Meet Coach Julie
Meet Julie! Julie is mom to 2 small kiddos, 3 years old and 11 months. Her food philosophy? All foods fit. So you know what that means? Food is food. No food is good or bad. We sat down with Julie to learn more about what food means to her family. Want more of Julie? Find her as a Foublie coach or catch her on insta.
How do you talk about food?
Although we don’t talk about health or nutrients, we talk about taste and feel and how food is made. So if it’s a blueberry, what’s in that? Juice, seeds, antioxidants. I try to keep food neutral. I don’t want them to feel judged about what they like and don’t like. We also talk about where food comes from and food safety. A great way to get young kids involved is in washing fruits and vegetables. Most kids love playing with water!
Let’s be mindful
Sometimes my oldest shoves as much food in his mouth as he can. This is when we practice mindfulness! We take small bites, and we think about taste. This is actually something he also does at school. At lunch the group talks about food. Is it crunchy? Wet? Juicy? Sweet?
Even the adults…
I try not to say “no” to less nutritious foods. We don’t keep a lot of sweets in the house, but if he sees something sweet on the counter and he asks for it I say “yes”, if it’s at a reasonable time. If he asks for cookies at breakfast, I’ll say, “cookies aren’t on the menu for breakfast today, let’s save the cookies for snack time” and pair them with a source of fat or protein like whole milk. I don’t want to make a big deal and limit sweet foods too much, this makes them more desirable. I like to honor his preferences and desires to eat certain foods. I give guidelines about the timing and the situation, it’s not whenever he wants, and because we don’t always have them available, it’s not every day. I also never say, “you can’t have that because it’s bad for you”. We never use food as a reward or tie food to behavior.
A tip to share
Ignore how much kids eat. Don’t comment on it, don’t force them to eat more. Just don’t worry about it (even though that can be so hard!). You have to trust their body. Our bodies know what we need from birth to college to adulthood. Every day it might be a little different. You choose the food and trust they eat as much or little as they want.
Let’s say your teenager comes home from school and eats a whole box of cookies. Don’t tie judgement to the amount they just ate. Never say that they now need to go exercise and things around today’s diet culture. Make a change based on your observation. Obviously, your kid is hungry after school, they just ate a whole box of cookies, so try to have something more nutritious that’s ready for them to eat.
What’s your go-to meal?
Once a week we have roasted chicken thighs with roasted veggies, salad and bread. My kids love it and I feel good about serving it because the chicken thighs are iron-rich and the veggies have vitamins and fiber. Even my baby will eat the whole chicken thigh. The older one likes the bone because dinosaurs eat bones. We dip bread in olive oil and that is fun. We make salad for the grownups, but now he is curious and wants to try it too. We make eating an experience. We make dinner fun.
Julie’s Husband’s Top Secret Chicken Recipe (Shh)
- 6 skin on bone in chicken thighs
- 2 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Onion powder
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Ground rosemary
- 1 tsp Ground sage
Rub it on all sides of the chicken thighs, including under the skin if using skin on thighs.
Bake on a wire rack over a baking sheet at 420 degrees for 25 min or until they reach 165 degrees
Serve with bread and oil for dipping, veggies and a salad.
Julie’s Coaching Bio
Hometown: Chicago, IL
When not coaching: running her business, running around with her husband and kids, cooking and practicing yoga
Guilty Pleasures: pizza
Favorite Foods: anything mediterranean
Creds: Practicing RD since 2011, Master in Public Health and Certified Lactation Counselor
Coaching Type: Librarian
Specialty: prenatal nutrition, infant nutrition, breastfeeding, postpartum nutrition, starting solids and baby-led weaning, toddler nutrition, picky eating, food allergies
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