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How to Feed Kids Part 1: Changing the Culture of Food in Your Home

Of all the responsibilities at hand as parents, teaching kids how to eat can be one of the most daunting. As a dietitian, examples of questions I hear all the time are “How do I get them to eat more fruits and vegetables?” or “How can I add variety to their diet without having World War III at the dinner table every night?” and “Why won’t they eat ‘good food.’” In a later blog post, I will address how to present food to your children in a very constructive way. First, I have to address you as parents. In the paragraph above I wrote “good” food in quotations because most people think of food as “good” or “bad” and we often communicate that to our children. But,...

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Intuitive Eating Principles Part 5

With the holidays having just passed, everyone is making New Year’s resolutions! Many of these resolutions pertain to weight, food, and body. What if your year could be different, your goals and perspective different? What if instead of focusing on weight loss and changing your body, your goal this year was to eat in a less judgmental way towards food and your body? What if this year was the year you made peace with food and body the goal? A great way to start on this journey is by adopting the principles of intuitive eating! If you have read my previous blogs about Intuitive Eating and you are back, welcome back! If you are just tuning in, Intuitive Eating is a book written by two dietitians,...

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Intuitive eating principles: Part 4

Have you ever taken inventory of your thoughts and asked yourself, “How much time do I spend thinking about food, what my body looks like and wanting to change my body in some way?” If you have never really thought about the time you dedicate to these topics, I would like to invite you to think about it. I would then ask you to consider the quality of those thoughts and if they are positive about food and your body, neutral, or negative. As a dietitian and a woman living in the 21st century in America, I have a pretty good idea of what most of you would say if you were with me right now to answer that question live. Unfortunately, most people, male and...

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