I would definitely recommend this course (Create Healthy Eating Habits, Early) if you are looking at finding out more info about how to grow your own happy healthy eaters.
I eat well myself and have a huge interest in healthy foods; so I was pretty confident there would be no problems with my kids eating. Indeed as a baby, both my boys were excellent eaters. However things changed…
My eldest as a toddler refused to eat any wet or soft or mixed textures (more than one texture) such as soup, porridge or pizza. He would actually get upset when I offered him any of these foods. And this continued for a long time. I therefore wondered was there a better way I could help him or even was I making his eating worse?
I was also challenged with my youngest boy, but in a different way. While he was fine with eating different textures he rejected most vegetables I offered for months and months. These included peas, sweetcorn and carrots.
I see this pattern so often that many babies are excellent eaters but change for the worse over time, especially as they become toddlers. In hindsight I wish I had been more proactive and found out more about how to feed a toddler, before I had actually had a toddler!
So many of us have challenges at times with helping our little ones to eat like the rest of the family. Many of us feel that the solution is to repeatedly offer the same foods, over and over. I did this with my youngest for example, always offering the same vegetables that the rest of the family ate. However he would just cover his mouth and wouldn’t even taste them and definitely wouldn’t eat them. While consistency and repetition are important, it may not be enough of a solution by itself. What if a different approach is needed? Unfortunately the longer these habits continue, the more challenging they can be to turn around.
My unique approach is not just based on nutrition but is multi-disciplinary, combining psychology, health promotion and nutrition. My focus is on how to get our children on board, with a balanced approach to healthy eating including eating sweet foods in moderation.
The methods I use are cognitive behavioral which means I focus on changing both the parent’s and child’s thinking as well as their behaviour. Sometimes a change in mindset is required first, such as understanding why we don’t eat our favorite foods all the time.
I offer straightforward, practical actions in a positive way to empower parents to grow their own happy, healthy eaters so there’s
Based on my work with parents on a 1-1 basis over the last few years to grow their own happy, healthy eaters, I now offer two online courses that provide this specific understanding, knowledge, skills and confidence. This starts with creating healthy eating from weaning a baby; to moving onto feeding a toddler and then a young child. I also focus on how we can support our children (of all ages) to have a balanced approach to healthy eating including eating sugary foods in moderation.