We have a full page spread in the local paper about the official launch of Creating Confident Eaters - THE guide for picky eaters.
Click on the link to forward to the correct article!
Photo credit - Brian Sheppard Photography
For those of you in the Wellington region I'll be running a special workshop on Thu 29th Aug.
Join me for a jam-packed hour focused on supporting our child to eat more confidently. We'll look at:
- how we can make a difference
- trying foods
- offering new foods
- using simple strategies to make progress
If you have children 2 - 12 who are struggling to eat variety this is for you.
If you have a toddler who is hitting that fussy phase or you'd like to know how to support them through it - this is for you.
Please feel free to share. Please register soon as the last workshop sold out.
Details on the flyer.
One of the biggest hurdles to moving forwards when we have a picky eater, is getting new foods tried and added to the menu.
We serve the same foods week in, week out and nothing we try outside of those seems to stick.
We can be one of the "lucky" parents where our child will actually try the foods before deeming them not acceptable. Or, we may be one of the families where no new foods should ever be considered!
One of the most commonly asked questions is how do we add foods to a child's menu. Especially the 99% of parents who I speak to who tell me that their child is so stubborn :)
This is not a simple answer to give, I'm afraid. If it could be distilled into 3 sentences I would be a gazzillionaire! Unfortunately, it's a whole combination of actions, strategies and approaches that over time make a difference.
On Friday night we hosted a big launch party for the guide.
It was fabulous to see so many people turn up to help us celebrate. I was delighted to meet some of the parents from the newsletter who came along too. It's lovely to put faces to names!
Jill Day, the Deputy Mayor of Wellington attended. It was so kind to have her take time out of a manic schedule pre-election to spend time with us. She also admitted she was very picky as a child. It has given her a really good understanding of how challenging the whole feeding situation can be. She took away a copy of the guide so I'll follow up for her thoughts.
Greg O'Connor our local MP also came along to show support. Knowing we are part of a greater community is a warming feeling.
Vibeke, the illustrator, is multi-talented and makes cakes on the side. I had to include a photo of the extreme cake she whipped up for the occasion. Wow, it was AMAZING! Everything aside from the gold paper is edible.
Stephane, from Cafe Breton in the city came out and worked madly creating made-to-order galettes and crepes with a variety of fillings. Luckily I managed to squeeze one in right at the end of the night :)
A big thanks to all who attended and those who sent flowers, cards and best wishes.
One of the lovely ladies from the Facebook page kindly donated her copy of Creating Confident Eaters.
Once she'd read it and digested the information I received it back and have gifted it to an organisation that works with home and foster carers.
It was a super nice thing to do and I'm sure will be much appreciated by it's new family.
It was a lovely gesture and we matched it with a guide for the organisation, to use as a resource for their families.
I'm not sure why I haven't written about this before, as it's something I speak to parents about pretty much daily. My bad, but here it is - better late than never!
As parents we often approach food in one way and our fussy eaters approach it in another.
Almost always there is a huge disconnect between how we're looking at things and how our child is. This generates a lot of unnecessary confusion and frustration.
Let's look at an example:
We serve our child a strawberry frozen yoghurt. They love strawberry ice cream so we're sure they will also love this (although we know from experience that because it's new they will probably say no anyway)
I worked with a lovely couple over the weekend. They have a 5 y.o. daughter Rose* who eats no fruit or veg aside from specific purees from a sachet.
We looked at a few strategies from the guide for picky eaters, Creating Confident Eaters, that may support Rose to gently expand what she was eating.
Sunday morning breakfast was such a lot of fun for the whole family. Rose's older brother loved the new approach and in turn Rose got caught up in the fun.
This is what we are looking for. Fun, relaxed meals. An approach to food that elicits delight rather than fear. A family meal that has everyone smiling.
Often when we have a selective eater all joy goes out the window - for everyone. My goal is to help all families get that pleasure back. The more we enjoy eating the more likely we are to tackle the challenging.
Rose's mum then organised to bake some muffins. They were going to use one of Rose's fruit sachets in the baking and were looking at videos that gave them recipe ideas.
Rose continued watching and saw that the next video mentioned grated beetroot in the muffin and asked could they try this next time.
Now you may be thinking that your child would NEVER volunteer to do this. Rose's parents would have bet the house on it too!
Our approach can have an enormous impact on how our child is able to operate around food. We often feel helpless, and yet we have so much positive power.
Rose may yet bottle out of adding the beetroot but starting the conversation is a big step in the right direction.
Small amounts. Tiny, teeny, itty microscopic little bits are what we would be adding too!
*(story told with permission, name changed for privacy)
We are very pleased to announce that Marsden Books in Karori is now stocking Creating Confident Eaters, the Guide for parents of picky eaters.
If you would like to go along and have a look at the guide and are based in the Wellington area, this is the perfect opportunity.
We are happy to speak to other retailers wishing to stock the guide.
Do you want to know:
- how to get your child trying new foods?
- how to support your child to add variety to their diet?
- tonnes of inspiration for changing up meals?
- how to approach new foods for best chance of success?
Then Creating Confident Eaters is for you.
We have dubbed it a guide rather than a book as it is specifically designed for time poor, often stressed out parents, and gives families the support they need to understand how to gently add new foods to a child's diet.
It's the strategies I have used in working with 100+ families per year who have fussy eaters (often with very extreme issues).
The guide is practical, easy to follow and provides parents with very simple steps to get from where they are now to a place where new foods are a reality.
Even the most selective of eaters respond positively to the strategies employed in the guide and it's perfect too for negotiating those toddler fussies.
The book is aimed at children 2 -12 and doesn't tell you what to feed your child but goes into the detail of how to support them to eat new foods.
At only $ 39.00 + $ 5.00 postage & handling anywhere in NZ ($ 50.00 delivered to Aus) it's a steal.
This limited edition first print is selling fast. To order: https://www.theconfidenteater.com/creating-confident-eaters…
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.