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Nutrition

Healthy Eating for your whole family

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bigstock-Kids-eating-healthy-sandwiches-41747542Wouldn’t your family and you like to start eating healthy meals today? How would knowing your temperament and eating personality change everything?  CJ talks to Dr. Deborah Kennedy, a pediatric nutrition specialist, and author of “The Picky Eating Solution: Work with your Child’s unique eating type to beat mealtime struggles forever” and share the latest and greatest about sugar and healthy eating for your whole family.

 

Show Summary

YouTube Video and Blog Post from Our Guest

Dr. Deb Kennedy speaks on Energy drinks. 

Train Your Sugar Monster – 10/28/2013

There are some times in our lives that we need to go with the flow, and others when it is certainly appropriate to buck the system.  When it comes to Halloween are you the house that children love to come to, with great decorations and Halloween candy, or you the house that gives out raisins, pencils and other sugar-free treats?

I am certainly a believer that our children are eating too much candy.  In fact I wrote a book about the subject,Beat Sugar Addiction Now for Kids; about how our kids are eating their weight in sugar every year and why that is so utterly unhealthy for them.When it comes to Halloween however, I say use this day and the weeks after as a learning opportunity for our kids.  Teach them how to live in a world filled with junk food.  Teach them that 1. Candy is a treat 2. You can have it sometimes and 3. You first have to eat healthy stuff first before you get your treat.  Here are some great suggestions that work if you both make a plan and discuss it with your trick-or-treaters before Halloween arrives:

  • Starting Halloween night, limit the amount of candy that your child can consume in one day. One small bar for young children, and two for older children for example.
  • Set a time limit on the number of days that your child can eat candy: no more than a week after Halloween.
  • Use that “treat time” to your advantage. If you have a child that refuses to eat his vegetables, use his one small candy bar as a bribe to get him to eat veggies only during the week after Halloween.
  • Make a plan to get that stuff out of your house where both you and your child will see it, and perhaps hear it calling to you.
  •  Make a plan BEFORE Halloween to get rid of the candy: Here are some options:

o   Switch Witch: Have your child put their candy in a bowl by their bed; when they wake up a small gift or money has taken its place
o   Operation Gratitude: Send it to our troops at http://www.operationgratitude.com/halloween-candy-buy-back-2012/
o   Dentist Buy Back: See if a dentist in your area buys back candy at http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com
o   Throw it Away: It’s junk, throw it away.

You don’t have to be the house that gets ‘egged’ on the block because you give out pencils. Use Halloween as a training opportunity that’s drives home two essential nutrition messages that children need to learn to grow up strong and healthy: 1. There are two groups of food, healthy food and treats 2. You can have a small amount of treats only after you eat the healthy stuff first.

About our Guest

dr_debDr. Deb, the founder of Build Healthy Kids®, has been at the forefront of nutritional studies and consumer awareness for almost two decades. Her experience ranges from pediatric nutrition and nutritional oncology to product development and kids’ education programs. As a nutrition consultant and researcher, Deb has worked with parents and patients to integrate cutting edge healthy eating concepts into their lives.

In recent years, she has used her vast experience in the field of nutrition to found companies, like Build Healthy Kids and NutritionOptions LLC, which help educate parents about issues that affect their childrens’ long-term health. Dr. Deb has worked at Yale, Columbia, Tufts and Cornell University. She is a coauthor of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! for Kids and author of Nutrition Bites. She is currently working on her third book which deals with children’s eating personalities.
As a nutrition consultant and researcher, Deb has worked with parents and patients to integrate cutting edge healthy eating concepts into their lives.

In recent years, she has used her vast experience in the field of nutrition to found companies, like Build Healthy Kids and NutritionOptions LLC, which help educate parents about issues that affect their childrens’ long-term health. She has worked at Yale, Columbia, Tufts and Cornell Universities and has over 23 years of experience in the field.