Episode 99: Debi Lewis
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Episode 99: Debi Lewis
Mothers of Misfits

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Emily Melious

Welcome back everyone to another episode of Mothers of Misfits. We're joined by Debi Lewis today. She is the author of Kitchen Medicine: How I Fed My Daughter Out Of Failure To Thrive. She's also written for the New York Times, Bon Appétit, Huffington Post, Romper, Wired, and more. And now she lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Debi, thanks for coming on today.

Debi Lewis

I'm so glad to be here. Thanks for having me.

Emily Melious

Yes. Well, um,

The impact of diet on kids

we've been actually talking about food, um, here and there on the podcast and the importance of food and diet and understanding how that impacts our kids, other diagnoses and behavior. So, uh, you, you really had some struggles with your daughter from the start.

So can you kind of take us all the way back to that and really share with us why did you write your book? What was going on with your daughter that prompted you to want to share your story with others?

Debi Lewis

Sure. Um, well, my daughter was born in, um, what seemed like a relatively straightforward manner, um, a little small, but other than that, relatively, um, nothing to, to, to raise your eyebrows at. Um, but very quickly we saw that there were, there were things, especially when she started eating solid foods that were challenging.

Um, she didn't seem to like anything that had any texture to it at all. She ate very, very little solid food. She much preferred to breastfeed. Um, and, and, and there were things that were odd about it, pocketing food in her cheeks for hours on end and that kind of thing.