Is your child involved in sports? If so, you know that sometimes the opinions of parents and coaches differ about how to fuel the athletes. My guest today is my dear friend Karla Reisch – a woman with three boys who all play soccer and ski avidly. Join us on the podcast this week as we discuss how the snacking landscape has changed over the years, how we should be fueling our athletes, and whether our kids are actually interested in snacking or not.
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Between work, traveling, and dealing with kids, it's easy to feel stress and even resentment around having to prepare dinner. My guest is Toby Amidor – a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and the author of Smart Meal Prep for Beginners, a book designed to help busy parents out by ensuring a time-effective way of nourishing their family properly. Toby is with us to share her wisdom, practical tips, and shortcuts to help us all reframe our mindset on making dinner.
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Today, we're taking on a back-to-school subject of packing lunches, and specifically whether or not your child should be independently packing their own lunch. The idea of letting your kids pack their own lunch might sound like too much freedom at first but stick with me here. I'm going to provide you with some tips to encourage your kids to make the right choices in packing their own lunch.
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The rise in male eating disorders is a difficult subject for some parents to understand, but I have a special guest this week, Dr. Barbara Greenberg, to try and shed some light on this lesser-discussed side of the eating disorder spectrum. Our boys are undoubtedly more vulnerable than has been widely accepted in the past, so it’s important that we address the issue now.
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Giving a child a choice about what they want to eat can generate a healthy interest in food from a young age that lasts into adulthood, but can it have a negative impact? On the show this week, I'm talking about how your child processes this question, how it serves them, how it does not, and what alternatives there are to such open-ended questions.
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Any parent of a middle school girl will tell you a major concern is whether their daughter is getting the food they need throughout the school day. I’m seeing an increase in the number of girls who don’t want to eat school lunch in front of other kids, backed up by comments I hear from students like, “Nobody’s eating school lunch.” This week, my guest Katie Hurley is going to help us dig into what is going on with our girls when they’re at school, eating school lunch, and what you can do to help.
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The seeds of many of the health problems that occur in this country are sown from a young age, often the result of a lack of information. This week on the podcast, we’re talking about implementing feeding rules to set your kids up in making positive food decisions that will hopefully stay with them for life. I’m sharing the five feeding rules that I use with my clients and in my own home and I break them down so anyone can follow them.
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My guest this week is Heidi Schauster – a nutrition therapist, certified eating disorders registered dietician and the founder of Nourishing Words Nutrition Therapy. Heidi has a wonderful book, Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self. She encourages health regardless of size and embodies eating and living for all. Tune in as Heidi shares some of the lessons from her book and we consider how they can be applied to children and their relationship with food.
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This week, we’re discussing a popular topic at the moment – raising and fueling athletes. The world of youth sports is littered with myths and inaccuracies when it comes to how we should be feeding our athletic children. I’m setting the record straight on the podcast this week so you can feed your children in a way that helps them perform to the best of their abilities.
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My guest this week, Stephanie Elliot, is the author of Sad Perfect, a book that tells the story of a 16-year-old girl with ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder) and her struggles with disease, love, and recovery. While the book is classed as fiction, it is built upon the hard truths Stephanie endured helping her own daughter through this illness. Even if your child doesn’t suffer from such a disease, Sad Perfect provides a level of understanding we can all benefit from.
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I get a lot of questions from readers of my blog and listeners of this podcast, so today I will be taking the opportunity to dish out some answers regarding some very different scenarios. Using the framework that I use in my own practice and accounting for all aspects of your child’s life, I’m providing you with actionable advice that will holistically benefit your little ones. I’ve got tips regarding breakfast for kids, feeding picky eating athletes, and how to identify whether you are being overly restrictive when it comes to sweets and treats.
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Melissa Halas Liang joins me this week to chat about salty foods in our children’s diets. Melissa is here to give us some insight into how to counterbalance sodium intake with other foods and make smart choices. Hopefully, by listening to this episode, you will discover how you can lower your kid’s salty foods intake by learning what foods already contain unreasonable amounts of sodium.
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This episode, I’m welcoming Shira Gluck; a registered dietitian and a mom to help me launch a new segment on the show called Let’s Get Real! I’m showcasing the challenges and successes of real parents regarding nutrition. Hopefully, you will see that you can overcome the difficulties we all face when feeding our children. As a full-time mom of three selective boys, she used her training as a dietitian and managed to make food into a more positive experience for her sons and herself!
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There are many factors that can contribute to a child’s weight status, some of which we can change. I’m of the mindset that we will never gain traction in controlling childhood obesity until we can educate parents through the stages of childhood. There are many unhealthy methods out there for dealing with heavy kids, but today is all about how we can help heavy kids be stronger, sensitively and responsibly. They deserve to be secure in the body they live in, so as well as balancing nutrition, I want to discuss the importance of other aspects of you and your child’s lifestyle.
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Today, my guest, Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, and I are talking about meal planning and healthy meal ideas. We address the daily grind of preparing meals, and how to make them easier and less stressful for you, moms and dads. Learn how to create a simple meal plan and how to set yourself up for success on those busy nights of sports, church, and other extra-curricular activities your family participates in.
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Today, I’m talking to Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson from Super Healthy Kids. Super Healthy Kids is a tremendous resource, created by two real moms, offering recipes that encourage parents to share healthy meals with their kids in a variety of ways. One of my favorite things about the Super Healthy Kids’ website is their focus on raising adventurous eaters! If you’re in a rut, struggling to add variety and nutritious foods into your go-to meals, or frustrated by “picky eaters,” you don’t want to miss today’s episode.
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In this episode, Chris Rosenbloom, a sports nutritionist I’ve worked with in the past and continue to admire, joins me to focus on easy nutrition tweaks to boost teen athletic performance. Chris and I both have practical, evidence-based approaches to teen nutrition, especially among teen athletes, so over the course of this episode you’ll be privy to simple, tangible approaches you can take to help your teen think differently about the food they eat.
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When families sit down together and eat a home-cooked meal, children are being shown healthy eating habits by example, and everyone has a chance to reconnect after a busy day. There are several hurdles to jump over to make it to the family table, especially if the practice is brand new for your brood. That is why I am so excited to have Liz Weiss of Liz’s Healthy Table podcast with me today to talk about how to overcome some of these obstacles.
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I’ve talked about family meals on other podcasts before, but I’ve never devoted an entire episode of my own show to this very important topic. In this episode, will outline how to serve Family-Style meals, give you some general principles for success, and answer some of my most frequently asked questions. Get ready to have your go-to guide for all things Family-Style Meals!
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When it comes to feeding babies and toddlers solids, there is conflicting information out there for parents. Feeding at this stage is incredibly important, so it is vital to be well informed. It’s lucky we have people like my guest, Natalia Stasenko, as an informed resource for parents who are ready to enter the brave new world of solids. Natalia Stasenko is a dietitian and feeding enthusiast who is on a mission to reach a wider audience about what she calls a Flexible Feeding style.
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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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