5 reasons why kids are picky eaters (and what to do about it)

5 reasons why kids are picky eaters (and what to do about it)

Dear god, why won’t she just eat? That’s the question I asked myself daily a few years ago.  Actually, who’s kidding who.  I asked it every stinking time I put food in front of my little one.  She was underweight (major source of stress for me) and had zero interest in food.  I desperately wanted to know the reasons why kids are picky eaters and how to fix it. The most painful part was watching her eat (or not eat) next to other little kids her age.  Those moms were chatting away, sipping coffee, and smiling while their little ones noshed on a smorgasbord of food. No bribing, no trickery or iPads to distract them. They just ate. However, if those moms looked my way they would see an anxious mother, struggling to smile, while begging a little girl to have a bite. Just one bite of the meal I worked so hard to prepare.  The comparisons killed me.  And of course, while watching other kids with envy, that question became even more urgent. If I simply knew the reasons why kids became picky eaters, I could find ways to help her.  And, it would help me get through the mealtime misery. I was already a Certified Nutritionist and knew what to feed a smaller child with a limited appetite.  But I lacked what was even more important. I needed to know what was driving her picky eating, so I could determine how to approach meals. I wanted to be able to sit down at a table and feel 110% confident that I wasn’t ‘messing her up’ by bribing and begging her to eat.  Heck, even I have a few lingering food issues...
How to cut out sugar for good (5 things you need to do)

How to cut out sugar for good (5 things you need to do)

New Years is a motivating time to make some changes to our life - and health.  So I ran a poll with the moms who follow me and asked what they wanted to change in 2017.   Virtually every response fell into two categories: I want to be better at meal planning.   I want to cut out sugar for my family. I feel you on #1.  Meal planning is so rewarding (when you can find the time to do it).  Here’s what I have for you: To DIY, read this post: How to Meal Plan (with tips for Picky Eaters) For help, grab this 5-Day Meal Plan for Families with “Picky Eaters” Any check out this Meal Planning Bundle from my friends at Meal Garden too! I also feel your pain on #2.  Sugar. Ugh. Isn’t it incredible how a substance like this controls so many of us.  This holiday, I had a internal debate at every party over whether I should have that Santa-shaped Shortbread Cookie or itsy bitsy slice of Tiramisu.  It wasn’t difficult to ryhme up reasons to devour that sugar-laden desserts: Why not?  Everyone else was eating them It was just one small cookie/slice (at least that’s what I told myself.  It always ends up being 2) I will workout super hard tomorrow It’s the holidays and I deserve a cookie! But of course, being a nutritionist, I knew all the reasons why I should stay the heck away from that Tiramisu. Why sugar is WORSE than smoking (yup) Cutting out sugar is one of the hardest resolutions one can make.  After all it’s an addictive substance!   You and I will need some help. The hard facts in this article by...