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Impact of Past Food Insecurity

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Blog Posts |

I’m hearing from foster care providers and adoptive parents. This highly anxious time, the disruption of routine, missing friends etc. is not surprisingly leading to increased food-seeking behaviors and anxieties, and a resurfacing of trauma. Perhaps a child is only a few weeks out from living in a food-insecure home, or they may have a decade or more of regular, reliable and filling meals behind them with a secure attachment. One mother wrote to ask about her teen who was adopted...

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Healing Food Preoccupation and Trusting Hunger and Fullness

Posted by on May 24, 2019 in Blog Posts |

Below email is shared with permission from an adoptive mom of two early grade-school girls who had experienced food insecurity and were “food preoccupied” (hoarding, sneaking, eating large amounts…). Parents had tried the standard advice of limiting sweets and regulating portions, which had made the interest over the last months and years even more intense. Mom read my first book, Love Me, Feed Me and we had one phone call to answer questions. (The book is...

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My kid gets dessert every night and is still obsessed with sweets!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Blog Posts |

A few moms this week have emailed to ask about sweets. Both have similar stories, and I’ll try to give a general answer here as this comes up often. Paraphrased concerns: “We eat really well at home, almost all whole grains, very little if any processed sugar, whole fruits and veggies. My kids enjoy a good variety of foods. We do allow one treat a day. The kids get to choose when they eat it, but it’s all they talk about. Also, when they have access, they have trouble...

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Study on Kids and Weight: The Missing Piece of HOW Kids are Fed, or Restricted

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Blog Posts |

  I was curious to read this study, Eating Habits Matter Most With Overweight Children but was surprised that restriction wasn’t taken into account. (I have only read this article so far.  This is a quick post with musings on the topic.) “Our results show that in relative terms, the BMI of children who are particularly triggered by food increases more when compared with others. But we also found the opposite effect: a high BMI leads to children becoming even more triggered...

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Extreme Picky Eating Help is here

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Blog Posts |

Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-By-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders is here! Jenny McGlothlin SLP is my coauthor. She developed and runs the STEPS feeding program at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Jenny is not only an award winning therapist, but a teacher and champion for children with extra needs. I was able to shadow Jenny at work recently, and every interaction I saw confirmed that she is a...

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