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Nutrition Parenting Weight Management

My child won’t eat!

I hear from worried parents often that their kids won’t eat. There are many reasons for this. Usually as long as a child is hydrated, gaining weight appropriately, and getting a variety of nutrients, I’m not worried. Some reasons kids don’t eat: They’re really getting enough food, parents just have unrealistic expectations. This is very […]

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Nutrition Parenting Uncategorized

Food Strike! What can I do when my child won’t eat anything anymore?

“What can I do to help little Sally eat? She used to eat everything, but now she hardly eats anything at all.” I call this a food strike, and it’s very common. But kids are smart, they won’t let themselves starve. The way you handle it as a parent can either encourage unhealthy eating or healthy […]

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Nutrition Safety

Picking Produce: Organic or Conventional- Does it matter?

Social media is great for making connections. I’ve followed Dr. Nicole Keller, a pediatrician who is passionate about sharing information about farming and food production. After several “conversations” I asked if she’d be willing to write a post for this blog to explain organic versus conventionally grown foods and she agreed. I learn a lot […]

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Infants Nutrition Uncategorized

Starting Solids

Many parents are excited yet apprehensive about starting solids with their infants. So many questions… so many fears. Many food introduction guidelines have changed in recent years. What you did with your older kids might not be following current recommendations. Back in time I first published a version of this in 2011, and I still […]

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Nutrition Parenting Weight Management

Distracted Eating

We all do it sometimes. We grab a snack and plop down on the couch to watch a movie. Before we know it the whole thing is gone. We only meant to eat some of it, but downed it in one sitting. That is distracted eating at it’s finest. It exemplifies the problem of eating […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression Nutrition Uncategorized

Supplements for ADHD: Do Vitamins, Herbs, and Fatty Acids Work?

Parents often ask if they can treat their child’s ADHD without prescription medication. There are many alternative treatments in addition to prescription medications – some of which are more effective than others.  I will cover ADHD treatment with supplements today. Supplements for ADHD – general If you’re giving your kids supplements for any reason, be […]

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Exercise Nutrition Weight Management

Weight is Weighing on My Mind

Too much sugar is causing an epidemic of obesity in our kids. Even the ones who aren’t overweight are often less healthy due to food choices. Excess sugar consumption over time is linked to many health issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and it can trigger earlier puberty – leading to overall shorter […]

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Illnesses Nutrition Safety

Which Supplements Help Prevent and Treat Infections?

I don’t know anyone who wants to get sick, so most of us try our best to avoid illnesses. We do this by washing our hands and encouraging our kids to cover their coughs. Avoiding sick people as much as possible can help. We should routinely get enough sleep (most Americans fail in this regard) […]

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Exercise Nutrition Parenting Safety Sleep

Lead by Example

We’ve all heard the saying: kids will do what they’re shown, not as they’re told. Lead by example. It’s so true. Think about all the times your kids are watching you. They are learning from you. What can you do to help them have healthy habits? Eat your vegetables. Get daily exercise. Wear your seatbelt. […]

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Nutrition Weight Management

New Juice Guidelines!

Juice that comes from fruit is not the same thing as eating fruit. It’s missing the fiber and even the feeling of fullness that comes from eating foods rather than drinking. Too many kids drink excessive juice, which fills them with empty calories and can contribute to obesity and tooth decay. The American Academy of […]