Eating Behavior Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Line drawing of an elephant

    Down the Rabbit Hole

    I am fond of prefacing conversations about eating disorders with: “If, everything you know about eating disorders you learned from an ABC Afterschool Special or Lifetime TV movie, you don’t know anything.” A frightening aspect of this disease is that most people—including doctors and other clinicians—wrongly assume full authority on the topic. Many people don’t […]

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  • Smiling teenage girl on a beach

    When Choice Isn’t A Choice

    Long before I knew the term “disordered eating,” I knew its environment. My stunningly beautiful mother maintained her perfectly-proportioned, svelte figure with Carnation Instant Breakfast, cigarettes for hunger control during the day and an enormous, home-cooked, delicious meat, potatoes, salad and vegetable dinner every night. Sweets and sugar were forbidden, but sour cream was encouraged—low-fat, […]

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  • No Nag Nutrition

    No Nag Nutrition

    Nagging seems to be the unavoidable side effect of having kids. I’m sad to admit that there are days where I don’t want to be around myself, either. It’s no shock, our kids tunes us out when we nag, and not just because they want to avoid chores. But, when it comes to nutrition, we […]

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  • Picky Eating at Dinner

    Picky Eating at Dinner

    As a feeding therapist, I work closely with the parents of picky eaters.  Parents are often stressed and have tried everything in their power to get their kids to eat nutritious foods.  When I ask a mom or a dad what they ultimately want out of therapy, they typically respond “I just want to enjoy […]

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  • Picky Eating in the School Cafeteria

    Picky Eating in the School Cafeteria

    Most parents tell me that their elementary school child has 20 to 25 minutes to enter the school cafeteria,  search for his lunchbox buried in a portable tub, find a place to sit, open all the containers, eat (oh, right, eat), then clean and pack up before the bell rings.  In an effort to ensure […]

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  • Picky Eating at Lunch

    Picky Eating at Lunch

    The following is #3 in a 5 part series on helping children become more adventurous eaters. Parents tell me that lunch is typically the best meal of the day for picky eaters – meaning they’ll eat “something”. Often that’s because 1) They skipped breakfast and are starving; 2) They get the same foods every day […]

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  • Strategies to Support Picky Eaters BEFORE your Holiday Meal

    Strategies to Support Picky Eaters BEFORE your Holiday Meal

    Stress, panic and fear…the holidays are here! The next two months are usually the most stressful for parents of children with picky eating habits. Tensions are oftentimes high during this season and dining in the homes of extended family members can make a parent feel like they have to hover over their child’s every move […]

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  • Picky Parents. What to do if YOU are the Picky Eater in the Family

    Picky Parents. What to do if YOU are the Picky Eater in the Family

    As parents there are so many things we want to pass on to our children.  Being a picky eater is definitely NOT one of those things.

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  • Strategies for Countering Texture Issues

    Strategies for Countering Texture Issues

    Texture was an unexpected learning for me. When I look back on the whole of Battle Orange, the number of recipes and the lengths I went to, I have to shake my head and sigh. One recipe solved the whole thing. One.

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  • Food Fight! Dealing With Control Issues at the Table

    Food Fight! Dealing With Control Issues at the Table

    We’ve all had those days, right? The ones where our little one is on a mission to battle us on everything from wearing bunny slippers instead of shoes, shorts in winter, this toy instead of that one, getting in the car seat … right up to what’s for lunch. The whole time, shouting a resounding […]

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