SHORT BIO

Eliana is a mother of 3 children, who specializes in empowering parents to develop positive feeding dynamics to families. When her daughter was 4 months old, she seemingly stopped growing and Eliana embarked on a traumatic feeding journey.

She then discovered trust based and saw the transformation in her own family. As her family grew, and she watched fellow moms struggle with feeding on a daily basis, she realized that she could make a difference to so many families.

Eliana brings her wealth of knowledge, compassion and practical wisdom to parents struggling with their child’s eating and weight and is passionate about empowering parents to raise children who eat according to their innate wisdom and love their bodies. Her work is consistent with Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating.

 

RANDOM INFORMATION

  • I am number 3 out of 7 kids
  • I am an introvert – I would be quite happy to never leave my house – but I love connecting and getting to know people in more intimate, personal ways. I would way rather have coffee at your dining room table than at a restaurant – unless it’s inside a nursery
  • I am 100% tone-deaf but love music. And my husband is an extremely gifted musician with perfect pitch.
  • My new favourite food discovery (obsession) is palm heart, avocado and crouton salad.
  • Straight after university, I worked in a big bank (Standard Bank) for a year as a credit analysT. I hated every second. I actually have an honours degree in Mathematics, but since my children were born I can barely add without using my fingers.
  • I never played mommy-mommy or had grand visions of being a mother, but being a mom is the most rewarding, growth-filled joyous experience I have ever had. And I would do anything for a night away alone.
  • Yoga is my favourite form of movement. On my bucket list is to train as an accredited yoga teacher.
  • I am a book-eater. I can read long books in record time (I skip a lot but get the gist and a lot of details too). It’s actually because my eyes don’t track together properly (I only found that out 2 years ago – I always thought I had a superpower).

WHY I BECAME A FEEDING COACH

It’s something I never planned on doing. But so often, we find our passion through our own lived experiences and how we have come out of really hard situations. That’s me. As a previous raw foodist, this journey has been so enlightening as I learn to balance the value of nutrition with the value of holistic and mental health. 

I am 100% certain that the Feeding Dynamics method I teach contributes hugely to the joy and calm I feel (mostly) as a mother. With this huge burden of “are my kids eating right” off my head, I get to to be present and enjoy my children. My dream is for every family to have that too.

I am so passionate about what I do because the impact is far-reaching – both for the parent and child in the present and the future.

The parenting experience can be so much more joy-filled when food and eating is not an issue. By reducing the daily stress and conflict which occurs from feeding conflict and worry, I have the mental space to be present with my children. When I was engaged in feeding trauma, many moments were filled with worry instead of being able to enjoy my daughter.

Food and eating issues often begin in childhood. I help parents accept their child’s weight and raise children who eat nutritiously and are relaxed around all foods and will carry on doing this as adults because they have a positive relationship with food.

A positive body image is crucial in this weight-obsessed and image-focused culture we live in. As our children grow up, the messages they hear from their peers and the media will become louder. The way we talk about food, our own bodies, dieting, and weight will play a huge role in how the relate to themselves, food and weight as adults. Conscious dialogue & relevant education around these topics is one of the biggest gifts you can give your children”

 

ABOUT TRUST-BASED FEEDING

Children eat and grow well when parents feed according to a developmentally appropriate Satter Division of Responsibility in feeding (sDOR).13 The Satter Feeding Dynamics Model (fdSatter) illustrates that when parents follow sDOR, children grow up to become eating competent:4 They are sensible and joyful eaters. sDOR encourages parents to take leadership with the what, when, and where of feeding and let children determine how much and whether they will eat of what adults provide.1

What can eating competent children do?

  • Feel good about eating and have the drive to eat.5
  • Naturally eat the amount they need610 and grow in the way that is right for them.1115
  • Follow a predictable trajectory of development that guides feeding practice.1618
  • Apply their drive to grow up to learning to eat the food their parents eat.5,1922
  • Enjoy family meals and learn to behave well at mealtime.

Agencies recognize the division of responsibility in feeding as best practice

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.2325
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics.26,27
  • Expert Committee on Child Obesity.28
  • Head Start.29
  • WIC: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.30
  • USDA Food and Nutrition Service.31

Source: ESI website

Struggling with picky eaters? Worried about your child’s weight?

Work with me and transform your family’s relationship to food and mealtimes. I offer a free no-obligation phone call to see if working together is fit.