Review of Earth Friendly Eats blog

Hi,

Today I will be writing about another nutrition blog and reviewing it. As part of my Computer Applications class it is necessary to blog not only of your topic, but also on other student’s topics.

Also, I believe it’s important to keep up with the latest nutrition news since research changes quickly.

I reviewed Earth Friendly Eats blog by Aleana, a nutrition student at Framingham State University with an interest in how we are effecting the environment with our food choices.  On her blog she highlights:

  • What eco-friendly eating is
  • Importance of eating local fruits/veggies
  • Our water footprint
  • Ways to decrease our impact on the environment

Aleana offers up to date information regarding our environmental impact, well researched topics, and resources from governmental websites.

Aleana also created a video and podcast about lessening our impact on the environment by becoming more aware of where our food is coming from. Lastly, she tackles the question does being eco-friendly mean becoming vegan? As it turns out no it does not. Good news for meat lovers!

Some details I did not like about Aleana’s blog are her environmental infographic, which is a bit hard to understand, and the lack of defining environmental terms or abbreviations for those who are new to the subject area.

Happy Eating!

p.s. The gardening tips is a great outdoor activity for kids.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Picky Eating

Photo by Supertrooper courtesy of Free Digital Photos.

Photo by Supertrooper courtesy of Free Digital Photos.

When it comes to eating, a parent’s (or guardian’s) responsibilities are:

  • What foods to present &
  • How those foods will be presented.

A child’s responsibilities are:

  • What they will eat
  • How much they will eat
  • Whether they eat at all.

This is how I first learned about a parent’s and a child’s responsibility when it comes to eating. However, who can be called a picky eater depends on the behavior.  Picky eaters only will eat certain foods and reject others. This will be different for each person. Some will have one food they eat constantly. Others will have a group of five or eight foods they are willing to eat.

If you have encountered this before you know the frustration of trying to get them to try new foods. The good news is that the kid that has been eating PB & J at every meal will grow out of it.  In the mean time here are the Do’s and Don’ts of picky eating to help with presenting new foods:

The Do’s:

1.) Do involve your children, nieces/nephews, and grandchildren in the kitchen! Involving the picky eater in the kitchen is a great way to introduce new foods. Refer to previous blogs for more ways to do this.

2.) Do take them shopping.  The second do is part of the first. Getting them to find fruits and veggies in the store will get them excited about eating it. Make sure you explain the nutritional value behind the produce you pick.

3.) Do rid the room of distractions. Remove electronics completely. Yes, that means the smartphone too. Here is the moment to make use of the tips provided by the Family Dinner Project.

4.) Do present a new food once a week. Keep presenting same food repeatedly so that the child in your life can familiarize themselves with it. Familiar foods are less scary foods! Be aware that this process takes lots of patience. It isn’t uncommon for this step to last more than a couple of weeks.

5.) Do let the child play with the food. Just like the 4th step, playing with the food makes it less scary. A child may be more willing to eat foods that are presented to them in a playful manner. (You don’t have to be Michelangelo to do this. It can be as simple as a well made with potatoes and gravy. This was my favorite as a child.)

The Don’ts:

1.) Do not stay with “safe” food. Although, you may be tempted to keep giving your child the same foods  it does not help in the long run. Your child is missing out on opportunities to expand his/her palette.

2.) Do not make multiple meals. If your child wants you to make a special meal for him or her instead of eating the main meal you should refuse. This habit will wear you out eventually.

3.) Do not force a child to eat foods you do not want to eat. Keep in mind your child will mimic your own eating habits. If you want your child to eat broccoli, you will have to learn to eat broccoli as well.

4.) Do not use food as a reward or punishment. While you want the child in your life to try new foods you do not want to punish them for not eating a certain food or rewarding them with a cookie every time they do. Again negative associations with food.

5.) Do not constantly present foods all day long. Listen to what your child is telling you. They know when they are full or when they are hungry. Don’t try to override this internal control.

For more information visit eatright.org

<http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/dietary-guidelines-and-myplate/why-is-my-child-a-picky-eater&gt;

Nutritious and Delicious Salad Kids will Love

Whether your a parent, a guardian, babysitter, or uncle/aunt you may have experienced a difficult time getting kids to eat their veggies. Trying to get young kids to try something new can be daunting. Some may choose to the same foods over and over, while others are picky eaters. I hope to change that and make your life, or the life of a loved one, a little simpler.

Follow the link to view the demonstration of a Fruity Veggie Salad to help make “trying something new” not much of a hassle. Remember: Working side by side in the kitchen makes it more likely the kids in your life will experiment with their palettes.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUcINlRMSWk&gt;

Next week I will follow up with some tips for parents with picky eaters.

Building Community One Table at a Time part 2

Hi,

Did you want to eat more often with the family but can’t find the time? If so, then this blog entry is perfect for you. In it you will learn how to find time in a busy schedule to eat together as a family.

Last week I discussed some of the reasons why it is important to make time for yourself and your family to eat together. In summary it provides an opportunity to communicate, grow as a family, and model good eating habits/behaviors to your children.

But, between working, activities, school, and the smartphone vying for our and our kids, attention how do we find a time to gather around the table?
Set time in your schedules for family meal time. If you are eating two or three days a week try to aim for four. Research shows that families who make the time to gather at the table five or more times per week promote eating more nutritious meals and positive behavior in school. If you are already at five, way to go! Keep it up.
Be Positive! If you think you it’s impossible to set time aside you never will try. One study showed that 59% of families eat together 5 times per week. If they can do it so can we.
Commit to shutting off that smartphone/television. Electronics are a distraction that takes away from communicating with one another. Shutting it off for 30 minutes during meal is a good way to practice active listening with your kids.
Plan to share about one another’s day, a favorite movie, a dream, a story, or goal in life. The memories you make will last a lifetime. In my family one of my favorite moments was sharing stories. Many of those stories I remember today, such as the night a moose fell in the pool!
Celebrate togetherness

Let’s get together!