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5 Lessons I Vow to Teach My Children About Weight and Body Shape

March 19, 2015
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I pick my kids up from school and in the car my typically quiet son informs me that eating too much ice cream makes you fat. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing so I started to ask some questions. I discovered that this was his takeaway from a nutrition lesson at school. I feel […]

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2015 Dietary Guidelines: What Parents Need to Know

February 27, 2015
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You may have heard rumblings about the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Although the official guidelines are not here yet, the process has been kick-started with a major report that summarizes the evidence. Next is the public comment period (now until April 8th) followed by the creation of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The 2015 Dietary […]

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New Research Exposes the Importance of How We Eat

December 22, 2014
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I’m always amazed how little attention the “how” of eating gets. And by the how I mean how someone structures their meals, the level of attention they give while eating and responding to internal cues of hunger and fullness. I think the what of eating, what foods are healthy or unhealthy, is what everyone is […]

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Why We Need Radical Honesty About Family Meals (Yes, From You Too)

December 1, 2014
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Family dinners. Everyone knows they need to make time for them. And, of course, that includes planning them. But life has a way of getting in the way. Often times, this ritual can take a hit and the guilt parents face hits a record high. There’s been a trend of honest articles where parents admit to […]

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Fortified Foods: The Good, The Bad and The Useless

August 12, 2014
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You’re at the grocery store and you have the choice to buy regular orange juice or the kind with added calcium and vitamin D. Should you do it? How about that milk with DHA for your toddler? In today’s world, it seems every food item has some nutrient added to it to make us healthier. […]

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Got a Food-Obsessed Kid? Research Warns: Don’t Restrict Them

April 29, 2014
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Last week, the New York Times ran an article about the Lure of Forbidden Food.  It’s a topic I know all too well because I regularly get questions like this in my email: “We have a toddler who is absolutely amazing, but has an insatiable appetite and who I fear is addicted to food.” “My […]

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Does Rewarding Kids to Eat Healthy Backfire?

March 18, 2014
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Your child agrees to eat some broccoli in return for a sticker.  He knows if he gets enough stickers he can pick out a toy.  Will he keep eating broccoli when the rewards stop?  New research says, well, maybe. Studying the effects of non-food rewards on healthy food acceptance in kids is hot right now.  […]

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Feeding Struggles That Keep Parents Up At Night (and How to Solve them)

March 29, 2013
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I receive questions from parents all the time.  But there are some that I get over and over, indicating they hit a sore spot with parents.  So I am putting more food for thought behind the feeding struggles that seem to cause the most angst for parents.  Make sure to leave your own tough-to-deal- with […]

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Why Food Fads and Children Don’t Always Mix

February 22, 2013
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Food fads come and go. Consider how much the pendulum has swung from the low fat 90’s to the carb conscious face of the new millennium. Similar to modern-day politics, food choices have become increasingly polarizing. There are those who don’t do dairy, vegetarians of all types, raw foodies, people who skip gluten, or all […]

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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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