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Intuitive Eating

As parents, our goal is for our children to be healthy and eat well. Many parents tell us though, that they worry that if their child doesn’t eat much, their sleep will be affected. This can mean that with the aim of ensuring their children are well fed, that parents forget to follow their child’s lead. The World Health Organisation and the American Academy of Paediatrics, include advice in their child feeding guidelines to recognise and respect children's signals of hunger and satiety, one of the core principles of intuitive eating. Intuitive eating is based on trusting your children and giving them more control at mealtimes.

Pressuring your children to eat more of a certain food can increase their dislike for that food. Restricting food or types of food, or even labelling foods as "good" or "bad," can lead to an increased desire to obtain and eat "forbidden" foods, resulting in excessive consumption when food is available, eating in the absence of hunger, and emotional eating, especially when highly palatable foods are restricted. Dessert should not be a reward and can be served at the same time as the first course. Many parents are concerned by this idea, but we know from experience that children will eat a balance of both first and second course.

NuKi aims to provide a collective family approach, and parents who want their children to eat healthily can benefit by focusing on being good role models. A 2005 study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that mothers consuming more fruits and vegetables weren't only less likely to pressure their daughters to eat, but their daughters also ate more fruits and vegetables and were less likely to be fussy eaters.

NuKi wants parents to have fun eating with their children as a family as much as possible. Don’t forget NuKi is here to help you introduce these changes and guide you.


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