Exam Room Nutrition: Where Busy Clinicians Learn About Nutrition

37 | From Yuck to Yum! Strategies to Conquer Picky Eating

February 13, 2024 Colleen Sloan, PA-C, RDN Episode 33
Exam Room Nutrition: Where Busy Clinicians Learn About Nutrition
37 | From Yuck to Yum! Strategies to Conquer Picky Eating
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Show Notes

Do parents ask you for advice for their picky eater? Do your patients say "yuck, I don't like that" when you suggest they try some broccoli? How would you answer a mom who says, "my child only eats 10 foods, what do I do?"  In this episode, Registered Dietitian, Veronica LaMarca, joins Colleen to discuss practical solutions for 5 of the most common nutrition challenges faced by parents and pediatricians dealing with picky eaters.

Key Takeaways:

  • Responding to "Yuck": Discover effective ways for parents to respond when their child rejects a food with "yuck" and learn how to encourage food exploration.
  • How to solve brand preference:  Learn how to gradually expand the child's food preferences through food chaining by making small changes to familiar foods.
  • What to do when a child only eats 5-10 foods: Learn how to increase variety in a child's diet without pressuring or bribing.
  • Family Meals and Environment: Understand the importance of family meals and creating a positive mealtime environment to promote healthy eating habits.
  • What to do if a child refuses meat: Learn to reassure parents that kids need less protein than they think and they can meet those needs without eating meat. 

Whether you're a parent seeking mealtime harmony or a pediatrician looking for practical advice to share with your patients, this episode offers valuable insights and actionable strategies to help your picky eater transition from "yuck" to "yum"!

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Disclaimer: This podcast is a collection of ideas, strategies, and opinions of the author(s). Its goal is to provide useful information on each of the topics shared within. It is not intended to provide medical, health, or professional consultation or to diagnosis-specific weight or feeding challenges. The author(s) advises the reader to always consult with appropriate health, medical, and professional consultants for support for individual children and family situations. The author(s) do not take responsibility for the personal or other risks, loss, or liability incurred as a direct or indirect consequence of the application or use of information provided. All opinions stated in this podcast are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employer.