I began working with families with a fussy eater from a background working with parents and children around food and healthy choices.
There is a big emphasis in society on “feeding”. Making sure children get enough food and this translates to individual families where we’re often conscious of how much our child is eating.
A few weeks ago I was talking to Julia Milne, who runs an amazing program at one of the local schools where the children grow their own veg and then cook. The project grew from one school to a whole community enterprise where now they are producing enough to feed 5 schools.
Although many of the children who are being fed would normally be short of volume, the emphasis is not on “feeding”, it’s on nourishing.
The word has been running around in my head for the last few weeks as it’s very much my ethos. The food we eat is about more than the calories ingested and it’s one of the principal reasons I love working with families where food is challenging.
My goal is for every child to be able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear. It’s also about enabling parents to get the support they so often need in the food sphere.
But, probably as important is that children are nourished. That they are able to eat the foods that supercharge the body, enable them to grow and flourish. I know this is often the biggest worry for parents of a picky eater. They have a child that is living on a really narrow range of foods and many of them are not ones we’d pick as health foods.
Part of my skill set is eeking the most nutrients out of the narrowest of diets and I love sharing this with families I work with.
As a Christmas present to everyone I will be running a very special Advent Calendar starting on 1st Dec. Every day we will have a door to open and behind it tips, tricks and paths to better eating. I will also be looking for ways to boost nutrients, even in very limited diets.
Keep your eyes peeled for the special, numbered doors!