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When food is just food: pleasure foods

When food is just food: pleasure foods

Master 3 was offered a Spreckle. Like almost every third child, he was exposed to ‘pleasure’ foods like this earlier. When he received the Spreckle, it was whole. He picked it up. Inspected it. Turned it over and over. Next, he broke it in half. Then, he left it on...

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How long should kids stay at the dinner table?

How long should kids stay at the dinner table?

I have encountered a huge range of situations with families doing all sorts of things to keep their children at the table - some working well and some not so much. Every child and family is different, so I ask you two questions to help you decide: What is your child’s...

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It’s not always about the food

It’s not always about the food

Master 7 got a glimpse of what was on offer for dinner before it was even served and declared he wasn’t eating it. It was my version of homemade butter chicken served over rice and a side of fresh strawberries... This meal isn’t his favourite, but it is usually...

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My pre-teen daughter’s body is changing before my eyes!

My pre-teen daughter’s body is changing before my eyes!

This transformation has been going on since she was about 8-9 years old. As a parent, it's truly incredible and to be honest - sometimes frightening to watch. "Where did my little girl go?" I support many parents of pre-teen and teen girls and boys in my clinic who...

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Kids and nutrition education

Kids and nutrition education

Parents often ask me if it’s okay to talk to children about nutrition and health benefits? This one tends to feel really important because parents want to support growth, development and learning; and importantly avoid lifestyle diseases! As a society we figure that...

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Supporting a child to find their ‘stopping place’

Supporting a child to find their ‘stopping place’

We were at Brisbane airport and walked past a popular doughnut place we don’t often come by. It was morning snack time and so I decided to offer us all a doughnut each. My three boys approached their doughnuts with keenness, but also a sense of ‘no big deal’. I...

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Mastering the school lunch box – making it work for you

Mastering the school lunch box – making it work for you

It’s that time of year again... Are you starting to think about (maybe even dread) making school lunches??? I’m not crazy about making school lunches E V E R Y single day! It can get a bit you know...🙄. But I have found that putting a little thought into it has helped...

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Children’s body signals help them know how much to eat

Children’s body signals help them know how much to eat

"Mum, I’m finished," said each of my boys as they handed over these partially eaten bananas. There are a number of ways one might respond to this... what would you say? Some common responses might be: "Didn’t you like the banana?" "You opened the banana, please finish...

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How much should my child eat?

How much should my child eat?

Do you feel anxious or worried about the amount of food your child is eating? Does it feel like it’s not enough or too much? I have 3 very different boys... They each have their own food story so far - coloured by their unique way of being and experiencing their...

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Nutritional adequacy of the “white diet”

Nutritional adequacy of the “white diet”

Only bread for dinner (again)! We parents can get pretty worried that our children aren’t getting enough nutrition when they consistently eat just bread, rice or pasta for dinner, however, rest assured that even the popular ‘white diet’ is actually packed full of good...

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Christmas leftovers cooking fun!

Christmas leftovers cooking fun!

Eating at Christmas can be an overwhelming day for children. Their usual safe foods may not be accepted due to the pressure of the Christmas meal setting. Ham, bread and potatoes may usually be safe foods, but at Christmas they may be a little different. The ham cut...

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The many faces of pressure

The many faces of pressure

Can you spot ‘pressure’ to eat? "Come on, eat now." "Have your broccoli." "Are you going to have your broccoli?" "If you have your broccoli, you’ll get ice cream." "Good boy for eating your meat." "If you have 3 bites of the veggies, you get a sticker on your chart!"...

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Tomato sauce… an excellent bridging food

Tomato sauce… an excellent bridging food

The pros and cons of the red stuff... A question that I'm sure millions of parents around the world ask every night... "Should I be letting my child drown everything in sauce?" For some reason tomato sauce (or ketchup if you live in the northern hemisphere) is one of...

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In your child’s shoes at mealtimes

In your child’s shoes at mealtimes

The day I didn't eat my mushrooms... One day my partner cooked me breakfast which should have been all kinds of wonderful, except it wasn't. I wasn't hungry. I was tired and grumpy. And I didn't like the mushrooms. Me: "Did you cook these on a low heat?" Partner:...

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Why won’t my child eat?

Why won’t my child eat?

Do you worry that your child does not eat enough? Have you heard people say that a child will eat if they’re hungry enough? That surely, they won’t starve themselves? But what happens when a child does ‘starve’ themselves to the point that growth becomes affected?...

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A Body Positive Dietitian’s open letter to Educators

A Body Positive Dietitian’s open letter to Educators

Dear Educators, What would you say if I told you that you hold the power to nurture a child’s relationship with food or to damage it? Amongst all the other amazing things you do, you may not have realised that when it’s time to eat, your teaching skills are in most...

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The truth about super foods and wonder diets

The truth about super foods and wonder diets

Quite commonly I find myself frustrated by stories in the media by health “experts” selling the idea that any particular food or style of eating has miraculous health benefits. The hairs on the back of my neck also tend to stand on end when I hear people talk about...

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Are family meal times being spoiled by unrealistic expectations? The more families I join with to create happier and more peaceful feeding relationships, the more I realise how unrealistic expectations can derail the best-intentioned family mealtime. Here are 5 common...

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Have you become the food police?

Have you become the food police?

This article was first published in the ACAQ Early Edition, Autumn magazine 2017 and is written for early childhood educators who are caring for young children. Isabelle’s mum, Melissa rushes into the toddler’s room at 5:30pm. “Did Isabelle eat all her food today?”...

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5 reality checks before starting solids with your baby

5 reality checks before starting solids with your baby

If your baby is approaching 6 months old, then get ready to pack your bags for a wondrous food journey. It’s going to be a wild ride! Take a deep breath, keep it simple and read on to find out what you need to know and what you can filter to the wind… Is baby ready?...

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Is your child a grazer?

Is your child a grazer?

Do you have an open pantry policy? If your kids are constantly raiding the fridge for snacks or begging for food between meals then this blog is for you. Feeding kids outside of planned meal and snack times is an easy habit to fall into. Perhaps you can relate to one...

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