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Intuitive Eating for Children

Is it possible to teach Intuitive Eating to children? My answer is absolutely!

Nutrition Baby

It’s best to understand that infants all start out as intuitive eaters. They carry that natural, innate ability to know how to eat and will let you know when they are hungry and stop when they are full. Whether you have a new infant at home, chasing after a toddler, or watching your child grow into adolescence, it’s important to embrace that your behaviors and thoughts with food can impact the relationship your child has with food.

RD Picks: Jenny's Top Recommended Books & Podcasts

"It’s hard to feel confident with the reliability of the information you are given"

In honor of the final week of National Nutrition Month, I’m sharing with you my go-to books and podcasts recommendations that I give my clients. With so much nutrition information available in the media, as well as from friends, family, and co-workers, it’s hard to feel confident with the reliability of the information you are given. Many of these are written or hosted by Registered Dietitians, or other trained nutrition professionals, to provide pertinent, informative, and reliable guidance. I’ll often refer clients to take advantage of these outlets while working together to use as another sense of support and information between our sessions.

(Disclosure: I am not affiliated with any of the publications below. These are based on personal & professional opinion).

Why Do I Use Intuitive Eating?

"Clients learn to find enjoyment with food again, as well as respect and appreciation for their bodies."

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While I find myself to be an Intuitive Eater, the more I work with clients, the more I see this concept does not necessarily come naturally for them or has gotten buried deep from years of dieting and needs to be brought back to the surface. Using the concepts of Intuitive Eating with my clients, I’ve found that it guides them out of having to deal with the guilt, shame, and constant repeat yo-yo battle dieting brings to their life. They learn to find enjoyment with food again, as well as respect and appreciation for their bodies.

3 Swaps for Healthier Holiday Baking

3 Swaps for Healthier Holiday Baking

The Holidays are in full swing which can be a difficult time for people who are trying to maintain a healthy diet. Try these healthy baking swaps in order to eat, drink, and be merry without any added guilt this Holiday season!

  1. Cut the Fat:

Reduce the total fat in your recipe by cutting the amount of butter or oil in half and replacing it with an equal amount of:

Recipe: Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Custard

(recipe courtesy of EatLove)

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 5.8oz
Total Time: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 15 ounces pumpkin, pureed
  • 6 fl ozs coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger diced

DIRECTIONS:

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