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NATHALIE RHONE Founder, Nutrition By Nathalie
The kids are down, the dog has been fed, and your partner’s otherwise engaged - how do you spend your “me” time, when you get it?
I do things that make me feel good, grounded, and happy. I try to get some sort of movement in every day, whether that’s streaming a Tracy Anderson or Megan Roup Sculpt class, going to yoga or pilates, or taking my dog Brady for a walk outside. Once that’s done, I try to relax! Cooking is therapeutic for me, maybe I’ll take a bath and put on a facemask, or curl up on the couch and watch TV shows.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from a mom that you’ve held on to because it felt resonant?
That everyone has something to say about the “right” way to raise kids – feeding, sleep training, every phase. It’s important to listen, but always do what feels best, natural, and right for you. What works for you doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. Be true to yourself, love with all your heart, and listen to your intuition! Also, that it’s important to find time for yourself. Taking care of yourself (exercising, eating well, taking a nap, doing the things you love to do) makes you a better mom!
What’s the other career you’d most like to try out, given a second professional life?
Interior Design! I’ve had such a fun time designing and decorating our new home… I’d like to think there’s some talent there!
Where and how did you meet your best friends? How do you stay in touch and support each other?
Mostly in school. I have best friends from growing up in Greenwich, high school at Deerfield Academy, college at Cornell, and grad school at NYU. It’s been harder to see them since moving to the suburbs, but we do our best! Either way, we are always in touch via text and available for phone calls at any time. With my friends who live out of town we make FaceTime dates to catch up.
What are the nicest things your partner does for you, and you for them?
My husband (and Brady) brings me warm lemon water in bed every morning with the biggest smile on his face! It’s the best way to start the day… for so many reasons… and I look forward to it every morning when I wake up. But honestly, the way he supports me in everything I do is by far the nicest thing I could ever ask for. I asked my husband what he thought the nicest things I do for him are, and he said: “Make me green juice, cook for me, and let me go on golf trips.”
What traditions are you building - or planning to build - for your family? Whydo they matter to you?
Family dinner every night. TV off and phones away! Just family sitting around the table together with a nutritious, delicious meal. I think it is so important to connect with each other at the end of the day, no distractions.
What are the things in your closet that you know you’ll be using and loving inthree years?
My favorite classic boots, yummy sweaters, and hopefully my maternity clothes…maybe I’ll be on baby number 2 or 3 at that point!
What’s the last thing you celebrated?
Valentine’s Day with my husband! We went to dinner at Milos in the city (best fish!) and then saw Moulin Rouge on Broadway. Such a fun date night! I didn’t celebrate my 30th birthday because I was in the middle of my first trimester, so nauseous and tired and still keeping the pregnancy a secret. My niece was also born the day before my birthday so I wanted the flexibility of going to visit her as soon as she came into this world! My husband was planning me a surprise birthday party with all my closest family and friends that would have been amazing, so I’m sad to have missed out on that. But, there will always be more birthdays.
What has been the hardest part of pregnancy dressing? What product wouldyou like FH to add to our assortment?
The time before my bump was popping, but my body had already changed was difficult. Pre-pregnancy clothes didn’t fit well, but I wasn’t quite ready for most maternity clothes yet. I’d love FH to add more casual everyday clothes into the assortment!