideas and research I’ve shared on the issues that matter most to you. With all that I’ve learned and added to the health and nourishment of my family, I’m excited that the best days are yet to come!