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THE NURTURED MAMA PODCAST

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/

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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

 

 

 

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