By: Camille Schwartz (Communications Intern)
Do you get tired of begging your child to eat more healthy foods and less junk food? Do you ever bribe your child with dessert for cleaning their plate? Do your family meals last less than 10 minutes before someone turns on the television or leaves the room? What if the answer to solving family mealtime problems was one simple word: mindfulness?
In her book Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School, Jill Castle MS, RD, LDN, offers parents tools and strategies to nourish their children mindfully, while encouraging them to listen to the wisdom of their own bodies. Castle, a mother of four and a registered dietitian, provides parents with practical and realistic strategies to make mindful eating a part of the home environment.
Michelle May, M.D., author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, said, “Children are born with the instinctive ability to use their hunger and satiety cues to guide their eating. Unfortunately, this natural skill can be easily unlearned.”
“Fearless Feeding gives parents nutrition and feeding facts, tips and practical strategies to preserve this natural, already built-in eating regulation system with which children are born,” says Castle.”You might say we are the prequel to mindful eating-helping parents feed their children mindfully, while teaching children how to keep self-regulating through all the stages of childhood.”
Provide your family with a supportive environment and the opportunities to develop a healthy and mindful relationship to food that will last a lifetime.
For more information, visit the Fearless Feeding website.