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What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)?

What is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)?

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is the credential awarded by Dietitians Australia to ensure best practice and a commitment to professional development amongst Dietitians. To maintain this credential, a Dietitian must show evidence of professional development...

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Meal Time Fail

Meal Time Fail

I was chatting to a friend who mentioned in passing what she was making for dinner tonight. It sounded delicious, I had all the ingredients, and I had meal envy (and nothing else planned). I decided to do the same meal, it was something different – but not completely...

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Being considerate without catering

Being considerate without catering

Tonight, we had chicken stir-fry and rice. It is not Mr 4's favourite dish. I know that if I serve him this meal the same as everyone else there is a high chance he will not eat anything. I'm no short-order cook and there's no way I've got the time to cook two...

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Why people are like flowers…body shapes and sizes

Why people are like flowers…body shapes and sizes

Mr 4 on a quiet train ride: "Mum look! That man has no hair!" Mr 4 at a cafe about the lady serving us: "Mum! Why does that lady have a big face?" Mr 4 to a family friend in a larger body: "Why do you have such big muscles?" As innocent as our children's questions...

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Toddler food learning story

Toddler food learning story

Mr 2 years 5 months old... He is learning about cucumber and has been for a while now. When he first started learning about cucumber, he was very unfamiliar with it and found it difficult to tolerate touching it. That’s ok, I gave him the option to use tongs to...

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The pros and cons of baby food pouches

The pros and cons of baby food pouches

Baby pouch foods are basically a parent's dream - no prep, low/no mess, and often in flavours that you may not have the ability to make at home. However, what I'm noticing is that when my 9-month-old has access to these, she prefers them to whole food options like for...

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Be patient, be consistent and be kind.

Be patient, be consistent and be kind.

Mr 2 has had a serious case of the dinnertime wiggles for some time now. He is one of those kids that would be perfectly happy running backwards and forwards to the dinner table, grabbing mouthfuls of food as he continues his play. Sound familiar? Mr 2 is firmly in...

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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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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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