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Do you often wonder what your child really needs to be eating? Child Nutrition is not easy!
Today we have on Jessica Gust, a pediatric dietitian and the founder of Element Nutrition Co. to talk about nutrition for kids and how to handle picky eaters.
Some children are extremely particular about their food, which let’s face it, can be really exhausting for us mamas. But why are kids picky about eating and how do we get them to learn to like the foods that offer the nutrients and vitamins they need for growth and development?
Jessica shares how to teach kids to like certain foods and why family meals are crucial for our children from a very young age. She discusses the differences of baby-led weaning vs. traditional weaning, how to use comfort foods at mealtime and how to know when it’s time to start your baby on solid foods.
WHAT’S IN THIS EPISODE:
- How Jessica felt being featured in notable places
- How motherhood changed Jessica’s career and life and showed her that not everything goes as planned
- What a pediatric dietitian is and how they help families with child nutrition
- Key factors to consider when raising “healthy” children
- Why most children don’t like vegetables and how to teach kids to like certain foods
- How your taste buds change and evolve over time
- Why family meals are essential for teaching kids socialization, role modeling and table manners
- Using comfort foods to help kids be more comfortable at mealtime
- Incorporating kids into meal preparation in any way they can
- Letting your children make choices around meals and giving them the structure to make good choices
- How to know if you’re dealing with a picky eater and when to seek out extra help
- What types of vitamin or supplements are needed for babies and breastfeeding moms
- How long a newborn baby needs to be on breastmilk and formula before starting solid foods
- Following your babies lead when transitioning to more solid foods
- What baby-led weaning is and how to incorporate this method
- How refined sugar affects babies and toddlers
LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED:
- Child Nutrition info!
- Picky Eating E-Guide
- Starting Solids E-Guide
- Baby Led Weaning vs. Traditional-Which Is Best?
- The Best “First Foods” for Baby Led Weaning
How do our children’s nutrition needs change as they grow?
Today’s show is part 2 of a two-episode series with Jessica Gust, a pediatric dietitian and founder of Element Nutrition Co on child nutrition.
In this episode, we continued with our conversation on child nutrition and discussed how to handle mealtime for kids of all ages from toddlers to teenagers. She shares the importance of figuring out a schedule, how much food to serve based on your child’s age and how to make sure your child is staying hydrated.
Jessica also shares how to get kids involved with packing their own lunches, encouraging kids to make healthy food choices as they grow up and meeting them where they’re at when they hit their teen years.
WHAT’S IN THIS EPISODE:
- Dealing with a toddler who just won’t eat and the importance of a meal and snack schedule
- Putting a foundation in place to serve nutritious food
- Knowing much food to serve to your toddler
- Figuring out an eating schedule based on your child
- When you should look at things closer
- Getting to know your toddler and why compartmentalized plates can help some toddlers
- How meals will change when a child moves into their elementary school years
- Moving from a plating their food method to letting them self regulate their meals
- Getting kids involved in packing their own lunches and teaching them about food groups
- Nutrition is the same across the board with kids with ADD & ADHD
- Supporting a child’s diet when they’re involved in sports
- Key differences in nutrition needs from children and adults
- How to encourage teenagers to continue eating healthy
- The importance of balance for teenagers
- When family meals can make a huge impact on your child’s wellbeing
- Why hydration is important and limiting beverages with higher sugar
- The calculation that lets you know how much water your child needs per day
- Making sure that your child is exposed to a variety of foods
LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED:
Connect with Jessica:
- Toddler 411 – Toddler Development & Behavior and Sleep Training. Featuring Megan Pierson of Potty Shop Part 1
- Toddler 411 – Toddler Development & Behavior and Sleep Training. Featuring Megan Pierson of Potty Shop Part 2
- ADHD Nutrition & The Hyperactive Child
- Calculation for Water Intake
- Kids between 10-20 kg: take their weight in kg and subtract 10 kg multiplied by 50 ml and add 1,000 ml = total fluid in ml intake recommended
- Kids over 20kg: actual weight minus 20 kg multiplied by 20 ml then add 1,500 ml = total fluid in ml intake recommended
MORE ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF ELEMENT NUTRITION CO.:
Hello! I’m Jessica, founder and owner of Element Nutrition Company, LLC. Growing up in Michigan, I learned the importance of family mealtimes early on. Each night my family would gather around the dinner table distraction-free, enjoy our meal, and discuss our day. This routine became a model for healthy behavior throughout my life and one I enjoy sharing with others.
I was drawn to specialize in childhood nutrition. I love having the opportunity to help families grow and flourish by making a positive, lifelong impact. By teaching proper nutrition at an early age, I can help parents shape their family’s outlook on food and meals for a better future.
OUR FAVORITE QUOTES FROM JESSICA GUST RDN:
“It takes a long time for children to learn to like or be willing to try new food.”
“You can’t take shame in parenthood otherwise you’re just going to feel defeated all the time.”
“Forcing your kid to eat something doesn’t really help necessarily and it can actually make it harder in the long run for them to like it.”
“Absolutely let your kids get involved with the menu but have the structure in place to help them and guide them to make a good choice.”
“A good rule of thumb for portions is about 1-2 tablespoons of food per year of age.”
“Kids are really got at self-regulating so they’re not going to overeat and if they undereat then that’s what their body needs at that time, so just kind of let them guide you.”
“Nutrition and feeding kids is very much individualized. There are no blanket statements for all kids.”
“It’s about meeting them where they’re at and just knowing that at their teenage years your support is one of the most important things you can give them.”