What does “health” mean to you? Do you want the best for your kids? How can parents help their children to create positive relationships with their bodies? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks with Amelia Sherry about diet-proofing your children.


Meet Amelia Sherry, founder of NourishHer.com, an online resource for moms who want to heal their own relationship with food while raising girls who never have to do the same, and author of the forthcoming book Diet Proof Your Daughter: A Mother's Guide to Raising Girls Who Have Happy, Healthy Relationships with Food & Body. Visit NourishHer.com, Amelia Sherry's website, and connect with Amelia on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. FREEBIE: Free Audio Guide: 6 Simple Strategies for Protecting Girls From Diet Culture


  • “I want my children to be healthy”
  • Helping parents to help their children
  • Taking apart outward appearance and health
  • Restriction is not always best

“I want my children to be healthy”

Every parent wants the best for their child, but what does “healthy” mean to you? There are many aspects to overall wellness and wellbeing, from the quality of food that you eat to the quality of relationships that you have, and so much more.
In reality, health is much broader than our physical health … other aspects of our overall wellbeing or health is our social health, [because] our relationships with eating well requires being in relationship with other people. (Amelia Sherry)
Eating well and being physically healthy are not separate from the quality of relationships and social health in the environment. Is the family home tense? Are there often arguments? Are mealtimes a part of happy moments or stressful situations?

Helping parents to help their children

The skills that Amelia helps to train parents with and the information that she provides them with includes: 1 – Removing the link between physical health and outward appearance 2 – Understanding the things that do impact overall health, not just body weight 3 – How ineffective and harmful diets are 4 – Evaluating the parent’s relationships with food 5 – Learning how to self-regulate and handle stressful situations and emotions 6 – Learning how to eat intuitively and how to understand your body’s hunger and satiation cues 7 – Supporting their child’s eating competence and feeding skills 8 – Understanding high-quality movement, creating a positive body image, and handling conflict at the dinner table

Taking apart outward appearance and health

Just because you are in a larger body does not mean you are going to have X, Y and Z diseases. It is really our habits and the things we do from day to day that impact our risk of disease and risk of diabetes, for example. (Amelia Sherry)
Existing in a larger body does not equate to suffering from more diseases than any other sized body, because it is not about the size of the body, but the daily habits that the person practices. If you do not often eat nourishing foods, practice mindful, joyful movement, cultivate healthy relationships with your loved ones, practice a stress-relieving hobby, or commit to learning how to self-regulate, then you are more at risk, regardless of how you look.

Restriction is not always best

Even though you have the best of intentions when it comes to your child’s health and wellbeing, be mindful of restricting everything that you are worried about. Rather than keeping your child away from certain foods, let them learn about the food alongside learning about their bodies. A child will come to understand that eating a lot of sweets for dinner is not going to let them feel well, and the goal is to feel good and well, not uncomfortable.
The more restricted a child has been, the longer it can take for [the child] to get back in touch with that internal regulation … allow that permission consistently enough where they trust you … because guess what, it really loses its luster. (Amelia Sherry)
These practices help to lay the foundation of intuitive eating.



I am a licensed Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. While I may have over 20 years of clinical experience, what I also have is the experience of having been a patient who had an eating disorder as well. One thing that I never had during all of my treatment was someone who could look me in the eye and honestly say to me "hey, I've been there. I understand". Going through treatment for an eating disorder is one of the hardest and scariest things to do. I remember being asked to do things that scared me. Things I now know ultimately helped me to get better. But, at the time, I had serious doubts and fears about it. If even one of my providers had been able to tell me "I know it's scary, but I had to go through that part too. Here's what will probably happen...." then perhaps I would not have gone in and out of treatment so many times. My own experience ultimately led me to specialize in treating eating disorders. I wanted to be the therapist I never had; the one who "got it". I will be giving you my perspective and information as an expert and clinician who has been treating patients for over 2 decades. But don't just take my word for it...keep listening to hear the truly informative insights and knowledge guest experts have to share. I am so happy you are here!


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