How you can Help Kids Create a Healthy Attitude Toward Food


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Healthy Foods 101: How to Make Smart Choices for Kids

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What is a healthy relationship with food? | Rhiannon Lambert | TEDxUniversityofEastAnglia

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Healthy Eating & Nutrition for Children Ages 6-12

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The Nutrition Prescription for Healthier Kids | Jill Castle | TEDxDanbury

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How to Make Healthy Food Changes

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From obesity and picky eating to sugar addictions and eating disorders, kids may develop a variety of unhealthy eating habits if you’re not careful. To help your child develop a healthy attitude toward food, create rules and establish healthy habits. Be a good role model and get proactive about influencing your child’s meal and snack choices. Include children in the food activities to encourage children to try new foods and also to gain self-confidence.

Serve finger foods such as meat or cheese cubes, vegetable sticks, or fruit chunks. Foods cut smaller are easier for children to handle. Do not force a child to eat. Children often go through food jags.

Whatever tools you use, remember that it’s important to help your kids have a healthy attitude toward food by being conscious of your own eating habits and how you talk about food. Building a healthy attitude starts when they’re young, but the benefits will last a lifetime. ReachOut Regular family meals can help kids develop a healthy attitude towards food, and it also gives you a chance to role model healthy eating patterns. Family traditions based around meals, such as a Sunday roast, can help children develop positive memories with food. Buy or prepare single-serving snacks for younger children to help them get just enough to satisfy their hunger.

Visit the children’s section of ChooseMyPlate to help you and your kids select a satisfying snack. Try to keep healthy food in the house for snacks and meals for the whole family. Offer such snacks as. sliced apples, oranges, pears. Creating opportunities to teach children the difference between everyday foods and sometimes foods Trying to avoid using food to comfort a child as this can establish a pattern of relying on food for comfort Offering and encouraging new foods regularly and including a variety of tastes, textures and colours. I hope this helps you ladie.

In other words, changing your habits, and maybe even getting rid of a few particularly nasty ones like triple chocolate fudge ice cream can actually help to. There are many ways that adults can help children and teens develop a healthy approach to food and exercise. Avoid punishing or rewarding your children with food. Be a good role model for healthy eating and exercising. Be a good role model by having a positive view.

Include children in growing, shopping, and preparation of foods. This is fun for children. And it helps them develop an appreciation for food and where it comes from. They are also more likely to eat foods (namely, fruits and vegetables) they pick from the store (or garden) or help prepare. Maintain structure for meal and snack times.

“There is no amount of cajoling that will help children try new foods in an emotionally and behaviorally healthy way,” says Amy Isabella Chalker, an R.D. who specializes in children’s healthy eating habits. “Instead, present children with a wide variety of foods from meal to meal, and they’ll ultimately learn to eat what is served.”.

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Realistic counseling goals inform parents that they can control the availability of food in the home and give their child appropriate nutrition information.

“Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics E-Book” by William B. Carey, Allen C. Crocker, Ellen Roy Elias, Heidi M. Feldman, William L. Coleman
from Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics E-Book
by William B. Carey, Allen C. Crocker, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

If caregivers are patient, offer a variety of foods in small amounts, and encourage some degree of food choice and selffeeding in the child’s own ceremonial manner, then eating can be a happy, positive means of development.

“Williams' Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy E-Book” by Eleanor Schlenker, Joyce Ann Gilbert
from Williams’ Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy E-Book
by Eleanor Schlenker, Joyce Ann Gilbert
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Have the children draw their favorite foods and then follow up with what foods are healthy.

“Lippincott's Content Review for NCLEX-RN” by Diane M. Billings
from Lippincott’s Content Review for NCLEX-RN
by Diane M. Billings
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008

If they are offered appropriate, healthy food choices and access to high-calorie, nutrient-poor food is limited, preschoolers will learn to self-regulate (eat only until full).

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Allow them to select foods from outside sources when they are older, and help them to reflect on how different foods affect their behavior—what foods make them sick or feel well.

“Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition” by Paul Pitchford
from Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition
by Paul Pitchford
North Atlantic Books, 2002

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  • Brilliant, thoroughly enjoyed this video. Becoming a mum to two girls with very different eating styles and preferences certainly added an insight into my own work as a paediatric dietitian.

  • What a great job, Jill! I mean not only you’ve done a great job on this presentation, but also a meaningful job you’ve been doing for years to improve life quality of many many families. I really appreciate it.

  • Biggest takeaway: Imagining a world where all pediatrician offices provide parents with access to an RD for systematic in depth nutrition education. The dream!

  • Thanks Jill for your insight and clarity. As an Aussie family Dietitian, you just described succinctly the client I see in my own Clinic and the families I engage with in workshops and training. The issues are the same in all developed countries of the world. And I too believe the power is in guiding parents to feed well. Not only rhe what, but the how. Thank you! I will be sharing this link.

  • Finally, a nutritionalist that understands that people are unique genetically, hormonally and metabolically. I have friends who steam through life on potatoes and cheese while that would turn me into a brain fogged, lazy buffoon for 3 days.

  • I’m starting to believe that the only way I can eat healthily is if I live alone. And even then, I’ll never be able to eat as much as I want, I wonder if I’ll always have to restrict food intake. I exercise so much but every day I stress over food and my weight. it’s very tiring:( and I don’t know how to be normal anymore

  • This is an imperative message to be sharing, Jill. Thank you for being such an incredible voice for nutrition and health in our nation’s future… our kiddos:)

  • I´ve been following this lady since 2016 and she is amazing. She doesn´t force unshakeable “laws” about nutrition and feeding children. and adolescents. She is openminded, sharp and aware. I love her work. She gives flexible and practical ways of dealing with this issue. She also has an incredible podcast “The Nourished Child Podcast”. Look it up.

  • For people who try ‘diets’ but give up, you have to remember that you can’t just go on an unhealthy dramatic change in diet to quickly loose weight and then go back to your old ways. To have a healthy relationship with food, you have to make a change for good and stick to it. The best diet is just to eat clean with 5 or more 80gram portions of fruit and vegetables per day. I love to eat at least one portion of oily fish per week as well as a portion of white fish, meat for two days and three days eating vegetarian. A great way to start to change your diet is to research different healthy meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks etc) which will give you all the macro and micro nutrients you need as well as being yummy! I like to eat vegetarian, clean food throughout the day and usually eat at least 7 of my five a day by having a smoothie or two per day and snacking on veggies such as cucumber, carrots and peppers with hummus. It’s ok to eat a dessert after dinner as long as it’s not in excess. Having a good relationship with food is about finding the balance between eating healthily and eating food you love which makes you feel energised and happy. A treat once in a while in moderation shouldn’t make you feel bad!��

  • This is such an important message if we are going to improve the health of our children. All parents and parents-to-be should watch this.   Great job Jill!

  • I wish everyone in the world could see this video because she’s so right. As someone who used to be overweight and would struggle and switch between restrictive eating and binge eating, the answer I have found, just as Lambert said, is to eat in the grey area. For what it’s worth, I think it’s also worth mentioning that it’s so important to have an internal source of happiness that takes precedent. So many people go on diets because they compare themselves to others and feel bad, when in reality, those who truly love themselves feel no reason to compare themselves to others. Just as she said, respect your body, love yourself, and know that everything in moderation is they key. Well said by Lambert, truly.

  • Jill knows first hand about the challenges parents face feeding kids, because she’s a mom herself. Her advice is practical, realistic, and science-based. Yes, it’s important to feed kids lots of fruits and vegetables, and yes, good nutrition is incredibly important. But the “how-tos” of feeding plays a vitally important role too. This TEDx talk is top notch, and I hope every parents tunes in!

  • I really enjoyed this talk and topic. I have a toddler and newborn and all of these things apply to me right now. As a dietitian I also felt similar about breastfeeding. I really struggled in some areas where I felt I should be an expert. Also as much as I love my pediatrician and OB we never talked about nutrition for me or my baby. No one encouraged me to breastfeed or told me the benefits of it. Of course it wasn’t a big deal TO ME since I am a trained professional but at the same time I thought about how no one else must be getting any guidance and such a critical stage of their life. Also even if you have been through it before with other kids or having an education where you covered this topic it’s something that if you’re not doing every day you tend to forget so it’s important to refresh those topics with each pregnancy. Thanks Jill!

  • A message needed not just by parents but everyone. Children are our future. Jill Castle gets it! She also has a wonderful podcast The Nourished Child highly recommend.

  • Such great stuff, Jill! I’m a fellow Registered Dietitian and in the thick of feeding my littles, so great to hear this. Thank you!

  • I can’t remember the last time I had a healthy relationship with food. I don’t remember the last time I finished a meal. I don’t remember the last time i didn’t feel guilty after eating. I just want to be happy. I don’t know how to be healthy.

  • The most unfair part of an eating disorder is that food doesn’t look the same anymore. It turns into numbers on your phone or puke sitting in youe toilet bowl or an extra workout or just pure guilt

  • An important message for all parents to hear! “How” Parents feed their kids is just as important as the “what” foods they offer. And Jill is rightwhy is there no formalized training about this for parents?!

  • To say this talk is an eye opener is a vast understatement. Jill’s approach to childhood nutrition not only captured my interest, I found it inspiring. And I don’t even have kids. I will be sharing this video with every parent I know.

  • this talk was so powerful. ive had an eating disorder since I was about 8 years old and I cannot remember what it feels like to sit in front of a plate of food and not have a panic attack. everytime my friends ask me out I have to find a reason as to why I cant go, because I know food will be involved, and every meal time with my family is another argument. And not to forget every doctor turning me away because “im not quite skinny enough” to be accepted into treatment until I literally had to be hospitalized. Thank you fo this talk I think it might help:)

  • I think major part she skips over is the relationship between mental illness and food. I have depression and when those months hit, I literally sit in bed all day and eat junk food even to the point of feeling sick; then I feel terribly guilty, but it sadly becomes the only thing I look forward to in life. Then when I not depressed, I actually exercise, only eat when I’m actually hungry, and have the mental energy to make healthy choices. As a result, I end up losing weight and going back to my setpoint weight. Living with any mental illness is incredibly hard; it affects every aspect of my life from motivation to happiness to food. It’s the biggest reason for my terribly inconsistent relationship with food.

  • with an eating disorder, food is no longer a fuel, it’s just a reminder that you’ll never be perfect. Every time your stomach rumbles, it hurts so much. Like you can get over a disorder but it’ll always be part of you and it hurts that you can’t just eat that one cookie without feeling guilt.

  • I have been thinking about how hard it is to be wise, when family and friends have such a dogmatic approach to food. The rebel in me wants to eat whatever I want and eat as much as I want

  • Thank you for sharing your wisdom & experience with us Jill! “How is just as important as what” great message! It’s wonderful to have such impactful women in our field.

  • Hey guys! If you have a moment, check out @cinnamon_raisin on instagram! I just started the page today as a space for self-love. It would mean a lot if you gave it a follow:)

  • I started running and naturally my body started to crave more nourishing foods, and I’m not hungry all the time anymore, I still eat everything in moderation and focus on my nutrition such as nuts, avocado es, eggs, cheese �� etc. and I still have my chocolate �� when ever I want, now that I no longer have these mental restrictions, I don’t feel the desire to eat the whole box of chocolates or pastries.

  • all these diet online that requires less 1000 calories a day says will help u, but until now, i can say, everything in moderation is the best advice for everyone to take note.

  • Its not about “I had one biscuit I minds well have the whole pack” Its more like “I cannot stop myself with just one, I have to eat them all until they are gone I adore the crunch, flavor, texture and cannot stop.” Its better just to not even open that pandoras box at all. The emotional, and physical pain is not worth it, but it is still a trap of obsession of foods that harm my body either physically or emotionally.

    I don’t like the shape of my body that my body likes if that makes sense. Body dismorphia, food allergies and obsession with food the struggles are so real….

  • I know food is good for you body, and I really want to enjoy every bite. I don’t have an ED, but sometimes I can’t help but have so many fear foods and see foods as numbers.
    Best of luck to anyone out there struggling and having these unhealthy food thoughts. You’ll be able to beat them one day

  • Jill Castle understands not just the science of nutrition, but more importantly the art of nourishing children.  This is a reminder to every parent to stop worrying about getting everything “right” and to instead start trusting their instincts.  Great TEDx talk by a great speaker and expert in the field of childhood nutrition!

  • Amazing Jill. More proof that you are THE childhood nutrition expert. As my girls continue to grow I will continue to look to you and your work for guidance as to how best raise healthy children! Thank you.

  • I kinda disagree with some of the things she’s saying because
    1) Were all on a diet because a diet is how your eat
    2) the number on the scale sometimes does tell you something important

  • She is not taking into account the effects of sugar on our brain. Sometimes, you want to eat something sweet not for your mind or your body, but because your brain is addicted to sugar. This play a major role on unhealthy relationship with food.

  • As someone who had anorexia for 3 years and binge eating for 2 after that, I have all but given up hope for a normal relationship to food.

  • When I was about 12 or so we were learning about different kinds of food in English class and the teacher asked to the classroom to start a conversation: “Do you think food is for fuel or pleasure?”. Almost uninanimously all girls in that class said fuel. At that time I didn’t realize the trascendence of the question but boy do I think about that moment often

  • Jill is a much needed renegade for parents, like me!, who want to “get it all right” with respect to nutrition, and, as a result, are actually trying so hard we are getting way too much wrong. Jill is right we really do need a new approach to prepare parents to get food right for and with our kids. Love this talk!

  • “How a child is fed is just as important as what a child eats”. Jill Castle paediatric dietician and speaker shares openly and vulnerably of her turning point as a mom and dietician, and gives three key tips to nourishing your child. Thanks for helping us mom’s not feel alone. And I sure wish I had this information when my kids were babies.

  • Jill makes us think! If only…pediatricians referred their new parents to a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist how much can be learned to nourish their child while lowering stress and anxiety over feeding!

  • This was a lot of bluff. I get the idea and what she’s saying but did not provide any other way of thinking. Wanting a biscuit and instead eating it with fruit or yogurt is contradicting the message. Your body is craving the biscuit eat that. If there’s no good or bad foods you shouldn’t have to eat the fruit and yogurt. Also if your body is “exhausted”, you shouldn’t go on a walk instead of a run. You should take a nap and relax. Headed in the right direction with this video but not quite there yet

  • I have developed this within the last three months, I won’t eat food. I won’t. I will chew and spit. Everyone has been commenting on my weight loss and it just makes me feel worse. I feel like the worst person in the world I will lie to my partner and say yes I have eaten and when I look at my son I feel all the worlds of bad. It started when my partner told me I eat all the food then when I asked if I look better thinner and he said yes, all is my fault for asking. But it got bad when I was told by someone that I don’t deserve anything in my head that means everything, I just am to embarrassed to go and ask for help, I’ve seen myself in my dreams months on and I’m frail. My dreams scare me so badly, I have no idea how to change this

  • If you believe you’re descending from apes. You can’t shouldn’t trust that voice in your head, cause at the end of the day were only selfish animals, how can one trust something that has no morals, were animalsst the top of the food chain…
    Thanks YESHUA put right and wrong in your hearts and minds. I have to say the truth is buried under tons and tons of lies.We are more than animals.
    IMO, the world’s insane and with will get worse, man can’t save from itself, man will can’t stop itself because of the fall. We have no excuses GOD left us Creation, the Scriptures (written by the prophets guided by the Holy Spirit, plus Yeshua defeat death) Look at arqueology, everyday the Scriptures are telling us they are very real. Mi consciousness can’t deny Creation
      But if you want facts DNA �� CODE �� INFORMATION �� LANGUAGE �� MIND �� CREATION
      If you want to believe that we come from a rock. Let me ask this first? what did come first the heart or the brain? The circulation of the blood, or maybe the wonder of the eye? Maybe it was the bones… Ok, the capacity to hear, the genitalia or the capacity to reproduce.? Use your head, we are the ghost in the machine, were made with free will and everything was there for us to enjoy, It really makes me wonder… I know scientists work toget some ideologies.but its all theories, some crazier than others. But at the end of the day it’s just another religion they can’t get out and its SCIENTISM…They only hang to that because of fundings; you know to keep their jobs. If one think things through Jesuits created Universities only to deny GOD’S CREATION. THEY KEEP funding the satanic lunacy, only because they are psicos. You should read the Jesuits oath… They infiltrated anything. its not a coincidence that the actual Pope is a Jesuit. We don’t fight flesh and bones, it principalities in high places, rulers of darkness. The gig is up, just because ligth sees everything in the dark, they already lost, I know this sounds crazy that why this world is lies in the power of the wicked. They don’t want to go down alone if one’s not born again. Into this world walking in justice, love and truth the accuser already has you. The snake,,is very wise. Don’t be fooled from nothing nothing comes and nothing can do nothing.

  • maybe a healthy relationship with food means recognizing that it’s not that big a part of your life? I mean you might spend idk 90 minutes a day prepping and eating food plus going to the bathroom which is consequence of eating. but that’s only 1/16th of your day (if i did my math right)

  • I never think ABT food. Very busy. Had eating disorder for 20 years. Is tht normal? Keep hearing ABT food obsession in eating disorders..? Am more work gym errends study more work. Cleaning obsessed. Workaholic. Is tht part of the disorder? I forget to eat alot. Work 12 hours days with 30 minutes to eat. Eat whatever. All over the place. I just feel like a proper diet is one more work related thing to do.

  • Its hard to think: I can only eat green veggies from now on in two weeks. Your will probably crash… and beanch even harder then you did before. Try instead to think like this: Can i Eat Veggies atleast on one meal per day for the rest of my life? Think longterm. Wich you good luck. I struggle too with binge eating but i getting at it.

  • “plant based diets improve vitality” HA! how long have people been using plant based diets? certainly not long enough to do studies on vitality.

  • I remember eating two big bowls of cereal in the morning following with eggs beans cheese, one time I ate a entire bowl of Ice cream and I didnt Care I was actually a really happy girl growing up in a blink of an eye im 5’2 weighting 80 lbs fearing Foods its honestly consuming I wish a healthy relationship with food and be happy again

  • Wait a minute.. 1:14 I realise tht ted talks provide these teleprompters for short notes.. Ohh now i know how these public speakers are able to speak so smoothly without stuttering sometimes.

  • Here we go again all this people who give speeches all have an agenda I don’t want a plant based diet I’m very fit and I eat meat.

  • This is the best use of 17 minutes that I can find, listening to Jill Castle talk about feeding kids! It’s so true that we work very hard to teach our children to read and yet may not know how to feed our kids’ developing bodies and minds. I am a Registered Dietitian too, and I have had problems with feeding children as well. We all do. Thank you for sharing this, Jill…

  • update: I have lost 43 lbs! This talk helped me so much.
    I watched this while doing cardio this morning. I was a binge eater from when I was a child until this year. I broke the chain but I still battle with food.
    It took my doctor telling me that because of my weight, I have a very large amount of estrogen in my body. It took him saying “you ARE going to get cancer. You ARE going to get blood clots.” Not could, might, potentially. But he said I AM going to get those things.
    That’s what it took for me. If you are reading this and need to change your relationship with food, don’t let it get to this point. I started eating healthy and battled for days to teach myself to eat when I was hungry. 10 days and I’ve lost 7 lbs. you can do it.

  • She has the right idea the tricky part is me implementing it.

    I was slim but got there and stayed there by eating a lot less, moving a lot and having cycles of eating guilty things then superstrict.
    When I moved far from home to go university and food was money and I had no car and rarely found it economically smart to take a bus etc.

    Still back then trying this and that with shakes and pills to add a burn. I stayed there by constantly being my own bully and eventually when other things in life crashed I more and more let go of restrictions, felt free and a little happier…
    Until I packed on weight and haven’t gotten back down to slim for years.

  • You must have the Holy Spirit living in you to give you wisdom. That should be the small voice you can listen to and trust all your life. Your body is the Temple of God if you are a believer. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, then that small voice is from Satan.

  • Don’t say it! Please don’t say it? Oh dear she said it… “everything in moderation” to me the most crushing and psychologically harmful 3 words that exist in the English language. Oh well, on to the next one.

  • I kinda think she could have said more. For breakfast I had an egg in a wrap with cheese. Some watermelon and an apple. And I don’t know if i’m doing the right things. I talked to a dietitian who said I needed protein in my morning meal. So I’ve been eating an egg or two for breakfast with toast or a wrap and a piece of fruit. I’m so confused about what I’m doing. I have a hard time controlling what I eat. but I read in the joyce meyers devo the other day. treat your body well. be careful not to put junk in your body. I’ve been praying to lose weight or not to gain anymore. I hope God answers my pray.

  • This video spoke to me so much almost made me cry �� eating disorders are soo horrible �� Im trying to have a good relationship with food and change my life for good but its very hard!

  • It took me 24 years to learn how to be kind to my body. Throughout the years I would go through phases of crash diets and then the polar opposite. I was so addicted to carbs and sugars. Two months ago I found the strength to eat right and work out. This has been the hardest obstacle in my life and I am finally becoming the person I want to be. Sending nothing but love to those struggling.

  • Beautifully said. I am starting to follow this recently after getting too skinny and overweight my whole life so far. But what I struggle with is people committing or making fun of me when I m struggling to loose or gain weight.