Episodes
Hunger is still an issue for children and families during the pandemic. Learn about food dignity, blind privilege, and how we can all face our assumptions about food insecurity. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/125
Published 12/24/20
Learn how to raise a smart snacker with The Smart Mom’s Guide to Healthy Snacking, a book to help parents and caretakers. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/124
Published 12/10/20
I’ve got a history with candy and it’s shaped my relationship with sweets. Learn how to normalize and neutralize desserts for you and your family. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/123
Published 11/19/20
Dr. Charlotte Markey discusses girls’ body image, how to parent through the tweens and teens, and her book, The Body Image Book for Girls. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/122
Published 11/05/20
Discover the latest research and recommendations on early childhood nutrition, including nutrient needs, self-feeding, and baby food innovations. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/121
Published 10/22/20
Liz Ward, RD talks pregnancy diet, food cravings, nutrients for a successful pregnancy, and prenatal supplements. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/120
Published 10/08/20
Joan Salge Blake, RD, college professor and podcaster, discusses how weight gain in college happens, from increasing independence with food selections to stress and lack of sleep. Learn how young adults can be healthy in college.  Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/119
Published 09/24/20
Dayle Hayes, RD and school food champion, discusses how schools stepped up to the pandemic, how COVID-19 impacted food insecure kids in school, the safety precautions of feeding kids in the lunchroom, and much more.  Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/118
Published 09/10/20
One show that a lot of my listeners enjoyed was my episode with Catherine Pearlman, author of the book, Ignore it! I thought that perhaps your child’s behaviors might be annoying you right about now… or maybe you could use a pep talk, so I’m re-sharing this episode. In this ep, Catherine Pearlman walks us through her method for creating good behaviors in our kids – the behaviors we want to see. She explains how every kid acts out sometimes, which can make it even more frustrating than usual...
Published 08/27/20
There’s no denying that how we feel (sad, mad, or glad for example) may be tied to what we choose to eat and how we eat it. One of my personal favorite episodes this past year or so has been the topic of emotional eating. I had Melanie Smith, the Training Director of the Renfrew Center specializing in eating disorders, on the podcast to discuss the importance of teaching emotional regulation in children and how it relates to food and eating. Melanie said, "Emotional regulation is the ability...
Published 08/13/20
I nerd out on brain development. All the changes that happen in the brain throughout childhood are simply amazing. Brain development has been a fascination of mine for quite some time. And not just what goes on in the infancy years. Quite a bit goes on throughout childhood and the teen years too. And, as a 50-something year old, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just slightly interested in what happens to the brain as we age. I’ve had two guest experts come on the podcast to talk about infancy...
Published 07/30/20
When other relatives take care of your kids, your food choices for them and feeding routines can swerve off track. One of the questions I get from parents is around grandparents feeding their grandkids. Parents complain or are distressed by their own parents or in-laws feeding their kids unhealthy food. Grandparents may give their grandchildren too many sweets. Or let them off the hook at mealtime and give them what they really want to eat, like pizza or chicken nuggets. Or, perhaps they...
Published 07/16/20
What do you say to your child when he refuses to eat? When he throws a tantrum because what you served for his meal isn’t what he wants to eat? Or, what do you say when your child keeps asking for more food? In my work over the years with parents, the question of what to say, or how to respond, comes up a lot. Parents don’t want to be the NO GUY or GAL all the time. I get it. I don’t want to say no all the time either. So, how can you say no without saying that word? AND, how can you do...
Published 07/02/20
The kids are home for summer and eating and feeding naturally intensifies. That structure associated with school is looser, and food options are influenced by heat, outdoor activities and yes, the sweet tooth. My bet is you’ll have to find a way to keep structure, boundaries and reasonable choices in place. That’s why I’m sharing this episode again – 5 feeding rules to help your child eat better. Some of these are intuitive, some not so much. All of them could be helpful to you. If you’ve...
Published 06/18/20
Dr. Frank Mitloehner, The Greenhouse Guru, explains climate change, the role of greenhouse gases, and how agriculture may play a helpful role. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/111
Published 06/04/20
Learn what the child with ADHD needs you to think about so you feed holistically and nutritiously, enabling good growth, behavior, and learning. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/110
Published 05/21/20
Learn how Faith Newsome overcame severe obesity with bariatric surgery and how she helps other teens through OCEANS Lifestyles. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/109
Published 05/07/20
Ted Kyle helps us understand teen obesity as a health condition, while advocating for treatment and humane approaches. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/108
Published 04/23/20
How to balance food and feeding your family during the coronavirus pandemic. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/107
Published 04/09/20
GENYOUth CEO, Alexis Glick, talks about child food insecurity, coronavirus, and the partnership of the public and private sectors to help children achieve their greatest potential. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/106
Published 03/26/20
Pediatric dietitian Rashelle Berry of The Marcus Center for Autism chats about selective eating, autism and the important role nutrition plays in autism. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/105
Published 03/12/20
I’m chatting about the history of baby food, what’s important to know and think about as you begin the food for baby journey, and some guidance about your options, whether it’s spoon-feeding or baby-led weaning.  Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/104
Published 02/27/20
Maryann Jacobsen discusses the risk of body dissatisfaction in girls as they move through puberty, offering guidance from her book, My Body’s Superpower: The Girl’s Guide to Growing Up Healthy During Puberty. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/103
Published 02/13/20
Let’s dive into children’s growth: The growth spurt, growth charts, the role of growth hormone and how these relate with puberty, sleep and weight. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/102
Published 01/30/20
Dr. Jennifer Harris helps us understand toddler milk, transition formulas and toddler snacks, sharing her research and insight on food marketing to young children. Get full show notes and more information here: https://jillcastle.com/101
Published 01/16/20