What moms need to know about KURBO (the new weight loss app for kids by Weight Watchers)

What you need to know about the new KURBO app by Weight Watchers


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As a pediatric nutrition coach by day, I help kids and families improve health habits every day. I also teach moms about how to model healthy habits to promote a positive body image for kids…  and this app is FULL of RED FLAGS, and will no doubt lead to long lasting body dissatisfaction and a diet mentality.

Here are a few reasons why. 

  1. Kurbo is NOT shy about this being a weight loss app, and it’s marketed for kids as young as 8. Anyone who has any knowledge of child health/psychology, knows teaching kids to focus on WEIGHT will set them up for a very unhealthy path. When kids diet from an early age or are focusing on weight.
    Their success stories page notes how much weight each child has lost or how many BMI points dropped. If Kurbo is using WEIGHT LOSS as their measurement of success, they are missing the mark. Weight loss does NOT equal health, and in fact can lead to worse health in the long run.

  2. When kids are still growing in height, it’s rarely (if ever) recommended that they LOSE weight. Weight maintenance while growing in height will result in a decrease in BMI. Weight loss should be closely monitored by a professional… not an app! And again, any type of focus on weight loss for kids can be EXTREMELY triggering, and lead to ongoing dieting, eating disorders, depression, etc.

  3. Kurbo is a food and exercise tracking app. This app is NOT  habit-focused. It labels foods as red, yellow, and green foods. While this method has been beneficial for adults, it could easily lead kids to believe that red foods are “bad” foods, and create an unhealthy relationship with food.

    [side note: I had my own spin out that was triggered by a food tracking app as an ADULT health educator, and ended up being bulimic. This can be VERY triggering for anyone with an obsessive personality]

  4. The app promotes using screen time to track weight, log all food intake, and exercise. IN an age where teens are spending upwards of 7 hours per day on screens, and screen time is already taking away from physical activity in teen girls…. An app is NOT the answer.

  5. You may be thinking… well isn’t there a childhood obesity epidemic? YES. But it’s not going to be solved with an app that encourages kids to lose weight. We as parents need to be responsible for creating a healthy home enviornment, and modeling BALANCE and taking care of our bodies. Kids don’t do the grocery shopping. They don’t cook the meals… parents do. 



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10 tips for raising healthy eaters (and overcoming picky eating)!

If you are a mama, chances are good you’ve spend some time wondering if your child is eating enough, eating the RIGHT foods, and maybe even wondering why the hell they are spitting out a food they loved yesterday.

After spending the last year coaching in a pediatric clinic and working with the author of a best selling picky eating book, I’ve picked up a few tips. If you want the full guide, click below to download!


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Done for you Healthy Menu + Grocery List

Hey mama, 

I know how hard it can be to think up a meal plan, write out the grocery list, and figure out how you're going to execute the plan with a million things on your plate. 

I wish I could figure out how to execute the million things on your plate, but I can (and did) create the meal plan and shopping list ;)

This is for a family of three, so add as you have extra family members. 

I hate the concept of a "meal plan" so this is a menu. You can mix and match as you wish, depending on the day, and depending on what you feel like eating. 

Here's a preview of the menu! Click below to download the whole thing. xoxo 

Healthy Menu and Shopping list for the busy mom.. 7 day menu and grocery list for the busy family
Healthy menu and grocery list for the busy mom

Gift Guide for the athleisure-lover: the gear

If you are still looking for the perfect gift for the on-the-go mama in your life (or your bestie, or YOU...) then I have a few things in mind! And it's not too late to order online and have everything arrive before Christmas ;) 

gift guide for the athleisure-loving mom! Perfect gifts for the on the go mom.

Self- Care during the holidays: 8 sanity-savers for the busy mama

It’s Thanksgiving week! The next several weeks are bound to be a crazy blur of cooking, Christmas shopping, grocery shopping, traveling, wrapping gifts, and of course family time and holiday parties. Throw in some extra time with the inlaws and kids off of their bedtime/nap schedule and it’s the perfect recipe for a whole lot of chaos and stress.

Self-care during the holidays: the busy mom's guide to self-care this holiday season. 8 sanity saving activities to help you stay present!

As much fun as it is to help our kids have a magical holiday season and attempt to do ALL OF THE THINGS… it’s just not realistic or healthy for your mental health.

By prioritizing YOU, you will be able to be more present, enjoy the holiday season, and be a much nicer mama and wife ;)

If you are looking for specific ways to stay healthy during the holidays, click here to get a FREE healthy mama toolkit.

Here are 8 self-care ideas for the busy mama during this holiday season:

  • Listen to a podcast while you’re in a busy (stressful/chaotic) store or sitting in holiday traffic. It will make shopping and waiting in long lines much more enjoyable (and even better if you're tuning out your whining kids! ...that's not just me, right???) ! I love atomic moms and sorta awesome for some positive messages and lighthearted chat about all things mama, relationship, and more. 

  • Leave the house for 30 minutes and go for a starbucks run all alone! This is especially important if you are visiting family (or have a house full) and need some alone time. If you are an introvert, pay special attention to getting your alone time to recharge. And don't feel guilty! 

  • Take a quiet walk or jog before the kiddos get up, and get those endorphins pumping early in the day. Your blood will be flowing and you'll have more energy to attack the to-do list. 

  • Schedule a workout at your favorite studio or hit up your favorite class at the gym. You will get alone time AND check off your workout.

  • Get YOURSELF a gift for once-- book a mani/pedi (or facial, or whatever) before you head out of town for the holidays and PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE! Close your eyes, read, a magazine, do anything but check your email or mindlessly scroll! Enjoy the moment :)

  • Meal prep! Yes, I said it… prepping a couple simple things to have on hand will make your busy week less stressful. A few ideas: chop a veggie or two, cook and shred chicken to use throughout the week, make an oatmeal or an egg bake to have a healthy breakfast ready to go, boil a dozen eggs to have ready for breakfast all week, make a big batch of soup to have for lunch all week, etc. One hour of meal prep can save you a lot of time and stress!

  • Prioritize what you and your family members actually care about. There are endless options for holiday activities... there are invites to holiday parties, lights to see, cookies to bake, gingerbread houses to decorate, ice skating, seeing Santa, performances, and plays, etc. If you prioritize what you actually care about and keep things manageable, your schedule won’t be as crazy.

  • Make a list and check it twice. By keeping an ongoing list IN ONE SPOT (your phone, planner, google doc, Evernote, GoKeep, etc.) of everything you need to do and buy you will save yourself the hassle of last minute trips to the store and late night stress about forgetting something. Put it on the list and be done with it!

Now go enjoy the magic of the holiday season, mama. Focus on what truly matters and don't forget to make time for yourself. 

xoxo 

p.s. click below to get my healthy mama toolkit with a bunch of time saving recipes, meal prep ideas, home workouts, and more. 

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Self-care during the holidays. A stressed out mom's guide to self-care during the holiday season.