|For people who aren’t All-Things-Heather-Obsessed like me, could you explain some challenges you and your son have faced?
Getting Jax the proper nutrition has been one of biggest challenges. He has a lot of food allergies and so it makes it very hard to ensure he is getting enough healthy calories, vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It was a catalyst that sent me to nutrition school. The underbelly of that degree has helped clear the confusion and help him heal through the power of food.
How has he been doing recently, since you left the show?
Jax is a strong growing boy! He has been doing really well. He is enjoying being back to school and his video game! We recently we got a family dog that he is completely in love with and brings him joy every day.
Do you have any advice for mothers whose kids are facing health challenges?
Do your research, be your own advocate, learn how food and nutrition can help your children grow and be healthy. Educate yourself.
Do you have any personal mantras or positive affirmations to get through the difficult times?
I love the mantra from my friend Eric Weinhenmayer – the founder of a nonprofit No Barriers that I am an ambassador for — it says… “What is within you is stronger than what’s in your way!”
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your son?
What charities are you working on?
I love doing charity work and have my hands in a lot of great organizations, this fall (Oct 5-6) I will be speaking for No Barriers in New York on the intrepid, about nutrition and wellness, and using the two to overcome obstacles and barriers in your life.
What’s next for you?
I recently launched my own superfood nutritional brand called Nutritionairy! It’s exclusively sold on Evine, the home shopping channel. I will be back on air October 22 and 23rd, with two new products added into my nutrition line.
Where did you learn your confidence and your go-for-it-attitude?
I grew up with a single mom raising two girls. She is a very strong and spirited woman who taught me a lot. I also played a lot of sports — sports are a great way to build confidence!
You did so much charity work on the show – and I’m not forgetting how awesome it was that you hired Aviva to walk the runway! Do you think you raised the bar? What do you think of Bethenny’s work for Puerto Rico, for example?
I think anytime you can reach across the aisle and help someone who is less fortunate than you it is a fantastic thing!!
Do you still watch RHONY?
No, I am super busy and don’t ever have time to watch television. If I do it is moments with my children watching a movie or one of their favorite shows.
Do you still hang out with any of your cast mates?
Yes, I talk to Carole a lot and we see each other as often as we can. I keep in touch with Ramona and when I’m in the Berkshires I run into Dorinda and we’ll have a hang.
Do you have an all time favorite quote from the show? Mine happens to be “It’s about Tom.” I would have put in my favorite Heather quote but there is cursing in it. 🙂
Not really….. that’s a hard one because there are so many funny one liners, and silly things that we said to each other along the way!! 🙂
Thank you so much, Heather!