How to balance working, being a mom, and eating well with Tammi Brochman
Welcome to episode 20 of The Determined Mom Show. I am your host, Amanda Tento. In this episode, we have Tammy Brockman. I’m super excited to have her on the show. She is the owner of the Clean Eating Dietician, Tammy.
Welcome to the show and tell us more about your business cause that’s kind of a unique position that you’re in; you can do that from home. I know some dieticians work from home, but as a standard, they usually work in a clinic, etc. So tell us about how you developed that.
“Thank you. I am super excited to be here, and my business as the Clean Eating Dietician is a business, basically helping people to eat cleaner. I was doing the traditional track of going to college, graduating, and then finding a job in a hospital or healthcare. I stayed there for the bulk of my career, and at kind of the end of my career, I was working at a local hospital as a Food Service Director.
Then they’re doing that for six years; before that, I was the Clinical Dietician there. So that was kind of my life, nonprofit healthcare and at the same time. So I’m a wife, a mom of four. My youngest is 14, but when he was six years old, he was in kindergarten, diagnosed with autism, and had many social skills issues at school.
So it ended up being a lot of phone calls home. I would often have to leave and get him from school. Just a lot of needs on the home front. I also had a daughter in high school at the time who was struggling with depression and had her struggles, so we just decided that I needed to find a way to take it home.
I needed to be home more and still needed an income. So that is kind of the unique thing about being a Dietician, is that you can take it online and still really help people in the health coaching and nutrition coaching field, which was very new to me then. I wasn’t familiar with it, but I’ve spent the last five years doing an awful lot of learning for sure. So and I won’t say it’s been an easy journey this whole mompreneur or being an entrepreneur at home and a mom at the same time is not something it’s not the easy route.
If you don’t know what it takes to run a business, you’d have to learn that. So I became my teacher of learning how to run a business and trying to find help, but it’s been great because there are so many people like yourself who are out there and who are offering help and coaching services and products and whatever to teach them, to learn how to do that. So I’ve done quite a bit of that.”
That’s great, and I think We all go through that; “I’m not sure what I’m doing, but I know I want to do it.” There’s that phase, and for some people, it might be like a month, and others just decide that they want to hire out from the beginning, and I think it’s important to point out that there’s no wrong version of it.
“Yes. Thank you for that because sometimes I have to remind myself that this is my journey and that my journey is going to work very uniquely from everybody else’s journey out there. I know imposter syndrome and looking at what everybody else is doing and all that stuff is very difficult, but I’m super happy that you have been able to kind of carve out your own thing and I love the name of your business, and I love what you offer, especially because your focus is more on moms, that it’s just a really important thing for families and women.”
Thank you! I appreciate that. So what kind of advice as a nutritionist do you have for clean eating or moms like me?
“I always start with tough love and say your actions show your priorities, so I’d like moms to look at your priorities. Where are you spending your time? And it’s not a lot of fun to do, but I recommend you do a time study. It doesn’t have to be every day for a month or anything extravagant, but if you take a few days.
Then one of the weekend days and do three days, where you write down the things you’re doing every day, you can start to see some patterns, how you’re spending your time, and where maybe there’s some slacking going on.
Maybe there’s some wasted time, and you could rearrange your day to accomplish things more efficiently and free up time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day as anybody else does, and it’s a matter of how you choose to spend it and meal planning doesn’t have to be something that takes up all day every day. So that’s kind of the first thing that I like to tell, tell moms to do is take a serious look at how you’re spending your time.
Also, utilizing the apps on the phones and other kinds of tools, or maybe you’re a paper kind of a person, then put a paper system in place but keep all of that because you have something there now that works, and once you’ve done that for 3 or 5 weeks, now you can start right back over and refresh and use what you did before.”
That’s still good. So any other tips on, like, the meal planning part of it or the menu part of it? It’s just that we’ve already been talking through it but knowing what your schedule will be and then making sure you plan your menu around that.
“So if you’re the mom and the entrepreneur, just sitting down and finding your recipes and writing out your menu plan is just not your gig. I do have a menu plan source that it’s a Facebook group with a one-year-long subscription. I’ve got menus loaded in their recipe books, cutting collections in there for a huge variety, and I update it seasonally.
So that’s available for you to subscribe to, and it’s a fee subscription, but it’s done for you, and you can pick the same menu you want to use every week. The menu plans are there, plus recipes. You get all of the recipes with it, plus there’s a grocery shopping list as well for that menu plan.
I also offer one on one coaching as well. So it is the Successful and Healthy Women Entrepreneurs group on Facebook. So that’s a free group, and I do free challenges in there and just tips and tricks and how to be healthy kind of posts as well.”
Well, Tammy, thank you so much for being on the show, and we are looking forward to seeing your business grow and come forward to everything with you. To our readers and listeners, have a wonderful week.
If you have any questions, let us know! Reach out to us!
Tammi is a Dietitian who helps busy moms of kids with ADHD approach each day with hope, anticipation, and gratitude for the opportunity to live a life full of all the blessings ADHD and Autism brings.
She uses nutrition, wellness, and mindset approaches to help them clarify their direction and plan, build confidence in their ability to handle challenges, and embrace the uniqueness that is their life with Autism and ADHD.
Before starting her entrepreneurial journey, Tammi worked as a hospital and long term care Dietitian for 20 years. After her son was diagnosed with both Autism and ADHD in 2011, she was called to leave full-time work outside the home to be fully present and ensure her son’s journey was a successful one.
Tammi enjoys camping and reading. She is available for coaching and menu planning help. You can reach her through her website at www.cleaneatingdietitian.com.