A series of conversations about all things nutrition-related for parents or caregivers of toddlers, teens and everyone in between.
Parenting Middle and High Schoolers with Michelle Icard
For this episode of the Sunny Side Up Nutrition Podcast, Anna Lutz and Elizabeth Davenport are joined by Michelle Icard, a speaker, author, and educator who helps kids, parents, and teachers navigate the complicated social world of early adolescence.
What parents need to understand about their children during the ages of 11-14 The middle school construction project: the body, brain, and identity changes How parents can care for themselves if they struggle with perfectionism around parenting How the pandemic has changed and impacted teens and advice for parents What parents could do or say if their teen/tween states that they don’t like their body How parents can navigate if their teen/tween is sneaking food and how it relates to the idea of ownership over food and independence Michelle’s lifelong favorite food! LINKS:
Michelle Icard’s website Sunny Side Up Nutrition Podcast Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy Pinney Davenport Nutrition Michelle Icard (pronounced IKE-urd) is a speaker, author, and educator who helps kids, parents, and teachers navigate the complicated social world of early adolescence. Her latest book, Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen (Harmony/Random House 2021) guides readers through the fourteen essential conversations parents need to have with their kids before they start high school. Her first book, Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years, is a primer for the social and emotional changes parents and kids navigate when mid-life meets middle school under one roof.
Michelle is a member of the TODAY Show parenting team and NBC News Learn. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, Time, and People Magazine. Her middle school leadership programs, Athena’s Path & Hero’s Pursuit, have been implemented at schools across the country and she speaks around the globe at schools and parenting events.
[REPOST] Puberty: body changes, weight & diet culture with Katherine Zavodni, MPH, RDN
Anna Lutz and Anna Mackay sit down with Katherine Zavodni to talk about:
Typical weight gain and body composition changes during puberty The age ranges of typical development How parents can talk to children in a positive way about body changes How diet culture affects how parents and children's think about and talk about puberty Links and Resources:
Katherine Zavodni Nutrition Your Child's Weight Helping Without Harming by Ellyn Satter Taking Care of Your 'Girls' by Marissa Weiss Love Your Body by Jessica Sanders Sunny Side Up Nutrition Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy Pinney Davenport Nutrition
[REPOST] Parenting Amidst Diet Culture with Virginia Sole-Smith and Amy Palanjian
About our guests: Virginia Sole-Smith is a journalist and author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America. She is a frequent contributor to the The New York Times parenting section, and many other publications. Amy Palanjian, is a writer, editor and recipe developer. She is the founder of Yummy Toddler Food, a site filled with practical feeding advice, as well as Yummy Family Food, a site aimed at helping families lessen the stress around eating.
In this episode Elizabeth, Anna L., Virginia & Amy discuss:
Evolving philosophies about food, particularly after becoming a parent How being too controlling and obsessing over “healthy eating” typically backfires The immense pressure from diet culture to be the “perfect” parent How the culture of “clean eating” negatively affects our children The connection between Orthorexia and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) How taking pleasure in food is fundamental to the way kids eat and how we all interact with food The danger of unqualified people sharing nutrition advice Links:
Amy's Forthcoming Cookbook, Food Play (Available Nov. 10th!)
Yummy Toddler Food
Yummy Family Food
Sunny Side Up Nutrition
Pinney Davenport Nutrition
Lutz Alexander Nutrition Therapy
[REPOST] Early Childhood Health with Educator and Advocate Shawna Daniels
For this episode of the Sunny Side Up Nutrition Podcast, Anna Lutz and Elizabeth Davenport are joined by Shawna Daniels, an Early Childhood educator and advocate, to talk about developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood that supports children’s health.
Public health initiatives in North Carolina to support health in early childhood development centers The concept of adults modeling health promoting behaviors to young children What is developmentally appropriate nutrition education and practice in early childhood Specific examples of how adults can model and support health in young children, rather than teaching children about nutrition and physical activity through telling them what to do. What a parent can do if they are concerned a school lesson is not developmentally appropriate or is influenced by diet culture. The impact of childhood trauma, specifically food insecurity, on children and their families’ health and what educators and the larger population can do to directly support children’s communities to improve their health. LINKS:
Healthy Starts for Infants and Toddlers
SSU Blogpost on developmentally appropriate nutrition education
SSU podcast- Childhood mental health advocacy and adverse childhood experiences with Dr. Lee Beers
Shawna Daniels is an Early Childhood educator and advocate who has over 20 years of experience, working with children birth - 12 years old and their families. In the last 10 years, Shawna has been coaching, mentoring, and supporting center staff in a variety of topics related to classroom management, child development, and professional development. Currently, she provides technical assistance to child care centers in Orange County, through the Healthy Starts for Infants and Toddlers Shape NC project, which focuses on creating foundations for healthy habits in infant, toddler, and two year old classrooms.
Shawna is also a NC Community College instructor, teaching Early Childhood Education coursework in Health, Safety, and Nutrition; Behavior Guidance, ECE Administration, and Infant/Toddler development between the campuses of Durham Technical Community College and Nash Community College.
When considering the holistic health of young children, Shawna looks at all aspects of developmental health -- from physical development to mental health and social-emotional - because they are intermingled and dependent on each other.
[REPOST] School Nutrition & Health Curriculums with Sarah Ganginis, MS, RD, LDN
Elizabeth Davenport and Anna Mackay sit down with Sarah Ganginis, a non-diet dietitian who takes a weight-inclusive approach to nutrition and health. In addition to seeing adults and children in her private practice, Sarah has dedicated much of her time advocating for change in the school nutrition and health curriculums in the state of Maryland.
We chat about:
Troubling nutrition lessons in schools What led Sarah to advocate for changes on the state level How Sarah approached the various people who have influence over curriculum in Maryland Some examples of appropriate school nutrition & health education Some of the changes Sarah hopes to see The next steps Sarah is hoping to take to advocate for nutrition education Links:
Petition for CDC to re-evaluate the Health Curriculum Guide for Grades K-12
HECAT Healthy Eating Curriculum PDF
Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy
Prioritizing Felt Safety in the Feeding Relationship with Naureen Hunani
In this episode, Anna Lutz and Elizabeth Davenport are joined by Naureen Hunani, a pediatric and family dietitian who specializes in treating children and families struggling with feeding challenges. We highlight feeding difficulties and how to help your child achieve a sense of “felt safety” and regulation at the meal table. We discuss:
The definition of “felt safety” The importance of “felt safety” for children when eating, as defined by Karyn Purvis Bodily autonomy as a contributor to a felt sense of safety What gets in the way of a child’s “felt safety” How to support your child in feeling regulated or safe at the table Dr. Bruce Perry’s 3 Rs: Regulate, Relate, and Reason How to tell if your child is feeling a sense of safety at the table Subtle signs of dysregulation at the table Common mistakes parents make that lead to dysregulation or a lack of felt safety In the moment tactics to help your child feel more grounded and safe at the table Naureen Hunani is a pediatric and family dietitian with over 15 years of clinical experience. After overcoming feeding difficulties with her own children, she was inspired to help other families by specializing in picky eating and feeding disorders. She currently treats children and families struggling with a variety of feeding challenges through her trauma-informed private practice in Montreal, Canada. She has developed a unique child-led, play-based feeding therapy program focusing on sensory exploration of food.
Naureen has extensive experience working with neurodivergent families, including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorder and anxiety disorder. She is a supporter of early diagnosis of feeding problems and advocates for inclusion and acceptance in schools and daycares for children with limited feeding abilities. Naureen shares her knowledge and experience at national and international conferences as well as in trainings for healthcare professionals, therapists, teachers, and parents. She has been featured as a nutrition and feeding expert on such media as Breakfast television, CBC radio, CBC kids and Huffington Post Canada.
Naureen Hunani’s Website The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Sunshine Dr. Bruce Perry’s 3Rs Sunny Side Up Nutrition Podcast Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy Pinney Davenport Nutrition
Anna and Elizabeth of Sunnyside Up Nutrition are calm, wise, voices of reason in the swirl of child feeding and nutrition advice. They marry their extensive nutrition expertise as dietitians with combined decades of experience with real-life, sensible perspectives on parenting and feeding in real life, from toddlers to teens. I especially love the simple meal ideas and recipes that are easy to prepare and appealing to the whole family.
Loved Ana Homayouns discussion on social media wellness and teens. Such an important topic in today’s world and inextricably tied in to total wellness!
Go great cup to have such important foundational content! Thank you for this work!