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The nutritionist job

Hello all of you readers out there!! ūüôā

Just writing quickly to share with you all an uneasiness I can’t get over with..

I’ve been attending to this national pediatric congress and I heard something I wasn’t really expecting from a speaker doctor who was about to begin his lecture when he said that when a kid suffering from obesity comes in a Pediatricians’ consultory, there’s no point in reffering them with the nutritionist, because all we CAN do and WILL do is sending them home with an hypocaloric diet!! and that my friends really shocked me; mostly because in pediatric clinical nutrition, this is a big important issue that we as nutritionist face when we go to reality jobs; but I’m saying this just to clear some things up (as I wasn’t able to talk to this doctor because allegedly he had a plane to catch) and to send this message to whoever this might get to.

Nutritionist aren’t just a bag of diets walking aroud nor for adult people never the less for the pediatric patient.

I evaluate the whole environment of the person who has taken time of their important day to come see me, time which everyone should respect. after an detailed interview wich includes besides their availability of getting certain food types, weight history, food habits history and nowadays, activities throughout the day, anthropometry, biochemical evaluation when necesary, among many many others; I come to a diagnosis then an action plan evaluating different posibilities whith the patient and their family or whoever gets involved in the process, continuous monitoring and reevaluations as well as nutrition education.

So, when it comes to a child suffering from obesity, the treatment in any matter is based on a diet low in calories (much less in this population group, as they are in a full growth and development fase), it is adjusting certain habits from the previous evaluation, in case a activity plan is requiered it comes with an eating and drinking plan as well, taking into account what the kid is going to do and to metabolize and in which intervals in this activity plan.

I’m sure not everybody thinks as this speaker doctor, but the problem for me was THAT itself, that I was hearing those words from a speaker doctor getting his message to a few hundreds of people, so I thought it was important to get it out of my chest if not directly to him, with you all, so you don’t get the wrong impression when it comes to the job us nutritionist do.

Keep getting all of your questions answered from the right people and keep trusting in pediatric nutritionists.

All comments are well received.

Talk to you soon

Miss Gaby M

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Making your kids’ meal complete!

Hello all of you readers out there!!

I’ve been quite away from our blog because there was this really interesting pediatrics congress I went to! I’ll tell you all about it in the next posts, I just wanted to finish this other advise on kids nutrition before moving on..

This time¬†I’ll talk to you about how to make every meal count! and how is that?? well, real simple in fact, just follow the THREE WAY RULE when it comes to serve the plate and you’ll be all set…¬† this is how it works…

Three food groups 

THREE FOOD GROUPS…

 

¬†When you serve your kids’ meal take in notice that you put 3 diferent food groups in their plate, it can be in smaller amounts than what you might be used to, but if your kid is a poor eater, it is preferable that what they eat comes from different food groups than a bit more but only from one.¬† This is because we’re trying to make healthy food habits based on a correct diet, which one of the main issues of it comes with the¬† “equilibrium” within the macronutrients along the day and with every meal time.¬† so, next time you make lentils soup, add some¬†tomatoe, coriander¬†and avocado to it, aside with some fruit wedges for dessert.

three color plate

 THREE COLOR FOOD

¬†This one is about making your kids’ general diet full of¬† “Variety“. When you¬†make this rule happen, you’re providing of all these defferent micronutrients requiered to meet the daily dose for your kids’ ¬†addecuate growth and development, besides it adds this extra eye candy push you might need to encourage your kid to finish their meal.

THREE TIMES A DAY 

Try to make this past rules 3 times a day¬† at the same hour every day, this will help you even to naturaly¬† stimulate your kids’ appetite, because your molding healthy food habits by stablishing meal times. Remember that in your kids’ day there must be 3 main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Take home notes:

* It does not have to be gourmet when it comes to food group variety; if you have no time to make baked vegetables, meat and rice soup, just add 3 raw baby carrots, orange wedges to the side to the main dish you prepared and that’s it.

* Imagination is the key

*If you would like some more insides on different food preparation and combinations let me know.

*It does not matter if you cannot buy every type of vegetable or fruit every time you go grocery shopping, as long as you try to one time buy carrots and the next one  buy spinach, then your making this happen!

*When you prepare any of the main food meals time, take into account that within all these tips, it will help that you include some protein source to the preparation.

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Getting your kid to eat better, not so difficult!

Hello everyone out there!!

This week I¬†want to tell you about¬†one of the main topics in¬†consultation, wich was… “poor appetite”, such a common thing in toddlers, but that doesn’t mean that we have to let them starve and loose weight, height, etc.

Actually when I finish all the evaluation process¬†I realized that most of the moms had the same kind of problem, incorrect feeding habits, no schedule at all when it comes to eating, chase the kid all around the house all so he can eat 1 tea spoon of soup or whatever! and so on and¬†so¬†on,¬†ūüėõ does it ring any bell?

Well, although ¬†there’s some artificial¬†appetite stimulator, I prefer first to drain out all the natural possibilities to do so,¬†and that is what I’m writing about today! ūüôā¬†

Usually, if your kid does not want to eat and you’re following him throughout the house and he ends up aeting just some spoons of food and this goes on all day because you think that ‘something is better than nothing when it comes to eating’, well¬†I don’t think so. Here’s why, imagine you’re thristy but you don’t take a complete glass of water, you only get some drops all day long, then you won’t feel thristy, but you won’t be satisfying the need for water that your cells are asking for either, the same happends with your kids’ meal, they won’t feel hungry anymore, but they won’t be getting all the nutrients they need to appropiate growth and development. If that’s the case, I recomend something less stressfull for you and more useful for your kiddo… stablish eating mealtimes, this will be a lot more effective, and will help you in more than one way.

By stablishing mealtimes, you help your kids’ body to be more active when he needs to, to sleep better and actually rest besides beeing all over the place, he’ll end up eating everything you put in his plate because is the natural reaction of the body when we manage to have that habit in¬† house.¬†

It might not be just that simple the first day, but if you do it everyday, by day 4-7 you’ll have your kid sitting at the table at breakfast, luch and dinner all by himself, it is a matter of patience and perseverance¬† and after all, it is about getting healthy habits to your child, so if he doesn’t want to eat please do not follow him all around, wait and offer your meal at the same time, but be sure to start the new strategy first thing a day, so it’d be easier.

Always remember not to force him into any food, because they are great memorizers, and they’ll associate the ‘ugly-food’ to angry-mom, scolded-kid, etc., and it’ll make it harder for him to accept he has to eat it. It’ll be better to introduce the difficult food with something he already likes and enjoys, also you can try by making a cream out of this particular food and serve it as a garrison, not as the main dish.

Make the mealtime a family time, either you have a big or small family, it always help your kid ¬†to see¬†other people eating toguether, chatting, avoid TV, or any other distractions; eat in front of him food that is difficult for him to accept, it’ll make him curious¬†and end up trying it as well.

Limit excessive liquids right before meal time, it’ll make him feel satisfied and will make more difficult for him to finish his hole meal.

These are some examples of how to make eating easier for both of you, but as always please let me know if this has been of any help, whether you have already tried it or not, does this fit your living environment? would you like some other strategies?

Thank you all for reading and commenting,

Talk to you soon

Miss Gaby M