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Catherine McCord

Chef and Founder of Weelicious

As the mother of two young children, my son's and daughter's health is of paramount importance to me. I started weelicious.com to inspire parents to cook fast, fresh and easy recipes for their families and also to help them get their kids involved in the cooking process and learning how to treat their bodies well from day one!
I started modeling and traveling the world at a very young age, tasting and being turned onto foods that were exciting and exotic to my Kentucky bred palette. When I was living in Paris, Milan, New York and traveling to places like Tokyo, Morocco and Sydney, I became obsessed with learning about local cuisine.
Later I went to culinary school, then worked in a few restaurants trying to learn more tricks of the trade.
Whenever people ask me what type of cuisine I like to cook the best, I say “what’s fresh”. The most important part of food is the ingredients you start with. I like simple food that speaks for itself.
When I had my kids, Kenya and Chloe, I realized that I wanted them to be exposed to seasonal, organic food that’s as pure as possible. I want them to know that food shouldn’t have to be pumped with sugar, salt and preservatives to be delicious.
Kenya and Chloe only know what I feed them. If I gave them McDonalds, they’d love it, but if I give them pesto chicken, that’s what they’ll crave.
Parents’ lives are busy, but we also want our kids to have the best. The recipes on this site are delicious, nutritious and easy, but most important, they’re fast. I make cooking fun for all of us. I prop Chloe in her high chair and let Kenya sit on a stool so they can both be part of the process. Who knows, maybe one of them will be a great chef someday. Ahh….a mother’s dream.

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Sandra Steingraber, PhD

Biologist, Author, Professor, Expert on Environmental Links to Cancer and Reproductive Human Health

Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is a biologist, award-winning author, mother of two, and cancer survivor. Formerly on faculty at Cornell University, she is currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She is author of the classic, highly influential books, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and Environment, and Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood. Hailed by the Sierra Club as "the new Rachel Carson," Steingraber is presently at work on a book about the environmental life of children. She has addressed many environmental health conferences, testified at Congressional briefings, and appeared frequently on national media.

"It's often said that children, pound for pound, eat more food, drink more water, and breathe more air than adults. That's all true. Biologically speaking, our growing children are more ecological than we are: they are more vigorous participants in the food chain; they are more integrally involved with the world's water cycle; they are more deeply dependent on planetary oxygen supplies. Other than the chromosomes we bequeathed them at conception, our children ARE rearranged molecules of air, food and water. Their bodies and minds are knitted together from the environment. What we need now are public policies that reflect these scientific realities. It is right that we should say "Healthy Child Healthy World" in the same breath. It's a banner under which I'm pleased to labor."

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