We care so much about our children’s mental and physical health. We ensure they receive a proper education, have friends, enjoy life, and so much more. We bring them to pediatricians, dentists, optometrists, specialists, you name it! It’s time to add dietitian to the list.
So you’ve bought a new car. Congrats! Right from the start, you bring the car to your most trusted mechanic for maintenance, oil changes, and any other issues that arise. When the car signals it’s low on gas, you make sure to fill it- but, hey! Gas is expensive! The garden hose should do a fine job, shouldn’t it?
Anyone with their head screwed on straight will tell you that in order for your car to run properly, you need to fill it with a specific type of fuel. That’s pretty understandable.
Food is the body’s “fuel” and just like a car can’t run on water, our bodies need to be fueled properly. There’s no age or stage in life in which the type of fuel you fill yourself with doesn’t matter! Constantly fueling your body with healthy foods, proper portion sizes, and adequate hydration is the best way to “drive” down the road of life. I’d say, that’s pretty understandable.
Dietitians aren’t only trained to help you lose weight or coach you on proper eating in the presence of a complex medical condition. Dietitians help their clients create healthy lifestyles for themselves. They empower their clients to make sensible choices that will leave them feeling healthier and happier. They teach them how to fuel their bodies in the best way possible.
So yes, we can make your children excited to eat vegetables. How? Because we are TRAINED in helping to bring out SELF MOTIVATION. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have a screaming match every time something green is on the plate?
Children and young adults are in their formative years. One cannot compare the amount of work needed to create a new habit to that of breaking an old, bad habit. Giving your child the gift of proper nutrition education is a gift that will last a lifetime. It will grant them both a healthier childhood and a healthier adulthood.
Some adult clients need to spend years undoing the damage that their childhood eating and physical activity habits have left them with. Being able to prevent those challenges from occurring is truly a gift for life.
Adults with emotional eating have been found to always be traced back to their childhood…wouldn’t it be wonderful to prevent this lifelong battle for your child before it even begins? We can develop a healthy relationship with food for them.
Many parents work to supply their children with nutritious foods and try to impart healthy eating habits on them. Unfortunately, they have a lot going against them. Children are greatly affected by peer pressure, persuasive advertising, and more.
Very often, hearing advice or “rules” from parents is not as well-received as hearing it from a professional would be. As a parent, when so much discipline is already of expected of you, leaving this lifestyle coaching up to the professionals will be a nice ‘break’ for you. A BREAK?? WOW! YOU deserve it!
Sometimes, it’s hard for children to reveal sensitive things about themselves to their parents due to embarrassment, fear of disappointment, and ultimately, just fear of discipline.
In fact, Olivia Caruso, Registered Dietitian and Owner of Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, brings her children for routine counseling with Michele Wroblewski, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the office.
Olivia certainly has the knowledge to counsel her own children, but prefers them to enjoy the benefits of meeting with a dietitian (who isn’t their mom!) to receive the tools they need to lead a nutritious life. She feels that these meetings give the matter a true sense of importance and have truly enriched her children’s lives.
So many things in life are out of our hands. Now’s the time to empower our children to take their health into their own hands. It’s time to show them how to properly fuel their bodies. It’s time to give them the everlasting gift of proper nutrition.
Call 609-738-3143 to schedule your child’s nutrition counseling session today!
Malky Shafran, Dietetic Intern
University of Northern Colorado Distance Dietetic Internship Program
Michele Wroblewski, RDN
Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, LLC
1278 Yardville Allentown Rd. Suite 3
Allentown, NJ 08501