6 Tips for feeding your 2-3 year old

6 Tips for feeding your 2-3 year old

2 and 3 year olds can be difficult (but man are they cute). One minute they’re smiling and hugging you and telling you how much they love you and the next, they’re screaming at the top of their lungs at the public library because you told them it was time to go (after you warned them 8 times).

So many emotions, so little self-control and a whole lot of developmental milestones make this stage of life interesting to say the least. You’ve got your hands full parenting toddlers, feeding your littles doesn’t need to add to the overwhelm.

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5 tips for creating a positive food culture in your home

5 tips for creating a positive food culture in your home

My husband and I love watching food documentaries, particularly the ones where they travel to other countries and explore different cuisines. We recently watched Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and it reminded me of the feeling I used to get every time we’d watch Anthony Bordaine’s show.

Call it nostalgia or whatever you want, but I’ve always felt a little sad that I don’t live in a different country or another time with a distinct food culture.

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Shifting your perspective on rest for better health

Shifting your perspective on rest for better health

Nourish your body with food and water, move joyfully and appropriately, manage stress, and rest. These are the four basic tenets of any preventative health regimen or recovery plan.

Yet the majority of health professionals and mainstream media focus on the first two principles and neglects the last two, with the exception of sleep, of course.

But there’s a reason I didn’t name sleep as the fourth tenet of health and opted for “rest” instead.

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How Gratitude changes our relationship with food and everything else

How Gratitude changes our relationship with food and everything else

I have a somewhat embarrassing story to share. I vacillated back and forth, deciding whether or not to share this portion of my life on the world wide web, but alas, I’m doing it.

At my core, I believe that even painful, awkward and embarrassing situations have redemption in them. And where there is redemption, there is something to share. Some of our most unsavory moments can become a platform for encouraging others. So here goes.

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Satisfying Food

Satisfying Food

Principle number 6 of Intuitive Eating is one of my absolute favorites. Have I said that before? Maybe about every single other principle? Oh well, it’s awesome, and important, and life-changing, and all the things.

The sixth principle of Intuitive Eating is “Discover the Satisfaction Factor,” and the authors sum it up like this:

The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living. In our fury to be thin and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence—the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to decide you’ve had “enough.”

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A Day in the Life of a Hungry Pregnant lady

A Day in the Life of a Hungry Pregnant lady

I have never done one of these posts, but after asking you guys if you found “what I ate in a day and why” posts helpful, and reading the overwhelming “Yes” responses, I decided to do one: pregnancy edition.

Of course before I go on, here’s my shpeel about these types of posts:

One: what I eat (the foods and amounts) change from day to day based on my hunger, fullness, activity levels, cravings and environment. This day is ONE day only, and as I fully embrace intuitive eating, I have no set meal plan or regimen that I follow every single day.

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Being Full is a Good Thing

Being Full is a Good Thing

we’re FINALLY continuing with the Intuitive Eating (IE) and Scripture Series picking up with the fifth principle of Intuitive Eating: Respect Your Fullness. Let’s jump right in.

The authors of Intuitive Eating write this about the fifth principle:

“ Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of a meal or food and ask yourself how the food tastes and what is your current fullness level.

Sounds simple enough eh? Yet there are a lot of things that have to happen before this becomes easy or even possible to execute.

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No more food shame

No more food shame

This is the fourth principle in the IE + Scripture Series and if you read Monday’s post, you’ll know this is one of my favorite Intuitive Eating principles. The gospel has SO much to say on the topic.

So without further ado, the fourth principle of Intuitive Eating is “Challenge the Food Police”

The authors of the book write this about the third principle:

Scream a loud “NO” to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating minimal calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor unreasonable rules that dieting has created. The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.

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All Foods Are Clean

All Foods Are Clean

Ever been around a toddler? Or better yet, tried telling them what they should or shouldn’t do?

We have a running joke in our house. It goes like this, If I tell my 2 year old to go to the bathroom he 100% of the time stubbornly tells me, “I don’t want to go to the bathroom.” Even if he clearly needs to pee. But then my husband or my father-in-law chime in, telling him “Judah can’t go Mom, but I’ll go.” Instantly my son rises up and runs with vengeance to the bathroom screaming, “No, I’ll go potty.”

We attribute this little happening to reverse psychology, but the same principle is also called a paradoxical injunction in psychology and restriction mindset in intuitive eating.

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