The Long Game: Promoting Positive Relationships with Food

“I wish that they would eat more vegetables.”

“He won’t eat anything that’s not macaroni and cheese.”

“She has such a sweet-tooth – I think that she would eat candy forever if she could!”

“My child eats when bored or upset.  How do I help them stop?”

“I want my child to have a healthy relationship with food, so I don’t want to make it a stressful topic.  How do I do that and still help them make healthy choices?”

Healthy eating is obviously important to health and well-being, and it’s something that every family has to grapple with in one way or another. Our relationship with food is important, but it’s also complicated. Many parents feel pulled in multiple directions when trying to help their children develop healthy eating habits.

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Tuning Into Hunger and Fullness – Practicing Mindful Eating

Mindful EatingThe most common request I get as a dietitian nutritionist is “Can you tell me what to eat?” Of course, a major part of my job is to help teach people about types of foods that are best for health and growth and help them with meal planning. But a discussion about food and nutrition isn’t complete without also addressing the “how” of eating (when, where, and why we eat). And how you eat is as important as what you eat.

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Guide to Mindful Eating

Chewy Oatmeal Cookie BarsMindfulness is often described as an awareness of reality, or the present moment. Mindful eating begins with quieting the environment at meals and snacks and tuning into what is going on inside the body and mind. The following is guide to pursuing a mindful meal during the holidays, or anytime of the year.

Take a moment to relax. Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Allow your belly to rise when you breathe in and fall as you breathe out. Ask yourself where you feel hungry; Mind? Belly? Anywhere else?
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