I sat down with my long time friend, fellow dietitian, mama, and co-author of the new book Born to Eat, Leslie Schilling. We share our experience as kids with family members who dieted and how we began to notice the intergenerational impact of dieting as adults with kids of our own. But that’s just the warm up.
In one of my favorite conversations to-date, you’ll learn about why Leslie had to drop her “achievement idol” in order to find true happiness in life, recover from the traumatic high risk pregnancy that left her hospitalized for nearly two months, and find a way to make meaning of her good friend’s untimely death that left her devastated. Leslie is an amazing mom and friend because of her challenges in life, not despite them.
We eventually get to chatting about her amazing book, Born to Eat, which we joke is like “body kindness for babies”. You’ll learn all about how Leslie came to embrace baby led weaning as a feeding approach for her family and then show me and her co-author, our friend and chef/dietitian Wendy Jo Peterson how to do this approach without freaking out. Beyond a book about food, you’ll get letters to share with caregivers to set boundaries around food and body comments and you’ll get motivation for keeping your family’s mindset in line with body kindness and against diet culture. This is the perfect book for baby showers, new parents, and parents and caregivers to kids through the ages. You can even get an autographed copy of Born to Eat. Contact Leslie via her email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Leslie Leslie Schilling owns a Las Vegas-based private practice, specializing in nutrition counseling for families, those of all ages with disordered eating concerns, and professional athletes and performers. In addition to running her practice, Leslie serves as a performance nutrition consultant for Cirque du Soleil® and an eating disorder specialist and supervisory consultant for eating disorder treatment centers in Nevada. With her warm, compassionate, and entertaining personality, Leslie been featured in media outlets like Women’s Health, Self, Pregnancy Magazine, The Yoga Journal, Bicycling, BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, US News & World Report, and on HGTV. You may know her best as the creator of the Born To Eat® approach and co-author of the award-winning book, Born To Eat.