Hi, my name is Christine Sullivan. I am a naturopath with over 26 years of clinical experience with families’, babies and children’s health, diet and nutrition medicine and am regarded as one of Australia’s leading practitioners in these fields.
Prior to my naturopathic training, I was a social worker working with families and children in care and in a children’s hospital as well as working with expectant and new parents as well as parents of toddlers. For many years I facilitated antenatal and breastfeeding support groups as well as support groups for new parents and parents of toddlers.
I have always had a special interest in babies and children’s health and eating disorders. As a child I was the ultimate picky eater and still have vivid memories of mealtime battles with my own parents, and doing the rounds of doctors and paediatricians regarding my poor eating.
I am also the mother of three now adult children. All three went through stages of very picky eating so I know what it is like as a parent to want your child “just to eat something!” and the sheer frustration and exasperation you feel when everything you offer seems to be rejected.
My belief is that good wholesome food, patience and a healthy life style can overcome most health problems.
Children seem so vulnerable but at the same time are so resilient and good food will certainly help them reach their potential.
In the extremely fast pace of 21st century living it is so easy to rely of fast and convenience food , losing sight of basic nutritional principles and the healing power of good food and instead looking for “a pill for every ill”.
Hippocrates said “let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” so let’s use this principle with your picky eater!