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We decided it would be fun & interesting to interview our kids so we sat down with 4 daughters, ranging from age 10-16. We heard about the kind of food & body messages they hear at home, and how these messages differ from what they hear among friends, and generally in the world. Some key takeaways: There is no "good" food or "bad" food, food is jus…
 
Anna Mackay & Anna Lutz chat with U.K. based personal trainer and PhD researcher Jake Gifford about his research and his transition from being a weight-normative personal trainer (emphasis on weight & weight loss) to a weight-inclusive personal trainer (emphasis on the many variables that influence health, other than weight). We also discuss: The m…
 
Elizabeth Davenport and Anna Mackay sit down with Sarah Ganginis, a non-diet dietitian who takes a weight-inclusive approach to nutrition and health. In addition to seeing adults and children in her private practice, Sarah has dedicated much of her time advocating for change in the school nutrition and health curriculums in the state of Maryland. W…
 
This week we sat down with author, school consultant, speaker, and educator Ana Homayoun to talk about social media wellness. We chat about Ana's latest book Social Media Wellness and her framework for how families can approach social media in their lives. Ana has many years of experience working directly with teens and has seen how social media ha…
 
An interview with journalist and registered dietitian-to-be, Christine Byrne. She writes about food, nutrition and physical activity with an anti-diet, Health At Every Size®, body positive, Intuitive Eating perspective. We touch on lots of topics including: Her path from line cook in a restaurant to a graduate student in the Masters of Public Healt…
 
Anna, Elizabeth & Anna have a loose chat about pantries, cooking and meal planning, with lots of laughs thrown in. We talk about all sorts of kitchen & food-related things, including: Why meal planning doesn’t have to be rigid and grounded in diet culture How Covid-19 has affected our meal planning & cooking Pantry items we keep on-hand Our go-to m…
 
Anna Lutz and Anna Mackay sit down with Katherine Zavodni to talk about: Typical weight gain and body composition changes during puberty The age ranges of typical development How parents can talk to children in a positive way about body changes How diet culture affects how parents and children's think about and talk about puberty Links and Resource…
 
In the final episode of our 5-part series on raising competent eaters we talk about: The myth that eating sugary food causes hyperactivity (aka a sugar rush) What’s up with pre-teen weight gain The negative influence of social media “fitspo” (#fitspo or #fitspiration) accounts Navigating a kid wanting to become a vegetarian or a vegan Links: Why it…
 
In the fourth episode of our 5-part series on raising competent eaters we talk about: Fueling young athletes, from beginner to elite Fostering a healthy relationship with movement Importance of adequacy and consistency Sports coaches handing out nutrition advice - is it appropriate? How rigid meal planning can backfire Red flags to watch out for in…
 
In the third episode of our 5-part series on raising competent eaters we talk about: How negative body talk impacts children Strategies to neutralize negative body talk Body hate vs. body acceptance vs. body positivity How parents can manage potentially harmful body talk in pediatric visits or nurses offices Growth charts, BMI & why its not helpful…
 
In the second episode of our 5-part series on raising competent eaters we talk about: Raising a competent eater vs. an intuitive eater What happens when parents micromanage their child's food The concept of nutritional ‘scaffolding’ Red flags to look out for, particularly for pre-teens & teens Problematic terminology such as “healthy food vs. junk”…
 
In the first episode of our 5-part series on raising competent eaters we talk about the ways in which our food environment growing up affects the way we feed our children; diet culture and how it influences the way we eat and feed our families; Ellyn Satter’s ‘Division of Responsibility’; what happens when we pressure children to eat certain foods …
 
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