Boundaries with food vs intuitive eating: What’s the balance?

  1. Jill rosbrugh says:

    Katey, this is so well said. We have all been surrounded by diet terms so much of our lives, but I have experienced the difference in using these intuitive eating terms and work at making it a habit to use these terms with myself and my family (kids). I would love to read something from you on ways to help teach our kids intuitive eating. I work to avoid using the terms good/bad, healthy/unhealthy, etc., but it is everywhere. I have options of a variety of foods available but still I feel that it is a challenge. For example, an afternoon snack may be a peanut butter and honey sandwich. But 10 minutes later he is still hungry (legitimately), maybe he wants a handful of goldfish crackers–fine, but then when he asks a little later for another thing of crackers I will direct him to a fruit or a yogurt. My boys know this is usually the drill. The pantry is full of snacks that are great for any time of day and I specifically do not put labels and rules about which foods they can eat after school (the exception is that candy and dessert food are limited–because elementary kids would almost always pick that first), but I try to direct them to eat variety, especially the hungrier they seem. Curious about ways that a parent can phrase these conversations with an age group that is still very concrete in their thinking.

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