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Baby Led Weaning Product Guide

Your baby is nearing six months of age and is starting to show all the signs of readiness to start solid foods. You’ve decided that you are going to give baby led weaning (BLW) a shot. You’ve done your research, taken infant CPR, and planned out some initial foods. Now its time to get the gear ready and prepare for the mess! Here is a list of my favorite BLW products that are safe, effective and easy to use. The more prepared you are, the better the feeding process will go!

High Chairs:
Look for a chair that is adjustable, positions your baby in an upright, leaning forward position and has an adjustable foot rest. Here are some favorites:

 

 

Plates, Bowls & Utensils:
Plates and bowls should have low sides that help the baby scoop foods into their hands using the palmar grasp. This is less important once the baby begins to use the pincer grasp. Here are some favorites:

Cups:
As early as six months, your baby can start to drink from open cups! I love open cups because they promote great mouth development for both eating and speech. Here are some favorite open cups for 6+ month olds:

 

Bibs:
Bibs that do NOT impede babies movement and line of sight to the plate are a must. Although bibs with food pockets are helpful, they can sometimes get in the way of babies little arms and cover portions of the food. This can lead to frustration and an unpleasant eating experience. These types of bibs should be saved for older, more experienced eaters. Here are some of my favorite bibs for new eaters:

Floor coverings (not a necessity but a must for some families): 

OR get a dog! (kidding, but seriously)

 

Always check my shop page for more additions. I update this page as I find new favorite products!

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Who Should You Listen To?

It’s not very difficult these days to go on social media without finding a nutrition expert, is it? There are millions of pages created every day telling you what to eat, when to eat, and so on. It’s even more confusing when one account is telling you one thing, while another account is telling you something completely different. Diet culture and “wellness” has become a MASSIVE industry (we’re talking billions) and people who have no education or experience are telling you how to take care of yourself. Would you let a person with no degree treat your broken leg? How about a fashion expert handle your finances? You get the picture. So, who should you listen to?

First and foremost, you should look for credentials after their name. The “RD” credential stands for Registered Dietitian. RD’s have gone to school for a degree in nutrition. After graduation, they have to complete a full time, year long internship with at least 1200 hours of rotations in multiple different settings. There are many people who label themselves as nutritionists, but often times they have no education behind that title. There are countless fitness experts and bloggers who promote different nutrition programs. This is not meant to dismiss anyone or discredit their hard work. People have expertise in different areas. You certainly would not want me giving you advice on the proper weight lifting form (unless you want to end up in the ER)! Its just to warn you of the information that is put out on the internet and how it may or may not effect you.

With that being said, just because someone is a registered dietitian does not necessarily mean they are the right fit for you. Everyone works in a different way and has a different client base. Some may focus on a specific area such as diabetes or heart disease. Some may focus on weight loss, and others may follow more of an anti diet approach. I urge you to have a quick, 15 minute call prior to booking an appointment to determine if thats the right professional to work with for your specific goals. As always, if you have specific questions about my work, please reach out or book a discovery call. 

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Covid-19 Resources

Never in my life did I expect my first official post to be knee deep in the middle of a global pandemic, but here we are. This challenging time is accompanied by many heavy emotions. As if unrealistic diet culture is not persuasive enough during more normal times, it seems to have increased ten fold during this time of quarantine or social distancing. There have been countless posts promoting using this time to “diet”, “reset”, “eat healthy”, “start XYZ new program”, etc. Wellness influencers all are pushing products, workout routines, and immune boosting foods that should be taken advantage of during this time (by the way, food will not protect you from COVID). At a time where we seem to have so much on our plate, why does should it also feel like we need to diet and exercise as an added pressure? There are so many individuals who are fighting for their health, trying to homeschool their children, learning to work from home, dealing with unemployment, struggling with mental health, or trying to find access to any food at all.

More than likely, you are eating a little differently than you are used to. Some of us don’t have access to the typical fresh foods that we usually purchase and are living off pantry staples. That’s ok! Your body is equipped to handle that. Many of us are home all day long and might be snacking or eating more that normal. We may even be eating at different times than we usually do. Thats okay too! It is normal and healthy to use food as a method of coping. The term “comfort food” was created for a reason.

If you are someone who is struggling with access to food, someone who fears weight gain during this time, is concerned about the amount of non perishable foods you are consuming, or have any other fears in regards to food or exercise, you are not alone! Below I’ve compiled a list of free resources to help you. If you need further help, please reach out to me via email or my contact page. For the months of April and May, I am offering 1 session with me for free. Remember, we are all in this together. Be kind to yourself!

Free Resources:

If you are having trouble finding food for yourself or your children (or if you are looking for great organizations to donate to):
https://www.feedingamerica.org
https://www.nokidhungry.org

If you are having difficulty putting together meals with pantry staples:
https://www.thekitchn.com/100-easy-pantry-meals-23015866

Intuitive/mindful eating during COVID resources:
This post from Alissa Rumsey is amazing, and discusses how to deal with eating and body image during this time of social isolation.

This article by Rachael Hartley talks all about how processed foods aren’t so bad after all.