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In this episode, we talk about how to overcome picky eating. This is a challenge a lot of parents face – how to get their kids to eat without being so picky!

Joining me for this conversation is Jennifer House, who has been a Registered Dietitian for 16 years. She has owned First Step Nutrition for the past 13 years, where she helps to make feeding families easier, with a focus on Baby-led Weaning and Picky Eating. Jennifer has published two books and regularly appears in the media.

We cover:

  • [3:40] This episode’s case study
  • [7:10] Why it’s okay for our kids’ appetites to fluctuate 
  • [9:00] The Division of Responsibility by Ellyn Satter
  • [14:35] The kids’ responsibility when it comes to eating
  • [18:25] Intuitive eating for kids
  • [19:00] How to spot the difference between sensory processing challenges and picky eating
  • [33:50] Why kids are picky to begin with
  • [40:00] Advice parents need to know when it comes to picky eating

Jen earned her BSc in Nutrition & Food Science from the University of Alberta, and before starting First Step Nutrition, she completed an MSc in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia. She also worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in outpatient services, often seeing clients with Failure to Thrive or picky eating struggles.

Having a picky eater of her own, Jennifer can relate to the stress and struggles of raising a kid who just won’t try new foods! She has helped hundreds of families implement Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility of feeding in their homes with personal consults and team feeding consults in partnership with an Occupational Therapist. She now works with clients online in a group coaching program to support them in making mealtimes more peaceful with a picky eater at the table.

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