cildren eat healthy galway
cildren eat healthy galway

Fussy Eating 

Most babies and toddlers usually eat whatever foods they are served. However, things can change with many toddlers going through a phase of fussy or picky eating such as not liking the shape, colour or texture of particular foods or foods touching; an unwillingness to eat familiar foods or to try new foods such as fruit and vegetables.

This happens for lots of reasons including toddlers testing limits, their parents’ patience 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. Having a fussy eater can be frustrating and stressful for parents concerned about their children’s limited food choices and their overall nutrition.

 

Fussy Eating Expert Help 

How does it work?

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 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 resulting in less effort, stress and worry at mealtimes; and get your child on board with tasting new foods leading to a healthier relationship with food; as well as developing lifelong healthy eating habits.

 What’s involved?

Each personalised consultation lasts 45-60 minutes and can be in person in Galway and throughout Ireland (online or phone).  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.

Usually three to four consultations are required in total, but this depends on the individual child.  Fussy eating habits can successfully be turned around for many families over an 8 to 10 week period. 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.

Testimonials for the Fussy Eating Programme

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. Dervla, Galway
 
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 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 did. 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 UK Health Coaches Association, IINH Certified

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