I help parents of overweight children and teens learn how to support their child emotionally and physically so that losing weight is family-focused, mindful, and achievable.

Are you a parent looking for a thoughtful solution to help your child or teen lose weight?
Are you concerned about saying the wrong thing, your child’s self-esteem, teasing at school, or the negative repercussions of food policing?
Maybe you are concerned about your child’s constant cravings, the quality of food they eat, portion sizes, or your child’s mood and energy levels. You don’t want to create an emotional problem that could follow them into adulthood.
As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I help parents of overweight children and teens by giving them proven tools and support they need to help their child lose weight in a family-focused, mindful, and achievable way.
Shani is the founder of The Balanced Plate, a consulting company focused on taking family nutrition education worldwide. Having helped hundreds of families, Shani is taking the tools and processes used in her private practice to families worldwide to teach them how to get results for their kids and teens in a mindful way.
Learn a proven nutrition process and receive a life-changing system that will help your child or teen lose weight in a family-focused way, without a scale, without counting calories and without shaming. Your whole family will benefit.

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    • Understanding the main principles of balanced meals and snacks
    • How to structure meals and snacks – what is important and why
    • Understanding how to use food and nutrients to provide optimal nutrition
    • Nutrition solutions for specific health concerns for each family member
    • Superfoods, healing foods and whole food supplementation to support health
    • Shopping, cooking and kitchen organization tips for improved health
    • Mindful eating: how to listen to your body, physical vs emotional hunger
    • Hunger scale – why are we eating
    • The importance of meal spacing
    • Gut-brain connection
    • How to feel satisfied throughout the day
    • How to incorporate fun foods and sweets
    • The importance of preplanning and preparing for optimal results
    • Detailed meal and snack options along with recipes for easy reference
    • Meal and snack planning sheets
    • Recommendations when eating out, ordering in and vacationing
    • Parenting around food – setting healthy boundaries
    • Organic vs non-organic, processed vs non-processed foods
    • Snack foods: packaged vs non-packaged foods
    • Healthy bars, nuts and nut butters
    • Genetically modified foods
    • Healthy fats
    • Quality personal care products
    • Microwave usage
    • The importance of exercise


    • Customized recommendations for each family member
    • In person meetings: 1-3 hours per session, depending on content
    • Email and cell phone access for questions and coaching in between  sessions. Basically, I’m available for phone sessions anytime.
    • Email recap of nutrition recommendations for each family member
    • My entire recipe catalog
    • Flexible home and in-office visits
    • Flexibility built into the plan to ensure we cover all topics of importance
    • Excellent resources including my referral circle and sources for excellent quality foods, supplements and services
    • A collaborative process to achieve overall health as a family unit


    Your 8 week plan includes 7 home and/or office visits plus 2 bonus sessions.

    Includes my expertise behind the scenes in creating, organizing and delivering a detailed, customized and streamlined nutrition plan with the main goal of helping you and your family understand good nourishment for optimal health.


    Session 1: Intake and Education

    Let’s discuss your family’s nutritional needs and concerns in detail. Understanding your challenges and the big picture is the first step for me to help you reach your goals. Parenting and creating healthy boundaries around feeding your family will be address if appropriate. Our goal is to create a comprehensive plan so that everyone in the family is taking this journey together. In this session, we can begin to address one family member’s nutrition needs as time permits.


    Session 2: Focus On Your Health

    As the main family caretaker, your habits and health set the foundation for a healthy family. You are always giving yourself to your family, so now is your time. Let’s get your health on track. Let’s discuss your needs and concerns, and design a specific and actionable plan that helps you achieve your personal nutritional goals for optimal health. Exquisite quality supplementation needs will be addressed as appropriate. This includes a full health history, lab review and diet recall.


    Session 3: Focus on Spouse’s Health

    Let’s sit down with your twin pillar, your spouse. The two of you together create the environment and set the example that will transform your kids and teens. As with you, let’s discuss the needs and concerns of your spouse, and design a specific and actionable plan that helps achieve his or her personal nutritional goals. I will collaborate with your medical team or make referrals as needed to ensure excellent care. Exquisite quality supplementation needs will be address as appropriate. This includes a full health history, lab review and diet recall.


    Session 4: Focus on Children

    With you and your spouse on the road to better health, it’s time to bring the kids into the program. Let’s begin a conversation about the nutrition goals of your children with a health history and diet recall. We will cover how to have good nutrition while still allowing the kids to eat their cake too. Depending on their age, they may or may not be involved. With you and your spouse as the role models, we can begin to encourage your kids to take an active role in their own journey to better health.


    Session 5: Let’s Get Cooking

    Now that the whole family is onboard, let’s enjoy a hands-on cooking class in the comfort of your home. We will create a menu and prepare many nutritious and delicious foods that show you how to reach your health and nutrition goals. Although it’s definitely nutritious, as a hands-on culinary instructor, trust me when I tell you that the food will be mouth-wateringly good. Our time together also involves recommendations for stocking your kitchen. Recipes are provided.


    Sessions 6 -7: Follow Up Sessions

    I understand that it can be challenging to shift habits and lifestyle and I am here to support you in any way that I can. Sessions 6 and 7 can be used in many different ways: to follow up with any family members that needs more attention, provide a second cooking class, reassess progress, reinforce key concepts, do a supermarket tour, teaching other food preparers or caregivers, or have a restaurant session. I am available and will follow up to ensure that you and your family are  on track for true nutritional wellness.


    Bonus Session:

    Let’s follow up 1 month later with an office visit, so that I can support you and answer any questions you may have to help ensure your family’s success.


    Second Bonus:

    I know that you want to feel reassured that I am here to support you as life situations arise. So let’s follow up again 2 months later.


    Your decision to be coached, guided and inspired will lead you to a new level of understanding and I am grateful to be your partner.


    Please note, the 8 weeks can extend up to 3 months given your family’s busy lifestyle and the need to integrate the recommendations. The bonus sessions are additional and begin after the initial program is complete.

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