Pediatric nutritionists helping new dads and moms

Feel confident and competent in raising happy eaters

Meet our pediatric nutritionist team

We are Maude and Sarthak, and we run the show!

We met in grad school, started dating, fell in love, and eventually got married. Oh, and we got a kid. That’s when our lives changed.

We struggled to find reliable, quick, and science based nutrition information for new dads and moms? There is a lot of “nutrition noise” out there.

We created Family & Co. Nutrition, the resource and service we wish we had as new parents.

We want to help you feel confident and competent in raising happy eaters!

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Our story

We are Maude and Sarthak, and we run our pediatric nutrition consultation practice.

We met in grad school at the University of Guelph, where we both completed graduate studies in nutrition research.

We started dating, fell in love, and eventually got married.

A few years later Maude was pregnant and we welcomed our son into the world.

 

That’s when our lives and careers changed.

From the time Maude was pregnant, we struggled to find easy nutrition solutions that were science based, reliable, and aligned with our busy lifestyle as parents.

Even though we both studied nutrition, our level of preparedness wasn’t the same.

Maude felt more ready being a registered dietitian that focusses on pregnancy, postnatal diets and baby nutrition.

Whereas, Sarthak is a nutritionist with a specialty related to exercise and weight loss. As a soon-to-be father he was excited to learn more.

He was trying to understand how to be a supportive husband during pregnancy, to start dad-life off on the best foot.

It quickly became apparent that a lot of diet and nutrition advice was geared towards mothers, without catering to the unique role of fathers.

In some cases, dads were flat-out excluded.

This was frustrating because we see our family as a team that learns and grows together.

We wanted to avoid a dynamic where the mother dictates all of the family’s nutrition decisions.

A lot of popular ressources were opinion-based and not backed by science or references we could read more into.

We realized there was a lot of “nutrition noise” out there.

We saw the need for a nutrition coaching service that is:

• inclusive of BOTH moms and dads
• easy to follow
• credible, offering science based nutrition coaching
• mindful of busy parent schedules, and
• gets to the the point fast with focused advice

And voila! we created Family & Co. Nutrition, the resource and service we wish we had as new parents.

We help new dads and moms with easy nutrition solutions.

We want to help you feel confident and competent in raising happy eaters!

Our story

We are Maude and Sarthak, and we run our pediatric nutrition consultation practice.

We met in grad school at the University of Guelph, where we both completed graduate studies in nutrition research. We started dating, fell in love, and eventually got married.

A few years later Maude was pregnant and we welcomed our son into the world.

That’s when our lives and careers changed.

From the time Maude was pregnant, we struggled to find easy nutrition solutions that were science based, reliable, and aligned with our busy lifestyle as parents.

Even though we both studied nutrition, our level of preparedness wasn’t the same.

Maude felt more ready being a registered dietitian that focusses on pregnancy, postnatal diets and baby nutrition.

Whereas, Sarthak is a nutritionist with a specialty related to exercise and weight loss. As a soon-to-be father he was excited to learn more.

He was trying to understand how to be a supportive husband during pregnancy, to start dad-life off on the best foot.

It quickly became apparent that a lot of diet and nutrition advice was geared towards mothers, without catering to the unique voice and role of fathers.

In some cases, dads were flat-out excluded.

This was frustrating because we see our family as a team that learns and grows together.

We wanted to avoid a dynamic where the mother dictates all of the family’s nutrition decisions.

A lot of popular ressources were opinion-based and not backed by science or references we could read more into.

We realized there was a lot of “nutrition noise” out there.

We saw the need for a nutrition coaching service that is:

• inclusive of BOTH moms and dads
• easy to follow, credible, and offers science based nutrition coaching
• mindful of busy parent schedules and gets to the the point fast with focused advice

And voila! we created Family & Co. Nutrition, the resource and service we wish we had as new parents.

We help new dads and moms with easy nutrition solutions, that help you feel confident and competent in raising happy eaters!

Why are we qualified?

Maude Perreault, MSc, RD

Registered Dietitian

Maude’s Biography

Maude is a registered dietitian that focuses on pediatric nutrition starting from pregnancy.

Currently, Maude is working toward her PhD at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

She studies bone health of pregnant women and their babies, specifically focusing on the effects of exercise and nutrition, both during and after pregnancy.

Maude was recognized by the Government of Canada as one of the country’s top research trainees, and was awarded the title of Vanier Scholar.

Maude is also a member of the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP), a specialized training program under the the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR).

With this program Maude receives world-class training, and access to the best mentors and resources to help train her in the field of pediatric nutrition.

Originally from Québec, science brought Maude to Ontario… and meeting her husband Sarthak convinced her to stay!

Maude didn’t hesitate when it came to choosing nutrition as her area of work.

She loves being at the forefront nutrition research in the lab, and working with new dads and moms to start family life in a healthy way.

She connects her research knowledge with her desire to help families through her role as a pediatric nutritionist with Family & Co Nutrition.

It combines the best of both worlds: bringing credible nutrition knowledge to busy parents in need of nutrition solutions.

Maude also enjoys community outreach, and has a lot of fun teaching kids about science, helping them discover food in a fun and educational way through Let’s Talk Science.

Maude’s Education

Bachelor’s degree (BSc Nutrition)
Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal
Area of work: pre and postnatal diet, nutrition for children 0-18 years old

Master’s degree (MSc Health and Nutritional Sciences)
Department of Human Health and Nutritionnal Sciences, University of Guelph
Area of work: fatty acids, inflammation, obesity

Doctoral student (PhD candidate, Medical Science)
Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
Area of work: nutrition for women during and after pregnancy, nutrition for infants

 

Fun Facts About Maude

Food she dislikes: although I worked in a bakery for years, to this day I dislike multigrains and seed-packed breads! (Am I a bird?)

Favorite food: bok choy and dried cranberries

Life saving kitchen gadget: immersion blender (and a deep freezer…although not a gadget)

Life saving ingredients: canned beans, eggs

Least favorite kitchen task: slicing bread (crumbs everywhere!)

The scientific fact that blows her mind: the field of developmental origins of health and disease… basically the fact that what your mother (and even grandmother) did before and during pregnancy might determine your likelihood of being healthy later in life. Isn’t the human body amazing?

Favorite saying: can we live our life? (as in, let’s fully enjoy now, without the pressure of being efficient all of the time)

Beyond cooking and eating, she spends time doing: operating power tools (if only a drill could be used in the kitchen!), binge reading, and going for walks

 

Maude’s Biography

Maude is a registered dietitian that focuses on pediatric nutrition starting from pregnancy.

Currently, Maude is working toward her PhD at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

She studies bone health of pregnant women and their babies, specifically focusing on the effects of exercise and nutrition, both during and after pregnancy.

Maude was recognized by the Government of Canada as one of the country’s top research trainees, and was awarded the title of Vanier Scholar.

Maude is also a member of the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP), a specialized training program under the the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR).

With this program Maude receives world-class training, and access to the best mentors and resources to help train her in the field of pediatric nutrition.

Originally from Québec, science brought Maude to Ontario… and meeting her husband Sarthak convinced her to stay!

Maude didn’t hesitate when it came to choosing nutrition as her area of work.

She loves being at the forefront nutrition research in the lab, and working with new dads and moms to start family life in a healthy way.

She connects her research knowledge with her desire to help families through her role as a pediatric nutritionist with Family & Co Nutrition.

It combines the best of both worlds: bringing credible nutrition knowledge to busy parents in need of nutrition solutions.

Maude also enjoys community outreach, and has a lot of fun teaching kids about science, helping them discover food in a fun and educational way through Let’s Talk Science.

Maude’s Education

Bachelor’s degree (BSc Nutrition)
Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal
Area of work: pre and postnatal diet, nutrition for children 0-18 years old

Master’s degree (MSc Health and Nutritional Sciences)
Department of Human Health and Nutritionnal Sciences, University of Guelph
Area of work: fatty acids, inflammation, obesity

Doctoral student (PhD candidate, Medical Science)
Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
Area of work: nutrition for women during and after pregnancy, nutrition for infants

 

Fun Facts About Maude

Food she dislikes: although I worked in a bakery for years, to this day I dislike multigrains and seed-packed breads! (Am I a bird?)

Favorite food: bok choy and dried cranberries

Life saving kitchen gadget: immersion blender (and a deep freezer…although not a gadget)

Life saving ingredients: canned beans, eggs

Least favorite kitchen task: slicing bread (crumbs everywhere!)

The scientific fact that blows her mind: the field of developmental origins of health and disease… basically the fact that what your mother (and even grandmother) did before and during pregnancy might determine your likelihood of being healthy later in life. Isn’t the human body amazing?

Favorite saying: can we live our life? (as in, let’s fully enjoy now, without the pressure of being efficient all of the time)

Beyond cooking and eating, she spends time doing: operating power tools (if only a drill could be used in the kitchen!), binge reading, and going for walks

 

 

Sarthak Matravadia, PhD

Family Nutritionist

Sarthak’s Biography

Sarthak is a nutritionist and holds a PhD from the University of Guelph where his research focused on omega-3/-6 fats and their role in health and disease.

Sarthak’s previous research experience includes studying obesity, exercise, and dietary supplements for healthy aging.

After completing his PhD, Sarthak joined the Research & Development team at Iovate Health Sciences, a global leader in the dietary supplement industry.

He developed sports nutrition and supplement products for multi-national brands.

Sarthak had a pivotal role in Iovate’s clinical research and innovation program, working closely with universities, contract research organizations, ingredient suppliers, and various manufacturers around the world.

Sarthak is now the Director of Scientific Affairs for Family & Co. Nutrition.

He is pursuing his long term goal of becoming a registered dietitian, working in the area of family and pediatric nutrition.

In his free time, Sarthak enjoys DJing and hosted and electronic dance music radio show for 10+ years at Hamilton’s 93.3 CFMU station.

He is also an avid soccer fan, and follows the English Premier League as a supporter of Manchester United.

Sarthak is a youth soccer coach with Hamilton Sparta soccer club.

Sarthak’s Education

Bachelor’s degree (HonBSc)
Department of Biology, McMaster University
Area of work: biology with a focus on physiology

Master’s degree (MSc Physiology)
Department of Biology, McMaster University
Area of work: dietary supplements and healthy aging

Doctorate (PhD, Lifestyle Nutrition)
Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph
Area of work: exercise physiology, obesity, omega-3/-6 fat utilization, skeletal muscle metabolism

Fun Facts About Sarthak

Food he dislikes: cilantro (the smell gives me terrible headaches)

Favorite food: Hakka food (Indian-Chinese fusion style)

Life saving kitchen gadget: whisk (Despite Maude being the French one, I usually make the sauces at home!)

Life saving ingredients: eggs (so versatile and a great protein source)

Least favorite kitchen task: washing lettuce (so much work for salad!)

The scientific fact that blows his mind: The endosymbiotic hypothesis. It suggests that mitochondria, the powerhouse of our cells, descended from specialized bacteria that became incorporated into host cells over 1.45 billion years ago. It’s increadible that a bacteria is responsible for our ability to use energy and keep us alive!

Favorite saying: why does everything have to be so difficult? (more of a running joke since grad school)

Beyond cooking and eating, he spends time: watching soccer, researching how things work, watching cooking channels on Youtube.

 

Sarthak’s Biography

Sarthak is a nutritionist and holds a PhD from the University of Guelph where his research focused on omega-3/-6 fats and their role in health and disease.

Sarthak’s previous research experience includes studying obesity, exercise, and dietary supplements for healthy aging.

After completing his PhD, Sarthak joined the Research & Development team at Iovate Health Sciences, a global leader in the dietary supplement industry.

He developed sports nutrition and supplement products for multi-national brands.

Sarthak had a pivotal role in Iovate’s clinical research and innovation program, working closely with universities, contract research organizations, ingredient suppliers, and various manufacturers around the world.

Sarthak is now the Director of Scientific Affairs for Family & Co. Nutrition.

He is pursuing his long term goal of becoming a registered dietitian, working in the area of family and pediatric nutrition.

In his free time, Sarthak enjoys DJing and hosted and electronic dance music radio show for 10+ years at Hamilton’s 93.3 CFMU station.

He is also an avid soccer fan, and follows the English Premier League as a supporter of Manchester United. Sarthak is a youth soccer coach with Hamilton Sparta soccer club.

Sarthak’s Education

Bachelor’s degree (HonBSc)
Department of Biology, McMaster University
Area of work: biology with a focus on physiology

Master’s degree (MSc Physiology)
Department of Biology, McMaster University
Area of work: dietary supplements and healthy aging

Doctorate (PhD, Lifestyle Nutrition)
Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph
Area of work: exercise physiology, obesity, omega-3/-6 fat utilization, skeletal muscle metabolism

Fun Facts About Sarthak

Food he dislikes: cilantro (the smell gives me terrible headaches)

Favorite food: Hakka food (Indian-Chinese fusion style)

Life saving kitchen gadget: whisk (Despite Maude being the French one, I usually make the sauces at home!)

Life saving ingredients: eggs (so versatile and a great protein source)

Least favorite kitchen task: washing lettuce (so much work for salad!)

The scientific fact that blows his mind: The endosymbiotic hypothesis. It suggests that mitochondria, the powerhouse of our cells, descended from specialized bacteria that became incorporated into host cells over 1.45 billion years ago. It’s increadible that a bacteria is responsible for our ability to use energy and keep us alive!

Favorite saying: why does everything have to be so difficult? (more of a running joke since grad school)

Beyond cooking and eating, he spends time: watching soccer, researching how things work, watching cooking channels on Youtube.

 

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