Eat Right Program - FAQs
What is a Food Habits Coach? What do you do?
A Child Food Habits Coach is one who focuses on creating healthy eating habits and more importantly a positive association with food and meal times.
As with anything in life, good habits can be learned…including, of course, how children behave, manner and healthy eating. Fostering healthy eating habits is a lifelong gift that a parent can pass on to their children. This is what I focus on and do with the Eat Right Program....I help in changing your child from a "Picky / Fussy Eater" to a "Happy" Eater"
How long will it take to see results?
Most people have noticed meaningful and positive differences in their child's attitude towards eating and food within 2 weeks of implementing the Eat Right Program. Results do vary a bit depending on the child, the problems and age of the child. Rest assured if you follow the Eat Right Plan consistently then positive changes will follow.
What is your training? Are you a doctor or a dietician?
I am graduate from the International Parenting and Health Institute, USA, have obtained certifications in Child Nutrition from Texas A&M University, and have learned from other international experts in the field. In addition, my training proudly also comes from my own experiences as a mother of two young children.
I don't offer the services of a dietcian, nutritionist or a pediatrician. If your child has any health or medical concerns, please consult with your pediatrician or other licensed medical professional.
What ages do you work with?
I work with children between 15 months and up to 7 years of age for the Eat Right Program.
My child is underweight. Will you help her to put on weight?
If your pediatrician believes your child is underweight he will give you the appropriate diet suggestions, if any. Children who regularly eat healthy portions of a balanced diet, who get sufficient physical exercise for their age and do not have any health problems, generally do not have issues with their weight. My job is to help you teach your child to learn to enjoy a healthy, balanced, diet and to thereby learn to have healthy eating habits which he/she will carry to adulthood.
Will there be a lot of crying and tantrums from my child?
Fussy / Eating Eaters have created a habit and learned this over time. Our job is to help them unlearn them and to start the process of enjoying food and mealtimes.
Depending on your child's temperament you may see some crying and may be even tantrums. However, this is not the norm for most children implementing the Eat Right Program. However, I will prepare you for all of this during our consultations and guide you in terms of all the challenges to expect while implementing the program.
Will I have to cook separate meals for my child to implement this program?
Not at all! If you are cooking separate meals for your fussy eater, we are only extending the problem.
One of my children is a picky eater while the other is fine.
Children have different personalities, temperaments, likes, and dislikes. While your methods worked beautifully for one child, the same may not be the best for your other child. This is why I do not believe in a one size fits all policy. I treat each child individually and customize a plan only after understanding and taking into account that child's unique considerations.
I was a fussy eater as a child! Is that why my child is picky eater?
Fussy eating is not genetic. It is a habit. Every parent wants their child to have the best start to a healthy life. In today’s world where children are exposed to too many unhealthy food choices it is very important that we instill healthy eating habits from a young age. Eating habits learned in childhood generally carry on in adult life.
My child takes forever to finish her bite or meal. And doesn't enjoy food.
This is a very common problem among toddlers and “Yes” the Eat Right Plan can help you with such problems.
My son drinks a lot of milk but refuses to eat food.
While children do need milk for their growth and nutrition, a typical child needs a lot more wholesome nutrition to promote a healthy development. So it is important that a child eats a healthy, balanced diet (food and milk).
Do I need to buy a full package? I just have a few questions.
Do I need to buy a full package? I just have a few questions.
You have the option of a time based consultation as well. Please write me an email or text message or, if you prefer, you can call me with your queries. I can quickly help you decide if you should sign up for the hourly consultation or the standard package.
Will I have to eliminate all sugar/sweets from my child’s diet?
"Moderation" is the key word. And this is a central philosophy of the Eat Right program.
My child is overweight. Will you put him on a diet?
If your pediatrician believes your child is overweight he will give you the appropriate diet suggestions, if any. Children who regularly eat healthy portions of a balanced diet, get sufficient physical exercise for their age and have no health problems, generally do not have issues with their weight. My job is to help you teach your child to learn to enjoy a healthy, balanced, diet and to thereby learn to have healthy eating habits which he/she will carry to adulthood.
I have two kids. Will I have to buy two packages?
Families with twins or multiple children enrolling in the Eat Right Program at the same time, can benefit from a 50% off the additional package. For siblings, two separate packages need to be taken to reflect the fact that age differences, as well as unique characteristics of each child, need to be taken into consideration for developing a customized Eat Right Plan. In case you want your children handled separately, i.e. you want to get one child trained with the program before starting the next child, then we will have to treat them as two separate packages.
Why do I only offer Video / Audio consultations?
When I started my working as Child Sleep and Food Habits consultant, I initially did offer in person consultations. But as time passed and word spread about my consultations, I had clients from different parts of India asking me how they could also avail of my services. I also found that parents found it challenging to travel in the traffic of Indian cities and reach at the appointment time and then stay patiently to do long sessions with me. As my Service does not entail any physical tests, there was no real reason to meet any of my clients in person and so I switched my modus operandi to Video / Audio sessions. In the last 9+ years that has been the only way I do all my consultations. My clients also agree that though some of them were apprehensive about this method of consultation, they have no reservations about it after they have tried it.
Because of this method of consultation, I have been able to serve clients from many first and second tier cities in India and clients internationally from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, France, UAE, Dubai, Oman, Qatar, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, USA, Canada.