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Negative Emotions and Appetite

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

Our kitchen table is as much a stress-free zone as we can make it. If something tough comes up during mealtimes, we ‘put a pin in it’ and talk after dinner. Recently, it hit me how profoundly negative emotions can kill appetite, when something came up during the meal that was emotionally charged for our daughter. Watching her reaction took me right back to my own childhood. It didn’t happen often, but if something came up that I was embarrassed about or when I felt guilty (I...

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Survey Says? Chicken Suqaar is Favorite School Lunch

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Blog Posts |

  I had lunch the other day with my second grader. I watched as tiny Kindergartners (I swear they look smaller every year) hung on to precariously balanced trays with pineapple juice slopping everywhere as they happily served themselves carrots and celery from the veggie bar. This is not a lengthy erudite discussion about school lunches, weight worries etc., but just my challenge to the assertion that kids* can’t or won’t eat “grown up foods” or anything other than...

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Family Meal Resolutions Part II: be a parent, not a food cop

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Blog Posts |

It’s human nature. We want to continue doing what makes us feel good, and stop things that don’t. Family meals aren’t always a lot of fun, especially if there is a worry about rapid weight gain, or nutrition with a selective eater who isn’t gaining weight. When parents worry, the kitchen table is no longer a place for connection, joy and sharing time together. Rather, it becomes a place of anxiety, power struggles and counting calories or bites. This worry and focus on...

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Resolution More Family Dinner Part I: the Kitchen Island

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

If having more meals together as a family is your New Year’s Resolution, one often overlooked piece of the puzzle is the physical space where meals happen. Let’s consider the kitchen island. Other than just being a place to throw keys and homework, the kitchen island in many houses and apartments has replaced the kitchen table. Granite countertops sell homes— humble tables don’t. Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, most Midwestern middle class kitchens I visited...

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Cut Kids Some Slack: Musings on Food Fears and “Helpful” Others

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Blog Posts | 5 comments

Scared of dogs When M was little she had a dog phobia. I’m talking screaming, climbing on me, uncontrollable fear of even a toy poodle.  I can’t count how many people tried to talk her out of her fear, usually with a dog thrust into her personal space, and often against my explicit requests for them to stop. Take the German Shepherd owner whose dog was off-leash, jumping on me while M clawed at my hair shrieking, and the owner kept smiling, “Oh, she won’t hurt you!...

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