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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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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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