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Although we’re all well-meaning parents, oftentimes we fall into a trap of trying to encourage or even coerce our kids to eat. We say things like “just take a bite,” “try it, you might like it,” or “but you ate it last week!” No matter what we say, however, it either doesn’t work or it backfires and we all leave the table feeling totally discouraged. The goods news is that picky eating can be a thing of the past with some simple tweaks to how we approach mealtimes and feeding our kids. 

In this episode, I sat down with Stephanie Meyers, MS, RDN, founder of Families Eating Well, a nutrition practice that trains parents to coach healthy eating habits, and the author of End the Mealtime Meltdown: Using The Table Talk Method to Free Your Family From Daily Food Struggles and Picky Eating. Stephanie is also The Nutrition Manager in The Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and she presents worldwide seminars on mindful eating, family nutrition, and cancer survivorship.

Stephanie says the way to get our kids out of their picky eating ways is to change how we talk to them about food. She also talks about how to nurture what she calls gastronomic intelligence, and offers simple questions and scripts that you can use with your kids that will help them become more healthy, adventurous, and happy eaters and make mealtimes easier and less stressful for your family.

Stephanie is also giving away a copy of her book. All you have to do is sign up for my FREE 5-day challenge.


2:56 Let’s talk about your story!

3:45 How do you deal with picky eating at home? 

5:20 Do you think the things we say to our kids about food come from our own childhoods?

6:06 What does the latest research show about picky eating and feeding kids?

8:17 What are the reasons feeding kids in 2022 is so hard and dinners so stressful?

10:43 What’s important to keep in mind as we’re trying to raise healthy eaters?

15:29 What are the phrases we should be saying and avoiding?

21:47 You say conflict at the dinner table is a normal part of parenting—say what?!

22:57 What is the Table Talk method and what are the benefits?

27:00 What are examples of specific words and scripts?

29:30 What is the difference between gastronomic intelligence and intuitive eating?

30:41 What are the best practices for Table Talk?


Learn more about Stephanie Meyers, MS RDN on her website FamiliesEatingWell.com

Purchase a copy of her book on End the Mealtime Meltdown.

Follow Stephanie Meyers on Instagram and Facebook. 


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Author Details
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.