We know that there is an overwhelming amount of information for parents to sift through when it comes to nutrition and feeding; it’s often conflicting and confusing and based on food fear and the pathologisation of body weight. This can give the impression that there’s a ‘right’ and a ‘wrong’ way of feeding kids, and if we don’t live up to expectations then we end up feeling guilty and worried that we’re messing up our kids’ health. That’s why we’ve developed ‘Raising Intuitive Eaters’; an online course that cuts through the BS and give you the tools to raise kids who have a healthy relationship with food and their body and who enjoy a wide variety of different foods.
Being very restrictive can cause children to eat in the absence of hunger, make them more likely to sneak or steal food, and mean that they are more likely to use food to soothe their emotions.
And putting pressure on kids to clear their plate or eat their greens can actually increase the likelihood that they will become fussy eaters which makes mealtimes more stressful for the whole family.
Parental encouragement for weight loss is associated with poorer wellbeing
Parental weight criticism is associated with dysfunctional eating in girls.
40% of parents have encouraged their children to diet.
Parents engage in weight talk with children as young as 2.
A flexible framework for feeding children that helps support children to trust their body’s cues + makes life easier for the people feeding them
Advice for talking about food + bodies that helps without harming
Extra modules with in-depth information on each age + stage – milk feeding, weaning, moving on to family meals, school-aged kids and teens
How fussy eating develops + tools to help overcome it
How restrictive feeding can backfire + how to encourage healthy habits without micromanaging what kids eat
How to create positive mealtimes (no negotiating, bargaining or pleading them to eat their veggies!)
Responsive feeding and how to support kids’ innate hunger + fullness signals
How to feed your kids without feeling guilty if it’s not ‘perfect’
Although I'm a dietitian, I've personally found it tricky to navigate the confusing world of nutrition as a new mummy. The London Centre for Intuitive Eating have developed exactly the type of programme I was looking for. I would urge anyone looking for an evidence-based approach to help their child retain and develop a happy and healthy relationship with food to do this brilliant course. It's practical, interesting and most importantly, empowering. This course also provided a unique opportunity to explore tricky concepts which may seem radical at first (such as no foods being restricted - aka the cookie jar), but in practice, are extremely logical. I feel like I can now relax so much more and enjoy food with my son. That's what eating should all be about!”