My name is Emiza Merican.
I am a foodie, bookworm and also a Certified Child Specialist Nutritionist. Most importantly, I am a mother to two lovely girls, Elayna who is 8, and Dzeeya who is 3. My girls are the reason behind Energise Kids.
In 2004, I started dating Mr MOMmy, my future husband. Like me, he loved to eat, so the initial days of our relationship was based entirely on food. We were constantly trying out new places to eat, and that was the excuse we used to spend time with each other. At that young age, health and fitness were the last things on our minds, and the blessings of youth meant that we could eat whatever we want without putting on any noticeable weight.
After we got married, our habits still did not change. It was only after my first pregnancy that my lifestyle started to change. Being a first time mother, I had mixed emotions. I was excited at the thought of experiencing something new, but yet worried because I had no idea if I was capable of being a good mother. This was when I started reading books and doing online research on pregnancy and babies. I had the usual morning sickness for 6 weeks, and put on 20 kgs during this time, mostly due to the fact that I was binging a lot on burgers and nachos. Elayna was breastfed, so this helped me lose weight post-natal, but I realized at this point that I would have to relook at the kind of food I ate. If I wanted Elayna to eat healthy, then I would have to eat healthy too.
During Elayna’s first year, all her food was entirely homemade, no salt, no sugar, and no artificial colouring or flavouring. There were some challenges getting her to eat vegetables after she started going to playschool when she was 2. Somehow, she picked up the idea that vegetables were “yucky”. She refused to eat her vegetables and the battle to feed her started. I tried to trick her in many ways but it all failed. Then finally, when I was close to giving up, I came up with the idea of hiding her vegetables in her pasta sauce or smoothies. And it worked, she had no clue that she was eating vegetables, and she even said the food was “yummy”.
This was the road to us eating healthily, but after a while, we realized that eating healthy alone was not enough. There were some health tragedies that happened to some close friends of us, and that was when we realized that exercise was important too. So we started a weekly routine of exercising, and it was a good way of spending time with Elayna too. When Dzeeya came along, we continued the same pattern of healthy eating and exercise, and teaching Dzeeya how to eat healthily was easier due to what I learned with Elayna.
My love for my children made me want to do something that can benefit all parents and kids. Mr MOMmy and my good friend, Ida, persuaded me to create a platform that shares my experience on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. I started discussing this with Hani “Mama”, who happens to be Elayna’s best friend’s mom. Because of our daughters, we were already really close and when I discussed my idea with her, she immediately jumped on board. Like me, she is equally concerned on health and fitness, and because of this, Energise Kids started.
Energise Kids is here to help make things easy for parents’ to make their children’s lives better