Does your family have food issues? If so, you’ll love this episode with Jennifer Anderson of Kids Eat in Color.
Today we’re exploring all of the feelings that go along with food and family meals with little ones. Have you experienced mom guilt in relation to what you’re feeding your kids? Too much mac n’ cheese, not enough veggies, the list goes on!
Jennifer shares the nuances and best practices around how and what we should be feeding our kids, without the guilt.
We chat about everything from how to help your kid eat intuitively, what diet culture is teaching our kids and how to help picky eaters who are experiencing anxiety around food. You’ll definitely want to hear all of the tips she shares about incorporating play into meals and being present during meals.
WHAT’S IN THIS EPISODE:
- Her feelings about being a mom and the CEO of her business
- How Jennifer’s passion for food and family influenced the start of her business
- What you should focus on besides just the food
- How mom guilt plays into meal choices while eating out
- How you can incorporate food play into mealtime
- What you can do to be more present during meals without mom guilt
- The challenges of dealing with picky eaters and helping them overcome anxiety around food choices
- What intuitive eating is and how it helps people regain the ability to eat intuitively
- Why parents have to protect their kid’s instincts to maintain their ability to eat intuitively
- The 3 best practices to help encourage your kid’s instincts
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MORE ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF KIDS EAT IN COLOR:
Hi! I’m Jennifer, a mom, wife, and a registered dietitian.
I have a master’s of science in public health, international health and human nutrition from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. I completed my dietetics coursework through the University of Northern Colorado and organized my own dietetic internship focusing on policy and organizational management in the Washington DC metro area through the University of Northern Colorado.
I have a bachelors of science in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Economics from Wheaton College. I earned a certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources by spending 6 months living in India and studying poverty and development. After college, I worked at a food bank, coordinating the Youth Nutrition Program for several years. That’s where I learned how much kids need veggies. And where I decided to go back to school for nutrition and public health.
I have two little guys who are 3 and 5 and am married to the best guy on the planet. We live in Maryland and do mostly stereotypical “boy stuff” (think extreme dirt and rocks) in our free time.
OUR FAVORITE QUOTES FROM JENNIFER ANDERSON:
“Is nutrition really the most important thing there is? In my world it’s not, people are more important, love is more important and making sure I am present is more important.”
“Let them be picky. Don’t make them finish their plate. Don’t give them any pressure. Just serve that meal and call it a day.”
“As parents, it’s our job to safeguard their ability to listen to their body intuitively and know when they’re hungry or full.”