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Tips for Family Mealtime

Tips for Family Mealtime

By Bobbi Boteler, RD, LD, CEDRD. I had the opportunity to speak at my children’s PTA this past month. Many parents were inquiring about “healthy meals and snacks” that are family friendly.  I was honored they thought of me as their guide. I took this as an opportunity to further educate parents and teachers on Health at Every Size, Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility with Feeding, along with some of the curriculum changes we have been working on behind the scenes with the county.   I wanted to preface my talk with a gentle reminder to parents that there is no “perfect” when it comes to feeding your family.   I feel there is so much unspoken pressure on especially moms, to have a picture-perfect, Pinterest-ready, meal on the table more often than not.  As a mom of 3 who works part time and doesn’t find cooking at all thrilling, this is not my reality most days. I pulled a Brene Brown and showed some vulnerability, sharing about a time my husband fed my three kids chips with ketchup on paper plates for breakfast one Saturday morning while I was at work.  I wanted to die, but after I pulled myself together, I reminded myself they were safe, being fed preferred, familiar food and they were all sitting down at the meal together. What exactly is our job as parents anyways?  Ellyn Satter lays this out for us beautifully with her Division of Responsibility.  Parents have certain jobs in the feeding process and children likewise. For Parents, our jobs include WHAT we are feeding our children, WHEN in the...
Empowered Eating: Book Suggestions for Recovery

Empowered Eating: Book Suggestions for Recovery

By Alex Raymond, LD, RD. When I think of Fall, I think of apple cider, flannel, and using the weather growing colder as an excuse to stay in and read. I was thinking about what to write about for this week,and I realized that I haven’t actually been reading a ton lately. Which is a bummer because I really enjoy a nice book! Back in either 2016 or 2017 (honestly I can’t remember!) I made it my New Year’s Goal (which I actually started in March of that year lol) to read a book a month. It was the only New Year’s Resolution that I ever stuck with. The past year has just gotten so busy for me and I feel like I have been reading less often, but more volume. For example, the only times I’m actually able to read is when I’m on vacation. In Thailand, I read 4 books. In Budapest, I read 3. It always feels so great to get lost in a book! Especially a thriller, which if you take a look at my bookshelf, those are literally the only books I own… Besides of course some body positive/non-diet/others-along-this-same-line books. Which is actually the topic of this blog. I feel like there have been so many amazing books out lately on my “to read” list and some that I’ve read that everyone should know about 🙂 1. Land Whale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass by Jes Baker I actually have not read this, but it’s totally on my “to read” list. I have...
From the Outside: Empowered Dining

From the Outside: Empowered Dining

Empowered Dining: Meal Support for Eating Disorder Recovery Our student intern Maya Jefferson, writes about her experience attending Empowered Dining, our meal support program. A safe space: that is the goal of therapy, nutritional counseling and meal support for recovery. Empowered Dining is an amazing program that we offer in our Greenbelt and Columbia offices for those in recovery of an eating disorder or disordered eating. Led by Registered Dietitian Alex Raymond, Empowered Dining occurs twice a month and allows for much needed support and interaction during mealtime. I was fortunate enough to attend this previous Empowered Dining and was able to see the importance of building friendships in recovery from the outside, as an intern, but also related it to my own past recovery, and the meal support I attended during those years. We started with some casual conversation about our week and one rose and thorn that occurred. Right away, we allowed the room to become a safe space. A place where we could share something that occurred during our week that was not exciting or helpful, something that made us anxious or mad or sad, and something that made us human. At the same time, we shared a rose of the week, something that occurred that made us smile or laugh and happy despite the negative event. Next came dinner. Creating the safe space during mealtime was important for all of us in the room as we continued casual discussion and tried to add positivity to the food we were eating, focusing on each other’s company and not the emotions that were arising. After eating however...

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