On today’s very special episode I sit down with my daughter, Gracie. I know many of you were curious about how my feeding strategies have played out now that my kids are older, so what better way to get the full scoop than from Gracie herself? Today, she is going to share all of her perspectives on what it was like to grow up with me, as well as how she makes healthy food choices in college and balancing her diet on her own.
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I am lucky to have on the podcast today a fellow nutritionist, Leslie Schilling. Along with her co-author Wendy Jo Peterson, Leslie has recently published the book Born To Eat. This guide is all about teaching families how to have a healthy and balanced approach to nutrition. It emphasizes eating whole foods, eating together, and filling our diets with variety.
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This episode is a short and sweet one all about how to get your children prepped for the holidays. You’ll notice that the pressure you feel when the holidays come around is also a high-pressure time for children. They will be hugging and dining with more grownups, usually, than they are used to. They will be expected to sit at the table longer than usual and will be presented with food they aren’t used to seeing. I’ll share my best tips for helping your children make the most of their holiday season, keeping in mind your sanity too!
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Many children struggle with picky eating at one point or another, but current research trends show us that for some little ones, it is not just a phase, but a recognized disorder. Melanie Potock is a Speech Language Pathologist and a feeding expert. She is a champion of early intervention, the author of many books, and a supporter of parents who are dealing with extreme picky eaters.
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If you find yourself cooking multiple meals, or fighting a daily battle with your child to eat something other than hot dogs, then this episode is for you! Today, I had the chance to chat with my friend Dr. Natalie Muth. Through her philanthropy, healthy weight clinic, and her own pediatric practice, Dr. Muth merges together her extensive knowledge of nutrition and medicine to encourage parents and children to have a healthy relationship with food.
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To make the best decision for your family, you need to understand milk nutrition. Especially for families with younger children, it is essential to know your alternative nutrition so you can ensure the rest of your child's diet compensates for the protein and calcium deficits. It's time to make an informed decision that upholds your child’s nutritional needs and personal preferences.
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I have invited none other than Nancy Clark onto the show this week. Nancy is the authority on sports dietetics. She is the best-selling author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, one of the pioneers of performance nutrition, and a frequent supporter of athletes and teams nationwide. Nancy’s goal is to help her clients feel confident while eating whole, energizing foods to fuel their practice.
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Let’s get into the mind of a champion. How do champions think? And how can your young athlete think like a champion? Dan Walsh is a former US National Rower and an Olympian. I invited Dan to come on the show because I’ve always been impressed with his attention to nutrition. As a coach, Dan hammers home the importance of nutrition for training and competition and sends the message to his rowers that nutrition is vital to success.
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I am continuing with the theme of school lunch and tapping Brian Wansink for his perspective, particularly in the area of Smarter Lunchrooms. In this episode, not only does Brian discuss The Smarter Lunchroom Movement – or how the design, flow and layout of school lunchrooms can influence healthier food choices– he also dishes on feeding his own kids.
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I’m so excited to have Donna Martin, RD on the show today to talk about school nutrition. Donna and I talk about school nutrition, breaking down the basics around the school lunch program, the strengths of the program, where we’ve been, how far we’ve come, and where the school lunch program is headed, as well as the daily challenges of being a school nutrition director, her career and more.
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I’ve been getting a few questions here and there, so I thought I’d devote a show to answering them! In this episode, I unpack the recent news about lead in baby food, clear the air on what breastfed toddlers need for nutrition during their second year of life, and answer a question about choosing the right milk for a child who has a milk allergy.
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Get kids cooking! We all know cooking with kids is a boon for helping build autonomy with food selection and eating, increase self-esteem, and encourage food knowledge. I chat with Jodi Danen, RD, creator of Create Kids Club, and dish on ways to keep family meals simple, get kids in the kitchen and more.
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Just like you approach meals, you need a strategy to help your child snack better. With the average child snacking about 4 times per day, it’s no wonder snacking contributes about 600 calories or 27% of their daily caloric intake. Today’s episode details my 8 tips for helping you develop a snack strategy that will help your child eat nutritiously at snack time and better regulate his overall appetite and eating.
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Let’s talk about food allergies in children! A lot has been happening in this area – from new research findings, which have changed the way we introduce foods to our youngest children, to ground-breaking research in the treatment of food allergy. I asked Marion Groetch, a registered dietitian and food allergy expert located in New York City, to give us all the latest and greatest updates and strategies for managing food allergies in children.
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Is caffeine the new drug for kids? Get too much and yes, just like a drug, a child can overdose and experience negative side effects, even death. Today kids are getting more of it at younger and younger ages. Caffeine can have dangerous effects on children and teens. We’ll dive into caffeine and kids: the food sources, the side effects, the recommended caffeine intakes for kids of all ages, and how to monitor your child’s caffeine intake.
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We all want our kids to learn about nutrition. We can teach kids about nutrition through healthy eating activities. I chat with pediatric dietitian and author, Connie Evers, about how we can use healthy eating activities to teach children of all ages about nutrition.
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Food rewards are one way to get kids to eat nutritious foods or a certain amount of food. But is using palatable foods a good way to incentivize children to eat? Researchers have studied their impact on children’s eating, food preferences, and relationship with food and I cover it in this episode.
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Kate Scarlata, RD joins me on The Nourished Child podcast to talk about the Low FODMAPS diet for kids. We dish on what this diet is, who it’s for (and for whom it isn’t), and the best ways to manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, in children. Kate is a registered dietitian, mom, runner, author and low FODMAP diet educator. She’s on a mission to spread global awareness of the low FODMAP diet for those who suffer with functional gut disorders.
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Are there foods that are off-limits in your home? Foods you won’t allow your child to eat? Foods you consider unhealthy, toxic, or “bad” for your child? Today I’m talking about food restriction – the controlling feeding practice parents may use to encourage healthier eating–and forbidden foods—those foods that are high-fat, high-sugar, relatively low-nutrient foods such as sweets, chips and sodas. How you handle those foods you consider taboo for your child to eat? Do you forbid or restrict them?
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Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a friend, a relative, or a healthcare provider, you probably know of a child with Type 1 diabetes. In this episode, I talk with Sylvia White, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who lives in the Memphis TN area. She’s been a RD for over 25 years and specializes in diabetes. Her three children, two of which have type 1 diabetes, have inspired and informed her work.
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The thin child can cause great worry to his parents. Sometimes, parents use ineffective strategies to get their child to gain weight and grow, including negative feeding practices, in an attempt to get them to gain weight. From toddlers to teens, the thin child who is not eating enough is just as much a concern to a parent as the child who overeats. If your child is thin and you are worried about whether she is getting enough nutrition, this show is for you.
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Kids experience distraction, external pressures to eat more (or less), and are even the subject of parent fears surrounding eating certain foods or eating too much, and as such, it’s easy for them to fall down the rabbit hole of mindless eating. In this episode, I chat with Maryann Jacobsen, MS, RD and author of the book, How to Raise a Mindful Eater. She gives us tools and tips for raising a mindful eater in a world that tends to be mindless when it comes to eating.
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Finding that perfect balance to support growth, athletic performance, and a healthy weight can be a difficult task, especially when dieting and supplements enter the picture. In this episode, you will learn the ins and outs of dieting and supplement use in young athletes, from the risks and downsides, to the influence of peers and parents.
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Childhood food insecurity has far-reaching effects on the growth, development and academic potential of the young child. Food assistance programs and affordable food are critical to the health and well-being of food insecure children and help remedy child hunger. In this episode, I talk with registered dietitian and food insecurity expert Clancy Harrison about childhood food insecurity and affordable food.
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One of the most frustrating things for a parent is when kids won't eat. We hear a lot about overeating, but what about when your child won’t eat enough or a healthy balance of foods? There are reasons kids won't eat, and it's not always because they don't like the food that's offered. In this episode, I look at some of the most common reasons kids won't eat.
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