How to get grandma to stop sneaking sweets to your little


Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Alyssa, your Mama and Me RD. Today I chat all about how to chat with other caregivers about your feeding strategy.

I talk all about when and how to have these important conversations and when to let it go. Listen in for some great tips to make sure your village is all on the same page!

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my Instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home!

Click here to listen to my podcast, Diet Riot, aimed at helping you, mama, find food freedom for yourself!

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but helps other mamas just like you!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

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Thanks and until next time mamas!

Food Play



Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Alyssa, your Mama and Me RD. Today I chat all about how to have low-pressure exposures to food through food play.

I talk about how to let your little play with foods at the table AND away from the table all with the end goal of increasing their acceptance of new foods.

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my Instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home!

Click here to listen to my podcast, Diet Riot, aimed at helping you, mama, find food freedom for yourself!

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but helps other mamas just like you!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Still want more? Click here to join my email list! I’d love to share more goodies with you and connect with you over email!

Thanks and until next time mamas!

When to say no


Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Alyssa, your Mama and Me RD. Today I chat all about when to say “no” to requests for more.

A few weeks ago I talked about saying “yes” as much as you can, so today we face the music.

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my Instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home!

Click here to listen to my podcast, Diet Riot, aimed at helping you, mama, find food freedom for yourself!

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but helps other mamas just like you!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Still want more? Click here to join my email list! I’d love to share more goodies with you and connect with you over email!

Thanks and until next time mamas!

How to get your partner on board with your feeding strategy

A lot of you reach out to me and tell me that you do all this work at the table to help keep the pressure low and get your kid interested in their plate for it all to be ruined when your partner comes in and says something like “you need to eat your broccoli so we can have ice cream tonight” or something along those lines. And oohhhh mama do I feel you on this!

I love my husband and he is an INCREDIBLE father to our babies….but he doesn’t put a lot of thought into what he says to them around the table. Yes even my husband totally does this. It’s actually a big reason why I started my podcast, was for him to listen and not to have to have a ‘discussion’ about it everyday hahaha!

So today I’m going to share a few tips with you on how to get your partner on board with your feeding strategy. And really this is all about finding common ground and making a plan TOGETHER. And this framework can be applied to any area of parenting really.

Step 1: DON’T talk about this in front of the kids. Yes even when he says something you perceive as harmful don’t stop him right there, take note and bring it up later. It is SO important to be a united front in the home!

Step 2: Find time (not around the kids) to talk. Schedule it out and come to it open minded and calm.

Step 3: Chat about how you were both raised around the table. This helps incredibly with some insight into why they may do or say or expect certain things that you’ve never thought of. Were they forced to finish their plate, did they have free access to the kitchen all day?

Step 4: Find common ground and build a common goal. Talk about what kind of kids you want to raise, inside and outside of the kitchen. Do you want them to be self-sufficient in cooking and meal planning, do you want them to be adventurous with new foods, do you want them to listen to their body and know when to eat more or less? Write these down.

Step 5: How do you get there? Write out steps on how to get to that end goal. If you want to raise them to listen to their bodies then you need to agree to let them decide when they’re done with their plate. If family meals are important to you, then you make a plan to always be home for dinner and set expectations around how long to sit at the table. Etc etc.

Step 6. Role play. This one I always get weird looks about but the darnedest things come out of our little’s mouths! We need to be prepared situationally. Come up with a few scenarios and then act it out or at least talk through it so you both have a plan on how you’ll respond. ie what do to if your little asks for a third helping of pears but hasn’t touched their main dish yet.

Ok I hope this guide was helpful for you! If you’d like more check out my podcast episode all about this by clicking here! Also check out my free printable that walks you through these steps and gives you some good ideas as well!

Until next time mamas!

Alyssa, your mama and me RD

How to get your partner on board

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Alyssa, your Mama and Me RD. Today I chat all about how to get your partner on board.

I know it can be frustrating when you tackle table struggles differently. Today I walk you through several steps to help get on the same page and have the same answers to common meal time requests and struggles.

Click here to download a printable to help you make this transition!

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my Instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home!

Click here to listen to my episode all about the division of responsibility and click here for the episode all about meal and snack schedules!

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Still want more? Click here to join my email list! I’d love to share more goodies with you and connect with you over email!

Thanks and until next time mamas!

What to do when your little won’t eat the dinner you made (listener question)

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Alyssa your Mama and Me RD. Today I answer another listener question.

A mama asks me what to do when her little refuses the meal she cooks.

Has this ever happened to you? If so, I give some tangible strategies in this episode and discuss what to look into and how to adjust to help set your little up for success.

If you are looking for more help on this topic check out episode 2 the division of responsibility where I cover another angle to take with this question.

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my Instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home.

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Still want more? Click here to join my email list! I’d love to share more goodies with you and connect with you over email!

Thanks and until next time mamas!

Why you need a meal and snack schedule and how to create one that works

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Alyssa, your Mama and Me RD. Today I go over meal and snack schedules in detail.

I chat about:

  • Why you need a meal and snack schedule or routine
  • The difference between a schedule and a routine
  • How to build a schedule that works for you
  • How many meals and snacks to offer and other guidelines

Click here to download today’s FREE printable guiding you in making a meal and snack schedule that fits your family!

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my Instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home.

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Still want more? Click here to join my email list! I’d love to share more goodies with you and connect with you over email!

Thanks and until next time mamas!

What to do when your little asks for more

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Mama and Me RD. Today I chat all about how to handle your toddler’s requests for more.

In this episode I chat about:

  • How saying yes helps you say no
  • Different examples of situations that may come up
  • How to change our perspective
  • Changing our expectations

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you bring peace to mealtimes.

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If you enjoyed it or learned something it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much!

I would also love it if you shared this podcast episode with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

If you’re interested in submitting your real life scenario to the show and getting my advice email me alyssa@mamaandmerd.com and I will consider it for a listener question podcast episode!

Click here to join my email list to get all sorts of goodies delivered to your inbox monthly or to check out my other podcast Diet Riot where I chat with a fellow RD all about how to heal YOUR relationship with food.

Thanks and see you next Wednesday!

Division of Responsibility; quickest way to peaceful mealtimes

Feeding kids can be a challenge. How would you feel if I told you I can help create more peace during mealtimes? How would you feel if I told you I can take the stress out of mealtimes> If I told you I could help avoid the daily throw down matches over how many bites and which foods to try? How would you feel if you were let off the hook? 

Enter the division of responsibility. The first time I heard this (before I had kids) I was in awe. Duh, that’s so simple, so straight forward and honestly quite obvious. But this is not how most people are raised.

The Division of Responsibility (Ellyn Satter Institute) separates the responsibilities during mealtime.

As the parent you’re in charge of what, when and where your child eats. You then trust that your child can decide how much of and whether they eat the food presented. 

Now if your child is still a baby then this can be easy to implement now. If you already have a toddler or child who is used to you telling them how many bites to take or each foods, or what their plate should look like at the end of mealtime you might have some work to do. And that’s totally ok.

You love your child – I know! You want the best for them, you want them to grow and to thrive! I totally get it but I also suspect you want your child to be self-sufficient and in tune with their own specific needs. I bet you also want your kid to grow up and avoid any disordered eating habits they might bring from their childhood.

Now I can hear some of you already; “but you don’t know my kid, he wouldn’t eat if I didn’t count his bites”, “sounds easy but what if they don’t eat”, “what if they overeat and put on too much weight too quickly” so many thoughts around food and mealtimes with kiddos.

At the end of the day babies and toddlers are born to be intuitive eaters. They have no learned behaviors that cause voices to tell them what or how much they “should” eat.

They just eat.

Now I get it, I’ve even gone down the rabbit hole of “two more bites please” but don’t fall for that trap. The truth is some days your child may only need a small portion of their meal whereas another day they may eat two helpings, or 4 bananas in one sitting (real story of my son). 

Trust your child to eat what they need, they will grow, they will regulate and they will thrive!!! Not to mention, they will grow up without food rules which haunt them later in life. 

So start now. Hang the division of responsibility on your fridge if you need a reminder. I’ve created a free printable for you right here and in the show notes of my podcast. Then when you’re frustrated or feel something about to come out your mouth you can ask yourself if the division of responsibility would support it or not.

Let me know what other questions you have about this and I would be happy to answer! Until next time mamas!  

EP 5 | When to start solids

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Mama and Me RD. Today I talk about what signs to look for in order to know if your baby is ready for solid foods.

In this episode I chat about:

  • Signs of readiness
  • What changes if your baby has teeth
  • What age to start solids at
  • When to contact your pediatrician
  • Difference between baby lead weaning and purees

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you bring peace to mealtimes.

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If you enjoyed it or learned something it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much!

I would also love it if you shared this podcast episode with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

If you’re interested in submitting your real life scenario to the show and getting my advice email me alyssa@mamaandmerd.com and I will consider it for a listener question podcast episode!

Click here to join my email list or to check out my other podcast Diet Riot where I chat with a fellow RD all about how to heal YOUR relationship with food.

Thanks and see you next Wednesday!