About Kids Dig Food

Deb Blakley

Introducing the Brisbane Dietitian, Nutritionist and mum who is passionate about kids learning to love good 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! I look forward to working with you as cheer-leader, coach and supporter. If you’re ready to make positive, lasting change to the way your family eats and experiences food, I’d love to hear from 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 19 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.

Jessi Bruns

Jessi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian based on the Sunshine Coast.

After she graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Dietetics, she knew she wanted to work with children and their families. Her special interest area is in working with children with feeding difficulties and food aversions and is building her expertise in these areas as well as in managing simple food allergies and intolerances. Her approach is very calm and she aims to help families as much as possible to find solutions that work within their day to day life.

Jessi offers individual consultations for children and families on the Sunshine Coast via phone, Skype, home visits and in clinic. She believes that looking curiously and without judgement into mealtime issues or nutrition problems is the important first step in finding a solution that works for everyone. She always aims to help every family she meets with the sincere goal of improving the health AND happiness of each child.

In addition to the above, Jessi has an absolute passion for cooking and she loves to supporting families to prepare delicious, fresh food as easily and quickly as possible. Jessi loves home visits where she can support you and your family to learn how to prepare the food you want to eat, whatever your skill level. She also runs cooking workshops for children in various settings around the Sunshine Coast.

At home, Jessi is in the process of building her little family and is overjoyed to be able to learn more and more each day about feeding children from the very clients she works with!

Please note: Jessi is on maternity leave till the end of 2018.

 

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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.