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SIMPLE changes to raise intuitive eaters w/ nutritionist Lyndi Cohen
Raising intuitive eaters with nutritionist Lyndi Cohen
Lyndi Cohen (@nude_nutritionist) on Instagram is a Dietitian and Nutritionist. Lyndi believes the best way to feel better is by forgetting dieting and weigh ins, but instead implementing real sustainable change to FEEL better. She walked me through different ways to raise intuitive eaters, body confident kids and children who have a healthy relationship with food! Spoiler: it starts with us, we do the work, our children reap the benefits (and so do we).
SIMPLE changes we can make to raise more intuitive eaters:
- How to raise body confident kids: The first thing we need to do when approaching how to raise our children to be body confident and intuitive eaters is to understand our own struggles and thoughts around food.
- How to talk to kids about food: We need to do so without judgement. Simply place (a few) food options on their plate and let them go for it. Include “deserts” occasionally along side veggies and fruits. Don’t comment on “try this broccoli I actually think you’ll like it” or “not too much of the cake”. Let them eat what they want without judgement and let their bodies decide. Also, it's important to listen to them when they say they’re done eating. Respecting their ability to decide will help them trust their feelings.
- How to talk to kids about their bodies: Remind them that there is so much more to them than their bodies and how they look. Compliment them on their bravery, determination, honesty, creativity, etc. instead of “how cute they look”. Also, be very aware of how we comment (and judge) ourselves out loud, comment and judge people walking by, the newscaster’s on tv, etc. We are teaching them what is okay and normal just by what we say about ourselves and others.
- How we can model good behavior with healthy food and self talk: Commenting on how things make us FEEL. “I feel so strong when I workout” or “I love how my tummy feels when I eat my veggies” or “my tummy hurts a little because I ate too much”.
- New postpartum bodies can be tough for many of us, how can we reframe the “bounce back” culture? Trust your hunger (and thirst) when you’re breastfeeding and eat when you feel hungry. Move your body when your body is stiff and needs to be moved. Eat the foods you crave. And after you are healed, slowly add in foods and movements that you love to eat and that make you FEEL good and just keep doing it. A small change is sustainable.
She made an app every mom needs, here's why.
If you vibe with Lyndi's message (how can you not?!)
She created an app Back to Basics to help with this. Here are three reasons why every mom needs this app:
- The recipes are 20 min OR LESS for prep time!
- There is a shopping functionality so it will add all the ingredients to your online order to make it SIMPLE.
- The pregnancy workouts are tailored to each trimester so you know what you’re doing is safe!
- Bonus: the first week is free.
I hope you loved all the amazing knowledge & tips Lyndi shared. If you did, please subscribe to the podcast and comment any other tips you have or any guests you'd like to hear on the pod!
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