I found this course very enlightening! Specifically, in terms of shifting the focus from what you are feeding your kids and how nutritious it is to how it effects their long-term emotional relationship to food. That is essentially so much more important! For me who is very invested in healthy eating this was a major challenge as well as insightful growth experience. I also learned a lot about creating a more structured environment for meals and snacks. I have learned that’s kids need to eat small amounts more often and providing them with that structured snack prevents that drop-in sugar levels which creates over hungry manic behavior! It also helps prevent frequent snacking and thereby allows them to build up an appetite for meal time.  The other major insight for me was offering a variety of foods including a “safe” food. This really helps kids venture out and try new and healthier options while still having something that they like to fall back on. -Dina, mother of 4 children aged 6 months – 6 years of age

 

Having meals together (most of the time) has resulted in my child wanting to be at the table and eat (or at least, try) the different things on her plate instead of taking the ‘safe food’ and going off to eat it whilst playing. Having meals together has been special bonding time for us and we all enjoy it. A couple of things have stuck out – the safe food, where/what/when, that some days my child will eat everything and anything, and other days almost nothing and that its ok, Also, that I need to provide a complete meal, not just those items I know she’ll have, even if she doesn’t eat some of the stuff on her plate. We have been eating more meals together. I am planning better for meal time and making sure my child has a complete meal presented to her, as opposed to only the safe food (although some days I still do this). I’ve become more conscious of my child’s eating habits/patterns, the snacking and the timing around meals etc. -Kerryn, mother of 2 year old girl

 

I have learned that everyone has different bodies and how to accept that. I trust how his body needs to develop and I have noticed my child leaving food on his plate. I learned that body weight does not define people. I was surprised how our attitudes and conversations affected the issues. We have more family meals, and mealtimes are relaxed instead of stressful -mother of 12 year old boy concerned about his weight

 

Having an overweight daughter is not easy. Every day is a battle – not with your daughter – but within YOURSELF. Eliana’s course gave me hope and encouragement that it’s not only about the now. It’s about your daughter’s whole life-and her relationship with food. I’m so grateful that I did the course before I messed her up- as my job is NOT to make my daughter thin-it’s to help her have a good self- esteem and a healthy body. – Mother of 10 year old girl concerned about her weight

 

Thank you, Eliana for bringing this invaluable work into our lives! If we had kept on the same eating trajectory with our daughter, she would of ended up feeling deprived and out of control around food. As a result of your coaching, we have seen incredible results in a very short period of time. A new autonomous being is emerging: one who knows when she is full, and is starting to make healthier food choices. Mealtimes have become celebrations when before they were critical, controlled and very unpleasant. This was a game changer and you are an incredibly thoughtful and sensitive facilitator who gracefully manages delicate terrain. -Mother of 5 year old girl displaying food pre-occupation

 

I was sceptical as to whether i would learn anything to help my son become a better eater, however Eliana reshifted our focus when it comes to meal times. We now have far less tears with meals and a toddler that is willing to try new foods, now and then! We are all much more settled and less stressed with regards to his nutritional needs, having learnt to trust him.” -Kate, mother of toddler struggling with picky eating

I was lying in bed on a very cold Sunday morning, thinking i might not go to the eating course I booked weeks in advance. I mean how much could I learn? The answer is a lot. I learnt that I needed to trust my kids. Stop forcing my kids to eat. Stop following them around popping food into their mouths. My younger son was filing himself up with milk bottles.  No wonder he  did’t want to eat. That very afternoon after our lesson we took the bottle to the bottle fairies. I came home and chatted to Miri our housekeeper that we are going to change the way we handle food. Buffet style…… Give them options. Let them choose what they wanted to eat. Trust they would choose what they wanted and not judge and hope they would select new food to try. Wow this was different. But wow it is working so much. So grateful. – Kelli, mother of 4 & 5 year old boys