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Nutrition Advice

What Influences How We Feed Our Family? Part 1

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What Influences How We Feed Our Family? Part 1
Each of us as parents only has the capacity to take on so much each day. Our capacity to manage every aspect of our lives is determined by so many things, for example your mental health, financial status, working hours, social and emotional supports, number of children you’re caring for etc etc. On top of this, each of us will prioritise things that are important to us and each of us bring a “learned experience of food and eating” from our own childhoods.

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Treats in the Lunch Box? My Perspective as a Paediatric Dietitian and Mum of Four

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Treats in the Lunch Box? My Perspective as a Paediatric Dietitian and Mum of Four
My kids are probably just like yours in that I suffer from pester power  A LOT. The item that is currently requested ad nauseam is potato crisps.

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What is “Nude” Food ? My Top Tips for Waste Free Lunch Boxes

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What is “Nude” Food ? My Top Tips for Waste Free Lunch Boxes
If you’ve got a child at either kindy or school in Australia, then I’m pretty sure that at some point you would have received a flyer requesting for more nude food to go to school, or promoting a nude food day/week or challenge. It’s a concept that’s taken off and with good reason. 

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My Food (and Lunch Box) Philosophy

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Nudie Rudie Lunch Box dietitian Julia
I wasn’t always into food. Many of my lovely colleagues became dietitians because they loved food. For me it was more a love of health and science. I did’t quite feel I wanted to be a doctor and other areas of healthcare didn’t feel quite right either (I considered a few - physio, OT you name it!). Then I heard a dietitian talk at my local paediatric hospital and I knew I’d found the right career for me. Fast forward 20 yrs and one of the things I've learnt along the way, is that you can’t effectively talk to people about improving their nutrition if you don’t know how to translate that into real food ideas.

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How Much Protein Do Kids Need? 20 Non Meat Protein Ideas for your Lunch Box

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How Much Protein Do Kids Need? 20 Non Meat Protein Ideas for your Lunch Box

If you’ve got a starch loving fussy eater on your hands (and perhaps even if you don’t) you’ve probably found yourself wondering whether they are getting enough protein?

We all know that protein is essential for growth, but there’s a lot of confusion as to how much protein kids actually need, hint - it’s not as much as you think.

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Packing a Lunch Box for a Sensory Eater

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Packing a Lunch Box for a Sensory Eater
When I trained as a dietitian (over 20yrs ago now!), the concept of sensory eaters was still in its infancy.  Back then I’m afraid to say that we treated a lot of “fussy eaters” same way, giving out fairly universal advice. As my career progressed I spent more time working with children that found eating difficult for a variety of reasons. Over time I became familiar with the concept of sensory eaters and realised they needed a different approach to help them make progress.

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Veggies in the Lunch Box

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Veggies in the Lunch Box

I’ve been a paediatric dietitian for the past 20 yrs which means I’ve spent most of my adult life talking to parents about feeding their kids. Without a doubt I’d say the thing that stresses parents out the most, is the fact that their kids won’t eat vegetables. And I totally get it because my own kids are often reluctant vegetable eaters too.

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Which Bread Should you Choose for Your Child's Lunch Box?

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Which Bread Should you Choose for Your Child's Lunch Box?
The bread aisle of the supermarket has exploded in recent years and it’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to choose a bread for your family. Bread is also a staple that most kids enjoy, so you want to try and choose something that delivers on nutrition.

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