As parents, it is our job to ground our children in a strong counter narrative: gaining weight is a normal part of growing up and being a human; kids’ bodies and adults’ bodies come in all different shapes and sizes, none inherently more valuable than the other; and our value as people does not depend on beauty, size, or health.
It’s commonly known that exercise is good for us. It’s not so commonly talked about that exercise can be a source of shame and guilt for our bodies, especially for women.
It’s important to understand that picky eating is normal for young children. A child may eat a whole lot of one food one day, and the next day they are all about another food. Children use intuition to pick the foods that they are going to eat. Maggie explains this using research and how to minimize the eating struggles.
Through her work as a Dietician, Anna Lutz was introduced to the concept of Intuitive Eating. This approach has gained traction over the past couple of years. Anna provides an introduction to the principles of Intuitive Eating and the need to change our culture around how we eat.