Im a Psychologist (PhD) working in Children's Healthy Eating.
Since becoming a Mom, I’ve found that feeding a family is indeed challenging (trying to keep all family members healthy, happy & well fed!).
My background is a degree in Psychology (TCD) as well as a Masters in Health Psychology and a PhD in Health Promotion (both NUI, Galway). I’ve had many work roles including working with the Irish Cancer Society and Lecturing in Psychology. For 7 years I've worked for a government-funded service as a Coach with adults (on a one-to-one basis) in Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Facilitation.
I've always had a huge interest in food and nutrition, and this prompted me to undertake an internationally recognised qualification in Nutrition Coaching (Pearson & BTEC award).
Ive completed additional training e.g., Food Parenting (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the US), as well as investigating the latest research and practice on picky eaters and fussy eating. The advice I give reflects the work in my own practice as well as that of international experts (including Danielle Binns, Jill Castle, Dr Jennifer Cohen, Maryann Jacobsen, Sally Kuzemchak, Natalie Monson, Ellyn Satter, Dina Rose, Amy Roskelley and Natalia Stasenko).
I've found parents experiencing lots of challenges and frustrations while feeding their kids. I felt there was a need for a specific, child-focused, healthy eating service that provided practical nutritional advice; but also dealt with the psychological aspects of feeding families. Hence Growing Healthy Eaters was born.
Finally, I have written articles for myKidsTime on encouraging children to eat more veg, see here: https://www.mykidstime.com/food-and-recipes/9-expert-tips-to-encourage-your-child-to-eat-more-vegetables/ and tips for helping picky eating, see here: https://www.mykidstime.com/food-and-recipes/easy-tips-picky-eater/
I am one of the Family Experts on Family Friendly HQ, one of Ireland's favourite family and parenting website, where I write a monthly blog, see http://www.familyfriendlyhq.ie/family-experts