Eps 130: Ending the Food Battle with Julie Miller

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Julie Miller is on with us!

Julie is on a mission to live a delicious life and bring joy back to the family dinner table.  She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator who holds a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from Bastyr University.  She has over 16 years’ experience sharing food and nutrition philosophy with diverse communities throughout the Seattle area. 

Julie currently specializes in helping families find their own positive feeding dynamic so that food is less of a parenting chore and more of a nourishing experience.  She believes that connection between adults, children and food sets the stage for a lifetime of personal wellness, including healthy eating.  Julie knows, as a Mom, that the constant demand to prepare and serve food can get just a wee bit tiring and tricky.  She emphasizes reducing the drama and eating minimally processed foods, while ensuring that children and adults meet their nutritional needs to support growth, development and wellbeing.   



  • Got into nutrition for personal reasons

  • Had kids and discovered PD

  • So much judgment in parenting – especially fierce around food

  • Helps parents to make parenting around food a nourishing experience for everyone

  • Most typical complaint? “I don’t like it”

  • Second biggest? Picky eating

  • Parental Fatigue – parents DON’T want to cook but DO want to feel kids good food

  • PD says – “Eating, sleeping, pottying, you can’t make them do it!”

  • You CAN work on belonging, significance and influence

  • They need to be guided, not forced

  • Division of responsibility – defining roles (Ellen Satter’s work)

    • Parent responsible for what, when, where AND maintaining connection

    • Child responsible for what they eat and how much

  • Story about Rowan drinking caffeine

  • Over 12 100mg isn’t terrible

  • Under 12 no caffeine

  • Guide THEM in using the information to make informed choices

  • Until it is personally meaningful for them to feel the effects of their choices, behavior won’t change

  • AND they learn what they live

  • Before bed snacks….

    • Timing

  • Thank you bites??

  • What about suggesting…..

    • Serve food family style. Parents can mentioned all the items that are available, then the parents job is done….

  • What about the salad??

  • Short term vs long term goals

  • Let go of judgement

  • Invite kids into planning/cooking to bulk up their belonging/significance/influence

  • Your job is to provide food, provide some structure and love them unconditionally

  • Let go of self judgement/what others think/fear

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