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TNC 072: Grandparents Feeding Grandchildren with Dina Rose

Dina and I talk about why it's so common for grandparents to feed kids sweets and treats and why parents shouldn't get too worked up about it. We also discuss the importance of talking to kids consistently and openly about their feelings around food and eating. Dina also shares when she thinks it's appropriate for grandparents and parents to have a more serious conversation about feeding (e.g. if grandparents are frequent, rather than occasional, caretakers) and why sharing treats can...


TNC 071: Healthy Snacks: Satisfy Hunger with 3 Key Nutrients

In this short and sweet episode, I describe three key nutrients - fiber, protein, and fat - and share how you can build snacks around them that your kids will love. Healthy snacking can help with appetite regulation and boost the number of nutrients your child gets over the course of the day. Get full show notes and more information here:


TNC 070: How to Feed Children of Divorce

In this week's episode, I'm joined by Dr. Nancy Buck, a developmental psychologist, educator, and mother of twin boys to talk about how separated parents can support their kids' nutritional needs without worrying about too many things outside of their control. Get full show notes and more information here:


TNC 069: Family Table Drama: Disarm Your Unhappy Eater

It can be hard to come up with the perfect response to a picky, complaining, or extra-hungry eater on the spot. What do you say when a child is complaining about what you’ve made? Or the opposite — if they’re trying to snatch up their favorite food before everyone gets a taste? On this week’s episode, I’m sharing my three favorite go-to responses that can help calm your picky eater, your complainer, and your food-snatcher. Get full show notes and more information here:...


TNC 068: Differently Wired with Debbie Reber

My guest on this episode is Debbie Reber, an accomplished author, podcaster, and mother of a differently-wired son. Debbie has always been one to create what she can’t find out in the world, whether that be books for teenage girls or her more recent venture: a community for parents raising children with neuro-differences. Don’t miss this fascinating conversation about how raising a child with a neuro-difference affected Debbie’s perspective on education, nutrition, and parenting. Get full...


TNC 067: Let’s Get Real! Are Team Snacks Fuel or Just for Fun? With Karla Reisch

Is your child involved in sports? If so, you know that sometimes the opinions of parents and coaches differ about how to fuel the athletes. My guest today is my dear friend Karla Reisch – a woman with three boys who all play soccer and ski avidly. Join us on the podcast this week as we discuss how the snacking landscape has changed over the years, how we should be fueling our athletes, and whether our kids are actually interested in snacking or not. Get full show notes and more...


TNC 066: Make Dinner in Record Time with Toby Amidor

Between work, traveling, and dealing with kids, it's easy to feel stress and even resentment around having to prepare dinner. My guest is Toby Amidor – a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and the author of Smart Meal Prep for Beginners, a book designed to help busy parents out by ensuring a time-effective way of nourishing their family properly. Toby is with us to share her wisdom, practical tips, and shortcuts to help us all reframe our mindset on making dinner. Get full show notes...


TNC 065: Should Kids Pack their Own Lunch for School?

Today, we're taking on a back-to-school subject of packing lunches, and specifically whether or not your child should be independently packing their own lunch. The idea of letting your kids pack their own lunch might sound like too much freedom at first but stick with me here. I'm going to provide you with some tips to encourage your kids to make the right choices in packing their own lunch. Get full show notes and more information here:


TNC 064: Strong & Muscular: Boys Have Eating Disorders, Too with Dr. Barbara Greenberg

The rise in male eating disorders is a difficult subject for some parents to understand, but I have a special guest this week, Dr. Barbara Greenberg, to try and shed some light on this lesser-discussed side of the eating disorder spectrum. Our boys are undoubtedly more vulnerable than has been widely accepted in the past, so it’s important that we address the issue now. Get full show notes and more information here:


TNC 063: Should You Ask Your Child What He Wants to Eat?

Giving a child a choice about what they want to eat can generate a healthy interest in food from a young age that lasts into adulthood, but can it have a negative impact? On the show this week, I'm talking about how your child processes this question, how it serves them, how it does not, and what alternatives there are to such open-ended questions. Get full show notes and more information here:


TNC 062: How to Raise Middle School Girls Who Eat with Katie Hurley

Any parent of a middle school girl will tell you a major concern is whether their daughter is getting the food they need throughout the school day. I’m seeing an increase in the number of girls who don’t want to eat school lunch in front of other kids, backed up by comments I hear from students like, “Nobody’s eating school lunch.” This week, my guest Katie Hurley is going to help us dig into what is going on with our girls when they’re at school, eating school lunch, and what you can do...


TNC 061: Feeding Rules that Help Kids Eat Better

The seeds of many of the health problems that occur in this country are sown from a young age, often the result of a lack of information. This week on the podcast, we’re talking about implementing feeding rules to set your kids up in making positive food decisions that will hopefully stay with them for life. I’m sharing the five feeding rules that I use with my clients and in my own home and I break them down so anyone can follow them. Get full show notes and more information here:...


TNC 060: Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body and Self with Heidi Schauster

My guest this week is Heidi Schauster – a nutrition therapist, certified eating disorders registered dietician and the founder of Nourishing Words Nutrition Therapy. Heidi has a wonderful book, Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self. She encourages health regardless of size and embodies eating and living for all. Tune in as Heidi shares some of the lessons from her book and we consider how they can be applied to children and their relationship with food. Get full...


TNC 059: 5 Nutrition Myths for Young Athletes, Demystified

This week, we’re discussing a popular topic at the moment – raising and fueling athletes. The world of youth sports is littered with myths and inaccuracies when it comes to how we should be feeding our athletic children. I’m setting the record straight on the podcast this week so you can feed your children in a way that helps them perform to the best of their abilities. Get full show notes and more information here:


TNC 058: Sad Perfect: A Story of a Girl with ARFID with Stephanie Elliot

My guest this week, Stephanie Elliot, is the author of Sad Perfect, a book that tells the story of a 16-year-old girl with ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder) and her struggles with disease, love, and recovery. While the book is classed as fiction, it is built upon the hard truths Stephanie endured helping her own daughter through this illness. Even if your child doesn’t suffer from such a disease, Sad Perfect provides a level of understanding we can all benefit from. Get...


TNC 057: Won’t Eat Breakfast, Food Restriction & Picky Eaters

I get a lot of questions from readers of my blog and listeners of this podcast, so today I will be taking the opportunity to dish out some answers regarding some very different scenarios. Using the framework that I use in my own practice and accounting for all aspects of your child’s life, I’m providing you with actionable advice that will holistically benefit your little ones. I’ve got tips regarding breakfast for kids, feeding picky eating athletes, and how to identify whether you are...


TNC 056: Salty Foods: How Much Sodium is Good for Kids? With Melissa Halas Liang of Super Kids Nutrition

Melissa Halas Liang joins me this week to chat about salty foods in our children’s diets. Melissa is here to give us some insight into how to counterbalance sodium intake with other foods and make smart choices. Hopefully, by listening to this episode, you will discover how you can lower your kid’s salty foods intake by learning what foods already contain unreasonable amounts of sodium. Get full show notes and more information here:


TNC 055: Let’s Get Real! Feeding Picky Eaters Is Hard with Shira Gluck

This episode, I’m welcoming Shira Gluck; a registered dietitian and a mom to help me launch a new segment on the show called Let’s Get Real! I’m showcasing the challenges and successes of real parents regarding nutrition. Hopefully, you will see that you can overcome the difficulties we all face when feeding our children. As a full-time mom of three selective boys, she used her training as a dietitian and managed to make food into a more positive experience for her sons and herself! Get...


TNC 054: How to Help (and Not Hurt) the Heavy Kid

There are many factors that can contribute to a child’s weight status, some of which we can change. I’m of the mindset that we will never gain traction in controlling childhood obesity until we can educate parents through the stages of childhood. There are many unhealthy methods out there for dealing with heavy kids, but today is all about how we can help heavy kids be stronger, sensitively and responsibly. They deserve to be secure in the body they live in, so as well as balancing...


TNC 053: Healthy Meal Planning Tips with Jessica Levinson

Today, my guest, Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, and I are talking about meal planning and healthy meal ideas. We address the daily grind of preparing meals, and how to make them easier and less stressful for you, moms and dads. Learn how to create a simple meal plan and how to set yourself up for success on those busy nights of sports, church, and other extra-curricular activities your family participates in. Get full show notes and more information here: