Good nutrition from a balanced diet helps us to feel energised, perform at our best with sporting activities and, of course, optimise our health and wellbeing.
So, what happens when you have a child who is a fussy eater and you are worried that they aren't getting the balance they need?
Some strategies to consider are:
1. Avoid pressure, bribery or coercion. It often backfires when it comes to children eating. Aim for your child to feel calm and comfortable around food and mealtimes.
2. Set up your child for success. As well as avoiding pressure with meals, you want your child to have an appetite and be alert enough to enjoy the meal. Think about meal and snack times and limit grazing in between.
3. 'The Division of Responsiblity' by Ellyn Satter is a great model to follow in feeding your children. Caregivers are responsible for what and when food is provided and children are responsible for how much they eat of the food offered. No need to make special meals for your fussy eater. If you know your child is going to find a meal tricky, you could try offering food separately (eg keep sauce on the side) and maybe have on offer some accepted, filling, accompaniments - side dishes you know your child likes.
4. Exposure and a positive environment around food can be helpful. This may be getting your child involced in cooking, growing, shopping for food, or just spending time together around a meal.
Eating is a complex process that involves all of our senses and is influenced by our past, as well as our present experiences. If general strategies aren't helpful to your child, or you are worried about adequate nutrition, get in touch with our paediatric dietitian who can help you navigate the complexities that you and your child face with nutrition and eating.
It's no secret that flu season is well and truly here - and with three years of protecting ourselves from COVID, our immune systems are a little out of practice when it comes to fighting off the cold and flu. On top of that, many of us have come across COVID by now, with some still feeling its effects months after an initial diagnosis.
After COVID or the flu, it pays to remember the old adage - slow and steady wins the race. Returning to activities at a gradual pace before building back into daily routines is paramount - and what you can do will be dependent on any lingering symptoms.
Here are some tips and tricks for how to keep moving after a bout of illness that might have you performing below your peak -
Did you know that what you leave out of your diet is often as important as what you include?
A great example of this is dietary fat. While there can be an overwhelming amount of ‘low fat’ and ‘no fat’ products on supermarket shelves, they aren’t always the best options for a healthy diet.
Dietary fat is an important part of a healthy diet, and is particularly important for our eyes, skin and brain. Cutting fat out of our diet completely also deprives our system of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.
Back in late 2016, on the way to a family birthday, siblings Lauren McLinden and Andrew Campbell devised their concept for OHL- a hub for healthcare experts, where clients could connect with the ideal person to get the right diagnosis and optimal management plan for their concerns. They were excited to see how they could work to maximise the health of the local community they grew up in.
Today, they are so proud to be delivering this initial vision, and more!