Meet Coach Isabel
This is the real world
I am a nutrition expert, but I get. We all know what we are ‘supposed’ to do, but life happens. There is a disconnect between what is clinically right and the world. I want to help your family make small changes that fit your situation and make a big difference.
My expertise is in type 1 diabetes in kids and teens. Here’s what I’ve learned about how to get your kid to adopt mindful eating habits.
Find common ground
Knowing what your kid likes to eat is a perfect place to start. For example, if they love french fries take the week to try different kinds of fries. There are sweet potato fries and parsnip fries that look, taste and feel just like potato fries. This is an example of ‘food chaining’ and is a evidence-based tip to get kids to try something new. The idea is that if it’s just similar enough, kids will give it a try. A fry is a fry (sorta!).
Combat information overload
Kids have a million things on their mind. Help them take small steps in changing food habits one step at a time. Keep your ask small.
Any food fits
Any food can fit into a healthy diet. You just have to be mindful about the amount. Chips? Fine. Pizza? Fine. But let’s try to balance that with other things like high-fiber foods that will help your kids stay full and aid in digestion. Some of my go-to favorites are chickpeas, edamame, seeds, and nut butters.
Kids just want to be kids
My favorite part of summer is going to camp with my patients with type 1 diabetes. We go ziplining, play soccer, swim and more! It’s awesome! Having a chronic condition where you have to carefully watch all the foods you eat can be quite challenging. However, the strength these kids have is so inspiring! We all can overcome our own food obstacles.
Have your freezer ready for when things get crazy
We all know it’s easy to grab takeout. But I’m here to tell you that if you’re freezer is stocked well you can have dinner on the table faster than pizza delivery. I always have handy in the freezer: berries, bananas, turkey burgers, quinoa or brown rice, cauliflower rice and chopped veggies like broccoli.
Work with Coach Isabel!
I’ll be your perfect Foublie coach if you want an extra hand to manage type 1 diabetes with your kid, or if you’re trying to raise a happy, healthy tween. Let’s do this!
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