One of the reasons I followed my heart into the realm of Holistic Wellness is that I felt like there was a real lack of support for people around eating. Sure, there are billions of “diet” programs and books or people to help with calorie counting and fat intake, but there is not much that really takes the mystery out of nutrition and breaks it down to regular everyday life.
This is especially true when it comes to feeding our kids. When you are pregnant, (heck even when you’re trying to conceive) and right after you have a baby, there are plenty of places to seek advice. There are blogs and websites and more books on library shelves than you can shake a stick at. In fact, it’s almost overwhelming the amount of information that is out there for pregnancy and those first few months after childbirth. Then, your baby turns ten months and everything falls away.
It’s funny really, those first few months you’re pretty much either breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Then you’re starting baby foods that either come in jars or can be food-processed into ice-cube trays. I’m not saying this is easy, but it certainly is way more simple then the years where your kids start forming opinions, habits and a voice.
That’s when you need help. When you’ve taken one too many peas to the face or cleaned up one too many overturned plates full of “balanced” meals. When you’re arguing with kids or playing short-order cook as a means of keeping the peace. That’s when I needed help and based on the requests I get for my counseling services, I know I’m not alone.
I love what I do and working with families on happy meal times is one of my favorite aspects of my job. That said, I will tell you I was thrilled to find out there was a resource out there that I could hand to clients and recommend to others for when I’m not around to walk them through their kitchen jungle. The book Food Fights, is just that.
The book from Laura A. Jana MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shue, MD, FAAP, both pediatricians and moms, is just what is missing from the shelves today. Food Fights tackles all those little questions and quandries surrounding not just what your kids should eat, but how to get them to eat it. Any parent can tell you there is never too much information around that.
The book contains ideas about meals and snacks, guidance on label reading and plenty of resources from phone apps to a nutrient primer.
The best part about Food Fights is that it’s not a huge, dense tome that you’ll never find time to read. It’s laid out in a way that makes it easy to flip to what you want and get information fast. I’ve reviewed one other book by these authors and it’s quite clear they’re not just intelligent doctors, but women who know how to feed information to busy parents. (Pun fully intended.)
So if you’re wondering how to tame the savage beasts at your dinner table-whether they’re in high chairs, boosters or beyond, pick up a copy of Food Fights. The doctors are most definitely in.
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