I get a lot of questions from parents about how to deal with their picky eating kids. “Little Johnny won’t eat his veggies!”, they proclaim, “he’s so picky!”; or, “Little Sally doesn’t like ANYTHING!”. On seeing their plate, the toddler cries “I don’t like it” or “don’t want it”, though they haven’t even eaten the food but simply the sight of it is offensive enough to deem it unacceptable. And so begins the battle of wills between parents and child, and in the end, no one wins.
When you’re creating a meal plan, most people start with “what am I going to cook this week”, or “what recipes do I want to make”.
If this is you, YOU’RE DOING IT BACKWARDS!
Lots of folks fall into the trap of starting their meal planning process by thinking about what they’re going to make this week or what their family wants to eat. This is an important step, but this is actually one of the LAST steps!
This time of year, meal planning is top of mind for many people looking to “get back on track”, “eat healthier”, or achieve other nutrition and health goals. Most of us know the many benefits of meal planning – it can save us time, money, stress, and help us to eat in a more balanced way! And yet, many of us struggle with this important task. It’s tedious and time consuming, it’s hard to come up with new and exciting recipes, managing family members’ preferences and picky eaters is difficult, maybe you just don’t really know where to start! Continue reading “Meal Planning Basics – What’s your Style?”
Muffins can be a great choice for part of your breakfast, lunchbox, or a snack, but the kind that you get at the grocery store or coffee shop are usually just “meh”. They look way better than they taste, cost way more money than they’re worth, and usually don’t pack much in the nutrition department. That’s why I love making my own! Continue reading “Apple, Carrot and Coconut Muffins (aka Sunrise Muffins)”
Once upon a time, I worked at Weight Watchers as a meeting leader. I facilitated weekly meetings and taught people how to count their points, choose these foods over those, and watch the weight fall off with diet and lifestyle changes. I truly did believe in the program, and my personal experience with them was positive – as far as weight loss programs go, it remains one of the few that I feel to be evidence based and not fear mongering. But make no mistake, it is a WEIGHT LOSS program, not a weight management program, not a behaviour change program, and not an intuitive eating/HAES program like Oprah and it’s name change to remove the word “weight” would have you believe.