Hi, I’m Sarah Almond Bushell

The Children’s Nutritionist

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meet your very own

children’s nutritionist!

So you’re mummy or daddy to a gorgeous little person – and you’re determined to get food and feeding right. That’s fantastic! Because you’re in the right place.

If you want to know the official stuff,  I have two degrees, a research Masters degree in paediatric dietetics and a BSc (Hons) degree in Nutrition & Dietetics, I’m an HCPC Registered Dietitian and SOS Professional Paediatric Feeding Therapist. And I have almost 25 years’ experience in helping parents just like you.

You’ve probably seen my award-winning badges and noticed I’ve advised huge brands like Heinz, Hovis, Annabel Karmel and Tommee Tippee. You may even know that I used to work as an NHS Consultant – the highest possible NHS position.

But more importantly than all of that…? I’m a mummy too!

I’ll let you in on a little secret…

When it came to feeding my two little people, even with all of my qualifications and experience, it was HARD. As soon as it was time to wean my firstborn, Charlie, I was so filled with anxiety that I wanted to cry. (Yes, seriously!)

I was overwhelmed by thoughts like:

  • How much food should I give?
  • Where do milk feeds fit in?
  • When do you stop offering more?
  • What if most of it ends up splattered on the floor?!

Isn’t weaning tough?!

When it turned out Charlie was anaemic, I needed nerves of steel and all the information I could get. 

With a whole load of scientific literature (and a bit of trial and error) I was able to crack it. And I put together my own step-by-step weaning process too, which has since helped thousands of parents.

But my challenges didn’t end there.

As a pre-schooler, Charlie went through a stubborn fussy eating phase, refusing to sit and eat meals and constantly demanding snacks! I was starting to see that feeding children was more than just the food & nutrition part. This went deeper.

Reflux, intolerances and food phobias…

Just in case my expertise as a children’s nutritionist hadn’t been tested enough, along came my gorgeous second baby, Maisie.

Poor Maisie had reflux and food allergies, she vomited from day one and she didn’t grow. She literally learned that food/milk hurt her, which spiraled into food phobias and sensory processing differences.

It felt like we were living a nightmare.

When I was at breaking point and none of my NHS colleagues could help, I contacted a child psychologist and feeding team in the USA for advice and ended up being trained by them to become a feeding therapist. 

My breakthrough

I could see that the information we Dietitians are taught at uni and throughout our clinical training simply was not enough.

The food you offer is only half of the story.

The other half is all about HOW you feed your children, theres a deeper psychology there which is absolutely vital.

That’s why my approach is so unique.

Many other ‘experts’ out there (often unqualified, in the online space) are only giving half of the picture. (Because that’s all they know.)

But with my unique approach, I’m happy to report that Charlie went from food refusal to being a fearless foodie, & Maisie’s fear of food has gone and her sensory differences are managed… which means she’s no longer fussy – she loves a good Thai curry!

You deserve an experienced children’s dietitian, nutritionist and feeding therapist in your corner too!

Can I share another thing I realised from my 20+ years in top NHS roles?

It was that as much as I loved being an NHS Consultant Registered Dietitian, scarce resources meant I had to ration my time and could only help parents if their children had a medical condition.

But what about everyone else?

I believe that all mums, dads and carers deserve expert support to make sure they do the best for their little people.

That’s why I make it my mission to provide you with the right information on your weaning, fussy eating and child feeding journeys. (Both the food AND the feeding parts.)

I understand those worries. I have lived them. And with everything I’ve learned, I’m here to arm you with facts, confidence and a game-changing plan.

Here are a few ways I do just that.

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how I can help you

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Fussy Eating Fixed!

If you have tried everything and still your fussy eater wont eat, it may be that your fussy eater has more going on. Designed for children with sensory differences, extreme fussy eating or ARFID, our evidence based programme supports you in fixing your child’s fussy eating. Available as self study, group or with individual support. Suitable for 18 months – 9 years.

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The Happy Healthy Weaning Course

Through this expert-led course, you’ll be empowered with the most up to date evidence backed information on how to feed your baby from 6 to 12 months so you get weaning nailed perfectly and can stop worrying about the conflicting advice out there! I show you how to wean safely without fears about allergies or choking. Suitable from the start of weaning.

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The Happy Healthy Eater’s Club

When you’re ready to move beyond weaning and want to ensure your little one continues to thrive, avoid bugs and mealtime battles…any you still need to get nutritious meals on the table, despite juggling life, work and parenthood… this club is designed to give you the ongoing support you need to raise a happy healthy eater. Suitable for toddler and pre-school ages.

That’s me! So I’m all about

  • Nutritious and delicious food (which doesn’t mean no cake or chocolate!)
  • The sensory, how, why and psychology behind eating (because I experienced the dramas of missing out that part! Now I’m here to help you through.)
  • And the positive food parenting (because getting gentle parenting around food right is crucial if we want to raise happy, healthy eaters.)

I know how much unhelpful noise is out there.

(Who are you meant to trust? Which advice should you believe?) I’m here to reassure you that you can trust me.

I’m a British Dietetic Association member and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.

My clinical practice and advice is regulated by law and I’m passionate about giving you the right information, so you can have many more happy family mealtime memories.

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get to know me

Favourite food?

A roast dinner with all the trimmings

My go-to outfit

Jeans, boots & a smart jacket

Friday night drink?

Gin and tonic

Biggest fear?

Spiders & cockroaches

Best way to relax?

Netflix binge (Loving Call The Midwife!)

Favourite place?

Home

Tea or coffee?

Coffee first thing to wake me up – then herbal tea for the rest of the day

Indoors or out?

Definitely out. Preferably with my husband Ryan our two kids and our labradoodle Dustin

Essential extravagance?

Fresh flowers delivered to my door every fortnight

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My Recommendations

Worried about wasting money on the various bits and bobs that go along with feeding your child?  From highchairs, to books to spoons and bibs. Check out my recommended resources here.
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My Expert Blog

You’ll find a new blog every fortnight, with my expert advice on food, children’s nutrition and feeding your little ones. I write these blogs…

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Top Recipes

If you want to feed your family well, I know you’ll love my recipes. They’ve been tweaked and tested to be healthier without sacrificing…

If you want to feed your family well, I know you’ll love my recipes. They’ve been tweaked and tested to be healthier without sacrificing the taste. I use my skills as an enthusiastic home cook and ex-baker, and combine them with my knowledge of children’s nutrition and child development to create recipes that are perfect for the whole family. Take a look!

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