Feeding strategies

An Unconventional Way to Educate Kids About Nutrition (and Why it Works)

July 2, 2015
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It was Sunday morning and Big A pointed out that she was going to have dessert three times that day. First was cake at church to celebrate her first communion, second was a birthday party and third was dinner at Granny’s. In a very serious tone she said, “Granny always has dessert.” I could have […]

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How to Get Your Picky Eater to Eat Sushi

June 17, 2015

To help fill in while we are on summer vacation, here’s a guest post from Le Anne Ruzzamenti. My son has been a picky eater since he turned three and as we near his seventh birthday, we can still only count a handful of vegetables and fruits that he will eat. While he’s not the extreme […]

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7 Nutrition Sacrifices I Make to Help Expand My Kids’ Palate

June 9, 2015
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Somewhere along the line I realized that always taking the nutritional high road wasn’t getting me anywhere with my kids. As a dietitian it can be tough to break certain nutrition rules, but I have found that doing so is often exactly what’s needed to expand my kids’ food preferences. Don’t get me wrong, I […]

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5 Obstacles That Keep Parents from Raising Intuitive Eaters

June 1, 2015
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Long before having children, I knew I wanted to raise not just a healthy eater, but an intuitive one. A child, turned adult, who uses internal cues to guide eating and chooses healthy food as much for pleasure as for health. What I didn’t expect was the difficulties that would arise on this journey. But […]

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Picky Eating: What’s Missing in the Nature vs. Nurture Debate

April 14, 2015
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I posted this article on my Facebook page: An Open Letter to the Moms Who Judged My Kid’s for Being Picky Eaters and got lots of great feedback. But I soon realized that while I like the article’s no judgment message, its overall takeaway may be one of helplessness. That’s because if picky eaters are born […]

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What Kids Really Mean When They Say “I Don’t Like it”

February 5, 2015
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It was Cultural Heritage Day at my son’s school and for lunch, parents brought in food from their nationality. As one boy sat down to his plate of unfamiliar food, he started to cry. I went up to him to see if he was okay and he said: “I don’t like this food.” I went […]

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5 Ways Kids Are Conditioned to Hate Vegetables

November 28, 2014
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Ever wonder why vegetable intake is notoriously low despite the constant news reports and advice about how much we should be eating them? Why do so many people say they don’t have time to eat vegetables? And why does research point to kids’ believing vegetables just don’t taste good? Well, I think it starts with […]

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End Your Child’s Candy Obsession with This Simple Technique

November 10, 2014
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On Halloween, my kids went trick or treating, came back to the house and ate until they were satisfied.  Big A ate more than her brother, although he’s picky when it comes to candy.  Two days later, my kids’ bags of Halloween candy sat on our couch untouched until I offered some of it for […]

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How (and Why) I Feed My Family with Respect

September 30, 2014
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This is The Feeding Diaries, an ongoing series about the feeding escapades in my house. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Lately I’ve been thinking about how the golden rule applies to feeding my family. For me it boils down to R-E-S-P-E-C-T for all.  Mom. Dad. Daughter. And son. And here’s how […]

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Feel Guilty About Your Kid’s Eating? Join the Club

September 9, 2014
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I recently talked to a mom who has struggled with her son who eats few fruits and vegetables.  I could see the guilt written on her face.  She a good cook and a healthy eater.  Her other child eats more of a variety.  And even though her son is gradually expanding his food base, it […]

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