Most parents don’t set out to intentionally shame their child or their eating, but it happens more often than you think. The shame is used most often in an attempt to change the outcome of what or how much your children will eat. However, the negative comments are sure to cause more issues with their eating, not less.

Researchers do know, children who feel shamed about their eating are more likely to develop disordered eating, anxiety with food and more inconstant growth. The severity of these disordered eating habits can range from a minor issue with eating vegetables to  a full blown eating disorder.

When your children lose the enjoyment around eating, it’s inevitable their eating will get worse. While it started out as an innocent technique to help them eat better, in the end the shame does just the opposite.

I’ve seen it in my practice so many times in the past decade. The same comments the parents make to me about their child’s eating are parroted in my conversation with their child.

It goes something like this, “Can you tell me why you think your parents made an appointment to come see me today.” Almost verbatim they repeat what their parents said. “Because all I like to eat is carbs.” or “Because I don’t like fruits and vegetables.” “Because I need to lose weight.” Your children are listening to you, the words are ingested but the shame makes it worse.

It’s good to check your commentary on your child’s eating. Do any of these statements ring true in your household?

You never eat any vegetables?

All you want to eat is carbs!

No, you can’t have any more junk food. You eat too much sugar. 

You need to take two more bites before you can have more of….

Your sister is such a good eater, why aren’t you?

You can’t eat that because of your weight.

Don’t eat that, it’s bad for you!

You are the worst eater!

While I can relate that trying navigate this world of feeding our children in a country obsessed by nutrition and weight can be hard. I also know we are seeing a rise in eating disorders, picky eating and disordered eating. It’s not coincidence.

Speak to your children about their eating with compassion. Becoming a “good” eater is a process that takes time and patience. The gentler and more joyful the process is, the less anxious and competent your child will become with eating well.

Thank you for Reading! What do you think? Have you noticed a difference if your child gets shamed about their eating?

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What Is Normal Eating?

by Dana Snook on January 2, 2017

 

What is Normal Eating?

Today is a new beginning, you’ve decided you to explore normal eating. You have decided to reject another diet. You’ve realized that living in the constant battle with food and your body doesn’t feel good and isn’t helping anyone. You want to stop binging on food you don’t think you should eat. You want to learn to enjoy food again. You want to stop being hungry. You even desire to be able to eat a variety of foods and stop when you are full.

This may seem impossible right now, but through some hard work and determination you can end the dieting cycle. You can learn to listen to your body again to tell you what and how much you need.

In this first day of rejecting the diet mentality it’s important to understand what the definition of normal eating is.

As Ellyn Satter says, “Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it -not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is mostly three meals a day, or four or five, or it can be choosing to munch along the way. It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful. Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. And it can be undereating at times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.”

The first time I saw this definition I was shocked. You mean, overeating can be part of normal eating? Eating food that I enjoy without an restrictions. Huh!

While it’s easy to want to jump right in and make all the changes, normalizing all your thoughts around food rules is number one. It means understanding what normal eating looks like and giving yourself a break.

Getting Started

1.Be kind and gentle with yourself today.

2.Give yourself permission to eat and enjoy food.

3. Get a notebook, piece of paper or even your phone. As you eat today jot down some thoughts and feelings while you are eating. Compare those thoughts to the definition of normal eating and how it relates to you.

This is no easy task for the first day, but it’s a great way to reflect on your own thoughts and feelings around food. I’d love to hear how you feel about your eating. Please feel free to comment below!

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Why Weight Loss New Year’s Resolutions Won’t Work

January 1, 2017




Today, is the day. It’s the day when more than 45 million people resolve to lose weight in the New Year. In every article on losing weight I have come across in the past week either promises weight loss or blames you for not losing weight. The ten mistakes you are making when trying to […]

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Choosing a New Path: How to Start a Life Without Dieting

November 4, 2016




  Have you ever wondered what is would like to lead a life without dieting or restrictive eating? Do you believe it would feel good to stop dieting – OR – are you terrified of what will happen to your body if you stop dieting? Changing your path in regards to eating is no easy […]

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3 Steps to Help Your Children Enjoy Eating!

October 24, 2016




You are probably thinking,  “What in the world does sheep have to do with the steps to helping your children enjoy eating, right?” Well, it’s interesting. Every day I walk. It’s a time I spend on me to reflect and regroup. There are these beautiful reserves near my home where I get lost in the beauty. To […]

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To Snack or Not to Snack?

October 18, 2016




Snacks, it is one of those topics that carries so much controversy. No adult wants to admit to eating one, but every child learns to need a snack for every event, party, sporting event, grocery store or car trip. What happens when the snacks are treated more like a babysitter than for actually nourishment? Just yesterday, as […]

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4 Steps to Raising Children with a Good Body Image

October 7, 2016




Raising a child with good body image in today’s society is nothing short of climbing a large mountain. In a society, where everywhere you turn promotes the newest quick fix to lose weight or surgery to change the body you can’t stand. Even when you try to shield your children from it, it can sneak up in […]

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The Picky Eater: Putting Yourself in Their Shoes

September 23, 2016




When my clients hear we are going to start with trying to work on making meal time more positive, I often get these confused stares. One family in particular asked, “Okay, what does being more positive have to do with him eating better?” It’s a common theme, especially when parent can’t seem to put themselves […]

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How to Start off Feeding Your Children Right and Prevent Feeding Problems!

September 21, 2016




  How would you like to start your child off on the right foot with food and nutrition so you never get into a battle with food? That would be pretty epic, right? Well, this is entirely possible, and in today’s article, I am going to show you how you can do this. It’s not […]

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How to Give up the Dieting Cycle

September 8, 2016




It’s hard to give up on the dieting cycle. We live in a society where one is measured by how we look and our health is dependent on it. If you look overweight you must be unhealthy, right? But what about when you are overweight and completely healthy? According to research, we know that people […]

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Why NOT to Talk to Your Child About Nutrition!

August 26, 2016




First and foremost we shouldn’t be talking to our children about nutrition because they are too young to understand. Children under the age of 13 year old can not truly grasp the complexity of nutrition issues. Let’s be real, most adults don’t truly grasp nutrition concepts. Talking to children about their eating prior to when is […]

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The Day I was Suprisingly Fat Shamed!

August 15, 2016




We see the headlines all the time now about how medical professionals are fat shaming their patients, but what happens when he happens to a health professional? I so often hear my clients relay to me how their weight was addressed without any type of empathy or compassion. Judging a person on their appearance versus […]

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Tips You Need to Know to Actually Feed your Very Stubborn and Picky Child

August 13, 2016




Feeding a strong willed child isn’t always the easiest task for us parents. I can set up the scene. You plan out a balanced meal for the family. However, he will only eat certain foods, and it is very obvious he is just picky. You’re so frustrated because his diet consists of waffles, puffs, crackers, […]

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6 Foods Every Table Needs!

August 10, 2016




Just last week, I served up lunch for my 4 year old. Her response, “Mom, this isn’t very much food.” She was right, it was towards the end of the week before I went grocery shopping again and I was trying to use up the leftovers in my refrigerator. I sort of snickered to myself […]

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5 Tips for Addressing the Overweight Child

August 6, 2016




This blog post is especially hard for me to write, not because it’s something I’m not well versed in, but something that tugs on my heart strings. I’ve come to understand it’s an important issue to understand and address with parents. As parents we always want what is best for our children. We want them […]

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How to Get Your Whole Family Eating One Meal

August 3, 2016




“One meal…I would love that!” says every parent.  I haven’t had a parent yet come into my office and not look relieved when I tell them the first thing we need to work on is serving the same meal for everyone. Every parent dreams of the day you cook one meal for your family and […]

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How to Stop Battling with Your Child About Eating!

July 29, 2016




  What if the easy answer was as simple as… just stop. If only it was that easy, right? You get home from a long day of work, you rush to get food on the table only to be bombarded with whining and insults — Yuck, Gross, I DON’T want THAT! What could be more frustrating […]

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Setting Limits with Feeding

July 25, 2016




Sometimes being a fly on the wall can help me to better understand what my clients are thinking, but afraid to say to me. Yesterday, I was scrolling through my phone waiting for my daughter’s dance class to finish up. Let me first say, none of the other moms know what I do for a […]

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How to Lessen Anxiety Around Feeding Children and Enjoy Meal Time!

July 22, 2016




Today, there is a tremendous pressure on us to feed our children well. Its no surprise with all the pressure we feel it raises our anxiety levels and makes us less likely to be able to relax when we feed them. And forget it, what if your child isn’t growing well, picky or has a […]

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Cancer, Miscarriage and Healing

July 19, 2016




I’ve sat down to write this blog post many times over the course of the past few months, but each time I struggled to get the words on the screen. I often asked myself, how do I explain my “unexplained” absence over the past year. I think only now, can I really talk about it […]

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Cajun Shrimp and Corn Stew

March 30, 2015




  This week I have been on a mission to find some new, yummy dinner recipes. Anyone that knows me, knows that I rarely repeat a recipe in my house. When my husband first met me, he realized after a year of dating that we had never eaten the same dinner twice. Life is too […]

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How Do you Get Your Child to Eat Healthy?

March 27, 2015




“They just won’t eat healthy, I’m not sure what to do?” This is a statement I hear almost daily in my private practice. With our health obsessed world many parents are struggling to feed their children, and seriously it’s no surprise. Even, or should I say especially as a dietitian, I sometimes have to dismiss […]

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Roasted Lemon Chicken with Asparagus and Orzo

March 25, 2015




    When I’m preparing meals for the week I keep two things in mind, 1. What is on sale at the grocery store 2. How much time do I have to prepare the meal each night. Tuesday nights are usually my late night and this meal was perfect for me be able to prep […]

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Kraft Gets “Kids Eat Right” Logo.

March 16, 2015




Have you heard the news, The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) has endorsed Kraft American Cheese? As a registered dietitian I feel compelled to talk about this. I recently have read several blogs ripping dietitians apart for this decision. Listen, I totally get it! In a field where I have to defend my credentials […]

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Cauliflower Tots

February 1, 2015

  Okay, I am not going to pretend that these pictures do anything for these yummy tots. I tried out this new recipe after buying cauliflower. Cauliflower is probably my husband’s least favorite vegetable and he kind of hates when I make it. I really had low expectations because the last time I tried to […]

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One Pot “Baked” Ziti

January 18, 2015




Last night, I conducted a cooking class. This easy recipe was a big hit! Since I had made the Baked Zit earlier in the week for my family, I can concur it was delicious and easy. The Italian Sausage gave the meal a great taste, but could easily be substituted for ground turkey, ground beef, or […]

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Bang Bang Shrimp

January 11, 2015




Bang Bang Shrimp The original recipe I found was to make a Shrimp and Bang Bang Sauce in a pasta dish, but since we already ate a pasta dish this week I decided to try it out over rice. I sure am glad that I did. This sauce was so easy and delicious!  My 2 year old doesn’t […]

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Asparagus and Scallion Beef

December 19, 2014




Every Monday morning, I sit down and put together my menu and shopping list. I love incorporating new recipes with my old favorites. When I look for new recipes I have a criteria that I look for. Number One: the recipe MUST take no more than 45 minutes from start to finish. Now let me say, I […]

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Vegetable Bolognese over Tortellini

December 9, 2014




Every Monday and Tuesday I work late counseling families who are trying to improve nutrition for their family. Ironically while I’m counseling these families I miss dinner with my own. It’s still so important for me to have a balanced dinner for my family so I prep dinner ahead of time so it’s easy for […]

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Cashew Chicken

November 22, 2014




Tonight, I was looking for a recipe that was fast, didn’t require a dozen dishes and had lots of nutrition. I’ve never made a dish with whole cashews in it, but I had them in the cabinet so it was worth a try. I wasn’t left disappointed at all, especially when my 2 year old […]

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How To “Get” Your Child(ren) to Eat!

September 29, 2014




Now, I know I titled this post, “How to ‘get’ your child to eat,” but what if I told you that it is not your job to “get” your child to eat. In our current culture we have a strong passion for nutrition and what we eat, but with that has come a weight/growth obsessed […]

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Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Rolled Chicken

August 22, 2014




  This yummy chicken dish is the result of stuffed chicken and chicken parmesan having a beautiful baby. The chicken entree is both nutritious and tasty. Using fresh spinach is really important for making this dish delicious. If you choose to use frozen spinach, the filling will be watery if you don’t drain it well. The roasted […]

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Soft Chewy Pretzel Rolls

August 4, 2014




  All I can say about these rolls are YUM, YUM, YUM! These rolls are a cross between a pretzel and a roll..golden on the outside and chewy in the center. I am all about trying to make homemade bread and rolls easier so I took a chance and made this dough in my bread […]

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Chicken Peanut Noodles

July 31, 2014




  The past two weeks, I have been busy cooking new recipes left and right. After nearly 7 new dinner recipes, I finally found one worthy of earning a spot on my blog. Even my 22 month old daughter gobbled up this dinner. The peanut sauce is smooth with a tang from the rice wine […]

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Chicken and Bean Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

July 15, 2014




  Every week, I try to cook food from different ethnic groups. In our household, Mexican food is definitely a favorite. So what happens when you mix a traditional Mexican dish with an American classic? You get Enchilada Stuffed Peppers. The stuffed peppers are gluten-free and yummy. I started with green peppers as they were […]

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Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread

July 12, 2014




    Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread I have to say that I love cinnamon raisin bread, but with all the reports lately about the chemicals in our bread, I decided I wanted to go on a search for my very own bread machine version. This bread I made not only includes whole wheat flour, […]

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Italian Turkey Sausage and Vegetable Pasta

July 2, 2014




  In New Jersey today, it was hot and humid. I wanted to find a light, yet hearty dish that wouldn’t require the oven. Not only did this meal meet all my requirements, it exceeded them by being packed with vitamins and minerals. By adding spinach, peppers onions and tomatoes you can guarantee this dish […]

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Roasted Maple Honey Pork Loin

June 29, 2014




    My daughters favorite protein right now is a competition between steak and pork tenderloin. Sometimes it just makes me laugh that I have a little one who loves to chow down on these tougher proteins, when most toddlers dislike them. It’s in these moments that I truly know the Division of Responsibility of Feeding […]

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Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

June 27, 2014




Today, I just had to have chocolate and what better way to enjoy the chocolate, but in a yummy chewy cookie. Keeping health in mind, I lessened the sugar and added whole wheat pastry flour. With the addition of the pastry flour and the oats these cookies are packed with fiber and taste. A few […]

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Shrimp Stuffed Baked Flounder

June 25, 2014




  One of my husband’s favorite meals is stuffed flounder and it’s guaranteed he will choose it at least every other meal when we eat out. His love for stuffed flounder recently sent me on a quest to find a great recipe that he would love…and maybe was a little healthier too. After three attempts at […]

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Baked Chicken Egg Rolls

June 21, 2014




  With summer officially arriving this weekend, it’s been all grilled food around here lately, but tonight, I felt the need to change it up. I have to say that I used to love Egg Rolls, but the grease taste really is unappealing to me now. These Egg Rolls are not only good, but a healthier […]

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Quick and Easy Meatballs

June 13, 2014




Quick and Easy Homemade Meatballs Today, I had one of my mommy friends over for a lunch/playdate. I always try to cook something new each time we get together. After I’ve already exhausted chicken everything. I saw ground beef and instantly thought of Meatball Parmesan Subs.  These meatballs are so versatile and can be not only […]

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Key West Lime Shrimp

June 10, 2014




I made dinner in a split second yesterday. Well, maybe not that fast, but it was a quick and easy dinner. Adding the Shrimp to the grill gives it a nice summer touch to the recipe. You’ll notice that I use raw honey because it’s in its most pure form, but regular honey can work […]

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No Bake Mac and Cheese

May 28, 2014




Print No Bake Mac and Cheese Author: Dana Snook Recipe type: Side Dish Cuisine: American Prep time:  5 mins Cook time:  30 mins Total time:  35 mins Serves: 6   This is a quick no bake mac and cheese that is perfect for weekday meals. It’s homemade to avoid the chemicals and powdered cheese. Ingredients 3 cups dry elbow […]

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Healthy Thai Drunken Noodles

May 21, 2014




Print Healthy Thai Drunken Noodles Author: Dana Snook Recipe type: Dinner Cuisine: Thai Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  30 mins Total time:  45 mins Serves: 4   This a healthy rendition of a Thai favorite. Substituting the Tofu Shirataki Fettucine Noodles for Rice Noodles are delicious and less calories. Ingredients 3 (8oz) packages of House Foods Tofu Shirataki […]

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Honey Wheat Rolls

May 21, 2014




  Print Honey Bread Machine Wheat Rolls Author: Dana Snook Recipe type: Bread Cuisine: Sides Prep time:  5 mins Cook time:  3 hours Total time:  3 hours 5 mins Serves: 8 rolls   A delicious homemade roll that is sure to please everyone. They can be used for hamburgers, sandwiches or even just served as dinner rolls. Ingredients 1 […]

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6 Steps To Bringing Peace Back to Mealtime!

March 24, 2014




6 Steps To Bringing Peace Back to Mealtime by Dana Snook, RDN, CDE, CIC Raising competent eaters that sit down at the table and behave all while trying new foods is HARD! I can tell you the last two weeks have been a challenge with my little 18 month old toddler. Now, one thing to […]

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Eat Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2014




Eat Green for St. Patrick’s Day by Dana Snook, RDN, CDE, CIC I am sure it is no surprise today is St. Patrick’s Day. No matter where you turn you will see green. As an Irish women myself, I grew up making Irish Soda Bread with my Mom and eating Corned Beef and Cabbage on […]

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Showing Up: Creating a Plan to Achieve Your Goals

March 10, 2014




  Showing Up: Creating a Plan to Achieve Your Goals by Dana Snook, RDN I’m in the process of training for two endurance events this summer. I have signed up for a 10-mile run and a Sprint Triathlon.  Although, I’ve done several triathlons in the past and longer ones, this will be my first as […]

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Help For the Emotional Eater!

January 16, 2014




Emotions are linked to food no matter how you look at it. I love M&M’s because my grandparents always kept a glass candy dish above their television stocked every time we visited. M&M’s = Love! I love lobster because on my 13th birthday, I got to pick where I wanted to eat and I chose […]

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Feeding the Older Infant

January 14, 2014




I’m at “that age,” all my friends have children or are having children. We are all in the same parenting boat, but I have observed , we are all strong in different areas of parenting. Fortunately, for me, because of my professional background, my strength is feeding children. As my friends will tell you, I […]

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How To Feed Your Infant!

January 10, 2014




For the past 13 years, I have been working with families teaching them how to feed their children in one facet or another. My very first job, right out of college was working for WIC (Women, Infants and Children).  I gave my nutrition advice based on other WIC nutritionist and a brochure published by the […]

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I Bought Pub Cheese!

January 8, 2014




  Yesterday, I posted this picture on my Facebook page about my quick Trader Joe’s shopping trip. Someone commented about my Pub Cheese. Thankfully the comment was a positive one, they thanked me for being real. I could have easily taken the cheese out of the picture, but that wouldn’t have been authentic. Listen, I […]

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Part One: Understanding Your Child’s Growth

January 7, 2014




Not all children’s bodies are created equal. Children are born small, large, long, and short. Growth in children can be variable as well. If your child is consistently in the 90th%  or in the 3rd% percentile, it’s likely there is no problem. The problem comes when a parent may be unnecessarily alerted to their child’s weight […]

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It’s a New Year! What Will Your Goal Be?

January 1, 2014




Today is the first day of a New Year…2014! I am so looking forward to 2014 and all that it will bring for my family and my clients. Although 2013 was a good year for me, it didn’t come without its challenges. I worked hard everyday being a first time mama, raising a little girl, […]

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3 Steps to Eat the Food You Crave While Losing Weight!

December 23, 2013




It’s time to eat, you open the fridge determined to eat something “healthy,” but all you are really wanting is that leftover pizza from last night. You muster up all the willpower you have and grab the boring Greek yogurt and fresh fruit you bought at the store because this week you are going to […]

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Dieting Does NOT Work!

December 10, 2013




99.5% of Diets Fail! WoW, 99.5% If you knew that 99.5% of drivers would get in a car accident today, would you drive? Probably not, but everyday another person diets. Have you? Dieted for over HALF your life Tried every diet and still unable to lose a pound Felt out of control in the presence […]

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6 Tips to Support the Picky Eater

December 5, 2013




I was fortunate to grow up a “good” eater. I remember only disliking a few foods, specifically, I remember choking down liver. My mom still swears to this day that she didn’t serve us liver. Yes, that is because she called it london broil and  I grew up thinking I didn’t like london broil. On […]

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The Consistent Reality!

December 3, 2013




The Consistent Reality   by Dana Snook, RDN, CDE, CIC The holidays bring a great opportunity to catch up and have some great conversations with family and friends. Over the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to do just that and with each conversation, although led by a different topic always came back to the […]

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You CAN Eat Healthy for the Holidays too!

November 28, 2013




  Today, I have the privilege to host the BIG Thanksgiving Day Feast! As you know I love to cook so I can’t wait to share food with my family. This day is meant to be surrounded by family and friends and of course food too.  All too often just the thought behind the day […]

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The Committment to Feed!

November 25, 2013




I can remember just over a year ago the anticipation of waiting to give birth. I was happy, nervous and probably a little scared at the same time. I remember having dreams (or nightmares however you look at them) about being a parent and even breastfeeding. Being a dietitian, I always knew from the very […]

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Eating, Exercise and Weight Loss!

November 14, 2013




You’ve made the decision to start exercising and changing your diet to get healthy, maybe drop a few pounds, only to find that your energy level is decreasing and you are always feeling hungry. It’s so frustrating that you want to give up on this exercise stuff. You even step on the scale to find […]

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Maintaining Blood Sugar Control!

November 11, 2013




EPISODE #1: Maintain Blood Sugar Control! Trying to maintain blood sugar can have its challenges…believe me I know! Suffering from PCOS and having a mild case of insulin resistance I know first hand how to control those blood sugar fluctuations! Listen as I tell you what foods to eat and why. WATCH NOW! P.S. Don’t […]

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Embrace Your Self Worth and Body!

November 7, 2013




You look in the mirror only to look away in disgust, “My hair is ugly, my body is ugly, I’m fat, ahh I’m just plain ugly.” Words like this are spoken amongst our children, teenagers, women, and yes, even men! Imagine if these words were spoken to you everyday of your life or even worse, […]

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The 5 Basic Rules to a Healthy Family Meal!

November 4, 2013




Raising a healthy family has become such a priority today in so many families. We see weight being addressed in studies trying to figure out the obesity epidemic and why it is so prevalent in the United States. Even our First Lady, Michelle Obama, has a campagin to help families learn to move together and […]

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10 Ultimate Super Filling Snacks For Your Family!

October 31, 2013




I’ve learned over the past few years the power of the snack. My almost 14 month old is a big eater and look out if she is hungry. It reminds me of the Snickers commercial “You’re not you when you’re hungry.”   When I teach nutrition classes or work with private clients I always recommend […]

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Handling The Candy Monster!

October 28, 2013




A Realistic Approach To Dealing with Halloween Candy Overload! I remember as a young child the enjoyment I got from trick or treating and being able to come home and enjoy my candy. We used to sit at the table and look at the good stuff we got and sort out all the “crappy” candy. […]

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5 Tips to Avoid Self-Distructive Food Habits For the Family!

October 23, 2013




  This morning I couldn’t help but smile as I watched my 13 month old completely engrossed in her bowl of Vanana Yogurt. She had the spoon in one hand and had the bowl secured in the other hand. She was thrououghly enjoying the food in front of her and only looked up on a […]

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Are you Distracted by Screen Time?

October 17, 2013




If you are anything like me, I’m sure you’ve sat down on the couch at the end of the day to enjoy some mindless television and/or computer time to relax. I’ve caught my husband shaking his head at me as he watches me manage the IPad in one hand and the remote in the other…HA! […]

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The 5 Foods to Always Serve on the Table!

October 14, 2013




  Over the past year, I have taken great pride in putting meals on the table and watching my little one develop into a competent eater. Supporting a competent eater for me has consisted of planning balanced meals and giving a consistent feeding message. I know first hand that it’s not always easy…and this is […]

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6 Steps to Getting Dinner on the Table!

October 10, 2013




Life has been so busy for me over the last several months. Between raising a one year old, starting my business, writing a book and training for a 5 mile run it has left me with a limited amount of time. Some nights I’m so exhausted it takes everything I have to finish what has […]

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Sugar Junkies Unite!

October 8, 2013




  Are you constantly craving certain foods? Do you find at times you eat everything in sight? Do you constantly fall off every diet you try only to gain more weight? If you answered, “YES,”  to even one of these questions then it’s time…it’s time for us Sugar Junkies to UNITE! Cravings are one of […]

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Pump It Up With Pumpkin!

October 3, 2013




It’s that time of year…Pumpkin time! As I go to the grocery store, the local farm market, and the ice cream store I am surrounded by pumpkin everything. Over the weekend I saw Pumpkin Ice Cream, Pumpkin Donuts, and Pumpkin Flavored Coffee to just name a few. So what is all the hype about? Pumpkin […]

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Identify the Enemy!

October 1, 2013




I’ve mentioned before that when I graduated college 13 years ago (with a Nutrition Degree no less) that I had an extra 50 pounds on my frame to lose. It took me a year to lose the weight and get my body back to being healthy. When I reflect back on what got me there […]

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Grazing and Handouts: How To Cut It Out!

September 23, 2013




Recently, my daughter has learned the eating technique called…Begging! At first it was so cute as she reached her little hand up at me requesting what I was eating, but I’ve come to realize I’m not setting either of us up for success. This week as I revamped HOW we are eating, it made me […]

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Do you Need a Detox?

September 16, 2013




We just came off a wonderful week vacation at the Jersey Shore! It was full of lots of fun and of course FOOD! Now, being a Dietitian, I am always aware of what is going into my mouth and enjoy each bite. Each day I had two balanced meals at the condo for breakfast and […]

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Rewards, Food, What??

September 9, 2013




This weekend I had an awesome opportunity to catch up with some old friends. Of course part, okay, maybe most of our catching up included talking about our children. One topic that always surrounds me and I’m guessing because I love to talk about it is nutrition and feeding our children. The one common denominator […]

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Protected: Day Thirty – {Video} Wrap Up

January 31, 2017

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Protected: Day Twenty Nine – {Activity} Practicing

January 30, 2017

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Protected: Twenty Eight – Planning Snacks

January 29, 2017

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Protected: Day Twenty Seven – What to Serve

January 28, 2017

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Protected: Day Twenty Six – {Video}

January 27, 2017

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Protected: Day Twenty Five – {Activity} Meal Planning

January 26, 2017

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Protected: Day Twenty Three – Snacks

January 24, 2017

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Protected: Day Twenty Two – Eating Meals

January 23, 2017

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Protected: Day Twenty One- Self Evaluation

January 22, 2017

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Protected: Day Twenty – Getting Curious

January 21, 2017

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