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1/9/13 1:52 P

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I used to be sneaky and buy the corn dogs that were vegetarian ones (Morning something is the brand) and he LOVED them. Also Dino-bites (they tasted delicious and they were chicken breasts in shape of dinosaurs) helped balance his diet when he was younger. I also took some tips from the show restaurant Impossible White house edition. They give great tips for kid friendly food that's healthy as well as how to start your own garden. You can google it and it pulls right up.

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1/6/13 11:24 A

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First, you might want to talk to the inlaws about making their junk food habit off limits to the kids. So it's their food, and not to be shared. This make not work, and probably won't. They don't see it being a problem being injested, so what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Oh well, I still would try.

Take the kids grocery shopping and allow them to have $5-10 that they can spend on snacks from the produce section that NO ONE else can touch - including siblings. This is where the psychology comes in. You just made fruits/vegetables a hot commodity that can be bragged about. So those pears that one child chooses will be desired by the other (sibling rivalry is an awesome tool) and the oranges will be desired by the other. Make it a point that you will not touch their stash either. Then at home a few days later try to trade something for some of whatever they got. This reinforces that the fruit/veggies that they bought are of value, and they will want them more.

This also sets the family up for being able to like certain fruits/veggies that the rest of the family doesn't. When I grew up, we had vegetables that my mom liked and we never got to try anything different. Now my kids like ones that I don't, but we get them into the house and the kids eat them this way. Also, if I break down and ask for one of their prized possessions, they tend to eat one at that time because the thought occurs to them.

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3/11/12 3:40 P

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I guess I'm fairly lucky in this regard; I have a 10 year old son that actually likes veggies and fruit! At one time, he would actually turn down candy etc; but as he's gotten older so has his desire for junk food! The worst part of all is that he has a dairy allergy--yep, he's literally allergic-plus, he's lactose intolerant; guess, what he wants to eat more than anything--pizza! I saw the post about the Kool-aid making your daughter go nuts--here as well--mainly b/c we found out with all the allergy testing that our son, who teachers thought might be ADD was actually allergic to red dye! He reacts to the dye with the same kinds of symptoms like a child that has ADD. It can be really hard to make him understand why he can't have all the stuff other kids seem to always be eating. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) it only took one "cheating" day for him to find out how bad things can be; it was the last week of school, and his teacher decided to give them treats almost everyday--he wasn't telling us about it until the damage had been done; a 10 year old with hives, severe stomach cramps, and an inability to even sleep! It actually took almost 2 weeks to undo what 2 days of eating wrong did to him! He has learned his lesson, he is back to not eating chocolate, cheese, or ice cream (unless it's the soy/almond/coconut milk variety that he can actually have), and we have gone back to fruit juices etc that don't contain red dye!! It was a hard lesson for him to learn, but he did learn it (he's can be very strong-willed, so sometimes this how things have to go).

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3/8/12 10:19 A

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now that my hubby is on board with the healthy lifestyle change, the kids seem to follow along. I switched white flour tortillas to whole wheat, switch regular pasta for whole wheat, and am now buying more fruits and veggies, incorporating them into everything they eat.
I took my kids shopping with me last night. I was proud that we spent most of our time in the produce section. the kids got to pick what fruits and veggies they wanted to bring home.
then i challenged my 9 year old to pick one new fruit and veggie that we would try this week.
she picked zucchini and kiwi fruit. she loved the kiwi, now i'm on to find a good recipe for zucchini. i think letting her pick the items really helped her wanting to try them. i think just making it a priority to eat healthier, I'm teaching her to read labels, my rule, if you can't pronouce it then you probably shouldn't be eating it. We gave up koolaid a long time ago. the dyes in it are unhealthy and it makes my 4 year old daughter literally crazy. she runs around, doesn't listen, just plain acts bad. We buy fruit juice 100% juice, they drink 2% milk, water and decaf tea. They love string cheese, yogurt, veggies with dip. they will often askf or those things on their own, sometimes just going into the kitchen and getting it themselves. I've found that my 9 year old is more conscious of what she is eating, how much and when.
she gets a late lunch at school, then comes home and eats a snack. sometimes she will not eat dinner because she is not hungry. She used to just eat it.

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3/8/12 10:09 A

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I understand how frustrated you are. My husband was giving my daughter who is 6 all kinds of junk (soda, candy cookies, fast food etc) when I was commuting far to work and having to stay over every other day.

My method to fix the situation was to just cut out the junk. She no longer drinks soda, but is more focused on milk, water, even hot tea. Once in a while I let her have some soda. I also limited her to desserts to Saturday night and maybe sunday and that's it. He tried to get her fast food nuggets two days a week and pizza one day during school because they deliver there. I don't let her do it every week. I make her turkey sandwiches. But, I just switched her to 12 grain bread from white bread and at dinner brown rice instead of white.

She is allowed snacks but I keep it to whole grain gold fish (now that they make them), cheese sticks, pretzels etc. Yes she does get her occasional junk but I monitor the amount so she knows if she wants that type of food she has to eat all her dinner or have a piece of fruit first.

She is eating relatively healthy without me making a huge deal. I didn't even tell her I switched the bread or rice, she just ate it. :0)

She is tall and skinny so I don't have to worry too much but I would rather her eat healthy and have good habits now instead of when its for dietary reasons.

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3/6/12 5:54 P

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Two years ago we planted a pizza garden. A 10' circle with laundry rope to mark the outside and 6 wedge sections. we planted everything that goes on pizza. Basil-red and green, rosemary, oregano,cilantro, sage, and yellow pear tomatoes with cherry tomatoes. I bought
yeast and made homemade crust, we used canned tomato sauce,( Not pizza or spag. sauce!)
the kids used the kitchen scissors to snip and chop fresh herbs. a few tomatoes and mozz. cheese. The smell is awesome and they brought all their friends for a bike ride to the back yard to see their pizza garden!. Kids will eat what they make. So make them cut the stem and tails off the green beens, let them cut the broccoli into little trees and even brussel sprouts can be cut ( after all they are baby cabbages and you know how girls like anything little and 'baby'!) My kids are now 10 and 12. They eat what we eat. Last night we baked turkey wings, peeled baked white sweet potatoes and had spinach salad with celery, my daughter left the onions off the salad because she doesn't like em but she did mix the spinach, mixed spring salad mix and very tiny little cubes of celery. I was impressed. a year ago she would pick the celery out! I'll trade her eating celery in a salad over my onions any day. My son knows how to cook too. Just start small. I let the kids pick one meal a week, my husband cooks on tuesdays or saturdays and everyone gets to cook what they want.
For my Nigerian husband, that is Okra stew with fu-fu. My daughers favorite. I only eat it about every other week. It is too slimy for me and very oily. But very filling and all vegetables.

Let your kids go thru the recepies here on line and pick a few they think look or sound good that they would like to help you cook. When you eat their cooking just rave about how yummy and tasty it is. They will be so proud, they'll want to do it again and again.

Good luck. By the way, let the inlaws pick one day to cook low fat or meatless meals and they can help change the meal plan too.
I agree with the whole kitchen clean out. That goes for those jello, cake mixes and anything betty crocker!!! Good Luck.

Gayle in MN

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2/29/12 10:15 A

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Newmom20121 - I also have a 9 and 7 year old. My 9 year old was so chubby when he was little that we really monitored his eating we he was a toddler. Now he is the model eater. No soda, loves fruit, will eat all veggies, etc. When my daughter came along we thought that maybe we worried to much with our son and he turned out fine so we relaxed. She however is my junk food junkie. She does like veggies and stays away from soda, however she will pass up real food for junk all the time and has been know to sneak it to her room. We have talks but still she does not have a grasp on the importance of eating healthy an exercise. Sometimes I think it is because she is only 7.

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2/25/12 11:21 A

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My kids will eat whatever we have in the house. After school I allow to have one junk snack, but in return I usually have a plate of fruits for them. One example of a snack will be cut up mangos, strawberries, bananas, and two cookies. Cutting out sodas will help with losing weight. Try buying 100% fruit juices, flavored water, 2% milk. My kids actually love to drink water, they each have their own little water bottles. During the day I allow them as much water as they want and with meals let them have juice or milk. It's easy to get kids to eat fruits buy fruits that have a natural sweetness to them, as for veggies my kids love different kinds but kids have different taste to what they like. Encourage kids to work out and being active by doing it together. My kids love playing Zumba on the Wii and Kinect. The Just Dance games are god workouts and the kids won't see it as working out but having fun and as a bonus it's family time spent together.

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2/25/12 12:55 A

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I have 2 boys (9 and 7). Oldest is very picky, I try and make sure that they eat fruit and veggie instead of junk food. Very hard if it is in the house, junk food is always been the go to thing. I am concerned for my youngest son, he is built more like my side of the family and do not want him to struggle with his weight later in life. That is why we ride our bikes together, I limit junk food. Trying to make sure I do not use food as a reward, food is for energy not a reward.

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2/24/12 4:42 P

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I will tell you from experience that unless you have a complete clean out of your house they will still lean toward unhealthy food. My daughter is the queen of unhealthy eating. Don't get me wrong she will eat healthy but if there is any junk food around she will fill up on that and pass on the healthy stuff. She is only 7 but weights more than my 9 year old son. She weights 72 pound, while my son weight 69s pounds. They are almost same height as well so at least she has that going for her. But she is thick and has developed a stomach. I am not going to put her on a weight loss program or make her feel bad about herself but I have signed her and her brother up for swim team and I am also signing her up for dance. I want to keep her as busy as possible. I have done it in the past but my husband is a junk food junkie and somehow the junk come back in. I plan within the next week of having another total sweep of all junk food out of my house. She will eat healthy if there is nothing else to pick from. She does love fresh fruits so I will stock up on them and have a few snack alternatives as well. Though it saddens me to see the girl scout cookies go. ha ha

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2/24/12 12:03 P

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for me it is more of showing them how to be healthier by leading by example. and my kids used to hate vegetables and fruit, but I finally just quit buyinjg the junk food. Now it is a treat if they get any. We do not do fast food at all. If we do, it is mainly becuase we have no other choice due to travel or time constraints but that is 2-3 times a year at most. Now when my kids want to snack, i have fresh fruits and veggies on hand at all times. By using my money on the fresh stuff, I have no more money for the junk. with every dinner, i cut up veggies and throw them in whatever i'm cooking. onions, peppers, etc. my kids think it is the greatest thing when i bring home veggie trays. My son, will go for the fruit before any other snack. I just didn't really give him a choice (he is two now). My kids are given the choice of what veggie they want with dinner, but they have to pick one. It is tough, but by you and your husband getting on board with the healthy eating your kids will pick up on it. My 9 year old daughter even has taken up exercising with me.

1 bite at a time = 1 choice at a time.
Choice is in our power; take the power and run.

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Nothing is forever why not live for today and make it the best day ever.

I am my best friend.


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2/24/12 11:30 A

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So, I've been watching (or actually, just listening) to a bunch of TED talks online as I work today and one of them was very powerful. It's a talk by Ann Cooper, the Renegade Lunch Lady, which portrays school lunches and the terrible state that they are in right now as a social justice problem. It's very interesting and if you happen to have an extra 20 minutes or so, you should definitely check it out: www.ted.com/talks/ann_cooper_talks_s
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It really got me thinking about the foods my kids eat. And it opened my eyes to how little GOOD food my children are ingesting regularly. I am pretty lucky, in that I have kids that like SOME vegetables. But, they have also grown accustomed to eating frozen pizza, chicken nuggets, nachos and a whole lot of junk food. My younger two kids are in good shape, even tiny. My oldest is doing OK but she has a built-in propensity for gaining weight. I would say she is at an average weight right now, but I do need to look into getting her more active because she gains weight quickly.

My husband and I have been a terrible example, activity-wise. Bluntly put, we are fat and lazy. It's just the truth. And it doesn't help that we live in the same house as my in-laws and I would estimate that literally a quarter of the groceries that they buy are cookies, cakes, and horrible junk foods like Pizza Rolls. They are aware that they are feeding the kids too much junk food, but no changes have been made at all. It's frustrating and frightening to know that the four of us (my husband and I and his parents) are literally all working together to kill our children. It sounds dramatic, but that is what it comes down to. I am done with brushing off the matter of health like it's no big deal. It is DEAD SERIOUS.

We have all the tools we need to change our family's eating habits...we have access to a great health food store and I am beginning to shop there regularly for healthy, whole ingredients. I intend to control my own eating and cook more for my family. And we are joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) this Spring/Summer, so there will be fresh vegetables from a local farm coming into our home weekly for 26 weeks. I have a man at our local farmer's market that sells me WONDERFUL, grass-fed, hormone-free meats that are absolutely delicious.

But, even with all these advantaghes, I don't know where to start to get my kids to eat my food. Most nights, I will cook something incredible and my kids won't touch it! They have been brought up with the picky, junk food, processed culture and I don't have any idea how to turn that around.

I need help. Big time, folks. HOW do I change their eating habits????

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