Podcast Episode 050: Family Mealtime Matters – Jill Castle

Oct 20, 2016


“Raising healthy kids is one of the hardest jobs of parenthood – from picky eating, childhood obesity, food allergies, sports nutrition, and eating disorders to the endless doubts about what to feed your children.” – Jill Castle

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Jill Castle, MS, RDN

Jill Castle is a registered dietitian and America’s Childhood Nutrition Expert. She is the author of Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete, co-author of Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School, founder of the blog Just the Right Byte, and creator of The Kids Healthy Weight Project, an online nutrition and feeding course for parents.

Mealtime is not about what your kids eat; it’s about being together and HOW you feed them—this has an equal, if not stronger effect on overall eating. Dinner together in a positive setting and atmosphere not only helps kids and teens eat healthier, it may curtail negative behaviors like experimenting with drugs and alcohol and other risk-taking behavior. Communication and connection are the keys!

Melissa’s son eating a donut after soccer

Melissa’s son eating a donut after soccer

 The Castle Kids

The Castle Kids










Jill and Melissa in Aspen (a recent sponsored event)

Jill and Melissa in Aspen (a recent sponsored event)

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Here are the resources we mentioned on the show: 

  1. Jill Castle’s website, blog and books Layout 1 fearless-feeding-book-cover-book-icon-199x300
  2. Sign up for Jill’s newsletter, the Kids Healthy Weight Project, the Happy Family Meal Challenge, and get the Mealtime Mistakes Manual
  3. Jill on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube
  4. Jill’s NEW podcast The Nourished Child
  5. Sound Bites blog interview with Jill
  6. The Meal Makeover Moms website, podcast and books
  7. Melissa’s Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner Initiative and blogs/podcasts and Pinterest board
  8. Ellyn Satter’s “division of responsibility”
  9. Jill’s blog posts we discussed:

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Produced by Team Podcast

Music by Dave Birk




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