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Responsive Feeding & “Picky Eating”

Responsive Feeding & “Picky Eating”

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Parents receive conflicting messages about feeding. We’re told that getting the right nutrients is incredibly important to our child’s health and wellbeing. Then, we’re told that we should simply offer our kids food and let them decide whether and how much to eat. So, how do we follow both sets of advice? The fact is, nutrition is the result of a trusting feeding relationship, and if you can learn to appreciate your kiddo’s presentation and respond to their cues, you can achieve a stress-free mealtime.

Grace Wong is a certified eating disorder registered dietitian with 15 years of clinical experience in mental health and pediatric nutrition. Grace works with a diverse presentation of feeding and eating disorders and supports children with co-existing conditions like ADHD, autism, sensory processing challenges, anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma. She is committed to helping clients uncover their family feeding history and establish a comfortable environment at mealtime. Grace’s practice is based in Calgary, and she does online coaching through her Facebook business page.

Today, Grace joins us to explain how she supports parents whose kids have complex feeding presentations. She discusses the concept of food acceptance, sharing her aim to get children to a place where variety is not disruptive and her approach to establishing a peaceful mealtime. Listen in for Grace’s insight on the challenges of parenting neuro-diverse kiddos and learn how to appreciate your child’s feeding presentation and build a trusting feeding relationship!

Key Takeaways

 

How Grace supports parents whose kids eat differently

  • Don’t treat child as ‘problem’
  • Learn story, family feeding history
  • Identify cause of current challenges
  • Move child closer to natural trajectory

The tenets of division of responsibility in feeding

  • Parents responsible for when, what and where
  • Children responsible for whether, how much

The concept of responsive eating

  • Relationship rather than set of rules
  • Read child’s cues, respond appropriately

Grace’s insight on the idea of food acceptance

  • Limited diet grows with experience
  • Get to a place where variety not disruptive

The conflicting message parents receive re: feeding

  • Nutrition important, necessary for wellbeing
  • Offer children food and let them decide

How Grace works to establish a peaceful mealtime

  • Collect story and identify stressors
  • Give child autonomy to choose or remove
  • Address concerns (e.g.: anxiety, appetite)
  • Make meals safe + comfortable

The challenges of parenting neuro-diverse children

  • Shaming or judgment from friends, family
  • Kids employ masking to appear normal
  • Increases anxiety, creates more aversion

Grace’s advice on appreciating your child’s presentation

  • Develop trusting feeding relationship
  • Outcome = nutrition, peace with food

Connect with Grace

 

Grace on Facebook

 

Connect with Lindsay

 

Intuitive Eating Moms

Embodied & Well Mom Show on Facebook

Lindsay on Instagram

Lindsay on Pinterest

Lindsay on Twitter

Lindsay on LinkedIn

 

Resources

 

Ellen Satter’s Division of Responsibility

Dr. Katja Rowell

Navigating Family Meal Challenges

Navigating Family Meal Challenges

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The struggle is real when it comes to keeping the whole family happy at mealtime. How do you make sure everyone is eating without turning into a short-order cook? How do you encourage kids to eat without pressuring them? What is the best way—realistically—to get kids involved in meal prep?

 

Lauren Sharifi is a registered dietician and nutritionist with a passion for helping families make eating fun, simple and nourishing. In addition to being the mom of a toddler, she serves as a nutrition coach in private practice in the Boston area, offering nutrition counseling, medical nutrition therapy and meal planning services. Lauren’s food philosophy aligns with intuitive eating principles, and she takes a Health at Every Size approach to nutrition. She also teaches children’s cooking classes at Kids’ Test Kitchen  and shares easy-to-make, family-friendly recipes on her blog, Bite of Health Nutrition.

 

Today, Lauren joins us to explain how the transition to motherhood helped her find her niche as a dietician and share her new focus on families, kids and intuitive eating. She offers advice around age-appropriate ways to get kids involved in meal prep and encouraging kids to eat without provoking anxiety—in the parent or child! Listen in for Lauren’s insight on leveraging ‘division of responsibility’ to make sure everyone is eating at mealtime and learn how to navigate the most common family meal challenges.

 

Key Takeaways

 

Lauren’s transition to motherhood

  • Harder, more rewarding than expected
  • Helped find career niche as dietician

 

The evolution of Lauren’s career

  • Shift from hospital to working one-on-one
  • Feeding son + intuitive eating research
  • Private practice to focus on families/kids

 

How to get kids involved in meal prep

  • Play with bowl, spoon when very young
  • Pick night to get involved (i.e.: pour, mix)
  • Add more responsibilities for older kids
  • Small steps (e.g.: exposure to equipment)

 

Lauren’s insight on considering preferences

  • Each family member picks meal
  • Prep one food each person will eat
  • Structured choices at grocery store

 

Lauren’s advice on encouraging kids to eat

  • Be there and eat with child
  • Cook different way, add sauce
  • Different ways to get nutrients

 

What to do if kids are hungry just before a meal

  • Eaten in past hour or two—wait
  • Three hours or more, offer fruit/vegies

 

Connect with Lauren

 

Bite of Health Nutrition

Bite of Health on Facebook

Lauren on Instagram

Lauren on Twitter

 

Connect with Lindsay

 

Intuitive Eating Moms

Embodied & Well Mom Show on Facebook

Lindsay on Instagram

Lindsay on Pinterest

Lindsay on Twitter

Lindsay on LinkedIn

 

Resources

 

Kids’ Test Kitchen

Ellyn Satter Institute

Division of Responsibility

Books by Ellyn Satter

Intuitive Eating Moms Club

 

Social Blurbs

The struggle is real when it comes to keeping the whole #family happy at #mealtime. How do you make sure everyone is #eating without turning into a short-order cook? How do you encourage #kids to eat without pressuring them? What is the best way—realistically—to get kids involved in #mealprep? Listen in as RD Lauren Sharifi of @BiteofHealthNutrition explains how to navigate the most common family #meal challenges!

Lindsay’s Links:

https://www.intuitiveeatingmoms.com (my new website url)

Get your all-access pass to the Intuitive Eating for Moms Starter Series here –> https://www.intuitiveeatingmoms.com/intuitive-eating-for-moms/

Free facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nurturedmamacommunity/

BRAND NEW: Uplevel your intuitive eating and motherhood journey by joining the Intuitive Eating Moms Club. Non-diet wellness made simple for moms. Learn more about it here–> http://www.intuitiveeatingmoms.club

 

 

 

Episode 009: Born to Eat with Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RDN and Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN, CSSD

Episode 009: Born to Eat with Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RDN and Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN, CSSD

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Meet our Guests:

Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RDN:

Wendy Jo is a nutrition and wellness expert who bounces between California, Texas, and Europe. She is a master’s level registered dietitian, nationally recognized speaker, and culinary nutritionist. Wendy Jo co-authored Born To Eat: Whole Foods From Baby’s First Bite, Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies, and Adrenal Fatigue For Dummies. When she’s not whipping up new recipes, hiking, or hanging out with her family; you can find Wendy Jo using her social media channels to deliver science-based, lifestyle and wellness messages with a dash of sass. To learn more about Wendy Jo, visit http://www.justwendyjo.com/

WHERE TO FIND WENDY ONLINE:

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/fuelinroadie

https://twitter.com/borntoeatbook

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/fuelinroadie/

https://www.instagram.com/borntoeatbook/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/BornToEatBook/

https://www.facebook.com/Edible-Nutrition-166587667266/?fref=ts

Product:         Born to Eat Book

 

Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN, CSSD:

Through her years as a dietitian and nutrition expert, Leslie has practiced in many settings including infant nutrition, general pediatrics, and children with special health care needs. In addition, she focuses her own private practice on counseling families, those of all ages with disordered eating issues, and professional athletes and performers. With her warm, compassionate, and entertaining personality, Leslie been featured in Women’s Health, BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, USNews, and HGTV.

She is also the co-founder of RDs for Body Confidence, a non-diet and healthy body-image initiative for registered dietitians and nutrition students throughout North America and Australia. She owns Schilling Nutrition, a private nutrition and wellness coaching business and an online dinner menu planning service. When she’s not counseling, writing, cooking, or hanging out with her family; you can find Leslie using her social media channels and speaking platforms to deliver science-based, non-diet lifestyle and wellness messages with a dash of humor. Her most recent endeavor was coauthoring the book Born to Eat.

WHERE TO FIND LESLIE ONLINE:

Website:

www.LeslieSchilling.com

www.BornToEatBook.com

Social Media Links:

https://twitter.com/borntoeatbook

https://www.instagram.com/borntoeatbook/

https://www.facebook.com/BornToEatBook/

Episode Summary

Wendy:

  • In this podcast,Wendy shares about her difficult pregnancy, a big move from San Diego to Germany and her family’s adjustments while raising a toddler, living in a different culture, and finding time to work and write.

Transition to Motherhood:

  • Wendy shares about her long journey before getting her daughter Anya.She struggled with years infertilityand also suffered from hyperemesis during her entire pregnancy.
  • Wendy shares how difficult it was to deal with hyperemesis and how often other people did not understand what she was going through. She shared how grateful she was for the support from her husband —

                “Men, was he my rock during that time.” ([05:37])

                “And really, at that point, you didn’t wanna see anybody because you just, ‘I felt horrible.’” ([05:46])   – Wendy 

               “I mean, not until my 39th week, did I actually start to feel good. And it was never food. Food never made me sick. It wasn’t the idea of eating that made me sick.“([06:31]) –Wendy

  • Just few days after giving birth, Wendy had to face another challenge – the deployment of her husband. It was a tough time for Wendy, who, at that time, didn’t received much support in those challenging days. On a brighter side, she highlights the one precious gift she had from her pregnancy

                   “Breastfeeding for me was easy.” [08:44]

FEEDING and BABY-LED WEANING

  • Wendy explains what baby-led weaning is about and also the process that comes along with it. She says:

            “It’s whole foods from baby’s first bite.” And what that means is we basically ditched the idea that we needed to puree foods unless the food is naturally pureed or puree-type texture, and the baby’s self-fed.  ([26:55])

  • Wendy added that the big thing with baby-led is identifying choking versus gagging on a child’s ability to self-feed and self-regulate.

            “The biggest thing I love about baby-led weaning is that you are at the plate with them, eating and enjoying the same meal. They are watching and learning from you – the language you’re using, describing the food, embracing the food, enjoying the moment, and early on they’re watching you chew. ([29:12])

Leslie:

  • Leslie shares about her experiences with moving from Nashville to Las Vegas and the uncertainty of their move. Currently, Leslie is in Las Vegas doing sports nutrition, just co-authored Born to Eat, and is doing some nutrition counseling.

Transition to Motherhood:

  • For Leslie, she feels she was lucky to get pregnant easily. At 27 weeks Leslie began to face some serious challenges. She experienced preterm labor and ended up in the hospital and was put on bed rest. She explains in her story how her preterm labor resulted in magnesium toxicity.
  • She also shares about her Caesarean section delivery that resulted in her losing a large amount of blood due to complications caused by fibroids. Her blood pressure sunk and it was a near death experience for Leslie. Thankfully, the baby was delivered safe and Leslie was saved. However, the pain block didn’t work for her and she woke up from a Caesarean section with no pain medication. Leslie is grateful for the advancement in medicine because it allowed she and her daughter survived.Due to this intensely traumatic experience, it has been a long road of recovery for Leslie and we’re thankful she was willing to share her story with us.

FEEDING and BABY LED WEANING

  • Leslie and her husband started feeding solid foods to their daughter and using baby led weaning to enhance the innate ability of their baby to self-regulate and to establish autonomy when it comes to self-feeding.
  • She also mentioned that you can watch the child’s behavior and cues as their way of telling you when they are ready to eat or when they’re also finished. Those are innate cues that the baby is trying to tell you and as parents, you need to be able to support that.

          “But really it’s about fostering their ability to self-regulate and self-feed, so they can gain their own skills and their own body trust.” ([33:33])

          “But I think it’s our job as parents and adults to teach children how to use all foods regardless of the nutritional value in a healthy way.” ([37:13])

          “Let’s teach them how to deal with it. Yeah, are there foods that have different nutritional values than others?Absolutely. But it’s our job to teach them how to deal with foods in a healthy way.”  ([38:05])

About the #BORNTOEAT book

  • Leslie mentioned that in the Born to Eat Book, they try to pair the convenience foods together with the whole foods. They don’t want anybody to feel like they’re doing wrong.
  • The book encourages readers to have their eyes open about diet culture in our own food industry. They discussed about being aware of the diet culture and using our own filters to protect and educate our kids.
  • They did a great job of teaching people how to create a dialogue with all caregivers and all people that may be around the plate with your child.

Referenced in the Show:

www. BornToEatBook.com

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