My Interview with Real Food Mamas Podcast: Picky Eating 101

My Interview with Real Food Mamas Podcast: Picky Eating 101

As much as I enjoy writing these posts, let’s switch things up!   You get to listen to me instead.   I get pretty passionate about picky eating, and you’ll sense that in my voice I’m sure (haha).  In this interview with the Real Food Mamas Podcast, I share a slew of advice and picky eating tips like this.  The nice thing is that you can just pop in your ear phones, close your eyes, and have a listen tonight (no reading required).   Or perhaps play the podcast on your drive home from work and make good use of your time in transit. Stephanie (from Real Food Mamas) and I had so much fun chatting.   We keep going and going, then realized we covered enough content for two episodes.  So here’s part 1 and part 2. It was too easy to forget that while it was just Stephanie and I that afternoon, there would be hundreds…thousands of moms listening a few short weeks later. I know this because I continue to see my free Picky Eating 101 Cheat Sheet being downloaded months later. What has been really wonderful though, is having mothers continue to reach out to me since the podcasts aired.  Some to learn more about my programs and how to get their meals on a better (stress-free) path.  Others to simply to thank me for sharing my story and for helping them realize they are not alone.   I was equally as grateful - those small notes go a long way. Here’s what you will learn in Podcast #1: How to identify if your child is a “picky eater,” a “problem eater,” Is picky eating just a...

I was not expecting this feedback…

When I ran the Picky Eater Protocol (PEP) in January I knew the program was powerful (give our success with Sienna and other families).  I also knew moms who participated saw some amazing improvements with their little ones (and former picky eaters). The Picky Eater Protocol feedback from participants was incredibly positive (with lot’s of “thank you’s”) and that was wonderful. However, I honestly did not expect this feedback… That every single mother said they would recommend the Picky Eater Protocol to other parents.   I had goosebumps everywhere. That’s when I knew I had to do it again.  And I am! Starting on June 16th, 2016. Except this time I’ve taken all the feedback and ideas from previous parents and made the Picky Eater Protocol that much better. For instance: Extended the program from 4 to 6 weeks so that parent’s don’t feel rushed (and you get more hand holding from me). Included a free LIVE group chat for some deeper Q&A during the program. Brought in other parenting experts with fantastic ideas for mealtimes. Included free meal planning (4 weeks of healthy, family-friendly meals) for those who register before June 13th. Yet I kept everything that parents loved about it: The step-by-step simple (yet super effective) strategies The weekly guidance from me (so you know EXACTLY what to do and how) The Facebook group and daily support from myself and other parents The Videos, Worksheets, Cheat Sheets, Checklists to help you simply implement the strategies Plus I’ve added a few amazing bonuses.  You can check it all out here. Truthfully though - while the program was created to help other moms (and it surely did), I think I got just as much value out...
7 simple ways to boost your child’s iron intake

7 simple ways to boost your child’s iron intake

Nutrition is always top of mind for moms, particularly when it comes to their little ones.   One of the most common concerns is a child’s iron intake and whether our kids are getting enough.   Because we don’t have enough to worry about already right?! Iron deficiency was something I constantly worried about with my first daughter, Sienna because she had a few of the risk factors for anemia; not only was she a low birth weight baby, she was also born with a congenital heart defect and had two surgeries as a result (where blood loss was a factor).  Yes, it was a crazy first year for all of us! Sienna was also an extremely picky eater and ate sooooo little (I mean a few blueberries would suffice as a meal sometimes).  So it was a given that she wasn’t getting enough iron through her diet. Thus began the vicious cycle.  Iron deficiency (among other things) is connected to appetite suppression; with a low appetite she wasn’t getting enough of anything, including iron.   It wasn’t until we made some critical changes at meals that things improved.  Dramatically.  They improved so much that her nutrition status was (and is) no longer a concern for her doctors or for her nutritionist mom.   It was so freeing to be able to sit down at a meal and not push her to eat. I share some of these simple yet super important strategies in my free webinar for parents.  Click below to learn more: Why do they need iron anyway? An infant’s iron stores decline around 6 months of age and studies show that at least one in eight toddlers is anemic before they are 2 years old.   That’s not a small number....
Kid’s Menu at Piano Piano the Restaurant

Kid’s Menu at Piano Piano the Restaurant

Someone pinch me.  Did I really get the opportunity to work with one of Toronto’s most reputable and creative chefs (Victor Barry) and his incredible wife (Nikki Leigh McKean) to design the kid’s menu for their new restaurant (Piano Piano The Restaurant). Yup, this really happened.   I don’t know why it’s taken me SO long to write this post, because this might be the most exciting thing I’ve done this year.  Scratch that.  It might be the most amazing experience I’ve had in 30 plus years! Skydiving in Australia and hiking in Thailand were incredible.  Don’t get me wrong. However, for a big time foodie, a nutritionist, AND a mom with a former ‘picky eater’ - being asked to design a kid’s menu for one of the top chefs is…AH-MAH-ZING. Although, I have a confession… I didn’t do it alone.  Yes, I’m a mom of two young girls and I know what a pain in the butt it is to take them out to eat (which is why we are mostly hermits during meals).   I had a good idea of what parent’s wanted and needed for the optimal dining experience, but that wasn’t enough. So I reached out to over 100 moms in different Facebook groups including one of my personal favourites (East Toronto Young Moms).  I simply asked the question: “If you could create the PERFECT kid’s menu at a restaurant, what would you want to see on it? The response was fantastic, expected and quite passionate.   So I took every single idea into consideration before sitting down with Piano Piano. A kid’s menu that parents wanted...