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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.

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.

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Jul 30, 2020

I nerd out on brain development. All the changes that happen in the brain throughout childhood are simply amazing. Brain development has been a fascination of mine for quite some time. And not just what goes on in the infancy years. Quite a bit goes on throughout childhood and the teen years too. And, as a 50-something year old, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just slightly interested in what happens to the brain as we age.

I’ve had two guest experts come on the podcast to talk about infancy and toddlerhood, and today, I’m recapping my interview with Dr. Bob Murray, a pediatrician who is equally fascinated with brain development in the early years.

Much of our success in life is due to a healthy, functioning, well-developed brain. And nutrition is a big piece of the healthy brain puzzle. It all begins in pregnancy, and after birth, what babies eat, how they are cared for and interacted with, all help to nurture a healthy brain.

I’ll let Dr. Murray fill you in on the rest. In the meantime, if you have a baby and it’s getting close to starting solids, I invite you to check out my book The Smart Mom’s Guide to Starting Solids, available in print or ebook on Amazon. 

Enjoy the show!

Jul 16, 2020

When other relatives take care of your kids, your food choices for them and feeding routines can swerve off track. One of the questions I get from parents is around grandparents feeding their grandkids.

Parents complain or are distressed by their own parents or in-laws feeding their kids unhealthy food. Grandparents may give their grandchildren too many sweets. Or let them off the hook at mealtime and give them what they really want to eat, like pizza or chicken nuggets. Or, perhaps they blatantly violate nutrition values that have been expressed to them by the child’s parents.

Sometimes the dynamic around relatives feeding children, especially grandparents, can put parents in a quandary.

I tapped Dina Rose for this episode. Dina’s a sociologist and feeding expert who teaches parents, educators, and nutritionists about helping kids develop healthy, sustainable eating habits.

Over the summer, kids may see their grandparents a bit more, so I hope this episode will give you some guidance in this area. I’ll be back in September with a lineup of new guests and episodes. In the meantime, Enjoy!

Jul 2, 2020

What do you say to your child when he refuses to eat? When he throws a tantrum because what you served for his meal isn’t what he wants to eat? Or, what do you say when your child keeps asking for more food?

In my work over the years with parents, the question of what to say, or how to respond, comes up a lot. Parents don’t want to be the NO GUY or GAL all the time. I get it. I don’t want to say no all the time either. So, how can you say no without saying that word?

AND, how can you do this while expressing empathy for your child, set up and hold the line on expectations, and keep a cool head?

It’s not easy – but it is possible.

This episode is for you if you have a hard time saying no, or feel guilty saying no. You’ll get my 3 go-to responses to kids (and why they work), so you can hold limits and boundaries without feeling guilty.

And if mealtime battles are a reality in your house, check out my 2-hour workshop called Eat in Peace. It’ll help you get over the hump with family-style meals, manners training, and realistic expectations for everyone at the table (including mom and dad!). You can register for that over at jillcastle.com/eat-in-peace.

Remember, I’ll be back in the fall with live shows! Until then, I hope you enjoy this episode

Jun 18, 2020

The kids are home for summer and eating and feeding naturally intensifies. That structure associated with school is looser, and food options are influenced by heat, outdoor activities and yes, the sweet tooth. My bet is you’ll have to find a way to keep structure, boundaries and reasonable choices in place. That’s why I’m sharing this episode again – 5 feeding rules to help your child eat better. Some of these are intuitive, some not so much. All of them could be helpful to you.

If you’ve got time over the summer to dig a little deeper into nutrition and feeding, consider taking my fully revamped program The Nourished Child Blueprint. You can find it over on TheNourishedChild.com.

For now, I hope you’re off to a great summer. I’ll be back live next fall. Until then, Take a listen.

Jun 4, 2020

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, The Greenhouse Guru, explains climate change, the role of greenhouse gases, and how agriculture may play a helpful role.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/111

May 21, 2020

Learn what the child with ADHD needs you to think about so you feed holistically and nutritiously, enabling good growth, behavior, and learning.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/110

May 7, 2020

Learn how Faith Newsome overcame severe obesity with bariatric surgery and how she helps other teens through OCEANS Lifestyles.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/109

Apr 23, 2020

Ted Kyle helps us understand teen obesity as a health condition, while advocating for treatment and humane approaches.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/108

Apr 9, 2020

How to balance food and feeding your family during the coronavirus pandemic.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/107

Mar 26, 2020

GENYOUth CEO, Alexis Glick, talks about child food insecurity, coronavirus, and the partnership of the public and private sectors to help children achieve their greatest potential.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/106

Mar 12, 2020

Pediatric dietitian Rashelle Berry of The Marcus Center for Autism chats about selective eating, autism and the important role nutrition plays in autism.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/105

Feb 27, 2020

I’m chatting about the history of baby food, what’s important to know and think about as you begin the food for baby journey, and some guidance about your options, whether it’s spoon-feeding or baby-led weaning. 

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/104

Feb 13, 2020

Maryann Jacobsen discusses the risk of body dissatisfaction in girls as they move through puberty, offering guidance from her book, My Body’s Superpower: The Girl’s Guide to Growing Up Healthy During Puberty.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/103

Jan 30, 2020

Let’s dive into children’s growth: The growth spurt, growth charts, the role of growth hormone and how these relate with puberty, sleep and weight.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/102

Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Jennifer Harris helps us understand toddler milk, transition formulas and toddler snacks, sharing her research and insight on food marketing to young children.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/101

Jan 2, 2020

Join me on the podcast this week and discover how to instill healthy habits in your family from a young age by becoming a good food parent. I’m sharing 10 tips that cover every aspect of food parenting, how to encourage our kids, what parenting methods to avoid, and how to display the behavior you want to see from your children at mealtimes.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/100

Dec 19, 2019

Chrissy Carroll and I debunk common sports nutrition myths for young athletes and set the record straight using common sense and evidence.  

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/099

Dec 5, 2019

Bettina Siegel chats about her new book, Kid Food, and outlines the (many) obstacles parents face when it comes to raising healthy kids as well as the opportunities for making a better food world for kids.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/098

Nov 21, 2019

Learn the basics of parent effectiveness training so that you can become a respectful parent and raise children who trust you (and whom you trust).

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/097

Nov 7, 2019

Books are a great gateway to learning about nutrition in a non-pressurized way. I’m reviewing several books and interviewing Shanon Morris, children’s book author.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/096

Oct 24, 2019

Dr. Laura Jana discusses toddler brain development, what to expect with toddler behavior and how best to support the brain and body growth of the toddler.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/095

Oct 10, 2019

Rebecca Scritchfield joins me for an in-depth conversation about her book, Body Kindness, and how we can apply this concept to our growing children.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/094

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