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Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Fearless Feeding

Monday, May 20th, 2013

By Connie Evers, MS, RD, LD – Nutrition For Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog

An interview with Fearless Feeding author Jill Castle

I recently had the opportunity to speak with registered dietitian Jill Castle, a childhood nutrition expert & co-author of Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School.

Connie: The question I get asked most often in my practice is how to manage a picky eater. You do such a great job explaining this in Fearless Feeding. Can you briefly describe the most important points in understanding and managing this behavior?

Jill: The most important point is to understand that most kids go through a picky eating stage—in fact, you can rest assured that your child is normal if he is picky as a toddler! The second point is the way parents respond to picky eating can help children move through it quickly or can draw it out longer than it needs to be. For example, the parent who stays on track with the structure of meals and snacks, doesn’t waver when food is rejected, and doesn’t substitute different foods to compensate for picky eating will move through this stage faster than the parent who pushes their child to eat, chases the child with food, or pulls all kinds of acrobatics to get their child to eat, such as disguising veggies within an entrée. Antics typically don’t work to get children to eat more or a certain food, and more often than not, backfire, making the child wary and suspicious.

Connie: Empty calorie foods are offered to kids everywhere these days, from the bank drive-up to the gas station to the soccer field! What do you say to parents who struggle with setting limits on “treat” foods?

Jill: I always tell parents to set limits—that’s the job of parenthood! Parents do well with setting limits with treat foods when they have a system like the 90:10 Rule, where 90% of what kids eat throughout the course of a day or week is healthy, wholesome, nutritious foods from the MyPlate food guide and 10% come from Fun Foods such as chips, cookies, candy and soda. This boils down to an average of 1-2 Fun Foods per day, well below what many children are consuming today, and tilts the nutrition balance to healthy meals and snacks. It’s a simplified rule that parents and children alike can grasp and put into practice easily!

Connie: I work with a lot of families that “eat on the fly” several days each week. Can you explain why it’s so important to structure family meals into the daily routine?

Jill: Family meals are where children get exposed to new foods, learn how to interact with each other, and learn manners. Research tells us that children who sit down and eat with their families 3-5 times per week have a healthier diet, better grades, are socially well-adjusted and take fewer risks—this holds true for toddlers and teens. Family meals should be pleasant and children should look forward to gathering there to eat—this means that parents need to let go of the food and eating pressure at the table.

The good news is that one or two parents seem to have equal influence on the above, and shared meals can be at any time of day—breakfast, lunch and even snacks, making it realistic to squeeze in 3 to 5 meals a week.

Connie: Can you provide any tips for busy families who find it difficult to get a meal on the table?

Jill: My number one recommendation is to outline a meal plan for the week. I typically plan dinners, as the rest of the meals are easier for me to navigate without a plan. I also use the slow cooker or quick “pull together meals” for busy evenings. Another strategy is to cook ahead and freeze for later. This and more are covered in the book.

Connie: You talk about how parents sometimes neglect themselves and how this can create feeding issues for their children and teens. How can parents connect the dots on how their own lifestyle influences their children’s food choices?

Jill: Adulthood and the eating that goes along with it is merely an extension of childhood. We are all influenced by the way we are raised “around the table” yet we forget to make that connection and reflect on how it may influence how we feed our own children and thus, how they eat.

Parents can learn a lot about their attitudes and approach with feeding by reflecting on how they themselves were raised. These issues are covered in depth in the chapter The Parent Trap, where we help parents identify their own experience as a child with feeding and how that may be playing out in their day-to-day interactions with their own children. It’s quite an enlightening chapter!

Connie: Thank you Jill for sharing such great advice with the Truth on Health readers! You and fellow dietitian Maryann Jacobsen have put together a fabulous “must-read” for all parents!

To find out more about this book, read the author’s blogs and join the “fearless feeding movement, visit Fearless Feeding.

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Healthy Eating, One Step at a Time

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Healthy Eating, One Step at a Time
Making food choices you can live with is the key to long-term health

March is National Nutrition Month®, which is a great time to reflect on your eating habits and set some goals for long term, sustainable changes. This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

Good eating habits begin with a list or two.


Paul Pierce’s Suite Night at the Garden vs Magic – Raffle!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

By The Truth on Health Team

Paul Pierce is offering hoops fans the chance to win the ultimate Celtics experience, by placing twelve tickets to his personal luxury suite up for grabs when the Celtics take on the Orlando Magic on April 18th at TD Garden. The winners will be chosen through a special online raffle with proceeds benefiting Pierce’s Truth on Health Campaign.

Support Paul “The Truth” Pierce and his Truth on Health program, and you could enjoy the Celtics vs. Magic (one of the most highly anticipated games of the season) from Paul Pierce’s personal suite at TD Garden! Paul Pierce’s Truth on Health Campaign was created to help empower and encourage young people to lead healthier lifestyles.


Tickets are Just $2.00 Each (Minimum Purchase of 5 Tickets)
Entry Deadline: 11:00 AM EST on Monday, April 16, 2012 (more…)

Guest Blog: Tufts Medical Center’s Dr. Xifaras on Summer Fun & Safety Pt 2!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

By Dr. Xifaras, MD – Tufts Medical Center

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  • Summer Fun & Safety – Part 2

    Staying Safe on Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards and Rollerblades

    Zooming around on a bike, scooter, skateboard or rollerblades can be a lot of fun and a great workout but nothing can end that good time quicker than not being protected with a helmet or proper gear if an accident was to occur. It only takes one fall without a helmet or the proper safety gear to do some permanent damage. Unfortunately, everyone falls.

    Try to stick to bike paths or places in parks designated for riding, boarding or blading.
    If you have to enter the road:

    1. Always stop and look both ways before entering
    2. Ride with the flow of traffic close to the side of the road
    3. Follow all traffic laws
    4. Ride when it is light out
    5. Never wear headphones or listen to music while riding.

    Be like the pros, professional athletes always wear helmets when they bike, ski or play hockey. Customize your helmet by putting stickers on it or decorating it, wear it with pride and be a leader modeling safe riding. The next thing you know you will have started a cool trend that will hopefully get others to wear their helmets too. Wearing the proper safety gear and following the above safety tips will hopefully keep you riding safely all summer long.

    Spotlight on the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011

    Catholic school shares good fortune of award with four needy schools

    May 18, 2011 By Julie Filby

    When St. Thomas More School parent Alicia Berg visited the Discovery Channel’s website last year, looking for educational materials for her kindergartener, she came across a sweepstakes for a $35,000 playground makeover.

    Thinking ‘why not?’ she entered the sweepstakes.

    Several weeks later she was notified that her name had been selected from more than 31,000 entries.

    On April 27, Alicia and husband Tim, joined more than 600 students, teachers and staff, and guests for an assembly in the gymnasium at St. Thomas More School to receive the grand prize: $25,000 from Sports Authority in new sports equipment and supplies; and $10,000 from Discovery Education and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) to revamp the school’s playground.

    Read the rest here: Denver Catholic Register