Food has always been one of life's great pleasures. It nourishes us. It connects us. But somewhere along the way, things got complicated.
As nutrition science developed, we learnt more and more about how different eating patterns and nutrients affect health. We started to worry about preventing "childhood obesity" at all costs, and getting food into "fussy eaters". The food industry and the media started to bombard us with stats and facts. "No junk promise", "Refined sugar free" and "Eat this. Don't eat that."
It's become the norm to worry about how and what to feed children, sometimes even before they are born.
I'm on a wee mission to change all that. To help parents and carers take a relaxed and positive approach to feeding children.
It's okay for your children to eat ice cream. Even full fat, full sugar ice cream*.
There is no need to fear food.
Nutrition does matter but there are positive ways to eat well as a family and to feel good about your bodies, and it doesn't need to be stressful.
And, at the same time, it is complicated, because of all the barriers that can get in the way. Time, money, relationships, health, culture and so on, to name just a few. That’s why I spend a lot of my time outside of nutrition, learning and trying to find ways to make it easier for people to eat well.
(* or a dairy-free alternative. Or whatever they really enjoy eating, if ice cream isn't their thing.)