The Messy Intersection is the place in new motherhood where your life and your needs are all tangled up in the ever-changing needs of your kids. Each week, guests share their stories and insight about about pregnancy, body image, feeding kids, feeding ourselves, intuitive eating, stress, anxiety, the mental load, pandemic parenting and raising kids with the resilience to defy diet culture and develop a healthy relationship with food. Hosted by registered dietitian Diana K. Rice, RD "The Baby Steps Dietitian."
Modeling a Positive Relationship with Food through Daniel Tiger with Dani Lebovitz
In this episode of The Messy Intersection, I chat with Dani Lebovitz, a pediatric dietitian, early childhood education advocate and mom of three who loves the show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood just as much as I do.
Why a show about feeding our kids and feeding ourselves is dedicating an entire episode to a children's television show? As Dani and I will discuss, children learn through stories. And because there are so few shows that do an excellent job of helping kids learn about food in a positive way, we thought that discussing the show deserved an entire episode!
In this episode, we'll how these episodes of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood can help your child develop a positive relationship with food.
🐯 Be a Vegetable Taster / Daniel Tries a New Food
🐯 A Trip to the Enchanted Garden
🐯 A Night Out at the Restaurant
🐯 Daniel's Love Day Surprise
🐯 Daniel's Allergy / Allergies at School
🐯 Daniel's Lunch
🐯 Making Mozies with Nana
🐯 Daniel and Mom Go to the Market
Be sure to check out Dani's free resources for exploring food with kids here: http://experiencedeliciousnow.com/freebies-form/
And follow her beautiful Instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/kid.food.explorers/
We'll keep the conversation about food talk in children's media going in the Messy Intersection Podcast community on Facebook. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/messyintersectionpodcast
And grab Diana's recipe PDF with recipes for banana swirl, rainbow heart pizza and mozies right here: https://dianakrice.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/daniel_tiger_recipes.pdf
Emotional Eating after Loss with Rabiya Bower
Content warning: infant loss
In this episode, we hear from Rabiya Bower, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian aligned with the intuitive eating approach who experienced a personal loss and turned to emotional eating as a coping tool. In the episode:
Rabiya's story of infant loss
Her healing journey, including why she turned to food
Preconceived notions of emotional eating
Emotional eating outside of the loss community
How some women use food restriction as an emotional coping mechanism in a similar way
That emotional eating is a symptom of an issue but not a condition in and of itself
How to understand if you are using emotional eating in a constructive way
Helping our children learn to connect food and emotions in a positive way
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Intuitive Eating in Pregnancy with Andrea Paul
Andrea Paul, a registered dietitian specializing in intuitive eating, joins us on The Messy Intersection this week to discuss intuitive eating in pregnancy.
Andera was 27 weeks pregnant with her first child at the time of recording and discusses how, even as a person well-rooted in her food choices, she struggled at times throughout her pregnancy with the messages about food she received.
The role that food and vitamins play in the process of getting pregnant.
Navigating morning sickness and how to nourish your body (and your baby) when you don't want to eat.
Understanding feelings of guilt when you start to think you're not nourishing your baby in the best way possible.
Embracing food aversions.
Reconciling what our providers tell us about nutrition vs. listening to our bodies.
Making food choices when certain foods are "off limits" in pregnancy.
Whether pregnancy cravings may be women finally listening to their bodies and food preferences without the influence of diet culture.
How our providers may also be influenced by diet culture messages and how to make food choices that are right for us.
Reframing the concept of "flunking" the gestational diabetes test.
What intuitive eating is all about and how to learn more.
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Supporting New Moms through Postpartum Doulas with Mandy Major
Mandy Major joins us on this episode of The Messy Intersection to discuss her own experience of becoming a mother and how it led her to explore how we can better support birth people through postpartum doulas.
Mandy shares the difference between a postpartum doula and a birth doula and shares information on her company, Major Care Doulas, and the innovations they are using to deliver the care new mothers desperately need in the critical postpartum period.
Mandy's own birth and postpartum story and how it inspired a career change for her
Diana's birth stories and how postpartum doulas would have made a world of difference for her, had only she known about them.
The difference between a BIRTH doula and a POSTPARTUM doula.
The various roles that postpartum doulas can play depending on the needs of the birth person and the personality and strengths of the doula.
How postpartum doulas are NOT just baby expert know-it-alls. They're there to support the birth person with expertise AND empathy.
The current state of the postpartum period in the United States and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the situation.
The latest about Mandy's company, Major Care Doulas and how they are supporting women with virtual postpartum doula care and and brand new free app called My Fourth (launching January 24th of 2021).
Get in touch with Mandy:
Major Care Doulas website: https://thatismajor.com/
Free app: My Fourth: https://thatismajor.com/my-fourth
And be sure to join The Messy Intersection Facebook Community to share your motherhood experiences and meet a community of other moms navigating life in the messy intersection just like you: https://www.facebook.com/groups/messyintersectionpodcast
Navigating Your Child's Feeding Difficulties with Jennifer McGurk
In this episode of The Messy Intersection, my guest Jennifer McGurk shares her personal story of realizing that her oldest son was a very selective eater.
Having recovered from an eating disorder early in her life herself, Jennifer now works as a dietitian to help clients "feel fabulous about food" and wants the same for her own family.
Jennifer discusses not only the process of realizing that her son struggled with food but also the impact that navigating this challenge had on her experience as a mother.
Together, Jennifer and Diana discuss the signs to look for if you suspect that your child may also be experiencing feeding difficulties and how to get started seeking professional help.
Resources discussed in this episode:
Food Chaining by Cheri Fraker, Dr. Mark Fishbein, Sibyl Cox and Laura Walbert
Learn more about Diana's private practice, Diana K. Rice Nutrition, LLC and contact her for help with your own child here.
You can also text HELP to 405-407-MESS to get in touch with Diana about nutrition counseling right from your phone.
And be sure to join The Messy Intersection Facebook Community to share your motherhood experiences and meet a community of other moms navigating life in the messy intersection just like you!
The Benefits and (Many) Challenges of Cooking with Kids with Kristy Del Coro
In this episode of The Messy Intersection, we hear from Kristy Del Coro, a dietitian, mom and professionally trained chef.
Kristy and I chat about the benefits and many (many!) challenges of cooking with kids. We explore how cooking with our kids can become increasingly more challenging as our kids get older and share some practical tips for getting started.
We also chat a bit about how messages about the benefits of cooking with kids can be one more thing to add to the guilt-inducing list of things that parents never get around to and how to move past that concept and enjoy quality time with your kids in the kitchen in whatever way feels right to you.
What's your take on cooking with kids? For tips on getting started (or for a safe space to express your frustrations about it!) join The Messy Intersection Facebook Community to share your experience and meet a community of other moms navigating life in the messy intersection just like you.
You can also text Diana your feedback on the show anytime at 405-407-MESS (text HELLO for a link to the Facebook group).
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I feel so lucky to have found this podcast in my 2nd trimester. I am learning so much about taking care of myself that will be invaluable for the rest of pregnancy and post partum. Thank you Diana for all this work you are doing!!!
Really well done!
This is a very informative, evidence-based and a non-judgemental podcast. It resonated with me and reminded me of when I had my first child and had confusing messages thrown at me. I am happy that I found my voice and figured it all out but it is a confusing time (I am on my 4th child and happy with the decisions I have made) and it is wonderful to have a podcast admit that and try to steer people in the direction of intuition and also adding that science supports these seemingly-critical decisions. Thanks Diana!
The podcast I didn’t even know I needed
I’m so grateful for Diana’s informative and relatable content. New episodes can’t come out fast enough!