I have always been passionate about food for children and ensuring that it's both delicious and balanced. What I realised was that knowing what to eat was not the challenge. Most parents are aware what to serve, it's the how to get the children eating it that is not simple.
Initially I looked for someone I could refer parents to. Then I realised that there was just not an established network of support for parents struggling to feed their children.
More disturbing there was 1) lots of conflicting information about how to support picky eaters and 2) a culture that minimised the importance of resolving eating issues.
What I have learned is that picky eating can be a soul destroying problem. It is something that we have to face 5x per day, 7 days per week and it disrupts family dynamics in a host of negative ways.
Mums especially are impacted. We are hard-wired to feed our children and feed them well. When this doesn't seem possible it affects us emotionally.
So I set out to educate myself and understand how we can make the changes to our child's diet and do it gently. How we can make food rock for children who don't find food exciting and how we can do all of this with limited time and energy.
I also spent a lot of time cooking with children who had a very difficult time eating anything new and observing how they approached food. Through this I Iearned what supported them to take new steps.
My focus is now solely on supporting families to resolve picky eating issues.
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.