Healthy Baby Code

I am not sure how many of you listen to Robb Wolf’s Podcast or follow Talk To Me Johnnie daily, but just a personal update from the OC…my wife and I are expecting twins in two weeks and things have been hectic to say the least.

The thought of having children is stressful enough without actually going through with it. And as the little ones approach, it grows exponentially.

Good thing there have been a few resources my wife and I leaned on as D-Day approaches. These include a large volume of baby books dealing with everything from sleeping to exercise and friends and family. My mom and dad raised three of us and my brother has two great kids, and he and his wife have been a wonderful resource for us as the big day approaches. I also have some pretty sharp friends like Robb and Mat, that have been great in answering an endless stream of questions and concerns.

One friend in particular, Chris Kresser, has a program called the Healthy Baby Code. The goal of the Healthy Baby Code is to educate parents on proper nutrition for them and their kids. And proper nutrition becomes vital when you are eating for two, and even more so, when you are eating for three!

Chris is a practitioner of integrative medicine and a graduate of UC Berkeley. He first jumped on the scene in 2008 with his blog, The Healthy Skeptic. The blog dispelled many common myths propagated by the media and medical establishment.

The Healthy Baby Code is a program designed to promote fertility in couples wanting to conceive and aids in pregnancy nutrition. Since we are fortunate enough to follow many of the nutritional guidelines that Chris recommends, my focus has been on the nutritional recommendations for newborns. Those first months of life will set the tone for lifelong intelligence and health, and his guidance has been invaluable to my family.

There is so much information on the Internet concerning pregnancy, fertility and what to feed your baby, I had no idea where to start. What has been so valuable about Chris’s program, is the simple, easy to follow videos, study guides and cheat sheets.

If you are thinking about trying to get pregnant, currently pregnant or breastfeeding, this program is for you.

Click here to check it out!


John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and creator of Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year starter in the National Football League and NFL veteran. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early and retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL and other professional and Olympic athletes. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete and the CrossFit Speciality Seminar: Sports Specific Application. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie or at Power Athlete.

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15 Responses to Healthy Baby Code

  1. beavis

    Quit being scared, you’ll do fine. At least until they become teenagers. You have already taken what sounds like the right steps in preparation, now enjoy them. They grow up quick.

  2. Mark K


    Thanks for tuning us in to this excellent resource, we’ll be thinking good thoughts for you and your wife for the blessed event! Let us know if they come out already wearing helmets. 🙂

  3. Ryan McDowell

    As a father of 2yo twin boys, here is the best advice I received from other parents of twins: Get them on the same schedule ASAP. My personal advice is to sleep when they sleep, whenever that may be.
    Twins are a special gift. Welcome to the club!

  4. Robert

    I am expecting my first kid in Feb. Could you list some of the top books that you recommend reading for a soon to be parent? Thanks!

  5. CMcKay

    Congrats John! Being a dad is so awesome. You are going to be good at it, and more importantly, love it.

    I really started getting into nutrition about the time my son was born in 2008. I am very happy to have resources such as the stuff you give us, plus things like the Healthy Baby Code. Also, my wife breastfeed our son for over a year. He has seemed advanced in everything he has done since day 1, and I do not think it is an accident. He also has his daddy’s love to hit and play contact sports (yes, already!), and is a lefty (no other left handers that I know of on either side of family). I am glad to know what I know now about nutrition, and hope to pass it on to my son as he grows up…

    Thanks John, and good luck!!

  6. Mike

    John – I’ve been meaning to write to you about this, but kept forgetting until now…I just had a 100% paleo-fed son born about 2 weeks ago, and I remember hearing on Robb’s podcast that you’re expecting girls…so if you want to talk about an arranged marriage, we’re open to that 🙂

  7. Mike,

    That is awesome. If these girls turn out like anything like their mom, i am in trouble.

    Hit me up in a 15 years.


  8. Pornblizzard

    This post is exceptionally relevant for this audience because we will undoubtedly procreate more than other groups in society.

    Our strong, intelligent offspring will inevitably continue the cycle.

    I hope my excessive use of adverbs didn’t offend anyone.

  9. Congrats! We had twins back in March of 2010. Even after having a son 4 years earlier we had no idea the amount of focus it would take with twins.

    Think of it like a WOD… it looks one way on the white board and then you start the work. After the first couple of reps you get into a rythm and are able to finish.

    It is an amazing adventure… enjoy it all!

    John and Carine

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  11. Chad McCormick

    Ditto on the advice of getting the twins on a set schedule. My wife did an outstanding job at this and i just followed along. The guys are almost six and they still poop at about the same time. Twins are an amazing experience. Enjoy.

  12. samuel a aguirre

    Hey Johnnie congrats to you and your wife!

    just wanted to say you are in for it! I have a healthy beautiful 6 mo old baby girl and all I can say is wow! My wife and I live in buffalo NY and she is currently in her 2nd year of med school. All of the expectations and preconceived thoughts we had went out of the window the first night we brought our peanut home, But amazingly we pulled through and with almost pure instinct and intuition and of course help from an awesome online community with guys like Robb, and yourself! So no worries my friend i’m more than sure you guys will rock parenthood! oh and wait till your kids smile for the first time its like landing on the moon or something cool like that!

  13. Matt S


    Congrats on twins! Goddamn that’s awesome! Good luck!

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  15. Zardar

    Hey John,

    Expecting father here. I’m scared shitless. I remember seeing you on the Barbell Shrugged podcast and you mentioned reading a stack of books when you found out you guys were expecting. Any chance you can provide me with that list?


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