How your childhood shapes your future eating behaviours.

Jul 13, 2023 | Emily's Blog

When it comes to food, what we learn as a child significantly shapes our eating behaviours into adulthood. We observe and absorb what is going on around us, what is offered to us, how food make us feel, and how food makes our role models feel. These experiences, habits, and attitudes developed as a child have a long-lasting impact on food relationships.

  1. Food preference and taste: The foods introduced and eaten during childhood contribute to the development of preferences and tastes that often continue into adulthood. If a child is exposed to a variety of nutritious (nutrient dense) foods, they are more likely to develop a preference for these foods and continue to choose them as they get older.
  2. Family and cultural influence: Family environment and cultural norms that surround food heavily influence our eating behaviours as a child. Families that prioritise ‘balanced meals’ with regular family mealtimes and emphasise the importance of healthy eating tend to raise children who adopt similar habits. Conversely, if unhealthy food choices and eating patterns are prevalent in the family, children are more likely to adopt those behaviours.
  3. Role modelling: Children learn by observing and imitating the behaviours of adults, particularly their parents or guardians. If parents demonstrate positive eating behaviours, such as consuming a variety of nutritious foods in appropriate portions, and displaying a healthy relationship with food, children are more likely to adopt those behaviours as well.
  4. Food rewards and emotional eating: The use of food as a reward or as a means of comfort during childhood can lead to emotional eating patterns in the future. If children are consistently rewarded with unhealthy foods or taught to seek solace in food during times of stress or emotional distress, they may start to rely on food as a coping mechanism leading to disordered eating. Interpret this with caution – it does not make you a bad parent if you reward a child with chocolate, but it is important that there is an emphasis on “chocolate is still just food” and look for other non-food rewards that offer the same comfort to a child.
  5. Food availability and accessibility: The types of foods that are readily available and accessible during childhood greatly influence eating behaviours. If nutrient dense options are limited and calorie dense, more palatable foods are more prevalent, children may develop a preference for those foods and continue to eat in abundance into adulthood.
  6. Nutrition education: Nutrition education during childhood can shape eating behaviours by providing children with knowledge about the importance of a balanced diet, the benefits of certain foods, and the impact of nutrition on their overall health. Good nutrition education can empower children to make informed food choices and develop healthier eating habits. Note: chose the source of education carefully – an Instagram influencer, celebrity and Netflix documentary are not reliable – trusting these sources and following their guidance can cause the development or enhancement of disordered eating.

It is important to note that while childhood experiences strongly influence eating behaviours, individuals can make conscious efforts to change their habits and make healthier choices later in life. With awareness, education, and support, it is possible to reshape eating behaviours and adopt a healthier relationship with food. If you’re struggling, complete the enquiry food and we can have a chat.

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Sorry this is a lot longer than normal but heres a bit of chocolate/sugar reduction education.

Why we can’t “just take the sugar out” of our favourite foods.

The real question is “do we even need to”?

Foods are meant to be enjoyed. Foods like chocolate are meant to be enjoyed in moderation.

The problem is never the food itself. Chocolate is delicious, as it should be.

Ps. Chocolate labelled as sugar reduced tastes like 💩 It’s not chocolate. 

Need help? DM me.

#nutrition #food #foodie #health #producttechnology #foodindustry #chocolate #sugar #diet

Sorry this is a lot longer than normal but heres a bit of chocolate/sugar reduction education.

Why we can’t “just take the sugar out” of our favourite foods.

The real question is “do we even need to”?

Foods are meant to be enjoyed. Foods like chocolate are meant to be enjoyed in moderation.

The problem is never the food itself. Chocolate is delicious, as it should be.

Ps. Chocolate labelled as sugar reduced tastes like 💩 It’s not chocolate.

Need help? DM me.

#nutrition #food #foodie #health #producttechnology #foodindustry #chocolate #sugar #diet
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PLEASSSSEEEE stop believing everything you read!

If we keep listening to the next new big thing in dieting, we’re going to run out of things to eat. 

We didn’t get it right with grapefruits.

We didn’t get it right with cabbage soup.

Gluten free faded out. 

If we believe everything we read now, we would currently be dying from…

Carbs 🥖
Meat 🥩
Carbs 🥔
Vegetables 🥦
Processed foods 🍪
Anything cooked 🍝
Carbs 🍐
Solid foods 🍣
Anything Tim Spectre doesn’t like 🧁
Carbs 🥪
Your own gut microbiome because you ate a carb 🦠 

Instead, let’s focus on the tired & tested.

Want to lose weight? Calorie deficit. In whatever way is most sustainable for you.

Eat your fruits & vegetables (please carnivores).

Eat fibre (also, please carnivores).

Eat less saturated fat 🥓 & more polyunsaturated fats 🥑

Eat lean sources of protein 🐓 

❌DELETE anyone with extreme views that preach the removal of entire food groups.

… anyone that works in absolutes “it WILL ruin your health”

… anyone who doesn’t understand inflammation. 

Thanks.

#nutrition #health #dieting #evolution #extremeviews #facts #wellnessindustry #carbs #enjoyfood #foodie #lovelife

PLEASSSSEEEE stop believing everything you read!

If we keep listening to the next new big thing in dieting, we’re going to run out of things to eat.

We didn’t get it right with grapefruits.

We didn’t get it right with cabbage soup.

Gluten free faded out.

If we believe everything we read now, we would currently be dying from…

Carbs 🥖
Meat 🥩
Carbs 🥔
Vegetables 🥦
Processed foods 🍪
Anything cooked 🍝
Carbs 🍐
Solid foods 🍣
Anything Tim Spectre doesn’t like 🧁
Carbs 🥪
Your own gut microbiome because you ate a carb 🦠

Instead, let’s focus on the tired & tested.

Want to lose weight? Calorie deficit. In whatever way is most sustainable for you.

Eat your fruits & vegetables (please carnivores).

Eat fibre (also, please carnivores).

Eat less saturated fat 🥓 & more polyunsaturated fats 🥑

Eat lean sources of protein 🐓

❌DELETE anyone with extreme views that preach the removal of entire food groups.

… anyone that works in absolutes “it WILL ruin your health”

… anyone who doesn’t understand inflammation.

Thanks.

#nutrition #health #dieting #evolution #extremeviews #facts #wellnessindustry #carbs #enjoyfood #foodie #lovelife
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Let’s talk about chocolate…

For anyone who didn’t know, I used to work in the food industry for product research in confectionery so I know a lot about chocolate.

Hit me with any questions!

Happy Easter 🐣 

#nutrition #health #chocolate #easter #eastereggs #confectionery #fitness #mindful #food #foodie

Let’s talk about chocolate…

For anyone who didn’t know, I used to work in the food industry for product research in confectionery so I know a lot about chocolate.

Hit me with any questions!

Happy Easter 🐣

#nutrition #health #chocolate #easter #eastereggs #confectionery #fitness #mindful #food #foodie
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Give me strength ☕️ 

The theory is that coffee [caffeine] has been “proven” (it hasn’t) to “encourage fat storage around the mid-section” through the stimulation of adrenaline, in turn stimulating cortisol (stress hormone) release. 

In the body, every action has MULTIPLE reactions. It is the NET of these reactions that matter, i.e., do the positives outweigh the negatives or vice versa?

So yes, caffeine intake does stimulate a small increase in cortisol, but…

Caffeine intake actually promotes weight loss (or at least reduces weight gain) because it ALSO increases metabolic rate, fat oxidation, & energy expenditure, & reduces appetite. 

In addition, moderate caffeine consumption is generally associated with some health benefits e.g., reduced risk of certain diseases, improved physical & cognitive performance. 

https://doi.org/10.1080/10408398.2018.1507996.
https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-nutr-071816-064941.

#nutrition #health #coffee #caffeine #science #bs #weightloss #fitness #exercise #appetite

Give me strength ☕️

The theory is that coffee [caffeine] has been “proven” (it hasn’t) to “encourage fat storage around the mid-section” through the stimulation of adrenaline, in turn stimulating cortisol (stress hormone) release.

In the body, every action has MULTIPLE reactions. It is the NET of these reactions that matter, i.e., do the positives outweigh the negatives or vice versa?

So yes, caffeine intake does stimulate a small increase in cortisol, but…

Caffeine intake actually promotes weight loss (or at least reduces weight gain) because it ALSO increases metabolic rate, fat oxidation, & energy expenditure, & reduces appetite.

In addition, moderate caffeine consumption is generally associated with some health benefits e.g., reduced risk of certain diseases, improved physical & cognitive performance.

https://doi.org/10.1080/10408398.2018.1507996.
https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-nutr-071816-064941.

#nutrition #health #coffee #caffeine #science #bs #weightloss #fitness #exercise #appetite
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One for the ladies. Just a few practical nutrition tips to help with appetite when going into peri- & menopause. 

Easier said than done so please reach out if you need additional support.

And please be aware that nutrition can be supportive when trying to reduce symptoms, but nutrition is not medicine. It can not be used as a replacement for HRT.

#nutrition #health #menopause #perimenopause #nutritionsupport #nutritioncoaching #appetite #food #foodie #protein

One for the ladies. Just a few practical nutrition tips to help with appetite when going into peri- & menopause.

Easier said than done so please reach out if you need additional support.

And please be aware that nutrition can be supportive when trying to reduce symptoms, but nutrition is not medicine. It can not be used as a replacement for HRT.

#nutrition #health #menopause #perimenopause #nutritionsupport #nutritioncoaching #appetite #food #foodie #protein
...

#girlpower and all that…

Everyone starts somewhere. The key is to start.

Be inspired. 

Feel empowered.

And one day, you’ll be the inspiration 💚

@danwilliams.takeyourshot 
@awmuscleandfitness 

#nutrition #fitness #health #inspire #girlswholift #womenwholift #bodybuilding #strength #motivation #strongwomen #muscle #workharder

#girlpower and all that…

Everyone starts somewhere. The key is to start.

Be inspired.

Feel empowered.

And one day, you’ll be the inspiration 💚

@danwilliams.takeyourshot
@awmuscleandfitness

#nutrition #fitness #health #inspire #girlswholift #womenwholift #bodybuilding #strength #motivation #strongwomen #muscle #workharder
...

It’s important that we can recognise foods that are nutrient dense and supportive of health. These are the foods you should focus your diet around.

Non-nutrient dense foods are also fine. These are the foods you can enjoy in moderation.

Assuming that one is unprocessed (or minimally processed) and the other is processed (or ultra processed) is incorrect & frankly quite damaging.

There are ultra processed foods out there that are fortified with vitamins & minerals commonly lacking in the diet, and therefore can be important to some people’s health. They shouldn’t be judged for eating them.

It’s also important to consider access and affordability of leading an unprocessed life. It’s quite elitist. It’s not always possible and probably not wanted. It’s just another way of introducing rules around eating and barriers around food enjoyment.

If you supplement your diet, your pills are processed.

Ps. The Zoe probiotic kefir drink is processed. Designed by the man who demonises processed foods. That is the world we live in. 

#nutrition #health #food #foodie #fitness #processed #wellbeing #nutritioncoach #healthcoach #lovelife

It’s important that we can recognise foods that are nutrient dense and supportive of health. These are the foods you should focus your diet around.

Non-nutrient dense foods are also fine. These are the foods you can enjoy in moderation.

Assuming that one is unprocessed (or minimally processed) and the other is processed (or ultra processed) is incorrect & frankly quite damaging.

There are ultra processed foods out there that are fortified with vitamins & minerals commonly lacking in the diet, and therefore can be important to some people’s health. They shouldn’t be judged for eating them.

It’s also important to consider access and affordability of leading an unprocessed life. It’s quite elitist. It’s not always possible and probably not wanted. It’s just another way of introducing rules around eating and barriers around food enjoyment.

If you supplement your diet, your pills are processed.

Ps. The Zoe probiotic kefir drink is processed. Designed by the man who demonises processed foods. That is the world we live in.

#nutrition #health #food #foodie #fitness #processed #wellbeing #nutritioncoach #healthcoach #lovelife
...

If you’re trying to lose fat, don’t over complicate it.

1. Make sure you’re in a calorie deficit

2. Focus on protein & fibre intake for satiation (& protein for lean body mass).

3. Fats & carbs are interchangeable. Eat what you prefer! Enjoy what you eat.

The success of your fat loss journey is underpinned by compliance & sustainability. 

@danwilliams.takeyourshot 
@awmuscleandfitness 
@aw_muscleandfitness_owner 
@full_boar_sports 

#nutrition #health #food #foodie #fatloss #diet #protein #sustainability #compliance #fitness #nutritionfacts

If you’re trying to lose fat, don’t over complicate it.

1. Make sure you’re in a calorie deficit

2. Focus on protein & fibre intake for satiation (& protein for lean body mass).

3. Fats & carbs are interchangeable. Eat what you prefer! Enjoy what you eat.

The success of your fat loss journey is underpinned by compliance & sustainability.

@danwilliams.takeyourshot
@awmuscleandfitness
@aw_muscleandfitness_owner
@full_boar_sports

#nutrition #health #food #foodie #fatloss #diet #protein #sustainability #compliance #fitness #nutritionfacts
...

There is only 1 way to lose weight.

A calorie deficit.

The end.

On another note - I’m really anti- labelling diets. Why do we need to?! 

@danwilliams.takeyourshot 🎥 

#nutrition #health #intermittentfasting #diet #weightloss #fatloss #nutritionfacts #fitness #nutritioncoach #healthcoach

There is only 1 way to lose weight.

A calorie deficit.

The end.

On another note - I’m really anti- labelling diets. Why do we need to?!

@danwilliams.takeyourshot 🎥

#nutrition #health #intermittentfasting #diet #weightloss #fatloss #nutritionfacts #fitness #nutritioncoach #healthcoach
...

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