How to Create a Stress-Free Eating Experience with Your Kids with Jessica Gust
Jessica Gust, MS, RDN is a pediatric dietician located in Arroyo Grande, CA.
Through her private practice and online program, she helps parents nourish their kids so they can grow into healthy eaters for life.
She specializes in starting solids, picky eating, general health and nutrition for kids and developing a healthy relationship with food.
Jessica is also a consultant for pediatric-focused food companies, a writer/blogger and has been featured and interviewed for several major online publications.
The Unspoken Topic
- Feeding your child is not about the food. It’s a small component, but it’s about the interaction and the relationship around the food. And the environment you create around the experience.
What We Cover
- Jessica shares how you might unknowingly be sabotaging your best efforts by some of the actions and things you say to your child.
- She gives great tips on meal schedules and generally how to create each meal- without pressure or strike rules.
- Jessica gives permission to the child to be a child and breaks up the responsibility of who’s responsible for what.
Take a Listen >>
- When step back and see that mealtime is about the experience and not about the food, it takes the charge from whether or not your child will eat anything.
- We bring our own childhood experience with food into how we feed our children, and so if it wasn’t ideal, it can negatively impact our children’s experience.
- Always remember that you’re just doing your best and that your best comes out of love. It’s all just a part of the parenting process.
- Offer dessert regularly so you keep it on the same playing field as vegetables.
How to Remove Pressure From The Dinner Table
- Sit quietly and reflect on the past and see what comes that can be contributing to how you’re acting with your kids around food.
- Accept it and leave that behind you.
- Now think about what kind of experience you want to create with your children and move towards that.
- Remember that you are only responsible of providing nutritious foods at the times you choose. Your children are responsible for how much they eat.
What You’re Doing Differently Than Your Parents
Her parents used to force her to eat green beans and til this day, cannot stomach them. So she doesn’t force her kids to eat any food they don’t want to.
Most Excited About
- She is so excited about having her parents visiting for a couple of months!
Jessica’s Gift For You
How amazing is Jessica’s guide to help with taking the pressure off at meal times.
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- What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is always learning and to enjoy the moment but also survive.
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