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The "What's for Dinner?" Question is Hard. Here's What You Can Do About It.


One of the world’s hardest questions is "What's for dinner?"

Yes, even for me as a dietitian.

It’s a never-ending task to feed yourself (and your family if you’re feeding a family). And even when you take away the pressure of diet culture and work to promote a healthy relationship food for yourself, this question is STILL hard. No magic answers for you here, my friends!

As hard as this question can be for me sometimes, I have to pause and be grateful for a peaceful relationship with food. This question becomes orders of magnitude more difficult when you add on diet rules, body image stress and difficult family feeding situations and dynamics.

There are things you can do to help make this question easier to answer. You can learn how to plan meals and set yourself up for low stress by thinking ahead (check out my meal planning webinar!). You can work on your relationship with food by reading books, listening to podcasts, following people on social media, etc. to help illuminate the causes and conditions that lead you to struggle with food. You can learn about how to set up structure and systems in your home to make feeding your kids smoother (check out my new course Raising Intuitive Eaters!). All of these things are worthy of your exploration and can potentially ease your stress around the “what’s for dinner?” question.

And just to be totally transparent and to hopefully set your expectations up appropriately: I don’t know if it ever gets *effortless* to meet your needs with food. But, it doesn’t have to be so hard. I’m here to help! (Along with SO many other fabulous clinicians, coaches, activists, educators, etc. online). I BELIEVE IN YOU!

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