Feeding strategies

5 Things I Frequently Say to My Children When They Eat

July 21, 2016
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The other day I was saying something to my children about food when I realized I say it all the time. Then I made a list of the other things I frequently say during mealtime. In short, I try to teach important lessons using common sayings with a bit of humor. So here are the […]

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Want to Strengthen Your Child’s Self-Control Muscle? Avoid This Common Feeding Mistake

April 20, 2016
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This is part of an ongoing series on moderation. It’s in preparation for my next book and includes expert interviews, the latest research and expert tips. Sign up for my updates to get these posts and subscriber discounts including FREE e-book offers. Since I started blogging I’ve consistently received the same question from parents. It […]

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The Power of Paying Attention at Meals

April 12, 2016
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This is part of an ongoing series on moderation. It’s in preparation for my next book and includes expert interviews, the latest research and expert tips. Sign up for my updates to get these posts and subscriber discounts including FREE e-book offers. As a young child, I remember sitting down to family dinners but this […]

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7 BIG Lessons I Learned in 2015

December 28, 2015
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It’s the time of year when I review the closing year while making plans for the new one. I feel like this was a big growth year for me, both professionally and personally. I learned some important lessons I plan to apply in 2016. 1. Write it down The process I detail in What to Cook […]

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7 Dinner Rules That Will Transform Your Family’s Mealtime

July 22, 2015
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I would love to have your key points summarized on a wee poster so I can remind myself and educate my husband also. Do you have such a thing available? This request came just as I was working on a chapter in What to Cook for Dinner with Kids on dinner rules. Having some very […]

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An Unconventional Way to Educate Kids About Nutrition (and Why it Works)

July 2, 2015
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It was Sunday morning and Big A pointed out that she was going to have dessert three times that day. First was cake at church to celebrate her first communion, second was a birthday party and third was dinner at Granny’s. In a very serious tone she said, “Granny always has dessert.” I could have […]

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How to Get Your Picky Eater to Eat Sushi

June 17, 2015

To help fill in while we are on summer vacation, here’s a guest post from Le Anne Ruzzamenti. My son has been a picky eater since he turned three and as we near his seventh birthday, we can still only count a handful of vegetables and fruits that he will eat. While he’s not the extreme […]

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7 Nutrition Sacrifices I Make to Help Expand My Kids’ Palate

June 9, 2015
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Somewhere along the line I realized that always taking the nutritional high road wasn’t getting me anywhere with my kids. As a dietitian it can be tough to break certain nutrition rules, but I have found that doing so is often exactly what’s needed to expand my kids’ food preferences. Don’t get me wrong, I […]

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5 Obstacles That Keep Parents from Raising Intuitive Eaters

June 1, 2015
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Long before having children, I knew I wanted to raise not just a healthy eater, but an intuitive one. A child, turned adult, who uses internal cues to guide eating and chooses healthy food as much for pleasure as for health. What I didn’t expect was the difficulties that would arise on this journey. But […]

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Picky Eating: What’s Missing in the Nature vs. Nurture Debate

April 14, 2015
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I posted this article on my Facebook page: An Open Letter to the Moms Who Judged My Kid’s for Being Picky Eaters and got lots of great feedback. But I soon realized that while I like the article’s no judgment message, its overall takeaway may be one of helplessness. That’s because if picky eaters are born […]

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