About Kids Dig Food

Deb Blakley

Introducing the Brisbane Dietitian, Nutritionist and mum who is passionate about kids learning to love food from birth and beyond.

Deb is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Nutritionist, recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia. She is particularly passionate about supporting grown-ups (parents, carers & early childhood educators) to positively & joyfully connect or reconnect with food & eating and share this with the children in their care.

Deb believes that ALL bodies are amazing, and she applies a weight-neutral, non-diet approach in supporting kids to grow into the bodies that are right for them. Her approach supports parents, carers, families & educators to make decisions about nutrition and health from a place of care & consideration rather than control.  Deb is particularly skilled at working with children and families who are struggling with fussy eaters, problem feeders, children with sensory feeding issues (e.g. ASD, Aspergers Syndrome, ADD/ADHD) and children with weight concern.  

“Who is the expert on your child? You are! If you’re ready to make positive, lasting change to the way your family eats and experiences food, I look forward to working with you.”

– Deb Blakley, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Director

I believe in the right of every person to EAT HAPPY!

I believe that every child & every grown-up has the right to feel good about the body they live in, ALWAYS. Without question or condition.

I believe that every child is capable of growing up to be a competent and confident eater no matter what the nutrition challenge is.

I believe that every grown-up is capable of healing their relationship with food too!

I delight in helping families put the joy back into eating together.

Deb’s passion for kids learning to “dig” food was sparked by her daughter, who provides a constant source of action learning and on the job training.

Her nutrition career started more than 20 years ago after graduating from Queensland University of Technology with a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics. Deb is committed to ongoing professional development in the area of child & infant feeding and attends professional development, workshops and conferences each year to improve her skills. 

Deb followed her heart to create Kids Dig Food in 2012 after many years as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, community dietitian and community nutritionist.  She has led initiatives as diverse as breastfeeding promotion, feeding practices in early childhood education settings and food security. In these roles she saw first-hand the difference that JOY makes to feeding and eating.

Let Deb help you put the joy back into feeding your family today.

Ines Astudillo

Ines is passionate about helping children and their families relate to food in a in a more enjoyable, workable and relaxed way.

Ines is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist with further training in paediatric nutrition, completing Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics (Unit 1) with the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in 2013. She has also trained in the area of feeding children through the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. She continues to gather invaluable knowledge and tools from leaders in the field such as US dietitian, Ellyn Satter.

Ines works with families to uncover and explore their own solutions to their family’s eating dynamics. She believes that taking the time to process your thoughts, concerns and feelings can create space to understand and untangle the complexities of your situation and come up with the best approach to support you.

Ines not only spends lots of her time on childhood nutrition and working out how best to feed children, she is also a mum of 3 boys and so she kinds gets it too!

“Making sense of my own experiences has given me invaluable insight into the reality of the experience of others. I love learning and making sense of experiences and information. I believes this process can lead to very satisfying ‘a-ha moments’ and can lead to well-worth changes that just make life better.”

– Ines Astudillo, Accredited Practising Dietitian

Ines is a genuine and caring person who creates an open and non-judgemental space for you to be able to openly explore your own story.

Bonnie Searle

Bonnie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a passion for working with families experiencing nutrition challenges.

With a background in teaching, working with individuals with complex disabilities and child feeding research, Bonnie has a deep understanding around child development, learning and feeding behaviours. Bonnie has a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Queensland University of Technology and has spent time at The Queensland Children’s Hospital and Child Development Service in Brisbane. She is undertakes regular further professional development in the area of paediatrics and family feeding dynamics and has a special interest in developmental concerns such as sensory processing, ASD and ADHD.

Bonnie’s own lived experience juggling life alongside children with developmental and feeding concerns means that she really does understand the everyday difficulties that families face. Bonnie knows that every family is unique and works alongside you and your child to reach your own food goals as a family. When she is not working, parenting or cooking, Bonnie can be found attempting to grow herbs and vegetables but not always successfully!

“When we approach mealtimes with kindness and empathy we start to see exactly where our child is on the road to learning to eat. It is only then that we can understand what is happening to block food learning. There is always a reason and I work with families to uncover, understand and problem solve the parts of the puzzle that are making feeding hard.”

– Bonnie Searle, Accredited Practising Dietitian

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and we'll help you to understand your child's particular challenges and put practices in place to overcome them.

Kids Dig Food is the Brisbane & Sunshine Coast family nutrition & dietetics service focused on helping parents to help their kids, to dig the right foods!

Call us on 1300 971 609 now for a free, confidential phone consultation, about how we can help.