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10/30/09 10:10 A

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Ideas from an older, experienced, tattered and educated (finally!) mom and now grand mom.

Stay cool, stay the parent, stay sweet. Say, "I'm unwilling to take anyone to ....(name the restaurant) who will order...(name the food(s)" Calm, collected, no guilt thrown.

Or: "I'm unwilling to buy dessert for anyone who orders ...(name the food(s)" Calm, direct, sweet, no guilt.

This is the very best way to assist your children to making responsible choices. Let them choose and hold your ground as to what YOU are willing or unwilling to do. They will respect you if you are honest with them. Because really, wanting your kids to eat healthier choices, is YOUR desire, not theirs. (in almost all cases)

This works with just about anything you desire your kids to do.

Happy parenting!

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 10/30/2009 (10:12)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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10/30/09 8:20 A

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I don't have many issues with my kids eating healthy at home, however going to a restaurant drives me crazy. They want chicken nuggets or tenders everytime we go out to eat. I cannot seem to get past this issue. Anyone else have any ideas?

As far as a good resource for nutrition for babies and children, I love Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron, Superimmunity for Kids (Leo Galland), and then the Dr. Sears books.

Melissa, from Texas


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10/30/09 12:17 A

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The only things I can think of that I didn't like as a kid were beets and rutabaga - and I like both now. My mom did the "try a spoonful of everything" rule - for us it was about a tablespoon. I read once that your tastes will change about every seven years, and I think it is true. I didn't like sour cream as a kid, and now I LOVE it, although I know I have to keep it to a minimum. There have been lots of good ideas on here how to make veggies taste better, so try some of them - and be patient with your kids and keep up the good work, Moms!

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10/29/09 10:21 P

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Thanks for the tips!

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10/29/09 8:57 P

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What about carrot "fries"? Just bake them like you do sweet potato fries.... They have more of a savory flavor than sweet pot fries.
Also, maybe your lil' darlings would love mashed cauliflower "potatoes" as much as I do!
I also think it's a cool trick to make kale "chips" by cutting kale into pieces, spraying with EVOO and seasonings and baking until crispy.
Good luck!

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10/29/09 3:23 P

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So glad to hear you young mothers and future mothers are really caring for your babies. When I had babies I rarely ever gave them something out of a jar or package. Holy cow. I breast fed them for ever (not exactly LOL!!) and then just gave them what was on my plate mashed up either with my fork or with one of those little crank-type baby food musher thingys that was always in my diaper bag. Babies LOVE real food!! I squeezed avocado out of a deli sandwich I was eating and spooned it into my 5 month old's mouth. Did he like that? Oh boy did he!!

What do people think we fed our babies before Gerbers came along!?!

I was a hippie nature mama and proud of it! LOL

PS: I made baby cereal the same way some of you make flour. Just put the grain in the blender. Put the ground oats in a bowl and pour hot water over it, stir it up, pour on goat's milk or let it cool by itself. Thin with water if need be. Same with brown rice. Add bananas...whatever...


Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 10/29/2009 (15:27)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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10/29/09 2:20 P

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I don't have kids yet but I have told my mother that I am going to be making my own baby food and feeding them healthy from the start. She tells me that she will just have to send them care packages (she's 6 hrs away) loaded with goodies for them! No wonder why I was fat as a kid!! Oy ye...

My BFF has an 8 month old who she feeds McDonalds fries to and it makes me absolutely sick! I just can't understand how parents think that is ok.

And really, who in their right mind would think that Froot Loops really had fruit in them?!?!? Boggles my mind! But then again, that's advertising and those people who do not know better (or don't want to find out either) continue to feed their kids junk.

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10/29/09 1:42 P

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You poor mothers, why work so hard at trying to get good food into your precious children when all you have to do is read the labels on the stuff kids really want!
Like THIS!!
blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2009/10
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Now, doesn't that make things a lot easier?!!
Isn't it great that we can depend on Kellog's to help us make stressful decisions?!

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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10/29/09 1:31 P

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kids tend to like raw as a posed to cook veggies too. My mom had a rule. You must try everything on your place at least a teaspoon full I used that rule too even at other peoples houses. Now my adult children are more adventurous than I am at trying new food.
I too snuck the veggies in shredded carrot or other veggies in spaghetti sauce and other places.

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10/29/09 12:48 P

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Well, my girls first food was mashed carrots. Carrots, then mashed bananas. I always used real food, not jarred baby food. Then I think I gave her sweet potatoes, then applesauce...
It was easier to get her to eat veggies then though, then it is now... lol!
I'm just trying to encourage her to TRY a bite. If she doesn't like it, she doesn't have to eat it. If I make her TRY it several times, sometimes that works... she will develop a taste for it.
She will eat spinach in VEGGIE BITES. I buy them as a TREAT for dinner sometimes. They are cheese and spinach with a breading on them. They look like McNuggets, but they ar ebaked not fried, and are in the vegetarian section at my grocery store...
I still can't get her to eat sweet potato fries. I don't understand that one, since I have ALWAYS LOVED sweet potatoes...

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10/29/09 12:38 P

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hmm interesting, what age did your children start listening to you about eating their veggies? My son (almost 2) won't eat much of anything here lately except meat, fruit, and milk. I serve veggies at every meal, but I usually end up eating them off his plate. Suggestions?
Oh, he will eat spinach like it's going out of style, so we have that a lot.

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10/29/09 12:25 P

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It makes me shudder every time my five year old asks for McNuggets...
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I do SNEAK veggies into foods, like spinach into things like brownies... but I also INSIST that she eat at least ONE veggie at lunch and dinner and a fruit or two throughout the day.
I have a problem getting her to eat any cooked veggies. She will eat carrot sticks, raw broccoli and salad.
I like the idea of MAYBE SOMETIMES baking carrots or sweet potatoes with a LITTLE brown sugar...
I have also FRIED carrots with out sugar. Makes them sweet naturally...

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