In this episode, we talk with licensed registered dietician Jaimie Cole of Think Nutrition about the very important concept of NUTRITION and especially how it can help our children with disabilities and special needs (more about Jaimie’s education and experience below).

We talk about what constitutes a balanced diet; probiotics vs. prebiotics; why food sensitivities and allergies are on the rise; the gut-brain connection; the difference between a nutritionist and a registered dietician, how to make a nutrition expert a part of the team optimizing your child’s health, and more.

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Jaimie Cole, MS, RD, LDN is a licensed registered dietician/nutritionist with dietician training from Utah State University and a masters in Nutrition from Bastyr University. Her experience with nutrition is diverse and ranges from educating large groups in the community, her role as a nutrition professor, to working one-on-one with oncology, diabetic patients, and many others to help them reach a state of better health. Jaimie’s philosophy on nutrition is unique and creative, with inspiration coming from being a fun-loving whole foods inspired nutritionist. The driving force behind her passion is loving the journey of guiding her patients and families towards personal wellness goals.

Jaimie’s youngest son, Bodhi is 6 and has Phelan-McDermid Syndrome.  Bodhi has struggled with GI symptoms common in this disorder, primarily loose stools and at one point due to sensory food aversions was underweight as a toddler.  This experience has helped her understand the struggles special needs families go through in trying to adapt nutrition to their unique needs.

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