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Halloween means excitement, trick or treating and bye-bye to healthy eating during this ‘spooktacular’ holiday. It’s sugary chocolate heaven and sweet treats abound! As a dietitian I’ve got my work cut out for me but as a mum I love Halloween and the excuse for a (trick or) treat!
Fun, however doesn’t have to be sugar laden -read on for my colleague Annabel Karmel’s top tips and favourite recipes for a healthy halloween.
I was lucky enough to be asked to write a guest blog for Annabel Karmel on infant formula milks. While I’m an advocate of breastfeeding there are some mums who can’t breastfeed their babies and others who choose not to.
This blog was written to give mothers information so that they can make an informed choice about formula milks in order to feed their baby in the way that they choose.
“I’m weaning my baby and am worried about the amount of salt in foods, its seems to be everywhere” Read on to find out more about salt and how to minimise it in your baby’s weaning foods.
How your baby grows in the first year of life terms of her weight and length is linked to her future health. This is why each baby born in the UK is issued with their ‘red book’ and why your Health Visitor likes you to pop along to the baby clinic to have her weighed at regular intervals. Read on to find out what the curves mean and how to interpret the charts.
Started Weaning - but not sure how much your baby should be eating?
One of parenting’s biggest challenges is how to manage sweets, treats and sugar. Children are obsessed with sweet food and crave sugar often asking for ice cream, biscuits or candy bars. Read on to find out why we need to worry and my strategies for managing their relentless requests.
Adequate fluid is a real concern for a lot of parents and if your child is prone to constipation, fluids are something you will be asked to encourage them to have more of. In the summer we need to drink more as we use fluid to cool ourselves down and if your child has had a tummy bug extra fluid will be needed to help them rehydrate. Here are my top 5 tips for a healthy fluid intake:
Fruit and vegetables - we know they’re good for us and that we’re supposed to eat 5 a day, but why?
It’s all to do with disease prevention.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and I know the science behind it! Eating within 2 hours of waking jump starts your metabolism and sets your child up for their busy day ahead.
Childhood obesity rates are rising. Dieting is doesn’t work and restricting a child's food intake is linked to both obesity and eating disorders. Mindful eating is learning to enjoy food, its being aware of the hunger and fullness cues and develop a healthy weight. Learn to eat mindfully instead and grow a happy, healthy mindful eater.
Does your child suffer with a funny tummy? Some children could be constipated, not pooing for several days and when they do go it takes them a while. Other children might have diarrhoea or loose watery stools. Frequent tummy pains are often a complaint and oh, my… the wind….!! But what could all of this mean?
Part 4: My 5 secrets to successful mealtimes
Welcome to the final instalment of my 4 part toddler blog. Today I’m giving you my 5 secrets to creating the foundations for successful toddler mealtimes…..
Part 3: The Division of Responsibility
Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility outlines the role of the parent and the role of the child in nourishing and raising a healthy son or daughter.
Part 2: Food Parenting
It’s not just WHAT you feed your child thats important, HOW you feed your child is just as critical. Read on to learn about your Food Parenting style.
Part 1 - Mealtime Management. This is the first part of a 4 part blog series on successfully feeding your toddler.
Worrying about a potential food allergy is a real concern for most parents when they start to wean their baby. How will you know if they are going to be allergic to a food? Could they have a life threatening reaction? Its scary stuff! Read on for what you need to do...
Weaning onto solids is important because breast and formula milk simply don’t contain enough nutrition for the rapid growth and brain development that occurs at this time. The food you choose to give your baby must be carefully considered for its nutritional value as there are critical nutrients that are needed during their weaning journey. Not enough of the right nutrition can lead to cognitive issues including learning and behavioural problems but getting it right can enhance your baby’s intellectual abilities.
How to adapt your recipes to make them healthier. Sit back and watch your kids indulging on their favourite sweet treats, safe in the knowledge that its more than just junk they're eating!
Kids need snacks at all stages throughout their childhood and adolescence. Here’s my approach for successful snacking and healthy snack ideas.