Episode #275: Letting Kids Lead: Self-Directed Nutrition with Austin McGuffie

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Steph interviews Austin McGuffie (a.k.a Metabolism Mentor), about self-directed nutrition for kids. Austin is passionate about distilling confusing nutrition topics into easy-to-understand pieces of content that the general public and kids can understand. He believes that providing education leads to autonomy around food and helps kids make better choices. In the episode, they discuss how to approach nutrition education with kids in a way that balances freedom and oversight. They share their own struggles with feeding their littles, and how they navigate situations like birthday parties and meals/snacks at school. You’ll learn strategies for cultivating self-directed eaters no matter where you’re starting.


Topics Discussed: 

  • What “self-directed” nutrition means
  • How to guide kids towards healthier options
  • How to talk to kids about food and nutrition without shame
  • How to balance freedom & oversight with treats
  • How to navigate birthday parties and treats outside the home
  • What to do when your partner doesn’t align with your philosophy
  • What Austin and Steph do to cultivate intentionality in their homes

Show Notes: 

  • Mindset & Metabolism Reset Waitlist
  • Click here to learn more about Dr. Elana Roumell’s Doctor Mom Membership, a membership designed for moms who want to be their child’s number one health advocate!
  • Click here to learn more about Steph Greunke, RD’s online nutrition program and community, Postpartum Reset, an intimate private community and online roadmap for any mama (or mama-to-be) who feels stuck, alone, and depleted and wants to learn how to thrive in motherhood.

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This episode’s guest


Austin McGuffie (a.k.a Metabolism Mentor) is a content creator and business owner passionate about health. As a former personal trainer, his experience with training clients led him down a path of figuring out the best way to help people in a way that sticks for a lifetime; and he found that the answer is educating people. Nutrition is a complicated field and Austin does his best to distill confusing topics into easy-to-understand pieces of content that leaves people with a better understanding of how their body works. When he’s not spending time with his wife and 4 children, he’s focused on creating content that makes metabolism easy to digest for the average person.