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Intuitive eating has been around for over 25 years, but it has garnered a lot of attention in recent years as more people have looked to non-diet approaches to weight loss and healthy living. Intuitive eating isn’t something we typically hear about for kids, but it’s one of the best ways to raise healthy eaters. 

In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, a board-certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicine physician, national board-certified health and wellness coach, international speaker, and author of “A Parent’s Guide to Intuitive Eating.” Dr. Yami is also the founder of VeggieFitKids.com, where she provides information on plant-based diets for children, and the host of the Veggie Doctor Radio podcast. Dr. Yami and I talked about what intuitive eating is, how it benefits kids and the whole family, and easy ways to shift your perspective and practice it at home. 

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4:00 Why did you become a pediatrician and how do you work with families today?

9:00 When it comes to feeding our kids, where do you think parents may miss the mark? 

10:19 What is intuitive eating?

12:48 How did you become interested in intuitive eating?

15:54 Should parents teach kids intuitive eating? 

18:39 How can parents shift their mindsets about intuitive eating?

22:30 What are the 5 pillars of healthy eaters?

32:41 How do we teach kids to recognize their hunger and satiety cues?

35:38 How should we talk about food with our kids?

38:57 How can we practice intuitive eating at mealtimes?

40:14 How do you make intuitive eating a family affair if parents have unhealthy eating habits?

43:40 What is a “play food drawer?”

48:50 What are lifestyle habits that support intuitive eating?

51:32 How can we help kids who are emotional eaters?

53:38 What is Health at Every Size and how do we practice it?

55:30 You follow a plant-based plan: can you tell us more about your journey to plant-based eating, what you learned and why you’re an advocate for it?


Julie talks about Dr. Yami’s book, “A Parent’s Guide to Intuitive Eating.”

Julie mentions her interview with Dr. Yami on Veggie Doctor Radio podcast.

Dr. Yami talks about Ellyn Satter’s Division Of Responsibility.

Learn more about Dr.Yami on DoctorYami.com and VeggieFitKids.com.


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Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.