Welcome! I’m Dana Snook, RDN.
I help moms like you feed your children in a less stressful way so they can develop healthier relationships with food.
You're in the right place if you're...
AT YOUR WITS END
You have so few options you can count them on one hand. Your child eats the same thing almost every day.
Your child is sometimes stressed to tears at dinner (you are, too) because they don’t want to eat the food.
FEELING ALONE IN THIS
Even your doctor can’t answer your feeding questions because they aren’t "specific enough."
You aren’t sure what to do about your child's rapid weight gain, but it's majorly stressing you out.
You discovered your child’s been sneaking and hiding food. You don't know why they're doing that.
You’ve tried saying, “This is what you are eating.” But, the only thing it does is cause a screaming fight.
I want every family (yours included) to enjoy feeding your child like I enjoy feeding mine.
But it wasn’t always roses and butterflies.
When I was thirteen, my sister was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. In the early 90s, a child with this diagnosis would stay in the hospital for a week-long “education” on what NOT to eat – which seemed to be everything except diet ginger ale and sugar-free Jello.
Despite this, the dietitian who met with our family left such a powerful impression on me that by the time we left that hospital, I’d already decided to become a dietitian myself. Although funny to look back on now, that dietitian was so involved with us I actually thought she was the doctor.
However, her diagnosis changed a lot for how our family was fed. The first night home, my mom made my sister her plate. She was only allowed a certain amount of food at one time in order to control her blood sugars.
I watched my sister cry because she was still hungry. And I watched my mom cry because she didn’t know what to do.
My mom lived by scales, measuring cups, and portion sizes which engrained a restriction mentality in all of us. This took a toll on all our relationships with food because up to then, food had always been served family style. We used to eat until we were full.
My other sister and I started sneaking money from my dad’s coin jar and buying candy at the corner store to later hide in my room. I never learned to manage those higher sugar foods since they were off limits a lot of the time. I either learned to avoid them or overeat them, there was never happy medium.
It wasn’t until I took my first pediatric position ten years ago and stumbled upon Ellyn Satter’s work did I start to piece it all together. I could see myself, my sister, and my family in everything Satter was saying. I learned that a good relationship with food required TRUST (non-restrictive approach) instead of CONTROL (restrictive approach).
Restricting is a HUGE part of the education involved becoming a dietitian in the first place.
The biggest thing I learned is that restrictions don’t work. Restrictions lead to disordered eating.
Even though I was fully teaching other parents how to having a trusting feeding relationship with their own children, it wasn’t until I had my own daughter that it really fell into place for me: a trusting relationship with food is essential right from the beginning.
Logically, too, I wondered why I hadn't learned this sooner. It's at the beginning of life that trust comes into play. I discovered this with my own daughter:
- I had to trust her to take in enough food and to be okay with different textures.
- I had to trust her her to eat enough, even when she refused something that she just ate the day before.
- I learned to trust her when she said she didn’t like something that I knew she did.
- AND, I had to trust that she could eat dessert or snack type foods until her body was satisfied and then move on. (I, also understood that this is no easy task and one that took a lot of work on trusting myself too.)
I want to help parents like you build this level of trust around food with your own children so they can grow up to have a great relationship with food and their body.
Dana Snook is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN), Certified Intrinsic Coach (CIC). She specializes in pediatric and family nutrition. Over the past 15 years she has worked with both the adult and pediatric population improving feeding dynamics in families. Her passion is working with children and specializes in feeding babies and children, solving feeding issues such as picky eating, failure to thrive, over eating, and eating disorders.
Dana believes in order to feed your children well, parents must have a good relationship with food. She will help you make peace with food. She believes you can be healthy at any size and will provide a non judgemental approach to change how you eat to improve your health.
Dana has completed advanced training with renowned feeding therapist Ellyn Satter and the Division of Responsibility of Feeding. She has also, completed advanced training in Diabetes Education. She uses Intuitive Eating and being Certified Intrinsic Coach to work with her clients to meet their goals right where they are.