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Musings on Taft’s “modern” diet

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

While in my hotel room, I read this article on President Taft’s modern diet… Take a moment to read it. Listen to the language used, and the message it sends.  Are you surprised by the outcome, or the conclusion? (My comments in italics below…) “The physician spelled out exactly what Taft should eat and at what time of day. The diet included lots of lean meat, fish and vegetables without butter and gluten (wheat) biscuits, which Taft ordered from a bakery in London,...

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Are teachers or parents responsbile for teaching kids about food?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Blog Posts | 10 comments

“Timmy, repeat after me: sugar is the devil.”   School is back in session. These are nervous days as many parents on my Facebook page share stories about teachers pushing kids to eat, children with food aversions being shamed and in tears, children eating in loud, crowded cafeterias with only fifteen minutes to eat etc. (Here and more school horror stories.) Then I came across this document on facebook that parents are encouraged to give to a child’s teachers.  I hope...

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butter or raw tofu block: from the sublime to the ridiculous…

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog Posts | 18 comments

from an old Oprah magazine: The “fix” to eating mindlessly… Take the tofu test. “As you grab a snack, ask yourself: Would I be hungry if it were a block of raw tofu? If the answer is no, you’re probably just eating out of boredom. Go for a walk instead!” From a PhD Psychologist at Stanford University …and this from Cooks Illustrated Light Cook Book on replacing the fat in oatmeal cookies fruit puree: too dry egg whites: no flavor light cream cheese:...

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Questionable stuff ‘experts’ say #6: “Your child can go up to three weeks without food and be fine.”

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Blog Posts | 9 comments

“Your child can go up to three weeks without food and be fine.” This is also under the theme of “Just starve him out,” or “Only serve rice and beans until he eats them: breakfast, lunch and dinner.” This advice was to a client from her pediatrician. The pediatrician actually said this to a mother. She also said, “No child will starve himself,” a line that I read not infrequently in ‘expert’ articles on picky eating. What do you think?...

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Olympics grab-bag: gender stereotypes, eating disorders, ignoring your body…

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Blog Posts | 24 comments

By the middle of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics,  the most celebrated accomplishment seemed to be when the teen girl in the pop music montage triumphantly changed her status from “single” to “in a relationship.” Sigh. With all the talk about “inspiring the next generation of athletes,” I practically guffawed. As a mom of a girl, I consume media with a much more critical eye, particularly with her sitting next to me. (I know mothers of boys are also...

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