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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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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 Complementary Medicine Uncategorized

Alternative Treatments for ADHD

I’ve covered why you should get your child evaluated for learning and behavior issues, who does the evaluations, and what the evaluation process involves in my previous posts. I’ve also covered specific diets and supplements. Today I want to talk about alternative treatments for ADHD. If parents aren’t ready to use medicines yet or if they want to […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression

Special Diets for ADHD

Most of us have heard of the claims of cures for all sorts of ills, including behavioral problems (especially ADHD and autism) with simple dietary changes (with and without supplements). This post covers some diets for ADHD that have been recommended as treatments. Supplements will be covered tomorrow. Why talk about diets for ADHD? Fears of […]

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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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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 […]

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Nutrition

Nutrition for the Picky Eater

I am frequently asked about how to get kids to eat, especially about how to ensure healthy nutrition for the picky eater. A few quick “rules” to healthy eating Don’t offer junk Don’t make it easily available at home… most kids can’t drive to the store! Hungry kids will eat what’s offered Let them get […]