Creating Healthy Eating Habits for Kids With Lara Field of FEED Nutrition Consulting

Lara Field, MS, RD, LDN is the Owner and Founder of FEED (Forming Early Eating Decisions) Nutrition Consulting, a private nutrition consulting practice in Chicago. She is a pediatric expert with more than a decade of clinical experience at top-ranked pediatric hospitals, including the University of Chicago Medical Center and Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Laura serves as a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is active within the Chicago Dietetics Association and the Chicago Food and Nutrition Network. She’s also been quoted in national publications on infant feeding practices, food allergies, celiac disease, and other health topics. As a mom herself, Lara always strives to provide realistic and practical guidance for busy families.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
• What inspired Lara Field to pursue a career in nutrition consulting?
• Tips for talking to children about health and nutrition
• The impacts of COVID lockdowns on families’ eating habits
• Lara talks about how to effectively handle picky eaters
• How to help kids form healthy eating habits
• Lara’s advice for maintaining healthy meals as a busy parent
• Resources for parents to improve their family’s eating habits

In this episode…
As a parent, teaching children to maintain a healthy diet can be challenging. Some kids are picky eaters, while others splurge on junk food, so it’s crucial to approach the topic of nutrition sensitively and appropriately. So, how can you develop healthy eating habits for your children and family?

According to Lara Field, introducing a new food takes 9 to fifteen times before a child accepts it. To simplify this process, it’s beneficial to form a comparison between trying new food and practicing a new skill to increase the child’s receptivity. By setting realistic goals and making small changes to your family’s diet, you can begin to form a healthy lifestyle.

In this episode of the Coping Podcast, Dr. Leigh Weisz hosts Lara Field MS, RD, LDN, the Owner and Founder of FEED Nutrition Consulting. Lara talks about the value of healthy eating for kids and families. She shares tips on how parents can handle picky eaters, how to teach kids to form healthy eating habits, and how parents can maintain healthy meals despite their busy schedules.

Resources Mentioned in this episode
• Dr. Leigh Weisz on LinkedIn -
• Coping Partners -
• The Coping Podcast -
• “Dr. Michelle Cutler Answers Questions About the July 4th Mass Shooting” on the Coping Podcast
• Lara Field on LinkedIn
• Tom Field on LinkedIn -
• FEED Nutrition Consulting
• FEED Nutrition Consulting on Instagram -
• Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter -
• Harvard Health Newsletters -
• Ellyn Satter on LinkedIn -
• How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much by Ellyn Satter -

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