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Helping Your Child Have A Healthy Relationship With Food: Part 3 With Dr. Katja Rowell

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

This is the last part of my interview with Dr. Katja Rowell, M.D., a feeding specialist and author of the must-read book Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More. (I highly recommend it for all parents!)

Below, Dr. Rowell reveals the practical and effective ways parents can help their children build a healthy relationship with food. Specifically, she follows Ellyn Satter’s evidence-based feeding models: The Trust Model and Division of Responsibility. I wish these models were standard practice in every pediatrician and dietitian’s office.

Dr. Rowell also discusses healthy eating and feeding in our earlier interviews on Weightless. Be sure to check out parts one, two and three.

Learn more about Dr. Rowell at her website, and read her fantastic blog. Also, check out these valuable additional resources from Dr. Rowell’s website.


Myths & Facts About Feeding Your Kids: Part 2 With Dr. Katja Rowell

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

One of the things I love about feeding specialist Dr. Katja Rowell’s new book Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More is that it debunks many damaging myths about what it means to raise a healthy child with a healthy relationship with food.

The problem with these myths is that they steer parents in the wrong — and unhealthy — direction. They often cause kids to obsess over food and create needless conflict between parents and their children. Mealtime becomes a battle.

Below, in part two of our interview, Dr. Rowell shares seven common myths and facts on everything from limiting portions to forbidding foods to controlling weight.

Love Me, Feed Me is truly a comprehensive, wise and practical guide in nourishing your child, ending food obsession and addressing common concerns, such as developmental delays and sensory problems. And, ultimately, it empowers parents to connect with their kids through feeding.

Learn more about Dr. Rowell at her website, and read her fantastic blog. Also, check out these valuable additional resources from Dr. Rowell’s website.


Helping Adoptive Parents Overcome Feeding Problems: Q&A With Dr. Katja Rowell

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

November is National Adoption Month, so I wanted to talk about an often neglected yet critical concern for adoptive and foster families: problems with feeding.

It’s a very complex issue, but kids who are adopted or in foster care tend to be especially susceptible to eating struggles. And, unfortunately, the resources on feeding are scarce. Or, if parents do receive advice, it’s often misguided, exacerbating the problem and leading kids to obsess over food.

That’s why I’m so honored to present my interview with Dr. Katja Rowell, MD, a family doctor and feeding specialist. I’m a huge fan of Dr. Rowell and her positive work in helping parents raise healthy kids. (I’ve also interviewed her before on Weightless.)

Recently, she’s published an excellent book called Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and MoreIt dispels common — and damaging — myths about healthy feeding and is packed with evidence-based practices for helping your child build a nourishing relationship with food.

It’s a compassionate, practical and safe resource, which I highly recommend to all parents. (By the way, you can win a copy below!)

In part one of our interview, Dr. Rowell delves into why adopted and foster kids struggle with eating and how a healthy relationship with food is at the core of children’s happiness.

Learn more about Dr. Rowell at her website, and read her fantastic blog.


Body Image Booster: Giving Yourself Permission Over The Holidays

Monday, November 26th, 2012

snowman ornament, tetya bella, nyc

Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!

This summer we talked about giving ourselves permission to enjoy our bodies and know that we’re enough. I think this is an especially relevant conversation for the holidays.


Basking In The Beauty Of Your Body & Your Life

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

pizza place, CT 2012

In honor of Thanksgiving and all things gratitude, here’s a post from several years ago on breathing in the beauty of life. I know Thanksgiving is technically over, but I hope the spirit of gratitude stays with you. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. And thank you so much for letting Weightless be part of your day. 


A Recipe For A Truly Nourishing Thanksgiving (& Other Holidays)

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

{via etsy by Amanda Keaton}

Today in America it’s Thanksgiving! Here are a few ways you might enjoy the holiday. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you can use these tips for your other celebrations. Whatever you do today, I hope it’s wonderful!


Self-Love Series: Marianne Elliott

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Taking yoga teacher Marianne Elliott’s class at The Creative Joy Retreat this summer wasn’t just a good workout. It was restorative and energizing. It was equal parts gentle and challenging. And, most importantly, it was a lesson in self-love.

That’s because Marianne encourages her students to connect to our bodies — and ourselves — and practice self-compassion. There was no pounding the yoga mat or forcing our bodies into poses. It was about experimenting and having fun.

I love Marianne’s emphasis on tuning into our needs and values, both on and off the mat. I love her emphasis on practicing yoga for all shapes and sizes.


Body Image Booster: Cultivating Gratitude

Monday, November 19th, 2012

{taken in October 2012 in Connecticut}

Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!

Our bodies and our lives are gifts. But in the hustle and bustle of the everyday, and in the stress over our size and shape, we often forget that.


Being Ana: Q&A With Shani Raviv, Part 3

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Today, in the last part of our interview, author Shani Raviv shares more insights about her recovery from anorexia, including how critical it is to follow your meal plan.

Shani is the author of the award-winning book Being Ana: A Memoir of Anorexia Nervosa. In it, she writes about her 10-year struggle with anorexia, drugs, alcohol and exercise. She writes about trying to figure out exactly who she is — without anorexia, which had consumed her life for so long.

It’s amazing — and often difficult — to read the harrowing things Shani experienced. But it’s another powerful story — fortunately, one of very many — that reminds us that full recovery is possible, even after enduring countless dark moments.

It might not feel like it when you’re in the depths of your eating disorder, when you’re starting treatment or, some days, really at any point in your treatment.

But one step at a time, as you immerse yourself in your treatment, you’ll get better. Stories like Shani’s remind us that this is absolutely true.

I’m grateful to Shani for sharing her story (and really her heart) here on Weightless.


Author Shani Raviv On Being Fully Recovered From Anorexia

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

This is part two of my interview with Shani Raviv, author of the award-winning book Being Ana: A Memoir of Anorexia Nervosa.

In part one, she discussed her inspiration for writing Being Ana and how she was able to separate anorexia from her identity.

Below, Shani reveals what helped her recover from a 10-year struggle with anorexia, the powerful role yoga played and what full recovery means to her. I especially love what she says about being full recovered.


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