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The Nourished Child

Jill Castle (@i.am.pedRD), registered dietitian and pediatric nutritionist, dishes on child nutrition, parent feeding strategies, health tips, and the latest nutrition science for babies through teens. If you're a parent who wants to raise a healthy eater, this show is for you! Through expert interviews, practical insights from an experienced registered dietitian, and onetime counseling sessions with actual parents, you'll get guidance and advice to help you raise a healthy and happy child, at every size, inside and out. Let #TheNourishedChild help you understand childhood nutrition, your unique child, and navigate the ins and outs of raising healthy and happy children!
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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.

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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