Kate Samela, MS, RD, CSP, has been a registered dietitian for twelve years and is board certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration as a specialist in pediatric nutrition. After obtaining a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University, she spent the next ten years of her career working with children of all ages, prescribing nutrition therapy and counseling families on feeding and nutrition. She found a passion for teaching and has taught the topic of pediatric nutrition to hundreds of medical, nutrition, and nursing students throughout the east coast, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and as an adjunct professor at New York University College of Education, Hunter College in New York City, University of Connecticut, St. Joseph’s College, and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. During this time, she wrote several magazine articles on nutrition for Big Apple Parentand Parent Magazine,as well as a chapter appendix and an online teaching module for medical students for the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). She was the lead author for a research publication in the medical journal Progress in Transplant
She has spoken on children’s nutrition to audiences of all sizes, including the Greater New York Dietetic Association Annual Convention, Connecticut Organization of Neonatal Nurses Annual Conference, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Nursing Education and Development program, the American Dietetic Association, and the International Small Bowel Transplant Symposium.
Her extensive didactic and clinical training provided her with an advanced understanding of how little bodies grow and thrive. This set the foundation for transitioning to private counseling at one of the country’s largest private practices, Joy Bauer Nutrition, where she counseled and designed food plans for young children and adolescents.
Currently, she works at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as an outpatient dietitian for the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, which cares for over ten thousand patients per year. Here, she has been able to tie together her passion for the nutritional management of digestive problems and poor growth and gets a firsthand opportunity to provide realistic nutrition advice to hundreds of families struggling with basic feeding issues for otherwise healthy toddlers.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children—one of whom is still in the stage of picky eating!
Give Peas a Chance: The Fool-Proof Guide to Feeding your Picky Toddler
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Right now I am desperatly trying to finish The 19th Wife, By david Ebershoff.
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The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
The Bridges of Madison County (Puke, I know! But I am a die hard romantic)
The Giving Tree by Shell Siverstein
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Keep Calm and Carry On
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
Give Peas a Chance puts in print all of the frustrations parents can feel when feeding a toddler age one -three - and provides realistic, calming approaches to common feeding battles of toddlerhood. The unique thing about Peas, is that it addresses the issue of picky eating from the toddler's perspective. There are biological and developmental reasons toddlers are hard wired to be picky - and parents will learn the distinct difference between "getting" their toddler to eat, and teaching their toddler to eat (and avoid unnecssary food wars!). In addtion, parents can learn about what foods matter most for toddlers and why, and gain a strong sense of the small amounts of food toddlers really need to grow and thrive. Most importantly, Peas can provide reassurance for parents that they are indeed doing a better job than they think.
How long have you been at work on this book?
Four years ago I started writing post it notes with each and every parent question that became redundant in my office when talking with a family about picky eating. By the time all three of my kitchen windows were filled, i bought a bulletin board for my bedroom "office" (essentially a wall with handing file holders, a computer, and end table from my neighbor!) and decided to finally sit down and write.
How did the idea originate?
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?
I spent most of my time at Barnes and Noble or Starbucks, and then afterhours at my dining room table. Although now that I think about it, once I was under contract, I wrote the first 2 chapters on the Acela train on a round trip to WAShington DC....