Episode 36: Too Good to Be True? Struggle Free Family Meals
We’ve all been there: Adult brings child a meal. Child refuses to eat it. Everyone’s anxiety spikes and an epic standoff ensues. Sound familiar? Most of us probably assume fighting over what we eat is normal.
Not according to Keira Oseroff of The Ellyn Satter Institute. She claims that kids of all ages should be able to feed themselves…and thrive! Doubtful? We were too. So, we sat down with Keira to hear all about how to avoid the dinner table battle of wills and transform the whole family’s relationship with food in the process.
Sidenote - this is not an episode about eating disorders. Rather, it’s about everyone’s relationship with food and how to build a joyful connection to our plates. We’ll unpack what intuitive eating is, why Keira emphasizes the evidence-based Satter Feeding dynamics model and Eating Competence Model, and practical steps to make mealtime more enjoyable.
Keira Oseroff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She received her Bachelors’ degree from The George Washington University and Masters’ degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Since 1999, Keira has worked in a variety of clinical settings including residential treatment and private practice, working with individuals, couples, families and groups. She specializes in working with those struggling with disordered eating and co-occurring disorders. In addition to maintaining her private practice, Keira is the Program Director at Hope Homes Recovery, a recovery residence operating in Atlanta and Charlotte. Keira serves as a Faculty Member and Speaker for the Ellyn Satter Institute as well as a Board Member of the Center for Young Adult Addiction Recovery at Kennesaw State University. Keira is a past Board Member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Atlanta Chapter. She is passionate about the important distinction between treating people, not disorders.