Special Interest in Childhood Nutrition
My own food journey inspired my passion for supporting parents and families to eat in a more workable and enjoyable way.
My mother, one of 16 children, experienced food insecurity and a very hard life. Force-feeding was the way children were fed, gratitude was demanded and wastage was reprimanded.
The pressure was so great that at the age of 5 I decided that I had to start obeying her and started eating…
In just a couple of months I went from being a slight frame to being very large. By the age of 14, and still very large, I had experienced the ugly side of diet culture, disorded eating, bullying and body dissatisfaction. At the age of 16, I made a conscious decision to lose weight once and for all! My drive to work this out for myself took me to completing my degree in Nutrition at The University of Sydney 2008.
From 2013, I expanded my knowledge in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics as well as going into depth in the area of feeding children (Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding). I align with Ellyn Satter’s competency model of feeding that acknowledge a child’s capabilities and builds on their strengths. My approach toward weight concern evolved and was consolidated by the compansionate Non-diet Approach which I believe is key for finding long term, peaceful, fulfilling nutrition resolutions to health and wellbeing.
When I became a mother, my first son was very difficult to feed and had medical issues which were difficult to resolve. After seeking much professional support and seeing several unhelpful practitioners, I was determined to be a practitioner that offered helpful, non-judgemental, empathetic and sincere support to children, parents and their families.
As a mother, I empathise when it comes to the many challenges parents may face when it comes to feeding their child. Even more challenging if the child: is fussy/picky or literally running away from food, needs to be followed around all day to be fed, growth concern, weight concern, or reacting to food.
Making sense of my own experiences has given me invaluable insight into the reality of your experiences. I believe the process of unpacking your story can lead to very satisfying ‘a-ha moments’ and can lead to well-worth changes that just make life better.
I create a sincere, honest, neutral and non-judgemental space for you to be able to openly explore your own story. I invite you to connect with me to get support for you and your child. Together, we can look at your child holistically and assess, identify and understand what may be influencing your child’s eating experience, skills and behaviour; to enable steps that may help improve the feeding challenges and empower you to feed in a way that works best for you and your family.
I help children who:
- Are fussy or picky or difficult to feed
- Have limited food intake or described as eating only a few foods
- Refuse food for a long period of time
- Do not eat whole food groups
- Appear to be disinterested in food
- Have food refusal and food aversions related to a history of food allergies
- Growth or weight concerns (under or over weight)
- Have nutrient deficiencies, constipation or special diets e.g. vegetarian or the sporty child
I help parents:
- Get support with feeding their picky eater
- Ensure that their child is getting adequate nutrition for their age and development
- Prevent feeding problems and counterproductive feeding practices
- Concerned about child’s weight using a neutral non-diet approach
- Start solid foods for infants
- Adapt meals to be suitable for their child with food allergies
If you would like to see Ines to discuss other health issues please email or call us to find out how she can help.
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