I often work in the area of mental health and eating disorders in adolescents. Spending time educating and coaching families on the importance and how to begin to eat as a family to help improve the recovery outcome or management of the mental health condition. To often there is not enough support and education on how important meal time can effect the health and nutritional outcome of patients and kids, thus for my passion to aid in the educational process.

All to often parents are fearful on how to eat with kids struggling around food, so I actually have dinner support groups where we set expectations, dinner time guidelines and have a meal together to work though issues that may arise. I truly believe to coach parents during the moments of stress can make for a great experience for the kids recovery. Along with meal time experiences I have set up coaching session with parents in which we discuss how to best support their kid around food. An example of such conversations would be “Today my child refused to eat dinner b/c she felt upset from school.” I would help them to normalize the situation by saying,” I know that can be frustrating, and hard to understand how a bad day at school could effect dinner time, so let’s work on a positive dinner time and nourishing your child by creating a supportive environment around food.” This is when we would discusses different ways to encourage the kid to try a bite and help the parents be supportive without accusative, shameful etc.

The overall benefits of this work has helped numerous families build the foundations of family time meals into a positive and enjoyable experience for all; building the educational groundwork for kids and parents to have a positive relationship with food.


By Adrien Paczosa

Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties. Adrien is also a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian(CEDRD). Adrien began her path towards nutrition through her falling down. She has been a dancing since age 2 and in college was a Kilgore College Rangerette. During a practice, she took a fall and broke her foot, and that sparked the ideas of needing a new direction in her life. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Illinois – Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition, Adrien began her career as a staff dietitian at the hospital in downtown Chicago. She was promoted to the hospital’s Director of Food Service and Nutrition and was responsible for all food preparation as well as patient nutritional care. While working at her clinical job, Adrien maintained her passion for movement by working as a personal trainer and nutrition coach in downtown Chicago. In 2006, Adrien returned to Texas to be close to family, friends, and warmer weather! She opened her private practice, I Live Well Nutritional Therapy in 2007 and has only continued to grown. To date, iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy has multiple locations, contracts with numerous corporations and treatment centers, and currently, five dietitians are employed under iLiveWell. “Creating better access to dietitians!” has been one of the driving forces of Adrien’s company.

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