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Dr. Leigh Weisz  6:48  

So I guess we’ll dive right in to one of the questions that I would say comes up for us a lot in the practice. When pediatricians have their wellness visits, or when families take their children for their wellness visits to the pediatrician. Oftentimes, a pediatrician will say, you know, the child is slightly overweight, and we need to work on this at home, you know, healthier eating, maybe increased exercise. So there’s nothing wrong with delivering that message. But parents then really get nervous about how to handle this appropriately. Especially when maybe one person in the family one child is overweight, and the other or others are not. And so I guess my first question for you is how how would you guide parents into having these conversations without giving their children a complex?

Lara Field  7:39  

Yeah, I mean, the question is, there’s so many parts of that, that intro actually, that I want to dig into, you know, I think, number one, as parents, we are usually two partners that are coming to the table with our own baggage, we have our own stuff, our own experiences that we went through maybe as kids that weren’t so great, maybe nutritionally and and then we want to raise these these little people about our own. And so it’s somewhat challenging at first, when these two partners come together, and have their own opinions about things. I think that’s like the first step. And, you know, you mentioned my husband is a divert divorce attorney. And I kind of joke sometimes, I’m a mediator sometimes too, in this sense, but I really love to sift through people’s baggage people’s background, because that is really important to address and understand. Because that is a way the first step in really targeting, what are we going to do you know, and so when parent partners are on the same page, it’s really helpful or at least can understand where the other one is coming from? I think that that’s the first step because if no one is in sync, or the two are not in line, it’s almost it doesn’t really work, you know, and so having everyone on the same team, I think, is really helpful.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  9:05  

Can you give an example of where to two parents might not see eye to eye on how to

Lara Field  9:11  

most definitely, you know, if this first of the situation comes up, regularly, weekly, you know, if not more, and I would say maybe if one parent comes from a background whose mom or dad was very restrictive as it is as a kid, or when that child, the parent was a child, and so that parent might have some strong feelings about not being restrictive and wanting to change the course of how they’re parenting their own children. We might also have the opposite and again, this comes up pretty regularly that you know, then there’s another parent who’s over indulgent and that becomes from family of over indulgers and and you That’s just how it is. And so coming together sometimes can be very challenging when we have a child that might need some assistance. And so I think when we can kind of come to a common ground to help the individual, it’s really helpful

Dr. Leigh Weisz  10:16  

to be a couple’s counselor first time that

Lara Field  10:20  

I lean on, I lean on my, my therapeutic support. So we can all kind of help a family. But, but to that, that kind of initial question, I would say that, you know, when a doctor delivers information, it can be very heavily loaded, and very stressful, sometimes in the in the unfortunate delivery of the information, that’s where it burns first. And, you know, knowing how to troubleshoot and navigate that is really important. I guess, depending on the child’s age, there can be a lot of factors here too. But I do think it’s, you know, it’s never too early or too soon to make some changes. And again, in our practice that FEED, we’re really about realistic changes, not that we’re taking everything away, or that we have to be on a diet, so to speak, and, and you know, the word healthy you brought up to that I want to mention, because everyone that word healthy can mean so many different things to so many people. And I think it is overused and very confusing. So it could be that, you know that it means that we it’s very nutrient containing, so a lot of vitamin C or calcium or so forth, it could mean that maybe it has high fiber and maybe how we might feel fuller, faster. So that’s healthy, it might mean that, you know, maybe it’s just better than the alternative of the salty cracker snack. So I think this overuse of the word healthy can be triggering for a lot of people and a little stressful. So. But getting back to your question, I guess, you know, when I’m navigating this space with new families, it is about just coming up with a few goals, I would say and not making this overwhelming for the family. But yeah, but actually taking actionable steps and not and not doing this stamps, we like to do with the information. Because I I think we are always worried about how this is going to affect our child in the long term. And what if I say the wrong thing, and I guess I agree, 100%. But I also would say, well, by not doing anything, or by not actually addressing the situation, we’re just extending the stance, we’re we’re prolonging the inevitable. And I think part of it is really my experience as a kid with my dad, who’s by the way healthy. I know, I always forget their heart rate and healthy thank God and He’s in his cholesterol is managed. But you know, I think if we can address this situation and learn from it, our kids will fare better in the future, right?

Dr. Leigh Weisz  13:24  

You don’t want to ignore it completely, either. Right? Think just and you can say you can communicate in a non shaming way, you know, even if it is the truth, which is that the person does need to lose weight, right, or they do need to eat differently, you can do it without making them feel badly about themselves.

Lara Field  13:43  

And I think just like, as the doctor said, you know, like kind of just throwing it out there. Like, you know, I know, this might sound a little scary, but we’re gonna work together on this and, you know, having the child know that they have comfort and support and their family. And then it’s not going to be this uprooted you know, big undertaking, but rather, educating them to know that this is this is really important for our future. I think, like anything else, you know, we do in parenting, this, that’s an important thing too.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  14:18  

And, you know, going back to that original question of, you know, let’s say one child’s overweight and one, you know, is just naturally really skinny and doesn’t need to worry about that in the same way. I need guidance on how to handle them the same differently.

Lara Field  14:32  

And again, I think that this is so common, I think the biggest strategy that I would say and it is somewhat therapeutic support to it’s not making these two children feel different and we’re not doing this because of X but we’re as a family. This is a this was a more this was like a raising a flag saying hey, we need to we need to rein it in here. And so you know, kids that don’t have a political issue, don’t doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t no learn how to eat better for their bodies and their future. And just because there might be a warning sign on one of our kids doesn’t mean that the rest of the family shouldn’t kind of take note and pause. They can be in different growing stages, they can have different levels of activity. But that doesn’t mean in their future that they’re not going to be the same. You know. So I think that it’s, I’m, I’m very optimistic, always, I’m always half full, sometimes to my families. My family is not the way that same way. But I do want to always find the good. And I think that if we can try to not make it so daunting and stressful, it’s okay. You know, and I think that’s where a lot of families come to me and my partner’s that they’re scared and feel like, Ooh, what is this gonna do to us, and like everything else, it just takes a little massaging and support. And it’s can be really good, too. That’s wonderful. So

Dr. Leigh Weisz  16:12  

it sounds like, in general, the whole family could benefit from a shift in lifestyle, a shift in their eating style will say, not just the sort of identified client, as we say, and it

Lara Field  16:24  

really translates into other other parts of my practice, too. I mean, I work with food allergies, and celiac disease all the time. And, you know, it’s a very, it’s somewhat exactly the same actually, that, you know, it’s a very gentle balance between, you know, we have to change our whole family’s eating because of this child, or everyone, you know, everyone is blaming this child, because we’re changing their, or eating. And so I think that we, it’s important to work as a collective unit, always, when we approach things like that, because that’s how it’ll, you know, everyone will fare better. Food shouldn’t rule us it, you know, and, and it does very much. But food should be something that’s, you know, fun, and educational and bonding, and just, you know, bringing the family together versus ripping it apart. And I think that some of these situations can feel that it will, but it just takes this subtle massaging it’s a to make it better. That’s really helpful, really helpful.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  17:39  

So thinking again, about some of the stressors recently, I know our practice has seen an uptick in a lot of of issues that the children and adolescents and families that we work with, are facing. And I think COVID recently has just just affected everyone in different ways. I’m curious for you and your practice, what you’ve seen the most, in terms of how COVID has impacted families in terms of their eating their habits, things like that. And then again, what what you’d say, what advice you can give everyone,

Lara Field  18:12  

I mean, it’s it we definitely have all been thrown for a loop in our practices, in terms of kind of what we were expecting what we used to have a slight regular, kind of day to day and now all you know, in the beginning, it was a lot of our a lot of concern, or am I going to gain the you know, the COVID-19. And then, you know, as time moved on it translate did very differently. I would say, because of the time that we spent at home, there’s a few things that have come out. One, I would say emotional eating or having some sort of food comfort is a very big one that I see regularly that, you know, we were kind of stuck in our environments, and not it wasn’t very fun for a lot of individuals. And now you know, they figured out what foods kind of made them feel good. And so we do have a weight and I’m somewhat of a weight problem maybe now.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  19:22  

So you mean some people were feeling depressed and feeling bored and so the food which sort of give them an instant, feel good kind of kind of experience. I’m also thinking about the people working from home and the fact that their kitchens are right there that probably didn’t help that they

Lara Field  19:38  

the mortgage adults that we work with worked from home in the kitchen I always talk about how you can move your your workspace as far as possible because it’s this association right it’s the if you see it, it will so it during COVID We are at following our now it’s it’s really about kind of trying to figure out those emotional triggers like what is, is and trying to change habits a little bit as well. They the other, I guess the other part of this is I would see a lot of picky eaters or selective eaters. And, you know, when we were not maybe able to have all of the foods that we put at a, you know, shopping was limited, or I think it or we just ordered online, what we knew we needed. I think some of my selective eaters, it got a little bit worse too, because we weren’t constantly challenged, maybe we didn’t have the therapies that we were, you know, needing on a weekly basis for support and, and so the, there’s a few parts that I think have grown and morphed into something a little different, but the steps are similar to what I was out, like lying before with weight management, you know, it’s really about kind of taking a step back and thinking, Well, you know, what are these behaviors we’re sitting on a daily basis are we do we have an unlimited pantry supply of snacks that make us feel really, you know, it’s hard to resist, we’re really so you know, making some subtle changes at home, maybe not having that loaded pantry, maybe going out for treats instead of having them in our house. I know it sounds kind of so simple, but it does make a huge impact. I’d say too.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  21:38  

I remember vividly when you came to speak to our practice to our clinicians, you saying home should be a health Haven. And I that’s stuck with me that you know, we can go out for ice cream, we could go out for the treats but don’t have every single favorite junk food item in your in your pantry.

Lara Field  21:55  

I mean, myself is our you know, my home included, I think if we had every tempting treat that known, you know, that we were able to like a grocery store does, I think it would be hard to navigate. And you know, with that access, we have a tendency to not go to the fridge or just not go to this country because we don’t see it. So visuals as a huge, huge thing. And if you have like a candy dish or a or a beautiful like dessert tray, you know, cover on your on our countertop, it may make our brain say that looks really good. I thought some things. So it’s not about being restrictive, either. But it’s just having that balance is something that I think is really helpful with her our day to day.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  22:44  

No, that is that is really helpful. What would you say in terms of the picky eaters? I know there’s some stat about you have to introduce a food X amount of times, I don’t know the exact number. You know, even if they don’t like it the first time, what what would you say for especially for the younger kids were picky to the parents who are trying to nappy short order crafts and trying to help their children to be exposed to some some new foods. But again, it’s always a challenge.

Lara Field  23:11  

So it’s actually nine to 15 times it takes introduced a food, a lot of child prefer it. Now the research is is usually done on infants, you know, and in new exposures. But nine to 15 times is quite a bit. Yeah, I like to talk about it with kids, kind of depending on the age to talk about practicing, you know, when when we are learning a sport or a music instrument or what have you, we practice or school or spelling, you know, with us and practice takes time. And sometimes it’s frustrating. And but then the result is we master something and I like to use that parallel with food to with kids, especially school age because they get it you know, they understand that. Okay, well, I don’t really love it so much. But you know, and depending on the situation that that can be taken that can work or not work. But I like to have a I like to start there, you know, and just know that to set expectations that it does take time. And it’s something that with persistence we can have, we can have success. But, you know, with there’s there’s so much to talk about on this topic that I think it’s really there is somewhat of a case by case basis. But I would say something that really works for my practice is is talking about what they really love or yum. And what they really dislike or Yeah, and I like to kind of assess their food preferences someone on a scale. So we have our foods that we would love to eat every single day. And then our foods that we would never like to put past our lips. Late having kids have that confidence that I will never suggest those yuck foods ever, because everyone has yuck foods. You know, everyone has foods that we don’t have to love everything, right. But we have to somewhat tolerate it. And you know, knowing in the spectrum of y’all can Yum, where the goal is and goal, the goal foods are the foods we’re practicing, that we need to kind of try to learn the love. But those goal foods should be somewhat close to yum. And not at all. Yeah, you know, and I think giving kids that trust almost that they’re not going to be offered or suggested or coerced or are recommended to eat foods that they really feel uncomfortable about is is really important. Because it does give them a little bit of confidence and, and trust. And when you’ve worked

Dr. Leigh Weisz  26:08  

with picky eaters, in your experience, can you take us through an example of like an actual food you’ve introduced and went about it?

Lara Field  26:15  

Well, it’s, it’s interesting. So there’s some there’s a lot of philosophy in this and how to make headway. And I guess my first step with families is doing this younger, young scale and building on these goal foods. Something that I guess another part of this, what I work, how I work is is trying to kind of look at the big picture and understand where these I like to they’re they’re almost foods that are taking up space. And they’re distractors, distractor foods that are kind of taking up space, take time, space in our stomach, of keeping us feel full, and that they’re almost they’re expected, they taste the same thing every single time, the same way, the same shape, the same texture. And by removing some of those, actually, our kids palettes are a little bit more open, you know, and willing. So I guess how I navigate this is trying to see where these distractor foods might be fitting in, and just understanding the lay of the land with food and understanding kind of when are we eating and maybe why and I sometimes just understand that landscape can be really impactful and make a pretty big impact in their future, and also what they’re eating on the regular. You know, I I like to say, you know, healthy eating is not about what we eat on a regular basis, but rather what we aren’t eating on a regular basis. You know, so if we have the occasional cheese cracker, that’s very salty. Sure, but having it twice a day. That’s a different story.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  28:10  

Right? Okay, that makes that makes sense. I’m just thinking about, again, birthday parties and play dates. And, you know, just these natural times where there are, you know, again, sugary junk food kind of foods introduced. And, again, in terms of balance, moderation, just wondering how do you help them? When How do you help them with moderation when there are so many of these situations, it seems each week that come up? I know, when my kids were really little, we used to do like desert nights, and we would have certain nights that I would say, okay, you can have this. And that was it was very cut and dry was a little easier. Obviously, as they get older, and they’re out with friends or especially when they’re teenagers. I just wonder how you talk about that with with?

Lara Field  28:58  

Yeah, well, I guess to the desert night thing is, is a key FEED fundamental, I would say so. So nice work. I think having drawn some lines in the sand like and that’s where I come to be realistic, you know that it is not, it would not be appropriate for us to say you can never have treats. I mean, that’s just not realistic. It’s so not fun. And it’s not something we want to teach our kids we want to teach our kids to enjoy. I mean, that’s a huge part of our livelihood, you know, and so, but it is about balance and it is something that’s important to kind of say, Well, do you want that like sugary soda? Or are you going to have cake after dinner and really having those conversations? It get it and they get it as they get older too? You know, and I would say so. So stepping back a bit you know when there’s still On many occasions, I think having that conversation with the family as, as the weeks are going on, you know, can I have a treat after school? Well, that should be from the parent should say, Well, what if, you know, we had a birthday party here, and we had to think we can have X instead? It might sound a little strong, but, you know, they’re not asking, we’re not kind of getting, we’re, we have to make some strong decisions as parents, right? Time, for instance, like brushing your teeth. There’s things that we want to nurture their awareness and, and just regular habit forming that I think food is the same thing. You know, we shouldn’t go every day by having something that’s so loaded in sugar, or really, you know, having a lecture, but, um, I think so having that conversation of, of just access is important. Yeah, that’s a

Dr. Leigh Weisz  31:02  

good, that’s a good word. I think about summer and how that the ice cream truck pulls up. And there’s, you know, there just seems to be, it’s always there. And so, you know, having a realistic conversation about right, not depriving them, but also not having it every single day, twice a day.

Lara Field  31:19  

Well, and then, you know, I think that there’s so many asks, you know, can I have this at lunch? Can I have this after dinner? Can I have? Can I have this with on the weekends? And, and so if we, if we give them a 50%? Yes, and a 50%? No, I think we’re good. Right. Right. But but as my kids, I mean, my own personal experience, you know, I have a 14 year old and an almost 12 year old and, you know, it’s, they are the my little science experiments at home. But I do am very proud of how they approach foods, sometimes not great, but sometimes good. And I mean, food, to me is such a, it is something we need, but it’s also such an educational experience, too. And so I think, like the candy that comes at in the Halloween treats versus the delicious pastry that we can get from a local bakery, you know, what’s more valuable, and I would say, the pastry at the, you know, that’s pretty special and fun. But so, so sometimes it’s about understanding the value. And I realize all of us have different, you know, what is valuable to us, but that’s how I think I’ve approached it a little bit to that, you know, you can have that candy every day, but we shouldn’t. And so maybe we save it for another time. And I think that that, that speaks to them to? Absolutely, absolutely.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  32:46  

How about grocery shopping, and meal planning, I mean, again, I’m gonna let you pick up a story or a family, you know, kind of what you would typically do to help a busy parent. But I don’t think that parents, we don’t have as much time, unfortunately, to have a wonderful sit down family meal, every weeknight. And so I also worry about the people who are constantly on the run and, you know, in the carpool line, getting fast food and kind of what what guidance do you have for families on that?

Lara Field  33:15  

Well, I, first of all, I would say, don’t beat yourself up. And it’s not no one should be perfect. And I’m not, I’m not either. I’m not here to say that I haven’t perfectly managed, but I think, you know, looking at overall of what you need help with, that’s what I would say is the first thing you know, if we don’t love cooking, then how can we outsource to get the things that are already cooked or prepared in a better way that we can get him in our house? You know, some of us don’t love grocery shopping, or are the meal planning of itself and so trying to I mean, I do one on one meal prep training with clients as well as grocery store tours and, and both things are, are super fun for me. Because it’s really it’s giving education in a very different way. You know, the grocery store chores, it’s not just me kind of going through the aisle and putting it in that card but rather kind of showing people where to focus attention on and the the labels these days are very challenging. There’s a lot of stuff on there that we don’t know what should I look for gluten free, dairy free, whole food, you know, what a low sugar like it’s very confusing. And so trying to sift through those labels is something that I love doing and I can help with. And the other part you know, of the meal prep training is maybe are uncomfortable making chicken or fish at home and just kind of learning a few little tips. I come into your home or we could do it virtually to just, you know, I’m not a chef. At our training and as a dietitian is is very culinary. And so I’ve learned a lot throughout my education and career. But I also really like it too. So it’s kind of fun to share some some advice. So, you know, I guess so my kind of take home point of this is really knowing when to outsource, you know, maybe there’s some delivery company that can give you grilled chicken or fish, you know, once a week that’s already prepared. Or maybe it’s, we need to spend a little extra on the cut up veggies because they’re already cut up and we can make it easy. I think that sifting through the knowing when to outsource is really important for families to

Dr. Leigh Weisz  35:49  

know, that’s good, because parents especially especially the moms feel like they have to do it all. And it’s just not fair. You have a working mom who’s like, not home till this time, and they’re stressing out and giving themselves such a hard time that they haven’t prepared this, you know, wonderful home made meal. What would you have been tired to do that? I don’t even know. Right? So

Lara Field  36:11  

either this some strategy of making a few things in advance or making Whenever you’re cooking, make it you know, twice as large so you can have left and we aren’t we do beat out on ourselves. And it’s okay to do even going to you know, a fast food once in a while. It’s more about what we’re choosing when are there right, if we need the soda? Do we need the extra large french fry? Do we need a dessert along with it? I think we all have choices. And that’s that’s the theme, right? It’s the maybe go to a fast food place that doesn’t have fries, because that might be a little lighter. You know, maybe we find a place that has some veggie enhance meals that our kids are willing to eat and go there more often. So it’s the temptations where we get stuck in a rut and don’t make good choices is when we kind of just go away the old standbys that aren’t so great and right, it’s bad. It’s just can we go to their less often, you know,

Dr. Leigh Weisz  37:16  

what do you have any favorite places that have prepared foods, whether it’s in the store, or a company that comes to anything like yeah, that you could,

Lara Field  37:25  

I would say grocery stores, honestly, from the economical way that can reach the most people is by the pre made already cooked chicken breasts at the grocery store, you know, man, and workers just started going to all of them have it right. And not just the rotisserie chicken, but rather, you know, there are grilled chicken breasts or salmon or, or something that’s already made or meatballs, perhaps something that you know, you can kind of feel that part of it is checked off and add some you know, steamed veggies and a quick like rice or potato or pasta and we haven’t meal, you know, I think the planning ahead is the very daunting task, the making this elaborate turn out perfectly executed plan is just not feasible for most families. So I like to have three to four meals that I can count on in my house all the time. So whether it’s like a, you know, I don’t know, a soup meal that I know I can throw together the I have the noodle I have the protein, or whether it’s like a Mexican fiesta night of some sort or, you know, even breakfast for dinner that I could maybe have some veggies on the side or I don’t know, I think the trying to keep it simple and have a few of those quick options that maybe would take 15 minutes at the most right. But have all those ingredients all the time that can stay in our stores in your pantry. And I think that’s a great way to make it easier on ourselves. Absolutely. I think a

Dr. Leigh Weisz  39:09  

final question I wanted to know is, you know, if you have any favorite podcasts or books, any resources for parents who are, you know, maybe dipping their toe in the water with trying to change some of the family’s eating habits, but not again, that’s so daunting that they have to read. Yeah, a dissertation.

Lara Field  39:29  

Totally. You know, I don’t I don’t have a podcast lead because I haven’t made one myself.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  39:38  

What’s your next step, your next goal?

Lara Field  39:41  

I know, I think you know, when there are a few resources that I’ve really enjoyed and some of which because I love the like science base part of it, I think. So it kind of depends on the what people are Looking for, you know, Tufts nutrition newsletters are wonderful just day to day like learning about nutrition concepts. And say Harvard also has a health newsletter that’s really quite informative and interesting. But you know, when we’re talking about this younger group of how to raise a healthy kid like a guide book of sorts, I don’t think there’s just one and I think that Ellyn Satter is a really well known dietician who wrote a bunch of books, one of which is just about, you know, how to get to How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much. And it’s a really nice resource. Is that the name of the book? Yeah, it’s How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much. I think it’s a well done, it’s a little bit older, but I think it’s really, it was one of the kind of essential guide books that I would say, as a new parent that it would be good to have. You know, I think it’s, again, without being too daunting, I think seeking the support of a registered dietician is really helpful. And it even if it’s just one visit, I’m obviously biased, but no, I

Dr. Leigh Weisz  41:21  

was gonna say when when would it be appropriate for someone to call you in?

Lara Field  41:25  

Yeah, I mean, I’ve worked with infants all the time about that question like, What do I how do I do this? Like, what do I how do I feed my child, so many picky eaters in this toddler space, you know, school age and moving on. And I guess there is no one’s time, I think that each of those little segments have such important parts. There’s so much research about what to feed our kids and utero and as they’re learning foods, and kind of what to do and not to do at that stage. And these picky eaters, I think is an important part. Because if we can kind of target it might get a little bit easier and more manageable in the future. And in school age, they’re just learning to be independent. And so giving them actually some education and understanding about in a, in a fun way, you know, about kind of how these foods work with their body, and also maybe just to expand their horizons a bit too. And then as kids are in, in, you know, teenage years, just, they respect their bodies they want they’re really looking at themselves a little differently. And so it can be really rewarding to to arm them with the tools to figure out like, well, do I need this protein shake? Or can I have, you know, access set, so. So I think there is no one stage that is

Dr. Leigh Weisz  42:52  

to say, it sounds like all ages and stages could benefit. I’m thinking about the adolescents too, who start turning to Instagram and other things to wait. And you know, it’s not so healthy at that point, it’s probably better to have an expert at that point, talk to them,

Lara Field  43:06  

and they want to, it’s really awesome. That’s one of my, I don’t want to have a favorite age group. But it is pretty funny too. Because they are like, literally kind of so interested in information, but just it’s it it does, you know, I’m constantly learning, I’m still learning and, and you it’s not that easy. I want to so you know, how food affects us our level of fullness and how it affects our mood and how we can kind of eat differently to help that is really pretty impactful. We always talk

Dr. Leigh Weisz  43:41  

about being hangry and how I’m like, Oh my gosh, you know, why needs a little something.

Lara Field  43:47  

It’s really obvious. And understanding that it’s not, you know, it’s it’s not a bad thing. It’s okay, right?

Dr. Leigh Weisz  43:54  

Absolutely. But it’s it’s knowing for yourself as you get older what it is versus a parent being able to,

Lara Field  43:59  

exactly. Not the parent space, like kids really trust the professional and I’m sure you have that same experience that, you know, they even saying as a parent, like Well, I’m not a dietitian, I don’t know. And I think a really nice segue into the conversation like I’m having this girl, Laura come to our house or meet with you, you know, something that, you know, this is not my expertise. And so I don’t know, so I’m going to have her help us and it’s not that it’s going to be so bad. It’s just you know, I just don’t know. So I need any we need an expert.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  44:38  

Absolutely. Yeah. No, that’s That’s great. Any any last bit of advice for that?

Lara Field  44:46  

I would say well, one I so love this conversation. Fun. And I guess I think again, it’s just a it’s an involve evolve food and nutrition is an evolving process. It’s not you know, in each of Our stages also we have different needs and things change and a but the reality is nothing in in the nutrition research world, not much has changed that, you know, it’s really about kind of trying to

Dr. Leigh Weisz  45:15  

it’s not like we don’t know the cookies bad for us.

Lara Field  45:19  

Literally we should enjoy the cookie. But, but we can’t eat it all the time. And so I think knowing where there is some enjoyment and then where we have to kind of pull it back a little bit is is okay and not to feel shame about it too. I think this is this is all part of our processes that we processes that we go through on a regular basis. So I wholeheartedly agree.

Dr. Leigh Weisz  45:48  

So everyone, check out Lara Field’s website for more practical information. And please check out more episodes of our podcast found on the copingpartners.com website. And thank you so much, Lara for your time and expertise. feednutrition.com

Lara Field  46:06  

Thank you so much. I really appreciate you being here with you. Absolutely. Thank you.

Outro  46:13  

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