Kristin Cavallari‘s mommy philosophy puts nutrition first.
In her new book Balancing in Heels, the former Laguna Beach star opens up about her family’s clean eating and the food rules she and her husband, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, put in place for sons Camden Jack, 3, and Jaxon Wyatt, 22 months, and daughter Saylor James, almost 4 months.
“Once I stopped breastfeeding each kid and we ran out of stock of my frozen breast milk, we put them on a homemade goat milk formula (both grew out of their dairy sensitivity by then),” she writes.
“I’m not a fan of of soy (it’s usually genetically modified; more about that later), and both Cam and Jax have sensitivities to cow’s milk — and unfortunately, soy and cow’s milk are the only two options for store-bought formula available right now. Goat’s milk is the closest thing out there to human breast milk. Plus, it is more easily digested than cow’s or soy milk. Giving goat’s milk to children is popular in Europe and other parts of the world. Goat’s milk is not enough, though, so Jay and I, along with our pediatrician, came up with a formula recipe for our kids.”
Cavallari, 29, takes a staunch stance against GMOs, dedicating pages of her book to explaining why she’s “become a psycho about reading every single ingredient label and researching the ingredients I don’t recognize.”
“GMOs are linked to digestive problems, among other things,” she explains. “Antibiotics and growth hormone are other additives being excessively pumped into the animals we are eating, which means we’re then consuming these excess antibiotics and hormones. And some processed foods actually contain toxic chemicals, often used to prevent spoilage and enhance flavor. I truly believe that everything I need to flourish nutritionally is found in nature and that some stuff just shouldn’t be messed with, especially the food I’m putting in my body.”
She says eating mostly organic and only wild-caught fish or grass-fed beef has also helped Cutler manage his type 1 diabetes — and keep her kids well.
“His insulin use is down, and he’s off his blood pressure medication. And he looks the best he ever has: His weight is ideal and his skin is clear. I really believe that my family’s infrequency of getting sick is due to our diet.”
And the shoe designer credits having an involved husband by her side to her success in raising three children.
“Seeing your partner as a great father is the best feeling in the world. When a man is involved and changes diapers without being asked, you know you’ve found a good one. That’s Jay,” she writes. “He’s been hands-on since day 1 and didn’t think twice about it. That’s been incredibly attractive. I love seeing the man I love, love being a father.”
As a football player, Cutler travels a lot during the season, so Cavallari offers tips on how to keep marriage spicy: eating a candlelit dinner together at home no matter what’s on the menu, sending steamy pictures (with your face cropped out in case of a hack) and, yes, sexting.
“I’ve been known to sext from time to time. Gotta do whatcha gotta do!” she says. “Even if it means you are doing five other things at the same time and just going along with it for your man.”
Balancing in Heels is available on shelves now.
— Michele Corriston