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Picky eating is super-frustrating and it’s one of the most common challenges we have as parents. Yet when you look for solutions online, a lot are focused on recipes, sneaking vegetables, and new meal ideas. Although those ideas can certainly help, it’s important to first figure out what is causing picky eating in the first place. 

In this episode, I sat down with Katie Kimball, founder of KitchenStewardship.com, and the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse. Katie says food and eating are two different things and that kids can be labeled as picky eaters when there’s actually something else going on such as food allergies, constipation, or sensory processing disorder. She talks about what she calls the “5Ps of picky eating,” how to figure out why your kid won’t eat certain foods —or eat enough— and how to encourage your kids to be healthy eaters. 

1:49 Let’s talk about your story!

5:18 Studies show about 50% of kids are “picky eaters” but so much of the solutions for parents are recipes, meals ideas, and fun ways to turn food into art projects. But you say food and eating are two different ideas—explain!

8:05 What have you discovered from your research and training in the SOS feeding approach to feeding?

10:58 Do you think our perspective about feeding kids in the U.S. is doing our kids a disservice?

13:30 Can kids be incorrectly labeled as picky eaters?

17:18 What are your 5Ps of picky eating?

22:40 What are your best tips to investigate these issues and get help?

24:57 Regardless of what is going on with your kid, what are your best tips for getting picky eating kids to eat healthy?

29:00 What are ways to instill a healthy relationship with food?

32:00 Although it’s not about the food, can new recipes, meal ideas, and food art projects encourage kids to eat healthy?


Julie mentions that Katie Kimball was on season #1 of “Food Issues” in the episode, “Cooking With Kids Through COVID-19.”

Katie talks about the SOS Approach To Feeding and Kay A. Toomey, Ph.D.

Katie mentions that approximately 15% of children have sensory processing issues.

Julie mentions Katie’s TEDx Talk, “Picky Eating Isn’t About the Food.”

Learn more about Katie Kimball on KitchenStewardship.com and her Kids Cook Real Food ecourse.


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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.