Sarah Lahbati has one advice to first-time moms: "Trust your intuition."
In a small group interview with the Kapamilya actress on July 28, at the Nido 3+ Check the Label workshop in Todd English Food Hall, SM Aura, Bonifacio High Street, Sarah admitted to having some moments of self-doubt when it comes to taking care of three-year-old Zion.
"Oh yes, definitely. There are days that are hard for me especially being a first-time mom, but then, you know, when I feel like, 'Can I still do this?'
"I look at Zion and when he smiles, parang, it changes my perspective and it motivates me to keep on going."
Her rule of thumb as a mom is to "not sweat on the small stuff."
STAYING HEALTHY. Sarah learned the importance of eating healthy on the onset of her pregnancy.
Her mother Esther Lahbati and Tita Annabelle Rama had kept an eye on the food that Sarah ate and gave pointers on which to take and what to avoid.
The ASAP regular shared, "Siguro my mom kasi, she’s always been the nurturing type of mom. She cooks, she really took care of us talaga. So her number one tip is to create or make every thing by yourself form scratch.
"My memories of my pregnancy tips from Tita Annabelle about food I should avoid and, siguro, the basic important you should do with the newborn baby."
So when Zion was born, Sarah has made it a point to choose the right kind of food for him.
She's lucky because her growing boy likes to eat vegetables. But, of course, she lets him indulge in "pasta and chips and cookies once in a while."
A must for Sarah: read the label.
Here are four things we usually do not mind but are actually important, according to the Nutrition Adviser for Nestle Infant Nutrition, Ditas Sagarbarria:
1. Sequence of ingredients
Check how the ingredients are listed down. The first ingredient is the component with the largest quantity, while the last ingredient listed is the one with the least quantity.
2. Serving sizes
The "per serving" means one serving of the product and "serving per pack" means the number of servings that can be made with one pack.
The calories differ on the serving sizes.
3. Same serving sizes, but different nutrition values
Note that the serving size and nutrition value don't always correlate. Depending on the other ingredients present, the level of nutrients would vary.
4. Difference between "Best Before" and "Use By"
"Best before" guarantees when the food would have the best quality of taste.
The indicated date would suggest that the food would no longer be as flavorful and nutritious as promised.
"Use by" would suggest that the food should no longer be eaten or taken after the date indicated.