Episode 234: Making Mealtime Fun (Even for Picky Eaters) with Danielle Bins, Certified Nutritionist

In this episode, Dr. Lisa discusses the best strategies to manage picky eating in your kids with Picky Eating Expert Danielle Binns. While there are many reasons why kids can steer away from certain foods, even the picky eaters can learn to expand their food choices. Listen in to learn what you can do (and what not to do) to make meal time less stressful!

Danielle Binns is a Certified Nutritionist, Picky Eating Expert, and more importantly, a mom of three who gets it. Danielle experienced the struggles around trying to feed her family first-hand. Her first daughter was an extremely picky eater,  labeled ‘failure to thrive’, and mealtimes were beyond stressful.  After endless research, and acquiring Certifications in picky eating, Danielle transformed her daughter into one of the most adventurous kids at the table. 

She made all the mistakes at meals and is now on a mission to show other parents that there’s a better way to raise healthy eaters. Over the past decade, Danielle has helped thousands of parents around the world achieve stress-free meals via her step-by-step online programs (Raising Adventurous Eaters, Picky Eater Protocol) and private coaching (Thrive Program).  She also makes food exploration fun with her revolutionary mealtime tools (Curious Cookie).  

Danielle educates and inspires families while speaking at global paediatric conventions, consulting Montessori schools, and running eye-opening workshops for parenting communities. She is a trusted resource for media outlets like CTV News and has been featured on various podcasts.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How to know where your kids fall on the spectrum of picky eating
  • The importance of setting up your eating environment and schedule for success
  • How to deal with food jags or when your kids reject food they have eaten before
  • The importance of increasing enjoyment and reducing stress, frustration and pressure during mealtimes
  • How you can make mealtime fun and foster your kids’ healthy relationship with food

Connect with Danielle on Instagram and Facebook 

Find out more about the Picky Eater Protocol and the Curious Cookie cards and placemat at https://daniellebinns.com/

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of her air fryer for making easy meals and reheating leftovers.

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Episode 84: Overcoming Your Child’s Picky Eating Challenges with Rebecca Oliver

In this episode, Dr. Lisa chats with holistic nutritionist, Rebecca Oliver, about how to: set up a system to ensure your kids are in tune with their nutritional needs; make meal-time fun and stress-free; and, to get those picky eaters to want to try new foods. Rebecca explains: why using bribery, pressure, and distraction doesn’t work in the long-term and how: the division of responsibility, the words you are choosing and exposure are all effective strategies to get your little ones to have more variety in their diet.

Rebecca Oliver is a mama of two and a kids yoga instructor, as well as founder of the Picky Eater Solution program. She provides an online virtual coaching course that helps to guide parents and caregivers to transform their fussy eaters to adventurous eaters without using the common tricks and gimmicks like pressure, bribing or distractions. Most importantly, she helps families create a healthy foundation for a positive relationship with food. She believes that there is a way to teach children how to like new foods and that with proper exposure and the right environment, children will thrive! 

In this episode, we cover:

  • How parents get stuck without the tools and resources to guide their kids through picky eater behaviour
  • Common strategies that you might use to get your kids to eat, such as
    • Pressure to eat another bite
    • Bribing
    • Distracting with a screen
    • Sneaking vegetables in food
  • How common tactics can cause stress in parents and can set your kids up with an unhealthy relationship with food
  • The importance of getting your kids relaxed and comfortable with eating and trying new foods
  • The division of responsibility for your meal times
    • Parent: what, when, where
    • Child: how much and to eat or not
  • How to take the cookie off the pedestal 
  • The importance of language, exposure and presenting new food with different sized spoons for your kids to serve themselves
  • How to get your kids involved in making healthy snacks
  • Quick healthy breakfast ideas your kids will love
  • The importance of letting go of expectations and using family meal time as a learning opportunity for your kids
  • The keys to having a battle free meal time
    • Learn the triggers to your kids’ resistance to food
    • Create excitement and giving your kids choices around meal time
    • Create a routine around meal time to make new the new norm

Connect with Rebecca via email at: rebecca@pickyeatersolution.com 

To learn more, you can register for the Picky Eater Masterclass. In this 40 minute training, you can discover the 3-step system that turns picky eaters into adventurous eaters without pressure, bribing or distractions. Register here:  https://www.pickyeatersolution.com/registration

Follow Rebecca on Instagram @pickyeatersolution

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Rebecca uses the herb ashwagandha regularly for coping with stress and her overall well-being.

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of summer smoothies with frozen cauliflower, collagen and macadamia milk. 

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