Holiday eating

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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Inspired Resolutions [Guest Post]

January 17, 2014

This is a guest post by LeAnne R. Ruzzamenti, Director of Marketing Communications, Dairy Council of California. LeAnne is a marketing professional and mom to five-year-old twins. She is passionate about food, family and photography and when she’s not incorporating healthy habits into her life, she’s helping others learn from the registered dietitian nutritionists at […]

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Thanksgiving Meal Plan 2013

November 25, 2013
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This is the week all the madness of the holiday starts! We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year and to make things easy we have everyone bring something.  My sister in law will bring mashed potatoes.  One of my mothers-in-law (I have two) will bring sweet potato casserole and the other will make the stuffing.  My mom […]

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Thanksgiving Meal Plan

November 20, 2012
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This isn’t a normal week for a variety of reasons. First, it’s Thanksgiving, and instead of the relaxing dinner at my mother-in-law’s, we are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner. Second, the book is back, with the edits due before we leave for our week-long vacation this Sunday (exciting details to follow after our return). Two words sum […]

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5 Unexpected Food Lessons Halloween Can Teach Your Child

October 26, 2012
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It’s that time of year when parents have the candy conversation. Yes, it’s the talk about whether to limit sweets during Halloween, use a switch witch, go with healthier items or just allow free-for-all consumption. Instead of dreading this holiday, I use it as a teaching tool. When sweets are everywhere, it’s the perfect time […]

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Why I Won’t Tell You to Eat Healthy This Holiday Season

November 25, 2011
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Thanksgiving is over. The holidays are here.  It’s official. You are going to see articles about eating healthy and how to avoid overindulging this holiday season.  I can almost rehearse the tips: Avoid creamy sauces, choose fruit for dessert and cut calories where you can.  I don’t like the eat-healthy-during-the-holidays advice because it feeds the illusion […]

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The Secret to Peaceful Holiday Eating with Kids

December 24, 2010
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With many families sitting down to holiday dinners this weekend, I can already hear the food battles. “You have to eat some of your turkey before you get dessert” “3 more bites and you’re done” “That’s all you’re eating, get back here!” The holidays can be particularly hard because there’s so much going on.  There’s more snacking.  More […]

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5 Ways to Help Kids Eat Smart This Halloween

October 21, 2010
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Halloween and all the festivities are right around the corner.  Kids love it.  Parents dread it.  But as we’ve been talking about in our managing sweets series, teaching kids how to handle sweet foods is important.  And what better time to test this out than during Halloween. Last year was the first year my daughter […]

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Top 5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain (in the next 35 days)

November 27, 2009
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Thanksgiving is over and the holidays have officially begun.  It’s frenzy time.  And tradition tells us that this is a time when people throw caution to the wind in anticipation of New Years’ resolutions. When you think about it, it’s really not that long until the holidays are over.  I got out the calendar and […]

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