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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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Why I love cooking with kids

Why I love cooking with kids

We asked Jessi Bruns, consultant Dietitian with Kids Dig Food to tell us a little about why she loves delivering workshops for Kids Dig Food... “There are so many reasons why I love delivering Kids Dig Food workshops” says Jessi. They are so much fun! I always have a...

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Baby’s First Foods across the Globe – a snapshot

Baby’s First Foods across the Globe – a snapshot

What is the first food you gave your baby, or that you plan to give your baby? Do you have traditions in your family about the first food a baby eats? An infant’s first taste of solid food is an exciting and special experience. For many families it is an important...

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Eating together – making family meals happen

Eating together – making family meals happen

Have family meals become part of history rather than your routine? The research is clear that there are benefits associated with eating together as a family. The major obstacle of sharing a meal together is lack of time as families experience an increasing load of...

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An Aussie Dietitian’s take on Halloween

An Aussie Dietitian’s take on Halloween

Love or hate it, Halloween is upon us again. For some, Halloween may seem to be an unnecessary celebration here in Australia. A night where kids load up on as many sweets and lollies as they can possibly manage whilst they really have no idea what Halloween is about....

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Help! I think my child is too big!

Help! I think my child is too big!

Every week I see more and more children referred by doctors, health professionals and parents with concern about their child’s weight. When I first started my private practice a few years ago, I drew away from seeing these kids & families, mainly because I felt...

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My Lunchbox Strategy

My Lunchbox Strategy

Lunchboxes — are they a source of frustration or inspiration for you? It’s lunchbox time again! No matter if you love or hate your kitchen, there is always a time when packing lunchboxes feels like a chore. When Miss 9 first started at child care many years ago, I was...

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NEWS FLASH: Kids don’t eat food because it’s healthy

NEWS FLASH: Kids don’t eat food because it’s healthy

Kids eat food for different reasons than adults do. Kids eat food for very immediate reasons: because they are hungry because the food looks, smells and or tastes good to them because the food is familiar or favourite because it is easy to eat As much as we’d like...

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Food skills our kids are missing out on

Food skills our kids are missing out on

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to send our children back in time? What would they do if they were expected to wash their own clothes, go outside to the “out-house” toilet, grow and pick food to eat and help make dinner? What’s changed in our food...

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Seeing the Dietitian: What to Expect

Seeing the Dietitian: What to Expect

Facing the *scary* Dietitian – eek! If you’re like many of our new clients, you probably have NO idea what to expect at your first consultation. Finding the right Dietitian *or insert other health profession here* is like finding the right hairdresser or family...

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A meaty question – Why won’t my child eat meat?

A meaty question – Why won’t my child eat meat?

How do we help kids learn to eat meat? I’ve been asked this question over and over by many a frustrated parent, carer and early childhood educator. Meat is one of the most difficult foods to learn how to chew and eat. It is a “hard mechanical” food that requires a...

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5 things your kids want to hear from you at dinner time

5 things your kids want to hear from you at dinner time

Want to create mealtime harmony? Kids Dig Food dietitians enjoy helping families create positive family mealtimes. Often when clients first meet us, they are a bit surprised at what may seem at the beginning to be letting kids “do what they like” with food. What is...

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Food products marketed to kids… how healthy are they?

Food products marketed to kids… how healthy are they?

A couple of years ago, I undertook a research project looking at supermarket food products that are specifically marketed or ‘designed’ for children. The results of this study were recently published and I would like to share some of the key findings with you....

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Why family-style dinners are better than plated meals

Why family-style dinners are better than plated meals

I’ve really been trying hard to serve more “family-style” dinners lately. I often recommend this way of eating to my clients, but to be truthful it’s easy to stay in the rut of plated meals. I wanted to change that. What are family-style dinners? Family-style dinners...

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