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The Nourished Child

Expert advice on child nutrition, feeding kids, and dealing with the ups and downs of raising healthy eaters. Dealing with picky eating? A young athlete? Overeating, unhealthy habits, or a desire to focus on healthy eating? No matter the age, nutrition for kids can be complicated and (sometimes) frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. Join me, Jill Castle, registered dietitian, pediatric nutritionist, author, and mom of four, as I dish on food and nutrition, feeding strategies, and health tips so you raise a healthy child, inside and out. Let the Nourished Child guide you along the way to a happy, healthy, well-fed child.
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Welcome to The Nourished Child podcast, a show about childhood nutrition, feeding kids, and dealing with the ups and downs of raising healthy ones, inside and out.

Jul 22, 2021

Learn how to handle picky taste buds so that children explore all foods.

 

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/128

Jul 8, 2021

Learn about emotional health and how to work with your child to be more emotionally balanced.

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Jun 24, 2021

Learn about the acronym “snacksmart” and how it helps parents raise kids with healthy snacking habits. 

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/124

Jun 10, 2021

Learn why girls body image issues are increasing and what parents can do about it. 

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/122

May 27, 2021

Learn about tips for keeping kids on a summer schedule. I’m talking about weight, healthy habits, and some ways you can maintain structure in your child’s summer break.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://thenourishedchild.com/136

May 13, 2021

Dr. Julie Mennella explains how children’s preference in food develops, evolves and influences eating choices and health.

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Apr 29, 2021

A special episode about my journey, the work I do, and where I am today (literally!).

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Apr 15, 2021

Learn how to use respond to baby feeding cues and set a foundation of trust and parent-child attachment.

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Apr 1, 2021

Dezi Abeyta, “The Dad’s Dietitian,” joins me to talk about how dads can be a positive role model for kids and help them establish healthy eating habits.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://thenourishedchild.com/132

Mar 18, 2021

Build your child’s autonomy at snack time through a variety of hands-on activities to encourage self-regulated eating and nutritious snack choices.

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Mar 4, 2021

Sharon Donovan, dietitian researcher and committee member of the 2020 DGA for Americans talks about the new infant and toddler guidelines.

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Feb 18, 2021

There’s been much progress in child health over the years. Dr. Perri Klass, author of A Good Time to Be Born, talks about child health and mortality.

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Feb 4, 2021

Do you have more than a picky eater on your hands? Learn about supertasters and what you can do to help them learn to like vegetables.

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Jan 21, 2021

Do BMI report cards help or harm a child? Dr. Kristine Madsen discusses the impact of using BMI measurements in schools.

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Jan 7, 2021

Learn how to reset your family health habits in 2021, from eating to sleep, exercise, and more.

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Dec 24, 2020

Hunger is still an issue for children and families during the pandemic. Learn about food dignity, blind privilege, and how we can all face our assumptions about food insecurity.

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Dec 10, 2020

Learn how to raise a smart snacker with The Smart Mom’s Guide to Healthy Snacking, a book to help parents and caretakers.

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Nov 19, 2020

I’ve got a history with candy and it’s shaped my relationship with sweets. Learn how to normalize and neutralize desserts for you and your family.

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Nov 5, 2020

Dr. Charlotte Markey discusses girls’ body image, how to parent through the tweens and teens, and her book, The Body Image Book for Girls.

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Oct 22, 2020

Discover the latest research and recommendations on early childhood nutrition, including nutrient needs, self-feeding, and baby food innovations.

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Oct 8, 2020

Liz Ward, RD talks pregnancy diet, food cravings, nutrients for a successful pregnancy, and prenatal supplements.

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Sep 24, 2020

Joan Salge Blake, RD, college professor and podcaster, discusses how weight gain in college happens, from increasing independence with food selections to stress and lack of sleep. Learn how young adults can be healthy in college. 

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/119

Sep 10, 2020

Dayle Hayes, RD and school food champion, discusses how schools stepped up to the pandemic, how COVID-19 impacted food insecure kids in school, the safety precautions of feeding kids in the lunchroom, and much more. 

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/118

Aug 27, 2020

One show that a lot of my listeners enjoyed was my episode with Catherine Pearlman, author of the book, Ignore it! I thought that perhaps your child’s behaviors might be annoying you right about now… or maybe you could use a pep talk, so I’m re-sharing this episode.

In this ep, Catherine Pearlman walks us through her method for creating good behaviors in our kids – the behaviors we want to see. She explains how every kid acts out sometimes, which can make it even more frustrating than usual to guide them on a path of healthy development. She coaches us in how to look the other way and simply ignore the attention-seeking actions from our children.

Not easy! But she does break it down in a way that makes it easier for all of us, especially what behaviors are acceptable to ignore, and what are not. One of her main points is to not reward bad behavior – and giving too much attention to it is rewarding to kids.

It’s a good thing she’s an expert in the psychological aspect of this – because it’s easy to think that if we work hard with our children on their negative behaviors, they will change…but Catherine Pearlman shows us that’s not the case.

You’ve gotta tune in to this one! And, remember, I’ll be back live in just a few weeks. Until then, take a listen.

Aug 13, 2020

There’s no denying that how we feel (sad, mad, or glad for example) may be tied to what we choose to eat and how we eat it. One of my personal favorite episodes this past year or so has been the topic of emotional eating. I had Melanie Smith, the Training Director of the Renfrew Center specializing in eating disorders, on the podcast to discuss the importance of teaching emotional regulation in children and how it relates to food and eating.

Melanie said, "Emotional regulation is the ability to understand the whole range of emotions that you’re having and to be willing to experience the ones that might be more difficult, but in a way that is proportionate to the situation."

For example, when your child gets mad, she has a healthy way to express and deal with that emotion, rather than shut down and refuse to eat. Or if she feels sad that she seeks human comfort rather than comforting herself with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. (Not that Ben & Jerry’s isn’t comforting but a habit of seeking comfort from their delicious products may not be a healthy, effective approach).

One of the things I reflected on after this interview – and became more sensitive to – was noticing how my own children navigated and regulated their feelings and emotions. I hope listening to this episode again (or for the first time) will bring that sensitivity to you as well.

Here she is!

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