cildren eat healthy galway
cildren eat healthy galway

Fussy Eating 

Most babies usually eat the foods they are served. However, things can change with many toddlers going through a phase of fussy or picky eating. 

This happens for lots of reasons including toddlers testing limits and establishing their independence.

What starts out as a fussy or picky eating phase can quite easily and sometimes quickly develop into a more longer-term habit, often without parents even realising it.

 

Do you find the following with your child or children:

Their variety of foods has reduced over time?

They are hesitant to try certain foods, only wanting to eat more familiar foods?

They snack frequently and want to eat snacks instead of meals?

Having an eater like this is challenging, frustrating and stressful; but Growing Healthy Eaters are here to help.

 

Fussy Eating Expert Help 

Dr. Colette offers one-to-one support that is both parent led (there’s lots you can do to help your child eat better) and child-centred (we don’t expect your child to do anything that they aren’t comfortable with, at that time) that is tailored to suit your family.

An initial consultation starts with what your child is eating at the moment and gaining an understanding of the challenges involved.  We then work together to develop a customised action plan to help gradually improve your child’s eating.

Follow up consultations will help you establish regular meal and snack times, focus on foods that you and the rest of your family normally eat; and get your child on board with tasting new foods; as well as developing lifelong healthy eating habits.

 What’s involved?

Each personalised consultation lasts up to 1 hour  and can be in person in Galway or online.  The consultation includes:

  • A step-by-step action plan that is developed and emailed to you afterwards plus
  • A follow-up phone/online call (one to two weeks later) to check in with you about progress and how best to move forward. 

We ask parents to complete a list of all foods and drinks consumed during 3 recent days for their child before the initial consultation.

Many parents report significant progress after just 1 or 2 consultations. For others it may take 3 or more consultations, as it depends on the individual child. Sometimes there are multiple factors at play and the longer fussy eating continues, the more challenging it can be to turn it around as habits become more established.

The the earlier you seek help, the easier and quicker it is.

Its best to start with the initial consultation and then decide if this is the right kind of support for you. 

Contact Dr. Colette on +353 868347569 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your fussy eating concerns.

Success Stories for Fussy Eaters

Despite feeling a little apprehensive about what a fussy eating plan might entail, there was nothing to fear in Colette's gradual step-by-step approach; which is doable with minimal effort and time input - so it's ideal for busy families. DervlaGalway
 
We are delighted with the success we have had with Colette’s Fussy Eater programme for our 3 year old, who started as a very fussy eater, generally eating only dry foods, no meat or veg. He is now eating healthy dinners every day including veg. We didn’t believe it was possible, but after 1:1 planning with Colette and lots of persistence we are seeing the benefit. Mairead, Galway. 
 
I noticed after the first meeting with Colette that my son's behaviour was so much better and he seemed way less frustrated.  I definitely didn't realise before how the battles over eating were having such a negative impact on him. AM, Dublin 

I was so stressed with my daughter's eating (or lack of eating) and so many people told me she'd grow out of it but things were not getting better. I would recommend that others don't wait but get help. I was certainly relieved I started with Colette and didn't put it off any longer. R. Dublin

We noticed such a massive improvement with our girl's eating especially when we were on holidays compared to how she was before we started with Colette. Eating wasn't such a "big deal" anymore and she just tried and ate lots of different foods. S. Louth

I’m thrilled with the progress made for my 7 year old son, who was reluctant to try new foods and have a very limited diet. I had looked for help before and was told what foods to provide but my son wouldn’t even try them. Colette suggested what I should say and do and I found this really worthwhile. Now I’m happy to report that he eats and tastes lots of new foods for him including porridge, carrots and steak. I wasn’t sure if this would work but I kept going and I’m so glad I did now. Declan, Galway

 Dr. Colette Reynolds, PhD 

Nutrition & Childs Healthy Eating Coach

BA (Psych), MSc (Health Psych), PhD (Health Promotion), BTEC (Nutrition & Health Coaching), Member of Association for Health Promotion Ireland, Member of UK Health Coaches Association, IINH Certified

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