For Parents

Book Review & Giveaway: No Sweat

June 12, 2015
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Before I started Raise Healthy Eaters I briefly had a website called Do it Yourself Nutrition. While searching for article ideas, I ran across a study examining what motivates women to maintain exercise. I interviewed the author of the study, Michelle Segar, PhD, and we’ve been in contact ever since. She feels the same way […]

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5 Words That Will Instantly Calm Your Parenting Worries

March 27, 2015
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“You’re doing everything you can.” This is what Little D’s speech therapist said to me last fall, when she could tell my anxiety level was rising. These words — and the lesson they taught– have stuck with me ever since. Those 5 words popped in my head once again when a reader asked: “How do […]

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5 Things Parents Who Create Happy Mealtimes Don’t Do

February 18, 2015
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Most parents understand, intellectually, that the kitchen table should be a happy place. But then reality hits: crazy schedules, complaining kids and nutrition standards that seem impossible to meet. The truth is there is a lot that can get in a way of creating enjoyable family meals.

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5 Popular Pieces of Nutrition Advice that Fall Short

January 29, 2015
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Pick up a popular health magazine and you’ll find the same nutrition advice recycled over and over. This advice is so ingrained, I often hear people recite it back to me verbatim. But I have a problem with this typical advice because it can be limiting and even backfire in certain cases. Let me show […]

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Transform Your Relationship with Food by Doing This One Simple Thing

October 14, 2014
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There’s a package of chocolate chip cookies sitting on the table at work. Six different people have six different thoughts about it. Person A, who is trying to avoid gluten to lose weight, thinks of how every food on earth must have gluten. Person B, who is watching fat, tries to guess how many grams […]

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10 Ways Moms Can Stay Healthy and Happy

May 9, 2014
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With Mother’s Day around the corner, what better time to have a frank talk about the health and well being of moms.  I feel the need to remind moms (myself too!) because they do so much for others, they often forget to take care of themselves. So for my annual Mother’s Day post, I wanted […]

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Child Development: Is Earlier Always Better?

February 14, 2014
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I was sitting in the kindergarten introductory class as Little D is supposed to start school next year. My ears perked up when they touched on the topic of readiness because I’m not sure my little guy is ready for this big step.  He has been in speech therapy since he was two and he’s […]

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When Feeding Becomes a Source of Guilt, Make Sure You Do This

October 4, 2013
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I was visiting a new food blog with a mom cooking some amazing gourmet meals when the guilty thoughts started to flood in: “I need to spend more time in the kitchen,” “I should really try more recipes.” But then I notice those thoughts turn to: “I’ll never be a good cook, I am a…” […]

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6 Parenting Practices that Make For Healthy Kids

January 25, 2013
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When you think of raising healthy children, nutritious meals often come to mind. But there is a lot going on behind the scenes that can increase the chances of raising a healthy child. In fact, parenting practices, the things we do day in and day out, have a huge impact on the healthy choices our […]

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Making the Resolution to Meditate Every Day in 2013

January 19, 2013
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When I educate patients every week, many who have just had their first heart attack, the story is eerily familiar. They say they eat pretty healthily and try to exercise but then I find mentally they aren’t doing too hot: little sleep, lots of stress and pressures and not a lot of true self care […]

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