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Hello! I can’t think of a better way to introduce myself than inviting you to view me in my element – evaluating a child’s nutritional habits, making strategic suggestions, and celebrating the child’s incremental progress in all aspects of their physical, mental and emotional development. It was filmed a few years ago as part of a nutrition education course.  

Enjoy this early intervention case history! 

Early nutritional intervention is ideal when children are developing their palates and learning styles. Children want nothing more than to focus and learn. Challenging behaviors are quite often a result of the inability to attend from lack of proper nourishment. I’ve worked with families of children who were consistently sent home from school for behavioral issues. Once we analyzed the child’s meal mapping diaries along with teacher observations, it became evident – the child was hungry. This is why it is so important to build the nutritional control of error into the child’s day – especially on a school day. Working with me you will learn how to best support your child’s unique energy needs. The best defense against life’s inevitable stressors is an individualized nutritional offense!

Nutrients in Brain Health

Few people are aware of the connection between nutrition, cognition and mental health while they easily understand the connection between nutritional deficiencies and physical illness such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Brain health is more typically thought of as strictly biochemical-based or emotionally-rooted. On the contrary, nutrition can play a key role in: 

  • Brain development, growth and function
  • Inattention 
  • Body/headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive problems
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Impulsivity
  • Mood swings
  • Strange and erratic behavior (seemingly out of nowhere)
  • Self and other aggression
  • Rage
  • Uncontrollable emotions

My mentor, Professor Michael Crawford’s expertise and legacy, nutrients in brain chemistry and human nutrition, has impacted the course of my life and the lives of thousands of children, adolescents and adults under my care over the years. Children with neurodevelopmental delays and disorders, low birth weight, genetic anomalies, autism, ADHD, learning and language difficulties, behavioral problems and mental ill health, lead richer, happier lives because of his tutelage. Consistent nutritional adequacy builds a lifelong foundation as a shock absorber for life’s ups and downs – lowering the risk of physical ill health and nourishing the still developing brain of the adolescent into adulthood.

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Body and brain nutritional adequacy is not a given. It’s an informed habit to be cultivated and mindfully practiced. Nutritional education is the cornerstone of my work with individuals and families. 

With thousands of websites, books, and food plans to follow, many people end up with their heads literally spinning from information overload. The best part is – I’m here to help you sort through it – with simple physiology! “How food works” is explained in child, adolescent, and adult friendly terms. Humans contain trillions of cells that require specific nutrients for optimal physical and mental health.

All you have to worry about is – which foods need to be prioritized throughout the day and how will your unique metabolism and nutritional needs dictate timing and portion size of daily meals and snacks. That’s all! And one more thing – a food plan must be delicious and sustainable. These basic principles are the same through every age and stage.

Let’s Discover Your Nutritional Formula for Success

Macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats) are nutrients which are required in large quantities to provide building blocks and energy that your body and brain needs to function. Micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) provide the necessary cofactors to utilize the macronutrients. They are required in very small amounts.

IMPORTANT FOOD PRIORITIES: 

  • Adequate intake of amino acids from fresh, complete protein sources  
  • Complexing up the carbs 
  • Balancing fatty acid intake 
  • Eating more vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables 
  • Learning how to accessorize with sweets, chips, and typical snack foods by choice and not out of hidden hunger

 

I have adapted Ellen Satter’s staying power of snacks and meals graph which is the centerpiece of our work together.

 

 

Utilizing my meal mapping/observational forms, tools and strategies – we will identify your daily macro/micro nutrient trifecta with the above priority foods and… the rest will be a piece of cake – not the whole cake..: )

Are you scratching your head – wondering how you will eat or entice your selective eater to eat more of these priority foods? No worries. I have years of experience as “The Feeding Whisperer”. You will receive individualized recipes and bang for the buck nutrition ideas to increase your child’s nutrient intake on day 1.  I also include famous athlete’s diets for aspiring sports, dance, and gymnastic enthusiasts who may not be eating enough to fuel themselves throughout the day. I easily wear my sports nutritionist hat – and my little and big athletes love it! 

“Now” might not be the time to introduce new foods to children with extremely limited palates and food aversions.

Please consider when you’re not eating your best, you’re not feeling your best. I will take a complete nutrition and health history. There might be other factors to consider that might be contributing to food avoidance such as food allergies, sensitivities, sensory or physiological issues or trauma associated with food and of course, the addictive nature of simple carbohydrates. Many individuals I consult with actually go through withdrawal symptoms as they cut back on simple carbohydrates. The key to success is strategically placing sweet, salty, sour or savory taste preferences into their daily plan as we increase priority foods.

We pan for the gold as we evaluate the child’s eating habits and zero in on “priority foods” and find ways to slowly introduce them into preferred foods. Little by little children begin to feel better, food anxiety lessens, sugar and simple carb cravings and tantrums diminish, and – through trial and error, we expand palates with new food and texture options.

Making meal time pleasurable and nourishing is a priority. Little and big “chef” jobs provide a sense of purpose, community, and increased self-worth. Intentional shopping, meal planning, and food preparation benefits the entire family.

I work with children of all ages, adolescents and adults offering an array of services including physical and mental health concerns – Please visit my Services Page (Coming Soon). Are you planning to have a baby? If so, please visit my Preconception Nutrient Cafe Page (Coming Soon).