Managing sweets series

Managing Sweets (Part 6): 10 Strategies for Ending Kids’ Sugar Obsession

February 18, 2011
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We’ve covered a lot in our managing sweets series — the culture of eating, how kids become sweets-obsessed, real life success  stories and the science of sugar. Yet despite all this information, the reality is managing sweets in an overly-sweet world is challenging, to say the least.  But with the right strategies and mindset, it […]

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Managing Sweets (Part 5): The Myth That Keeps You Eating Too Much Sugar

January 14, 2011
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Agave nectar, sugar in the raw, organic sugar and even non caloric sweeteners are put on a higher pedestal than plain old sugar and high fructose corn syrup. I often hear parents say that they stay clear of what they believe are “bad” sugars in favor of more natural sources of the sweet stuff. Now […]

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Managing Sweets (Part 4): Real Life Strategies for Taming Kids’ Sweet Tooth

October 13, 2010
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As I write this series I realize there is no right or wrong way to handle sweets and other non-nutritious items in a family’s diet. While research gives us some clues, it does not spell out exactly how to raise kids to have a healthy outlook on sweets. I hope that by explaining the research, […]

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Managing Sweets (Part 3): Want to Raise a Sweet Obsessed Kid? Do These 8 Things

September 23, 2010
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The Johnny Depp remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory delves into why Willy Wonka is so obsessed with chocolate.  We discover that his parents wouldn’t let him eat any of the stuff growing up.  This is why he decided to surround his entire home with chocolate. In real life parents don’t always realize that […]

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Managing Sweets (Part 2): The Word That Will Transform Your Family’s Eating

September 7, 2010
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In the movie Eat, Pray, Love Julia Roberts, who plays journalist Elizabeth Gilbert, travels across the globe to find herself. She sets out to discover the “word” that best describes what she stands for in life. Each country she visits symbolizes an important aspect of life. Italy, her first stop, is all about enjoying food. […]

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Managing Sweets (Part 1): The REAL Reason Families Eat Too Many Sweets

August 20, 2010
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SUGAR and FAT. People of all ages prefer this taste combination. Yeah, some people like sweeter foods and others prefer salty but as I learned in my training as a dietitian, the mixture of sugar and fat is one that is particularly pleasing to the palate. As we talked about in our picky-eating series, kids are […]

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