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.
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).1–3 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 need6–10 and grow in the way that is right for them.11–15
- Follow a predictable trajectory of development that guides feeding practice.16–18
- Apply their drive to grow up to learning to eat the food their parents eat.5,19–22
- 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.23–25
- 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