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Book is done! Teaching Kids How To Eat Well: A Series of Healthful Eating Tip Sheets For Kids and Teens A Parent’s Guide

Hi Everyone!

Stop the presses! My book is done! I am so excited about “Teaching Kids How To Eat Well: A Series of Healthful Eating Tip Sheets For Kids and Teens A Parent’s Guide” This book represents just a fraction of some of the tips and ideas I have come across over the past 15+ years of helping parents (and educators) to help children make healthy food choices! Buy a copy for yourself or a friend and let me know what you think! Click the link below to buy your copy today, $6.99!

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Fast Food Companies – Still Exploiting Our Kids With Their Food Ads

According to a new report by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, “Fast Food FACTS 2013,” fast food restaurants are still targeting our kids and they have actually increased the amount of advertising aimed at children and teens.  Here are some of the key findings:

Key findings include:

  • Children ages 6 to 11 saw 10% fewer TV ads for fast food, but children and teens continued to see three to five fast food ads on TV every day;
  • Healthier kids’ meals were advertised by a few restaurants, but they represent only one-quarter of fast-food ads viewed by children;
  • Less than 1% of kids’ meals combinations at restaurants meet nutrition standards recommended by experts, and just 3% meet the industry’s own Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative and Kids LiveWell nutrition standards;
  • Spanish-language advertising to Hispanic preschoolers, a population at high risk for obesity, increased by 16%;
  • Fast food marketing via social media and mobile devices — media that are popular with teens — grew exponentially.

My thought on this, fast food companies are very much aware that adults form their eating habits as children so they target your kids and get them hooked, consequently having customers for life.

I say turn off the T.V. and limit the amount of time your child spends on mobile devices and get her outside involved in some sort of physical activity.   Also if you have young kids, ages two, three or four, you shouldn’t feed them fast food.  Serve them the original fast food, fruits and vegetables.

For your older kids who have already started down the fast food path, encourage them to stay away from value meals and combos and to eat smaller portions. Have them include a salad or fresh fruit with their meal.

Visit  http://fastfoodmarketing.org

 

http://www.fastfoodmarketing.org/media/FastFoodFACTS_Report.pdf

http://news.yale.edu/2013/11/04/fast-food-companies-still-target-kids-marketing-unhealthy-products

Best Food Quotes #5

Best Food Quotes

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.

– Cesar Chavez

Food Day Challenge – Can you go an entire day without eating any processed food?

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates tomorrow October 24.  The goal is to help people eat real food, no sugary drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein.

In celebration of Food Day we present you with this Food Day Challenge:

Tomorrow October 24th, can you go an entire day without eating any processed food? Try it! Take a picture of one of your meals and post it to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/goodfoodmama

Good luck!

Check out this new Food Day fact sheet!

Check out this new Food Day fact sheet, “The American Diet A Prescription for Ill Health.”  Something to think about.

The current American diet is a prescription for ill health!

Growing Your Own Food – Good for Kids

Growing your own food is a great way to help your kids eat more fruits and vegetables because most kids like to eat what they grow.  Also growing your on produce  makes it easy to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into healthy meals and snacks. Growing your own food teaches your child about the environment in which they live, where their food comes from and how plants grow.

This is what I am growing now:

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Here is what has grown in my daughter’s school garden:

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and this

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What are you growing?

 

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Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy – Tip Sheet: How to make healthy eating fun for kids!

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Teaching kids to eat healthy – make it fun!

Preschoolers:  Entice picky eaters with whimsical food shapes.  Make sandwiches, fruit and veggies interesting by using cookie cutters to transform them in to fun and inviting shapes. Also, keep foods colorful!

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Elementary or Middle School:  At this age kids want to feel like they have some say in what they eat. Let your kids plan the menu. Take them shopping with you to buy all the ingredients. Let them help you prepare the meal.  Kids are generally more likely to eat healthy food when they have made some decisions about the meal.

High School: Oh the wonderful teens! At this age you must think like a teen. Focus on how eating healthier food will help them perform better at sports, a musical, dance or dramatic production, or in science or math club. Talk about how eating healthy is relevant to their life now rather than some far-off goal like preventing heart disease.

Bonus: Make preparing healthy food fun for you by blending in healthy ingredients to your child’s favorite dishes.  A little sneaky, yes, but fun all the same!

Examples of sneaking in goodness:

  • Blend in finely chop carrots or mushrooms into spaghetti sauce.
  • Shred some zucchini and mix it in with pancake or waffle batter. Cook as usual and the zucchini will melt right in.
  • Sprinkle finely chopped spinach or kale on top of pizza before or after baking.
  • Finely mince vegetables and add them to hamburger or turkey patties.
  • Add shredded zucchini and/or carrots to your next batch of homemade muffins.

Trying to lose weight? Forget diets focus on sustainable lifestyle changes

I know you have heard this before, but diets don’t work! Stop starving yourself, skipping meals and eliminating food groups. If you are trying to lose weight, focusing on lifestyle changes is necessary for long-term sustainable results. Here is some information that may help guide you in the right direction.

Believe In Yourself

First and foremost believe in yourself. You cannot just want to make healthy lifestyle changes you have to BELIEVE you can and this is critical to any change in behavior. You need to tell yourself that I can make healthy lifestyle changes.

Develop Healthy Eating Habits

Developing healthy eating habits leads to healthy lifestyle changes, which can lead to sustainable weight loss. One way to do this is to make healthy eating a priority.  Our lives are hectic with work, family, school all kinds of things and because of this healthy eating is sometimes over-looked.  But, in order to develop healthy eating habits you must make it a higher priority in your life and here is how you can do it:

Planning – Healthy eating involves planning your meals and snacks. Write out a menu for the week, include a grocery list for that menu, and post it on your refrigerator. When you do the grocery-shopping load up on fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats. Buying and keeping healthy food choices in your home will make healthy eating that much easier.

Start Small – Making small food changes with every meal makes healthy eating easier to stick with. Start by setting a goal to change just one food choice, for example, eating a multi-grain bagel instead of a plain bagel or eating an orange instead of drinking orange juice, which over time can have a huge impact on your health. Learning to eat healthy doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time but it can be done, and you can do it!

Calories Count – If weight loss is your goal keep in mind calories do count!  As you are making healthy food choices remember to lose weight you need to balance the number of calories you eat with the number of calories your body uses or burns off.

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You Got To Move It!

Participating in some sort of regular physical activity is important for good health, but it is especially important if you’re trying to lose weight. According to the CDC, burning calories through physical activity, such as jogging, walking or cycling, combined with reducing the number of calories you eat, creates a “calorie deficit” that results in weight loss.

5 really good reasons to grow your own food

Here are my top five reasons to grow your own food:

Improve Your Health

It is pretty much common knowledge that eating fruits and vegetables is one of the most important things you and your family can do to stay healthy. Growing your own food in your backyard, on your windowsills, or in patio containers ensures that you will be eating more fruits and vegetables daily, thus providing you with essential vitamins and minerals and other nutrients that are important for good health. Also, growing your own food teaches your children where their food actually comes from and that it doesn’t come from the grocery store, but from the soil, the earth.

Purposeful Exercise

Growing your own food provides you with purposeful physical activity on a regular basis. Planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting offer plenty of exercise and can help you relax as well. Gardening is great for the whole family!

Save Money

Cut your grocery bill in half by growing the fruits and vegetables you eat the most.

Better Tasting Produce

When you grow your own fruits and vegetables you have control of what does and does not go into your food therefore, keeping it safe to eat and tasty too!

Help The Environment

Growing your food organically, without herbicides or pesticides, helps reduce air and water pollution. You also help reduce the carbon emissions resulting from the transport of fresh produce from different parts of the world via planes and refrigerated trucks to your neighborhood supermarkets.

Even if you don’t have a backyard, you can still grow your own food. I grow leafy greens, such as spinach and arugula in containers. This could be an option if you have a balcony or patio that gets a good amount of sun or start with an indoor herb garden on a windowsill. Another possibility would be to find out if there are any community gardens available in your city where you can tend to your very own plot.

Check out these Gardening Resources to help you get started.

A Beginner’s Guide to Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1292

Starting a Community Garden

http://communitygarden.org/learn/starting-a-community-garden.php

Find a community garden near you with our Bi-National Community Garden Database

http://acga.localharvest.org

Getting Started: A Guide for Starting a School Garden

http://www.lifelab.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/GettingStarted.pdf

Kitchen Gardening 101: How to Grow Your Own Food

http://kgi.org/how-to-grow-a-kitchen-garden

TOP 10 REASONS TO GROW YOUR OWN ORGANIC FOOD

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/top-10-reasons-to-grow-your-own-organic-food

Are you eating ammonia-treated food? Possibly!

Ammonia, found in common household cleaning products, became a hot topic last year when it was discovered that ammonia-treated beef, which the meat industry calls “lean finely textured beef” also coined “pink slime” was being used in school lunches and fast food restaurants across American.  But did you know it is not uncommon to find ammonia added to food or used in food production.

Ammonium hydroxide, a colorless liquid chemical solution that is ammonia dissolved in water, is used to kill dangerous bacteria, such as salmonella and E. coli, in food. The Food and Drug Administration classified it as a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) substance in 1974, saying that “concentrations of ammonia and ammonium compounds normally present in food do not suggest a health risk; ammonia and ammonium ions are recognized to be integral components of normal metabolic processes.”

According to the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a group funded by the World Health Organization and the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization, ammonium hydroxide can also be used as a food ingredient and is deemed acceptable under the conditions of “good manufacturing practices.” It can be found in tons of foods, including baked goods, cheeses, chocolates, caramel, puddings, soups, canned vegetables and soft drinks.

Read those labels (although sometimes the labels don’t tell everything) and do your research, be an informed consumer!

FYI – ammonia in other forms: ammonium sulfate, ammonium alginate, ammonium chloride and ammonium phosphate.

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