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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Dinner Rotation: Feb-March

March 13, 2015
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So I’ve started rotating our dinner meals. And you know what my success rate has been the first two weeks following this rotation? 100%. Well, I did skip homemade pizza last Friday for last minute dinner plans, but besides that, it’s been right on. Before with the more traditional meal plan, my success rate was […]

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Black Bean Brownies [Recipe]

March 9, 2015
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I’m re-posting this dessert from 2012, updating the recipe and picture. I made these last night and was reminded how awesome they are! The kids couldn’t get enough. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe I found on the Meal Makeover Mom’s blog for some time now. I don’t usually “healthify” dessert but these sound so intriguing. I have […]

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Why Controlling Feeding Practices Are So Hard To Break

March 4, 2015
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A parent emails me about her frustration with dinner. She used to make her son eat vegetables to get dessert. Now that she’s no longer using this tactic, he’s stopped eating any vegetables. She’s tempted to go back to her old way of feeding. I talk to an acquaintance about her recent unwanted weight gain. […]

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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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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 26-30): The Final 5!

February 24, 2015

I’m glad I took the 30 meal challenge even if it took me well over 30 days! Finding time to really focus and figure out my family’s “meal vision” has helped tremendously. I’ve decided to rotate (and continue to master) about 25 meals instead of the original plan of 30. I still have to refine […]

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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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Vitamin D for Kids: What Parents Need to Know

February 12, 2015
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More than a decade ago I was calculating the nutrition for a meal plan when vitamin D kept coming up short. This happened even with the inclusion of milk so I started to look into it. And what I found was really striking.

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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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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 22-25): Three Kinds of Soup and Pork Tenderloin

February 2, 2015
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Up to meal 25! I know I haven’t met my goal of 30 days but I’m pretty close. Only 5 more meals. I focused on soups last week. For lunches, I like to have either soup or salad with my meal because it has staying power. Nothing is worse than feeling hungry an hour after […]

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